Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Reusing Christmas Items to Get a Head Start on 2015!

Good morning!  Well, we’ve had our first little blow of winter and it did not go well.  Despite just getting a little snow the roads were bad and school situation was crazy.  Thankfully we’re all safe and hoping the school district and county learn from these issues for the next snow we get.  The snow was perfect for the post we’re sharing today.  Over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we’re sharing ideas of ways to reuse Christmas items for next year.  I love all the great cards and such we receive as gifts but I can’t keep it all so typically I have to throw it all way, but not today.  I decided to save a few of my favorite items and recycle them into new projects (and get a head start for next year!!) 
The first project I have for you is a beautiful Christmas card I received from my friend, Patti Chesky (I’ve always loved her creations), check out her blog HEREI decided to take this card and turn it into a gift bag.  All I did was add a piece of Always Articoke cardstock that was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, a piece of DSP from the Trim the Tree Speciality Designer Series Paper, as well as some of the Cherry Cobbler ribbon from the Holiday catalog.  This bag turned out so pretty and I’ve already stashed it with my gift packaging supplies so I’m ready to go.
Here’s the picture of Patti’s original card.
I decided to do a second project as well.  I received this beautiful gift bag from a friend.  With all the glimmer in the paper I knew this would be perfect for the background of a card, so I just cut it down.
For the final card I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then matted the gift bag piece with Early Espresso cardstock.  The greeting is from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and it was cut out with the Big Shot and Apothocary Accents Framelits.  I added a couple pieces of Early Espresso Baker’s Twine to tie the greeting to the card front and then added a couple Garden Green Candy Dots on the greeting piece so they look like they’re what are attaching the baker’s twine to the greeting piece.
This card is simple and elegant and I can’t wait to use it next year to send holiday wishes.
Make sure to check out all the other great cards the design team is sharing for ideas on how you can reuse some of the items you have lying around before you throw them away.
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  1. Wow! These projects are both awesome! Makes me want to pull out my pile and see his I can recycle them. Great job!

  2. AWESOME! I love how you recycled Christmas!!

  3. Love your projects but i have to say that the gift bag really knocks my socks off! Beautiful work :)

  4. Wow great job reusing everything! And what a beautiful card from your friend Patti! ~Laura


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