Mosaic Madness Recycled


So are you into recycling? I am…sort of.聽 First, I try to recycle it for myself. “It” being just about anything. That’s where it starts with my husband thinking I’m a hoarder. But remember, I am not, I’m a keeper of things. NOT a hoarder. Second, I try to see if someone I know can use it. Third, I see if I can donate it. Fourth, I might try to sell it but that’s not always easy. Time consuming and not possible sometimes if it’s just too far gone. Lastly, I throw it in the ttttttrrrrrrash. At that point, I try to make sure I throw it in the right place but by that time I just may be too worn out about it that it just goes in the general garbage.

And for the record, I hate plastic bags. They look so tacky. I know they want you to recycle those things for sure. I try to avoid them by using reusable bags at the grocery store but I kind of forget to take them. A lot. So I get stuck with all of those plastic bags because they only put two things in most of them. I try to sack my own groceries at the local store so I can put more in each bag but the guy won’t ever let me. So I end up with a bunch of tacky plastic bags. And I DO NOT recycle them. They go in the trash!!!!!

So it appears I’m not very good at recycling EXCEPT when it comes to the brown paper bag. I love those things. You can use them for all kind of things. When I was a kid, we used the big sturdy ones for our school book covers, a blank canvas, can’t beat that. You can use them for packing materials, you can put trash in them 馃檪 , use them in gardening, all kind of things but most importantly you can wrap presents with them or make gift bags.聽 The thinner brown paper sacks work better for the gift bags. The ones you get when you buy wine are absolutely perfect. You can cut them in half and get two nice size gift bags with less work. I always have a stash of those. I have a stamping friend that comes over and tries to check my stash to see how many brown paper sacks I have. So I hid them.

The great thing about the sacks is that you can make your gift bag any size you want. The choices are unlimited.The little bag in the picture is tiny. I made it just big enough to hold three Hershey’s chocolate nuggets. It was so simple to make. And I like simple, especially when you have to make a whole lot of something. For information on how to make these cute little bags, just send me a note.

So the next time you get ready to throw out that brown paper bag, remember to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle!

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My Project Supplies: Recycled brown paper sack, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, My favorite tiny “For You” sentiment from a long retired stamp set and the products shown below.

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Amazing Birthday Gift Card Holder


This might not look like a big deal but it really is. Yes, it looks exactly like the front of the Amazing Birthday Pouch, well, except the background is a little different and the star is silver.聽 OK and minus the pouch.聽 But it’s the back that makes the big difference.


I made this with what might be the most useful Thinlits Die ever. This die makes the perfect size envelope for gift cards. Not too big, not too small, just exactly right!聽 And so, so easy. A couple of cranks and you have the envelope. And if you don’t want to decorate it, you can cut it out of printed paper and it will be ready to go.

I know gift cards come in their own little envelopes but come on, who wants to give someone a gift card in the original holder. I know I’m always trying to find something more attractive to put the ones in that I give.聽 And the solution has arrived in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.聽 The Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies (135854) will be available August 28, when the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog begins.

So if you don’t have a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, you will surely want to get one now. And to make things just that much better if you purchase a Big Shot (113439) before August 31, you will receive one of five free stamp set/framelits bundles, your choice. You can check out the Big Shot and Bundles Promotion here .

So with the Big Shot and the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies, you’ll be ready for the holidays!

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Stamp Sets:聽 Amazing Birthday (Wood-Mount 134225 or Clear-Mount 134228)

Papers: Designer Series Paper, Whisper White cardstock (100730), Silver Glimmer paper (135314)

Inks: Real Red (126949), Tangerine Tango (126946) and 2014-2016 In Colors Lost Lagoon (133644), Hello Honey (133643)

Accessories: Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), 1/8″ Silver Mini Brads (122941), Snail Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tools: Paper Snips (103579), Big Shot (113439), Stars Framelits (133723), Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies (135854) Available August 28.

Another Everyday Occasions Kit Card


I’m not sure which card was easier, this one or the card in the last post. This one was made using only the supplies in the kit. No added stuff. My favorite part on this card is the heart. I love glimmer paper. I save even the smallest, itty bittiest, teeny tiniest pieces of glimmer paper. You never know when you might need a little bit of bling. I thought I was the only one that did that but last year at the Stampin’ Up! convention, one of the presenters confessed she had pieces of glimmer paper that were so small she had to keep them in Zip-Loc bags to keep from losing them. So I don’t feel so…ummm…different. My husband says I’m a hoarder but I know I’m not. I’m just a keeper of things I might need. And little tiny pieces of glimmer paper–gold OR silver–are things I might need. And no judging from all of you that are not keepers of things you might need!

Check back later to see the next card from the Everyday Occasions kit.

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Supplies: Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (134797), Paper Snips (103579) and Snail Adhesive (104332)

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit


I am loving all of the new kits Stampin’ Up! has started offering. They make card making so easy. If you don’t have the time or the space, now I’m not saying I don’t have the space because I do but every inch counts, these are perfect for you. This kit makes 20 greeting cards. You get everything you need except scissors and adhesive in one little box. They even give you instructions. What more could you ask for?!聽 And for those of you that don’t like to follow instructions, you can always add your own touch. I changed the color of the ink to white and added rhinestones just because I could. And instead of tossing the end of the label I cut off, I put it on the envelope. Quick and easy!

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Supplies: 聽 Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (134797), Paper Snips (103579) and Snail Adhesive (104332)

Added Supplies: Whisper White Craft Ink (101731) and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

50% Off Paper Pumpkin


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