Mar 4, 2019

Using Older Products

Every six months or so I go through all my craft supplies and decide what to keep. This is the only way I feel comfortable with the hobby. I don't like things that I cannot find or a big mess. I do the same thing with my clothes and kitchen stuff. Inevitably, I find things that I forgot I had -- it's like shopping with no cost!

This weekend I found 2 dies -- this ornate frame (manufacturer unknown) from Altenew's New Day Card Kit, and this beautiful flower and leaves die from Penny Black -- and decided it was time to use them or giveaway. Using them won. Thank you to several folks who identified the die! It's a keeper.


I originally die cut a gold glitter frame and wanted to make a few layers to adhere together. I used an Altenew Chocolate Brown alcohol marker to color a white frame to put behind the glitter one (I didn't want white peeking out). The colored frame looked a little like wood and I decided to use it this way (I made 2 layers.)

Die cut the flowers and leave from the backside of some hotpress watercolor paper disaster. Added color with Zig Clean Color pens and a waterbrush. Then added Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over the flowers. Love that shine!

The sentiment is from an older Altenew Set -- Label Love.




Everything's popped up with foam tape, which brings the design some life.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Great. I'm almost done going through my stash and it's such a good feeling to see empty boxes and plastic sleeves and more space.

Later this week I'm having a very minor procedure on one of my hands, so I may be out of commission for a couple of days (milking it to avoid cooking!).

13 comments:

  1. lovely card Joan - I need to do the clean out too - good luck with the hand.

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  2. Gorgeous card! Love the wood look of the frame! Elegant!
    Best of luck with the hand procedure!

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  3. That is beautiful. The flowers steal the show but the frame reminds me so much of the wooden cuckoo clock in our kitchen when I was a child. It's fabulous.

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  4. Lovely! I love the warmth that the brown frame adds to the card. I think the frame die, especially, is a keeper. Best wishes on your procedure.

    Laurie (@lauries_jardin)

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  5. I'm big on purging, including clothes and household items. Clutter is not my friend. I agree that it's like having a whole new stash when you clean it out and reassess. Just look what you found to play with! Beautiful dies and design!

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  6. I think its great to clear out old stuff, it is so much easier to be creative with fewer choices to make.

    Your card is a lovely collection of bits. It all comes together in a beautiful way.

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  7. You're right, the frame does look like wood and it showcases the flowers beautifully. Wishing you quick healing from your procedure so you can get back to crafting. Cooking.... can wait a bit longer.

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  8. Gorgeous card! Tis the season of cleaning out and using products that haven't seen light for a very long time. (or ever) It's a refreshing process and gets me out of the creative doldrums every winter. If you ever figure out the manufacturer for the frame, please post!

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  9. I really love this idea of shopping your supplies more often... I'd never part with my own Altenew frame, Joan - but I surely do not use it often enough! That frame was part of their New Day Card Kit https://altenew.com/products/new-day-card-kit - LOve your card, Joan!

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  10. Thank you Mr. B for choosing my number to win the Gratitude Giveaway.

    Lovely card. Simple and delicious. Best wishes on the hand..take good care.

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  11. What a lovely card, Joan. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you feel better quickly so we can see more cards!!

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  12. Love the card and that gorgeous “wood” frame! It all looks stunning together. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

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  13. I think I admire your ability to purge every six months .. but it makes me a bit anxious! Love that Penny black die … and I, too, am using some old favorites lately.

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