Re-Purposing Gift Bags!

Hello my crafty friends!

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and holiday celebrations with your family and friends!

Now that the holiday gift giving season is winding down, I want to share an idea I have for saving the gift bags that are no longer able to be reused.

Once the gift bags are torn or part of the design are covered with old ‘To’ and ‘From’ stickers, they need to be given a new life.

I cut out a portion of the bag and put it on a card front. I also fussy cut a sweater image and added some foam tape on it and attached it over the same image on the paper.

using scraps of border stickers

Bits and pieces of left over Starfoam border stickers were used to accent the edges of this new card.

Another Christmas gift bag that was used several times and could have been tossed into the trash was used to create two other cards.

This well-used gift bag had large panels of Santa Clause and some holly sprigs. One of the Santa panels had a crease in it that I was unable to completely get out. (I ran it through my Platinum 6 embossing machine to flatten the crease a bit.)

I placed a strip of paper with a thank you sentiment stamped on it across the creased part of the panel. Problem solved!

A panel of a sprig of holly from the same gift bag was used to create another thank you card.

These two well used Christmas gift bags could have been tossed in the trash, but instead they were repurposed into greeting cards that can be used as a note card or a thank you card. Hopefully these cards will used to send a note of thanks to someone special.

I hope this encourages you to save a gift bag and turn it into a note card or a thank you card. It always feels good to repurpose something into something new!

I appreciate you visiting my blog. Wishing you a good crafting day!

~~Vickie~~

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A Quick Hello!

Hello!

I thought I would share this birthday card designed with cards that I created for someone very special a couple of years ago.

Birthday card created with cards

Remember to give a card to the people in your life. They will appreciate it! In today’s fast paced world, receiving something in the mail that isn’t junk or a bill will certainly be opened first!

Hope you enjoy your creative day!

Free iPhone Screen Cover!

We are still settling into our new home and enjoying our neighborhood. When the rain finally stopped and the sun came out, I decided to take a walk with my poodle pooch, Robbie.

I always take my phone with me when I walk, just in case I get an important call or message. Well, my phone dinged and I stopped to pull it out of my pocket to check on who was messaging me. Robbie doesn’t like me to stop when he is walking, so naturally he pulled a bit on his leash and down my phone went! Of course it landed face down on the sidewalk!

Smashed iPhone, iPhone,cracked screen,

If you’re like me, you can’t be without your cell phone. ( I can’t believe I lived without one for most of my life! However did I manage!)
A new phone was needed immediately!

If you are also like me, you hate setting foot into a cell phone service store! I don’t mean to disrespect the employees, but I do disrespect the high prices on the services and products they have to offer. Like the $40 screen protector they wanted me to buy! I just spent over $500 on a phone and now you want me to spend more? I could get a less expensive screen protector somewhere else.

So, I did. I spent $15 on a screen protector that was supposed to be every bit as good as the higher priced ones. Yea, I know. My husband gave me the “You get what you pay for” look. When I carefully put it on my phone, the ‘bubbles’ would not come out! It was a mess! (In my frustration, I failed to get a picture of it.). Needless to say, it was taken off after several attempts to smooth it out.

I just wasted money, but I knew I needed something to protect the face of my phone, especially since I keep it a little case that also holds a few essential cards & cash. I was not going to spend another $40, so I decided to come up with my own solution.

iPhone, iphone screen cover, protecting iphone, repurposing cleaning cloths

This idea works for me. It is easy to flip the cloth over to see the screen when I use it. I tilt the phone a bit when I close it and the fabric cloth falls into place so I can close my phone case. It also keeps my screen cleaner and didn’t cost me a dime!

Every now and then I offer up an idea that has nothing to do with designing handmade cards. So this is another little creative tip that I hope will be useful for someone!

Thanks for visiting today and I wish you another creative day!

~~Vickie~~

Too Many Embellishments?

Hello!

I’m popping in to share a little idea I came up with while I was sorting keys after our recent move.

There are many ways to identify keys. Instead of putting them on a bulky key ring, I decided to add a little tag to give the key a name.

Since I was sitting in my creative room to sort the keys, I realized I had so many embellishments that I could put to another use! These tiny metal tags were perfect! I have had them for so long and rarely use them, so I was excited to repurpose them.

Repurposing embellishments, craft supplies, keys

I just used my fine tip Sharpie permanent marker to identify the key. A simple idea, but it used up a few items in my craft stash!

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoy your creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~

Birthday Card made with Cards!

I’m sharing this older post, with an update. This card has been pinned to over 10k boards on Pinterest! Not a bad number for my little hobby/business!

Our home has been filled with playing cards since my eldest son was in the fourth grade. He would practice different shuffles and tricks, and leave decks and single cards in just about every room in our home. A few even ended up on a high window ledge in our living room! (I have yet to see that card trick!) His interest and passion for magic did pay off though, as he has been a professional magician and entertainer in the San Francisco area for several years now!
(Proud mom moment to share! Ryan Kane (Horsfall).

Anyway, in spite of always having playing cards around our home, using them to create my handmade cards had not even crossed my mind. A loyal customer recently requested some humorous birthday cards to share with her bridge playing friends. Well, this is when I realized I could open a fresh deck of cards and put them to good use! This is what I created.

Birthday card for card players, gals, guys, or anyone!
Birthday card for card players, gals, guys, or anyone!

Even if you don’t play bridge, poker, or other card games this card could be fun to present to the birthday ‘shuffler’. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by for a visit! ~ Vickie

*Includes trademark material of Bicycle Cards.