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As I mentioned in a previous post, I have never thrown away a commercially-made greeting card received from family and friends! 

So... to begin this venture, I grabbed a handful of old cards out of my big huge stash and started looking for a few card-fronts that could be refashioned...




One quick and easy idea is to simply cut around an image and adhere it to a new background. In this case, I mounted the image on pretty cardstock colors shaped and enhanced by using a Label Collection Framelit and the Stripes Embossing Folder...


Never having enough masculine cards, this one caught my eye.  The only embellishment it needed after framing with perfectly matched Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock and Very Vanilla Cardstock, was to add a little Early Espresso Baker's Twine...


and I stamped a greeting inside...


Since Stampin' Up! has every color in the rainbow, it is a delight to match old card images to new cardstock colors!  I cut this old card in chunks and mounted the chunks on the bright, harmonizing colors of Island Indigo and Pumpkin Pie. To add a little pizzazz, I embellished it with 1/2" circles and the brand new Candy Dots...


With my love of sewing, I can never pass up a basket of flowers made with a needle and thread.  To match the tapestry motif, I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the background and the Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon as embellishment...


I also stamped on the inside of this card using a stamp from A Dozen Thoughts Stamp Set that complements the sewing theme...


The old picture on this card, along with tearing and antiquing, worked well with the Victoria Crochet Trim and the muted cardstock colors...


And this grinning frog made me happy, so I trimmed him up and mounted him on Old Olive Cardstock and Perfect Plum Cardstock to match his floppy flower...


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A NOTE:  I held a home workshop with the Refashioned Theme.  I was eagar to evaluate reactions and calculate the class success.  Half the participants were seasoned stampers and half were new.  By using all the supplies and accessories listed below on cards similar to those above, everyone was able to experiment with many products and ended up purchasing new items to make both conventional cards and refashioned cards of their own. Offering creative options gave many stampers a fresh enthusiasm for card making, and several stampers shared their appreciation for the unique alternatives.

  • Multi colors of cardstock
  • New and established stamp sets
  • Stampin' pads
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Embossing Folders
  • Framelits and Dies
  • Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat and Pack
  • Punches
  • Ribbons
  • Bunches of embellishments


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This is a great idea Linda-one that I used to do before my rubber stamps days-thanks for revisiting this technique-I have old cards as well

These are wonderful Linda, certainly some food for thought. We must all have saved cards from friends & family. While browsing these I got the idea of "refashioning" saved cards to send to the person who originally sent it. Thanks for this great idea.

Linda great 'refashioned' cards. Love them all and the masculine one is a fav. Looks FAB. hugs

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