Monday, January 9, 2017

Mixing the old with the new and things you learn when you do so

Here's the thing.  I have SO MUCH OLD STUFF.  I mean, really old old stuff and it's kind of embarrassing.  After I stopped submitting for publication, I became much less concerned about having current papers/embellishments, so I mostly spend on stamps and dies and inks these days, which also means I tend to focus on those and not the old stuff.

This year I'm hoping to make a concerted effort to get that stuff out and use it more frequently.

(Full disclosure, I also have a lot of new stuff that I haven't used either....we'll talk about that another day.)

So lots and lots of oldies here, but interestingly enough my jumping off point was the two leaves.  They are from my new Calathea set.  They are the inner images associated with the leaf from this card.  But here I'm using them more like leaves for the flower, which is an old Webster's Pages embellishment.  The leaves were stamped on some patterned paper (also old) with rock and roll stamping for the first layer and then a sold dark color for the inner layer.  

The next piece I picked out was the journaling card, from an older Maggie Holmes collection.  Then came the little envelope (super old Studio Calico), with an acetate heart (even older Heidi Swapp) stapled in place with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I wanted to dress up the journaling card a bit, so I added some old MME Luxe rub-ons.  The sentiment is from my Dala Horse set and was stamped with Versafine.  To make sure it didn't smudge, I heat set it and a fun surprise, the heat caused the rub-ons to bubble up a bit.  I loved the fun texture it added, so I went ahead and heated up the rest of the rub-ons.  

I added a few patterned paper mats and stitching to finish things off.  

So fun to get out the old stuff and put it to use!  I'm hoping to do this more often this year.  

That's all for me today.  Have a great start to your week!


  1. I love the effect it looks like water droplets! TFS your beautiful card Miriam :D

  2. Miriam, I ADORE this card! Love that gorgeous flower mixed with the sweet envelope, and the text, stripes, and gold are fantastic together!

  3. Fabulous card!! You are not the only one with old product!! With my move to campus I have paired down, what I left at my moms will sit their for hopefully two years, plus I have a whole bunch of stuff in storage with all my household stuff!! And that stuff has been their for like 3 years now or so.... sooo...

  4. So beautiful Miriam. Love that those beautiful leaves were your jumping off point for this card. That is SO like something I would do! LOL. Old stuff? I have paper I bought in the mid '90's and since then have accumulated many things such as ribbon, stamps, embellishments and all kinds random things. I am trying to use it up as well.

  5. Way to rock all those timeless goodies, Miriam! We all have "old" stashes; but sometimes, they hold the greatest treasures. Great challenge for 2017!

  6. OLD stuff?!?!? This looks new and amazing! I LOVE it! You have challenged me to get into that closet of mine... pull out my beloved items and things I've had for years... and use them! <3 LOVE this card!

  7. We all have WAY too much stuff cluttering our mind/space sometimes....thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love what you've put together, Miriam! I'm totally with you on using up the old stuff.

  9. Oh this is so pretty!! I have a TON of old stuff but if it has not seen the light of day in a long time, is it really old? It is just new again!! I am trying NOT to buy so much but it is so hard for me. I love paper and stamps and markers-none of which I need any more of.