I wanted to share my adventures in recycling cards.  I’ve been really enjoying it this year.  I hate to see things just get thrown away, so I will rarely say no to giving it a good home in my craft room.  That is how I ended up with a 18 gallon tote full (and by full I mean overflowing) with old store bought cards.

I can’t let these pretty cards just get thrown away, so I chop them up and give them new life–another chance to make someone smile.  Most of these cards were given to me by my aunt and they were given to her by other members of our family.  It brings me joy to open up a card and see the message that was written in it and my Gram’s signature.  It even warms my heart to read a sweet message written about my Gram in a sympathy card after she passed.  My goal for this year has been to recycle one of these cards per day and to give my family sets of these cards as birthday gifts.  I know Gram would approve.

Here is one of those sympathy cards.  Plain, one layer card.  Pretty, but not particularly exciting.  I liked that border design at the bottom and wanted to keep that in my new card.  So the layout of the new card was inspired by the size of that border.  I decided to make a Side Fold Card  but let it stand vertically.  I cut the border to now go on the top of the card and I used a Die-namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die at the bottom of the panel.  The sentiment is already pretty and embossed, but we needed more sparkle.  Stickles to rescue!  Look at the sparkle:

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