DAY 3...



Using PHOTOS is a great choice when designing personalized cards.  After all, you were there, snapping photos and making memories. It is logical that the next step would be to share those photos and memories with the people you care about most.  It's so quick and easy to affix your photos to a card. Simply add a stamped greeting, a few handwritten words, a pretty bow... and you'll have a priceless masterpiece! If you're not quite convinced, you will be when you scoll through the cards below.


I sent high-resolution graphic images (JPEGs) to my local Costco (aka Sam's Club). Within twelve hours, I was able to pick them up and the cost was only 13 cents each! WOW! (Did I mention 13 cents each!)

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A NOTE:  My husband and I are the Senior Adult Leaders of the 50+ age group (Primetimers) at our local church. A group of ladies have asked about starting a card ministry for shut-ins, and for people in the congregation who need a bit of cheer from time to time.

I've decided that a simple way to delegate the card making (keeping it uncomplicated and inexpensive) is to use photos!  Using photos (for 13 cent each) as the card front, the church ladies will enjoy crafting together, and will be pleased to share their handmade creations with other parishioners.



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DAY 2...



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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DAY 1...



Hello!  I'm very excited to show and tell you about REFASHIONED CARDS.  But first, for all of you who are bona fide, dyed-in-the-wool Stampin' Up! devotees, never fear. All the supplies and accessories I use for this mini series are exclusively from Stampin' Up!  This is a fresh and fun approach to card-making and inspires not only Stampin' Up! enthusiasts, but all others who use a variety of materials from various places.  Art from the heart captures our attention no matter where we shop! 

PLEASE NOTE:  Days 2, 3 & 4 are finished and ready to post, but I am still working on Day 5 entitled THIS & THAT... So if you have an idea to contribute, I would be happy to develop it and mention your name! 

It is always such a pleasure to hear from you, so please take time to comment via this blog or by email.  Here are the categories I'll be sharing with you beginning tomorrow and continuing through Friday...










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Happy Fathers Day

Today is also my birthday,

so we have two celebrations going on at our house!

xox Linda




TRUE CONFESSION: I have been married 49+ years, and have never thrown away a single Hallmark-type greeting card received from family or friends. I have saved thousands of them!  Now before you call me a hoarder, please note that when you walk into my home at any given time, it is spotless and totally organized.  My garage too.  So I couldn't be a hoarder!  Right?  All that to say I want to share a new card-making idea... I'm calling it REFASHIONED CARDS. I have experimented with four categories of refashioned cards: 1) Old/Used Cards, 2) Photos, 3) Kid Drawings, and 4) This & That.

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Months ago, Stampin' Up! encouraged all demonstrators to conduct their businesses "MY WAY" (each of us in our own creative way). Next week I will share a four-part mini series here on Polka Dots and Paper. I'm looking forward to showing you lots of fresh and fun refashioned card ideas - MY WAY!


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I love owning (and recommending) a stamp set in which every image is fabulous and has potential to be used for many different occasions...

Simply Sketched Flower

This stamp set lends itself to simple layouts.

See the foliage.  See the bird.

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set #129669-Wood / #129672-Clear, Rose Red Cardstock #102544, Watercolor Paper #122959, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Many Marvelous Markers #131264, Paper-Piercing Tool #126189, Paper-Piercing Pack (Occasions) #129387, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Corner Punch #119871, Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon #126844, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430.



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Simplicity, blues, gingham and birds are a few of my favorite things...

Simply Sketched - Bird

It's no wonder I like this card so much!

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Simply Sketched Hostess Stamp Set #129669-Wood, #129672-Clear, Island Indigo Cardstock #122923, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper #129310, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Many Marvelous Markers #131264, 3/4" Circle Punch #119873, Antique Brads #117273, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.



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This week I am featuring the stamps in the Simply Sketched Hostess Set.  I loved the set when I first saw it in the new catalog, and have made three cards to showcase its style...

Simply Sketched

I used one of the greetings on the inside...

Simply Sketched2

...and repeated the foliage image on the envelope...

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On the next post, I'll show you the card I designed with the bird. It's my favorite of the three. This is such a great set - and it's FREE to a qualifying hostess!

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SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES:  Simply Sketched (Hostess Stamp Set) #129669-Wood / #129672-Clear, Raspberry Ripple Cardstock #126842, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Many Marvelous Markers #131264, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301.

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Our New 2013-2014 Annual Catalog

New catalog





DAY 5 OF 5

More of your favorite picks of my 2012-2013 cards...

Father's Day

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In Pursuit

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Pretty Prints

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Workshop Pizzazz

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