Mixing Old and New

I have been trying to use up some of my retired Stampin’ Up! products and have come up with a couple of ideas I will show you over the next few days.

It seems that I see these awesome Stampin’ Up! brads, flowers and other embellishments in the catalogs.  I buy them with great plans to making wonderful cards and projects.  But the item sits there, untouched, until it retires…that is usually a very long time of sitting there untouched!  But once it retires I come up with all kinds of ideas to use these products on, only to find that I can’t get any more! Does this ever happen to you?  How frustrating!

But I do love the ideas that I come up with and the cards and projects do meet the needs of what I need or to bring joy to someone else.

Here is a card I have made mixing “old and new” products together.  I really like how these turned out.

Black/White Birthday card

Black/White Birthday card

This card is made with the current Stampin’ Up! Designer Paper called Kaleidoscope #132995.  This is a great paper which can be used for a multitude of occasions and projects.

I added embellishments from the Stampin’ Up! Pop Up Posies Kit #129305.  But I have GREAT NEWS!!  You are still able to purchase this embellishment kit on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack in my on-line store.  I am not always this lucky!  But pretty excited about being able to still get this embellishment.  But order soon, because they are available only while supplies last!

Here is a Birthday card using the blue flowers in the kit

Black/White Birthday

Black/White Birthday

In addition to the flower embellishments from this kit, I used retired brads for the center of the flowers.  I used retired Stampin’ Up! Everyday Enchantment Brads and Stampin’ Up! Jellybean Sweet Shop brads.  The Jellybean Sweet Shop brads had little cupcakes that were perfect for the Birthday cards.  And the Everyday Enchantment Brads has hearts, butterflies and designs that fit perfectly with the Thank you and Thinking of You cards I made with this same pattern.

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