Sunday, 8 January 2012

Confessions of a Craft-a-holic

I am so glad that recycling has become vogue, because in my sorting out my craft room, I’ve discovered way too many special “I can reuse that” items I have – errrr – hoarded away.

I’ve also discovered things that I bought for card making, that I really don’t like. Its either because I’m not using them correctly, or that I had a preconceived idea of how they should work. Case in point… the current “mists” I’m using. They come out not as fine a mist as I think they should, and they do not dry as quickly either.  I definitely am going back to an alcohol based product, or will learn how to make my own. Before I do that though, I’m going to try to use up all the things I don’t like first… Perhaps I’ll learn to like them LOL

Now I’m in a panic, because I know I have more cards I’ve saved to recycle bits from… so this is the time I will be working hard to organize it before gardening season starts! So, my main confession is to really warn you about some impromptu posts coming up on how to recycle old Christmas cards into new ones! I’ll try to limit my posts to three examples, and show you how I’ve managed to reduce my “treasures” and put them into good use again!

Now that you’ve been warned… Come back tomorrow for the first installment of Card Recycling-101!


  1. Hi Shelly,
    Have you ever thought about experimenting and adding a bit of rubbing alcohol into another bottle with one of the less desirable colors of mist just to see what happens, if it is water based just mix some up and try it.
    See in the Mennonite Cleaner (as we call it) that I posted about equal parts of Ammonia, water and rubbing alcohol, I have been told the alcohol is in there exclusively as a fast drying agent. when mixed with water it causes everything to dry much faster............and it does!! Just a thought.

  2. The one color I am not really fond of is half full, so I may just top it up in increments and test as I go. I'll post the results in a later post. Good idea! Thanks!

  3. I think I should do a post like this Shelley, I think we can all definetly relate to what your doing. I've started to organize my room too, so I can easily find things (visual person) and I get the fun of finding new old stuff and then try to figure out what the plan was for it. Good luck in your adventure and I look forward to seeing what you do to those card (recycling I've done that too but now it's at the point of hoarding in my craftroom... need to break that habit real soon.... LOL