Thursday, December 24, 2020

Don't ever throw anything away!! LOL

Hello Dear Friends ... Happy Christmas Eve!

I haven't had much to share with you on my blog this week ... busy time as you all know, but I spotted this challenge and just HAD to join in!  You'll see what I mean and what my title is all about.

The challenge I spotted was the Make It Monday Challenge where the theme is

Create your own background - in an inky way!

Here's what I came up with ... 



 If you know me, you know how much I enjoy making my own background using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  Well the other day I had noticed a paper towel laying over on the table mat I use when using my oxide inks that I had used to clean up the excess ink.  Typically I just toss them in the trash but for some reason that day a light bulb went off and I thought  ...  WOW I could probably use this for a background panel itself.  So smoothed it out and even ran it through my die cutting machine to flatten it even more.  Then though it needed extra 'backing' so glued it to a card stock panel and trimmed around it.  Oh yea, when taking the trash out I spotted another wadded up paper towel in the trash bag so grabbed it and smoothed it out too.  (See photos above)

 Here are the cards I created using these ink clean up, normally tossed paper towel panels ...

I've simply added a couple die cuts and VIOLA ... 
Two birthday cards ready for the sale box.

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a SAFE & HAPPY Christmas Eve!

As always ...


  1. You just never know when something will inspire you! These are so beautiful and made very lovely cards my friend!

  2. LOVE these. I have done that before and it always brings me a smile. Merry Christmas, dear friend. I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow. XO~

  3. Those are gorgeous backgrounds and the texture on the paper towel is so cool looking on the card too. They make wonderful cards.

  4. Fun idea, and the texture in the paper towel gives it a neat touch too, like how you made panels of them

  5. Such a great use of your waste papers, being frugal and creative. Wonderful cards with original backgrounds. Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday, we would love to see you visit us again. Happy new year. Caz. DT.


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