Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
~ lyrics by Peter Allen, 1979
I wish that I would have looked ahead to the Catered Crop challenges (looking ahead is one of the big advantages to being on design teams!) I have been in a major purge mood all summer. I have half the clothes that I had at the beginning of summer - all of those items that I thought I liked but never wore have been donated! My cookbook and knitting book collections went from six bookshelves to three. Our teeny, tiny mountain condo has gone to livable again with incredible amounts of old ski gear, warm clothes and family games and puzzles being donated or thrown away. I started the summer feeling like life was closing in on me - do you ever feel that way? And I purged everything just to make me feel "lighter".
My stamping stash was no exception. That purge is still ongoing as every week I challenge myself to fill another trash bag and a donation bag. Sadly, the stuff the truly belonged in the "graveyard" went first as those were the easy decisions. If I hadn't touched something in years, it was gone. This has made the "graveyard" challenge a little difficult.
One thing that I kept was a crimper. I know this one is an oldie because Linda included it in the challenge graphic (see below). Can you see the dust on my crimper?
I'll always keep my crimper because to this day, I love crimped fall leaves. Just cut your leaf, fold it in half and run it through the crimper at an angle.
I also kept my box of charms. I'm not sure these are really graveyard items but I can't remember the last time that I saw a charm dangling from a bow on the card and it used to be totally normal. I checked out an online stamping store from which I often got beautiful charms and they only have two styles now - so I decided to use them on this card. (But after I decided to use them, I say that the brand new Stampin' Up Holiday catalog includes snowflake charms. Although it is interesting that they never refer to them as "charms" they simply tell you that you can use linen thread through the loop to hang them.) This box shows you why I had to use a few charms on this card.
And here's the card as a whole.
I used the crimper horizontally and then did a small strip vertically. All edges are sponged with gray but you can only really see that in the bottom left corner. It's a nice look since only the raised portion catches the ink.
This card also made me wonder whether striped baker's twine is in the graveyard. Personally, I had to dig really deep to pull mine out. I do a lot of twine - but all I've used for a long time is solid color hemp twine.
Here's Linda's graphic on stamping items in the graveyard. You can also check back at Catered Crop this Sunday to see what else the design team came up with.
Do you have any of these items?
Do you agree that they are in the graveyard?
What else do you have so far back in your stash that you've almost forgotten that's it there?
I hope you ponder these questions, then play along at Catered Crop. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
- Stamps: none
- Paper: Papertrey Ink Terracotta Tile, Smokey Shadow
- Ink: Simon Says Fog (just for sponging on the edge)
- Accessories: Papertrey Ink Tricky Trio dies, Charms (unknown), Baker's twine from The Twinery, Fiskars paper crimper