Even my Mr has started collecting for me - he found this discarded bracelet in a parking lot - the clasp was broken and some pieces crushed. He brought it home for me (this deserves me spoiling him by baking him something nice, methinks!)
And so I used a pair of jewelry pliers to snip it into some little sections and some single charms!
Here's the story on the "lace". It's actually just part of a doily. Thrift stores are full of doilies, they are available for pennies at yard sales. I take them and do all sorts of beautiful things with them.
This is the doily that I cut this "lace" out of - as you can see there is so much usable and interesting bits to it. Am I inspiring you, giving you new ideas? I'm a frugal girl and love to upcycle used items.
What sort of items do YOU re-use to make your cards?
On another note, I added 5 more "Freebies" into the Vault (Tab Uptop of blog page) I tried to organize them into categories as I post eg: the cross element is sort of in a "spiritual" section, the Ice Fishin' Kit in with the winter/Christmas stuff at the end etc. They are as follows:
- Bill and Barry's Ice Fishin' Kit
- John 3:16 Cross
- Pink Lemonade Tapes
- Love Hearts and Charms
- Love Stamps
In case you are a die-hard "Carder" or "Stamper" and have just stumbled upon my blog, and are wondering what all these things are in my Vault, they are digital scrap-booking elements and kits. These are all jpg (for the papers) and PNG (for the "elements' - buttons, flowers, brads etc) files, the PNG on transparent backgrounds. I'm sure many of the PNG elements could be imported into your cutting machines to make custom elements for your cards. I hope you enjoy them - all I ask is that you respect whether they are labeled "personal" use or "commercial" if it states, though I am open to allowing some use if you ask me permission. The other thing would be a link to my blog and a credit. You can credit me as Barb Derksen or Mrs Miles.