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Old 04-10-2007, 11:10 AM   #1  
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I made a beautiful birthday card for a friend, (ribbons, stamping, punching, matting, etc. ) I love doing it and enjoy my creations. Anyway, she called to thank me for the card and said "Instead of throwing it away, I'm going to use the "part you made"(I think she means the matted part) as a gift tag for someone else" Recycling!"

All I could do was laugh. I guess when we give them away, we must let go!
But I thought you all would relate!
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I made a beautiful birthday card for a friend, (ribbons, stamping, punching, matting, etc. ) I love doing it and enjoy my creations. Anyway, she called to thank me for the card and said "Instead of throwing it away, I'm going to use the "part you made"(I think she means the matted part) as a gift tag for someone else" Recycling!"

All I could do was laugh. I guess when we give them away, we must let go!
But I thought you all would relate!
I think that is a wonderful compliment, she loved it enough to give it to someone else.
But it is quite funny!
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:34 AM   #3  
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it is cool that she is going to recyle.....I had a friend tell me she was "keeping" a card instead of throwing it away. But like it has been said , once you give it away it is theirs. Having hjsut gone thru my parents' stuff...maybe we should start throwing stuff away I found sympathy cards that had been sent to my great aunt whose daughter passed away in the 1930s...my mother saved them after my aunt passed away, now I am saving them....when do we get to throw them away??? I am stumped. and still saving all this stuff....plus the cards from my parents funernals, and cards they gave to each other. And cards that I gave to them that they saved and now I have....I know in time I'll throw them away, cause I know my niece will throw them away....(no kids to throw away my stuff) so I guess just enjoy and try to downsize! sigh....what to do....
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:39 AM   #4  
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This happened to me too! I sent my cousin a card with a woman holding her head in her hands. I matted it with a Zoloft sticky note. My dr. had given me this huge pad of posties from her Zoloft distributor. Then on the inside I stamped: WHAT IF THE HOKEY POKEY really is what it's all about?
My cousin thought it was a great card but needed a funny card to send to a co worker that had had a terrible week. So she recycled it. Frankly, I'd rather my work be recycled on purpose than to be recycled in the land fill. Just my opinon for my cards.
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I also think it's great when people recycle my cards. I think it's a huge compliment. I don't even write in my cards anymore. I print out this great little poem I found on SCS, sign it, and insert it into the card. Here's the poem:


I didn't sign this card
Before I sent it off to you...
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:54 AM   #6  
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Definitely better to recycle than throw away...for sure!
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Brenda, that is a wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to start doing that, too.

I would much rather think that a card went to someone else, than to File 13!
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I'm going to start using that poem too. (Thanks for posting it!)

I'm not really a card saver. I do save any hand made cards I receive plus all of the cards that my DH gives me. (He actually buys the card for the sentiment inside.. it can take him HOURS to find the right one.) I also have saved all of the cards from our two wedding showers and the wedding itself. But.... what the heck should I DO with them? That's a LOT of cards!!

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i thought you were gonna say that she framed it!
great idea for our 'works of art'!

but i agree- i would rather they pass it along as apposed to throwing it away!
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My mom framed a card I made for Father's Day 15 years ago. I am a graphic designer so I had done it on the computer. The sentiment said "Only your oldest daughter knows what you want for Father's Day" and had pics of a boat, a jetski, a four wheeler and inside it says "But all I could afford was this" and shows a quite dead fish on newspapers.

It hangs in the hallway outside "my" room at their house. And it reminds me that even the little things I do matter to them.

I'd love it if someone saved my cards now. It only takes me an hour or so to make one after I try every ribbon, brad and button to make it perfect.
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What not scrap your old cards Donna Cook? They seem like they mean a lot. Just do some journaling with the sender/recipient and the occasion. It might be a good personal keepsake.
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I made a decorated paint can for my daughter's preschool teacher for Christmas. She told me that afternoon that she would be regifting it. Not that I mind that she regifts it, but gosh why did you have to tell me so soon!!
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My dad is very sentimental and saved/saves all the cards he gets from family (handmade or store bought). The very last Christmas card that he got from his dad before he passed away was something very special to my dad. He framed it along with a picture of my grandfather and every Christmas my dad hangs it with the other decorations. (Sorta off topic, but I wanted to share! )
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I also think it's great when people recycle my cards. I think it's a huge compliment. I don't even write in my cards anymore. I print out this great little poem I found on SCS, sign it, and insert it into the card. Here's the poem:


I didn't sign this card
Before I sent it off to you...
Instead it holds my warmest thoughts,
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And if you find a time you need
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Then take this card and sign it
And send it on its way.
I love this!!!! Thanks for sharing it.
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I used to have a friend get mad at me when I signed her cards because she wanted to regift them. I then started making her 2 of the same, I'd sign one and she could send the other off. I dont sign cards anymore, but just include a post it note. Unless it is a birthday card. I think those are more personal, however I may use that poem.... TFS...
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My favorite niece and best crafting buddy saves all the handmade cards I send to her and her brothers. They have inspired her to start stamping and making her own creations!!!
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I've had people call me to see if I had another card like the one they had because they didn't want to get rid of it! Little Rembrandts! Gotta love that they love your art!
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Ladies, I'd like to remind you when you use someone's poem, please remember to also write the author's name. It's a great compliment to them if you remember to do this. No, it's not my poem, but it sounds very similar to one I've seen before! Thanks!

My mother uses my cards that I give her as scrapbook embellishments, UNTIL she started collecting minature shoes. Now I give her shoe cards for her collection.
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I have one sister who "recycles" parts of the cards I send to her all the time.
I take it as a compliment.
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Gosh, I think that's great.

Then again, all my friends think I'm nuts because I make cards and then slide pieces of paper with my notes on them into the card instead of writing on them (they always ask why don't I just send a note)- until they need a card, then they appreciate it.

I especially love when I get my cards sent *back* to me, or see one I made for friend A at friend B's house- it makes me smile to see it got used.
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I've had friends tell me they wouldn't think of throwing my cards away. I plead with them to recycle them rather than hoard them. I typically put a white insert in and sign it which they can remove and put their own insert in.

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Casing this poem! And using it! TFS!
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I use post it notes to write my notes on so the cards and be regifted later on.
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LOL, I thought I was the only sentimental one out there! I have had 5 children and every single card that each one has ever received is tucked carefully away to treasure (or toss) as they see fit when grown up.

I finally gave up on saving Christmas cards from every aquaintence unless they are for the children or from DH or parents, but that is the closest I can bring myself to downsize! Ah, well! LOL
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Oh I give my cards away to some friends blank so they can reuse them but that poem will certainly be included now....thanks for sharing that.
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I also think it's great when people recycle my cards. I think it's a huge compliment. I don't even write in my cards anymore. I print out this great little poem I found on SCS, sign it, and insert it into the card. Here's the poem:


I didn't sign this card
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And if you find a time you need
To brighten someone's day...
Then take this card and sign it
And send it on its way.
That is a great idea! I too love it when someone recycles my cards or when I can recycle cards given to me.
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I think I'll be using this poem but I'd like to give credit to the author. Anyone know who came up with this?
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The author is Karen Roquet, at least that is what is on my copy of that poem.
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I have no idea what happens to the cards I make/give -- other than my DH's (which he just leaves lying around or tucked away somewhere). No one's ever said anything beyond the "Thank you - this is pretty!" when they first open the card. Oh wait - I think there was one person who said, "I'm keeping THIS one!" A good feeling, to know something I made blessed the recipient .

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