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On the cusp of the 2012, I thought it would be a good time to resolve to become a little "greener" as part of my paper crafting passion.  I will be making just as many cards–most of my cards have a destination in mind.  However, what about our handmade beauties making a trip to more than one recipient?

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Yes, yes . . . I have seen the episode of Seinfeld about the consequences of "regifting."  However, passing along the suggestion to resend our creations ("regifting") may be a smart way to add longevity to the "heart and soul" you transformed into paper (and one less purchase the recipient has to make the next time they need a card)! 

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Today's video (evolved from a "1 Minute to WOW" into about 4 minutes 🙂 shows you a Stampin' Up! personalized stamp (Family Tree) that I customized for exactly the purpose of making the regifting suggestion.  It goes on the back of a removable insert.  The front of the removable insert is for your personal message or an interior stamp.  NOTE:  Stampin' Up! personalized stamps cannot be ordered on-line.  If you are interested, please email me your order information here.  The personalized stamp details are on page 172 of the Idea Book & Catalog.

Watch my demonstrator video and let me know what you think about the concept of "regifting and recycling" cards with a comment below!  Today's card (for my daughter's 18th birthday) showcases Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, available Jan. 4 with the start of the Occasions Mini Catalog!  Clean, simple, pretty!


LAST DAY!  Enjoy my "Welcome Baby" Video Class FREE with an on-line product order of $50 (before shipping and tax) or more.  Offer ends at 11:50 PM MST tonight (12/31).

IMPORTANT STAMPIN' UP! PRODUCT NEWS:  Stampin' Up! will be discontinuing the Stocking Builder Punch (#124095).  It is ONLY available while supplies last.  Also, Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (124104) is out of stock and no longer available for purchase.  Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (124105) is still available.  Please note that the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog ends Jan. 3.

STAMPIN' UP! ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY MINI CARRYOVER LIST.  These products will be available for purchase after the Holiday Mini Catalog ends (last day is Jan. 3).



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Stamp Sets:  Sweetheart (bird: W120415, C120780), Family Tree Personalized Stamp (card insert, 116633), Bordering on Romance* (envelope: W125480, C125482), Outlined Occasions** (Sale-A-Bration: W126014, C126016 )
Paper:  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper* (125406), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Gray Classic Ink Pad (109120), Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker (120966)
Cool Tools:  Stocking Builder Punch (bird wing:  124095, only available while supplies last)
The Perfect Touch:  Large Pearl Basic Jewels* (125577), Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (122331), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Other:  Medium Square Envelope (107289)

*Available Jan. 4 in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog
**Available Jan. 24 as part of the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Promotion


  1. Mary, this is such a wonderful idea! I’m adding a personalized stamp to my next order thanks to your inspiration. What a wonderful way to reuse and recycle!! 🙂

  2. Mary that stamp idea is so great! I am definitely a fan of recycling and re-gifting – I’m sending 150 cards for charity away tomorrow in fact, that I’ve “made” by mounting retired swap card fronts to new bases. I couldn’t face throwing them away (I hate to think of my work in the trash too!) but I can let them go knowing they will brighten someone else’s day one more time. You’ve shown me a way to take it a step further, I will have to start doing what you’ve done with yours, when designing my own cards, from now on. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

  3. Regift, Reuse, Recycle! So cool! Perfect idea.

  4. Christy Miller

    Such a great idea! I know that not everyone keeps the cards I make which just breaks my heart to think all that work might be in the trash. This is a perfect way to hopefully extend the life of our creations and also it is two gifts in one…a card for the original person to enjoy and then later a gift they can give to someone else. Brilliant!

  5. Great idea Mary, a fantastic start to 2012.

  6. The insert is removable (not adhered). The front is Whisper White card stock (waiting for a handwritten message or a stamped greeting) and the back is Pear Pizzazz card stock with the “regifting” message.

  7. Dona . . . my mom saves every single one of my handmade cards in a special drawer, just like yours. so touching! hugs, m

  8. My dear friend, Sandy, told me she loved my cards so much she was re-purposing them by sending them to her family and friends she knew would love them. I started putting an insert so it would make it easier for her to do this lovely process. Will check out a stamp. That will make it even easier. THANKS!

  9. Mary,
    The girls in my group and I almost always put our messages onto an insert that reflects the cover of the card [a reminder to keep], and we encourage resending the cards to the next person. This doesn’t work that well with my Mom though … she keeps mine in a special drawer! = – }

    Great video!! Getting swaps ready for Regional and making a “notebook” to take as suggested on the SU site. Hope to see you before you head home from Leadership. y Prospero Nuevo Ano! [how to get that tilde in the right place!!]

  10. Great idea! Many times when I hand deliver a card, I do not sign it in case she would like to pass it on to another friend. I like your idea better. Must get me a stamp like that too! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Mary,
    What a great idea. I am a newbie in card making and stamping, and it so hard for to make cards, etc. because I don’t want to waste my pretty paper, as well as the thought of where it goes when it gets to the recipient. One question, which I might have missed in the video, is the original insert, the one to your recipient, not attached as well? I hope my question makes sense. Thanks again for the great idea.

  12. Sandy Brandvold

    Thank you for spreading the word about recycling!!! I have been sending most of my cards this way and I’ve never had anyone not reuse them…we’ve come a long way since Seinfeld…thank goodness!

    Sandy in Sedona

  13. Before you know it, Stampin’ Up! will create a special stamp for this based on your idea! I love it!

  14. I agree with Cookie; I have reused by putting the front onto another card, but this idea is great for those non crafty people that you send cards to. They won’t have to do a thing, but sign and mail. And the recipient still gets to keep your sentiment that you sent. Super idea!

  15. Vanessa Hughes

    Great Idea!Thanks for the tip. I love your ideas. I really like the personalized stamp idea for the re-gifting. Thanks for sharing all of your creations!


  17. AWESOME idea, Mary!! I will be doing this from now on, starting with my Christmas thank you cards. Thanks for all the work you put into inspiring us on a daily basis!

  18. Mary, you always come up with **GREAT** ideas!! Thanks for sharing with us! A personalized stamp will be going in my next order, too! Happy New Year and many blessings to you and yours! Kathy

  19. Re-gifting? YES! Already do it with some people anyway by writing on a post-it note. But creating a special insert with permission for the recipient to re-use the card is awesome! Love the personalized stamp. TFS!

  20. Mary what a great idea! I will be using it this year and see how it goes. Thanks so much!

  21. Pay it forward . . . nice idea, Jamie. Another reader suggested adding postage to an extra envelope so it’s ready to regift . . . turns a card into an even more valuable gift. Hugs, M

  22. Love this idea and your card! I think I will be placing my personalized stamp on my next order! This may be just what I need to push me to actually SENDING the cards I make instead of keeping them. I hate the idea that the recipient will just toss all my hard work. Now they can pass it on! I may even take it one step further and include an extra insert or two for them to pay it forward as well.

  23. Great idea, Mary !!! I have often thought about my creations going in the trash too.

  24. Hi Jean: The message is the little nudge to the recipient that regifting is OK. People who don’t make cards may be more comfortable with this idea than those who do. That’s cool, too. Hugs, M

  25. Thanks, Evette, for the heads up. I did receive a “wonky” email from “you” that appeared suspicious and deleted it. Hugs, M

  26. Evette K. Ciampo

    Mary please be advised my email address has been compromised. DO NOT answer any emails from: [email protected] See the difference in spelling? I am ciampo. Thanks. And a very happy healthy New Year to you and yours. ekc

  27. Hi Mary,
    Your idea of recycling our cards is GENIOUS!! Love it!! Off to watch the video! Happy New Year…

  28. Michele in IL.

    Very pretty!

  29. tammy fletcher

    I agree with the regifting, I hate to think that my hard work has ended up in the trash or in a drawer where no one will see it ever again….I would be honored if someone regifted my creation.

  30. What a great idea Mary! The thought of a hand made card going in the trash! Gasp!

  31. Brilliant Mary! I’ve been putting my greetings on a removeable piece for awhile now and hoping that people would feel comfortable regifting or at least giving them the option to do so. But a stamp telling them its okay…perfect. Thanks for starting the discussion.

  32. I can say FIRST HAND that this stamp is seriously an adorable stamp. I received a beautiful card from Mary this week and her message to me was written on an insert piece that had this stamp impressed on the back of the insert piece – and now I have Mary’s original card to re-gift and forward on to someone special on my card giving list. I seriously now have to order this stamp for the back of my card giving inserts. BRILLIANT MARY! Many thanks for sharing – but more importantly – Many thanks for my beautiful card!

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