6 July 2015

Bin Diving? Nothing gets wasted here...

URGENT UPDATE: My crafty buddy and DT team mate Sue Carrington who you all know and love has had a horrible weekend - her blog has been hacked!!! As a result she's got to start all over again (can you imagine - that's everything from 2009 gone! - and yes, every which way has been tried to recover it). Anyway PLEASE make sure you follow her on her new blog and help spread the message;


Hi everyone and welcome, including my latest followers - so glad to have you joining in the fun! First up I need to give you a 'heads up' about the Blog Candy Giveaway that's running here through Sunday, July 26th. Please make sure you follow the link HERE (or on my sidebar) to find out how you can be in with a chance to get your hands on some fab crafty stash...

Now on to today's offering. I've been 'bin diving' and it's all thanks to the lovely Ruth (a love to create) an incredibly talented person I was lucky enough to meet recently at Stamp Magic. If you haven't seen her blog yet I can highly recommend a visit. Ruth is part of the DT over at Stamps and Stencils and recently shared a clever way of reusing those ink stained baby wipes HERE. Well that was it, no argument here, into the bin for me! retrieving all the old, previously discarded wipes, removing the scraps of paper that had become entangled with them, and flattening them out. Here's the first card I made using one of these 'revived' wipes...

(click on each image for a closer look)

The joy of this idea is that you don't have to start from a blank page. The ink patterns and colours are already in place and it's simply a case of enhancing them and working with the design they have predetermined. I have no idea which colours were mopped up with this particular one, just that dark blues, light browns and a touch of black were mainly in evidence. So, having adhered the wipe firmly to a piece of card to stabilise it, I reached for the IndigoBlu 'Circle Dot Background' stamp and some Midnight Blue Stazon ink (as it won't bleed on the fabric surface). Over the top I layered some white texture paste, stencilled randomly through an old circular stencil picked up as a sale item some long time ago.

To top this all off I die cut some cogs and gears, giving them a liberal covering of gold embossing powder and swiping Jet Black Stazon ink over the top to 'age' them. They work well when teamed with Tim Holtz Idea-Ology cogs and gears. The sentiment always makes me chuckle and comes from the IndigoBlu 'Little Voice' set. I thought it would appeal to my Father In Law's sense of humour as he celebrated his birthday - let's hope! A little 'watercolour' edging just helped to make the panel appear raised when added to a plain background.

It really didn't take long to put this together and with a small pile of used wipes sitting on my desk I now have a place to start when the old mojo takes a hike. Please make sure you pop over and see Ruth's tutorial for even more ideas.

I'll be back on Wednesday with my next Frilly and Funkie project. In the meantime PLEASE make sure you follow http://stampssuestyle.blogspot.co.uk/ and update your dashboards so you don't miss out on this incredible lady's work.
Thank you (and make sure you backup your blogs!) Jenny xxx


  1. what a clever idea Jenny - thanks for bringing it to my attention - I may have to go bin raking myself!!!! Its quite disturbing - thats the second negative thing I heard about blogs today - its a worry - poor sue xx

  2. Fabulous card Jenny ! Your bin diving has definitely paid off! Thank you so much for the shout out, it means a great deal to me. Sue C x

  3. Love your background, a very special card.

  4. You could make art from a coal sack Jenny! Terrific tip from Ruth and you have worked wonders, it's a fantastic card. So sorry about Sues blog. Nicola x

  5. LOLOL...I love what Nicola said. I was gonna say you could make art from an egg yolk and shoelaces. This is fabulous and I've been hankering to try that technique, now I just have to! Beautiful work Jenny :)
    Lisa x

  6. Great card,great idea Jenny, thanks for the link.
    Suzi B x

  7. What a great idea Jenny and your bin diving piece looks wonderful.
    A fantastic card x
    How awful for Sue, will put a link to her new blog on my next post too.

    Hugs Annie x

  8. What a clever idea and it looks absolutely wonderful!! Have never heard of re-using discarded baby wipes .. might have to go bin diving myself LOL!! Love this!!

  9. Wow!! Jenny you can make stunning cards from the most unusual ingredients!!!
    Love love,love, it.
    So sorry, I have missed few of your posts, been busy, here.
    I feel for your friend and her Blog problem.
    I have had a problem with my Blog so stepping back for a while.
    Nothing in comparison with your friend but still so blooming frustrating.
    Have great day
    Patricia xxx

  10. Wonderful card and thank you for telling us about Sue and her new blog.

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Oh wow what a fab idea Jenny :) super creation xxx

  12. Beautiful card Jenny -- love the watercolor edging of the "saved from the bin" wipe background. It does add depth. Fantastic gears too1! -- Mary Elizabeth

  13. A very clever idea. I've seen baby wipes used to die cut flowers before and they are gorgeous. However I am trying very hard not to try this technique lol!
    I still have a fair bit of old stuff, especially papers and flowers, that I need to use up. Although when they are I will be trying this and I'm going to add it to my Pin boards - love your gorgeous background Karen x

  14. Fabulous card ! Jenny n genius idea . I am a bit of a thrifty crafter but i would have never thought it possible to reuse the wipes . You've definitely showcased this one brilliantly. x

  15. I think you and Ruth have possibly started a new craze... love your card. Anne x

  16. LOVE the layers!!! Gorgeous use of the gears too!

  17. Great bit of bin diving! Brilliant card! Chrisx

  18. Genius idea and I am heads to the bin as well. This is recycling at its best and your results are stupendous! Such a cool idea. So sorry to hear about Sue and her blog. :( ~Niki

  19. Adoring your card and that fabulous background! I have to admit I am so intrigued to try discarded baby wipes, (just to clarify - painted ones... lol) the bleed of colour looks so fabulous xx

  20. This is a wonderful b-day card for your FIL, Jenny! The quote is so fun and would tickle anyone's funny bone :) I've just started using baby wipes in my crafting, so I don't have many to dive for...but I'll remember this technique--Thanks for sharing Ruth's blog with us!! XOXO-Shari

  21. Jenny, you've taken it to another beautiful level, I just love how the deep blue stamping has enhanced the baby wipe and those rusty cogs.... Stunning!! Hugs Ruth xx

  22. Wonderful card Jenny, your FIL will love it! Great reuse of your baby wipes, I just tossed some today so will have to go retrieve them and give them a second life. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Why would someone hack a blog and remove everything from it? What gain is there in that? Oh Jenny, that must be heartbreaking - and no way to recover it? I am so so sorry to hear this.

    Hugs, Neet xx

  24. Well, it was certainly worth diving in the bin to recover that! What a brilliant piece of wipe-art in such lovely neutral tones, and the arty background is random perfection!
    Alison xx

  25. Amazing! I love the texture and the colors. What a wonderful start with just left-overs. :) Even a bin is a treasure chest, if one knows how to handle it. Great!
    love, Irmgard


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