When you have been paper crafting as long as I have, you begin to notice a lot of repeats. Which, is understandable, as there are only so many images and ideas to go around. One thing I notice over and over again is how many of the new stamp sets are very similar to the ones I already own. For example, I saw this note pad cover HERE, and thought, "Hey, I already own a stamp set very similar to that one!". I really liked Debbie's design, so I cased her cover and made a card, using my old stamps and not the new version, and came up with this:
The bear was stamped directly on the Kraft panel and I also colored in a little dirt hill for him to stand on as well.
Paper crafting can be an expensive hobby. Most of us already own more stamps, paper, and dies than we could ever even use in a life time, and because we have so much 'stuff' we often have to create and devote entire rooms in our homes to house it all. I know I do! It is hard to resist the temptation of always wanting to buy the 'new stamps' or the 'latest images'. The next time a new stamp set comes out and the divas start to creating fun new cards you want to case, instead of rushing to buy the new stamps, look at your old stamps first and see what you have that could possibly replicate that look. It's better for your pocketbook and the environment, because you using what you already have instead of buying new.
Have a great day! Amy