Using up my stash

 Using up my stash

Most crafters love to have a variety of crafty materials at their fingertips. For those on the outside, that may look like hoarding. I realized how bad my craft stash was when I started organizing my office/craft area over winter break. I am not showing pictures because the hoarding is real!

So one of  my goals this year is to use up some of my stash, especially paper. So whenever I have a chance, I dig through some of my paper to inspire me. A while back my daughters and I had used some paints to create a big background paper and then I had put it aside. I used some of this paper as the background for multiple cards.

Card #1: Landscape layout: I really liked the pinks, blues and oranges on this part of the card. I used a stencil and some Distress Oxide in Dried Marigold to blend some small boxes towards the top of the card. 

I then placed some gold and sparkly light blue washi tape across the bottom part of the card in a horizontal orientation to help the sentiment stand out. The sentiment was actually the negative part of a die that was used to make the sentiment from another card in this post.  I finished up the card with some really pretty light yellow gems from Honey Bee Stamps. (I'm not sure which set it came from, but the yellow from the Beach Vibes set looks similar. I adhered the whole thing to a white card and ended up having a very cute card!

Card #2: Remember that I said this paper was big? Well, this yellow, pink and blue background came from the same paper. I die cut out a rectangle of the paper using a rectangle die, and then used an old pink zig marker and Stencilgirl's Echeveria Ballet stencil to create the outline of the stencil.  I decided that it needed a little more awesomeness, so I stamped a favorite stamp of mine in the corner--Hero Art's Old French Writing using some more of the Distress Oxide in Dried Marigold.

The sentiment was from the same die as you will see with the rest of the cards from today's post, this time using a piece of pink and white flowered paper from my stash. I gave it a little dimension by layering some white cardstock to have three layers in total. I finished up with a few sequins that I had in my stash and affixed the whole thing to a craft colored card base.


Card #3: Another part of the large background was cut out, and I used one layer of Honey Bee Stamps' Hexagon Layering Background Stencil (Set of 3) set and some Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel in Iridescent for some extra sparkle. I used some of the light blue washi tape used on card one and die cut it out using the same die as in the rest of the cards today. I only used one layer since I thought it stood out without it. I finished up the card with some blue gems from Honey Bee Stamps. I attached the whole thing to a blue card base and was all set!

Card #4: So you finally get to see the rest of the die! I had ink blended some Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Distress Oxide in Dried Marigold and  Carved Pumpkin. I splattered the whole thing with some water. I found yet another part of the large background paper that I cut out using a rectangle die and then used the same Hero Arts' Old French Writing stamp and the Dried Marigold Distress Oxide again (this time about three times, along the right edge). I then added some more of the light blue sparkly and gold washi tape on the left side and affixed the die cut on the right side with some white scrap card stock.   I finished up the card with more of the yellow gems from  Honey Bee Stamps.

So there you have it. I was able to use some of my stash and make 4 really cute cards. 

Thanks for reading!


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