#UseYourCraftStash – Review of all the cards and winners!

Hello guys! I hope you all had fun playing along and / or checking out the tips and card ideas we shared for #UseYourCraftyStash challenge. I am so grateful for all your support of my little blog and business. Let’s do a quick review of the cards I shared and then check out the winners. Shall we? Background dies Something different Multiple cards with heat embossing on patterned paper Digital stamps and foiling with laminator Hot foiling and mistakes Multiple tips and lots of ideas for using patterned papers Using background stamps as the highlight Using stencils for color and …

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#UseYourCraftStash – Color and Dimension with stencils

Hello there! I hope you all have enjoyed our little series for #UseYourCraftStash challenge. In this final post, I want to share with you how you can add dimension and color with stencils, but without any texture pastes etc. Ready? You do that by combining two techniques – dry embossing with stencils + ink blending. Here are the cards I made to show the results. Key Ingredients: Altenew Poppy Bloom Stencil Altnew Majestic Bloom die set Echo Park Paper Company The Story of Fall Branches Stencil Distress inks – Festive Berries and Worn Lipstick Hero Arts Ombre Green ink Lime …

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#UseYourCraftStash – Background stamps – make them the star of the show!

Hi friends, we have done a lot of different fun things during this challenge. Today we are playing with background stamps. :) I often like to just go with just tone-on-tone or emboss resist or something more of a “background” thing. Today though I made two cards where the background is actually the start of the show. Key Ingredients: Simon Says Stamp Leaves and Berries background stamp Simon Says Stamp Ultra fine gold embossing powder Simon Says Stamp Ultra fine steel navy embossing powder Coloring pencils (I used the one from Simon Says Stamp’s March 2020 card kit) Martha Stewart …

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#UseYourCraftStash – Patterned Papers

Hello friends, hope you all are doing fine and enjoying our #UseYourCraftStash challenge. Today we are going to talk about the most important things we crafters want to care about – the money we spend on crafting – and some tips on how to make it count. Because whether you are just starting out or an established crafter business person, you will always care of making sure your money is put to good use, won’t you? Let’s get to today’s tip(s) first and after that check out some cards using one thing that we have a stash of – Patterned …

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#UseYourCraftStash – Let’s talk about Mistakes & Hot Foiling

Hi everyone, for today’s tip and #UseYourCraftStash challenge – let’s talk about mistakes, shall we? As a crafter, as a businesswoman, as an employee, as a wife and mom – I do make a fair share of those. Today though I want to share with you my mistakes in crafting, specifically with hot foiling – and talk more about what they meant. I love hot foiling – love how it adds a beautiful design of bling and shine to a project. If you have played with hot foiling, you know the typical mistakes: Foiling the plate instead of the paper …

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EDS/HSD Instagram Hop Details + #UseYourCraftStash – Digi Stamps

Hi friends, today I am feeling so honored to be part of a very special event! My Instagram friend (and a crafter I deeply admire!) Natasha Davies is having an Instagram hop for EDS/HSD awareness. You can check out her blog post here. She has also set up a Just Giving link that directs funds directly to the EDS.org for anyone that would like to donate. There are so many talented crafters sharing their projects in this hop along with several generous sponsors who are giving several prizes too.  The purpose of this hop is to spread awareness about EDS/HSD and …

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#UseYourCraftStash – Make Multiple – Cards with only stamps & heat embossing

Hi guys, are you ready for the next idea and tip? Today’s tip:   When you are working on one type of card – heat embossing / foiling / fun fold – give yourself time to play a little. Give yourself time to understand the technique, grasp it, find out what works for you to make those kind of projects and get comfortable. Making one project today with a technique and then using that technique after days or weeks, will not build the same comfort level. So, I always recommend making multiple. Today’s idea is pretty simple – Heat Embossing. …

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#UseYourCraftyStash – Stray a little ;-) Hanging planters

Hi guys, keep those projects coming for the #UseYourCraftyStash! I am grateful for your support :) I hope you are ready for the next project. And it’s not a card. We (my girls and I) are getting so interested in Macrame and we are straying a little from paper crafting. It’s all good though, we are very happy with the outcomes. Today’s Tip: Stray a little. Get off your regular path. Who knows what new adventure will find you. Try a new technique. Learn something totally different. As “Lord of the Rings” author J. R. R. Tolkien says, “Not all …

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#UseYourCraftStash challenge – Background dies (or large dies) + a video

Hi friends, today we officially start our series of posts related to #UseYourCraftStash challenge. You can read all about it here. I hope you are joining us :) Today’s tip:   Create, don’t wait – for that exact time, superb motivation, amazing idea. As the famous saying by Gen George S Patton goes, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”. So, simply create. Don’t overthink. Keep it simple, just do it. Using this tip, I made 5 cards. I also challenged myself just a little *extra* to do only die cutting with …

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How about a Challenge – #UseYourCraftyStash and Multiple Prizes!

Hi friends, last month when I asked you guys on Instagram whether you have products sitting unused and a whopping 83% of you said “Yes”. For 17% of you, who said “No”, I encourage you to read on. I am sure you will benefit from this challenge too. So, I thought why not do a challenge that gets us into doing some crafty things with stuff you would like to see used?! Why a challenge? Well, sometimes all we need is some constraint to get our creative juices flowing. And setting up a deadline (time constraint) is just one way …

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Home decor shadow box using Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the month for May 2020

Hi friends, here’s wishing all the moms and mother-figures A Very Happy Mother’s Day! You are what makes this world beautiful!! And I hope you stay beautiful always :) Yup, that’s the message on today’s project too :) It’s been a while since I made a home decor project, so I decided to use this month’s Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the month to create a pretty shadow box project. It’s full of feminine pink/peach colors, hint of blue-green and lots of delicate gold details.   Key Ingredients: Spellbinders APG Dies of the month for May 2020 Spellbinders Elegant …

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The wait is over.. My Free Digis for May 2020 are here :)

Hello my dear crafty friends, I am here with the next month’s FREE Digital Stamps for you guys. :) I am sharing one card today using one of the digis, but there are two digis in total. I will create something with the second stamp and in the next day or two I will share a card with that one. Hope it’s okay with you guys :) Let’s go ahead with today’s card then, shall we? Here are the two free digis for this month:   Key Ingredients: My free digi stamps (Please subscribe to access them. If you are …

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Thank you card using Spellbinders Large Die of the month for May 2020

Hi friends, I have one more ‘Thank You’ card for you today. Using the Spellbinders Large Die of the month for May 2020 this time. And the color scheme for this card is inspired by an Instagram post by my friend @hooklineandinker from Instagram. She posted a beautiful room picture and challenged to make a card using dark teal and mustardy yellow color. Blue/Teal + Yellow is my favorite color combo, so how could I resist? :)   Key Ingredients: Spellbinders Large Die of the month for May 2020 Spellbinders More Sentiments hot foil plates Spellbinders Blistered embossing folder Steps: …

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Thank you card using Spellbinders Small Die of the Month for May 2020

Hi friends, new month = new dies from Spellbinders, right? And as always this month’s dies are so pretty. Today I will share a card using the Small Die of the Month club for May 2020. This set contains 5 border dies that fit the longer edge of an A2 sized cards and one slightly smaller die that cuts out ‘thank you’. I also combined it with a couple older Spellbinders products. Key Ingredients: Spellbinders Small Die of the Month club dies for May 2020 Spellbinders – Happy Collection – Shapeabilities Dies – Etched Dies – Celebrate with Cake (For …

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Flip cards without using any special flip-card dies | MFT Stamps

Hi guys, after I posted on Instagram my flip card using Whimsical and Wild collection by Jane Davenport from Spellbinders, I promised to show a quick how-to, so this post is about that. And in the process I have 2 more cards :)   Card 1:   Card 2: Key Ingredients: Old My Favorite Things Stitched Hearts die set My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes Clear Stamps Derwent Inktense Pencils Various colors of Gina K inks Steps: Flip mechanism: Cut two card bases A2 sized. First card: Line up the die and tape it in place. Draw a very …

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