Amongst other things, this is a selection of cards that I recently sent to my friend, Val.
A good few years ago, Tara had given me miscellaneous size envelopes. I think this was nearly the last lot I had left. So I got to and made card blanks out of some of the card weight of the A4 bundle I bought from the Papermill when I originally started papercrafting. The colour of the blank was determined by the colour of the envelope, naturally!
For the above card, I used a piece of 6 x 6 paper that came with a free stack from a card-making magazine, and a message spot from the free paper that came with the Scrapbooking Magazine once upon a time. I haven't seen that magazine for a couple of years, so I am not sure if they are still doing that - but my card making has benefitted from those free papers over the years. I stamped the message with the American Crafts "birthday" set of stamps, and added a hot pink felt flower I've had in my flower stash for many years.
Here I added a birthday message from Craftwork Cards onto a blue circle to ground it. I even had that orange star in my orange scraps bag! I felt the pattern also worked well in this instance.
These cards couldn't be simpler! The following really proves it - a scalloped circle spot, a round birthday message, and a sticky border with some yellow ric rac and done!
Spot a trend - they are really similar to each other in design - I just change around the elements a bit.
So - by making a small batch of cards, it has used up some ribbon, some A4 card, some Craftwork Cards sentiments, and a bit more freebie mag paper. And I am pretty sure that this present was made in the course of one evening - very productive use of my time, I would say!
You will read more and more stash busting efforts mentioned here in the coming months - all gearing towards the big expected move next year.