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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Use Your Stash - First Birthday Cards!

I realise that I do many craft projects that I never upload to my blog, but sometimes I do take photos of them with the best of intentions. 

So it's about time to convert those intentions into actions and share ....

Last year, about the time when my twin sons turned one, I had a group of friends whose children also turned one - so it was time to get the creativity going and produce some cards for the youngest members of our population. 

Using American Crafts patterned paper, Spellbinders nestabilities and some very old stickers ...

Heather kindly donated some Daisy D's "Lullaby" range to me, and I had created a couple of layouts with it.  This was using some of the left over papers and alpha stickers ... I also used a balloon and script stamp that I've had for years - just some Glossy Accents over the top to give it some emphasis!

I used some left over Autumn Leaves "Mod" range of papers and some ribbon - and used an "I" instead of a 1, which I don't think you can tell ...

Some First Editions paper here - a new paper pad for me, together with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 die, and the Waltzing Mouse labels stamps.  Some ancient rub-ons, and a Thickers "1" .... The stamps were freebies from a card magazine lent to me by Tara - I loved the stamp set so much I had to go and buy it on Ebay.  Very unusual for me, as it is very cutesy, but things change beyond all recognition when you have children, I have found!

Some freebie mag paper here and some washi tape!  I backed the washi tape with white card, and then used it like ribbon ... I love the combination of aqua, red and white! That stamp will come in especially useful for children's birthday cards in the future, I think. 

Some ancient blue paper in my blue scraps bag and a cutesy stamped image with a Bazzill Just the Edge strip.  I love blue and gold together - cheerful and bright!

A good record for me of some of the past projects I have done, and it might provide some good ideas for others who might struggle.  I'll be back soon with more in the series of "Using your stash .... "


  1. Great cards, love the idea of putting white card under washi tape. Sometimes its a little too transparent.

  2. So cute Ali, I especially love the one with the banners and balloons! :)

  3. I love the shapes of the cards. Also the way you have decorated them of course. :) joinng you in the use up stash idea, although I rehomed a lot of scrapbook stash last year, I have enough 6x6 patterened paper pads to last me beyond life expenctancy!

  4. Lovely collection of cards Ali. I had to giggle when you said you backed the washi tape with white card, and then used it like ribbon. The one and only time I've used washi tape I did exactly the same LOL.