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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

May Scrapology Card Challenge - Use your Stash!

 This month over at Scrapology, I challenged the DT to make a card using stash!  I often sit down with a specific target in mind to use something up.  Well in this case - it was file folders. 

Many, many moons ago, I bought a huge kit from K and Co from the shopping channel, as you do when you first start crafting.  I had been diligent and used up things, gave most of the last bits away, and thus the kit had gone.  However, there were still a whole wodge of file folders lurking about - funny bits of card in all shapes, sizes and colours.  I kept them in a small drawer, along with my pearls and bling, and every time I tried to open the drawer, it would get stuck because of these dashed things!

One day I got so fed up that I thought "right - you will be my next target"! And so I got to and started cutting them up. 

The above card used up some eyelets - don't look at my wonky sticking of the different rectangles!
A male card - you can see the crease in the file folder, but I could live with that.  Also using up some ribbon. 
The file folder is the dotty design above - also did some stamping for another male card. 
Stamping on the tag - recycled from a friend at Christmas! and the pink file folder is also covered with flowers. 

Can you see a theme developing?  I used up photo corners and the decoupaged rose which I cut out and stamped on the banner.

Probably the most simple - using up rub-ons, and the crocheted flowers with the brads in the middle.  I could live with the distressed rub-ons - as the card was folksy in feel. 
The above is probably my favourite - I used up some stickers from the Pound shop, lots of flowers, eyelets and that butterfly felt ribbon.  I love the colours and I put lots of Stickles on the flowers and butterflies. 

I stamped the background of the card, and used lots more Stickles.  The die cut swirl was in my "miscellaneous" bag where I fling bits and leftovers of previous projects to use again.  I matted the file folder on light pink paper and sticklesed around the border.  ("Sticklesed" - a new verb! :lol:)

The above used stickers, and the flower.  This time, I actually used the folder as a folder - how original of me - whoo! :D
Probably the card I liked the least - I am not a fan of sludgy Victorian colours, but I know some people love them.  The file folder was the base of the flower - this time I was more concerned at using that patterned paper up!

I hope this post has given you some inspiration as to how to use up some unlove items in your stash.  I was mostly pleased with how the cards turned out - they went as a present to a friend for her birthday and she said she was pleased with them as she doesn't make cards herself. 

As a prize this month, I have put together a kit - you guessed it! - from my stash.  It is vintage in feel, with peachy and teal tones. 

I would love to see what you have made from your stash!  Happy crafting! x


  1. What a great collection of cards Ali and all so different and so creative. Don't you find it so satisfying to use up old stash? I do.

  2. You're my hero lol. I've these same folders, and as you know, I'm trying to declutter too ... So thank you for the idea :)

  3. I've been doing the same, making cards from leftovers, they're great as pressies, or to give to charity, or as additions to your own card stash of course. Happy de stashing.

  4. Great ideas there Ali. They all look good too!