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