Thursday, June 21, 2012

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - Oldest Paper

If you are joining us for the "Using Up Your Stash Blog Hop" you are on the right track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Wendy's Blog.  If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Rachel's Blog. Let's get started.

If you are like me, you have a ton of paper that you have horded, so today I am showcasing my oldest Close To My Heart paper.  I’m trying very hard to use up my stash, so I made 2 things this month.  Now, there will be some participants with some really old paper.  I've been with Close To My Heart for only a year, so my paper isn't that old, per se.

First, I made a card for a group I’m in called RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. Each month we get a different RAK partner and we send something handmade to our partner just to let her know we are thinking of her. The lady I made this card for loves butterflies.  That enabled me to use the Wings paper I had left over from the Spring of 2011. For the card, I used the Die Cut Cards & Envelopes.  I covered the flap of the card in the dark, butterfly covered paper.  The excess paper I cut out different butterflies.  I used the green side of another Wings paper and cut it to fit the other side of the card.  I stamped the green paper with one of my favorite stamp sets, Love Life.  Then, I glued down the butterflies I cut out. 

On the inside of the card, I wanted to do something a little fun.  So, I used both sides the same paper as the majority of the front of the card.  As a base, I cut out and used the black side of the paper.  Then, I cut out a smaller square and turned it so that it was wonky.  I used the Metal Brad Assortment in Black to hold down the wonky turned paper.  I have a punch that punches out super small butterflies., along with 3 other critters.  I punched out 3 butterflies and used the reverse side of the paper, black, to give just a bit more contrast.  Then, I wrote a note to my RAK friend.

The 2nd project I did was a SWAP of bookmarks.  This was fun because we got to just go with it, no theme or anything.  Well, I thought, might as well use more Wings paper, so I did.  I measured about 2 inches wide and about 7 inches long black cardstock.  Then, I used the same green paper from the Wings paper pack as I did for the card, but I cut it about a half inch shorter and a half inch thinner than the black cardstock.  Again, I used the Love Life stamp.  I also punched out a few butterflies using that 4 critter punch.  I adhered the green paper to the black cardstock.  I punched a hole at the top of the bookmark and looped the fuzzy black yarn through the hole.  I glued down the small butterflies and then outlined portions of the flourish with my Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  Of course, every girl needs bling, so I added a few extra round Sparkles here and there. 

Ta Da ~ 2 projects done and I used up paper that is over a year old.  Yeah!

Shopping List for the 1st project
Die Cut Cards & Envelopes – Z1474
Love Life Stamp Set – D1482
Black Ink – Z2105
Micro-Tip Scissors – Z534
Metal Brad Assortment in Black – Z1366
Wings paper pack – Retired
4 Critter Punch – don’t remember where I got this

Shopping List for the 2nd project
Love Life Stamp Set – D1482
Black Cardstock – 1386
Sparkles in Round – Z1104
Glitz Glitter Gel in Stardust – Z1313
Wings paper pack – Retired
Single Hole Punch – I’ve had this for years
Fuzzy Yarn – got at local craft store

Now hop on over to Theresa's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.


  1. Both your projects are wonderful, but those bookmarks are my favorite. Loving the sparkle and fuzzy yarn!

    Stay Creative,
    Carson's Creations

  2. Wow, very impressive! Love the bookmarks too but the card was really nice.

  3. Neat project, but you really need some ancient paper. I'll bring some for you to convention!!!

  4. Beautiful projects! I love the card and your use of the flourish stamp!

    Wendy K.

  5. This is beautiful!!! I love butterflies and swirls... You did an awesome job!!! Thanks for visiting and following me on my blog.