Saturday, February 23, 2019

Inkspirational: Use Your Stash

It's time for my second post as guest designer at Inkspirational! You'd almost think the theme was picked with me in mind...

 If you know me at all, you know that most of what I use to make cards is considered STASH - stuff I've owned for a long time. When I do buy stuff, it's more often a product that's been around for a while, rather than something newly released. (A rare exception was jumping on Concord & 9th's new Turnabout Toolkit as soon as it came out. Generally, I buy something hot off the production line once a year or less...) So I gave myself an extra challenge - not just use my regular stash, but dig into my bins of stuff already stamped and sometimes already coloured, too. (Some people call these UFOs - unfinished objects.) As I looked through my collection, I put together several items and came up with this: 

Stash stuff: every single piece on the wreath, including the sentiment. They all came to live in my stash after a play date with Emily last spring! This is a great layering set, since it's designed to be more artistic than precise. Precision is not always my friend. :D I built the wreath on a base previously cut from an Altenew wreath-builder set. The warm grey base layer was freshly cut for this card. 

Of course, once I had my stash spread out all over the place, it only made sense to put together a few more cards! 

Stash stuff: the light bulb was coloured for one of Kathy Racoosin's 30 day colouring challenges, and the background was embossed for another card but not ultimately used. The sentiment is freshly stamped. 

Thinking ahead, I next made an Easter card: 

Stash stuff: the lamb, bunny ears and butterfly were all previously stamped and die cut but had to be coloured for this card, the sky background was stamped a long time ago and the green layer had also been previously die cut. I added the sentiment and the purple mat. 

What happens when you use jelly beans as a photo prop:
they look like cat toys! 
And finally, a cat card:

Stash stuff: My snarky sister Chris sent me a bunch of stamped Katzelkraft cats and dogs, since I have yet to add them to my collection, so I coloured and fussy-cut this one; the kraft layer had also been previously stamped. I added the stamped and die cut speech bubble and the patterned paper layer. 

Phew! I hope you're still with me. I'd like to say I made a dent in my stash using all these, but... not really. :D You don't have to go to the same extremes I did, just pull from your not-brand-new supplies and join us! Be sure to check out all the great makes from the Inkspirational team, too. 

Supplies: (smile) Neenah white & Papertrey Ink soft stone cardstock, Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies & Altenew Halftone Smile stamps & dies, many many Altenew inks, Altenew Create-a-Wreath & Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies; (warm thoughts) Neenah white Cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, American Crafts patterned paper, Concord & 9th Shine Bright & Unity/Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho Soup stamps, Versafine onyx black & Archival black inks, Wow clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Sizzix grid embossing folder, MFT blueprints 24 sentiment banner die; (Easter) Neenah white and Recollections purple cardstock, Waffle Flower Welcome Spring, Impression Obsession clouds background & Simon Says Stamp Essential Greetings, Versafine onyx black, tumbled glass distress & Brilliance pearlescent orchid & lavender inks, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, Copic markers, Waffle Flower Welcome Spring, Paper Smooches Borders 1 & MFT stitched rounded rectangle dies, icicle Stickles, pop dot tape; (grumpy cat) Neenah white & desert storm cardstock, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Katzelkraft Les Chats Russe, Taylored Expressions Grouchy Grumplings & Hero Arts text background stamps, Archival black & Papertrey Ink fine linen ink, Copic markers, Memory Box Big Word Pop Curve die, pop dot tape

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sandie said...

wow Lindsey you sure know how to use your stash and to perfection. Each card is fabulous. My fav is the light bulb one with the embossed background and wonderful collection of succulents inside-what a great design. Such a joy to have you as our GD for Ink, welcome x

Dotty Jo said...

Wow, what a fun post! I LOVE each and every card - nice work, Lindsey, Jo x

Pia S said...

Wow, here’s a card for anyone’s taste and style. I’m all for the cat! I love cats and the sentiment is very fitting for me as well. At least Monday through Fridays, lol. The card you made for Ink is so delicate and pretty. Sometimes unused and ready to use items in stash go so well together. Thanks for being our guest designer at Inkspirational!

Kylie said...

good grief! what an amazing set of cards! I love them all. Thanks for guesting with us at Inkspirational xx

Marina said...

I was just going to comment on your super-pretty wreath card, and say how lovely it is to use your bits that also have happy memories of your play. Then I saw all your other cards productive you've been and how fabulous they all are. You've inspired me to get out my bits and pieces and finish something! Thanks for being a wonderful GD at Inskpirational.

Nora Noll said...

That wreath card is amazing!! It is so delicate. All your other cards are FABULOUS as well. You were so productive!!

Marlena M. said...

Lindsey, you're my hero!!! I am in awe of your collection of UFO (I love that-ha!) cards. My fave is the light bulb filled with succulents and your morning cat card CRACKS ME UP :). Thank you for being a fabulous guest designer at INk~

cm said...

WOW! Stash maximizing happening here with this quartet of fabulous cards! Beautiful wreath (precisely imprecise perfection!), charming lightbulb terrarium (oh, that embossed background...swoon!), darling lamb/bunny (crushing over the sparkle!), and mega watt smiling at your grumpy cat! Absolutely gems, every one! Thrilled you were our GD this month, with your wonderfully inspired, inspiring creations!

Shauna said...

Whoa... a whole collection of cards! This is fantastic. I love the array of styles and color. The wreath card is really lovely with all the different layering and I particularly like the cat/morning card! Great having you design with us again!
- Shauna

Anila Dikay said...

Wow... You sure have been busy... All cards are adorable, but the bulb one stole my heart. Happy to have you back with us at Ink.