Christmas – stash and how to use it.

Hello my crafty friends.  I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and had the chance to celebrate with loved ones.  I mainly got dies and stamps from Santa this year and here is a pic of all my lovely stash.

Firstly the dies.2018 Christmas dies                      and then stamps.2018 Christmas stampsWith all this nice new stash it made me think of other things I have been given and even bought my self.  There is nothing I do not like in my stash but I don’t always use them – if you are a crafter I bet you know exactly what I mean.  We reach for the tried and tested favourites time and again.  So I have set myself a challenge for 2019, to try and use at least one thing I have not used before in each card I make this year.  No guarantee I will stick to it but I am going to try, even if its that one sentiment that I never seem to use from a favourite set.

The first two I have to show are recent sketch challenge cards and were done before I set myself my own challenge.  I love these sketchy challenges, they certainly make you think out of the box.

Now what I have done since setting myself my “Use Something New Challenge”.

The first card used 2 of the numbers from my lovely new number set, and the second is using a set called Christmas Dreams from Yvonnes Creations. Both Christmas gifts.

These two are also using Christmas gifts, the butterfly and the border on the first card were both from friends, and the one holding the sentiment was from one of the Sue Wilson sets my daughter gave me.

These last two are still keeping with my challenge but were not using Christmas gifts.  The first one is using a background I have had in my stash for a very long time and always treasured because its so unusual.  I got a pack of six some years ago at a craft fair and I have never seen anything like it before or since.  Its a sort of figured plastic sheet and although you cannot tell here it makes the topper and the gems look as though they are sinking into it.  The topper was a stamp and die set free with Papercraft Essentials magazine which I got last week.

When I was in Derby just before Christmas one of the card shops (I think it was Clintons was selling calendars at two for £1.00 I chose two pretty one which have given  me 24 beautiful toppers for my £1.00.  Good value I thought, and this is the first one.

I have stitched a little on my Little Owl this week and hope to finish his tummy tonight before starting back on Alphabet Gardens Wisteria tomorrow.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2019 and hope to see you again soon.




About stitchingranny

I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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4 Responses to Christmas – stash and how to use it.

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Helen, I love your eclectic style, you are so willing to try new things and repurpose things with beautiful results.

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    • Being born just after war ended I was bought up being not to waste things and we did not throw away things that could be reused. I think that instinct is still there 70 odd years later as I still hate wasting things, and there is always such a sense of achievement when you make use of something that could have just gone in the bin xx

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  2. claire93 says:

    oooh that’s a lovely haul of card-making supplies you received for xmas!


  3. Thanks Claire it certainly was’ and they are already giving me lots of pleasure as I work out what I am going to do with them.


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