Stash Challenge

Welcome to our first Stash Challenge!  Some of you may be asking, "What is a Stash Challenge?"  Well, a Stash Challenge is simply creating a card using a formula or recipe of products.  You are not limited to using just the formula but must at least use all the products in the formula.  You will have a week to complete the stash challenge. 

So, are you ready???

Stash Challenge
This month's Stash Challenge and inspiring card samples are provided by Kathy.  To see more of her beautiful artwork, please visit her blog, Pass It On.  Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your ideas and beautiful card creations with us!  The formula or recipe to use is "create a card using two patterned papers and a button"!  Here are some beautiful cards created by Kathy to get your started.




To play along, just upload a project using this month's formula to your online blog or gallery then leave a direct link to your project in the Mr. Linky widget at the bottom of this post. For those of you who do not have a blog or online gallery simply send a photo of your card to challenges@operationwritehome.org referencing Stash Challenge #1 as the subject and your photo will be included in the slide along with the others. If you'd like to host a stash challenge simply send an email with your idea and sample card and you are on your way.


For additional inspiration here are a few tips or suggestions from Kathy on ways to use "two patterned papers and a button" in your card making:

Tips and suggestions for using patterned papers:
  1. Cut one piece of double sided patterned paper and fold over a corner.  And you have just used two patterned papers at one time!  Add a button to the folded over corner and you have just completed this month's stash challenge!
  2. When selecting patterned papers to use together aim for one with a large or medium print and the other with a small or simple pattern so the images coordinate and not compete with each other.
  3. Choose patterned papers from a paper collection.  This way the work is already done for you!

Tips and suggestions for using buttons:
  1. Glue dots work great for adhering buttons on your card.
  2. Use buttons as the center of flowers.
  3. Use floss left over from cross stitching to thread through the buttons or to sew the buttons on to cardstock.
  4. Some companies sell stamp sets especially for use with buttons.  For example:  Papertrey Ink has a stamp set called Everyday Buttons that works beautifully with buttons!
  5. Look at yard sales and thrift stores for old clothes with vintage buttons.  Some times you may get a piece of clothing with quite a few buttons for less money than you would pay for a set of new buttons.
  6. Organize your buttons by color so you are able to find the perfect button faster!


This is a photo of Kathy's button stash before she organized the buttons by color!











And this is Kathy's stash all nicely sorted and organized by color!






If you have any tips or ideas you would like to share for using patterned paper, buttons or organizing your stash, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 




1. irit
2. Carol L
3. Judianne Graham
4. Robin
5. Sandy
6. Seongsook Duncan
7. Karen Howard
8. Linda

10. Caro (again)
11. Donna
12. Kate
13. Martha
14. Kajikit
15. Dixie
16. Patricia F
17. Sarah

Our Little Inspirations  – (February 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM)  

What a fun challenge Kathy! Your samples are great! I love any challenge that pushes me to use up the hoard of supplies I've collected :)

Operation Write Home  – (February 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM)  

Loved this challenge, Kathy...I love buttons but always seem to forget to get them out! Your storage is cool too!

Caro  – (February 20, 2010 at 9:35 AM)  

I organize my embellishments by color but it took a long time to get that done! Love buttons but can't use on traditionally mailed cards because the post office doesn't like hand stamping (pooh on them...). This was a great challenge, Kathy!

Caro  – (February 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM)  

In a further version of "look before you leap" I have also re-posted the picture I uploaded an hour ago... this is also known as putting the cart before the horse.. last time, I swear..

Donna Inks  – (February 20, 2010 at 1:18 PM)  

Excellent challenge and my first one!

I love your organization!

Kajikit  – (February 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM)  

I made a button card and realised that it fits the challenge... so I linked it. I don't think it said you could ONLY use one button, did it?

Karen Howard  – (February 25, 2010 at 4:50 PM)  

LOVED this challenge, thank you for the inspiration, Kathy! You will definitely seem many more cards from me with buttons!

Post a Comment

Thanks so much for your feedback on this blog...all of our cardmakers featured here LOVE hearing from you!

  © Blogger template Shush by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP