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???
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- 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!
- 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.
- Choose patterned papers from a paper collection. This way the work is already done for you!
Tips and suggestions for using buttons:
- Glue dots work great for adhering buttons on your card.
- Use buttons as the center of flowers.
- Use floss left over from cross stitching to thread through the buttons or to sew the buttons on to cardstock.
- 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!
- 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.
- Organize your buttons by color so you are able to find the perfect button faster!