Paper: Start Your Stash: Day 1

November 19, 2012


You know that you’re a crazy crafty person, when you spend tons of time researching the perfect white cardstock! Fact is, though, a great white cardstock is an absolute necessity! My preference is for a super heavy cardstock that makes sturdy cards and treat containers, since those are the projects I make most often. The 130lb Classic Crest Solar White cardstock from Paper Presentation is my hands down, #1 fave. It gives you a professional looking base for all your projects. My only criticisms of this product are the price…it’s a bit more expensive than most crafting cardstocks at $9.00/25 sheets and when they arrive, many of the sheets have what I call “trimmer flakes” which are super thin flakes of paper that come from cutting the cardstock in bulk. These flakes don’t effect the cardstock at all, but you will need to rub them away with your finger to get a clean edge.

Unless you like having your projects fall apart, a good, strong adhesive is a must have in the craftroom. Throughout the Start You Stash Series, I’ll be featuring several adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives, but today I’m sharing the one I think is the ultimate must have: Crafty Power Tape. For those of you familiar with Scor-Tape, Crafty Power Tape is similar, with a few added features that I really like. First, it has a cutting edge on the dispenser which saves your scissors from having to fight through the sticky adhesive. Also, the backing strip is slightly larger than the actual adhesive. This means that it’s SUPER easy to remove the backing from the adhesive without straining your eyes to peel the two apart. It’s the little things..right! I only wish it was available in more than just the 1/4″ width.

I have an envelope problem. I love them. So bad. If I could own them in every color I would…but alas, most people frown upon storing stationery supplies in your kitchen. So, I’ve forced myself to pare down my envelope collection to just those that I need and will use most often. The Natural Kraft & Solar White envelopes from Paper Presentation are top notch quality and they come in every size imaginable! For more info on envelope sizes, check out the Card & Envelope Size Guide in The Library

Click through for a project featuring two of today’s Must Haves as well as information on today’s giveaway!

As I mentioned, the 130lb cardstock is a great base for cards and treat boxes. For today’s project, I’m combining two simple supplies: white cardstock and Crafty Power Tape with a printable template that I created a while ago. The cardstock makes a super sturdy and durable base for this project and the Crafty Power Tape adhesive ensures that the finished product will remain in one piece!!

The Mini Milk Carton Template is a favorite of mine and with just one slight change, this template becomes a great treat container for the holidays!

I used a scalloped rectangle die to create a window in the front of this container, then stamped a simple design on each. These are an easily mass produced project and a great way to present a homemade treat. And if baking isn’t your thing, handmade treat containers are perfect for packaging something storebought, too. Show off your crafty, creative skills, even if the contents aren’t homemade!

Mini Milk Carton Treat Boxes with Free Downloadable Template | Damask Love Blog


Damask Love Mini Milk Carton Template | Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power Tape | Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle Dies | Paper Presentation 130lb Classic Crest Cardstock in Solar White | Hero Arts Aspen Holiday | Ranger Ink Stickles in Paprika | Clear & Simple Stamps Cookie Bake | Lil Inker Mini Bow Die | Ellen Hutson Crystal Clear Plastic Cardstock

DISCLOSURE: At my request, some of the products for the Start Your Stash series have been generously provided by the vendors featured. These are quailty products and quality vendors that I use in my own crafting projects.  The opinions shared throughout the Start Your Stash series are my own.

80 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 1”

  1. I love this idea – it gives me the chance to know what works for you and what you love so that I can love it also! Fabulous idea and it gets even better – a giveaway. What’s not to love -great, free advice and free stuff. BRILLANT!

  2. I must admit, I have never tried any of these products, the cardstock has piqued my interest though – I’m off to see if they ship to Canada!

  3. Start Your Stash is a Great idea! A great way for me to learn about some new brands and why they are so good. Thanks for sharing the template too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you post yet.

  4. What a great series! I have never tried any of these specific products, so thanks for the share. I love the treat boxes, too. Makes a great presentation.

  5. Wow Amber, this Start Your Stash idea is great, and what a generous prize. I love the mini milk carton, thank you for the template. Too bad I’ll be at my son’s for a week and the internet service is lousy to say the least. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Thanks, Amber, for these valuable recommendations. I usually use 80 lb CS, but have long thought about ramping the weight up a bit to give my cards more “importance”. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series and appreciate a chance to win!

  7. Wow! These look awesome! I’ve honestly never tried any of them, but really look forward to trying them in the future! Thank you for the great information, and for the template – I know I’ll be using it!!

  8. I’m always on the lookout for high-quality crafting products! I’ve been a big fan of Scor-Tape for years, but the Crafty Power Tape sounds very appealing!

  9. Love this series, it is always good to hear valuable information on products. Love the milk cartons. I make these alot to give homemade or store bought items as little gifts too! I have not put a window in mine, but will have to try that out.

  10. Check your blog at least once a week, love your projects. Have tried this paper for cards but haven’t used (yet) for die cuts. Thanks for a chance to win these great items!

  11. Thanks for sharing your faves. I’m always on the lookout for great CS and adhesive! Love the milk carton cookie holders you’ve made…perfect for the holidays! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  12. Thank you for sharing the milk carton template. I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for the chance to win some awesome products.

  13. I am glad you did the research. I need nice heavy weight paper for cards. Ooh, those envelopes look like a great mini album project for Christmas.

  14. Thank you for the tape recommendation. I am always on the lookout for superior tape – I hate it when the projects I spent a long time working on don’t hold up.

  15. Thank you for sharing your favs and giving some away! Those milk boxes are adorable. I always wondered how you got such sturdy looking projects, but now I know 130 lb paper!

    Excited to see what the rest of the stash is!

  16. What a great idea for a series! I’m lucky in that I live only a mile from a paper mill which sells fantastic card stock in a variety of colours but I’m always interested in what others use.

  17. I’m always looking for new tape suggestions. I love making boxes so having great tape is much appreciated. Thank you for sharing. Hugs.

  18. Wow that does sound like some sturdy card stock. I’ve never tried Paper Presentations before. Hope I get the chance to win. Love all the other supplies too. Smooches…

  19. Wow. I have not ever heard of 130 lbs. cardstock. I used 110 all the time and love it. Score tape has been wonderful for me but the extra edge on the backing of the tape would be wonderful to try. I need to get out more! hahaha

  20. These little cookie cartons are so cute! It makes a nice size for just a few items. Thanks for all the info on scrapping supplies – I tend to get stuck with one particular brand.

  21. These look like wonderful products! I have never used these brands…I am especially curious about that adhesive…I love me some scor-tape, and Crafty Power Tape looks awesome with the dispenser and over-sized backing!

  22. Thanks for letting me know about this adhesive…I always am looking for a the best kind and this one seems to have many things going for it. Love cute milk carton boxes.

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