DIY: Start Your Stash: Day 3

November 21, 2012



A floral stamp set is a great basic for every craftroom. I’m one of those crafters who can never have enough floral stamp sets, but even if florals aren’t your thing…I suggest you own at least one. I did a lot of scouring for the perfect floral stamp set and I am in love with the set that I now consider the “Must Have” floral stamp set: “Reflections” by Paper Smooches. This stamp set is seriously versatile and can be used to fit any style: shabby-chic, modern, clean & simple or whimsical & cute. I especially love the leaf images included in the set, they are perfectly sized to work alone or as accents for the floral images.


At this point, I probably need to purchase duplicates of these Hero Arts sets for my craftroom. I use them both all the time! Together, these sets cover pretty much every single occasion you can think of. And even though, neither has a holiday specific sentiment, you can easily do some selective inking to create a sentiment that works for the holiday seasons. The Everyday Sayings set includes a large selection of greetings in basic fonts and the Find Joy set includes more fancy-dancy fonts. Together, I think they give you lots of options in just two sets.


Large scissors just won’t “cut” it when it comes to snipping through detailed images. Get it? Corny, I know. Don’t judge. Whether you love detailed cuts or dread them, a pair of detail scissors is a must for your craftroom. The Honey Bee Nonstick Scissors from EK Success are really comfortable to use and they snip right up to the end, which I love! The non-stick coating on the scissors let’s you cut through adhesives without collecting a bunch of adhesive gunk on the scissor blades.

Click through for today’s projects featuring Hero Arts & Paper Smooches as well as the deets on today’s “sharp” giveaway!

Paper Smooches Hero Arts Seasonal Cards

To show off the versatility of today’s must haves, I decided to create a trio of cards that cover each season of the year.

Paper Smooches Reflections Autumn Card

With just two images from the Paper Smooches Reflections set, I created an autumnal background which I accented with twine and a simple strip for the greeting. I let a bit of the greeting fall off the edges of the strip for an interesting visual design element.


Paper Smooches Reflections | Hero Arts Find Joy | My Favorite Things Tangy Orange Cardstock | Versafine Spanish Moss | Versafine Crimson Red | Versafine Toffee | Clear & Simple Stamps Orange You Fabulous Hybrid Ink | Clear & Simple Stamps Say Yellow to Your Fans

Paper Smooches Reflections Spring/Summer Card

I covered spring and summer in this simple, one layer card. To leave space for the sentiment, I placed a strip of painter’s tape across the middle of the card and stamped leaves all around. A few bright, modern floral images finished it off.


Paper Smooches Reflections | Hero Arts Find Joy | My Favorite Things White Cardstock | Clear & Simple Stamps Paint the Town Pink | Clear & Simple Stamps VIP Purple | Versafine Onyx | Clear  & Simple Stamps In the Limelight

Paper Smooches Reflections Winter Card

Reflections and Find Joy pair beautifully for a rustic, Christmassy card. I used my Honey Bee Scissors to cut out the leaf & floral images then arranged them in a wreath. For the sentiment, I inked the “joy” portion of the “Find Joy Everyday” greeting which is perfect for the occasion.


Paper Smooches Reflections | Hero Arts Find Joy | My Favorite Things Kraft Cardstock | Versafine Olympia Green | Versafine Vintage Sepia | Versafine Satin Red  | Ranger Ink Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint | Ranger Ink Distress Stickles in Barn Door




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.

58 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 3”

  1. I recycle a lot and I really like using interesting clothing tags as tracers and then different baskets to hold misc. items.

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