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. Agreed! A good, mixed sentiment set is definitely needed and will get used all the time. 🙂 And yes, I upcycle trash all the time! Coffee containers and laughing cow cheese boxes are my trash-to-treasure items of choice. 🙂

    Annie Rose

  2. I always have my eyes open to “possibilities” for junk. Cute bottles, veggie containers, etc. … easily become filled with goodies and decorated for gifts. I also like to use fancy dishes from flea markets to hold my craft supplies … I like pretty things to look at while creating.

  3. Umm… wow! The cards you’ve made are lovely! I totally need to get more sentiment stamps, and learn how to use my floral stamps more! Thanks for this encouragement! And yes, I totally upcycle!

  4. Great products and cute cards-so simple, yet festive. I’m always looking and trash to see what I can repurpose it for. Recently I took the plastic container that housed cupcake liners and now it stores my buttons.

  5. I loved that you showed us card samples of what we could do with the stamps set.
    Yes, I uncycle all the time. I always have a big stack of things for my kids to create with (egg cartons, plastic containers…).

  6. I have looked at the honeybee scissors a few times but never read them, did not know they are nonstick. I think I’m going to have to have a pair now! lol

  7. I love to upcycle. I’m always saving this and that and turning it into some form of art. One of my favorites…using #6 clear plastic (the kind pastries are stored in at the grocery store). I use it as shrink plastic…it works beautifully.

  8. Finally, I have 1/2 of what you showed today 🙂 the find joy stamp set is a good one, I totally agree. I’ll have to get the second one. and I really love the scissors you recommended here. They are really good.

  9. I agree. I’ve got a set of sentiment stamps from HA and I have used them over and over again!I have a pair Fiskars scissors which I purchased 4 years ago – still sharp, love it! I’ve admired your PTI Sweet Life flowers and finally bought it, awaiting patiently for its arrival!!

  10. There is nothing like a good sentiment set! I tend to use the every day ones the most. I like options when I’m making a Thank You or a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations craft!

  11. Upcycling is something I have to stop myself from doing sometimes… I can see a use for everything and my recycling bin often goes empty! Hahaha… My daughter is catching the bug too.
    I love these cards, Amber and am happy to see that I already have many of these supplies. Good to know I’m on the right track. 😉

  12. Lovely cards!
    Who doesn’t upcycle? Love the guava jam jars that I upcycle as they are the perfect size to store my PTI buttons!

  13. Such pretty cards, Amber 🙂
    I turned a tin into an accordion album once (it previously contained notecards. Love this “Stash” series!

  14. I clicked on your links for the sentiment stamps. They took me Ellen’s store. You just proved you have excellent taste. LOL! I love her store. You’re mighty awesome too! Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. I recycle containers all the time for crafty things. My husband just gave me “Frog Tape” containers yesterday to use in my crafting room. There is a never ending need to store things in papercrafting! lol Thanks for the chance to win these scissors!

  16. Wow, you do make it look effortless Amber! I LOVE the ‘thinking of you’ card. Just gorgeous! I have use many would be garbage items, especially as storage in my craft room…I re-purpose jam jars to store often-used border dies, tennis ball tubes to store loose ribbon, shipping boxes for cardstock sleeves. Love it!

  17. Good picks, and gorgeous projects! I have those scissors and Everyday Sayings, which I use frequently. Will have to check out that other greeting set. I don’t have that floral set, but have many others as they are my go-to’s. I do upcycle frequently, and am currently thinking about what I can upcycle to make a rack for my markers to lay sideways. Haven’t hit upon the right thing quite yet.

  18. Love your card samples! I upcycled more when my kids were little….always crafting with them. Now I mostly use cute upcycled containers for holding craft supplies.

  19. Yes…it’s almost a terrible thing because I tend to save things that probably should be thrown away 🙂 You just never know, right?

  20. I remember when I first started collecting stamps! It was such a hard decision because I could only afford one. Which one would I use the most? Now with the sets it is only a little easier. This is a great suggestion for someone starting out, or adding to their collection. Beautiful cards!

  21. ooh, I’ve upcycled from early days in brownies – recall upcycling a used soup tin can and adding felt to make a floppy-eared “pooch” pencil holder for my Mom! Lovin’ the collection of tips you’ve pulled together – thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

  22. I use tin cans to hold my pens. Last year my husband bought some dried fruit in a wooden container. I used it to make a frame for a stamped picture I colored for a friend.

  23. I’ve saved things in the past with great intentions of making it into something, but it usually doesn’t seem to happen! Thanks for all of your creative ideas!

  24. Great card ideas. I save the plastic containers from crystal light but haven’t figured out what they will be used for but I can’t bear to throw them away! Thanks for the opportunity on all these great drawings!

  25. I hate to throw away cute little boxes, I carefully tear them apart and I’m looking at them like I have a template in my hand. Of course I’m spoiled and would like it better if there were a die-but I have a good start if I need some packaging. Loving you’re series!!

  26. Seriously, I’ve been looking locally for these scissors…I’d love to win them! I have upcycled my husband’s Complete Nutrition glass jars from his supplements and made a decorated band and bow topper to give goodies in at Christmas!

  27. I have tried every pair of scissors there are, at least it feels that way, and you are 100% right, the honey bees are the best. I love that they don’t get gummed up when I trim sticky things. They are also a great fine tip.
    I love up cycling. My most recent upcycle was a cube picture frame box on a spinning base. I painted it with chalkboard paint, removed the glass and backing, installed metal screen and now use it in my craft booth to sell earrings. I just hang them on the openings in the mesh and write the price in chalk on the outer edge. 🙂

  28. 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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