Today is the last day of Start Your Stash! I have really enjoyed this series! I hope you have too! It’s been fun sharing all of my favorites and now you can keep your eyes peeled for these products in future posts. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting the printable Start Your Stash list along with a one more special giveaway that you don’t want to miss…so you should probably get yourself over here for that.
I’ve also created a Start Your Stash board on Pinterest with links to all the products and projects. I’ll be adding to the board as I create more projects using these products.
Now for today’s “Must Haves”!
When it comes to acrylic blocks for stamping, I’ve saved the best for last. I’m pretty particular about this one product, because I’ve had such crummy luck with those $1 acrylic blocks that you find at Michael’s. I’ve compared a few different brands of acrylic blocks and the Close To My Heart My Acrylix Blocks are my absolute faves. The edges are squared off rather than rounded which makes a big difference for me. I’ve found that rounded edges (similar to those found on the Stampin’ Up brand blocks) can distort the stamp and make it more difficult to line up images accurately. The CTMH blocks also have nice contoured sides that are comfortable when you have to stamp a million images!
Earlier in this series, I featured a large background stamp which is a definitely must for your stash. I think it’s also great to own a buildable background stamp that gives you more options. The Potpourri set from Paper Smooches is my must have! The combination of images are perfect for my clean & contemporary style. They can be used to create backgrounds or they can be used individually as focal images. Gotta love options!
I take my circle punches very seriously and I really do believe that EK Success makes the best out there. I used their 1″ circle punch to create all 150 of our wedding invitations and that same punch is still going strong! I’ve used the punch for creating masks for stamping, tags and on the two-toned card in this post, I used it create a little window.
This was tough one for the Start Your Stash list, but I knew I wanted to include patterned paper on the list of must haves. I decided on the Crate Paper “On Trend” Patterned Paper Pad. The patterns are so awesome and work nicely for the clean & simple designs that I typically make…and the pack even has a really great zebra pattern..and you’ll always win me over with a nice zebra pattern! At $6.00 for 18 different patterns, I really think this pad is a great versatile product that you’ll get lots of use from in your craftroom!
Now onto the samples! I’ve used each of today’s must haves and I hope you likey!
I created this simple wreath by masking the center of this medallion with the 1″ circle punch. A simple way to give a unique twist to a traditional image!
For the patterned paper, I came up with a few different ways to create simple but striking designs. First, I used Paper Smooches Potpourri to stamp a background on top a piece of patterned paper from On Trend. Layering the stamps gives the feeling of depth without bulking up the card…which is great for postage!!
Here, I combined stamps with the patterned paper for a sort of artsy feel. I loved playing with the combinations of colors and pattern to see which would work best. To tie everything together, I added a coordinating envelope liner.
Last up, I used the patterned paper to create a simple liner on the inside of on of my invitation boxes. It’s a great way to rethink packaging…one box will give you two gifts when used this way! I tied the gingerbread man into place, added a label, then wrapped the box with Clear Plastic Cardstock. These are easily mass produced and would make great gifts for the office!