Paper: Start Your Stash: Day 7

November 29, 2012

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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!


Mendhi Wreath Card

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!
Background Stamping on Patterned Paper | damask love blog

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!!

Combining Patterned Paper & Stamping | Damask Love Bloc

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.

Gingerbread Patterned Paper Packaging | Damask Love Blog

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!

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73 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 7”

  1. Great cards & projects! There is so much out there in blogland and Pinterest. But I need to take more time to be inspired by my daily life and my own stash, er, collection of supplies. 😉

  2. I love How About Orange! A great deal of my inspiration these days comes from Pinterest, although the mroe experienced I get, the more I’m able to use my stash as inspiration!

  3. I get most of my inspiration and ideas from blogs I visit. But lately I get ideas from everywhere I look … soda cups, tissue boxes, fabric, etc. I think my hubby is getting tired of hearing, “that would make a great card!” Ha!

  4. Lovely cards! These are great suggestions for building your stash. There is a lot of inspiration on blogs including yours. If there is a company whose product I love, I enjoy looking on their site or blog too.

  5. I have to say that I visit your damask love for my inspiration. Also some other blogs. I really love your cards, I think we have very similar taste 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. what wonderful projects you are sharing! Pinterest is my biggest source of inspiration, but I do get quite a bit from the blogs I visit as well.

    then again, just looking out the window can bring the most beautiful inspiration!

    have a great day!

  7. Such goregous cards and great picks too! Love Crate paper…interesting way to use the circle punch to make a wreath out of a medallion stamp. Very clever in deed! My inspiration comes from everywhere but mostly great blogs like yours!

  8. FAB, Amber! I also love How About Orange; hers was the first blog I started following when I was just getting started on my crafty life. Blogs (yours 😉 and Pinterest are where most of my inspiration comes from.

  9. I think I will order theses blocks. My cheap blocks are so hard to align. And they never really get clean which is frustrating… Thanks for the tip.

  10. I get most of my inspiration and creative ideas from blogs I visit….of course yours I visit everyday…faithfully! Love your cards….thank you again for the chance.

  11. I love the Mendi Medallion Wreath Card! So beautiful!

    I love to look at magazine and book covers for layouts and color ideas! this has been a fun series! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  12. I like looking at magazines for inspiration. Love the different cards you made esp. the wreath …never thought about masking off the center of a doily stamp!

  13. I try to find inspiration in just about anything in my environment… “at the playground with my daughter”, “walking around in dept stores”, “tv commercials”…etc. But when viewing blogs, including Damask Love here are a few of my other FAVs: KWernerDesign, Jennifer McGuire Ink, CAS-ual Fridays, MFT, My Creative Time (MCT) & Scrappin Navy Wife. I’m Inspired & Awed by You and these crafters ALL THE TIME…I hope to someday become just as talented. Smooches…

  14. [Damask Love] is one of top blogs I’m loving!!! Time managing is always hard part for me, but every day your blog gives me motivation to do something creative!! Thank you so much 🙂

  15. Thanks for the peek into your stash of stuff! Love the “On Trend” paper pack-I have just recently begun to appreciate the 6×6 packs. For inspiration, I have some favorite blogs in my Google Reader and check it twice a day for new pretties to CASE!

  16. I find inspiration in Martha Stewart Living magazine — especially the colors and clean designs.

    I look forward to your posts. Have ordered several of your suggestions.

  17. My google reader is so full of inspiration it’s overwhelming… I used On Trend this month with the Artful Delight card kit, lots of great patterns.

  18. What a fantastic series this has been! I appreciate all the hard work that went into it… it is totally worth it for us! 🙂 I get my daily inspiration from the 300+ crafty blogs I follow. I love scrolling through Google Reader to see what everyone has come up with!

    Luvs,
    Annie Rose

  19. I cruise the blogs to get inspiration and right now I’m inspired to make those red velvet cookies. Holy cow those look good.

  20. OH my, Amber, the masked medallion is exquisite – LOVE it 🙂
    This has been a wonderful series, even with my having a MAJOR established stash already – LOL

    I have a set list of blogs that I follow – ALWAYS assured of inspiration there 🙂

  21. Pretty cards! Especially loved the medallion one. I’m loving this series and the tips and techniques you’re sharing. Thanks for taking the time to do it. My inspiration comes from blogs and pinterest.

  22. I love blogs! i love google reader because they just line up one after another and I come through them. I am an addict I tell you

  23. Amber, this series was tremendous and one of the best things I’ve seen since I started following craft blogs. Kudos! I can’t wait for your next stroke of genius. Thanks!

  24. I love the series you have started and cant believe this is the last post in the series..! I think you should continue more about this 😛
    My source of inspiration is from blogs of artists like you ! They are the greatest learning experiences ever ! I have about 100 blogs feed in my Google reader that I go through everyday !

  25. I’m loving this series! Some of most favorite blog sites are Damask Love, LilyBean Paperie (Melissa Phillips)and capture the moment (PTI blog)- LOVE. There are sooo many great sites with so much talent and people that share their talent with us all-THANK YOU!!

  26. How About Orange has been an absolute blog favorite of mine! Also really love jumping on Pinterest for millions of ideas all in one place!

  27. I love the sentiment on patterned paper. (I had a, “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment.)
    My favorite place for inspiration is Pinterest. I have lots of crafty people I follow (including you) and whenever I am stuck I look to pins to give my a hint.
    Thanks for this series. I have enjoyed the ideas and the product reviews.

  28. I have not had a chance to comment but I have been stopping by and WOW! I don’t know ho you have time for everything. I am loving eveything you are creating and sharing, the blog make over looks amazing!

  29. I have several blogs I follow for inspiration, my favorite is Tim Holtz, which is the first one I started following, Hero Arts the second and it has grown from there. I now follow close to 100. I also to get ideas from love books and magazines.

  30. Your blog is quickly becoming my favorite. If I only have time for a few, yours is the first I check. It is clean and helpful with not the every day ideas. The must have stash has been my favorite so far! Wow what a great job on everything you do! Please keep it up and Thank you.

  31. I love the Paper Smooches stamp set and that paper pad is beautiful. Even more than that I love the way you always give us a few extra twists on how to use supplies we already have! I gt inspiration from blogs like yours, but also from the flickr groups that many stamp companies maintain, and oh, yeah… Gabrielle Blair’s website DesignMom.com. Love it!

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