#StashBashChallenge; Week 6


  • Use the paper I have without buying more until 2021
  • Limit my paper craft purchases to $50 – $100 over the next four months
  • Create. Create. and Create some more

Want to join us? Post a photo of your stash on your Facebook page, and use the hashtag #StashBashChallenge. Challenge a crafty friend, too, by tagging them in your challenge!

A Few Thoughts on Card Making

Because I am overthinker by nature, and an overthinker on card making to an extreme level, these thoughts are only a mere smattering of ideas. In other words, don’t get me started! tee hee

Cards can be simple – it isn’t card making heresy to say this.
Cards do not require an entire room full of materials to be made.
Knowing a few designs, and having a small supply chest is all that is required for some very pretty and meaningful cards.

Again, to the 1990’s old days of card making. I was totally smitten by the cute cards made by April, my original upline for a stamping company. I thought it would be easy to make some darling cards, but my cards were lacking. Fast forward to today when I am teaching basic card making, art design, techniques, and ironically writing a blog post on making cards simple, sitting in a room full of materials, and engaging in a #stashbashchallenge! Learning to make cute cards is actually easier (more access to teachings & supplies), and harder (same reasons) now than it was then.

If you are new to or considering making cards, please let me know. There are some great basic things you can do to have a successful launch into this craft. You can make a few cards or hundreds of cards and still have the same joy of holding a card in front of you, and thinking, “I made that.”

Alright, this card is an excellent example of what I mean for easy. It is simple (a pre-cut and scored card base), some stamped & colored leaves (could be drawn and colored with Crayons), and a sentiment. This center focal point design is one of my favorite go-to layouts, and is featured as my #1 card design on FUNN University. It is simple, clean, and attractive (at least I think so).

Yes, cards can be complicated, with tons of supplies, and require hours of effort, but they don’t need to be.

One more thing, what is your end game to make a card? Is it to craft (YES, THAT IS REASON ENOUGH), or is it to send? I have cards I have made I keep because it pleases me to see them (tubs of them, actually – hey – I’ve been crafting a loooong time)! I also have cards where the front sets the tone for my note inside to a friend or relative, such as this card.

I hope you don’t give up on crafting or card making because it seems too hard, too overwhelming, or too daunting. It doesn’t need to be, and remember, “She who makes cards is twice blessed. Once in the making, and once in the giving,” and you can quote me.

#StashBashChallenge Week 5 Numbers

dateLayouts/weektotal*other projectstotalcards/weektotal**
week 1112323
week 2236083
week 31423106
week 4046 mini albums67113
week 5370619136
week 6180614150

*total of layouts made since the beginning of the #StashBashChallenge on 09/01/2020; **total of cards made since the beginning of the #StashBashChallenge on 09/01/2020.


No expenses this week.

My Take Away So Far

Stash: Didn’t make a dent in my supplies – again!
Limiting Purchases: I hear myself say, “I want that,” when I watch videos of the newest, latest, and greatest supplies, but now I hear myself laugh after I say, “I want that.”
Using What I Have: Totally working!

Challenge yourself! Your challenge does not have to be the same as mine. Your challenge may be to finish a project plus a deadline, to sort through a pile of paper and give 10% away, to have a craft sale, or whatever it is that acts as a roadblock to your creativity and craft time.

Let us know in the comments and on I go! #StashBashChallenge.

Have a FUNN week.

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