Sunday, 26 April 2020

Weekly Stash Challenge - week 4

Well, isn't time flying?  How can it be week 4 already?  I hope you are all ready for the next sketch... which is here!

This week I thought we could use a nice shape - so I chose the heart.  This can be a heart in shape, or your topper must contain a heart - even though the shape itself is not.

For my card I used a 5 x 7 base card, and the trusty box of die cuts, some gems, and a couple of paper pads from Lynda Chapman and Anna Marie. I also used some semi translucent washi tape for my strip, which gave a really nice effect.


I am looking forward to your creations this time - keep them coming!  All will be uploaded on this blog and also on pinterest.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Week 3 cards


Chris S

Lorna S


Shirley H

Pat P

Wendy S


Sunday, 19 April 2020

Weekly Stash Challenge Week 3

Week 3 already!  Everyone is definitely getting the hang of things now... and if you aren't able to take a picture of your card to send to me, as I know some people can't - just bring them along to the next class when we can get together when lockdown is lifted, and I will take the pictures and upload them then.  This way there will always be a record of what we all did while being isolated.

Anyway, onwards to the next project...

Here is the sketch for week 3 - a nice simple one.

As I said before - the shapes on the sketch are not set in stone -if you want a square not a round, great! If you want to add extra things - brilliant.  This is your card - the sketch is just a starting point.

For my card I took my die cuts box and a paper boutique pad and chose items from them. 

 I have started using the A4 plastic  boxes to store the extra die cuts I have because I don't use them, just keep adding to them.  At least in the box I can see what is there!

The pad I used was Ocean Breeze - this one had papers and toppers in it.

So, my card.  

I used a sheet of the backing paper on a 5 x 7 base card.  I cut out an element on the remaining paper to make an embellishment for the top right hand corner, which I stuck on with pads to raise it a bit. I  cut down one of the toppers from a square to a rectangle and matted it onto some mirri card, then stuck that onto the card with pads too.  From my diecuts box, I took a piece of honeycomb diecut that I thought looked a bit like a net, and stuck that into the bottom corner as an embellishment.  I added some groups of pearls to give it some interest.

Then, I took a die cut label from the box, wrote Happy Anniversary onto it and tied some gold and white bakers twine in a bow and stuck it to my card using my hot glue gun. Finally, I used some glitter glue in the light part of the lighthouse to give it some sparkle.

I am really looking forward to seeing your makes this week - you are all so very creative!

Week 2 cards

Here are the cards we made in week 2.

Shirley H


 Brenda P

Chris S

Lorna S

Wendy S

Pat P

Jenny P

Claire P


Sunday, 12 April 2020

Weekly Stash Challenge, Week 2

Well!  What a talented lot you are... we had a great response to last weeks first challenge - are you ready to go again?

Here is the sketch chosen for week 2.

As before, you can use this as your inspiration - and do whatever you like with it!

One thing to remember, is that the block shapes don't need to be solid - for my card I have fussy cut around part of the paper I used so you get a different shape entirely!  Also, just because the shape for the embellishment is a circle, it doesn't mean that the embellishment needs to be a circle - any shape or item can be used.

This is the card I made using the sketch,

And this is the paper I used and fussy cut.(Lynda Chapman Paper Boutique pad)

This is the card that Shirley came up with,

and the supplies she used.

Good luck - and have fun with it!  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Week one cards

Here are some of the cards that were made in week one.

Brenda P

Claire P

Jenny P

Norma C

Wendy S

Chris S

Lorna S

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Weekly stash challenge - week one

In these very strange and difficult times, we crafters are luckier than most while being socially isolated.  We have our hobby to occupy our time.  But sometimes, it's not that easy to come up with ideas, and we have thought of something that might help..  Until we can start our regular monthly classes again, we could have a weekly stash challenge.

It isn't compulsory to take part - but this is how it will work.

Every Sunday night I will be posting a sketch here for you to try - and we want to see the cards you make using it.  I will ask that you send a picture to me, either by phone, facebook or to the busybees email account and I will upload it here and on our pinterest page.  At the end of the social isolation period, you can either keep your cards and use them through the year, or you can donate them to a charity.  Your choice...

Anyway - before we start, and  for this first time, I thought it might be helpful to explain how to use a sketch as a basis for a card.  It's simply a layout - and you can use it to kickstart your imagination.

Begin by gathering together some bits and pieces from your stash.  Die cuts, paper pads, some free kits from magazines, ribbons, etc.  Spread them all out on the table, and select some items to use.

And then you will be ready to begin.

For this first week, we chose a sketch that had already been put into a challenge on   There are lots of challenge blogs, so if you enjoy doing this you might want to go to pinterest, or just google challenge blogs and check them out.

To get you started, Shirley and I have put together some cards so you can see the end result of using a sketch.

Shirley chose to use one piece of fancy patterned paper (from a Lynda Chapman pad), some toning and mirri card, a die cut butterfly and some pearls.

The patterned paper was matted onto some mirri card and then placed onto the card blank (5 x 7 inches) on the left hand side.  The toning card was also matted onto mirri card, and then stuck onto the centre of the card, towards the right hand side, just overlapping the patterned paper.  The die cut butterfly was stuck in the centre of the  topper and pearls applied to the body.  

Finally, a sentiment was put onto the card in the bottom right hand corner.

For my first card, I used a piece of A4 card cut down to make a 5 x 7 card.  I picked a piece of brightly coloured stripe and dark pink paper for my layers, some gold and white twine, and a topper from an easter kit.  I also chose a sentiment from a stamp set free with a magazine.

I cut the mat and layers from the card and paper roughly in line with the shape shown on the sketch, and stuck it all down.

I quite like the white space, but you can make your rectangles any size you like.

For my second card, I decided to use some blue card cut to size for the card base and make the rectangles bigger .I also used some stamps and free papers from a magazine gift, and some ribbon from my stash.

I put them in the same layout as the sketch, but because they filled more space on the card it looks completely different.   

I stamped the images onto white card and coloured them using watercolour pencils.  I used some blue ribbon from my stash to wrap around the thin rectangle instead of the twine, and onto a frame diecut that I had  in my scrap box, I stamped the sentiment.

Finally, I put the fussy cut doghouse and dog onto the frame diecut, and as a last touch, used some nuvo drops to put in the corners of the backing paper.

So there you are, 3 very different cards from one layout.

Why not have a go and see how you get on?  Remember, you can use as many or as few items as you want, they can be anything you want them to be,as long as they are placed in line with the sketch.

Have fun!

Jackie x