An Archery Layout | April Love Your Stash

The Creative Design Team had so many people joining us in February, that we have decided to continue our Love Your Stash series throughout the rest of the year. Not only are we going to be using a few items in our craft spaces, but we are encouraging you to do the same. This month, Katy, Erin, Jayma, and I will be posting some BONUS Love Your Stash videos for you to enjoy. Make sure you check out each of our channels or head on over to the playlist for some inspiration to use up some of your crafting collection.


In March, I had the opportunity to go to a weekend retreat for fun – no hosting, selling, or teaching – just three days of crafting in a beautiful mountain cabin. During my stay, I created several scrapbook pages using elements in my craft stash. One of my favorites is this two-page spread of my son on the archery range.

Rarely do I capture photos of our big ol’ bear. This red-bearded sasquatch of a man tries to avoid the camera whenever he can, but I was able to sneak a few photos during our last outing.

My son was not the only one shooting that day. I also own a bow which he had custom-designed for me to match my Muddy Girl gear. It was my son who introduced me to this sport and I have genuinely come to enjoy it. We visit a local archery range near a lake as often as we can. This is a great way for me to get out of the craft room once in a while.

On this layout, I used quite a few items from my crafting stash. The background was created using some of our Wood Grain papers. To create a three-dimensional background, I cut apart the slats, roughed and inked up the edges, then layered them onto the cardstock to mimic the targets on the archery range.

To add to the distressed roughed-up design, I also tore some edges on the photo frame and added some splatters on a few corners of the layout. I created the splatters with Toffee Ink using a retired stamp. There are a few stamps on my website with some splatter on sale right now or you could use waterbrush with some ink or paint to create the same effect.

The die cuts on the page are a combination of Cricut cut images and embellishments from my crafting space. I wanted to add some arrows onto the page, match the circular shape of his bow, and create movement. While I was at the retreat, I was struggling to find a few other embellishments, and a friend asked if I had any feather stickers. I am so grateful that she suggested these because they were the perfect addition to the layout.

I had brought my little Joy to the retreat, so I was able to cut a few of the images I wanted from the You Are Here and Artistry collections. When my husband gifted me with the Joy, I wasn’t sure if I would use it because of how small it is, but it’s the size of the machine that I have come to like most. It takes up hardly any space in your work area and is so much easier to pack than a larger machine. You are limited in size when you are creating, but most of the images I made that weekend fit within the 5″ x 11.5″ parameters.

The other elements on the pages are from a variety of collections that I have been hoarding. I am a collector of all things outdoorsy and manly, and it felt great to be able to use a few of them on this layout. The final addition was a tag tucked behind a photo for journaling. I have no clue where I got this tag or what collection it comes from, but I have a stack of them that need using. The color and designs on this tag pocket were an ideal choice for the page.


If you wish to see how this layout came together, you can view my process video. It is going to look a little different than my past videos. This is the first time I have set up my camera somewhere outside of my craft space. The background looks a little different and there are a few little bumps that happened when I reached for a snack or when someone at the table moved, but I loved this layout so much and I wanted to be able to share it with you.


I hope that this layout inspired you to use up a few items from your crafting stash. I have sincerely enjoyed being able to use up the pieces in my collection these past few months and I can’t wait to share the other layouts I made at this retreat with you.

Don’t forget to visit Katy, Jayma, and Erin’s channels this week and check out what they have made using items from their crafting collection. Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when the Creative Design Team adds more Love Your Stash videos throughout the rest of the year.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Love Your Stash Day Three | Pocket Cards & Paper

Are you ready to Love Your Stash and start using some of your ever-growing papercraft collection? Throughout February, the Creative Design Team will be showing you unique ways to use your stash, and we are asking you to join us in this challenge. As you complete each weekly challenge, use #cdtloveyourstash when you post your creation. 


This week, our Creative Design Team is tackling paper and pocket cards that we have “collected” through the years. I will admit, it was very freeing to grab whatever I wanted to use from my craft space – It allowed me to pull a variety of elements together from both current and past collections to create a page for my daughter.

I began pulling out some Mix-In papers that were collecting dust and paired them with some Wood Grain paper. Mix-Ins are some of my favorite patterns to use, but I often overbuy them because I enjoy them so much. 

After creating the background, I reached for some pocket cards that would complement the photo. Lately, my brain has had a difficult time concentrating, and I become easily overwhelmed. As I was trying to figure out PML placement, I became frustrated with my lack of brainpower. Thank goodness I have such a wonderful husband who helped me narrow down the elements for this page. 

I chose a few pocket cards from the Bloom with Grace collection along with some black and white cards from an older collection. I honestly have no idea when these are from, but I know that they are from Close to My Heart. 

I also added a few stickers from the Bloom with Grace collection to match the theme of the layout. The other elements on this page are from recent and retired die cuts that are stored in my die cut binders. (I talk about these in my video.) 

Once all the elements were on the page, I went back the next day to see what needed fixing. I am sure that I am not the only one who does this. Sometimes, I need to walk away from a project and come back to process what changes are needed.

You can view the creation of this layout as you watch my process video.  I show you how I used pocket card as photo mats, titles, and journaling cards. 


The Creative Design Team would love for you to join us in our Love Your Stash challenge. If you need a little inspiration, you can view all of our weekly creations on our YouTube channels.  Make sure to subscribe to each channel so that you are notified when we add new videos. 

If you choose to accept the challenge, make sure to use the #CDTloveyourstash hashtag in you posts so that we can see what you have made. 

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Valentine Cards using Inked Embossing Folders

Our Creative Design Team is at is again with another wonderful video collab for all of you. This month, we are sharing some Sweet Ideas for Valentines through eight amazing video tutorials.  Each of these wonderful ladies created something unique that you will love.  I chose to keep my project simple this time, and show you how to use your embossing folders with some ink to create two Fancy Floral Valentine cards. 

Each of these cards uses the same technique taking advantage of both sides of the embossing folder – the emboss side and the deboss side.  In my video, I show you the difference between the two. 

On the Funky Flower Valentine, I added ink to the embossed side of the Spring Blossoms embossing folder.  I swiped black ink lightly onto the folder to create the appearance of woodgrain. 

You can get a completely different look on your background when you pounce or sponge the ink onto the folder.  I have used this inked embossing folder technique on a few of my creations.  On my Loved Card, I pressed the ink to give it a more solid background. On my Tree Trimming card, I used a pigment ink to give it an airy appearance. 

All of these cards use an inked embossing folder technique, but each one has a different appearance because of the way the ink was applied. 


Before I continue to show you more details, I want to share with you how I created these Fancy Floral Valentine cards. This video tutorial will walk you through how to create each one of the cards and show you the ins-and-outs of an embossing folder.  

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One of the lessons I learned when adding ink to an embossing folder was to use a very light touch. You don’t want to add any ink to parts of the folder that need to stay white (or uninked).  

Here you can see what happens when you apply too much ink to an embossing folder. It’s not horrible – I’ll probably find a way to use it – but it is not the result I hoped for.  I was using pigment ink pad which has a spongy texture and made it a harder to apply. 

Each one of the cards was uniquely embellished using die cuts I cut out from some thin cuts I had in my stash.  I wanted one of the cards to have a more classic feel so I chose to use a scarlet red glitter bow with a small flower sequin in the center. 

The second card had a little bit more flair with a three-dimensional flower cut from cardstock & striped acetate, a little wood button, and some tangles of thread.  The acetate was leftover from a creativity in motion project and I hated for that little piece to go to waste. I think it makes the perfect flower. 

Both cards we adorned with a lace border – one black, one white.  I created these using the Fancy Border thin cuts which are designed to cut a continuous border. This lace die can be cut as long as you like and have a header above it as wide as your machine and paper will allow (love that).

The sentiments on these cards came from a same stamp set called So Happy Together. These stamps are so versatile and can be used for just about any occasion – including Valentine’s Day.  


Here is just another look at each one of these cards which you can easily recreate for any occasion using the inked embossing folder technique.  By simply changing the colors, the sentiment, or the die cuts, you would have the perfect card to send. 


To see more Sweet Ideas for Valentines, stop by all of the Creative Design Team channels tosee all the what these talented ladies created.  Each video tutorial will walk you through how to create an adorable DIY Valentine and show you a few new techniques along the way. 

Make sure that you are subscribed to each of our channels so that you don’t miss out on any future video collabs. We have a fun one planned for February and we would love for you to join our challenge. 

I hope that you were inspired by these Fancy Floral Valentine cards and that you were able to learn something new. 

On your next project, I challenge you go through your stash of embossing folders and give this technique a try – maybe a card with a bright embossing background, an inked embossed die cut, or create an inked embossed border for your page. 

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