Stash Busting

 I have had so much fun these last couple of days, going through all my paper stacks, initially to find something to make a pillow box with.   Then I started looking in boxes that I'v not really explored for a long while.  Once again it has fascinated me how something I bought years ago and then set aside has come full circle and is interesting once again.

That is the beauty of carrying all this stash around with me through 3 house moves.  Oh yes not only do I not throw things away but I keep them even when I move home and have gone off them!   There is always something new and sparkly that we find we NEED often before we have even got the last small object of desire out of its packaging.   Re-visiting our treasures and re-discovering them is every bit a satisfying as getting something new!

Well my first discovery was a small stack of Basic Grey 12 x 12 paper/card.   Included in it is the cherub heavy weight paper I used for this pillow box.   I distinctly remember falling in love with this pad and all the associated bits and bobs.  This sheet though was far to busy and pink for me!   I never really know what to do with printed papers where the images are strong and commanding like this.  

 However this time I wanted to make a Pillow Box in a vintage/shabby chic style.  This design is perfect.   Card cut down to 6 x 6 and trimmed with a Memory Keepers score and punch board.  

The idea of a bow with extra trailing ribbon was already clear in my mind but the rest was on wait and see mode.   Well the aforementioned treasure hunt resolved that.   Three little white ribbon flowers sprayed with a pink Glimmer mist have been attached diagonally across the box. Some pink tissue paper peeps out of the top of the box.   Some little flat back hearts were found tucked away in a box in a bag.  Just one of these was needed and a tear shaped gem.

Found among the papers were some pads by Hot off the Press.  Included with a lot of these are some Glassine envelopes just waiting to be folded and used.  I remember loving these when I first got them but then not wanting to use them because once they are used I cannot get more.  Not a fear this time one of these little envelopes with a Sentiment from the same paper stack is the perfect embellishment for my box, and another little tear drop gem just helps tie it in.

I'd say that was a successful stash bust!


Frilly and Funky - It's a wrap

As you like it - Favourite ways with Ribbon, For something that little bit extra adding extra "tails" adds to the romance.

The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's the thought that counts. (make the sentiment the focal point)

Creative Fingers - #191 Anything Goes (and the slow realisation that I might not have entered this challenge #191 yet!)

Now I am convinced that I saw a Shabby Chic challenge somewhere but have now got tired computer eyes.  IF I find it then i'll add it to this list.

Right I'mm off to get 250 steps in.  As always Stay safe, Keep well, wear that flipping mask, and HAVE FUN.


  1. Cracking make Zoe and well done on toting all that stash through three moves too!

    Happy Thursday


  2. This is so pretty! It will be another gift to whatever you tuck inside. Love it!! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge and hope you can join us again soon.

  3. Oh you sound just like me Zoe, I too hoard things, including papers,in case I can't get anymore and then I sometimes come across them and wonder why I bought them but nothing gets thrown away. Your pillow box is lovely and well done for using up some stash

  4. WOW what a fabulous project! I haven't made one of these in years ... thanks for inspiration! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  5. Beautiful pillow box! Lovely colours and details. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Xx Wilma

  6. Your pillow box is lovely and has such a great colour palette. I love how you matched the yo-yo flowers so nicely to that fun paper. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

  7. What a pretty way to wrap up a small gift! Your details all work so perfectly with that paper that forms the pillow box. This is perfect for our It's a Wrap challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog!

  8. I loved hearing about all the bits and pieces you found in your stash like the Basic Grey paper and the Hot Off The Press stuff as it's undoubtedly replicated in so many homes around the world (including mine). What a wonderful way to use the cherub paper - your pillow box will be perfect for holding a very special gift. Thank you for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog with this xx

  9. Congratulations on being our lucky winner at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog!


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