I’m still collecting websites and things that can help you crash your stash. If you know of any, add them in the comments. I will also add these new links to the original “Sites and Things to Visit” post.
Blogger Amy Andrade has a papercrafting blog called All Things Beautiful. She has different themed posts for every day of the week. Thursday is “Using My Tools Thursday,” where she pulls old stuff from her stash and uses it. It’s good to see someone else doing this. 🙂 Her posts can give us ideas of what to work with. She also features other crafters on her blog, which is a nice gesture. Hopefully I’ll be featured someday.
The Sketch N Stash Challenge Blog is a “use your stash” challenge similar to Shopping Our Stash, but you also have to use the chosen sketch. It runs every two weeks, and has prizes, usually from digital stamp shops. I think this blog comes out of the UK, and it features that particularly British style of cards with the layers and layers of patterned paper, a colored focal image, ribbons and lace and diecuts and bling. You know what I mean. (They seem never to have heard of CAS over there.) If you are a CAS cardmaker, you may not get far with this challenge, but if not, it’s another incentive to crash your stash.
And finally, Iron Craft. Iron Craft is a series blogger Chaitali Narla runs on her blog Cuts, Crops and Creativity. She invites a well-known cardmaker to visit on her blog, and they make a card using the same materials. You know, like Iron Chef. It isn’t a competition, it’s just for fun, but it’s interesting how different are the cards they come up with from the same materials. Chaitali interviews the crafters by Google Hangout, and then they share their work. Iron Craft is not a stash-crashing kind of deal. in fact it’s the opposite, as Chaitali and her guest use new materials chosen for the challenge, and sometimes donated by sponsors. But I am including it anyway, because i think it is fun, and I look forward to each new episode.
So that’s what I’ve found in the last couple weeks. Again, if you know of any website or blog (or other thing) that discourages trend-chasing and encourages us to use what we have, add it in the comments — I’d love to know about it!
UPDATE: Here’s another stash challenge blog! The Clear It Out Challenge Blog. You have to use the suggested theme (humor, food, colors, etc.) and the designated item from your stash (punches, DP, charms). Challenges are posted bi-weekly and you have a week to enter. Prizes are offered. Usually digi-stamps — this is a digi-stamp blog where the design team and the entrants seem to use a lot of digital “stamp” images. (I have a problem with calling colored-in printed computer images “stamps,” but let’s not get into that now.) The challenge has the usual sorts of restrictions — new projects, no back-linking, link to the challenge in your post. New challenges are loaded on Tuesdays. I will add it to my blogroll.