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Using Up Some of My Hoarded Stash

I decided to use up some things I've been hoarding and in the video I share the whole process and notice the crazy thoughts in my head....

Get Messy?  Yes, that is the challenge for the Craft Hoarders and StencilGirl Products blog hop!  In the spirit of Craft Hoarders I used up some of my hoarded items.  But I was quite surprised by what went through my head as I made this art journal page…and there’s great giveaway info at the end of this post too.

I decided to use up some things I've been hoarding and in the video I share the whole process and notice the crazy thoughts in my head....


In the video, I make 2 background papers and this is the one I had intended to use.  Didn’t even take a photo of the other…guess which one I ended up using?  The other one, of course.




I decided to use up some things I've been hoarding and in the video I share the whole process and notice the crazy thoughts in my head....

I used that other paper to make this painted flower with Maria McGuire’s Doodle It Dahlia.   Those gems, they were something I was hoarding.  As I used it for the first time, all I kept thinking was, “What if I run out?”

Really?  This was crazy because if I ran out of those then I’d find something else in my stash to do it.  Then I realized how this little bit of bling was not going to use up the entire roll of gem tape that I had.


The other thing I realized is how dangerous it is to put glitter in my hands.  The urge to sparkle every square inch of this art journal page was strong.  The kind of sparkle that you would expect a 5 year old to do if you gave them a bottle of glitter glue…I did contain myself but fair warning….I might not next time….

Watch Using up some of my stash in an art journal on YouTube.

I decided to use up some things I've been hoarding and in the video I share the whole process and notice the crazy thoughts in my head....

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

StencilGirl Products will be picking FIVE winners this week–one from each day!  I know it is already Thursday so if you missed the first 3 days, never fear!   You have until Sunday, June 22nd at 11:59pm Central Time to leave your comments to be entered to win.   The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!  One comment per blog please.  Looking for the blogs from other days of the week? Check out the posts from those days over at StencilGirl Talk.

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  • Vicky Fisher June 19, 2014, 2:23 am

    What a great page, lovely colors, a fab stencil and just enough sparkle.
    Always a joy seeing you create, makes me wanted to get it wright away.

  • corrine June 19, 2014, 3:43 am

    Fun, fun. Glitter in your hands can be a dangerous thng indeed. xox

  • Ros June 19, 2014, 4:38 am

    as always your videos are so entertaining and inspiring love your work what ever you do

  • Mandy Fariello June 19, 2014, 6:19 am

    It’s so hard to use those hoarded items…..:P
    I’d love a chance to win!

  • Mary C. Nasser June 19, 2014, 7:19 am

    Delightful journal page and video, Carolyn! 🙂

  • Tasha June 19, 2014, 7:23 am

    Carolyn you are so hysterical! Not only that, we seem to share the same internal voice 🙂

  • Amy Putkonen June 19, 2014, 8:14 am

    Hey, if you run out you can always buy more!

    • Carolyn Dube June 19, 2014, 8:58 am

      And that would be such a great thing to have to go buy more!

  • Ruth L June 19, 2014, 9:06 am

    Carolyn, now you gave me a good idea, I need to use up my stuff and than just get some new all over again and again, sort of a new addiction instead of hoarding getting new, lol fun 😉 my hubby will kill me…

  • elle June 19, 2014, 9:30 am

    Simple but effective!

  • Becky Green June 19, 2014, 10:05 am

    WHAT A FABULOUS VIDEO!!! LOL I SO want some of those stencils after watching YOU! 😀 WHAT TOTAL FUN!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS for showing us! 🙂 (BEAUTIFUL WORK!)

  • Vinita June 19, 2014, 10:46 am

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial:) Love the stencils and sparkly journal page!

  • marylouh June 19, 2014, 10:51 am

    Using up the stash is a great idea but I seem to just keep adding to mine.
    I loved the page. The shading on the background is beautiful. The colors are soft and pretty. They really make the “flowers” pop. The lace at the bottom is great.
    Wonderful page.

  • Kelly Merly June 19, 2014, 11:06 am

    Loved the soft blingyness 🙂

  • Michael Trent June 19, 2014, 11:11 am

    Just FAB!! Love how you used the whole word stencil!! And, bling…who knew you loved bling….LOL

  • Christy Butters June 19, 2014, 11:14 am

    Love this. Great video and your page is fantastic.
    Thanks for hopping with us.

  • Heather Thompson June 19, 2014, 11:20 am

    WOW, great video, I need to pick up some ribbon, great idea. Love the project!!!!

  • Melody S. from KS June 19, 2014, 11:53 am

    I think this is the first time I have ever seen you use blingage! Amazing! I enjoy you so much, I think we would be fast friends if we ever met. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Denise June 19, 2014, 12:07 pm

    Very pretty journal page, Carolyn! I think I need to add Fabio sprays to my stash. They seem less sparkly and more matte. … is that correct?

    • Carolyn Dube June 21, 2014, 9:28 pm

      They have both sparkly and matte…I used the matte ones for this post. Hope that helps!

  • kathy/NorthCarolina June 19, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Oh, this is soooo pretty! I love the way you split your stenciled flower(the background paper is gorgeous, BTW) and I love that you wrote the sentiment in glitter glue! Just so fun. The lace adds wonderful texture and design, too. Thanks so much for hopping with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  • Denise Spillane June 19, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Oh Carolyn! You are so fun to watch and listen to. I love your page and video. So makes me happy. Do you have on on procrastinating? The inner critic saved me but now, I am procrastinating!

  • Karen June 19, 2014, 1:04 pm

    So pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  • Maria McGuire June 19, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Two great stencils come together for a beautiful project!!!! Use up those supplies!!! I said the exact same things in my head when I was doing mine 🙂

  • kath White June 19, 2014, 1:58 pm

    Love the purple, design and tutorial!!

  • Janis in ID June 19, 2014, 2:13 pm

    Lovely…….so very lovely. The colors are absolutely beautiful and love how you did those long-hoarded gems on the flower. It really adds. But I totally know that scary thought of “what if I run out???!!” Ha. Sometimes the biggest hurdle in using my stash is *me*. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Win Dinn June 19, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Gorgeous page, and I love it that your head is as crazy as is mine…never enough – stash or sparkles!

  • Caroline D. June 19, 2014, 2:32 pm

    haha… no, no, don’t use it… you might want it later…. that cracked me up in your video! I have said the exact same thing before and about a LOT of stuff. Thanks for the inspiration to use up my “stuff”. Your page is GREAT… beautiful colors!

  • Cecilia Swatton June 19, 2014, 3:13 pm

    “Let Your Soul Sparkle” — what a great phrase! It’s a perfect fit with your gorgeous artwork!

  • yogi June 19, 2014, 3:20 pm

    really nice project. love the dahlia. Have a great day

  • Gwen L. June 19, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I love that you got the glitter out! This turned out so fun… and I’m with you on the hoarding mentality. It’s not like I won’t find something else if I use up all of one supply. lol. Way to use the bling!

  • Lula June 19, 2014, 4:26 pm

    My fav colours! Beautiful work!

  • April Lopez June 19, 2014, 4:44 pm

    Love this one!

  • Nancy Lee June 19, 2014, 4:56 pm

    I love the lace idea on paper! You go buy more now!

  • Karin Boulanger June 19, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Ha! I have a ton of bling waiting to be used up. Thanks for the inspiration, Carolyn.

  • Susie F June 19, 2014, 6:22 pm

    I love my Lindys sprays, they are so sparkly (the glimmer sprays).

  • Cathy B June 19, 2014, 7:17 pm

    Carolyn another Fab-O video that is truly an inspiration. Just makes one want to create!!! You make it look so easy. Love how you “used” stuff you thought you should save. I have that problem too. BUT after seeing you go for it, who knows! TFS :0)

  • Rebecca Billard June 19, 2014, 7:27 pm

    Awesome tutorial! Love your page! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Pam Bray June 19, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Wonderful Art Journal page…love the glitter and the flowers are amazing.

  • Elizabeth Kaplan June 19, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Did you lose your paints? No fluorescent green, pink, yellow? No electric blue?? Who are you and what have you done with my friend CD?

    I forgot to say how totally STUNNING this is. Show that range, more, woman. Love!

  • Cheryl June 19, 2014, 8:19 pm

    Hoarding or collecting? I love being able to shop among my own supplies. Saves on gas! But sometimes I do have to ask myself why I bought certain things. You created a great page with old and forgotten supplies. You are so imaginative!

  • D Idlet June 19, 2014, 9:00 pm

    Carolyn, I love your journal cover. Love all the textures and the colors. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for joining the blog hop with Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

  • Amber Milone June 19, 2014, 9:20 pm

    This is so pretty! I love the sprayed background, such pretty colors.

  • Janice Phillips June 19, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Oh my, you’ve amazed me again. Simply beautiful. Way way less than you usually put on a page, but Oh so pretty. Love the stencil and love the glitter. Amazed you were able to restrain yourself! LOL

  • Beverly Jordan June 19, 2014, 11:15 pm

    You crack me up about using your stash!! If it gets used, that’s great but the work you are doing is “Priceless”! I love it, too!

  • Susan Schultheis June 19, 2014, 11:37 pm

    As always, Carolyn, you inspire me. I love how you just create without any stress…just bop along doing your thing and whatever you happen to be creating at the time becomes a work of art. I look forward to your tutorials during the week. Stencil Girl stencils are my fave.

  • Kirsten Reed June 20, 2014, 12:36 am

    So after “seeing” your stash…I think you need at least 50 more projects to make a dent! 🙂

  • Teresa R June 20, 2014, 1:36 am

    Love the dahlia and the glitter; would love to see you use more glitter on one of your pages. Now I need to dig out my spray inks and my collection of bling jewels

  • MelodyJ June 20, 2014, 2:37 am

    I like this journal.

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  • Cath Sheard June 20, 2014, 4:44 am

    #use #that #stuff

  • Glenda June 20, 2014, 6:00 am

    What a great project! Love your video and doesn’t it feel good to use some of your hoard! Thanks for hopping with us!

  • Beverley Folkard June 20, 2014, 7:41 am

    Love the colours and the stencils. Such fun to watch. I love the ‘go for it’ attitude.

  • Amante del Papel June 20, 2014, 9:22 am

    Carolyn you have a beautiful and amazing page!

  • Kathy Gledsdale June 20, 2014, 9:34 am

    A very good lesson, I need to use all that paper and stuff I don’t use!

  • ShannonWL June 20, 2014, 11:53 am

    As always, not just visual inspiration but also a call to action …

  • GG June 20, 2014, 12:31 pm

    I saw you using a StencilGirl stencil on your video on Diana Trout’s blog. Fun!

  • Gloria Stengel June 20, 2014, 2:07 pm

    So soft and pretty! Thanks for sharing the video! And thanks for being part of the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop!

  • Joyce June 20, 2014, 2:57 pm

    Beautiful and fun to use up some of those “stash” items. Thank you for sharing, Joyce

  • Christine Kiehl June 20, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Love the page and the hilarious comment of wanting to sprinkle glitter on every square inch! Your projects are always beautiful and so is the person who shines out through the posts! Thanks again for sharing!

  • Maria Palazzo June 20, 2014, 8:23 pm

    A woman can never have too much glitter! I so love your artwork, your stencil girl stencils and your generosity with posting how to videos on you tube. Thank you!

  • Kia June 20, 2014, 8:34 pm

    love the bling – I hoard sparkly stuff too

  • Linda on the Prairie June 20, 2014, 9:08 pm

    I want to wear this page, Carolyn!

  • Liz June 20, 2014, 11:43 pm

    I absolutely love this, Carolyn. So simple and elegant.

  • Jackie P Neal June 21, 2014, 7:04 am

    So beautiful Carolyn!! And as always- the best tuts!! “)

  • Lynn June 21, 2014, 8:44 am

    I always love your work! And I so know those voices – do use it! You’ll run out! Thanks for the reality check!

  • textilerecycler June 21, 2014, 11:23 am

    Carolyn, my brain has been saying the same thing to me for many decades, yes decades. Hence, I have hoards, I mean tons of stuff that I was afraid to use or cut into. Now at my advanced age I am finally telling me brain to just shut up! I love what you created. Glad you quieted your hoarders voice long enough to finish. LOL

  • Marjie Kemper June 21, 2014, 6:06 pm

    Wonderful way to use up some of your stash! Lovely page and a fab tute!

  • Jan Marie June 21, 2014, 7:07 pm

    So very pretty!! Love the colors, the sparkle and the layers! Beautiful work!!

  • Kimberly Tanner June 21, 2014, 11:52 pm

    Loved this and all your great vids…keep me smilin’!

  • Sue June 22, 2014, 5:21 am

    This is great, Carolyn! You never fail to inspire me – ever!

  • Martice Smith II June 22, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Hi Carolyn 🙂 Your project is simply beautiful. Very clean way to use some bling without going overboard with it! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!