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    • craftingmad
    • By craftingmad 2nd Jan 16, 3:45 PM
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    Stash Busting 2016 - I WILL use my mountains of craftstash before buying more!
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    • 2nd Jan 16, 3:45 PM
    Stash Busting 2016 - I WILL use my mountains of craftstash before buying more! 2nd Jan 16 at 3:45 PM
    Hi crafters,


    Welcome to the new 2016 stash busters thread.


    You can find the 2015 thread here:-


    And the 2014 thread here:- http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4824211


    Well done to all the crafters who took part in 2015. Everyone was amazing and the thread helped so many people that hopefully 2016 can be the same.

    I know that I am determined that 2016 WILL be the year where I actually use and enjoy the stash I have already bought rather than just get that quick thrill from the purchase of more goodies

    For those of you who are new here are a quick recap of the (very loose) rules:-


    The rules of the challenge are simple.

    You can make anything you like but everything you make must be made using items from your current stash.

    You are allowed to print things from cds etc and print any photos etc which may be needed for scrapbooking pages but you must not buy any new stash until your target has been met (except for if it is something to enable you to finish of a project such as adhesive etc).

    However this challenge is just for fun so if you do sin (and I'm sure there will be many - with me at the top of the list!!) then post for forgiveness and keep creating and having fun xxx


    So who's with me this year? Tell me your target and you'll be added to the list Old and new members are welcomed alike



    Anyone can join in at any time

    Happy stash busting
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 1st Oct 16, 4:27 PM
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    So used up another three kilos of apples. Still have masses left.

    I may have accidentally bid on a few craft bits on eBay. These will hopefully be used tomorrow. I think. Haha

    I need to purchase some surgical spirit too - I'm not even sure if it's still sold in uk - I was originally looking for rubbing alcohol. This one purchase would allow me to use up lots of mica powders and bottles.

    Tomorrow I intend to make at least one Christmas junk journal. Using up stash. Yay!!!!

    So 10 to add to the total as have also set off raspberry vodka and more rhubarb vodka too.

    241 - 500

    I am hoping for a productive day tomorrow.
    Last edited by nimbo; 01-10-2016 at 4:30 PM.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 408 / 500
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 1st Oct 16, 9:37 PM
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    I bought surgical spirit/rubbing alcohol online. I think it was called isopropyl alcohol.

    I have Hallowe'en costumes for 2 grandchildren to do. I've started on the hardest one first - a Nexo Knight costume. After that it's the Gryffindor robe of Hermione Granger. I had to buy the fabric for the main bits of the costumes, but I'm sure I have odds and end for the decoration.
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 2nd Oct 16, 9:17 PM
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    Had a full Day of Crafting today. only took breaks to Get washing out.

    I have completed a Christmas junk journal for a swap. It's currently drying. In the process I threw away a full bin full of junk. Woo hoo.

    I chucked a silver ink pad as the sponge seemed to be melting when I used it to ink a stamp - very odd.

    While using my sissix I cut nearly 100 tags from recycled card - counting as 50 as I've used a load today.

    My partner has finished 20 jars of chutney - which is a bit of a cheat to count but it has used loads of the apples up.

    I have managed a charm to go with the journal. Didn't use much but something at least.

    I have repurposed two leather covers.

    I also made up 12 decorated paper clips and used those too.

    241 + 82 = 323 / 500.

    I'm actually getting there. Woo hoo.

    Hope you've all had busy days. ��

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 408 / 500
    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 3rd Oct 16, 8:59 AM
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    You ladies are probably the best to ask

    I'm trying to find some really good headbands for attaching things to... I always buy some from a fabulous artist (it's one of my treats!) a few times of the year and my daughter loves them too... however I'm not keen on sharing my special pieces with her so I wanted to make her some all of her own! I have everything APART from the blasted headbands! Or rather alice bands... They need to be quite wide to attach things to and probably fabric covered. Any ideas?
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 3rd Oct 16, 7:18 PM
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    They have them in the 99p shops Well As Claire's and at bigger Asda stores. Hope this helps.

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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 3rd Oct 16, 7:36 PM
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    I've seen plastic Alice type bands in Tesco with their Hair accessories
    Hth
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 5th Oct 16, 4:53 PM
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    Finally got some stash busting done, only a little bit but it's things that will leave the house
    3 baby hats for local scbu
    7 instant smoothie hats
    2 mini stocking (need to make 30 for school by Christmas)

    Brings my total to 142

    I guessing we'll all be getting a bit busier in the run up to Christmas especially if we try to use some of our stash for gifts
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 6th Oct 16, 8:47 PM
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    I have used up one pack of giant ric rac a stash of paper scraps and other bits starting to make a junk journal.

    325 / 500.

    Small wins but still the right direction.

    I have now completed the junk journal. Finished a roll of double sided tape - 12 tags 12 altered paperclips and a mass of ribbons n scraps. Used some small boxes i'd saved and have repurposed a bright red scrap of leather.

    353 / 500.

    Tomorrow the aim Is to:
    1. tidy the craft room.
    2. Set up the printer to see if it still works.
    3. Gather all of the stuff for a steam punk journal.

    Hope you're all well and busy doing things you love.
    Last edited by nimbo; 07-10-2016 at 9:41 PM.

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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 9th Oct 16, 7:52 PM
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    Not a lot but it is something - Nexo Knights birthday card for my Grandson.
    Nexo birthday card by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
    Something has happened to my tally, which I kept in my signature, so I've given up counting!
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 13th Oct 16, 6:28 PM
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    I'm loving the card. The counting doesn't matter so much as the getting through the stash.

    I managed to finish another journal. I haven't done anything off the list yet though. Haha

    I still have the same targets. I want to tidy the craft room, set up the printer and crack on with the steam punk junk journal. Although I am currently away so that can all wait for now. Haha

    354 / 500.
    Last edited by nimbo; 15-10-2016 at 4:45 PM.

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    • squishylove1989
    • By squishylove1989 15th Oct 16, 9:09 PM
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    I was telling DH about this thread as I have just come across it and have craft stash bursting out of the craft room and trailing around every other room in the house. I feel like I should stand up in front of you all and say "I am squishylove1989 and I have a crafting problem"


    Please tell me you will be doing a 2017 challenge as I could really do with the motivation to use up a lot of the stuff I have bought. I get it with good intentions of using it as gifts etc and then it just sits there. I even hoard clothing if I like the fabric just in case I can re-fashion something...loving reading through this thread.
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 17th Oct 16, 9:27 AM
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    I was telling DH about this thread as I have just come across it and have craft stash bursting out of the craft room and trailing around every other room in the house. I feel like I should stand up in front of you all and say "I am squishylove1989 and I have a crafting problem"


    Please tell me you will be doing a 2017 challenge as I could really do with the motivation to use up a lot of the stuff I have bought. I get it with good intentions of using it as gifts etc and then it just sits there. I even hoard clothing if I like the fabric just in case I can re-fashion something...loving reading through this thread.
    Originally posted by squishylove1989
    There has been a thread for the last few years so I think it will be done 2017 too. I hope so as I think it helps motivate me.

    But there is nothing to stop you joining now. set a small target of things to do - even if it's Christmas caRds and Christmas tags. Or sorting your stash. My list has been the same for ages even though I've managed to make stuff that wasn't yet on it. aim for 5 or 10 things? (Maybe less of you make giant quilts) and see how you go.... it can become addictive. Even just finishing ufos (unfinished objects) is super rewarding.

    I have a busy day of crafting planned - although as my partner is off too I'm sure he'll have ideas that involve me doing house work and too shopping etc. Grrrr. Although to be fair he will be too.

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    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 17th Oct 16, 9:56 AM
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    Fabric might make wonderful wreaths for christmas?

    You can either tie them to the wire frames or poke/glue them on te polystyrene ones - I've made both and I am planning on making some more this year And you can do the tying thing with ribbon too if like me you have a scary secret stash of these hehehe
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 17th Oct 16, 10:26 AM
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    oooh a bet a wreath is a great stashbuster.

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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 17th Oct 16, 3:38 PM
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    Great ideas, folks.
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    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 17th Oct 16, 10:33 PM
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    oooh a bet a wreath is a great stashbuster.
    Originally posted by nimbo
    I made two and a ball out of a friends wedding dress leftovers lol after they cut a christening dress from it! She was going to bin it! so now she has one and each mum has one 😊 But my nan used to make them when I was a kid... I used to love all her makes... no guessing where my bug came from!
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 18th Oct 16, 8:18 PM
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    I've made two pearly inks with some ink surgical spirit and eye shadows bought for the purpose a while back. The eye shadows cost £2 for ten and I had two little bottles knocking about. So i have made up two. Used them to dye some doilies. I will do some more later. These will go into a journal I'm making so will be used up quickly. They have worked well. I will Make Some more of I can find bottles for not a lot.

    361 / 500.

    I've finished the butterfly journal - completed a closure and a charm. Used up a bag of beads that's been knocking about for ages adnsome recycled charms.

    Also made a Christmas charm for another journal. My partner has just told me that a colleague wants a junk journal for Christmas. So will find out what she wants and if I can do it. It's the last day of my annual leave today so will probably be slowing down on the crafty front. Boo.

    Also made a set of three line stamps. From a card box.

    Hope you're all well. And enjoying your rag wreaths.

    367 / 500.
    Last edited by nimbo; 19-10-2016 at 7:02 PM.

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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 20th Oct 16, 9:53 PM
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    I fell off the waggon. Bought three balls of pound shop wool for £2. Being in town for training was leathal.

    I have used up one whole ball and bits of the others making 19 Pom Poms. Not sure if they'll be used for a wreath or a garland. Probably a garland as that won't require a wreath blank to be purchased and will use up less Pom poms. Haha

    386 / 500.

    I hope you've all had a great productive day.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 408 / 500
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 21st Oct 16, 7:05 PM
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    Everyone is doing brilliantly
    I've knitted another 10 mini stockings so up to 152 now.
    grocery challenge November budget £400 spent £231.76
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    read your books challenge-currently on It started with a kiss
    xstitch challenge 63 'mittens' lyric cushion
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 22nd Oct 16, 7:03 PM
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    I have used up a leather hide cutting out 10 covers for journals. 9 in one colour and one in another.

    Used one of the covers already and have plans for the one in a different colour. I have all of the pages sorted for this next journal but they will need decorating. So I'll hold fire to finish that one until I've got a full day to faff.

    The bulk of the covers are red leather so perfect for Christmas journals. I have to whip one up for the mil so will probably whip up a couple of spares too.

    No word on what the colleague of my partner wanted so I can't start that.

    I'm glad everyone is keeping busy.

    397 / 500. I actually might make it.

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