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I love peeking at everyone’s workspaces on What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by Stamping Ground. Go take a look (but come on back). It’s so much fun!

I had hoped that more jewelry would be making it’s way onto the table, but right now, that doesn’t seem to be the case (although, maybe there’s some under there somewhere). I have been “saving” some blank canvases hoping to someday do Something with them, but that perfect thing isn’t coming and basically I’m just storing them at this point. So I decided to pull one out, throw some distress paint, embossing paste, and color through stencils on it and see what happens. Obviously, it’s not finished, and the doily and bird aren’t attached, but I thought it would be fun to just add stuff to it here and there. We’ll see. Maybe it will be nothing, but for now, it’s a start (which is more than it was before)!

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday by Crafting{Without}Kids

Off you go to peek at other workspaces! Have fun!

The last batch of cards that I’ve made have turned out a lot more CAS than usual. Almost all were on plain white card bases with a top-folding orientation. I don’t really know why, but it’s been interesting to mix it up a little. In that vein, I found yet another challenge blog that I haven’t played with before. This one is BE Inspired and uses TheAlleyWay stamps.

Origami Party card made by Crafting{Without}Kids for BE Inspired Challenge.

Now that’s one fly party! (tee hee) I used TheAlleyWay Sushi Bar set with the crane in it. The chipboard sentiment is from the Basic Grey RSVP collection and I blinged (yeah, that’s totally a word!) it out a little with the best rhinestones out there–Stampin’ Up. The inks are all Hero Arts. Now…is it Saturday(Game Day) yet? Let’s Party!

I really don’t even remember how I got there, but I found a new (to me) site to play with a challenge! This one is unique too. There’s a sketch AND an image. You can choose one or both, creating a fusion of the two. Here is the inspiration:

I love the image and I think working with a sketch is a lot of fun so I chose to use both in the true Fusion style.

Card for Fusion Challenge by Crafting{without}Kids

I think it turned out really cool! I used Simon Says Stamp sets for the flowers, Favorite Flowers, and sentiment, Thinking of You. The really thin washi tape is from Amy Tangerine Plus One Mixed Tape. The Distress inks are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed. Sketches are great in that they provide a very basic framework and you can still be creative, if not more so because of the slight limitation. I’m sure that all the cards for the challenge will be vastly different even though they have the same basic elements. Thanks for visiting!

Even though I don’t do them as often as I’d like, I really enjoy the Runway Inspired Challenges. I think it’s great to see all the interpretations of fashion in card form. If you go and check them out, it will be worth it. This week’s challenge is Delpozo.

source: style.com

And here is my take:

Runway Inspired Challenge 61 by Crafting{Without}Kids

I chose to do a top folding card to mimic her long lines, and I used the scallops to reflect the shape of the shirt. In person, the white embossing stands out better than in the picture, but that’s just my less than stellar photography skills ;) I also like using the stitching as a little wink ;) to this being a fashion challenge. Now I just need to find someone with a birthday that really likes Minnie Mouse because I think this card screams Disney (you were thinking it too, right?). It wasn’t really my intention, but I think that’s okay. Minnie’s a classic, right? And Classic’s never go out of style!

You may remember that I signed up for BoardGameGeek’s challenge of playing 10 different games, 10 times, in 2014 (#10x10in2014). You can go here if you want to follow my progress.

First game conquered:

A fairly simple game that was very easy to get people to play. The first time I brought it to my local game night at I’m Board (awesome store!), I played it THREE TIMES! Lots of people there were interested and since it is a quick game to play AND teach (and I’m not particularly adept at teaching games), it was easy to do. I’d definitely recommend this for families or people that want a lighter fast little game.

My two-cents tips:

1. Don’t give a new player Green. The screen is shaded so it’s harder to distinguish between the Green and Clear materials when looking at the scoring.

2. Emphasize that the points scored each round reset. Those are “fake” points just determining position.

3. Make sure they know that the dice don’t have to be in the same configuration as they are on the screen for scoring.

That’s it! I have another big Game Day next weekend, (although day is misleading since it goes from 11am until 3am-ish) so I’m hoping to get one or two of the games on my list played. I’m looking at you Takenoko!

I have a really great little Lawn Fawn stamp set called Good Fortune that I’ve had for what feels like forever and I’ve never really used it. It has a great fortune cookie with interchangeable fortunes and a little take out box. I mean, I’ve used the teeny tiny heart from it, but that’s hardly the point, right? I was at my monthly crop this last weekend (can’t you tell? I mean, I’m doing a blog post ;) ), and I really tried to limit the stamp sets I brought and that one made the cut. So it was finally my chance to use it!

 

 

 

Takeout card by Crafting{Without}Kids for Lawnscaping Challenge

YUM!

So cute, right? I don’t know why I didn’t get around to using this set before. I heat embossed the container with my new favorite Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger on Cut & Paste paper from Amy Tangerine. I used a friend’s Cuttlebug embossing folder from the Decorative Tile set to add a little texture to the otherwise fairly simple card. I was going to stamp out the chopsticks that are in the set, but then I noticed my toothpicks and decided to cut those into chopsticks instead. A much better (and cuter) decision. :)

 

When I’ve read about what inspires artists and people who make things to be more creative and come up with new ideas, they often say,  “Just getting in my studio and playing with my materials.” Unfortunately, I am terrible at this. I always feel the need to end up with something “Usable”. “Art for Art’s sake” is something I can’t quite do. Just sitting down to play with my new things or try out a new technique on a piece of paper that will just get thrown away is difficult for me even though I know that in order to get better or “find my style”, this is something I really should do.

So I’m starting Messin’ Around Mondays. I don’t want to say I’ll do it every Monday (because, let’s face it, that probably won’t happen), but I want to try it most Mondays. I’ll just take a look at the stuff around me on my workspace, or some project/technique I’ve been meaning to try, and play with it. Maybe I’ll make something Usable, maybe not (but, probably will until I can break myself of that habit ;) ). As part of my desire to want to make more jewelry, today I made a bracelet, earrings, and a necklace. Here’s the little pile of goodies that was sitting in front of me that became the bracelet.

Messin' Around Mondays with Crafting{without}kids

Hmmm….

I just got the “O” Beads at a newer bead store in town. As usual, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I love circles and rings (and these are tiny so that’s even more fun). I’ve also been wanting to see if it was possible to use one of the Tim Holtz trinket pins as a clasp.  Here’s what I ended up with:

 

Messin' Around Mondays with Crafting{without}Kids

Ta Da!

I used wax linen to string the beads and attach the trinket pin as a clasp. It lies a lot nicer than I thought it would which is nice, since I have a bunch of these pins! I’m also really interested to see how well it stays on and holds up. Always nice to try a new clasp out on a bracelet that isn’t very expensive. Who knows what I will play with next!

 

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