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I joined another challenge group this year thinking I can do ALL. THE. THINGS.

Yeah, I can’t do all the things (like blog with any sort of regularity), but since this is really only one thing per month, I have a fighting chance. It’s called Try Something New Every Month or TSNEM. There’s a Facebook Group and everything guys! Here’s a bit of background on the challenge from Swoodson Says.

Every month there is another theme. The idea is to get you to try crafts that you haven’t tried before or, for me, to go back to something you may have liked, but has fallen into a corner (or in my case a high shelf) of your craft space.

January – Quilting

February- Tactile Craft

March- Painting

April- Edible Crafts   (THIS is the most terrifying one)

May – Hand Sewing

June- Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching

July- Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving

August- Printmaking; fabric or paper

September – Machine Sewing

October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint

November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy

December- Choose your own!

For January, I cheated a bit by using a quilt stamp I “rescued” from my mom’s house (Hi Mom!) and I stamped it several times paper piecing it together. I’m still counting it.😉

Quilt card by Crafting{without}Kids

TSNEM Quilt Card

For February, I decided on needle felting. LOTS of years ago I took a needle felting class and it was SO much fun (stab stab stab stabby stab stab tee hee)!

My friend Deb gave me a felted pumpkin decoration (also a long time ago) that the leaf recently fell off of.

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Felted awesome pumpkin from Deb

Just this weekend I finally found my felting needles and jabbed that little sucker back onto there (stabby stab jab) and I thought, OH YEAH! THAT WAS FUN! So, I’m off to the library to get some books on needle felting little animals. I’ve seen them before and always thought they were cute, but never got around to it. Looks like this is the month! I even have a crop this weekend so, if nothing else, I can work on it there. Best thing about wool roving? It’s lightweight to schlep!😉

Hi everyone!

It’s amazing how quickly time flies when I don’t have a dedicated space and time for blog posts and making things (meaning, sorry for the long hiatus…again). If anything was going to get me back here it’s the fourth iteration of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at her blog The Daily Marker.

She posts DAILY. It’s amazing. She’s amazing. I’m constantly amazed.

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Last night I started collecting some of my goodies into a Coloring Caddy that I can carry between my basement Outpost and my actual craft room. In the past, I’ve tried to set up something more permanent downstairs, but then when I went to make something in my craft room, I would have to haul armloads of stash toys upstairs. And I’m pretty lazy, I mean efficient, (yeah, that’s it) and that didn’t go well. So this time, I’m going with portability over other considerations.

Coloring Caddy for the Daily Marker Coloring Challenge

Coloring Caddy

First up, this Steampunk Alice stamp I got at a Green Whimsy consignment sale in November.

Steampunk Alice with Distress Markers by Crafting{without}Kids

Steampunk Alice ready for the Ball!

One of my favorite things about this challenge is that it allows me to ink up stamps I’ve had for a while that I always thought would be fun to use or color, but haven’t gotten around to trying to make into a card, or they haven’t fit into a card I was trying to make. This way, I can just stamp it and color it. Now it’s ready for me to use when the mood strikes!

It’s easiest (for me AND Kathy) to post the daily coloring to Instagram, so if you want to see what I’m coloring, pop on over there to my Craftingwithoutkids feed. And you should totally join in! It’s lots of fun and low pressure and seriously, who doesn’t love coloring?!?!?

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As I drove to my retreat this weekend, I was truly passing through a Winter Wonderland as all the trees were dark and wet with the branches covered in snow. So very pretty. Especially since it was only enough snow to make it pretty, and not enough to have to shovel or make it hard for me to drive to the retreat.:)

Hello You handmade card with Lawn Fawn stamps by Crafting{without}Kids.

I used a bunch of my new Lawn Fawn stamps to create this Winter Wonderland for the new Lawnscaping Challenge. Party Animal, Baah Humbug and Scripty Sayings all showed up in this scene. I used the long swirls of Hello You from Scripty Sayings to make a snowy little hillside for the friends to meet up under a Distress Ink sky.

I love card sketches. It’s a lot of fun to see how everyone interprets the same basic design. My Favorite Things has great card sketch challenges and I need to make some time to do more of them.

I turned it sideways and used my older Grand Peaceful Flowers stamp set to make a flower garden sympathy card that I hope I won’t need anytime soon.

Sympathy handmade card for MFT made by Crafting{without}Kids

I’ve been playing with some new-to-me Palette inks this weekend. I’m really liking the colors so far. A few sketch-placed sequins, and I popped it up from a plain white card base.

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Ahhh…new love.

I’m a long way from new love,  but it’s still pretty awesome.:) (Hi Honey!) I used a new combination of Tim Holtz stamp sets: Bird Crazy and Mini Blueprints 2. Simon Says Stamp is having a Something New challenge.

Crazy Bird in Love card by Crafting{without}Kids

How can you say no to that face?!?

You can’t. That’s how.:) He’s so adorable. Now I want to try all the other Mini Blueprints stamps and see what else he can hold in his crazy little wings. Off to make another card!

I got some great new Amuse stamps at the stamp convention in Madison in November. I’ve used a couple, but I’ve been wanting to paper piece this adorable camper ever since I got it. That’s one of my favorite things about Amuse stamps is they often have simple, open designs that lend themselves well to paper piecing. New Year = New Projects!

Happy Camper handmade card by Crafting{without}Kids

See that amazing Panda Stamp?!?!?! My amazing friend Makalah–Jump Into Stamping got that for me for my birthday. YAY for AWESOME friends! SHE made ME a Happy Camper. Thanks Makalah!

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She’s SO cute!

 

Greetings!

Hi Again! I didn’t even give you time to miss me:) I’m feeling a bit better today. I can actually taste food so that means as soon as I finish this blog post there will be taco dip, yummy, yummy taco dip, eaten by me. Advocare All In starts Monday so this is my Last Hurrah!

I’m trying to work through some of my older SSS card kits that I’ve had and use them with some of the great new stamps sets that I’ve gotten (so I can justify buying more of course). The Cat’s Pajamas current challenge is Anything Goes–TCPTUES305! I used the Wreath Building Kit stamp set for the Greetings banner and sprig.

 

Handmade card by crafting{without}kids for TCP challenge.

 

One of my goals for this year is to try and send more Happy Mail. We all have SO many cards we make and it’s wonderful to get fun mail just because. Because of that, a lot of the cards I’m making this year are either going to be birthday or just a “Hi”, “Hello” or “Greetings” sentiment so this is perfect! Now…TACO DIP!

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