Archive for May, 2014

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


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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A little late, but still Wednesday! 🙂 If you’re unfamiliar with What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW), head on over to Stamping Ground and find out more. It’s tons of fun!

I just wanted to quickly post a picture of my space since by next week, I want to have more jewelry items on it!

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday for Crafting{without}Kids

I see a space!

I just bought a CTMH mat. One side is self-healing, and the other side is a little squishy and I think it will be a nice cushion to stamp on. I’m also hoping it will help me delineate a workspace. I guess we’ll see! I also see the new Card Creations magazine I just bought and one of the tubes of washi tape from the new My Mind’s Eye Necessities collection. Apparently well named, since I bought pretty much all of it! I even spy a panda card made by my friend Emily of Useless Without Pictures–He’s SO cute!

There’s tons of stuff there so feel free to look around! 🙂 See you next week with jewelry on there!

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Well…It’s about time!

I did it! I finally got around to making something besides a card! As you may know, when I started out a looooooong time ago Makin’ Stuff, it was all jewelry. I even had a bead store at one point. LOVE those crazy little things. But my mom made cards (and everything else) and I started going to stamping conventions and paper stores with her and for longer than I can now imagine was possible, I managed to hold off. No, I didn’t really need any of that pretty paper; what would I do with it?!?! Well…I suppose I could make a pendant with it…

Uh oh.

Yeah. It became a problem. Now I have to keep making cards just to try and make a dent in all the new stuff coming into my house.

But I was trying to clean up my craft table the other day, basically just shoving piles around, and I thought that the only way to get some of this stuff off my desk is to use it. I have quite a few small opal pendants that are all really beautiful and unique and I just haven’t gotten around to designing something. So I decided to go super simple and just Make Something Dangit!

Leather & Opal Necklace by Crafting{without}Kids

The layers of the opal are really amazing.

It’s hard to catch all the sparkle because I haven’t taken that online photography class I signed up for (blush, sigh), but you get the idea. They are marbled & faceted 4mm rondelles with a satin or iradized finish. I used 15° Platinum plated Charlottes to make the loops that connect the glass beads to the leather cord ends. The clasp is actually attached to one of the cord ends and I can slide the pendant off if I would like to wear a really simple necklace or if I want to change the pendant.

I need to start making more jewelry. Now…I just need to search out some blogs with jewelry challenges to stick a little pitchfork in my behind! Any ones you guys love?

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Happy National Scrapbooking Day Everyone!

I don’t actually scrapbook, but most of the crafty people I know, do. And most of the crafty people that are at the crop I’m at right now, are. 🙂 I was going to try and follow along with one of the online crops, but it seems a little overwhelming at the moment since I’m at a real one too. Instead of an online crop challenge, my friend Emily challenged me to enter 10 challenges with one card. I didn’t make it to 10. It’s possible that if I kept looking, I could have found more, but I wanted to make more than one card today, you know? 😉 Here it is!

Happy Birthday Card made by Crafting{Without}Kids

One down!

Little Tangles is having a Peach and Mint challenge and the Sorbet Stampin’ Up paper pack from this latest Sale-a-Bration seemed PERFECT to use. The sentiments are from the Everyday Circles set and the banner is from Party Dots. “Birthday” is stamped in Fresh Peach ink from Hero Arts. I am using that banner stamp A LOT lately. Which is really funny since I bought the set because I loved the circles! And OF COURSE the “Happy” is embossed with the Ranger Liquid Platinum!

Once I had the colors, I needed a sketch, so I grabbed one from PaperTake Weekly. It’s their Sketchie Free for All so I chose Sketch #43. I used washi instead of a second layer of patterned paper and I love the circle sentiment with it.

And what to put in the middle for an image? A Camera!!! The Paper Girls Challenge blog is having a Paparazzi challenge, and everyone takes pictures at birthday parties so it’s perfect!

I have SO much patterned paper so I had to use some which fits perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge and the Craftyhazelnut’s patterned paper challenge.

So…that’s only 5. I didn’t make it to 10, but then this post would be LOOONG! I still think I did well and it was really interesting to try and combine several different challenges into one card that still was cohesive. Happy Crafting!

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One of my favorite presents in a long time has been the Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamp set given to me by my friend Makalah (she’s a Stampin’ Up demonstrator so don’t tell on her!). I try and use it whenever possible. So when I saw the new Mama Elephant Inspiration Challenge photo, I thought…hmmm…how do I get Pandas into that?

Bottles! That’s the ticket!

But don’t worry, I swear they’re happy 🙂

Panda Jars by Crafting{Without}Kids

Love Them!

Man, they’re cute. They are standing in Pumice Stone Distress glitter sand in bottles from the Avery Elle Bottle it Up Die set. The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set. I used some thin acetate and die cut a second set of bottles from that so they are standing in little dimensional bottles. Gotta have room for the sand! I lined them with a Krylon pen to go with the Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder (of course!) that I used on the sentiment and on the foliage in the jars. These little guys are all mine!

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I LOVE the idea of a Craft Hoarders challenge. Although, I don’t call myself a hoarder; I’m a “Collector”. If I “collect” things, then it’s okay if I don’t use them! 🙂 BUT, I did try and use a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new in this card for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge. For this challenge there was a sketch and a twist. The twist was that we must use something old and something new in the same project. I also gave myself a little extra challenge and made a “mom size” 5 x 7″ card instead of my usual “small” size.

And here is my take:

A Little Message card made by Crafting{Without}Kids

Use your stuff! 🙂

This card was inspired by my friend Anne who likes all things Lime Green. 🙂 The new items on this card are the washi tape in the top corner, the SU butterfly punch that I JUST opened, and the chipboard doily circle.  I’ve had the MFT You’re Just my Type Die and Stamp set for a long time, but I haven’t ever used it so that’s my bridge between the new and old. The oldest items are the flowers and the rhingestones that are leftover from an Archiver’s class (RIP) that I took who KNOWS how long ago. The patterned papers are from the American Crafts Dots & Stripes pack and the plain lime is a glimmer scrap from, again, who knows where. I use patterned papers on almost everything so the new Work it Wednesday challenge from Simon Says Stamp and the Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge are perfect too! I mean, I have to use patterned papers on everything. How else would I justify my bookcase of 6×6 pads?!? Oh Yeah! COLLECTING!

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