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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.

10/366 #yearofmaking

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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!

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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!

pandastamp3

She’s SO cute!

 

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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!

9/366 #yearofmaking

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Good News: I’m at a retreat with my friends this weekend.

Bad News: The night I was packing my throat starting hurting and it became clear that I was getting sick. Awesome.

So I know there’s no way I’m powering through this weekend the way I usually do at these things: up at 8 am to bed at 3 am. Boo. BUT, I’m managing to get some things made and a blog post written. And coloring. Coloring helps everything, right?

The Paper Smooches Challenge for January is  4 Colors (+ neutrals).

I used an oldie, but goodie–Cuteasaurus and the colors blue, green, orange, and pink.

Cuteasaurus handmade card by Crafting{without}Kids

A heaping stack of cuteness!

I’m pretty impressed the T-Rex made it all the way up there! He’s a champ!

Another year, another try at #yearofmaking. 8/366

 

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Guess what? Coloring is SO MUCH FUN! Remember?!?

I don’t have to remember too far back because I have a ton of coloring books in my basement on a shelf. You know, so I can get them out and color. So when I heard about the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that Kathy is doing over at The Daily Marker, I was in. The challenge is just to spend some time every day coloring. It doesn’t matter what it’s with or what you make, just color. As I’ve said about my #YearofMaking, that’s something I can get behind.

Today I even read an article on Huffington Post about how coloring helps combat stress. Fun AND a stress reliever? I’m double in.

So I won’t be posting my coloring here every day. Which I’m sure you would have guessed already based on the frequency of my posts (but I’m working on that!), but I will on Instagram (craftingwithoutkids) and on Twitter (@craftingwokids) and I’ll be checking in here now and again with my coloring. You know, when I make something out of it. Today I stamped some images to be colored later and then I made a bookmark.

Getting ready for 30 Day Color Challenge with The Daily Marker #TheDailyMarker30Day

Ready…Set…

Crappie Bookmark for 30 Day Color Challenge with The Daily Marker #TheDailyMarker30Day

GO!!!

I got the bookmark blanks from my friend Emily at Useless Without Pictures . She is doing the challenge too. I “talked her into it.” Hi Emily! This is going to be lots of fun. Promise. 🙂

17/365 #YearofMaking

1/30 #TheDailyMarker30Day

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When I read about Make Something 365 started by Noah Scanlin, and his 365 Skulls project, I was inspired. I was ready to try it. I couldn’t wait. I had great ideas!

And it lasted about a week.

And that was even with the caveat that it was ok to fail sometimes. But I didn’t like to fail, and skipping days felt like failing even if I had said it wasn’t. So I quit, and I hated that I quit. But that’s what happened.

Fast forward to about a month ago. I found the book Make it Mighty Ugly (which is AMAZING and everyone should read it) and that lead me to #YearOfMaking, which was started by Miriam Felton when she began posting what she was making every day. This resonated with me. There really aren’t any rules. Just make something. Or part of something. Or whatever you decide “making” means to you. I can’t even begin to tell you how freeing this is. And it’s a “year”, not “2015” so I (and you) can start whenever.  In fact, I started 16 days ago. SIXTEEN DAYS!!! Can you believe that?

Here’s a couple of the things I’ve made.

Birdies colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 2

Cork Pendant Necklace for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 12

Brick Stitch Circles for Crafting{without}Kids

Days 13 & 14

 

So far so good. It’s been good having an excuse to make something every day, but it’s also been good not to be limited to making a specific thing every day. You’ll be seeing the days tick by at the end of my posts, and every once in a while I’m going to post a couple of things I’ve been making. If you want to see what I’m making each day, follow me on Twitter (@craftingwokids) or Instagram (CraftingWithoutKids). I post pictures there (the 99% of the time I remember to take one & it isn’t a blog post.) I’m also going to be following along with The Daily Marker and her 30 Day Color Challenge which starts tomorrow so you’ll see those too.

16/365 #YearOfMaking

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