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I’ve made more Halloween cards this weekend than in the last several years combined so maybe my friends will be seeing a few in their mailboxes this year.

I chose the Halloween theme and went a little off-book with the colors changing the orange to a lime green that I really like.

Lawn Fawn Halloween card by Crafting{without}Kids

I was able to use another die that I haven’t opened before that I’ve had for a while. It’s the 3×4 die behind my little critters and is called Solace from The Crafter’s Workshop. The little guys are from Lawn Fawn Into the Woods and of course, they needed some witchy little hats from Hats Off to You šŸ™‚ I really like how this turned out and I hope you do too!

And of course, Anything Goes over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

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The pumpkins are upon us!

While at my retreat this weekend, I’m focusing on using papers and dies that I’ve had for awhile and haven’t ever used. This Tim Holtz pumpkin die is one of those. The bat is a borrowed punch from someone else here, and I used Distress Clear Rock Candy crackle on both the pumpkin and bat wings. I’m playing with the bright Halloween theme at AAA Cards.

Crackle Pumpkin card by Crafting{Without}Kids


Crackle Pumpkin card by Crafting{Without}Kids

Allowing Distress Stain to flow into the cracks not only highlights the new crackle finish, but is pretty cool to watch happen. šŸ™‚

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Take a Bow

Whew! It’s been awhile, huh?

Yeah, I missed you too šŸ™‚

I’ve been busy doing real world stuff, but I should really work harder getting back here, so this is a start. I’m at a crafty little retreat this weekend watching A LOT of Big Bang Theory and hopefully making a bunch of cards for challenges. I have 9 pages of challenges to work on, so I had better get going. I will try and space these out over the next week or so. And I hear that NaBloPoMo is coming…

Anyhoo… First up is the challenge over at Curtain Call.

The theme is Burlap Banner and I knew I had some Burlap ribbon that has been in my collection for WAAAAY too long. I also got to use a great little die that I got from my mom (Thanks Mom!).


The thank you die is from Savvy Dies and I wanted to tie in the pattern on the circle with the pattern in the banner above. I also got to play with some sequins and my new feather stickers from Pretty Little Studios (I blame Ashli for this).

Because there’s a lot of “Anything Goes” challenges at the end of the month, this will also be entered into:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
The Paper Girls Challenge

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Happy National Scrapbooking Day Everyone!

I don’tĀ 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. šŸ™‚ 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 EmilyĀ 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 couldĀ have found more, but I wanted to make more than one card today, you know? šŸ˜‰ 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 stampĀ 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 theirĀ Sketchie Free for AllĀ 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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Welcome to the my little corner of the Pretty Pink Posh Shaker Card Blog Hop!


This is my first attempt at a shaker card and I will admit to a lot of false starts, middles and even ends! I was working on my card at a crop and I’m sure that didn’t help as I was distracted with door prizes, coerced by candy and sidetracked by shiny things.

But here he is in all his shakery glory!

Shaker card by CraftingwithoutKids for the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Isn’t he cute? I think he looks pretty dang smart in his spring hat. The stamps are all from Lawn Fawn. The deer and the sentiment are from Into the Woods and the hat is from Hats Off to You. I LOVE that set! You can make any image perfect for any occasion just by changing out the hat. The sequins are Lawn Fawn too, called Let’s Polka.

I also got to play with my new Tim Holtz Mini Distress inks and the new mini foam blending tool to create my sky and shade the rolling hills. I already own all of the inksĀ (of course), so I didn’t think I would buy these. But after my first trip to a crop, I can say that having a “travel set” is a must. I’m going to go and buy the rest of them ASAP (and you should too). šŸ™‚

On to another blog! Hop on!



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I thought the new Little Tangles challenge to make a monochromatic card wouldn’t be that bad. All I had to do was pick a color and I was good to go, right?

Yeah, I was Wrong.

It was quite the challenge to add depth and interest with only the one color (and accent of silver). I found papers that I liked right away, but they were competing with each other. Thank goodness I was at a crop and my trusty friend Makalah suggested using the vellum–GENIUS! It really helped to add another tint by adding the slight white of the vellum.

Neat&Tangled Monochromatic challenge from Craftingwithoutkids

Awww…I think they like each other!

I used the birds from the Neat & Tangled set My Heart Sings and SkyLark pattern paper from CTMH. I used some Washi tape (man I LOVE Washi tape!), to attach the vellum to the card base. The silver paper is the DCWV Gliz paper. Definitely my favorite of all the glitter papers. Some of my new favorite SU ribbon finished it off. This wasn’t the easiest card I’ve ever made, Ā but I like how it turned out in the end and I hope you do too!

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I finally took 10 minutes (or less) out of the 13 hours I’ve been at this crop today to compete in the Pretty Pink Posh Craft Dash. The premise is to take less than 10 minutes to complete the card based on the challenge. The theme this time is Buttons!


I have a TON of buttons. Especially if you take into account that IĀ never use them! Here’s goes nothing!

Pretty Pink Posh Craft Dash #29 Card Challenge

Whew! I made it!!!

Under 10 minutes AND in the middle of a crop. Not bad.

Pretty Pink Posh Craft Dash 29 Challenge

I used several Close To My Heart buttons, plain and sparkly. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Live and Laugh set. I bought the Tim Holtz star stencil tonight and now it’s ok that I did since I already used it in the corner to add some yellow stars. Yay no guilt!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hi! This is the final card that I made last Saturday on World Card Making Day, but I finished it about 2am, so I wasn’t up for a 5th blog post that day. This one was designed for theĀ Runway Inspired Challenge #45. This is always a fun challenge. It’s interesting to take inspiration from one medium and transform it into another so that it is still recognizable.
Runway Inspired Challenge
The first thing you notice are the bold stripes of color. So I took my cue from those.
Runway Inspired Challenge #45 CraftingwithoutKids

Pop Goes the Color!

I chose two different sized striped papers and then die cut them with the Bella Bloom die from Simon Says Stamp. I chose the background paper so that it mimics the dark stripes of the dress, but I also really liked that the stripes are actually stitching since the inspiration is a garment. Normally, I wouldn’t use so many patterns on one card, but I think since they are all variations of a stripe, they work. And no card would be complete without a few enamel dots!

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Happy (still) World Card Making Day!

I LOVE dots and Basic Grey papers so the new challenge at Simon Says Stamp was PERFECT! And a great challenge after the last, more tedious, paper piecing card I just finished.

She Is Brave card

Sparkle On little butterfly!

I wanted to try a mini grouping and I think it turned out pretty well. I used paper from the Basic Grey Soleil line and die cut it using the Simon Says Stamp exclusive die Bella Bloom. The chipboard pieces are from the Fact & Fiction line and the paper stamp was something I picked up at Michael’s. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub.

Thanks for stopping!

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Happy Card Making Day!

I think I can…I think I can… It really does seem like I should have been able to make more cards than this so far, but I’m counting each blog post as a “thing” done too. So that makes me feel a little better. The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge is Paper Piecing. I love paper piecing, and this might be the most intricate one that I’ve done yet.

Lift to the Sun

Lift to the Sun

There are 3 colors of paper on the paper pieced sunflower from the FlourishesĀ Sunflowers stamp set.

Sunflower from the Side



I love that little ladybug!

I added black enamel to the little ladybug head and it’s a little hard to see but the center of the sunflower is Stickled and sparkly! Thanks for visiting!



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