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A couple of friends came over yesterday to hang out with me, watch Big Bang Theory and make stuff. And eat mini-quiches. Can’t forget the mini-quiches. We like entering challenges and we made cards for the current Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge.

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I love the colors in this. I don’t really have a lot of the new succulent stamps so I had to make do, but I like how it turned out.

Cactus for Waffle Flower stamps from Crafting{without}Kids

 

Cactus for Waffle Flower stamps by Crafting{without}Kids

I used the Rock My World stamp set to make a little cactus! Isn’t it cute?!? 🙂 Then I stamped one of the little flowers from that set and added some Wink of Stella to make it all glitzy. The Hello die is from My Favorite Things called Happy Hellos and the smaller little plant is from Simon Says Stamp.

The cards I made yesterday were 6/365 and this blog post is 7/365 #yearofmaking. 🙂

Last year I signed up for the One Little Word Class with Ali Edwards. You may have heard of this…it’s pretty dang popular. I may not have (ahem) finished all of the projects for it and it’s on my list of classes to finish/revisit this year. (More on that in a later post.)

In the most general sense, One Little Word is about picking a word that is meaningful to you to focus on for the year. I didn’t sign up again this year, but I did pick a word.

BALANCE

I’ve mentioned that I may have too many hobbies. I need to figure out a way to balance them so that I don’t feel like I’m neglecting any of them. A way to balance my schedule to make room for everything and still have time to hang out with friends and my guy. I have so many things/accessories/crap/awesomestuff for all my hobbies that I want to use them and not have them whispering “Come play with us” at me all the time. I want to not feel guilty doing something I enjoy because I’m not doing something else that I enjoy. That’s nuts right?!? Yeah. I think so too.

To give you an idea of my problem, peek into my craft room (just a peek is scary enough).

Craft Room pic from Crafting{without}Kids

Yikes! Right? That’s just one side.

Here’s a glimpse at my game shelf.

Crafting{without}Kids Gameshelf

(this isn’t even all of them)

Yup. That’s a bunch of stuff right? I know. And I love it all. And I want to play with it all. And I want to write more blog posts and enter more card contests and get back to more beading…so I need some Balance. And that’s what I’ll be working towards. One little part of that is also #YearOfMaking. More on that too. Later. Because there will be more blog posts. Promise. 🙂

#YearOfMaking 1/365

Well…I had a few resolutions regarding crafting and blogging and planning. And, already, most are not panning out.

It’s Jan 12th and
#1 I have not “blogged at least once a week”.
#2 I haven’t posted about my awesome new #10x10in2015 games list.
#3 I have made something every week with scraps. (Not that you’d know that since..well..see #1.)
#4 I also haven’t finished (or worked on) any of the online classes that I have signed up for in the past. In fact, I’ve signed up for more.
#5 I also started following this #31DaystoGetOrganized thing with Peter Walsh and that has gotten me off track a bit. Or rather onto a different track.

So what to do about it? I could say I’ve “started the process” and count that as something. Or I could say “screw it” and just give up now. I could talk about how I really meant to do all these things but just “didn’t have time.” But all of those feel like empty excuses and I did have the time. Just not the inclination or motivation.

What do those of you do who have multiple hobbies that don’t seem to overlap? Do you schedule time for each? I feel like I have too many interests, and keep acquiring more, but don’t want to give any up yet. I can’t decide if scheduling time for everything each week will be freeing or constricting.

Either way…at least this got written right? (Sorry to Emily that there are no pictures)

Baby steps.

Hello Happy!

My mom got me into stamping (Gee thanks Mom! 😉 ). When I first started, she gave me a set of blank notecards and some Stampin’ Up ink spots. I’ve had those notecards for a really long time now. The last online class I took was about using your supplies, Supplies on Hand and that spurred me to finally break these out. I also pulled out a bunch of the die cuts and chipboard that I’ve had for awhile. This is one of the first cards I made at my weekend retreat. The simple Kraft-like background worked well with the Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration and white space challenges.

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Hello Happy by Crafting[without}Kids

 

I used the Waffle Flower Rock My World stamp set for the Hello, Laugh rock, and leaves.

The Close to my Heart blog also had a Choose Your Own Adventure type story and I followed along with that to get to my challenge. That challenge was to use the colors Goldrush, Honey, and Colonial White so I incorporated those too.

I didn’t finish using all the notecards, but I made a big dent and I hope to finish them soon!

And of course, Anything Goes at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Well…I’m back to reality from my crafty retreat. Bummer. But you can all still pretend I’m on vacation since I’ll be posting more of what I finished there. I was able to work three of my goals into this card: Using the flair buttons I got from…(who knows where), using papers from some of my Simon Says Stamp card kits that I love, but that have been piling up, and using the pieces of a Halloween themed kit I bought from a friend.

First up, the sketch. This one is from Retro Sketches.

Square cards are CRAZY hard for me…so I modified it to a good ol’ A2. But everything else is still there.

Next, add a panda. I mean, you should ALWAYS add a panda. And Anything Goes when the panda’s in da house! 🙂

My Pandamonium set from Mama Elephant is probably the most used stamp set I own. Thanks Makalah! So here’s the result:

Party Panda card by Crafting{without}Kids

I used the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit papers from April 2014. Simon Says “Make Something!” 🙂 I don’t usually use bright primary colors, but this seemed like a good opportunity. Added benefit? The heart flair button matches! Also, the orange polka dot button and the “button” brads from the Halloween kit were able to make an appearance! I just bought that arrow Close to my Heart washi tape from my friend at the retreat. Since I used it, I’m now completely justified in buying it.  I imagine he’s bursting in the door of the party saying “Hi!” and everyone turns, smiles and yells “Panda’s here!!!” 🙂

 

I’ve said it before, but I really like using sketches. Having a slightly restrictive guideline really helps me. This time I went for an even more challenging experience and combined a sketch from the Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge with a theme and inspiration photo from The Cat’s Pajamas.

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Here’s my combined interpretation.

Tuesday sketch and TCP Halloween card by Crafting{without}Kids

I caught Jack!

I used the basic sketch to make a Halloween card. Instead of the star that is supposed to be caught by the bunny in the Wish stamp set, I added a little pumpkin and paper pieced his fancy moon.  I thought the hanging down pumpkin mimicked the ornaments falling in the second inspiration picture from TCP.  Of course, I needed to stickle his nose and the pumpkin! 🙂 The sentiment is from one of my favorite Tim Holtz sets called Simple Sayings.

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 🙂 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!

Hi Again!

Remember me? 😉

I’ve always wanted to join in on a Papertrey Blog Hop Challenge, but the timing has never worked out. This weekend is my crafty retreat with friends though so I have “plenty” of time.

I choose this option to play with first. I love the minty blues with the pops of purple and pink.

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Card for Papertrey Challenge by Crafting{without}Kids

 

I used the Blueberry Sky for the base and some new paper I just got from Pretty Little Studios Nature Walk collection. I found this great sequin ribbon in my pile of things-I-need-to-use-that-I’ve-had-forever. The stamps are from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #3 and the leaves are from Doodlie Doo.

Last post for a couple hours. Time to go back to making things! Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!

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

Boo!

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. 🙂

A Bright Fall

As we are sliding into Fall, we really need a bright spot. And I think this bird delivers!

Fall Forward by Crafting{without}Kids

Fall Forward

Isn’t he great?!? I used the sketch from A Cherry on Top and the Fall theme.

I added some Stickles to his wings and the flower to make him even more excellent.

And of course, there are the Anything Goes challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
The Paper Girls Challenge