Friday, September 23, 2016

Craftroom De-stash Part 1 {My Packing Party}

Oh the dreaded "D" word for every crafter out there. Unless of course you're on the buying end of someone else's de-stash  sale!

I have been having a lot of trouble with all my stuff, I know I know, poor Mari and her over abundance of craft supplies. But seriously, I just have too much stuff. So I started planning a de-stash sale, but was really overwhelmed with how to go about sorting through all of stuff and putting it up for sale.

I have been following The Minimalists on Facebook and on their blog for the past year or so. I've tried their 30 Day Minimalism challenge a few times, only to fail around day 17 every time. Then I read about the "Packing Party" The idea is basically that you pack up everything you own as if you were moving and over the next 30 days only unpack what you need when you need it. At the end, sell or donate whatever is left in those boxes.

It's extreme. With a family of 7 I could never pack up the entire house at once, I would lose my mind. But one room each 30 days doesn't sound so bad. And to set an example I decided to start with my craftroom. I think it will really help me figure out exactly what I need to keep and what I can part with.

I don't have as much time to craft as I used to, but I still have so much stuff. As my kids get older I see even less time to craft, especially since I plan on going back to work at some point in the next 3 years.

So this is not a de-stash to re-stash sale. Actually, there's a 2nd part to my madness. I won't get into details, but my family has been not as financially secure as we need to be. So, we are also embarking on a year of No Spending. Yeah, I know. It's scary and crazy. And anyone who knows me is probably thinking "I give her 3 days before she breaks". Which is the main reason I share this. Accountability. Now it's out there. You all know. I don't like to fail and my family needs this. I think it could really help turn things around for us.

For the next year we will only buy food (with a very strict budget) and consumable household items that we need (shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap, etc.). There will be two exceptions to the rules made for my family- my kids are small and they are growing like mad, so if they need new clothes I will buy them clothes, but not new, we will get them from resale stores. And Christmas. My kids will get Christmas gifts. I won't deprive them of that, I just won't go as crazy as I normally do. We will set a spending limit for gifts and that will be it.

As far as my spending money for crafts goes, usually it works that whatever I earn from selling my cards, etc. I get to use on supplies. For the next year I will only be allowed to use that money for things like glue and ink, etc. as I use up what I have here first.

So that's the plan. I plan to update on the Packing Party once a week and the no spending about once a month so you can see how it's going for us. Maybe you can join in too!

More details on my HUGE de-stash sale will be coming next month so you won't want to miss that!

A few blog links:
Packing Party: Unpack a Simpler Life
A Year Without Shopping
The Minimalists Blog

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Congratulations Alyce & Jon

This weekend we are celebrating a Surprise Facebook Bridal Shower for the awesome creator of Kit & Clowder, Alyce, and her fiance, Jon.

I had the pleasure of meeting them both last year when they came to Orlando, FL for a retreat. Those of us at the retreat were the first to get to hear the engagement story and see the ring since it all happened right before we met them! 

 They are two of the sweetest people on Earth and I am so exited for them both!

On my card I used the Wedding Couple 1  image from Scrapper's Delights. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the Clear Sparkle Pen from Spectrum Noir. 

The top portion was die-cut from vellum that I then covered in gold embossing powder. 

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers used:

FS1 FS2 FS5 FS9 CR3 CR2 CR1 TN8 GB10 TN6 GB5 EB7 TN7 TN5 DR6 DR4 DG3 CG4 LG3  DP2 DP3 DP4 GG4 GG3 GG2 GG1 True Black, Blender

Friday, September 16, 2016

Freebie Friday Circus Sentiments

We have something a little different for Freebie Friday this time. We have this set of Circus Sentiments for you to use with ANY of the new Circus images available at Scrapper's Delights. 

For my project I used the "You're the Main Attraction" sentiment and the Confectionary Stand image to make a Birthday card. 

I used some Distress Inks and a stencil to create the colorful sunburst backround. I also added some Distress Ink to the sentiment banners so that they would match. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  The sequin ribbon is from Fun Stampers Journey and is so fun! It comes in 4 different colors that are all really bright and fun,  

To finish it off I added some white Nuvo Crystal Drops and the name that I had die-cut, along with lots of colorful balloons. I hope Sophia enjoys her Birthday card! 

Head on over to the Scrapper's Delights Blog to see more of these fun sentiments on great projects. And be sure to enter the Progressive Challenge on Facebook so you can keep collecting free images from Scrapper's Delights!

Spectrum Noir Markers Used: FS1 FS2 FS5 FS9 CR2 OR3 TN6 OR1 DR7 PL5 PL3 CR11 CR7 PP5 DR6 GG2 GG1 Blender

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Cards und More | No Designer Paper
Sunny Day Crafting | Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door | Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge | Birthday

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sending Loving Wishes

Today I have a card I made with the Felicity Stamp set from Crafter's Companion. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and Sparkle Pens. 

I added some Glossy Accents to the bubbles to give them more shine and dimension, 

Behind the image is a piece of white cardstock that I cut with the Garden Party Die also from Crafter's Companion. I cut it twice to make a sort of circle (?) to go all the way around the image. I finished the card with some more patterned papers, lots of papers and a sentiment on a hand cut banner. 

Spectrum Noir Markers Used: 
Skin: FS1 FS2 FS5 FS9 CR2
Hair: EB7 TN7 TN5
Clothes: PP5 PP2 PP1 IG1 CT2 LY2 
Other: TB5 TB4 TB3 BT2 DG4 DG3 CG4 CG2 GG2 
Clear Sparkle Pen

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Girls Creations | Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps & More | Anything Goes
Frilly & Funkie | Things With Wings