Friday, June 14, 2013

Roundabout cardmaking round-up!

I had a lot of fun using the Roundabout card kit from Studio Calico! I made 8 cards. I could make more but want to use some of the card kit goodies in Project Life. ;-)

Completed 6.12.2013

Completed 6.13.2013

Completed 6.14.2013

The kit...

Happy Creating! 

No Shopping June...a gift experiment

My husband, Michael, is quite difficult to buy for.

He is a master bargain shopper, and it doesn't hurt that he works across the street from a massive shopping center! He is always coming home with things from his convenient shopping trips to Home Depot, Office Depot, Target, Marshall's, Ross, and Kohl's. It is difficult to compete with that since I would have to do a lot of running around on our side of town to hit all those stores as often as he does but it is one-stop shopping for him. LOL

He has specialized needs for his hobby (cycling) that are better left to his choosing. Trust me...I have tried! ;) His birthday is June 9 and last year I got him a pair of Nike sunglasses he loves (and wears daily) and JBL speakers for the desktop (that he also loves). This year I was completely at a loss! :/ So many options but what would he REALLY want?!!

 So...I crazily offered him something he has been asking for for many years now. ;) A month of NO shopping...on my part at least. I pay for most of my own goodies and am a relatively good bargain shopper myself, but craft goodies are my weakness and they don't always come cheap. ;-) I suppose we both thought I had a shopping addiction.

I get several monthly stamp and craft subscriptions, even Stamp of the Week from Unity Stamp Company, so I knew I would not be deprived of at least some new craft goodies for the entire month. :) Still...the first week was hard. I forgot about yearly warehouse sales and 'cleaning out stock before inventory' sales. :( I have missed out on some good stuff...and much of it won't be available ever again. Ah well...not like I don't have a craft ROOM filled to the brim with enough supplies to last a lifetime...almost.

 A view of my craftroom studio from the doorway. The other walls have tall shelves packed with goodies! lol

So I am now on my 14th day of no shopping. A week was a huge milestone. Heck, three days was a HUGE milestone. If I get desperate I have a gift card for Joann's and $12 in credit to spend on Amazon.  

I can also say I will not be able to do this for more than one month. lol 

These two weeks have taught me a lot already though. Things I've learned:

1. Stock up on printer ink before a month of 'no shopping'.
2. I have more willpower than I ever suspected.
3. I am not addicted to shopping but I am addicted to happy mail!
4. I LOVE cardmaking...and miss doing it more often.
5. I can be more creative with my current supplies if I'm not always thinking what to create with the new goodies that are on the way!
6. No shopping means I have more time for blogging! ;-)

There were some surprise craft goodies from Michael on the 11th as a gift for our 23rd 'being together' anniversary. Do you and your special someone celebrate multiple anniversaries?? Our wedding anniversary is in February. I might have done that on purpose to get extra gifts in addition to Valentine's Day (just kidding...our wedding was spur of the moment...less than a week of planning total). 

 The anniversary presents from Michael.
 $1.49 THICKERS!!! ;-)

Here are the other goodies I have gotten so far - without having to shop - during my experiment at No Shopping June! ;) 

These are my monthly subscription kits (Card, Project Life, and Scrapbook) plus other miscellaneous items purchased during the last week of May at Studio Calico! So much AWESOME!!!!

Unity Stamp of the Week and JUNE SMAK kit.

           Two more weeks to go! ;-)

Thank goodness for lots of support on Instagram!!!! Thank you my crafty friends!

Happy Creating!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Craft adventures update...


My blog has been in serious need of an update for months!!!! ;-)

I have so many crafty adventures from the last 5 months to share but here are just a few of my current projects. 

Currently stuck at week 9 but week 16 is complete and I have title cards made through week 23, ;-)
(Photo text is #abeautifulmess app.)

The first Project Life kits I received were the Studio Calico monthly subscription kits, starting in January 2013. I love all of the Studio Calico PL kits each month! 

June Roundabout Project Life kit...surrounded by the mess on my craft table. ;)

I also have collected 7 of the Becky Higgins Project Life core kits (Seafoam, Olive, Jade, Blush, Midnight, Cinnamon, & Honey) and one mini-kit (Seasons). I had hoped to collect some of the older core kits like Cobalt and Turquoise, but won't be able to get them before they sell out. :( Still, I will have the opportunity to get the Rain & Kraft core kits in July! YAY!!!!

Marcy Penner Happy Little Moments 2013 kit on Studio Calico.
(Photo embellishment is #abeautifulmess app.)

I signed up for my very first online craft class that started June 1. More Happy Little Moments minibook with Maggie Holmes and Marcy Penner. It took me nearly a week to get started on my book but I think I might actually catch up this week and be able to join in the weekly challenges! I love how my book is starting out. I purchased the Marcy Penner class kit at love the stamp set!!

Some more pics of my book progress. The spine was cracking on the vintage 1961 Reader's Digest, so I used some duct tape to fix it (a surprise gift that matched perfectly!) I stamped the cover with two of the stamps from the class kit. LOVE it! Feels like the perfect spot for nature photos so my first was of the ladybug that came to visit our backyard in April! Unfortunately we don't see many of them and she was a pretty thing. 

Card making has always been my favorite craft, even though Project Life has taken over this year! LOL I always love my Studio Calico monthly card kits and June's Roundabout has the BEST stamp set EVER!!!!!! IMO ;-) Here is the first card I made with the kit. Love that the song is now stuck in my head as well. One of my favorites!

I need to start updating my blog regularly and hope that you will continue to join me in sharing my crafting adventures! You can definitely find me on Instagram (@kismet1990) and I always have more project pics there. :D

Happy Creating!