Friday, October 4, 2013

No Shopping October

Could I have possibly picked a worst month for No Shopping?! LOL

It was random. Something I felt I needed to do to get ready for the holiday season, buying and making gifts. However, I forgot about World Cardmaking Day on Oct. 5 (first Saturday in October), and all the sales that go along with it. It really was my favorite time to buy things last year - so many awesome deals. Oh well! I've committed to the No Shopping, and so that is the way it has to be. I will do my best to participate in some World Cardmaking Day blog hops and contests, so I need to get my craft studio ready tonight!

I call it No Shopping October (and I did this in June as well) because it is not a No Spending month. I get monthly subscriptions - all related to papercrafting - so I will certainly be spending this month. Also, Michael is free to spend as much on me as he wants. He is the one that gets the fabulous deals locally, so I give him free rein to continue to spoil me there. See my Instagram feed for all his great finds! ;-)

Here is a list of my subscriptions:

1. Unity Stamp Company Stamp of the Week (so I get 4 a month)
2. Unity Stamp Company Kit of the Month
3. Unity Stamp Company S.M.A.K. (kit)
4. Studio Calico Card Kit
5. Studio Calico Project Life Kit 
6. Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit
7. Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
8. The Stamps of Life (stamp set only)
9. (by Freckled Fawn)
10. Silhouette Online

Yeah, way too many subs. LOL Not sure why I bother to buy anything else each month.

Plenty of deliveries to keep me busy this month, and probably for a No Shopping November.

1-9 have not even delivered yet for October (well, the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit will be the November one delivered toward the end of the month). I have $150+ in credit to spend at Silhouette Online - maybe a little less since I placed a small order earlier this week. I also purchased some Studio Calico digital stamps and cuts during the last reveal at the end of September. I have plenty of new supplies from September, August, July, June, May, and even before that I haven't even played with. :/ I always say I'm not going to be a hoarder, but if I don't use these goodies when I get them, that is all I am being. LOL 

So instead of focusing on October as a No Shopping month, I will focus on it as a Use My Stash month! :-)

Below is another card I made with the October Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Such an awesome kit!

This card has some edge distressing that wasn't originally planned but needed to help mask the stamp ink that transferred from the edge of my acrylic blocks when I was doing the tree leaf stamping. The tree leaves are made using the one large leaf stamp, and the single leaf stamp to fill in coverage. I originally had one large circle with the cloud paper, but did three to cover up more of the ink marks. I LOVE how the squirrel, nut, and heart came out - especially the squirrel. I used two different colors of Distress Marker on the squirrel/acorn stamp (one piece) and it was so fun to see the depth the distressed look gave the squirrel, without much effort! Other attempts to stamp the squirrel with stamp ink made it look pretty flat but the distress marker almost makes it look fuzzy.

The sentiment on the flag from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card Die is also placed to cover up ink marks. Overall though, I think it came out great!
Here is a fun tidbit! I was searching online today and discovered the Nichol Magouirk blog! Looks like I used a couple of similar techniques for this same kit, without realizing it...but I wanted to give credit for the ideas since hers came before mine. (The stitched Lawn Fawn paper banners, and using Distress Marker on the squirrel, techniques which I used on two different cards.) She has lots of great stuff on her blog, so check it out.



  1. Girlfriend, we have to talk. Everytime I see your cards, I giggle. I do want to make a fall card. At 2peas, I'm catching up on old free classes and Nicole is the teacher of a card making class. I'm fairly new at it and stamping but I'm glad I know just who to come to for advice and inspiration....or liftspiration, lol. Also at BPC, but I'm taking some free classes over there and I'm in the class Project Life Community or something like that. So many people to follow and read what they're doing...sometimes I get overwhelmed.

    1. Thanks for the compliments!! Free classes sound awesome, I need to look into those. I understand about the following and reading. I rarely keep up the way I should. When I am out of school it will be easier, or so I think but then it will depend on what job I am doing. ;-) I always feel overwhelmed. LOL I am flattered to be an inspiration and you know where to find me for any questions! This blog really shows how far I've come in my cardmaking and I'm happy with simpler designs for now. I think we just have to do what works for us personally, and not do things that take the fun out of it. Hugs!

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