Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shopping Our Stash #23 - Fall colors challenge (& URGE to PURGE: DAY 7!)

  I created this card for the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  Use autumnal colors to create a card for any occasion...you may make a seasonal or non-seasonal card.  Just make sure you use fall colors and your stash :)

  I used a K& Co. die cut that I bought from Michael's on clearance last year.  The orange spider web paper is from a small K&Co. pad I purchased the previous year.  The image is a Bugaboo digital stamp that I colored with my copic markers.  The fun fur behind the die cut is a scrap of yarn left over from a scarf I knitted for my mom 8 years ago!

Supplies:
Cricut cartridge:  Elegant Edges cut @ 5" and 5 1/4"
paper and die cut sentiment:  K&Co. Halloween
digital stamp:  Bugaboo
markers:  copic


URGE to PURGE challenge:  Day 7!
  I am very glad that I chose to do just a little each day.  I am finding that it gives my brain time to figure out what I should start on next.  Moving on to my work station...

Here is my issue:  Eight years my friend Martha introduced me to a local scrapbook store.  They had wonderful scrapbooking and card-making classes.  I took a class every month and purchased class kits for those classes that I could not attend.  One year later, I began teaching 2-3 classes each month at that store.  Our "pay":  we received two identical class kits; one to make that would belong to the store, and one for our own use.  Sometimes I would make both kits at once, but often I barely had time to get the store sample done (my twins were 2-5yo at the time…need I say more?)  The store was bought out and then closed four years ago, but I still have two crates full of unmade scrapbook kits (translation:  these papers have retired long ago!)

  The kits came in large durable ziploc bags.  Since the papers are all perfectly coordinated, I store the scraps together in the same ziploc bag.  Whenever I need to make a card, I will sometimes search through these bags.  E.g. masculine card:  I will find the scraps from a Father's Day card kit class.  This saves me time in having to coordinate papers when I want to create a quick card.

  Plan of attack:  To go through these scrap bags and decide if I want to keep or purge.  I grabbed another box, which I am calling "the staging box."  My staging box will house those kit scraps that I don't really want, but I might need when I make LOs from those old class kits (e.g. if you make a wrong cut, you might not have enough paper in the kit to complete the LO.  I don't want to be too hasty tossing scraps that I might need later on.)

  I store these scrap kit bags on the left side of my work desk (top shelf; stored vertically):

Those two priority mail boxes are *new* stash that I have bought from ShopPumpkinSpice.  I hope to make room for them in those shelves!  I just placed two more orders this week *sigh*.  It could not be helped!  Denine has My Mind's Eye "Blackbird" and "Haunted" collections on sale for $5 this weekend only.  You know I love that Blackbird collection!  She also has all 40 papers of My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found 2" for $25!  Shipping was about $4, so for ~$34 I will have more of that yummy Blackbird to play with for next year and L&F2 to play with all year :)

I'm just here to enable…

Shop your stash and link up your fall colors card to Shopping Our Stash, then check out those deals on My Mind's Eye here (scroll down a bit).

13 comments:

artfuldelight said...

Awesome card!!! Good job on your urge to purge journey. I have been going through my stuff everyday. My tables are almost clean and everything is in their spot. Might be able to eat dinner as a family at the table this Tuesday when I don't have my night classes. LOL!!

Enjoy your weekend my friend!! How about that snow?

~amy~ said...

Such a fun card June...day 7 already?! I've been with you there in spirit...work has been crazy busy and I've been exhausted when I get home...I will do some stuff this weekend though! Thanks for the inspiration and enabling:)

Amy said...

What a cute card- I love the image and the way you used the fiber! You are my hero with this purging- I fully admit I am a paper hoarder and can't bear to throw out even the littlest scrap- it's ridiculous- keep inspiring me and maybe it'll rub off... :)Amy

Cathryn said...

Adorable June! The yarn looks awesome on there!!! Love and Hugs, Cathryn :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love the card!! GORGEOUS colors and loving the fringe!! And loveeeeeeeeeee today's purge!! I need to do that too... I am trying to decide if I want to organize by color or manufacturer!! Seems simple... but a really hard decision for me! lol! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Shauna K said...

super cute holiday card :D that image is adorable!

Roberta said...

Oh my you are enabling me now...lol I've been picking up pages here and there of MME L&F2 at Archivers here in Raleigh and now you have to go and show me a SALE...lmao THANKS June Bug ;} I'm slowing getting my storage unit done as well. Just behind on the posting about it...but someday soon I'll catch them up! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta

Shelly said...

What an awesome card! I just love the fun fur fibers behind the sentiment! So proud of you on your organizing. Wow, it's a lot harder than I thought. I really tried, I did. I just was not as successful. My intentions are so good but then I see something that I haven't used or seen in a while and start creating something new....which leads to another giant mess. Someday!
Shelly

Linda B said...

June... you are my hero... I've given up and you are still going. GOOD FOR YOU... keep at it, my friend! You are an inspiration!!!

Court said...

LOVE your card and LOVE your happy mail!

Missy said...

This is a great card June, I love the fibers you added under the die cut!

Linda R. said...

What a cute card girly..I just love it.

Rizwan Ali said...

Lovely card girl.fiber work is always looks so attractive,your crafting is spot on.
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