My self-challenge this year has been "use-it-up". Last Spring I purged my craft room and filled the trunk of my SUV with papers, stamps, etc. that no longer brought me joy. I carried them off to a donation center and I felt so much lighter, even if my family could not tell that my craft room was less jam-packed-full of crafty stash. (When my husband saw the trunk of my car he exclaimed, "All of that came out of there?")
I have accumulated new stash, but I still think I am doing okay…with the exception of the pile (mini tower?) of unfinished cards and projects on the floor that I uncovered in the spring clean out. I have added a couple of UFOs to it in the past few months. I actually have made 5 cards from that pile, but that has hardly made a dent in it. I wish the pile wasn't there at all (I am a neat freak), but that may take most of 2016 if I didn't have other things to make :)
This was on the top of the pile:In October I purchased the MFT quilt die (it had been back-ordered for months.) I still love these old Daisy D's paper (circa 2005.) In an attempt to use up the entire set of papers, I started die cutting. Two days of work yielded these six panels…it takes longer than you might think to die cut and adhere all of those pieces. I even used my Xyron to make it go quicker than say a glue pen. I wasn't sure what sentiment I might use…"Just a Note" or "Thinking of You" but I wasn't sure. Life got busy, so they went into this gallon Ziploc.
This morning when I saw the "UFO challenge" at Shopping Our Stash, I perused my mini tower of UFOs. There are a lot of single unique cards I could make from the pile, but I chose this project because it was bulky. I decided to only use the red and green papers in the pack(so I didn't quite use-it-up.) That meant making four more panels to use all of the green papers. Then I went in search of a sentiment…this one seemed perfect:
Wishing you lots of love this Christmas.