crafter’s a.d.d.

Kit-CraftersADDCrafter’s A.D.D. – I can’t be the only one who has suffered from this, right?  You know, it starts out so innocently:  maybe a few half-finished coloring books… a few balls of yarn and a partially-knitted scarf… some pretty beads and jewelry wire…

…but before you know it, you have a closet full of half-finished projects and art supplies you haven’t even opened.  I must confess that the mess you see above is all mine.  You know what the worst part is?  NONE of the above was purchased with card-making in mind, and much of it has never been used at all.   (Hanging my head in shame.)  Even more embarrassing is that this isn’t all of it, and that’s AFTER I gave away a TON of stuff for our big out-of-state move last year.

Before I took up card-making, I tried jewelry-making, pottery, needle-point, painting plaster crafts, calligraphy, macrame… if it was crafty, I probably tried it.  And cross-stitch?  Oh my gosh… bags of stuff were given to a friend before our move.  Cross-stitchers actually have a word for all those half-done projects:  UFO’s (un-finished objects).  Yup, I had a lot of them.

This latest fad with coloring books for adults?  Oh my gosh – they’re everywhere!  And all the pens, pencils and markers that go with them?  Thank goodness I haven’t become hooked on Copics… yet.

Kit-ColorBooksPens41716And Perler Beads.  This really has nothing to do with card-making – it’s not even paper, LOL.  But the other day, I found myself on Pinterest looking at all of these awesome creations.  I just had to play around a bit.  I managed to re-create my logo… but I have absolutely no idea what to do with this, LOL.  (Any ideas?)

Kit-PerlerLogoAnd don’t get me started on planners and bullet journals.  I’ve been going crazy with washi tape and stickers, “altering” composition books and creating charts.  At least all the lettering practice and doodling is “almost” free.  🙂

Kit-Planners4-17-16But I think I may have found the answer.  With so many of those other crafts I tried, I would end up with a thing (or worse, a barely-started or half-finished thing) that just added clutter to my already bursting closets.  Other than a creative outlet, it wasn’t serving a purpose.  I needed a purpose, a plan, a mission… and that’s how I decided that I wanted to make the world a better place by sharing happy mail.  Friends, family, hospitals, chemo patients, nursing homes… there are so many people out there that just need to know that someone cares.  And while a hand-made greeting card might not solve all of the world’s problems, if it makes even one person smile, than it’s a good thing.  Maybe they will share their smile with someone else.  😀

I still have my moments of crafter’s A.D.D., but now, I just have to remember why I’m doing this.  No more half-finished crafty things cluttering my closet.  From now on, everything I make will be with a purpose in mind – to bring joy to someone else.  Or, at least that’s my plan.  Oh look!  Altered mason jars!  (Okay, so maybe I’m a work in progress.)

Happy crafting!   Here’s a smile for YOU.   🙂   Please share.

Just a few of the MANY supplies I’ve shown above… many are so old, you probably can’t find them anymore.  No worries, though… there are still PLENTY of crafty items out there. (Some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I might get a small commission, which will help me keep this site going.  Thanks!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

hearts and hugs

Kit-hearts-n-hugs2I am really loving my new Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set!  I actually made a whole mess of cards using this stamp set, and I’ll put a few more in this post.  I’m calling these Hearts and Hugs cards – they’re all about giving from the heart, and sharing hugs.  It’s why I took up this wonderful hobby.  I love paper-crafting, but it’s so much more meaningful when I can share it with others.

I had this idea of adding subtle splotches on Kraft cardstock with a watermark ink, then adding a bit of loose string and some hearts.  I’m pretty happy with the splotches here, but they were maybe a little too subtle, and I wasn’t really happy with this patterned paper on the Kraft.  And that twine?  It just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do.  I’d been trying to get that “casual, just threw it on” look that others have perfected, but I think the twine was too thick for that.

So, I tried again with the Kraft base, but this time, I used white ink for the splotches, a more neutral-colored patterned paper, and some embroidery thread for my string.Kit-hearts-n-hugs4It was okay, but by this time, I needed to play with some color.  So I went a different direction, and tried some peachy ombre ink on white cardstock, with a melon cardstock base:

Kit-hearts-n-hugs 4-4-16Nice, but a very different look.  Last but not least, I went back to the Kraft cardstock – this time, trying to add a bit of gold glitter embossing powder, and some gold twine – tied in a bow as I had finally admitted defeat with the “casual, loose string” look.

Kit-hearts-n-hugs3I wanted to try this one more time – I think I’m close, but not quite there – but my “other” job (you know, the one that pays the bills?) was calling.  So it’s going to have to wait.  I’d like to try white ink on Kraft, but with a gold twine bow, or maybe a white bow.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!  If I’ve given you any inspiration, please pay it forward:  give someone else a bit of your heart.  Even if you aren’t a card-maker yourself, we can all share a hug or a smile.  🙂

Have a beautiful day!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help me keep this site going.  Thanks!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):