Up for a Challenge? Introducing #StashCraft19

In The Studio

‘ve come to realize that I’m very bad at putting myself first. It’s something I’ve been working on, on a personal level, and now I’m addressing the creative needs.

For 2019 I applied for absolutely no design teams so that I could work on more of my own projects. BUT! One of the nice things about being on a team is the deadlines and accountability you have to the organizer. When it’s just me? That’s harder.

Enter the wonderful thing that is public accountability! I’ve created a challenge (and some supporting goals) and I’m putting it all out there in the hopes that it’ll help keep me motivated when the going gets tough.

Here, have a video of me explaining it:

But if you’re not in a place where you can watch a video, here’s the basics:

The Challenge

Create one project a week–with a video–using mostly (if not completely) materials I already own.

Goal #1: Use of the supplies I’ve hoarded over the years.

Let’s face it, my craft stash is considerable, with so many things I’ve purchased, collected, or been given over the years (decades!) with plans to use them someday. Well, someday is now! Time to blow off the dust and finally get to the projects I’ve meant to do for so very long.

Goal #2: Declutter the Abyss

Use it up, move it out, make something awesome! I’ll be able to organize as I go while using the supplies up and weeding out any items that are too old, dried up, or otherwise no longer viable.

Goal #3: Save Money by Using What I Have

Not only do I have tons of supplies to be creative with already, my budget is currently not in favor of spending a lot of supplies to fuel a year’s worth of projects. I’m aiming for 90-75% stash supplies for each project (the 75% in deference to the inevitable using-up that’ll happen by the end of the year) but many things can be accomplished strictly with the stuff I already own. Each project will include a run-down of supplies and what, if anything, I spent.

Goal #4: Make Some Money, If Possible

This is a stretch-goal, sure, but it’s not exactly unrealistic. Blog/Vlog business schtuff alert: First, creating weekly videos is bound to increase my subscriber count and watch time which will enable me to go back to monetizing my videos. Not that it’s a huge revenue source, but it’s something. Second, of the items I’ll be making as part of the challenge, some will undoubtedly be personal projects while others may be suitable for sale and will be available in my Etsy shop.

So that’s it! Every Monday, starting January 7th, I’ll post a new video of a new project created from my craft stash. All posts here, on YouTube, and on social media will be tagged with #stashcraft19 and I invite anyone who wants to join in to do so by using that same tag.

I’d love to know what you’re creative goals are for the year. Leave a comment here or on the YouTube video and grab a little public accountability for yourself!

A Thank You for All Seasons with So Suzy Stamps

In The Studio

Hi there! Imagine is teaming up with So Suzy Stamps for a blog hop and I’m absolutely in love with the stamps I chose! Make sure you read all the way to the end for how to enter the giveaway!

They’re sold individually, but when I saw the Goddess of… seasonal stamps I couldn’t NOT get all four because I had to do at least one project with the full set of these sleek, stylized ladies in their seasonal splendor.

So today’s project is a 5-panel card, using all four stamps, and since each has their own color combo there are a LOT of products used in this project. Because of that, I’ve opted to list the products for each panel separately to keep the list from getting completely overwhelmed.

Basic Ingredients:

Cardstock – 12″ White (cut into two 5.5″ tall strips and scored at 4.25″ and 8.5″–the remaining 3.5″ sections of each are overlapped to create the center panel; accordion fold)
Hot Press Watercolor Paper – 5 panels, approx. 3 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ panels (I stamped first, trimmed after, hence the approximate)
Acrylic Blocks
VersaMark Ink
Embossing Powder – White
Darice – Heat Tool
Plastic Plates
Paint brushes
Tear It! Tape


So Suzy Stamps – Goddess of Winter Stamp
All-Purpose Ink – Platinum
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Paris Dusk, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky
Memento Markers – Teal Zeal, Summer Sky
Cardstock – Navy Blue


So Suzy Stamp – Goddess of Spring
All-Purpose Ink – Spring Green, Vegas Gold
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – New Sprout, Cantaloupe
Memento Markers – Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart
Cardstock – Hunter Green


So Suzy Stamps – Goddess of Summer
All-Purpose Ink – Lemon Yellow, Vegas Gold
Walnut Ink – Willow
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Cantaloupe
Memento Markers – Dandelion
Fabrico Markers – Lemon Yellow
Cardstock – Dark Yellow


So Suzy Stamps – Goddess of Autumn
All-Purpose Ink – Vegas Gold
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – Rhubarb Stalk, Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Potter’s Clay
Memento Markers – Potter’s Clay, Tangelo
Cardstock – Burgundy


Memento Markers – Elderberry, Lulu Lavender
Cardstock – Deep Purple

Now, as per the usual with hops like these, there are giveaways going on from the two sponsor companies. In order to be entered into the drawing for the $25 gift certificates from Imagine and Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps you’ll need to leave a comment on **each** post in the hop for the day. If you do both days, you have double the chances.

Today (Wednesday’s) links:

Vicky Briggs 10/18 https://crackerboxpalacestamping.blogspot.com/2018/10/crackerbox-and-suzy-stamp-hop-with.html
Elina Stromberg 10/18 https://www.artsandcraftswithlove.com/2018/10/cute-as-kitten-imagine-and-so-suzy.html
Donna Idlet 10/18 https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2018/10/crackerbox-suzy-with-imagine-blog-hop.html
Iris Rodriguez 10/18 http://www.whimsytouches.com/2018/10/so-suzy-hop.html
Terri Burson 10/18 https://wavingmywand.blogspot.com/2018/10/blog-hop-with-crackerbox-suzy-stamps.html
Jennifer Vanderbeek 10/18 https://scrapsoflife.com/a-thank-you-for-all-seasons-with-so-suzy-stamps  <<You Are Here>>
Cornelia Wenokor 10/18 https://fun-stamping.blogspot.com/2018/10/blog-hop-with-imagine-crafts-and.html
Jowilna Nolte 10/18
Olesya Andreyeva 10/18 https://as-if-by-magic-ivy.blogspot.com/2018/10/imagine-inks-and-crackerbox-stamps.html
Kassy Tousignant 10/18 https://wordpress.com/post/kassysparlour.com/362

& don’t forget our host blogs: Imagine & Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps

Thursday’s Links:

Lindsay Andreon 10/19
Kyriakos Pachadiroglou 10/19 https://thecraftsworld.com/tcw/autumn-card/
Teresa DeWitt 10/19 https://www.whimsicalcardstudio.com/2018/10/elegant-stenciling-collaboration-with.html
Nadine Carlier 10/19 https://myscrapnstuff.blogspot.com/2018/10/crackerbox-so-suzy-stamps-with-imagine.html
Tracy McLennon 10/19 https://scrappychickblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/19/crackerbox-suzy-stamps-creates-with-imagine-inks
Roni Johnson 10/19 https://inkstainswithroni.blogspot.com/2018/10/imagine-so-suzy-crackerbox-stamps-blog.html
Giada Rigamonti 10/19 https://giadaelesuenuvole.blogspot.com/2018/10/imagine-crackerbox-so-suzy-stamps-blog.html
Steph Ackerman 10/19 https://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/2018/10/happy-haunting-blog-hop.html
Martha Lucia Gomez 10/19 https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6gF
Melissa Andrew 10/19 https://melissamade2.blogspot.com/2018/10/imagine-and-so-suzy-crackerbox-blog-hop.html

& our hosts: Imagine & Crackerbox/Suzy Stamps

Imagine That: Naughty or Nice Reversible Stocking

In The Studio

Shall I add another voice onto the fire of “where did the year go” lamentations? I suppose I shall–dude, this year is flying by! I have no idea where it went and not nearly as much as I would have liked to show for it, but I have a cute craft today that can help get you on the way to holiday preparedness.

Two sides of the same stocking–which side you flip is between you and Santa!

Holiday prep was another of our prompts and, combined with the color of the month (Sangria), I decided to go with a classic Christmas stocking with a twist. One side of the linen cuff reads Naughty, with some prickly holly leaves, while the other says Nice, paired with a pair of pretty poinsettias. Both feature a bit of heat embossing, which is the real highlight of this project (I think).

In preparation, I tested several Imagine mediums to see which would give me the result I wanted.

  • Versamark (pad and marker): definitely held the embossing powder but became part of the fabric rather than sitting up on top like heat embossing on paper.
  • Delicata (and other pigment inks): Also sunk into the fabric a bit more than I wanted, wicking through the fibers in some cases–this was problematic for details.
  • Creative Medium: Great through a stencil but I think you’d really need a good mask (like freezer paper ironed-on) to hold the integrity of finer details in a design. Did maintain it’s raised quality after heating.
  • On Point Glue: Perfect for fine details! This was what I used to embellish the Memento Marker and All-Purpose Ink words and art on my stockings.

Because of the heat embossing, you definitely want to make sure the fabric you’re decorating can take the heat without melting. Mine was felt (wool felt) and linen and I made it specifically for this project. If you’re purchasing one to decorate, make sure you test in an inconspicuous place before starting.

The full process can be seen in the video over on the Imagine blog!

Imagine That: Trumpet Flowers Card

In The Studio

One of our prompts this month over on the Imagine blog is the color Sangria. I love a good, deep red–there’s lots you can do with the color. While the holidays are coming up, and I had another project that scooted into that territory, I wanted to do something more general for this prompt.

I’d recently seen a picture of trumpet flowers and for whatever reason that gut stuck in my head and I was desperate enough to try my hand at carving my own stamp just so I could create the card I saw in my head.

I’m actually really pleased at how it turned out, and if you’d like to see the carving process I’ve posted it over on my own YouTube channel: Stamptember: Carving a detailed flower cluster stamp! It was a good 4 hours or more of work, spread out over three nights, but totally worth it!

After putting in so much effort into carving the stamp and then coloring the image, I didn’t feel like the card needed at lot of extra bits added to it. Does this count as a CAS (clean and simple) card? Maybe?

At any rate, make sure to head over to the Imagine blog to check out the video of how the finished card came to be.

And if you’d like to make your own version of the card but aren’t quite into carving your own stamps, I made a digital stamp set from the finished image–complete with separated elements as well as the finished arrangement–and put it up over in the Crafty Branch Etsy shop. I’d love to see what you come up with!

While I was add it, as a thank you for reading this far, I took those digital elements and made a wreath image you can download now for free! Make sure you tag @scrapsoflife and @thecraftybranch on Instagram when you make something with it!

Download it by clicking this link: TCB_JLV_TrumpetFlowerFreebie


Imagine That: It’s a Three-Fer!

In The Studio

So this month the Imagine team gave us an interesting assignment: design a project to be sent to another Artist to complete and get someone else’s instructions in return.

I received instructions from Kyriakos on how to make an awesome necklace and earring set out of Sheet Metal ovals that had been embossed and inked with StazOn! You can see how I was able to follow his instructions on yesterday’s Imagine post!

The instructions for the card I created were sent to Kyriakos in kind, and his version of my card can be found on the Imagine blog today!

Direct Link for the feed readers: https://youtu.be/eKT2KmKD9BI

Of course I went ahead and made a video of my card, which you can see above, and I have the full supply list right here for you!

Imagine Supplies:

VersaFine Clair – Verdant, Charming Pink, Nocturne
Memento Luxe – Pistachio
Fireworks! Shimmery Craft Spray – New Sprout, Rose Bud
Memento Marker – Pear Tart
Creative Medium – Clear
Craft Mat
Palette Knives

Other Supplies:

Cardstock – White, Pink
Waffle Flower – Flower Circles Stamp Set
Cricle and Butterfly Stencils
Darice – Heat Tool
Acrylic Blocks