The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 12/29/2012 10:24:31 AM|Note I'm not calling them 'resolutions'. The only resolution I make is to not make resolutions...
But I do think about things I might wish to do with a brand new blank year drawing nigh.
I'm thinking I'd like to find reasons to use a few more of my unused stamps. The 'trick' will be the 'reasons'. Might choose a particular something (ATC, Twinchie, etc.) & explore it with materials & techniques. Been a while since I've played with hot glue & various tapes along with stamps. And there's always my faves--metal, craftfoam, acetate, wood. We'll see. Mostly (for me) it's how long I can focus attention on something.
So how about you? Any thots on what 2013 might hold for your stamping?
|Posted: 12/29/2012 11:51:32 AM|
lol on the not resolutions. I'm glad you started this thread, have been thinking about such things since that Naughty or Nice thread.
1) Valentines. I want to make them for both kids' classes (with their help if they want) and to send to all nieces and nephews and some of my friends.
2) Last year I was learning everything for the first time as a new cardmaker/stamper. This year I would like to find a groove to settle in a bit and try to dig deeper in some areas to improve.
3) Only buy purposefully.
4) Embellishments. As I look back I think some cards were rather plain and I didn't think through to the final touches.
Loc: Woodbridge, VA
|Posted: 12/29/2012 1:05:10 PM|
I am planning on sending more of the cards I make. I have a bad habit of keeping them all in a box and hoarding them away!
I also want to explore a few new stamp companies. I tend to stick to companies I know but there are so many great stamps on the market- if I buy new, I'm hoping it is from a brand I haven't tried before!
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Loc: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 12/29/2012 7:03:41 PM|
LOL on number 3, Heidi! Good luck with that!
Hmmm, don't really have any of my own. Number one thing to do in the new year, though, will be to sort out all my craft stuff! Ever since SOF12 it's been all over the place! I would love to set up a small work space, but I don't think that's going to happen in 2013. I just need to clean out my storage areas, sort my stamps etc.
Actually, I did think of a few things I'd like to do.... make a banner for my younger dd, like the one I made for my older one for SOF12; make an ATC or two (never made one); make a card or something with kraft; make a card with acetate...just a few things I've wanted to do for a while! I've also been meaning to make a LIST of the things I want to do, and add to it as ideas come up here on 2Peas. It's all just in my head at the moment.
|Posted: 12/29/2012 7:26:44 PM|Slight tangent: If we are talking about challenges for the new year, I thought that Paper Crafts magazine may have been looking at Daniel's challenges when making their new edition of this magazine:
Creative Card Challenges
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 12/30/2012 9:37:31 AM|LOL, Heidi! Just prooves 'Great' minds think alike.
One thing I'm considering far as technique is revisiting masking. It's one of the first major techniques I learned--regular & mortise--but haven't done much of in quite a while.
I can still recall how magical it was the first time I placed a stamp image 'behind' another image on the page.
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 12/31/2012 10:40:14 AM|
I have been pinning and doing some techniques lately. I am trying to get ahead a bit for my Technique Tuesdays for my design team. This year I want to challenge myself to go outside my box more and not get in a rut. I also need to organize my dies in a better system and find a container with a handle for my Spectrum markers. Haven't found one I like yet. Happy New Year to everyone!
|Posted: 12/31/2012 1:35:29 PM|
Glad you didn't use the word resolutions! What a fun thread.
I plan to "explore" some new techniques that I've been bookmarking and hopefully expand my stamping knowledge. After reading the calendar thread, I think I might set aside some time each month to play around with some new techniques.
I totally agree with you Heidi on the stamp purchases.
I do want to check out some different stamp companies. I really would like some scenery type stamps to play with. Any good recommendations?
Loc: Little Rock, AR
|Posted: 12/31/2012 6:25:11 PM|Like Tessa, I would like to send more cards. Receiving mail is almost as much fun as making the cards! So spreading the love is a must for 2013.
|Posted: 12/31/2012 8:39:00 PM|My first to do for 2013, as I mentioned in another thread is to tidy and reorganize all my crafting space.
Right now I have my jewelry making tools and supplies, my paper cutting and stamping supplies, my framing and mat cutting equipment, and my supplies for my printed photo cards all intermingling and falling all over the place. I need to come up with a fairly easy way to put one type of crafting materials away when I want to work on another and not keep jumbling them together and covering every surface space.
I'd also like to work on incorporating stamping with my photo cards as in maybe adding a stamped detail like a bug to the petal of a printed flower. Or a stamped seagull to the sky in a beach picture. It doesn't sound very challenging, I know, but actually working it in at the right scale etc. is not always so simple (for me at least).
And I'd like to do a better job of cataloguing cards I have made, so I can have my own set of examples of what layouts etc. I liked. I'm not a big fan of making five identical cards at a time, but I think it would be good, if I need a card in a hurry, to be able to look back and find a design that I liked in the past, to act as a sort of starting off point rather than starting from a totally blank slate every time.
If I succeed in the clean up I hope to do, I think it should also help with another goal I share with a few of you, to use some of my as yet unused stamps. Sorting things out should help remind me of what I have and some of the things I was very keen on when I bought but haven';t as of yet managed to ink...oh and I'd like to get back to doing some more stamped images that I colour. It's been a while since I've done any detailed colouring of larger stamp images.
Looking over this list of things now I think I too would like to avoid the word resolutions...maybe I should refer to them more as fond hopes and wishes.
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 1/1/2013 11:10:24 AM|'GC'. Adding stamping to photos--and vice-versa--sounds like lots of fun. ITA that 'scale' can be important depending on the look you want.
Glad to see so many of us with 'stamping plans'.
|Posted: 1/2/2013 8:54:28 AM|
In 2013, I plan to make ahead all cards I need a month prior to when I need them in order to avoid a last minute scramble for birthday cards. I also plan to have a number of sympathy, thank yous, thinking of yous, etc done and on hand.
Loc: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 1/2/2013 4:42:27 PM|
Good idea, Julie - a wise plan that I should try, too!
|Posted: 1/3/2013 4:24:09 AM|
After a hard use these last few months the new year is perfect time to reink my distress ink pads.
I am ready to begin looking at some new artsy adventures so my word for this year is exploration.
|Posted: 1/3/2013 9:36:25 AM|
in 2013 - I want to stamp, make cards, be creative - last year is behind us and with some smoother sailing I want to play and be creative. Have many ideas in my mind. But first ------------------------ must completed the craft room overall, that I have been slowing working on for the past 4 months.
Garden Cat - I have my photo card work area at the kitchen table, so I must reorganize the cabinets that hold those materials beside the table. I am in the process of reorganizing my photos and finding where all the discs are.
I to want to do more work with stamping and photos - the details and dimensions take some thought. Let's share these projects in maybe a photo-stamp-paper crafting challenge.
I need more stamping in my life and I am going to make time for it.
I am not buying much this year - have discovered that I have way to much already. Have already given away approximately 8 inches of paper (that which I purchased when I first started and isn't my style now)
Also plan to be more of a presence on the thread.