Putting together your own card kits

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Posted 6/23/2013 by Amy52974 in General Stamping
 

Amy52974
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Posted: 6/23/2013 5:52:35 AM
Does anyone put together card kits with their own stash? I have so much I don't know where to start but feel like I need to use what I have instead of buying more. Do you have a "formula" of what to include? Thanks!


Amy

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Posted: 6/23/2013 8:37:11 AM
Last year, a member had some "Hoarders Anonymous" challenges every month. One month, you were supposed to use hoarded patterned paper. Another month, hoarded ribbon, etc.

Maybe you could make yourself challenges like that to get you motivated to use your supplies you already have.

If you have a lot of Christmas stuff, there is a monthly "Christmas All Year" challenge in the stamping forum. You could get those cards made a head of time before they start selling the Christmas stuff in the stores.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/23/2013 5:12:11 PM
Thanks Heidi! That's a good idea. I like the Christmas idea too. It always seems to jump up on me and if I made a few cards every month, I'd have plenty.

Amy

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Posted: 6/23/2013 5:23:32 PM
Sometimes I stamp with friends, and I'm always packing up a ton of stuff to take with me. Even if I have an idea of what we'll be doing, I seem to need so many supplies. Plus, I only do the card fronts. I choose matting and card base and embellishments when I'm at home.

One time, I really didn't feel like packing and hauling so much so I made myself card kits. I stamped some images, trimmed mats and card bases. All I had to do was color the images and assemble the cards. It was fun and easy. I was also able to share some of my images with others.

Another thing I have done is trim pieces for a layout that I especially like. I keep them in a baggie so they are ready to make a quick card.

I like the idea of going through my stash to select stamped images, backgrounds, mats, and card bases.

Daria

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Posted: 6/23/2013 5:28:52 PM
Thanks Daria! I feel like I haul so much stuff because I'm afraid I may need it but end up using only a fraction of what I bring. It never fails though and I'll need something that I didn't bring, i.e. a specific ribbon colors, etc. I just can't justify bringing ALL of my ribbon. I was thinking about trying to color coordinate some paper and ribbon in to large ziploc baggies. Then all I would need to decide on is what colors to take.


**Amy**

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Posted: 6/23/2013 7:50:42 PM
Amy, that sounds like a good plan!

Daria

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Posted: 6/24/2013 11:01:42 AM
Amy, thanks for posting! I was about to post something similar. I'm going on an extended vacation and I want to bring some stamping with me, but what to pack?

In the past, if I stamped at a friends house, I always overpacked. It would take me forever, I'd pull out way too much, and then of course there was the "problem" of putting it all away again. (I'm notoriously bad at putting away my toys!).

Card kits sound like a good plan. I need to get busy this week!

Oh, and I've been hosting Christmas All Year, come join us!
Here is the link for June.


Cindi



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Posted: 6/24/2013 11:04:25 AM
Oh, and Daria, thanks for the good idea ... I can save space and weight by not packing the card bases.


Cindi



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Posted: 6/24/2013 11:42:29 AM
First off. Welcome to the forum, Amy! Hope you'll be a 'regular'!

Must confess that your thread title was (almost) a 'skip this thread' for me. Glad I didn't.

In general, 'kits making'--cards or other--isn't something I'm much interested in doing, but...

Your OP is interesting! Packing up (mostly from a stash) stuff to take 'on the road'.

If I'm on my own (no one handy to loan me stuff), I'd take a few must-have 'tools'--straightedge, scissors, pencil, pen. I'd also take some paper stock, but not too much. Inks? Black for sure as a pad ink, but not lots of colors or different types of ink. I'd take nothing that requires 'heat'. Stamps? Since I use UMS. I'd fill a zip lock bag & take my largest acrylic mount plus a gluestick for mounting them.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 5:53:40 PM
Thanks "looser"! (I feel kind of bad calling you looser). All great ideas. Can't wait to get started.


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Posted: 6/24/2013 11:53:22 PM
I love your suggestions Daniel! I hadn't really thought of taking unmounted stamps and a mount. No reason I couldn't stash a few stamps in my suitcase. I was thinking I'd need to pre-stamp some images, but really I'll have more time to play once I'm ON vacation, than I do now when I'm trying to get ready.


Cindi



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Posted: 6/25/2013 12:39:18 AM
Hi Amy,
I bring card kits when I go to a crop, and I've brought stuff along in my suitcase for business trips. I bring a 6x6 paper pad or two, a couple clear stamp sets and acrylic block, black ink, scissors, small trimmer, ribbon, twine and small embellies(like buttons, wood veneers, brads, bling, maybe some stickers or diecuts). A couple pieces of colored cardstock and some white. Adhesive and foam dots for dimension. I sometimes bring a few other ink colors if I'm going to do some masking or plan to try some one layer cards, I've got little Memento dew drop inks, they don't take up much room.

For me the key to not overpacking and still being able to complete some cards is exactly what you mentioned - coordinate the patterned paper with the embellies ahead of time. Bring enough for some variety, but not the whole stash. You can also prepare things ahead of time that require more tools/supplies (embossed pieces, backgrounds, colored images).

Michele

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Posted: 6/25/2013 10:28:50 AM
LOL, Amy! No need to 'feel bad'. Looser is 'loose' (like moose); not 'lose' (like ooze)

Yeah, Cindi. That's why I love my UMS. They are easy to pack.



Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 6/25/2013 6:50:27 PM
I def need to learn how to pin down projects i have so much stuff its like i cant get anything done


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Posted: 6/25/2013 7:53:49 PM
Thanks Michele!

It looks like I will need to pre-plan in order to save myself the headache of taking too much stuff!



**Amy**

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Posted: 6/26/2013 1:33:28 AM
Great ideas here, I need to do this when I go to crafty get-togethers, instead of taking half my stash!


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Posted: 6/26/2013 7:09:36 AM
I would have a crafty get together at my house so I still had everything. Not sure I could do what you guys are planning! lol.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 6/29/2013 12:02:26 AM
Thanks Michele! I'm definitely using your post as my packing list!


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