Hello, all! I really feel like I'm getting back into the swing of things in the Craft Cave now. It always takes me a while to get going again after a break and I spent a lot of time reorganizing the room. Luis built me an extension for my desk, I took out some excess furniture and I did some purging. The whole room feels brighter and more open now - much less cavelike! :)
I also did quite a bit of pondering about crafting and crafty blogging over the last few months. Although I love both I was letting them take over my life. This year my goal is to improve my time management skills (which shouldn't be that hard as I have zero to start with!). I want crafting and blogging to be an important part of my life but not my whole life. I am also really going to focus on using the supplies that I have. I talked about it a bit last year and was inspired by Darnell's NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) campaign but this year "Use What You Have" is going to be my motto. Really, the Craft Cave has more supplies than some stores I've been to so there is absolutely no need to buy more stuff. Of course I'll want all the new fabulous goodies that I see out there but I need to be realistic and a little more financially responsible!
So with this card I've started off my Use What You Have (UWYH) with a bang. Remember the Love Me Do collection from My Mind's Eye? It's been collecting dust in the Craft Cave for a few years now from back when I used to buy 12 x 12 papers and collections. I broke it out for this card for the current RetroSketches challenge. The branch and birds are second hand WPlus9 stamps I bought last year and hadn't touched yet. The only newish items are the Mama Elephant sentiment and the Simon Says Stamp hearts but this is the first time I've used either of them. Off to a good start and let's hope I can keep it up!
Cardstock: (White) Bazzill
Patterned Papers: (Rock & Roll Heart, Forever In Plaid & Love is in the Air from Love Me Do collection) My Mind's EyeStamps: (Branch from Love Birds) WPlus9, (Sentiment from Smitten) Mama Elephant
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up
Dies: (Birds from Love Birds) WPlus9, (Hearts from Holiday Shapes) Simon Says Stamp