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Old 12-28-2010, 07:00 PM   #1  
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Smile I finally did it!

Sometime in 2008, I decided to make at least one card from every stamp set that I own. Well, here I am two years later and I finally finished my self imposed challenge! I went through some missing mojo times where nothing was created and then there were times when I bought a bunch of new stuff and had to incorporate those sets into my goal. Just in case you are wondering (should I be embarrassed to admit this?) I have 196 stamp sets. I've been stamping for 14 years, so that's not too bad, I guess.

I learned that my style has changed over the years and that some of the sets I HAD to have were the hardest to create something with.

There were several sets that I struggled through and I have decided that they can go to a new home without me missing them. If you're interested in those, I've listed them on the BST forum.

Anyway, I highly recommend this method of getting the creative juices flowing if your mojo goes away. Thanks for all the inspiration you've provided me!

Happy New Year!
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I'm going to do that starting in 2011. I have some stamps I just had to have and I've never used them, not even once. This way I'll find out if I really have to have them. And I'm going to do the same things with all my cardstock and DP.
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@ Jennifer, would totally love to see your creation, you should put it in your album to share w/ us!
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That is a fabulous idea! I am totally going to try this. Sometimes I don't even know where to start with what I have but I think this will really get the creativity going.
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Congratulations, Jennifer! This is a wonderful challenge to yourself and I'm glad you had fun with it. It's so inspiring--I think I might just try that myself in 2011!
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That's awesome...sadly I don't think it's in the cards for me...maybe in 30 years or so when I can retire (hopefully anyway) but then I'll have 2 million times the stamps I have now, LOL!

Congrats...now post some of those puppies
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What a wonderful goal! Congratulations!!!
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Awesome goal, Jennifer!

The other days I paged through my binders (indexes) and it was very cool... it's like going through stamp catalogs and remembering stamps I have and then thinking, "Wait! I have that one... oh yeah... this is my binder. Duh."

Old age stinks.

Or so I've heard.

Then again the alternative is worse! :P
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Congratulations, that's a great achievement. You must feel a real sense of accomplishment.
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A few days ago I challenged myself to do this in 2011...I have stamp sets that are not even mounted yet (which I understand might be normal around here in SCSville)....

I am an SU hobby demo...have tons of retired cardstock and dsp...and above mentioned stamps...so my challenge is this:

Use 1 stamp set per week using retired cardstock - make 6 of the same cards - keep two for myself and the other four go into a box to ship to Operation Write Home!

Anybody else want to 'get together' monthly and see how we are doing?????

Happy New Year!!
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Wow! I have thought about doing this, but I have never been quite ambitious enough to take it on. I am impressed!
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WOW! What a great idea and a huge accomplishment. I did a big clean out of my sets this fall, but even at that it would be a challenge. Congrats.
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Wow, what an amazing challenge!

I have limited space in my studio so although I'd love to own 196 stamp sets it will never happen for me! LOL My challenge would be a lot smaller.
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Jennifer, congrats!!!! I've challenged myself before and I've never followed through, so even though I dont know you, I am so proud of you!!!!! LOL.
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I made this challenge for myself at the beginning of 2010. My goal was to use every set I own this year. I'm down to four sets left, so I should make it. I'm going to use two sets on one card, and the other two sets will be used for a scrapbook layout I have planned. I have three more days to get this done!

I don't know exactly how many sets I have, I'd estimate around 150 or so. I did buy some new sets this year, and I made certain to use them right away.

It was a very fun challenge that I greatly encourage you to take on. It was a lot of fun digging out some SU sets that are 8-9 years old and using them with new cardstock colors or Nestabilities, etc. It was like having new stuff again.
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Good for you! That sounds like it was quite a challenge you imposed on yourself, and you succeeded - wonderful! When you say you use "every set," are you using every stamp from every set as well? Or are you just using something from every set?

This sounds like a wonderful challenge, but for someone like me who owns bagoodles of individual stamps, I'm not sure how it would translate.

Also sounds like a good way to purge inventory.

Hope you feel good about your accomplishment; you deserve it. :0)
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Awesome goal, Jennifer!

The other days I paged through my binders (indexes) and it was very cool... it's like going through stamp catalogs and remembering stamps I have and then thinking, "Wait! I have that one... oh yeah... this is my binder. Duh."

Old age stinks.

Or so I've heard.

Then again the alternative is worse! :P
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A few days ago I challenged myself to do this in 2011...I have stamp sets that are not even mounted yet (which I understand might be normal around here in SCSville)....

I am an SU hobby demo...have tons of retired cardstock and dsp...and above mentioned stamps...so my challenge is this:

Use 1 stamp set per week using retired cardstock - make 6 of the same cards - keep two for myself and the other four go into a box to ship to Operation Write Home!

Anybody else want to 'get together' monthly and see how we are doing?????

Happy New Year!!
This is a great idea! You should start a new thread with this plan so that we can join you and chime in with our successes.
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Good for you! That sounds like it was quite a challenge you imposed on yourself, and you succeeded - wonderful! When you say you use "every set," are you using every stamp from every set as well? Or are you just using something from every set?

This sounds like a wonderful challenge, but for someone like me who owns bagoodles of individual stamps, I'm not sure how it would translate.

Also sounds like a good way to purge inventory.

Hope you feel good about your accomplishment; you deserve it. :0)
Not every stamp from every set. Some of the sets have some really weird stamps that I couldn't figure out what to do with. I'm never sure how to use those single stamps that say things like "bliss" or "delight." Thanks for your kind words.
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Thanks everybody! Now that I have made it through, I'm feeling a little at loose ends. I think my next challenge will be either to reduce my inventory of patterned paper or go through some idea magazines and try to replicate some of the card layout designs. Or maybe I should go back and start at the beginning again!

Have a wonderful new year! We are gearing up for a blizzard today and tomorrow.
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A few days ago I challenged myself to do this in 2011...I have stamp sets that are not even mounted yet (which I understand might be normal around here in SCSville)....

I am an SU hobby demo...have tons of retired cardstock and dsp...and above mentioned stamps...so my challenge is this:

Use 1 stamp set per week using retired cardstock - make 6 of the same cards - keep two for myself and the other four go into a box to ship to Operation Write Home!

Anybody else want to 'get together' monthly and see how we are doing?????

Happy New Year!!
I love this idea...while I don't have many SU sets, I do have quite a few stamps and would love to join you in this endeavor. Let me know if you start this group!
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Today I made some kids valentine cards and used two stamp sets I've never used!!! Yeah me!!!!
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I love this idea...while I don't have many SU sets, I do have quite a few stamps and would love to join you in this endeavor. Let me know if you start this group!
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I would also like to be a part of this. Definitely need to use some of my stamps!
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that is awesome!
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Good for you! That sounds like it was quite a challenge you imposed on yourself, and you succeeded - wonderful! When you say you use "every set," are you using every stamp from every set as well? Or are you just using something from every set?

This sounds like a wonderful challenge, but for someone like me who owns bagoodles of individual stamps, I'm not sure how it would translate.

Also sounds like a good way to purge inventory.

Hope you feel good about your accomplishment; you deserve it. :0)
As someone who owns bagoodles of individual stamps, I can tell you this translates PERFECTLY. Like the OP, I started this challenge two years ago (without a deadline), and while I am not quite done, it has been WONDERFUL! You can do it, and it's a GREAT way to purge inventory with confidence.
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Fantastic idea! I've been toying with something like this for a while, because I have so many stamps that I've never used, beyond stamping them in my catalog. I tend to make cards as needed, and many of the stamps I've bought aren't for any specific occasion, or for a non-card holiday (Thanksgiving, for example) so I've never used them.

I hadn't gone so far as to challenge myself to use everything, but I had thought about going through my index binder, finding a set or stamp that I haven't used that's speaking to me, and making something with it.
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Not every stamp from every set. Some of the sets have some really weird stamps that I couldn't figure out what to do with. I'm never sure how to use those single stamps that say things like "bliss" or "delight." Thanks for your kind words.
Me too- and then as I read this, it suddenly popped into my mind that those single words would work well on an ATC! I'd then use techniques, images, etc that would support the idea of the word.
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Oh I forgot this is my goal for the year too. It will be so fun---either for card making or scrapbooking or whatever. What a fun challenge.
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A few days ago I challenged myself to do this in 2011...I have stamp sets that are not even mounted yet (which I understand might be normal around here in SCSville)....

I am an SU hobby demo...have tons of retired cardstock and dsp...and above mentioned stamps...so my challenge is this:

Use 1 stamp set per week using retired cardstock - make 6 of the same cards - keep two for myself and the other four go into a box to ship to Operation Write Home!

Anybody else want to 'get together' monthly and see how we are doing?????

Happy New Year!!
I think this is a terrific challenge!
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Way to go!!! I've been thinking of doing this as welll, but it seems like such a huge challenge for me.
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Me too- and then as I read this, it suddenly popped into my mind that those single words would work well on an ATC! I'd then use techniques, images, etc that would support the idea of the word.
oooo I like that - I was going to suggest creating a background with them. I have seen a band 3 times this year and one of their songs is "Bliss" so I know I could use that stamp if I had it!

Way to go Jennifer - I haven't made the pledge yet but I'm sure I will at some point.
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Way to go on using all your sets!!!! I am thinking of taking on your challenge. I don't have near the number of sets but know I have lots which have never seen ink. Thanks for the inspiration!
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