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Hexagon Hive

Hi All,

All I can say about moving is this… I never want to do it again. It’s very clear that I have too much stuff. Back in November, we moved into a rental home because our new house wasn’t ready after we sold our old house. Four weeks turned into four months. I brought about 20% of our belongings to the rental and put the rest into storage. Man, lesson learned here. I don’t need 80% of what I have. On moving day, the boxes just kept coming and coming. How did we get so much stuff we don’t need? A message from Jesus.

I LOVE my new room! I’ve realized that it’s going to take me more time than I thought to get things organized. I plan to show you as soon as possible, but I also have 80% of my stuff that I have to unpack or donate. It’s really overwhelming. When I wake up in the morning, I just ask God to guide me to what he wants me to do today. Everything will get done on His schedule, not on mine. Mine would be TODAY, haha.

Anyway… I used colored cardstock in honor of the March challenge. This time, I clear embossed it to make it a little more interesting. Here is a close-up:

Hexagon Hive

Enjoy the video. 🙂



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  1. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 6:01 am


    I like this crisp clean card and never thought to heat emboss coloured cardstock. What a great idea! Congratulations too on having survived the big move. I agree that we all manage to collect a lot of needless stuff. When we last moved, I had a girlfriend go into my kitchen without me and put all the kitchen stuff that she felt I really needed into boxes. She then put the rest of the stuff in other boxes for charity. To this day, and that was over 4 years ago, I still don’t know what went to charity! Until then, I never realised what a big hoarder I’d become! It was pretty frightening too.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      What a great idea! You have to be brave and very trusting of your friend! 🙂

      • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:45 pm


        And also quite desperate to de-clutter! LOL!!

  2. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 7:34 am


    Yes, BEAUTIFUL! I’m glad your move went well. It sure is amazing how stuff accumulates and we still want more crafting supplies. Ha ha. Thanks for posting while your in the middle of unpacking. Looking forward to the tour when things settle down. Blessings.

  3. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 7:38 am


    Great card! Now to look at my hexagon dies and stamps and see what I have.

    We moved 4 years ago and I still have no idea where many items are in my new house. I can remember where they were located in my other house. It is a slow process getting rid of things. We might need them some day.

  4. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 1:19 pm


    Sounds like it might be time for a magical mystery box sale of purged stuff. Or a giveaway. I’m good with either. 😉 Looking forward to seeing the newly loaded room!

  5. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 1:37 pm


    It’s amazing all the stuff we accumulate over the years and only use a small portion of it! Enjoy your new home – can’t wait to see your craft-room. Live this new card.

  6. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 1:43 pm


    What a great idea to heat emboss the card stock. I’m definitely going to give it a try.
    Good luck with the unpacking. I had boxes in the garage for years after my last move. When I finally went through them, I found some things I wanted but most went to our hospice thrift store. Funny how we are pack rats and don’t even know it.
    But remember, it will all get done in time. Try not to get to stressed about it. ?

  7. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Patty Beers

    I am with you on the move thing and the stuff. I moved after being in a home for 36 years. I was so overwhelmed. I got rid of things that I regret now but I still have too much. I am reading 2 books that I really like. You might want to take a look at them. The concept is pretty helpful. “Spark Joy” and The “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. I am sure having a lovely new home will make up for it all but downsizing is something we all need to do if not for ourselves then for our kids. I had to take care of all my Mom’s stuff when she died and believe me my kids will just call a dumpster and that will be the end of it.

  8. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 2:07 pm


    Love the card and techniques! And agreed, moving is a lesson with the end result being that one wishes they were a minimalist.

  9. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Sandy Joe

    Love it – very creative.

  10. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 2:25 pm


    Awesome card., what was your inspiration? I would never have thought of it. I am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to CardMaking. I’m sure my kids would throw all my stuff away.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Gosh, I’m not sure what made me thing to clear emboss the yellow. It’s one of those ideas that popped into my head! 🙂

  11. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 2:26 pm


    I’ve moved my craft room 3 times in 3 years and I know how you feel. Each time I move it it takes weeks to figure out where and how to store everything. Let alone find my stuff when I need to use it. I look forward to seeing your new room.

  12. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 2:55 pm


    I have always told my daughter when things get overwhelming, ” take a deep breath, back up, then make a list and do things one step at a time” It may not seem like much at the time, but eventually, you will surprise yourself when you see what you have done. That first deep breath seems to be the key. Good luck, LOVE love love the room.

  13. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 3:17 pm


    I love how you used the sentiment. I have that stamp set and am going to try that soon. One day at a time. Hang in there.

  14. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Evelyn B

    Love the idea of putting clear embossing powder on colored cardstock! Love your card and all the special pieces you’ve done with it!

  15. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 3:29 pm


    Love the card and the idea of embossing the color card stock. I understand about “stuff”. I’ve been organizing and donating for a couple of months now and still have too much. I love my craft stuff tho. I keep saying I don’t need more but then I see something I need”. I can’t wait to see your new craft room. Take care.

  16. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 3:32 pm


    Darlene, first of all congratulations on finally moving into your new house. It is a great feeling but an exhausting one. Are the girls excited too? New bedrooms etc.!!!

    Now about the card I love, love, love it. I love how you heat embossed the card stock.
    What a great idea.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Glenis! Yes, they are extremely excited for their new rooms. They were sharing in our temporary house, so they are even more excited about having their own space again. 🙂

  17. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 4:18 pm


    I hear you Darlene, moving is when you actually realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years that you really do not need anymore so, before you put your crafting stuff in your new room, make absolutely sure that you LOVE IT, NEED IT, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT so it wont clutter your space. The stuff you start purging, donate it to your children’s school, sometimes the Art teachers are in dyer need of material for the kids to create.
    I just really, really, REALLY cleaned my craft room, I collected 2 huge boxes of pattern paper, glitter, embellishments, rubber stamps, ink pads, punches, stickers, fabric, yarn, card stock, etc. that I don’t use anymore, when I took it to my granddaughter’s Art Club in school, the teacher was simply amazed and so grateful, I’m so happy my granddaughter will be using this stuff to create her wonderful projects.
    Ok, on to your fabulous card…..I love this die and the glossy die cut you made, that little bee is so cute, the contrast between the bright yellow and the black is so very striking.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria. Fortunately, my craft room is under control. I try to keep it manageable throughout the year. It’s the rest of the house that’s gone crazy. Maybe because I spend too much time in my craft room. 🙂

  18. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 4:20 pm


    Love this! Especially how the hexagon mimics a beehive, and the rebus effect in your greeting. I don’t know if you’d be interested, but I thought of this article when I read of your overwhelming craft supplies dilemma: http://www.stampnstorage.com/blog/how-sorting-your-craft-supplies-creates-less-clutter/. It’s not long, and she talks about doing what she calls “strict sorting.” Anyway, if you want to take a look, there you go. Might help you with your situation. Thanks as always for sharing your artistry! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks Andrea – I think I read that article in the past at some point! Very good. Unfortunately, my problem is the rest of the house, not the craft room. It’s just going to take some patience. 🙂

  19. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 4:59 pm


    I’m with the comments that say we need to have another sale! 🙂 It’ll get done, and like you said, in God’s timing. Love this card. I would have never thought to clear emboss colored paper just to give it a shine. Love this idea!! Stay sane and take unpacking one box at a time.

  20. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 6:06 pm


    I can’t imagine moving all my “stuff” my hat off to you. Darling card. Can’t wait for your next post..

  21. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 6:51 pm


    Congratulations Darlene and have patience, it’s such a hard thing to obtain, I know. Things will get sorted out. Thanks for sharing your eye-opener realization of what we all seem to have: the tendency to want more and more when it comes to craft… and then realize we really didn’t have to have it after all : ( (I don’t think the craft stores will agree with me, he he!) Keep cheerful, one day at a time.

  22. wrote on March 9th, 2016 at 6:53 pm


    I really can relate Darlene, 26 yrs ago We moved from a 4 story 13 room home in NH to FL and into a 3 bedroom home. Gads! you would not believe the “stuff” we had, much more than we needed or could use and from there I went into a 2 bedroom home and thought I’d never see the end of it. It’s at times like these we realize just how blessed and even overly blessed we are. I donated an entire truck load of items to our local ministry and when they came to pick it up they looked around and said “Are you kidding me?” I wish I could help you…….I don’t know how you keep up with the website and still move!
    Prayers and blessings to you.

  23. wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 1:08 am


    Hi Darlene! Thought I’d chirp in again and say another sale would be great. But what about those of us outside the USA? I don’t think we could participate. But that’s okay. I just thought I’d check it out before I get my hopes up!

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Connie. I think there is a misunderstanding about my “excess”. It’s not in my craft room – it’s in the rest of my house. 🙂

  24. wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 1:08 am


    I Think every single person on this list would say “Darlene you should take a whole week, or what ever you need and don’t worry about videos for us. Go get settled in your house.” Sure we will miss you but we will also be very happy that you will feel much more settled and less stressed !!!!

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Amy, you are too kind! 🙂

  25. wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Jan Castle

    Great card!!! Know you will enjoy your new studio….you can certainly take your time in putting it together!!! Consider it Christmas as you rediscover your storage stash – LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  26. wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 1:25 am


    So nice!

  27. wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Peg C

    Hope you get settled in to your new home soon, I have everything to CASe this card, would that be okay?

    Added to my favourites, like others I never thought to emboss coloured card, thanks for your great videos

    • wrote on March 10th, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Of course, Peg!

      • wrote on March 11th, 2016 at 1:14 am

        Peg C

        Thank you

  28. wrote on March 11th, 2016 at 3:22 am


    Darlene, I am fully in agreeance with Amy. Take some time off to get you house in order. We would miss you but we would survive.

    • wrote on March 12th, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Glenis. Even if I don’t take time off, I appreciate that you would be ok with it. 🙂

  29. wrote on March 11th, 2016 at 8:55 am


    What a fun card! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    I can totally relate to this post Darlene and totally empathize with you. I find moving very overwhelming and stressful! I have been married for 13+ years and have moved 6 times…this summer we will be on the move again and then again the summer after. It is always, always stressful to see all those boxes rolling in. Every move I tell myself that I am going to become a minimalist!

  30. wrote on March 14th, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Carol Lucas

    What a cute card! I see so many possibilities here, especially as a boy’s birthday card. Good luck with the sorting: we’ve moved 3 times in the past 2 years. I am at the point where I do not want to move again, but even as I write this, I know we will move again as we are in a rental. The key is to try not to stress about it. Keep breathing!

  31. wrote on March 16th, 2016 at 8:28 pm


    What can I say Darlene…..Love, Love, Love again and as always!

  32. wrote on April 12th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Susan Berry

    Great card, would be great for a boy cabrd also. Congratulations on your new home and move. I could relate about all the stuff we have and wonder why we need it all. We moved Feb. 22nd and I am still unpacking and and trying to get organized. I have my craft room almost done. Our community is have a garage sale and I plan to put a lot of things into. I also trying to carve out a space for Bible Journaling, something I want to be involved in. I also ask Jesus to guide me in what he wants me to do each say. Everything is in his time not ours. Blessings

  33. wrote on April 13th, 2016 at 4:17 pm


    Here pretty quick I will be complaining about the same thing @ moving. We just listed our house and I have been busy busy busy!!! That is why I haven’t been around. =( Anyway, I had a moment to actually have lunch today so thought I would get caught up on some LLC posts!! >.<

    This is a super cute card, I love how that little bee fit right in there!! 🙂

    I think I will get one more video watched before I continue packing. Ugh.

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