Friday, December 30

Craft Life Review Of 2011

I've been looking at lots of top 5 and top 10 projects on other blogs and was looking through my own photo archives for something similar.  It was far too hard to choose, so instead I have gone for a review of my crafting year with a few predictions for 2012.

January 2011 - I think you only have to look at my blog to see I love Simply Sassy designs.  I'm not sure what 2012 will bring from them, but they feature heavily in my review of the year (in fact I could have chosen one for each month!).  This card remains one of my favourites.

February 2011 - What do you know? It's Simply Sassy again! This one was my blog header for most of the year.
March 2011 -  I caught the zipper bug!  I have a whole bag of odd zips waiting to be made into brooches and  incorporated into projects.
April 2011 - Grungy Monday began in 2011and I was thrilled to be a guest designer for #3 and discovered some new inks along the way.
May 2011 -  Back to a Sassy girl, this time with a bit of steampunk thrown in.
June 2011 - My one and only scrapbook page to have been in print was this scraplift of a Jill Cornell page.
July 2011 - I tend to make a real mix of projects, not just cute stamping (although that is obviously a prominent feature!)  Here's  I wallet of ATC's I made.  I can definitely look into my crystal ball and see more projects like this in 2012.
August 2011 - A combination of Sir Tim and some new techniques saw me trying out a letter press effect.  Did I really start making Christmas cards in August?  How come I was still finishing them on 23 December then?
September 2011 -  Whiff Of Joy, another of my favourite cute stamp manufacturers.
October 2011 - Time for things to get spooky with another Simply Sassy creation.  I like this style of taking cute images and making them a bit more edgy.  I'm following a couple of challenge blogs that favour this style, so there could be more projects in 2012.
November 2011 - I've only just discovered that I won a prize over at Two Peas In A Bucket for this 4x6 Photo Love entry. There's more scrapbooking to come in 2012, including more hybrid work as I just spent my $10 prize money on 4 digi kits.
December 2011 - As I reach the end of my review there has been an important part of my Craft Life missing. A little lady who has become a firm favourite of mine and a favourite of 1000's of others worldwide - Tilda.
I know I have already blogged about having a card chosen in the top 3 at iCopic, but it really has given my crafting spirits a boost and I'm looking forward to where my Copic's may take me in 2012.  This card will be one of my all time favourites and you can bet there will be more Magnolia projects from me in 2012.
That's it 2011 done. I hope to see lots of old friends and new in 2012 for much more crafting.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year 

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, December 28

Sunday Stamper Tea Box

I have a little tea box to share today that I finally finished decorating for a December birthday.
The undecorated box came from Cuddly Buddly and I decorated it loosely following the instructions for one of Hels projects in the October 2011 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.
The box was painted with Claudine Helmuth Gesso before colouring with various Distress Inks and Stains.
All of the stamps are from Pink Paislee.  They have been one of my most used stamp purchases this year so I can't wait to see what they come up with for 2012.
The plate was glued on top of a scrap of paper and then onto the box using Glossy Accents.  After adding the Sassafras letters I filled in the whole thing with more gloss.
Here it is once it has dried.  I think the book plate came from an old HOTP kit, but I have had it quite a while and don't remember.

Challenges:
Sunday Stamper #186 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

You might have spotted on my sidebar that I've had my Jingle Tilda card chosen in the top 3 for challenge #61 over at the iCopic blog, as you can imagine I'm thrilled, so I just had to mention it again here!!!
** Kate **

Sunday, December 25

Happy Christmas!!!!

Happy Christmas

** Kate **

Saturday, December 24

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

We went for a Christmas walk to look at the BIG trees and all the lights in town.

Not exactly a Winter Wonderland, we are expecting the weather to continue to be mild and wet here, but it still felt like Christmas was near.  A bag of chips on the way home went down well too.

Enjoy your Christmas Eve and "hang your stockings and say your prayers, 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight."


Only One More Sleep!!!    

** Kate **

Friday, December 23

Gift Bags

The cards may be finally finished, but I have still been making gift bags.
This one uses one of Chris's fabulous Sketching Stamper designs coloured with pencils.  The foiled, patterned paper is by Making Memories and I've combined it with a sheet of torn music and a strip of Daisy D Christmas paper.

There's also a matching tag.  The kraft gift bags and tags are by DoCrafts and I bought them all at Cutting Edge Crafts.
Challenges:
DigiStamps 4 Joy - Merry Christmas, no animals
I Brake for Challenges - Vintage
Digital Tuesday - Winter Wonderland
Deep Ocean Challenges - Winter wishes

** Kate **  

Thursday, December 22

Jingle Tilda

Absolutely positively the last Christmas card of the year!!!

The children ALL play the hand bells at church, yes ALL, Branston Pickle at the grand old age of 3 and a half will give his 1st performance at the children's service on Christmas Eve, if he can be persuaded to perform on the night!  We pay nothing to be part of this group, the leader of the bell ringers at church gives her time freely and, as the adults ring from notes not coloured dots, this has included teaching the older 2 children to read music.  When I saw Jungle Tilda I just had to buy her and make this year's Christmas/thank you card with her on.
I haven't gone over the top with the decorations, as I didn't think that would suit the recipient, but I have spent a lot of time putting details into the image.  Tilda is coloured with Copics and has a Distress Inked background as well as snowy highlights in Stardust Stickles.
The patterned paper was free with Cardmaking and Papercraft and the stamp on a piece of torn music was free with Creativity magazine.

Challenges:
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Winter Wonderland
ICopic #61 - Last minute holidays
Scrapbook Sisters cards #66 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations #143 - Anything Goes
Crafts And Me #66 - Anything Goes

** Kate **    

Wednesday, December 21

Snowman Soup

Yes, I'm still here and still making cards!  I always feel sad about the snowman in a snowman soup, but this chap from High Hopes looks happy enough.
He's coloured with Promarkers and I have used some old Brenda Pinnick paper for the background.  Everything else is kept simples for speed and to make it nice and flat for the post.
Challenges:
Passion for Promarkers #129 - Celebration
I Love Promarkers #97 - Anything goes
My Time To Craft #169 - Winter pals
Try It On Tuesday - Anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Warm Wishes

** Kate **

Friday, December 16

Have a Tilda Christmas!

Another card completed, this time featuring Sweet Christmas Ribbon Tilda, coloured with Copics.
The Christmas paper is from MME Lost & Found Christmas and the pink is the reverse side of a bit of Cosmo Cricket.
Challenges:
Crafts And Me - Christmas
Craft Us Crazy - Christmas or humorous

** Kate **

Lili Of The Valley Challenge

Just a quick note to say that the Lili of the Valley challenge blog is now Lili's Little Fairies.

Same weekly challenge for Lili of the Valey images, but a new look.  There's a sponsors giveaway at the moment, ending on 4th January, so pop over and join in (you don't even have to make anything to enter for this treat!)

** Kate **

Thursday, December 15

Just Magnolia

Just Magnolia, just in time!  There is a new challenge tomorrow at Just Magnolia but until then I just have time to sneak in this snowman card for the 'White Christmas' theme, which ends today.
I've used Copics to colour this cute fellow and combined him with some BoBunny papers in co-ordinating  shades.
Small-N-Grubby gave me the idea for the paper chain of snowmen.  I cut them from the tissue packaging I had stamped for the flower on yesterday's tag.  They are decorated with Black Diamond Stickles and Smooch pen.
The card has been sprayed and splattered with Perfect Pearl Mist and Liquid Pearls to give it some shimmer and all of the snowmen are sat on Crystal Stickles snow.
Challenges:
Just Magnolia - White Christmas
Scrapbook Sisters card #64 - 2 colours
Deep Ocean #14 - Let it snow
Crafty Calender - Cold and frosty
The Craft Garden - Choose 4 (Turquoise, snowflakes, office supplies, purple)

Don't forget, if you have any snowy makes, to link them up over at this month's 'Let it snow' challenge on the By The Cute And Girly blog.

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, December 14

12 Tags Of Christmas #12

Yes I have swept straight from #1 to #12, stopping only to make notes of a few techniques along the way.  I guess 2 tags completed are better than none, right?
I have added my own slant, of course, to Tim's 12th tag.  I didn't have the lovely tissue wrap for a start, although it is now firmly on my wish list, so I made my own by stamping Donna Salazar music text onto some paper that came wrapped around a scrapbook order.
The background is inked, water splattered, stamped in silver with another of Donna's fab stamps and then coated in Rock Candy Distress Stickles.
My chipboard shape is a little Maya Road house, inked in VersaMagic Oasis Green and edged in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  The windows have been filled with Sepia Accents and then some Picket Fence Distress Stickles have been added for snow.
Finally a couple of sticky words from The Girls Paperie.


It's tag week at Try It On Tuesday with an open theme so, if you are making and sharing tags, don't forget to link up over at their challenge blog too.
I made a few more Christmas cards last night but someone has stolen the sun this morning so no photos available yet.  If the skies lighten up a bit I will try and take some pictures later.

** Kate **