HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERSI am late again joining in with Debby's Favourite Five .. .. I do hope that in 2014 I get better organised, although I also want to enjoy crafting for pleasure so perhaps you wont see as much of me. I'm staying on just one Design Team - Cute Card Thursday - where the girls let me come and go as and when I can. This week's 'banish the blues' challenge is one I've skipped .. .. I realised that I don 't have any humorous images other than Christmas, and I really can't make another Christmas card just yet!
Anyway, here's my favourite five from 2013: The year started off with fabulous news, Sylvia Zett the talented designer of the Wee stamp images asked me if I would be one of the February Guest Designers on her blog - of course I said yes! So my first creation is one I made for my GD spot with the Wee Shelley mermaid digi image coloured with my Copic pens.
I found the aqua tinsel in my ribbon box and the buttons that were originally white coloured up beautifully with a Copic pen. I went a little mad with the floral embellishments and die cut layers - everyone seems to have been doing it this year!
And on my second creation I've gone a little mad with the die cuts again! I made this card for my BIL who got married back in July, the die cuts are by Marianne Design with the addition of little punched butterflies by Nellies Choice.
The shaped card was created with a MD die designed by Anja van Laar and is quite small so I was able to add the overhanging embellishments and it would still fit the gusset envie. Apart from the base and the centre panel, all the rest is cut from white card and paper with a white ribbon and pearls to finish things off.
With my new Go Kreate Frilly #10 dies I was able to create some slightly bigger fancy shaped cards, something else everyone seems to have been doing. And, with the new Marianne Design cut and stitch designs I also got out my sewing box to create this card.
The stamped image is one of the Dawn designs by Nellie Snellen and I've coloured her with my Copic pens.
I branched out into felt craft later in the year after getting in a bit of a rut with card making and not always having the space to get out all my pens for colouring. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on new stash so finding that my Marianne Design dies worked brilliantly with felt I got lots of bits and pieces cut out.
This little needle case turned out rather well and I got to use up some pretty beads and embroidery threads too.
And I made several felt hearts to use as key holders or just decorations, here are two quite simple ones cut from the Marianne Design heart dies. On the pink and white heart I've also cut out the MD mistletoe sprigs and flower then added the little pearls to finish the design. The red heart has a white sparkly felt layer then the pretty red bow and antique button stuck on with strong pva craft glue.
So that was what I got up to in 2013 .. .. I suspect that next year might see more felt designs and perhaps more 'home' projects instead of cards. I had a tidy up before Christmas and sent a large bag full of my cards to the Hospice charity shop, Mark dropped them off and said they were pleased to have them. I am not able to do any craft fairs these days and it seems that the charity shops like simpler designs that they don't have to charge much for .. .. so maybe I'll have another go at the CAS style, but whatever I do it's got to have my MD die cuts on it somewhere!
I'm looking forward to a better 2014, some calmer weather (please no more storms), baking new cakes, and time in the garden. I'll get around to updating my Gluten Free page in the next day or so - but I am happy to report that Christmas went well and because I couldn't pig out on the mince pies I've actually changed shape .. .. my trousers are falling down! Here's to fitting in the new pair of jeans I bought at the beginning of last summer and have only squeezed into once .. .. and perhaps even a pair of shorts next summer .. .. now that's something to look forward to!