I grabbed things that I loved for different reasons. For me my crafting is all about learning new things, trying and exploring. Sometimes I love a project because I have tried something new and different and feel like I achieved it and other times it is because I am in my comfort zone. :) I like to do different types of projects but found as I reviewed my cards lots of nature, distressing and butterflies. So as much as I think I am trying something new I always drift back:
The first tag was something I did using my new chalkboard paints and pearl misters so it started with a base of new techniques and then I used this beautiful Madonna and child image from Hero Arts. The shape was inspired by tags that Jacqueline. Jacqueline inspires me in many ways to try new ideas, colors, techniques.
Louise's Tag Tuesday Challenge inspired me with many of her different challenges. Love the idea of trying something new on a smaller surface like a tag and carrying that idea into a card. The water color pencils on kraft is such a beautiful effect and I loved how this tag turned out.
My next project was requested by Crafts and Things to be a box using a re-cycled box and glimmer mists.
I made this card for Deborah's Card Chain Challenge. She just posted her January card chain challenge and it is tremendous fun as you get to send and receive cards from around the world. This card was made for one of my favorite designers Alice. She always has gorgeous coloring and her designs are perfect.
Donna's coloring in shades of gray and this is how I interpreted in one of my cards. Donna's art is always gorgeous!
I was so happy this year to join the Lisa on the Artistic Outpost Design Team. Lisa's work is always inspiring and she is always using a variety of techniques in her beautiful work. The next two were projects using the Oz Collage and Neverland which definitely brings back memories for me!
Hero Arts Flickr Group where you will meet the nicest people in the world! I am so happy and honored to be a Hero Hostess with all the other fabulous ladies. We are getting geared up for another Hero Arts blog hop the week of January 10th - 14th! yeah!
A few of my Hero Arts projects:
I also am very lucky to be part of the Memory Box Design Team. I am on the team with Laura and Deborah and other talented artists. I get to use the beautiful papers, stamps, cards, envelopes, gems and cardstock! I had a few cards created for the Outside the Box blog that I loved from the various releases in 2010. I also have the 2011 papers and stamps from the What's in the Box release and can't wait to ink them up.
I created a recipe tag book to store recipes in. I enjoyed using the pattern papers to create a vintage look and feel to the pages mixed with Hero Arts stamps.
Card Patterns challenge. I always struggle with my designs and am not as good at taking sketches and applying them to my designs. I loved how the muted tones worked with the beautiful poppy image.
Card Patterns. Love those flowers from Stampendous!
Cath's Moxie Fab World Challenges and Tuesday Triggers. This was inspired from one of the Tuesday Triggers.
I don't remember what was the inspiration for this card but loved the monochromatic feel and this card inspired a whole series that you will see in a future issue of Crafts N Things. :)
Finally this was just plain fun. I took the small Hero Arts stamps and stamped them and re-sized them via a copier and created a set of tools along with a toolbox for my DH for father's day.