Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Crafty Top Ten For 2014

Phew! I can't believe its almost over. I really can't! This year wasn't what I imagined it to be at all, but so much good came from it.

My count down won't be as epic as some years past have been, but that's okay. I still love crafting in all regards and big or small, I love it all!

So, I guess I will just jump right in. I discovered mixed media and art journaling this year. It was a somewhat frightening, but FREEING experience! I can not tell you how wonderful it feels to let the creativity flow outside of the confines of my OCD brain.

This project was the result of an amazing day with my son out at a nature reserve. We both took sketch books and I took lots of pictures. We explored nature all day and our minds were abuzz with ideas and inspiration.

I painted this page from a couple of photographs that I snapped at that nature reserve. All of this was free-hand. No tracing or anything. It was one of the most amazing feelings as I painted this. I am very connected to this page!

I rarely get to scrap book anymore. It is still very much a passion but sitting down and trying to figure out a good layout takes a lot of time, and this working mama doesn't have as much of that these days. This is my fave layout that I have done in a long time! It came together SO WELL! I have to wonder if part of that is all of the fun we had that day just flowing through me? 

I love and very much miss Smash*ing! This page is very near and dear to my heart. As I mentioned, this year was in no way what I imagined it to be, but this 31st makes my heart SO happy! My best friend got my ears pierced for my birthday. I can't explain it fully, but know that this, for me, was a very big deal and it was a very wonderful experience with my best friend and her daughter. They are family in every since of the word. 

Ah, sewing. I love to sew. I am not very good at it, per say, but I love to play with fabric and watch it take shape. This year, Noah was to use a very too young for him stocking so I snagged this awesome big boy fabric on sale at Hancock Fabrics and whipped up a fun stocking for him. He really loves it and that makes it even more fun!!

I have had this Prima, Julie Nutting stamp for a year, and this summed I decided to giver her a go. I have recently become very inspired by several artists in the crafting community and this project embodies everything I have learned and that I love. Mixed media is here to stay in my house. Can't get enough of it! My favorite part of this was using the sequin trim to create her skirt! 
(insert Julie Nutting Craft Day photo here)
So, this scrap page. I chose to show this because I did my very best to think as far outside the proverbial "scrap rule" box as possible. I used mists, cut-outs and crazy textures and mix and matched....for me? This is a crazy different page and I love how it turned out! Ended up using mixed media, smash*ing AND scrapping on this one and I love how it turned out.  

My card making took a new turn this year as well. Much more unstructured and "me". My coloring is evolving as well and I can't wait to see what the new year will bring with my new Chameleon markers!
Yet another example of my crafting evolution/revolution. Yet another Julie Nutting project with one of my first loves, collaging! Oh, man I used to make a mean magazine collage back in school. Not sure what I love about it, but finding the perfect image and then mixing and matching is so fun! On this doll, I used fabric. Trying something ELSE new! AND...AND...the canvass???  It was created using like 7 magazine pages and gluing and sewing them together and then washing them with Gesso, one of my new favorite crafting mediums. Seirously had a blast the day I created her!

This page was a lot of fun, and craziness. I used homemade stamps to create a texture with the paint on the background and I love this quote...I love everything about this page. Therefore, it counts as one of my top ten.
Last, but not least, my very first attempt at mixed media/art journaling. I loved coloring this little tiddly inks fairy, and I used home made texture paste and my "snow" pen, a home made stamp, used some dripping techniques that I have seen on the interwebs...its simple,  but sweet. It makes me happy when I look at it. 

If you made it to the end of this post then I commend you for reading my ramblings. Crafting is in my blood. Its something I can't live without...Like breathing. I hope that something on this blog inspires you. You don't have to be "creative" to create. You have it in you, whether you realize it or not! Happy new year! Cheers for 2015 and all it can do!!!!

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