Cards and Craft, Life

Happy New Year

Good Morning Everyone.

It is now 2022. What will this year have in store for us? What will we get to do this year? Where will we be able to go? What creations will be made and shared either online or just with someone personally? There are lots of possibilities. We already have some things coming up some that have been booked since mid-2021 and some just made last week. My recovery from surgery that happened just before Christmas, very early in the year birthday, small trips while my husband is still on holiday before he dives back into work, and also a short time away as well.

I love creating and I felt really good when I woke up so I thought that I would do 2 things with this post – show you where 70% of my crafting happens – my craft desk – I have another desk in my craft space for painting, sewing, and other crafts. I’m very lucky in my new space to have these. Then the 2nd thing that I thought that I would do would be to share a card that I made using the Pick A Previous challenge from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge 🙂 and a card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. A combo card highlighting the 2 design teams that I am a part of.

First my card making desk

This desk was created by my husband and I love it. It is sized for me to be comfortable at which means that it is actually shorter than other desks but I can create for long periods of time and not pay for it later as I can with other desks. He even made me the holder for my ATG which puts it right in easy reach. This is only a very small part of my craft space but an important one for me to get right as I spend so much time here. Some things are going to have to change but I am still trying how to make things better. A lot of the placement of things in my craft space has come about by trial and error and I am still learning how to function in my new space.

Now to share my card make – using a previous challenge from 2021 over at 52CCT and a card sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

52CCT Challenge – Washi Tape is from September and Sketch #378 from AHS Challenge which I took as inspiration for the card making.

This card is made with washi tape that has been hanging in my stash for quite a few years and a paper pad that I have had for a while. I bought the paper pad because it has Australian Flora and Faun decked out for Christmas. It was so nice to see a paper pad for Christmas that didn’t have snow as the main component to it – some Christmases I would welcome snow but usually, it’s heat and storms which bring hail not snow. 2021 Christmas was mainly rainy or overcast days. We need the rain though, especially our farmers.

To make sure that my Echidna didn’t get lost on the card front I cut 2 ovals – one from the main panel and one slightly smaller from some maroon metallic paper. I then found some paper in the pad that looked like hessian which I put behind the ovals.

The 52CCT Challenge will be back on Saturday 8th January and Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge – there is a current sketch up (until Sunday Evening) that I was a part of making a card for but a brand new sketch will be live on Monday. I hope that you will join in during 2022 to see what fun challenges we are going to be able to craft with.

No matter what you find yourself doing in 2022 this thought is a good one to start on. I will be sharing more quotes during the coming year as they come across my path because either I need it or someone who is reading this does – so who am I to stop positive messages from getting out into our world?

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.


2018 – What do you hold?

Well Hello everyone,
The new year is only a couple of days old and I am thinking about what this year has in store for me and my family.  There are things that I know about – my DS is starting Year 10, my DD is graduating from Uni in May, I have surgery in front of me but I don’t know when that will be and we have some time away as a family planned.

All of my crafting clubs will be restarting soon as will the card challenges.  I am actually looking forward to getting together with my Spin Sisters (Fiber Spinning with a wheel not Exercise Spin Bike) we talk all things Fiber – and look at new projects that we are all working on.  We also work on other craft projects as well.  This is such a fun and uplifting environment to be in – being there always makes my week go so much better.

I am also looking forward to making more cards and joining in on challenges. These have been so much fun and they get the old brain cells working. Completing a challenge helps me to feel like I am achieving things.  This helps a lot with feeling good about what is going on around me 🙂

So I look forward to seeing you all in Blogland over the coming year. May this year bring forth for you all that you work towards – no matter what that may be.

Have a Happy Crafty Fun filled kind of Day,
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