Sunday, December 14, 2014

CCC #054: Christmas Color Switch Tags Challenge

Non traditional colour gift tags this week 
at Catherine and Cathy Create
and my last DT post for them.
I must admit, I love traditional Christmas colours.
This took me outside of my comfort zone, but it was a lot of fun playing with the ideas swirling in my head.

This tag was quick and fun, simply double emboss (first dry, then heat), and staple scraps of stuff, and add a message. 
To me, Orange at Christmas is incredibly out there and nontraditional.
Challenging myself doesn't mean I have to reinvent the wheel,
I could still add traditional elements, like gold and green.

Don't forget to stop by to link up and win.

2014 Creative Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!
Another two post day, wowza.

My talented friend Cathy Caines, from In The Cat Cave
asked me to continue on the Creative Blog Hop
 (her post from last Sunday is in the link above). 

I took that as an excellent reason to start work on my 2014 December album. 
I may only have to album itself refinished, but you've gotta start somewhere right?
Inspired by a few other projects I just completed,
I kept on spraying the gold paint.

The blank Stampin' Up! album, which was already pretty, 
just was not what I had in my head.
 I turned this:

into this:

Creative Blog Hop Questions:

Question 1: what are you working on?

Many things at once.
I have last years December daily on my desk, well coffee table in from the TV, this years December daily next to it, not started insides but the notes taken; I'm knitting a TARDIS cowl; more wool on other sticks for presents; I've  got some red flannel ready to be ironed for secret project; cards for a local store; a quilt to be put together at Granny's; and ideas swirling in my head for more.

Question 2: How does your work different from others in your genre?

 I just know what makes me happy.
I don't think I have a specific style, I like to try everything, mix it up. I could do a very simple card and follow it up with layers and layers on top of a canvas covered in ink and paint and whatever else I feel like putting on it. 
I like to make patterns instead of following them.

Question 3: why do you create what you do?

Because I have to.
 I feel the need to create in the middle of the night in the middle of the day wherever I am. I need to be making things. There are times I create things for special requests and for sale. My best work is when I create it for me, but I don't always keep what I create. 

Question 4: how does your creative process work.

I have notebooks and notes everywhere. I don't sleep like a normal person. A bit of a moody crafter, if I'm not feeling it, next in line please.  I like to think and edit in my head or on paper first . But sometimes I just need to get my hands into the project. I'm one of those people that go to the fabric store and has to touch every bolt. I don't always know what I'm going to create when I start, I just work and see what happens. 
I touch supplies and they simply become something. 

Thanks for stopping by, next week another crafty friend Kymberley from ScrapHappens will be posting a project and answering the creative blog hop questions. Please head over and check her out.


Friday, December 12, 2014


Thanks ladies for your comments on the December fail post, a prize will be headed to Kymberley! 
Want to know about my 2014 December album? 
I've been using my iPhone to keep notes of each day's event, no app, just notes with talk and text. Simple. 

This is my Stampin' Up! 8" album I've started with for 2014, but it's gotten a complete makeover, and I'm not even finished the cover yet. Stay tuned!


Monday, December 1, 2014

CCC #052 Home for Christmas December Challenge

Oh My Gosh!!!!!!!!!

It's December!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This month's challenge at Catherine and Cathy Create is Christmas Home Decor.

I gotta admit, I'm not ready. 
My mother's house was always decorated fabulously. Santa's and trees galore. I attempted, but her skills are more refined. Neither of us has started yet this year. 

I didn't know what I was going to do for this post, even as most of this post was typed. 

The tree is still in the bottom of the basement storage pile. Behind the construction of my office. Yay office!!!

Seriously, there can be plenty of stress during the holidays, but there doesn't have to be. 

 I grabbed my new candles, my scraps bag, and set to work. 
Little effort for beautiful results that set the mood to finish pulling out the decorations and start enjoying the Christmas season. 

Don't forget to create something for your holiday home decor and link up!