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Another Year Draws to an End

December 31, 2011

Well its New Year’s Eve and time to reflect on the past year.  For me this year has been really busy, I have worked hard to try and build my Stampin’ Up! business and with this end in mind I launched my Tutorials page.  I hope to add more tutorials as time goes along.  Each time I hold a class I prepare instructions for the attendees and I am going to add these instructions to my tutorials page so that those of you who cannot attend, can at least purchase the instructions and recreate them at your leisure.   I have seen the number of visitors to my blog increase to 73,000 and my followers grow to 160 –  for this I am truly grateful.  I hope that I can continue to inspire my visitors over the next 12 months.

During the last year I have also been able to spend lots of time with my family and in particular my grandchildren.  I have volunteered at the school the eldest two children attend and this has been great fun.  Next year I have 3 grandchildren attending the same school and I have already volunteered to continue helping in the library for my grandson’s prep class.  My husband and I are also hoping to spend a little more time in our caravan visiting some of this great country of ours.

This is also a time to set our goals for next year and apart from working towards building my business, my goal is to finally shed the last few kilos to get to my goal weight.   I have been procrastinating for a long time now, but I am committed to finally achieving the goal I have set myself.

I hope that the New Year brings each and every one of you good health, happiness and that you achieve your goals for the New Year.

Ok so now onto some crafting.  I decided to play along with the sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary, although I am not sure that I really like the way this card has come together.

I started with River Rock card stock which has been scored and folded to make the base card.  I attached a piece of Basic Black card stock and then a strip of Cherry Cobbler Designer paper from the Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack.   I inked the large floral image from the Just Believe stamp set using my River Rock and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped onto Very Vanilla card which I attached over the Designer Paper and Basic Black card stock.  I attached a piece or River Rock card stock which has been embossed using the Stripes Embossing Folder below the stamped image.  The Marina Mist card stock has been embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and attached on top of all the other layers.  I stamped the floral circle image from the Just Believe stampset onto Very Vanilla card stock using Cherry Cobbler ink and punched it out using the 1-1/4″ circle punch.  I attached it to a Cherry Cobbler 1-3/8″ circle and then to the card front using dimensionals.  Lastly I added a medium Basic Rhinestone to the centre of the flower.

Ok so what do you think?  Has this one come together ok?

This card does also fits the current challenge at Sunny Challenges and Creations to create something with an anything but a Christmas theme.  If you haven’t played along you still have plenty of time.

Bye for now, Kris.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 12:10 am

    Isn’t it wonderful to be a grammy Kris. So glad you can spend time volunteering. My granddaughter is 3 and I am lucky that she is close-by also. Your card layers work well together and I like that you added a pop of blue in there. Thanks for playing with us this week at Create with Connie & Mary!


  2. January 1, 2012 2:10 pm

    Lovely card, Kris! I really like the colors you chose! Love the polka dots and the strips! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!


  3. stampingelephants permalink
    January 1, 2012 2:40 pm

    Well this is my opportunity to let everyone know what a wonderful friend and Upline you are Kris. You have been a true friend from the moment I met you and joined Stampin’ Up! nearly 3 years ago now. You are always a source of inspiration (and a great resource library!). You always have a smile on your face and your work is always beautiful to see both online and in person. I’m sending you wonderful vibes for your SU business in 2012 and here’s to our crafty friendship continuing on it’s wonderful path. See you soon. Shirley


  4. January 2, 2012 9:30 am

    Beatifulully said Shirley….. Love your card Kris, especially the touch of blue…


  5. Nance Leedy permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:10 pm

    This is a lovely card! I like the soft watercolor feel the markers give to the floral image and the pop of blue is fabulous….perfect use of the sketch too. Thank you for playing with us at CCMC!


  6. January 3, 2012 3:35 am

    Absolutely beautiful. I very much like the look the of this card and all of it’s elements. I don’t use this set enough, very inspiring of you! Thanks for playing at CCMC this week and Happy New Year!


  7. Lisa Martz permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:29 pm

    Love the textures on this card. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week!


  8. January 3, 2012 9:57 pm

    Love how you incorporated that little ‘pop’ of blue in there. It is such a nice accent to the rest of your card! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!


  9. January 5, 2012 8:32 am

    SO lovely…wonderful use of colors! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge on Create with Connie and Mary this week!


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