January may not be my most creative time of year, but I had an idea and this kitty close-up is the result.
I have been known to participate in "Christmas in July" before, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've made a Christmas card in January.
I haven't done much in the way of creative endeavours so far this year, but I have managed to focus and update a few things on the blog.
Happy New Year! Writing the round-up for 2022 naturally set my mind thinking about what I'm going to do this year.
A quick round-up of what went on in the blog this last year, including reaching a milestone in the last couple of weeks.
It's been a while since I last bought a piece of someone else's art, but as soon as I saw this little robot I just had to get him for my other half for Christmas.
It turns out that the dragon card for my mum wasn't actually the last Christmas card that I had to make this year, there was one more left to do.
The last Christmas card of 2022 is an individual card for my mum. I'd run out of cute rodents so I coloured up this cute dragon with a wooden Christmas star instead.
My final set of Christmas cards this year. A foiling failure forced me to adapt and it ended up being my favourite set as well.
While I was thinking about the design for my next set of Christmas cards, I used the last of the cross stitch die cuts and stitched a traditional Christmas candle.
I enjoyed making the last cross stitch card and so I decided to take a break from all the cutting and gluing and stitch a snowman.
In the spirit of cutting down on waste, I used the leftover cut-out pieces from the last set of cards to make some more.
I was pondering designs for another set of Christmas cards and settled on the idea of a star on a stained-glass-style background. Once I'd created the design, the cards came together quickly.
I fancied a bit of a change from making the block Christmas tree cards — though I do have a plan for one other set using that basic design — so I dug through my stash of dies and found my, as yet unused, little cross stitch die.
Another attempt at foiled cards. The distressed look wasn't what I was aiming for but I worked with it and ended up with two more cards for the Christmas card stash.