Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A wish for the new year

Karin by Daniel Torrente
Alphabitties (X used in the circles) by Jill Penney and Daniel Torrente
Crow Line by Janet Klein
All for Stampotique

I have finally emerged from a Christmas cocoon and had a little play in my art journal but OOh, it's hard to get going again isn't it?! It's the Stampotique Designers Challenge time again which is a great way to kick-start your creativity back into life. Our hostess for the last challenge of the year is Nellie and here is what she what she has challenged us with:

Almost 2012, a whole new year lies ahead of us. This time of the year we tend to look forward, what are
our dreams, wishes, hopes and things we want to achieve for the new year. What do we wish and hope for our dear ones. I challenge you to show us your dreams, wishes and hopes in a stamped project. It’s a Stampotique stamps only challenge so grab your stamps and stamp! As always you can win a $30 dollar gift certificate for your choice of free Stampotique stamps.  

If you would like to join us in this challenge, or see what the other Stampotique designers have come up with, have a look at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog here.

Now, talking of challenges and the year ahead, it's only 4 days till the new year and you know what that means ..... oh yes, it's the start of a new calendar challenge. I hope that many of you will join me on my continued art calendar journey .... this is how it works. Every month you prepare a page in your journal with  a small square for each day. Every day you journal, stamp or draw the most interesting or important part of your day - it's a great way to journal every day. You can decorate your pages in any way you wish - stamping, collage, paints, inks, hand-drawn etc etc. If you want inspiration have a look at our Flickr group here, where you will see many different styles all in one place. On the 1st day of each month I will add a linky tool to my blog post and you can link directly to your blog post showing your completed calendar page and/or your page ready for the next month. Simples! If you want to join us you have four days to get your January page ready .... and don't worry I haven't started mine yet either!

Here's a few of my calendar pages from 2011:

I hope you all a had a fabulous Christmas full of fun, love and wonderful presents. Santa was very kind to me and brought me a SatNav - ha! - never will I get lost again! My husband also got me a T-shirt with this logo on the front:

Do you think he is trying to tell me something?!

Sorry I haven't been round to visit any blogs for a while ... December is just a little manic. Hope to visit you all soon. Byeee for now ....


  1. this is just fabulous!!!! Love the colours and the textures, and mix of images!!

    Thank you for all your inspiration this year, you have definatly inspired me to start art journaling, through your blog, mags and dvd, and although I have not done much yet and I am still very much a beginner, I have to say that now I am happiest when I am journaling! so thank you for introducing me to a new creative outlet!

    Cant wait to see what you create in 2012!!! Hugs Juls

  2. Great journal page and fab wishes for 2012 too - hope you get them all

    Happy New Year


  3. Love the page and I LOVE the t-shirt. Hope all your wishes come true - and then some xxx

  4. Love your journalpage Kate, fab fresh colours! Very much hope your wishes come true!

  5. Another fab page and just looked at the flicker pics wow aren't they interesting :)
    LoL I need one of those T shirts
    Von xxx

  6. fabulous journal page. love what you did with the date stamp too! happy new year to you. x

  7. Love this page's fab!! And I love your new t-shirt as well....Have a great New Year...
    Kirsti xxx

  8. Fabulous page like always, Kate!

  9. Hurraah for the Satnav... One needs that in England. I am all ready for your calendar year, let's make this a splendid art journal year with many classes and lots of great pages.

  10. love the t shirt, and yes I have sat at my desk and done absolutely nothing, might try that challenge, see if it will kick start me. Loved doing the calendar in 2011, dont think im gonna manage it in 2012, but thanks so much for all you do for us, despite all your other responsibilities, hoping to get up to AFTH this year and perhaps do a class with you, fingers crossed xx

  11. cool page again Kate, I just love the stampotique style
    Love the idea of a artjournal calender, saw some on your blog and the look fabulous....only 4 days left...well I better get started


  12. Love your page ....I have to stock up on more of these stamps to join in as only have 2 .....all ready for the journal challenge although have to say sorry it's a bit of a rip off on yours out of craft stamper I was following instructions.....but in my defence I did feb straight after and it's totally different so sorry.....will upload to my blog in a couple of days and do the linky thing ....thanks for the inspiration x

  13. he he - like Steve's style! Have a great new year!

  14. Hey hey hey... loving the new look blog :) Thats a gorgeous journal page Kate, great content too and I wish for you that your wishes come true!
    I'll be late posting my 365 calendar pages as I've got a very important date (!!!!!) and then we're seeing the new year in with friends in Cambridge for a few days, see ya soon :D

  15. Great page, love the colors. Here's to more creativity in 2012.

  16. Great page and it was such fun joining you in the art calendar for 2011. Wishing you a wonderful new year and good health for 2012.

  17. Love your page, I hope all your wishes come true in 2012! Thankyou so much for hosting the calendar challenge, I have managed to keep up all year and have posted my 12 completed pages and a couple of extra 'roundup' pages here
    I have enjoyed doing this so much and seeing everyones fantastic pages each month and will be trying to keep up in 2012! x

  18. I really need a t-shirt like that!!
    Love the journal page and I wish you good health and happiness in 2012. xx

  19. Okey dokey Kate, I've admired your pages for a while now and I need a new challenge for 2012 so I'll be preparing a book for my new journal. Thanks for the inspiration. January 2012, bring it ooown :)

  20. I can't imagine being away with fairies, I'm always trying to find them!!! Can't wait to leave 2011 behind and start 2012, the even year will be a good one I"m sure.

  21. Great page Kate, Happy New Year to you and yours.

  22. What a fabulous page Kate, and I love your new t-shirt. Hope you and yours have a very Happy New Year, and all your wishes come true x

  23. Love your pages and your style has influenced my take on this chalkenge

  24. Really outstanding, love all the details.


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