Monthly Image Swap – January 2023

That’s right, I’m BACK in the Monthly Image Swap!!

When the pandemic began, I started working from home (like many people). My craft desk became my work desk, which made getting creative difficult and eventually I just didn’t want to be there in the evenings. It was no longer my refuge.

Almost a year later I was still working from home, but we decided to do a basement renovation to create a better work space AND play space that would suit our growing family and, what was starting to become more evident, a semi-permanent work at home arrangement for me. So all things crafty were packed away and once they were unpacked, it still took a bit to get my crafty mojo back.

This Christmas, I decided I was ready to get back to regular crafting. I am very thankful that my friends from the monthly image swap allowed me to come back after my EPIC 2020 failure to get all those images finished. More about that a bit later!

Imke always kicks us off in January with her image and this year she selected Taylored Expressions, Full Circle Baby. Such a cute image, but it’s always a challenge to figure out how to color and position such a large, diverse image. I colored them up first, then tried to match papers. That might have been a mistake, but I think it turned out alright.

This first card I made gender neutral. The positioning of that full circle, to the left was intentional, since I got an copic ink “bloop” on my image while coloring.

After going through all my papers, I thought this one was better suited to the pink tones and created accordingly. I love the way that triangle background turned out!

And that’s my January image…posted before the end of January!!

But back to my epic 2020 failure…I kept every envelope I received safely in my craft stash. And, when I started cleaning and organizing, I decided to tackle that year and finish things off! As far as I can tell, I missed 7 images that year. So, for the next seven days, I’ll post my missing 2020 cards….monthly image swap ladies, watch your mailboxes!!


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