Monday, December 31, 2018

Favorite Projects of 2018

Hello friends! It is the last day of 2018, and it is a time to reflect on the year that has passed. I have often felt ambivalent regarding New Year's Eve, probably because it is the end of something, but at the same time it is the beginning of something new and I have some fun plans for 2019 that I hope will become a reality.

At the end of the year, I do a post or two with some of my favorite projects from the year. It is always fun to look through all the projects, and think about when they were made. The actually picking of favorites, is a little random though, and had I picked them tomorrow, I might not have picked quite the same projects. I posted a part one of my favorites a couple of days ago, focusing on projects using Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull. You can find that post here.

A big thank you to everyone who look at my projects, posts comments here and on my social media channels and click on affiliate links. I really appreciate it and I always look forward to hearing what you think about a project and hope that my projects inspire creativity and art making.

Layers of ink - Sleigh Ride Mini Canvas by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Let's start with a frosty project, a Sleigh Ride Mini Canvas, which was made with several fun techniques and shines and glimmers. I used the adorable Hero Arts Winter Silhouettes set. The canvas now hangs in Anton's room.

Layers of ink - Framed Animals Baby Gift by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This Framed Animals Baby Gift is very sweet with the Simon Says Stamp Picture Book animals die cut from felt. It fits perfectly in my nephew's room.

Layers of ink - Layered Shaker Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This layered shaker card was such fun to make and contains a whole bunch of techniques. I also did a similar cream version, which was given away as a wedding card. It was made with the the Bohemian Heart Impresslits folder from Sizzix.

Layers of ink - Miniature Shadow Box by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I picked the miniature shadow box, because it is tiny and I enjoyed fitting all those small details into the box to create a little springtime scene.

Layers of ink - Gel Printed Circle Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here's a cheerful layout about bike trips, and I had such fun doing all the gelli printing for the background. I also like all the yellow and green shades.

Layers of ink - Flower Power Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This Flower Power tag, with flowers die cut from left-over papers in all colors, has such a happy and cheerful feel to it. I used Tim Holtz Funky Floral 1 and Funky Floral 2 to die cut all the shapes. Tim's Funky dies were some of my favorite dies from this year.

Layers of ink - Doodled Wildflowers Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I picked this Doodled Wildflowers Journal page, since I had such fun drawing those flowers and butterflies.

Layers of ink - Mini Watercolor Panels by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also couldn't help but to pick this watercolor mini panels layout, partly because I had such fun painting the mini watercolor panels (and I did a whole lot more than these), and partly because of the topic. The layout is about story time and the stories I make up for the children, long and elaborate stories, with made up worlds, travel through time, adventures etc. 

Layers of ink - Woodplank Background Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The woodplank background on this tag, was such fun to make and I like the yellow, brown and gold color combination here, as well as the beautiful sentiment.

Layers of ink - Dramatic Seascape Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

A summer project was this Dramatic Seascape Journal page, using one of my favorite quotes and gorgeous Paper Artsy Eclectica3 Scrapcosy 11 stamps.

Layers of ink - African Night Watercolor Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

From July, I picked my African Night Watercolor journal page, since I really like the colors, and it brings back memories from South Africa. The stamps are by Darkroom Door. 

Layers of ink - Sparkly Tropical Beach Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Another summery tag is this Sparkly Tropical Beach, which is super sparkly in real life.

Layers of ink - Dahlia Dimensional Paper Flowers Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

From August, I picked my Dahlia Paper Flowers tutorial, just because dimensional paper flowers are gorgeous and fun to make. They were made with David Tutera's Sizzix Dahlia set.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

One of my favorite project from autumn was this Embossed Acetate Tag, with all its texture and yummy colors. Another favorite autumn project, using the same Funky Foliage dies by Tim Holtz, were my Autumn Gift Bags.

Layers of ink - Misted Galaxy Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This dreamy Misted Galaxy was definitely one of my favorites from this year, and it was quick and easy to make.

Layers of ink - Dimensional Skull Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My Dimensional Stamped Skull wall-hanger might be my favorite Halloween project from 2018, with its cool transparent and dimensional skull, the neutral colors and all the texture. Another favorite Halloween project was the Dimensional Laboratory.

Layers of ink - Embossed Cityscape Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This Embossed Cityscape tag also had to be included here, with all its embossing and cool textures. I don't want to live in a big city, since I value being close to nature, but cityscapes at night are pretty cool.

Layers of ink - Embossed Snowflake Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

And here's another tag using lots of embossing powder. One of my favorite winter projects is this Embossed Snowflake Tag with Dome, with a background that is entirely heat embossed.

Layers of ink - Winter Birch Forest Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My December Daily journal always makes it onto the favorites list, and this year was no exception, with a Winter Birch Forest theme. It is now filled with memories.

Layers of ink - Vintage Christmas Altered Tin Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I was planning to have stopped picking projects by now, but I just had to include my Vintage Christmas in a Tin too, since I was really happy with how it turned out. I also made a second altered winter tin.

Looking through my projects from the year also made me realise that even though it feels like time flies by, if you start looking at details and remembering events, it slows down.

Again, thank you so much for all your support thoughout this year. I want to wish you all a Happy New Creative Year 2019!!


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  1. So many wonderful projects! I so love the little shadow box and the tag with the sweet little mushrooms! Thanks for the recap! Happy New Year!

  2. This is such a wonderful recap of your favourite projects Anna-Karin, I do love the miniature shadow box and the gorgeous snowflake tag! Wishing you all the very best for 2019, I hope your plans come to fruition! Anne xx

  3. Amazing compilation of your favourites works! I didn't comment so often, but I always enjoyed all them!! :) You have a great talent! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Happy New Year!

  4. I've missed so much this year, being busy one way and another, so it's fabulous to get a chance to see your highlights of the year, some of which I remember well and some of which are brand new to me. Amazing, beautiful, colourful work as always. Hope you have a wonderful 2019, and that all those plans become reality. Major changes are on the way for me too...
    Alison x

  5. I adore all these projects too Anna-Karin, various, stunning, detailed, textured, fun sometimes, always wonderful and totally inspirful.... ALL FABULOUS!!!!!!
    Looking forward to the ones you are going to create in 2019!

  6. I could not say which of all your projects is my favorite one, they all are brilliant. Happy new year, Anna and a lot of inspiration in 2019.


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