{2013} Year In Review

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ombre' Stamping.
Every year I, and many others, share a look back
 at the projects and posts from the previous year; a year in review
 2013 Year In Review
Some I chose because they are my favorites, some were chosen because of a fun, unique technique that I'd like to experiment with in the new year.
In 2013, I started my first art journal.  This really pushed me in new directions.  I wanted to take those fun, messy techniques and interpret them into clean and simple designs for my cards.
It's cool to see how my photography/photo editing skills have improved over the year.
Much more growing and experimenting and improving to do.
I'm looking forward to a new year!
A fun masking and pattern stamping technique.
Overlapping stamps to create a collage effect.

Adding doodles and watercolor to stamped images.

Lots of movement and dimension.
Creating texture to stamped images.

Shimmering watercolor stamping.

Faux snakeskin stamping.

Fun way to add color to your dimensional pastes.
One little stamp designs.

Stamping texture onto die cuts.

Swirling paper into paint to create movement.

Create a scene with several stamp sets.
Adding subtle texture with stencils and modeling paste.
If you've posted a Year In Review, let me know in the comments.
I'd love to come by and see yours.
See you tomorrow for the December 12 Kits post!
There will be a Giveaway and the January Guest Designer
will be announced on the 12 Kits Of Occasions Blog!
{If you hurry, you still have a chance to enter to become a GD next month.}


  1. A beautiful selection from your year, Kara! My favorite is probably the very first one, the ombre leaves - beautiful work! I've done a retrospective also - would love to have you visit!

  2. I love your recaps, Kara. They are like fresh bouquets of creativity!! Each one is more amazing than the last! I look forward to seeing the works of art you share with us in 2014! Happy New Year hugs! Darnell

  3. Gorgeous cards, Kara, one and all! I always love seeing your work and it's so cool to see which ones were your favourites!
    I'll be posting my favourite cards of 2013 tomorrow.

  4. They are all great. I especially like the central Park Scene. Happy New Year.

  5. Love this post. So many beautiful cards--I'm sure you had a hard time picking which to include.

  6. Lovely cards Kara. You definitely have found "your style." I can recognize it without seeing your name. My year in review will go up on New Year's Day.

  7. Beautiful selection, Kara! I'm away on holidays, so no review from me yet. ;-)

  8. Kara, you are an inspiration! what a great set of cards you glad you mentioned the technique along with the card!

  9. Each card is stunning Kara!!! Happy 2014 to you!! XO

  10. Your ombre card is very cool and I love your NYC scene! TFS!

  11. A very inspiring selection Kara! You have such a gift, no matter the project, but my faves are Snakeskin and the Triangle projects. I just want to know how you got near perfect spacing using one little stamp and with no template or coverplate? Thanks for this great post!

  12. What a fun look back Kara, these are all fantastic!!

  13. Great look back on the year - the feathery leaf is one of my favorites!

  14. I love visiting your blog, Kara. You always have such a unique take on various challenges and techniques. I've also enjoyed watching your experimentation with various mediums. The modelling paste and stencil card is one that I really want to try. Have a wonderful New Year!

  15. Love your recap Kara....such beautiful projects!

  16. I so want to feel your snakeskin card!! Love all of your highlights, and that they all look unique. What a great testament to you as a designer. Happy New Year, Kara!

    Oh, and my New Year's celebration will be on the 9th ... I'm a tad late to the party : )

  17. WOW! What wonderful selection of cards! Kara, you have a beautiful, distinctive style and I love each and every one of these! Thanks for sharing with us at Catered Crop. Hugs, May-DT

  18. Hopped over from Catered Crop where I've just linked up too... Amazing work - I can see why the Ombre Stamping got lots of love, it's stunning, and I adore those doodled butterflies too - brilliant!
    Alison x


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