I’m following along with Karin Martin’s Year-In-Review Blog Hop in doing a review post for my favorite cards or projects, as we bid farewell to the year 2011. And I’ll warn you right now that this post is probably a bit more verbose than most are looking for, so if you’re here for the cards, you may want to quickly scroll down for the ‘drive-through’ view of them all.
Otherwise, grab your cuppa and follow me – after all, the real reason I like to blog is because I like to write….
I began blogging again in January of this year. I actually started blogging in 2007 after our twins were born, as a way for extended family and friends to keep updated on our family, since we were keeping two preemie babies indoors through their first winter to help them stay healthy. But I quit in early 2010, for various reasons.
I began creating really basic cards about 8 years ago, but started getting into it more in 2009. Before quitting my blog, I did a Pay-It-Forward post where I gave each of the first three people to comment a pack of handmade cards. That’s when I hatched my plan to give out card packs as Christmas gifts in 2010. I started looking around the internet for inspiration and was pleasantly surprised at the amazing quantity of craft blogs there.
It was an entirely new world to me, which not only provided awesomely fabulous inspiration at every turn, but it has also been the culprit behind my shrinking wallet, as I found new companies with all kinds of products to use! My stash of craft supplies has grown exponentially this year, and I’d like to think that my creativity has grown and evolved as well.
Anyway. Here’s a little month-by-month walk down memory lane.
January – Hubby’s Book of Coupons is the only project I posted in January. Great project, turned out much better than how I saw it in my head.
February – I entered this card in Dawn McVey’s Color Combo Challenge as part of PTI’s 4th Anniversary festivities this February. This card helped me step outside my favorite-earthy-color-combos comfort zone. I never would have thought to use colors like these together!
March – This card was my very first Papertrey Ink Blog Hop entry, also entered in a Heather Pulvirenti Totally Hues Challenge. It was singled out for recognition as one of her Top Five cards. My first ever recognized card! 😉 I taught myself how to crochet just so I could make those little flowers, and this was the first one I used on a card.
April – this bookmark meant I started trusting stamps more – using them for backgrounds, for heat embossing, etc. I have always liked to make my own bookmarks, and learning how to stamp better has made creating those even more fun.
May – One of my favorite cards, ever. I used online tutorials to learn how to hand-dye my own seam binding ribbon, and this was one of my very first ‘Big Bow’ projects (as I fondly refer to them). I was amazed at how well my first 2-step argyle stamping had turned out, and the colors (though not my typical colors!) just make me smile every time I see this card. 😉
June – This card helped me start to make a tiny dent in my gargantuan stash of designer papers and cardstocks. I would buy up stacks of paper just because they were soooo beautiful, and when I came home, I had no idea what to do with them all! There is still much room for improvement in my DP-using skills, I know, but I’m happy to at least be using more of my DP’s!