Saturday, January 01, 2011

A Year in Review

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile know that 2010 was not a great year for my family. But there were blessings in 2010, as well as pain and sadness. However, through all of it I've had my crafting passion. It has held me together. Tape and glue are as much symbolic as they are real adhesive!

I thought you may like to see a some of my favorite projects from the past year. I got the idea from my crafty pal, Amy! It's fun to look back and see what you've created! Here are my top 12...or so....

January: It will surprise you to see that my January favorite is a page layout! I created this for a challenge at Faith Sisters.

That is me when I was about 2 or 3 years old. I love this layout because of the stamping and distressing, and the circle flower I made, and I think it was my first use of mulberry paper flowers! Plus I used a pencil eraser to make the black circles on the title block! To show how clever I am!

February: Yep! Another page layout! I created this for my final project when I tried out for the Spellbinders DT. I did not make the DT and they kept the layout!

I love this layout! I love everything about it. Especially the layers and the doily. That is my mother-in-law in the photo. Wasn't she adorable?!

March: Ok, finally a card!

I had just started to use Copics when I made this card. I love the Cosmo Cricket papers! This is one of those cards I cannot part with. I gave it to my daughter for her birthday, and she promptly handed it back as she knew I wanted to save it!

April: Naturally my fav from April has to be this project I made for the finals of the Graphic45 DT spot! It's a 6x6 box and a matching card.

I made the G45 team, and have been so blessed and thankful to be part of such a wonderful company! I love this project because I used a lot of different techniques and used paper in interesting ways.

May: I have two favs for May. I love the Asian vibe from the first card. It's simple and I just love it. Not my "normal style" but...maybe that's why I like it so much!

Besides, it has embossing! How can you not love that?! When I was a little girl my dad's friends took care of me for an extended period of time and the mom was from China. Under her care I learned to love the culture and food of her country. I will always have a soft spot for Asian themed items!

My second favorite project from May is this layout I did with Graphic45 papers. The photo is from our anniversary trip in 2007. Again, I love all the layers and distressing!

June: Alas, the June project is NOT a Father's Day card!

I adore this Lockhart apron stamp and think using it to paper piece the image is adorable! There is just something about this cute little card that I love.

July: My fav for July is a card I created for Summer CHA, for the Graphic45 booth. I love the paper and everything about this card. It's another one that I cannot part with! Again, it's the layering and all of the extra elements that I love.
August: My August fav is a mini book I made with one of the funky Punky Spouts albums.

This is one of those rare projects that I made just for me. I used black and white drawings from an old book to show what I love about the state of California. As I approach 6 years as a resident of CA, I wanted a way to remember what I love about living here.

September: Another card made the list for September!

Another keeper card. I love how all the grungepaper flowers turned out! It was my first really success with making my own roses! And the Tim Holtz birdcage is so fab!

October: Another grungy card.

I love me some grunge! I also had fun covering the chipboard letters with paper from an old book. It's a great technique!

November: Two cards made the November list. And they are very different! They show the two sides of me, I guess...old and grungy vs new and fresh! (Some folks will say the only thing fresh about me is my mouth!)

I used my favorite Graphic45 paper line...Steampunk again. There is nothing I love more than my Spellbinders Nestie dies! I just want to use them on every card!

For this one I used all my favorite October Afternoon papers, plus a fun image colored with Copics. I have been enjoying coloring! I hope this is a craft fad that says around for a while!

December: I already told you that this next card was my favorite of all the Christmas cards I made.

I love the layers, the colors, and the rosette! It's just a classy card, and uses paper that is NEW and not stuff I've hoarded!

So that's it. My crafty year in review! Hang on to your hats for a fun 2011! I hope you will continue to visit me and leave comments! I will try to learn new things and share what I know. I wish all of you a Happy and Blessed New Year!


  1. what a fun look back!!! and yup you are old and grungy *snicker*

  2. What a nice review Gloria - so full of Grunge!! I don't think I could EVER go that grungy!! :) Happy New Year!!

  3. WOW, just beautiful projects Gloria!!

    Happy New Year!!

  4. Just too fab! Love all your G45 creations to bits. Happy New Year