Happy New Year! Today we ring in 2013, and the holiday gives me an opportunity (sitting here in my jammies all day, sipping tea and eating leftover Christmas cookies!) to look back over my blog from last year, to pick my favorites and to reflect on what crafty changes I made, and why ...
Here are my favorites, which include mostly cards, but also some 3-D projects:
|CARD: Paper pieced and Copic markers, Mo Manning digi stamps|
In January 2012, I kicked off a new year of participating and hosting blog hops.
This card was made for the "Baby It's Cold Outside" Hop -- even though the winter
was remarkably mild for us in the Philadelphia region.
|CARD: Swapped monkey cut, Tim Holtz stamp/die for tickets|
In February, 2012, I enjoyed receiving cut swaps and stamped images swaps, including
this cute monkey a friend made.
|BANNER: Art Philophy cartridge pennants, letters; Spiderman decals|
In 2012, I hosted 4 banner hops where some 60 women from around the world made and donated banners to the special needs children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, where I worked as Admissions Coordinator. I and several of my close crafty friends also made individualized name banners for the children as they were admitted to PSC, to bring special joy to these kids. More than 200 banners were made and donated throughout the year, bringing untold happiness to the less fortunate, disabled children. Thank you!
I have since left PSC due to a disabling foot injury, for which I continue to treat.
I sincerely miss the kids we helped with your kindness!
|CARD: Using my newly-acquired Silhouette Cameo, amazed at the fine cuts|
On March 27, I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary; John looked all over to find the "Silhouette Cameo" I wanted as my gift -- but he thought that meant a piece of jewelry (Cameo pin or brooch?) in a silhouette fashion. No, silly! I wanted new crafting cutter that was/is all the rage. My Silhouette Cameo arrived in April, and this is the first card I made with it. I continue to be amazed at how delicate the cuts can be using the Cameo.
|3-D PROJECT: Tinkerbell and Friends Cricut cartridge|
In May, I hosted my first crop for a group of crafting friends I've met online. It was held at a local farmer's market with indoor space for lease, and we "sold out" the space available. Success! I made this Tink-in-a-Jar "Capture the Muse" there, for posting on one of several Disney-Pixar Hops in which I participated in 2012. I'm pleased to say I'll be in another Disney-Pixar hop later this month (January, 2013). I'm NOT pleased to say that the market where I hosted the hop has since closed -- so I'm back to looking again for a suitable space for my next crop.
|3-D PROJECT: Cricut cartridges, punches - Floral wreath for Mom/Mother's Day|
Hundreds of handmade flowers filled this large wreath I made for my
Mom on Mother's Day, and it took hours and hours of time. The joy it
brought her was well-worth the effort!
|CARD: Cricut A Child's Life cartridge, tri-shutter design|
For this card, my goal was to get back to basics -- Cricut cartridge cuts --
with a fun and effective tri-fold. I'd like to see this card published in a print magazine;
it did win top honors in the July 2012 online magazine, "A Homespun Affair".
|3-D PROJECT: Star-shaped box, cut using Silhouette Cameo|
My dearest and very long-time friend is named Star, and she and I both have birthdays in August. I endeavor to find a card with a star on it for her special day -- but this year, I used my Silhouette Cameo to make her a star box using star paper, and I filled it with yards and yards of cardmaker's twine. (She too makes beautiful cards and inspired me to make my own, too. She is one of my blog followers too -- Hi, Star!)
|CARD: Copic markers, Mo Manning digi-image|
In the summer, I took both the basic and intermediate Copic classes when they were offered in the Meadowlands, NJ. Thank you to Colleen Schaan and Lori Craig for the terrific experience! I think my Copic coloring improved a lot since the classes ... and I do know that my Copic marker collection has grown even greater since! In 2013, I hope to continue to improve my coloring, and to offer some Copic classes either online or in person (or both!). Are you interested?
|PAPER GIFT TAG: Stamped image, Copic Air Brush, paper piecing|
In October, I participated in a tag swap and tried out my Copic Air Brush System to make this card. I also cut the tags using a Sizzix die, and paper pieced and colored the snowman.
|CARD/3-D PROJECT: Silhouette Cut|
I reviewed the quality of white cardstock for Copic coloring, and posted the review online. I ordered a lot of the Brilliant White 130# paper -- a perfect heavyweight stock to use in cutting this intricate image using the Silhouette Cameo.
|CARDS: Digi-stamps, Copic markers|
Throughout the year (from July through November), I participated in the first season of Paper Craft Island. These cards were one of my final projects. I became known for my Copic coloring. And I won the season!
I am still thinking about what my crafty goals will be for 2013. Here are a few:
1. This one I know for sure: I need to re-organize (and perhaps refurnish) my craft room, so I can find and use all the neat stuff I have.
2. To learn -- really LEARN -- how to use some of the equipment and software programs I have. This includes:
b) My new Epson R3000 wide-format printer
c) My (computer-driven) Husqvarna Diamond Viking
d) Silhouette Cameo's print/cut feature
3. To share the knowledge, through classes, crops, articles, videos, etc.
4. To improve my blog -- the frequency with which I post, the look/feel, the ease of accessing information, etc.
5. To learn more, including to take Copic's new "Color and Ink" class ... and from fellow bloggers like YOU!!
6. To make a few pennies from my craft, to support the habit -- by selling my cards, creating/selling art, and more.
7. To continue to enjoy what I do!
Thank you for being part of the journey!