Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Recap

Happy New Year's Eve!  I have seen several of my friends posting their top 10 for this year. I decided to go scroll through my picture archives and pick out some of my favorites. I didn't even make it through all of my folders. :O

I grabbed things that I loved for different reasons. For me my crafting is all about learning new things, trying and exploring. Sometimes I love a project because I have tried something new and different and feel like I achieved it and other times it is because I am in my comfort zone. :)  I like to do different types of projects but found as I reviewed my cards lots of nature, distressing and butterflies. So as much as I think I am trying something new I always drift back: 

The first tag was something I did using my new chalkboard paints and pearl misters so it started with a base of new techniques and then I used this beautiful Madonna and child image from Hero Arts.  The shape was inspired by tags that Jacqueline.  Jacqueline inspires me in many ways to try new ideas, colors, techniques.

A bowl of apples made for my MIL. She loved the little bites of wisdom that my DH quoted on each apple.

Louise's Tag Tuesday Challenge inspired me with many of her different challenges. Love the idea of trying something new on a smaller surface like a tag and carrying that idea into a card. The water color pencils on kraft is such a beautiful effect and I loved how this tag turned out.

My next project was requested by Crafts and Things to be a box using a re-cycled box and glimmer mists. 

I made this card for Deborah's Card Chain Challenge. She just posted her January card chain challenge and it is tremendous fun as you get to send and receive cards from around the world.  This card was made for one of my favorite designers Alice. She always has gorgeous coloring and her designs are perfect.
I don't even remember what I was doing  with this project other than it was fun to pull out the Glimmer Mists, masks and stamps. This was a perfect mix of stamping, misting and bright colors offset by the black.

I love the idea of doing something in shades of grey, white and black. I was very inspired by Donna's coloring in shades of gray and this is how I interpreted in one of my cards.  Donna's art is always gorgeous!

I was so happy this year to join the Lisa on the Artistic Outpost Design Team. Lisa's work is always inspiring and she is always using a variety of techniques in her beautiful work.  The next two were projects using the Oz Collage and Neverland which definitely brings back memories for me!

Love the stair step card type and the images from Oz fit the yellow brick road.  The second project was re-cycling an old card box with an opening already cut out. Loved that the frame and Tinkerbell sat inside of it perfectly!
The next has a Hero Arts Image and you all know I am a huge Hero Arts fanatic.  This year allowed me to become a Hero Hostess over on the Hero Arts Flickr Group where you will meet the nicest people in the world! I am so happy and  honored to be a Hero Hostess with all the other fabulous ladies.  We are getting geared up for another Hero Arts blog hop the week of January 10th - 14th! yeah!

A few of my Hero Arts projects:

I also am very lucky to be part of the Memory Box Design Team. I am on the team with Laura and Deborah and other talented artists. I get to use the beautiful papers, stamps, cards, envelopes, gems and cardstock!  I had a few cards created for the Outside the Box blog that I loved from the various releases in 2010.  I also have the 2011 papers and stamps from the What's in the Box release and can't wait to ink them up.

I created a recipe tag book to store recipes in. I enjoyed using the pattern papers to create a vintage look and feel to the pages mixed with Hero Arts stamps.

This was created for the Card Patterns challenge.  I always struggle with my designs and am not as good at taking sketches and applying them to my designs. I loved how the muted tones worked with the beautiful poppy image.
This was the card used for the GD spot on Card Patterns. Love those flowers from Stampendous!
Another favorite of mine is to play along in Cath's Moxie Fab World Challenges and Tuesday Triggers. This was inspired from one of the Tuesday Triggers.

I don't remember what was the inspiration for this card but loved the monochromatic feel and this card inspired a whole series that you will see in a future issue of Crafts N Things. :)

Finally this was just plain fun. I took the small Hero Arts stamps and stamped them and re-sized them via a copier and created a set of tools along with a toolbox for my DH for father's day.
Sorry for the long post! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and Day!



  1. LOVED looking through your faves, Suzz! If I were to do this with your creations there would be at least 100 of them! Always love your amazing work! Happy New Year!

  2. Stunning works! Such a beautiful artist and my gosh, they are all pieces of Art!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Oh... my... Suz!! What an awesome recap of your gorgeous creations! I love each one of them as they are so creative and unique! You now have inspired me to try more new techniques and designs!! Wish you a great year ahead and I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2011! All the best to ya!

  4. Happy New Year Sue - you have had some beautiful projects this year!! Your grid and tags are my favorite as you continue to inspire me. Thank you for your generous spirit and here's to creativity in 2011!

  5. The long post was truly a treat for the eyes!! So many great cards and tags etc Hard to pick a favourite, although I particularly love your leaf wreath :) Happy New Year!

  6. I love this post, Sue! It's always a treat and feast for the eyes to see your wonderful creations. I can think of many, many, many more of your cards\tags that I'd add to this list:) Happy New Year to you and your family! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2011!

  7. Sue...this was a wonderful post! You should share these over at The Stamp Man for their Awards's a great look back indeed : )

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and congratulations on the new things you have coming in 2011 ; )

  8. Oh Suzz what a wonderful post- such fun to look back at all the amazing creations you have made this past year. You sure inspire the rest of us in a big way :) Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing what you create in 2011.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your look back at your favorite projects for 2010 - some FAB pieces. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration and friendship! All the best to you in 2011!

  10. Stunning selection - what a talented lady you are. I love those nature themes myself and you have done such a wonderful variety of projects - impossible to pick a favourite.

    Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2011.

  11. WOW Suzanne! Quite a collection of awesome projects! Happy New Year!

  12. YES! YES! YES--these are alllllll amazing projects! LOVE each one! So talented! Here's to many more creations!!!

  13. Sue, I have been amazed, inspired and thoroughly delighted by your art this past year...thanks for this post to remind me of some of my favorites!
    Love and Blessings!

  14. Wow Sue, this post is simply crammed with inspiration from start to finish though how you managed to pick out this few from all the wonderful cards you make I don't know.

    Happy, happy New Year to you and yours.

    Lesley Xx

  15. Stunning work, my friend! You have amazing talented, Sue! Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2011! Hugs!!

  16. Happy New Year Suzzane! I love that you have shared you talent and creativity in one blog post, all your work is such art, thanks for being so inspiring. Hugs!

  17. drooling over you amazing work, Sue! wow! love love love everything you do. it's always a treat to visit you. thanks for sharing your talent and for being such an inspiration! Happy New Year to you and yours. All the best wishes for 2011! =)

  18. drooling over you amazing work, Sue! wow! love love love everything you do. it's always a treat to visit you. thanks for sharing your talent and for being such an inspiration! Happy New Year to you and yours. All the best wishes for 2011! =)

  19. Great review, you always amaze me with your beautiful cre8tivity! Happy New Year GF

  20. More of being blown away by what you do!!!

  21. I'm loving your 2010 recap! Please pop on over to Layers of Color art stamps. I'd like to know if you are interested in talking about guest designing for us. Thanks!


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