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Friday, December 30, 2011

A Year in Review

I love when people do a year in review as it brings back beautiful projects they have done. I decided to go through the months and grab some of my favorites from the year. Disclaimer... This is a really long post! Lot's of pictures and I hope something enjoyable to wander through... I love seeing all the different styles, techniques and fun things I learned this year. 

I created this back in January for Memory Box.  I love the layers of flowers, stamping and embellishments. I looked through my January folder and it was 70 percent pink and gray color combinations. :)

For this card I remember using up some scraps of beautiful black, grey and white papers with creating a shimmery heart as my focal point.  The verse (Verses Rubber Stamps)  is one of my favorites and I must have used it so many times this year.

This card was created for the Moxie Fab Challenge to use tissue tape in an innovative way.  It didn't win but still is a favorite of mine as I loved how the copics colored on the tissue tape!
The next was my blog header created in the spring/summer which I get to use some of my favorite flowers and butterflies from Hero Arts.

I love this background stamp from Hero Arts and love adding color to the peacock and glitter!

I am a big fan of the Lucie Attwell images from Artistic Stamper and had to include one of my cards with with one of her sweet images:

I was able to play with this lovely butterfly bush from the Faith set at Our Daily Bread and decided to make a die cut easel card and I loved how this design turned out:
This was a piece of lovely pattern paper which I mixed some Hero Arts and Verses Rubber Stamps together to create a summery flowery scene. This was another quick and easy card.  I wasn't sure about it when I was done but it grew on me. : )

This card started with an unusual sketch with two circles. The sketch inspired me to use the Artistic Outpost timepiece as one of my circles and a similar AO image should be used in the second circle.
The next piece uses a Sparkle Rubber Creations image on a cute bookmark.  My girls loved this!

This one was fun for me as I love designing small grids and blending the colors, images and sentiments together into a hopefully cohesive card. 

The next was a set of three bird houses which were very fun to create!  I love the color combination on this birdhouse and will probably re-visit the birdhouses again.

This one was a struggle and so not my usual style. I was pleased with how it ended up and we gave this to my daughter's teacher for her Christmas gift and she loved it as she rides a motorcycle and has actually rode her motorcycle to some of the places on the map! 

The next was a card using the Whimsical Melange plate from Artistic Outpost. The plate has these wonderful house shapes and they are perfect for birds as well as frames for other images. I enjoyed the unusual design along with the litter banner around the circle.

This was created at the same time and I love the ruler in that plate and decided it would make a fantastic background.
This next card was a easy design just a leaf layered on some beautiful Memory Box paper. Some of my favorite designs come from scraps of die cuts or pattern paper which I play around with for a design first. That is what happened with this card. Layering the papers and then adding the focal image.

This fall thank you card was all about the distr4ess inks and techniques. I played around with some inks and layering of the leaf images.  I added a frosty painting to some of the leaves to give them a washed out effect.

The next card using the dragging of the inkpad across the paper to create a faux wood effect. Love how this creates a rustic background quickly. The Stampendous flower was so beautiful and easy to pop into the corner with a few flourishes.

I have a fascination with the star shape and used that with a wreath on this card which I love the effect. The background is a repeated pattern of a few different Memory Box stamps. Love how the star showcases the wreath and the background showcases the star.

I had to share one alcohol ink background as I love playing with the alcohol inks and the effect of the inks on glossy cardstock is so beautiful. This just highlights a warm and rich background with a simple sentiment. So not only did I get to play with my inks I also ended up with a masculine birthday card!

This just showcases a lot of my favorite things: The paper flowers, glimmer mists, distress inks and layering textures, images and papers all together.

This is one of my recent cards using the white on white and a verse.  I love the softness of the monochromatic card and the tissue paper flowers.
This next card was created for ribbon challenge where I was given four different ribbons and asked to show them all on one project.  I love how the ribbons created the banner and effect across the front of the card.
My last three projects were my blog header for winter and a few of the tags for tim's twelve days of tags.  His techniques really inspired me to play around with some new toys and I had a blast.  Of course I used some of my old favorites of glimmer mists, embossing and glitter.

 Sorry my year in review was such a long post.  I had fun re-visiting my projects and actually was surprised by how many I loved from this year. :) 

The majority of the stamps here are from: Memory Box, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Artistic Outpost, Chapel Road Artstamps, Verses Rubber Stamps Our Daily Bread Designs, The Artistic Stamper, Lily Bee Designs, Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.

Have a wonderful day! 



  1. Beautiful Cards Suz!
    The one with the Purple/Pink Flower coming off the Card caught my eye ... just love it!
    Thanks for sharing your fav's from 2011.
    Suze x

  2. All these are really lovely. Thanks for sharing them this way for us!

  3. What a great idea! I love seeing so many different things in one post - you have such a fantastic style. Every one is beautiful!

  4. Well what a beautiful selection of cards to round off the year. I started to try and choose some favourites, the soft butterflies with the Mother Teresa quote, the bird house, the leaves, the Parisian themed card, the ruler background with the birds - they are just wonderful. I love the way you blend wonderful colours and great words. Really inspiring.

    Wishing a happy and healthy 2012 to you and yours

    Elaine x

  5. Hi Suz! Such a beautiful array of cards and projects! Each one is so special and together they're a masterpiece! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

  6. Fantastic highlights, beautiful selection... You are such an inspirational artist! Happy New Year!

  7. How you managed to pick some favourites from all the wonderful projects you make beats me Sue but every single one of these is a stunner. I tried to pick just one as an absolute favourite but couldn't do it. I love the soft feminine colours of the first card, the gorgeous poppies on tissue tape, the lovely one you weren't sure of with the butterflies on the clocks and the aliums, oh yes and the grid one with the birds, the birdhouse, the frosted leaf one and ........ and ..... See what I mean, lol!

    Thanks for revisiting a fraction of your enormous talent for us and I wish you a truly happy, healthy New Year.

    Lesley Xx

  8. What a treat it is seeing all these gorgeous creations again, Suzz! You've had a wonderful year, full of amazing creativity! So glad you share your talent! Happy New Year! :)

  9. what amazing cards Suzz.... all you cards are incredible but these certainly are the icing on the cake. May you long continue to inspire me. Happy New Year

  10. Gorgeous cards- you are an amazing artist!!! Happy New Year!

  11. Each one of them is beautiful! Wish you and family a happy 2012!

  12. Thank you Suzz - I thoroughly enjoyed sharing your projects. So lovely! I really like your blog banners. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

  13. ... and it shows what a truly creative person you are too Suzz. I have loved wandering through your blog over the past year. it never fails to inspire. Happy New Year and happy creating in 2012.

  14. I follow your blog all the time and just wanted to say you are one of my all time favorite card makers.
    Your talent and imagination is incredible. I loved going through this post and remembering most of them. Thank you for all the inspiration and a Happy and creative 2012...

  15. Love your cards and other projects, your work inspires me so much. Your style is different from mine but I wished I could make the stunning things I see on your blog. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

  16. You can do it all, Sue - you are such an inspiration to me! Sending along my best wishes for lots and lots more in 2012!!

  17. Your creativity is amazing, Suzz! Each project is an absolute delight. I'm so glad you shared them as I had missed a few the first time around. I'm hoping to follow your lead by creating my own blog banners this year, but you've set the bar really high! Happiness, love and laughter in 2012!

  18. Wow, wow and wow again, Sue! What a fantastic selection of cards! Your work is alway amazing! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  19. Suzz, THANK YOU for this trip through your creative year. It was such a pleasure. Each card is stunning, and I remember gorgeous cards I have seen on your blog that you didn't include. Oh, woe. You continue to be an inspiration, and you continue to grow in techniques, ideas, creativity!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  20. Such gorgeous projects, Suzanne - you are truly an artist! Thanks for sharing your year-in-review! Happy New Year!!

  21. Such gorgeous projects, Suzanne - you are truly an artist! Thanks for sharing your year-in-review! Happy New Year!!

  22. So many beautiful cards Sue! Thank you for sharing and for all the inspiration.

    Happy New Year!!

  23. OMGosh Suzz this post is amazing. Always love visiting your blog as you are so creative with your cards. Thanks so much for all the inspiration this year. Heres to another great crafting year!!!

  24. I just love all your creations ... every one is so unique ...

  25. Sue, what a fantastic line-up!! Of course the stunning grid is my favorite but have to say I have enjoyed all your creations this year and hope your New Year will bring just as much creativity and inspiration with it!!
    Happy New Year Sue!

  26. I so love your 2011 Review Suzz! Your variety of soft and subtle colours, romance and elegance is a delight to see and soooo inspiring. Love the magic that you create and wish you much more for 2012. Hugs.

  27. A museum/gallery should be opened just to feature your work! What stunning pieces of art! Happy New Year!!

  28. Wonderful post! I think my favorite is the Poppies on the tissue tape. I loved it the first time I saw it and loved seeing it again here today! Happy New Year!

  29. You are soooo talented.. I just love looking at what you come up with! Your work is so versatile.. I love that.
    I am so looking forward to seeing what you create this year!!

    Hugs, Linda

  30. Fab year in review! Always wonderful to see your creative projects that I might have missed!

  31. Beautiful collection Suzanne!! I especially love the one with the big pink flower!! You had a very inspired 2011. Happy New Year with lots of new inspiration!

  32. Wow missed this.. love love the card with the Mabel stamp on :))
    Jennie x


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