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2011 has been an important growing year for me with my blog. I began the year as a newbie blogger and in the past 12 months, I think I've progressed to at least a slightly-experienced blogger. I've been inspired and encouraged by so many amazingly talented artists. As I look back through the year, I see how my blog posts show that my papercrafting interests have changed a bit as I'm more likely to skip scrapbooking layouts in favor of card making or other gift giving projects. I've included some of my major blogging/crafting events below. These are some things that changed the way I post blog entries or create my projects.
In January of 2011, I invested in a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine and with just a few dies I developed an interest in enhancing die cut projects with embellishments. Here's an example of one of my first Pillow Purses:
In February, I entered my first sketch challenge using Lady Tilda on a card. I learned how following a good card sketch can help to unblock creativity and get the juices flowing again.
I was thrilled to accept an invitation to join the Copic Goddesses design team at the Copic Creations Challenge blog in March and held my first blog give away. I was introduced to the fabulous fantasy images at Crafts and Me Stamps (Yay!!!). I also had a project published in Magnolia Ink's magazine!
April brought more experimenting with card shapes and styles. I also posted a photo that was successfully taken under a black light, showing my Copic Fluorescent-filled image on a card:
In May, I had to find a way to add Copic clouds to my images and so began experimenting. I've used this technique on many of my cards since.
In June I added my first real guy card and held my second blog give away . . .
I was overjoyed to accept an invitation to join the Dynamite Digi design team at Crafts and Me Stamps and began entering my projects into multiple challenges in July. I also added my first 2011 Christmas card.
I spent quite a bit of time with Spellbinders Labels One dies and in August I posted ten examples. I also gained my 100th follower!
I dabbled in the Steampunk trend in September . . .
In October, I found Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge blog (Yay!!!). I also posted various ways to use Spellbinders Labels Two.
I was thrilled to accept my first guest design team assignment at Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge in November.
Adding multi-textures to this multi-layered Christmas card was a fun way to spend some time in December . . .
Oh, it's been a fabulous year in papercrafting, alright. After looking through all the photos and my posts, I understand better why my dear non-blogging husband, when seeing me with my camera or at the laptop after 7pm, is compelled to ask, "Whaddaya have a blogger tonite?"
Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement, and inspiration. I am ever grateful.
Here's wishing you a happy and healthy New Year that's overflowing with all good things!