A Summary of 2010

Happy New Year everyone!
Now that it has been almost a year since I started my card blog (my first post was on January 24th last year), I thought I’d summarize the year and also like many other crafters have already done, select my favorite cards.

2010 literally flew by, but I’ve had so much fun learning the ropes in card making blog land. It never stops to amaze me how many talented crafters that are out there, creating gorgeous cards and other projects. Thanks for blogging and sharing such wonderful inspiration on your personal blogs/ Challenge blogs/ Inspiration & Tutorial Blogs. Thank you also to everyone who has visited my blog and/or left me a much appreciated comment.

2010 was for me work wise a very busy year, so when I now looked back and counted the no of cards I had made throughout the year, I was surprised to see that the number added up to 90! Here are some stats for each month as well as by category:

January 6
February 10
March 11
April 10
May 4
June 8
July 3
August 8
September 8
October 0
November 13
December 9

Out of this 90 cards, the most common category was not surprisingly Christmas cards: 28 (+2 New Year’s cards). Next comes  “Miscellaneous” cards; 21 cards in total with such themes as Halloween (3), Thank You (4), Mother’s Day (2), New Home (1), Good Luck (2) etc. The next category was Female Birthday cards: 16, followed by Easter cards: 14. Thereafter comes Male Birthday cards: 7 (obviously there aren’t enough men in my life… 😕 ) and lastly Wedding/Anniversary/Valentines’s: 4. Unfortunately no baby cards, but this is going to change this year; I know of three already…

Top 10 stamp brands used

Whiff of Joy 19
Motivet 16
The Greeting Farm 9
Lili of the Valley 8
Sugar Nellie 6
Magnolia 5
Sarah Kay 5
Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design 5
Riley & Co. 4
C.C Designs 4

Are you bored yet?
Thanks for bearing with me; now comes the good stuff: 😀

Instead of making a Top 10 or Top 5 list (well done to you who managed to narrow it down to 5!), I decided to choose one card from each month.

January
This card was the seond one I made last year and it was for my Mum’s Retirement. I used one of my favorite Sugar Nellie stamps; love this fresh “springy” color combo.

February
It was back in February that I ordered flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts for the first time; the flowers are simply gorgeous and they add such wonderful dimension to any card. Now I can’t picture life without them!   The stamp is “Flutter Anya” by The Greeting Farm, and this color combo is one of my favorites.

March
This is the first card I made using the “distress technique” for Copics, a style I have stuck to ever since. The stamp is “Ballerina Hilda” by Motivet. I adore their cute animal stamps; bought a whole bunch of them last year. I was also fortunate enough to win eight new stamps in Motivet’s blog candy back in August and to win one of their challenges, which allowed me to choose another three stamps.

April
Pink- Grey-Soft Olive: A somewhat unusual color combination, but that’s also why I like this card so much and chose it over other cards made in April, which were made with more traditional -pastel- color combos. This is the first card I used the “Just for You” sentiment by Stampin’ Up! on; I had just had the stamp delivered and “had” to use it despite this being a Birthday card. 😳 The image is Willow from Whiff of Joy, another of my favorite stamp suppliers.

May
Last year I was fortunate enough to get to make three wedding cards. For all three I actually used this cute stamp of Dexter and Doraline as Bride & Groom by Motivet. We didn’t attend the wedding, but the bride had revealed beforehand that she’d wear a red dress. 😉

June
This is the second Christmas card I made  last year and despite having started earlier than ever before, it was still a struggle to finish on time; I ended up making the last card on Christmas Eve morning. 🙄 This is one of the cute gnome images from Whiff of Joy and I love to use these frosty blue tones for Christmas cards. This card was chosen one of the Top 3 in Creative Inspiration’s monochrome challenge and I was invited to guest design for one of their July challenges.

July
This month was manic @work and I only managed to make three cards. 😥 One of them being this one, which is my first Guest Design Card ever. 😀 The theme was “Anything Goes” and I was asked to use this fun stamp “A Great Day to Fish” by Whimsy Stamps. Couldn’t have been a better fit; I love cats and the moose shares the spotlight of famous things of my home country with such dignities as IKEA, Abba and Volvo. 😉 I paired the image with Swedish design papers by Maja Design. Aren’t these amazingly beautiful?!

August
This image is called “Aurora at Home” and is from Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design. From what I can tell, she’s not an often seen character in blog land, but I do find her adorable. I also love this color combo; I actually think it’s my absolute favorite!

September
Here we are again with the cute Motivet wedding stamp and more gorgeous papers from Maja Design. This is my most successful card of 2010; I won three Top Badges for this card, however the happy couple almost missed out on it. Silly me posted it to their old address… 🙄 Luckily it was returned back to me, though it took more than a month of anxious waiting…

November
Ooops; didn’t I just miss October? Nope; I didn’t make any cards in October as I was away for a 3-weeks holiday. Though I definitely missed my hobby, it wasn’t too bad lying in the sun at Waikiki Beach either. 😕

November was my most productive month last year; I made 13 cards. Well I had to, as I was so far behind with the Christmas cards… This is my favorite from November, featuring my most used Christmas stamp last year; I made three cards with this particular Henry Mouse image, and several more with other cute Henry/Betty Mouse images from Whiff of Joy.

December
This was the last card I made in 2010, and it should have been a Christmas card, but as I ran out of time, I made this after X-mas and created a New Year’s card instead. The cute image of Dexter and Doraline toasting is of course from Motivet and the beautiful papers are from Maja Design. Now I’m looking forward to a new exciting year of card making and blogging. Will be interesting to see what new trends develop and what new stamps are being released. One thing is for sure; If pennant banners continue to be as trendy and popular as they became in the last quarter of 2010, I’m  buying the pennants die from Whiff of Joy; making this one was a hassle! 😀

Thanks for visiting – see ya’ in 2011!

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