Happy New Year everyone! I'm glad you stopped by to take a look back at 2013 from a creative perspective with me. This OWH tradition started a few years ago and it's one of the events I've really come to appreciate. I'm pretty sure that without it I wouldn't take the time to have another look and I think it can help set the stage for creating a few creative goals for the year ahead. If you're taking your own look back, be sure to link up over at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog. Without further ado here are my Top 13 of 2013...
MARCH - This adorable Paper Smooches Guy made my list because it required me to 'think outside the box'... the sombrero is not part of the stamp set... I had an idea and was determined to see it through, even if it meant I would have to draw the hat myself...and so I did.
APRIL - This card saw me rethinking how I approached my card making. I made this for a friend and took my time coloring the image and coordinating the elements. It made me realize that I enjoyed card making much more when I took the time to enjoy the process and, if that meant making fewer cards it was okay.
MAY - In addition to the yearlong Design Bootcamps I got to participate in so many fun OWH events this year and this card was part of the Virtual Card Making Party for National Scrapbooking Day in May. I love the 'chalkboard trend' that was going strong through 2013.
MAY - Along with my 'enjoy the process' approach to cardmaking 2013 was a year of challenges for me as I started to explore and play along in so many of the marvelous online card making challenge blogs. This one was entered into the Moxie Fab World (oh how I'm gonna miss it!!) Tuesday Trigger Challenge and caught the eye of Cath Edvalson. Whoa! How cool is that?!
MAY - It was SO cool that I thought 'what the heck' when I entered 3 cards into the PaperCrafts Gallery Idol Open Auditions. This card won me a place to compete. Talk about exciting! Suddenly I found myself among a group of 20 ladies... who are all extraordinarily talented, accomplished and kind beyond words.
JUNE - It was a flurry of activity and deadlines and on to Round 2. This card for Dad go me to the next round. The Gallery Idol experience is one I won't soon forget. I got to know so many new card makers and can now happily count them among my sources of inspiration on a regular basis.
JULY - This year found me testing out some Spectrum Noir markers I'd been gifted and spending more time coloring far more detailed images than I had in my card making past. When it comes to coloring, much like my experience in painting watercolors, I can say with doubt that takes both practice and patience.
JULY - I was starting to hit my stride where taking chances and trying new things was concerned. This 'Mixy-Matchy' style with a load of patterns is the kind of thing I would normally have avoided. Fishtail flags (these are from MFT) were another trend I fell in love with in 2013.
AUGUST - The challenges were keeping me busy and excited about creating. This card was created for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger and it was chosen as a Trigger Target. Again it had me trying new things. I've always like collage but hadn't often applied it in my cardmaking.
SEPTEMBER - My Favorite Things became my favorite manufacturer (okay, I admit it may be impossible to pick ONE favorite but they're at the top of my list for sure!) and I used their dies to create this card for a CAS-uals Fridays Challenge. MFT later chose it as a 'Favorite Find'.
SEPTEMBER - Found me still coloring and enjoying it much more than I had in a long time. I chose this adorable Mo Manning digi to use in the Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge... the theme was 'Travel'. It was one of my first successful attempts at adding a significant amount of color into a background. I was excited to have it chosen as a challenge Top 3.
OCTOBER - This card, demonstrating Radial Symmetry, represents a culmination of a year of OWH Design Bootcamps. It was a great experience for me. It gave me a chance to stretch my creative muscles beyond physically creating and back to actually 'thinking' about the how and why of making good design choices and to interact with so many talented OWHers.
OCTOBER - Though I like how this card turned out, I'm closing out my choices with it for other reasons. It marks a couple of turning points for me... my cardmaking and blog posting came to a virtual halt at the end of October after being laid off from my job. As would be expected, I've experience a whole host of emotions and while my attention has been forced away from crafting, it's also helped me to realize how much I enjoy it and how important it is for me to have a creative outlet no matter what happens. Of course I can't say with any certainty what 2014 holds but I am hopeful that it'll include a lot of good things and I'm determined to get back to crafting and posting with some regularity as soon as I can.
Happy New Year!
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