Let's Wrap It Up, Folks!
WOW! Time for the year-end-review already? What a busy and fulfilling year it has been in my art world. I had a hard time choosing just one item from each month to showcase.
On January 22nd I posted this card made with peel-off stickers, pearl pen, shimmer cardstock trim, Martha Stewart paper, Tim Holtz distress paper, and Distress Ink.
On February 26nd I shared this card as part of a tutorial I wrote on 'hacking' acrylic stamps to make parts adjustable (the ears in this case). The card also features 'out of the box' diecutting and 'watercoloring' with Distress Marker ink.
I shared this card I made on March 29th using a pattern designed for an applique quilt. I used patterned papers instead, carefully cut and layered.
On April 14th it was a card I created using a waxed paper background, a stencil and Distress Inks. I want to go make more of these.
The project I chose from May was posted on the 9th. This necklace was constructed from store-bought wire stars, star buttons, an old bracelet and jump rings. This was a big hit with the 'jewery staff' on our cruise ship!
On June 20th I shared some cards using formula cutting of 6 x 6 paper pads and mix-and-match assembly. I especially like this one with a butterfly sticker and three butterfly punches.
From July 2nd I just had to share again the awesome wall hanging I designed for my son-in-law. I also wrote a tutorial/pattern for this which is available on request.
August 25th was the post date for my largest quilt to date. The king size creation is a tribute to our late black lab - Chuck the Dog - and a gift to my hubby. Features include applique (center), original paper piecing (dog heads), fussy cutting (puppy blocks), and free-motion quilting.
On September 1st I shared some cards using a black embossed background stamp and watercolor markers. I love the dramatic look of this.
October's best share was on the 8th. I used my own hand-carved stamp on a fancy diecut and colored with blended alcohol markers. I employed a new-to-me background shading technique, too.
Narrowing down November to just one was the most difficult but I finally settled on the Birdhouse Neighborhood quilted wall hanging from the 21st. This was the most inventive quilt I have done and I absolutely love everything about it.
And finally, the December 8 project which is another quilt! I made this with scraps from other quilts I have made (41 of them to date) and only had to buy for the border and backing. I love picking out the fabrics and remebering where they were used before.
So there you have it! My favorite cards, quilts and jewelry from 2013 and the techniques that make them special. Many more quilts this year in the review but I then made more quilts this year than in the past, too!
I will close out this year with a special wish for each of you to have a Happy New Year. Go forth and create!
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