Monday 31 December 2018

2018 Review of the Year - My 12 favourite projects.

Well hello there,

As we head rapidly towards the end of 2018, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who have helped and supported me this year - whether you are a blog reader, customer, team member, Facebook follower, YouTube watcher, newsletter subscriber - you have all helped to build my business and I am so grateful for that - so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

It has been an amazing 12 months and I am hoping for lots more in 2019. For my last post of 2018 I decided that I would do a review of my year, featuring my favourite project from each of the previous 12 months. I've had so much fun looking back over the year and recalling some of these projects. If you'd like to read more about them, just click on the photos to go to the original blog post. Or click on the video links given to watch the tutorials.

So to kick off, we are way back in January.

Lots of Happy card kit Stampin Up

I just had to include these cards, made from the Lots of Happy project kit. I still love this kit so much. Watch how I made some of the cards in the video below (click to my video channel to see how I made the others). 

And then for February, I chose this project:

Party Pandas Stampin Up

This panda set was one of the free ones offered in Sale-a-bration last year and this pop up card was one of my most popular posts of the year. See the video tutorial by clicking the image below.

For March I have chosen this project as my favourite:

Beautiful Bouquet Stampin Up

This card uses what is still one of my favourite stamp sets - Beautiful Bouquet. Watch the video below:

So on to April - during this month I made a fair few cards using "Balloon Celebration" - I love this card - so bright and cheerful!

Balloon celebration Stampin Up

Watch the video here:

On to May and this card - I actually made this one is a whole rangfe of colours and I loved them all. 

Decorative Ribbon Border punch Stampin Up

The Decorative Ribbon border punch is one of the much neglected products in the Annual Catalogue I feel - so was great to make it the star of the show here. 

Some of you will know how fond I am of rainbows, so I just had to include this card, using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die - one of my most used dies - definitely won't be selling it even when it retires!

Happy Birthday die Stampin Up

I had so much fun making this card - such a great technique!

For July I have chosen this pretty butterfly card using the Springtime Impressions dies. 

Springtime Impressions Stampin Up

 How gorgeous is that patterned paper - and the two designs coordinate so well!

Onwards to August and this is a card I made in a one to one session with one of my customers. 

Detailed dragonflies Share what you love Stampin Up

We actually CASEd a card we found on Pinterest, changing it a little. But love how it turned out and I'm always thrilled to find a reason to use those beautiful dragonfly dies! 

By September, I was in full steam ahead Christmas mode! This one definitely made it into my "favourites" for Christmas 2018. 

Peaceful Noel Stampin Up

And it used a stamp set I don't even own - I borrowed it from my good friend Gez (Nigezza Creates).  Unusually for me it features a lot of stamping and only minimal die cutting - my projects are usually the other way round! 

In October, I was still making Christmas cards, but back to rainbows with this very Merry & Bright card. 

Foxy Friends Stampin Up

Just love those bright and vibrant colours! And love finding a new way to use an old stamp set - this time the "Foxy Friends"!

November saw me very busy making several different versions of my Stacked Box Advent Calendar for various friends, relations and (grown up!) children. 

Stampin Up advent calendar

Broadway Bound DSP Stampin Up

Unusual for me as I don't make a huge number of 3D projects! But I really enjoyed making these.

And lastly, my pick for December. I have chosen this card which I think sums up my style totally - very clean and simple, using die cuts with minimal stamping! 

Hometown greetings dies Stampin Up

I love this die set so much - I can't think why I left it so long to start using it! 

So that's the end of my review of 2018 - quite difficult to choose just 12 favourite projects. Did I include yours? 

All that remains is for me to wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. See you on he other side!

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  1. I enjoyed your 12 Favorite Projects so much!!! I loved each one of the projects and enjoyed the videos that went along with them! Thank you for all you do for us all year long in teaching us how to create projects!!

  2. Jill, thanks for sharing your favourite projects - I love them all! And, thank you for your great video tutorials. I am fairly new to card-making and appreciate your straightforward designs and instructions. All the best for 2019!
    Karen (watching all the way from British Columbia, Canada)