Saturday, January 01, 2011

my year in posts

Happy New Year!!
In a fit of nostalgia I decided to have a look through my last year of blogging, to pick out some of the posts that sum up my year in crafting. Either when I found a new technique or tool that I loved, or just something i really love

The year started well with a six month stint on the Scrolls Work design Team. I had previously been on the Inka design team, so was delighted to be promoting their stamps again.
I made this unusual tag in a card design, which I later did as a tutorial on gingersnaps

I also had a brief stint playing with Zentangles

Then I was asked to be a 2010 member of the Frantic Stamper Design team, and I made this tag with my first batch of goodies

March arrived and I started planning my christmas presents. I came up with this pattern for Crochet Slippers, which I made for my book group (9 pairs, and I DID finish them on time)

This next one was a fun one, when I decided to challenge myself to see if I could make an attractive balaclava!

Then my obsession with pencil colouring started with a tutorial on the gingersnap blog

Almost halfway through the year and my good friend Jo had her designs made into stamps by Stampotique. And I just loved working with them

which was handy when I joined the Happy Daze Design team

I also became a regular contributor to Craft Stamper Magazine, and have had quite a few article in the magazine this year, with more planned for next year. It's been such a joy to see my work in print amongst proper talented, and well known, designers. ( ever had that "I'm not worthy" feeling?)

This next one, is when I discovered that I could design a template for a swing card. I am planning to put this together as a tutorial sometime

I found a way to "upcycle" my son's favourite t-shirts to make cushions

This is just a really simple sympathy card, that I liked.

and a fun card for a boy

A cake for my son's birthday and my obsession with nail art begins

a fun paint experiment that I enjoyed

I realised how much I loved One Layer Cards....

.... pencil colouring on Kraft card...

......masks (I just saw a very similar card to this on create and craft today)....

.... the immovable knot technique (not my invention, link included)

....and blender pencils

more knitting, loved this toy that I made for my son

Moira at happy daze challenged me to use a bee stamp to make a christmas card

approaching the end of the year I was asked to join the Rogue Redhead design team, and used the stamps to make one of my favourite discoveries of the year, a box to hold a rolled up amazon voucher..... presents sorted forever!!!!! (tutorial included)

then to finish the year off, I was asked to be guest designer on the winter wonderland challenge

So all in all, it's been a brilliant year! I've really enjoyed looking back over the year, it's made me realise just how much I've done, and I can't wait for another year of crafting!


  1. its certainly been a fantasticly creative year for you - Hope 2011 is even better!

  2. Happy New Year Joanne! So glad I discovered your blog in 2010... can't wait to see what 2011 brings! Jo x

  3. Wishing you a happy and crafty 2011 Joanne x

  4. You've been very busy this year - here's hoping that 2011 is just as much fun!

  5. All that was THIS YEAR!!

    Brilliant!! You've had some fantastic ideas.

    Looking forward to the coming year to see what else you come up with.

    Always a pleasure visiting your blog x

  6. Your wrap up of 2010 Joanne shows such a broad range of your creative talents Joanne, here's to another creative year.

  7. And I hope 2011 will be another brilliant year for you Joanne


  8. Wow that is some year of crafting Joanne and every one of them brilliant. Thank you for some great tutorials, have loved trying them out. Looking forward to seeing more of your great ideas in 2011. Although I have to say will pass on the knitting ones as still haven't managed to get two sleeves the same length yet and my backs are always a lot shorter than the fronts.....totally true am not kidding. Annette x

  9. Hi Joanne, WOW what a resume, a brilliant years work, pat yourself on the back. My favourite of all is your simple card with Chilly (Jo's stamp) it's just perfect but I love your sympathy card, this too is perfect. Wonderful inspiration, many Thanks to you:0)
    I hope you have a wonderful and very happy new year:0) xxx

  10. Joanne - thanks for your lovely comments - I am so excited to be part of the CR84FN DT - do check it out. And the chemistry set is just so sweet - must play with it a bit more.


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