The first day welcomed the design team for the coming year and invited us to look back and choose a favorite project. It's so hard to choose a favorite, but one project that makes me smile several times a week is my checkbook cover. I created it with my Rosie Posie set last year to match my planner.
The next day, we went back to 2007. Really, that doesn't seem like very long ago! I do not own one of the featured sets from that year, but I do have Turning a New Leaf, which, if I remember correctly, was an expansion of the leaves in Beautiful Blooms. I loved the card featured that day by Taylor VanBruggen, so mine is a pretty close CASE of hers. I love those colors!
As we moved along to 2008, I chose to work with Bitty Baby Blessings. I love this set and have used it a lot, but I've never thought to use the tiny images to create patterned paper. I had to try to re-create Maile Belles' card.
For 2009, I thought I was going to try Laurie Schmidlin's gorgeous black, white and gold card, but then I went to her blog and saw the one with the black and white with bold colors. What a fun way to use those designs!
2010 for sure was going to be Wreath for All Seasons. This is such a sweet set. I decided to go simple for these cards, but created several while I had the supplies out. Here are three of them.
I'm pretty sure I have a lot of 2011 sets. Funny, though, I don't have any of the featured sets for that year. I loved Wanda Guess's "Pucker Up" card using Tremendous Treats: Valentine. Since I do not have that set, I decided to make some mini-versions of her card with the Tiny Treats set. These little 3" x 3" cards were fun to make!
For 2012, Betsy's Hello Sunshine card was begging for me to give it a try! Here is my card:
For 2013, again I found that I didn't have any of the featured sets. Go figure! But I loved Dawn's card with the Amethyst Allure, Lilac Grace and Pure Poppy colors. I am just not as bold as Dawn is, though -- she's the color queen. I have a be a little more reserved, so I used my Friendly Flowers set with some purples (a combination of Stampin' Up and Papertrey colors) and Berry Sorbet to create my card.
Could I choose any other set than Life is Beautiful for 2014? It's such a beautiful set. I was inspired by one of Nichole's cards for this one. (Though, she actually did her awesome card with colored embossing powders. Mine is just ink!)
I did not have Brushed Blooms to do my 2015 card, so I decided to use my new Beautiful Brushstrokes stamps and dies. I was inspired by Laurie Schmidlin's card. I wouldn't say I nailed this one -- and I'll probably go back and do something else to it -- but it's on its way. :)
I'm pretty sure that today's 2016 card is just not going to happen -- not enough hours in the day. But what a nice way to add some new cards into my stash!