Happy 2015! I know I think it every year, but man did this last year fly by! Last year I wrapped up 2013 by doing a review of my favorite projects from the year. I thought it would be fun to do that again. So today I am happy to share with you my 14 favorite projects from 2014.
From March, my Save the Date project. This tutorial was for Simon Says Stamp and includes a video (something you don’t see from me often). I loved this little project, it features my wedding anniversary date and sits on the dresser in my bedroom. I thought it was a fun way to use Cabinet Cards and Burlap Panels in a different way. You can find my original post here: Save the Date Burlap Panel.
This tag was all about the month of April, my favorite month. It was about soft colors, rain drops, the bright green leaves on the first bloom in my garden (Lenten Rose), and the stained glass windows on Easter Sunday. I happened upon the quote when searching online for quotes about spring. I love it so much. I love that it mentions a child I knew that April and Spring was special. Find the original post here: Spring Poems Art Tag Tutorial.
I love hearts. I love adding them to projects. If I can add them with some stitching then I am super happy! This card is something I call Pocket Art. Pocket Art is something you will see more of in 2015. It is an idea that I love. Making little art cards to fit in pocket pages. You can find the tutorial for this one here: Joy In Your Heart Pocket Art.
In 2014 I started making what I call Art Banners. I wanted to explore some mixed media projects on fabric. I wanted something that I could display easily in my studio, something not too big and not too small. My answer was a banner. I drew up a pattern went to work. This banner was one of the first and one of my favorites! I created the colorful background with ink. It was very freestyle and I loved the way it turned out. And who can resist that super cute Scribbly Bird by Dina Wakley? Find the tutorial here: Watercolor Muslin.
I don’t consider myself a jewelry maker. I am really not even much of a jewelry wearer. But I am really fascinated by art jewelry and embossed metal. I gathered the tools and gave it a try determined to teach myself some art jewelry techniques with the help of some books by Vintaj. I think the result was incredible. So much so that I had to make it again as a tutorial to share. Find the tutorial: Domed Floral Pendant.
Another art banner on my list of favorites. Ink on fabric accented with stencils. I still swoon a bit when I look at this background. And that felt flower, totally swoon worthy! Find the tutorial: Beautiful World Art Banner.
This background features paint on fabric along with ink. The shading turned out so amazing. And the die cut paper flowers… among some of my very favorite flowers die cut from manila cardstock. I also think it is a good example of ways to include subtle symbols that mean something to you… the 3 on the brad was selected for my 3 children- a blessing I could have never imagined. The game spinners point to 1 and 4 for the year. Find the tutorial at: Wonderful Life Art Banner.
What I love about this art banner is that it was one of those moments where I wondered “I wonder if…” and I tried it. In this case it was Ranger Texture Paste on fabric. Does it stick? Yes it does! I love that because it is applied thinly, it allows the background of one of my favorite fabrics to show through! The tutorial is at: Pocket of Posies.
Alcohol Inks is one of the first types of inks I fell in love with. I think they are magical. I don’t know that I will ever tire of the magic that happens when you tap layer after layer of color with them on things like glass and metal. This glass votive turned out so pretty that I decided to make one for each season! Find the tutorial: Sugar Crackle Glazed Votives.
And the winter version… I can’t decide which I love more, fall or winter! Both are so amazing with a candle flickering inside! Find the tutorial: Frosted Winter Glass Votive.
When I can combine fabric and paper into a project together it makes me happy. For this project I created a fabric cover for a Tim Holtz Worn Cover using his Eclectic Elements fabric. I love that I have papers and fabrics that match. It makes the project feel so cohesive. This album is my “Thankful” album. I am filling the pockets with little bits of things for which I am thankful. It is such a happy project! Find the tutorial here: Thankful Journal.
This tag was something I created as a trade show sample. I loved that it combined lots of texture with fun die cutting to create a unique tag that has see-through “bubble” holes. You can read more about the tag at: A Beautiful World Tag.
I love making little mini books! This one combines some of my favorite things, fabric, die cuts, metal embellishments, and quotes! I created this original version as a trade show sample. I later came back and changed it a wee bit and made it a online class. Learn more about the original book at: Authentic Fabric Ruler Book.
Finally, I have one more mini book on my list. I love this sweet little mini. It was all about life as 3 in our family after my two older kids moved out and we said goodbye to our old man pup Chunky Monkey. Life with just me, David, and our little Emma. It has photos of our selfies together and silly things we did while out and about. It is little and so cute. It still makes me smile when I pick it up and flip through it. See more at: Life is Wonderful Ticket Book.
Goodness! 2014 sure did have some fun projects! It was so fun looking back at all of them! It was like a walk back through the year. Such happy little memories! I hope you enjoyed the look back with me. I hope you will spend some time looking at the tutorials and try some of the techniques and ideas. I hope they fill your 2015 with lots of creative inspiration!