Jan 02 2009

Year in Review 2008

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I thought it would be fun to do a quick Year in Review, showcasing some of my favorite projects from 2008. I was inspired to do this when I saw Stef’s post on her 10 Favorites from 2008. What a fun post to view!!! As I reflect back on 2008 and my stamping style, in general not too much has changed, but I will say right now I am of the mind to keep things ultra, ultra simple. I am enjoying looks that are clean, crisp and fresh. I love sharply contrasting colors and simple designs. And I have been limiting my use of embellishments a bit more. Simplifying. I guess that’s where it’s at for me right now. And I’m perfectly happy being there! Care to take a look at some of my personal favorites over this past year?

This is a series of3 cards that truly are simple. I made them using a tulip image and sentiments I love from Thank You by Flourishes, colored with Copics. Details can be found here and here.




The next project is a card I made to coordinate with a set of towels and hot pads. The only stamped portion of the card is the actual cup from a Flourishes set and the steam. I hand drew in the saucer, counter and tiles and colored it with Copics. Details here.


Next is a Journal I made from scratch, using my Scor-It to create the binding and the bend in the pages near the spine. The main image is by JustRite. Complete tutorial here.


Following is a tag I made for a basket of fresh veggies using a Papertrey Ink set. It has a loop on top through which the ribbon runs to tie the tag to the basket handle. Love making these fun little projects!!! More details and photos here.


These are simple little table favors I did just for fun. LOVE this dress die boxby AccuCut and this fun Bella Rose DP by SU. Monogram tags are with JustRite stamps. Details here.


Next is a One Sheet Wonder I created using a leaf stamp from a set byPapertrey Ink and a spectrum pad. I found it totally relaxing to sit and make this sheet and I love the simple cards I created with it. More details here.



Next is a card I did for twin preemiebaby girls in need of prayer. I used a SU set and Heart Nestabilities by Spellbinders for my focal image. This card was a joy to make for those precious baby girls. Details here.


Another project right at the top of my list is the Scripture Box and the Scripture Memory Cards I did for the Bible Verse Challenge at SCS. I fell far short of reaching my goal of 12 cards, but I will continue to work on it this year.This index cardshown is my very favorite and uses a stamp set from Our Daily Bread. More details here.


Monogrammed Gift Sets are probably my absolute FAVORITE thing of all time to make. Using JustRite monogram stamps makes it so easy, and using my Scor-It to create beautiful boxes to present the cards in just tops it off perfectly. A gift that is always a hit. I especially love these 2 sets that I did for Christmas gifts. These are each sets of 6 cards in a box. Tutorials can be seen here and here.



And as far as Christmas projects this year, I have 2 favorites. The first are these vintage Christmas tags/packages I made using JustRite stamps and vintagelooking designerpaper and embellishments. Full details here.





And the next Christmas project I really enjoyed was the 15 panel Merry Christmas Accordion Card easily made using my Scor-It and a variety of stamps by SU and JustRite. I also made a box to keep it in/and or present it in using my Scor-It. Accordion details here and box details here.





And that pretty well rounds out my favorite projects for 2008. I hope you enjoyed them as well. And, as I said above, I am starting 2009 off with ultra simple creations, trying to balance stamp time with family life. I’d just like to take this opportunity to let you all know how truly blessed I feel to have you stopping in here so often. Your visits are the highlight of my day and I love knowing that you were here. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your continued friendship as we all venture into 2009!!! Wishing you all a Wonderful New Year!!!


48 responses so far

48 Responses to “Year in Review 2008”

  1. Connie Watson says:

    Good morning Sharon,
    What a good idea to reveiw your favorite posts from the year!!
    I so appreciate your blog…i look at it every morning while I have that very first cup of coffee!! It helps me feel not so far away from the U.P.!!
    Keep up the good work. Bye for now. Connie

  2. Dealbaida says:

    Oh Sharon, how could you select just ten of your favourite posts when the year was crammed with so many lovely creations? I “discovered” your wonderful pages part way through 2008 and have derived enormous pleasure from my (often times several) daily visits. You are my first intergalactic destination every morning!

    Heartfelt thanks for sharing your incredible talent, I look forward very much to seeing your 2009 pages open before me.

    Hugs and Happy New Year wishes to you all.

    United Kingdom

  3. kit says:

    Oh my gosh, what a year you’ve had. I’ve love everything you do. Your work is beautiful, and you are definitely one of my favorites. Looking forward to another year of your inspirations.

    Happy New Year.

  4. Karen says:

    You did lots of wonderful projects over the year Sharon. It’s wonderful looking back at some of the things you’ve accomplished. Great work! TFS your gifts and talents.

  5. SmilynStef says:

    Wow … what awesome eye candy all in one post … I’m going to have to go through it several times to soak it all in … thanks for a fabulous year of inspiration.

  6. Laurie We says:

    I am so glad you did this- I love all the projects you highlighted and many of them are on my must try this list. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  7. I’m so glad I didn’t miss this one!!! I didn’t see all these projects throughout the year. What a great idea. I might try this myself!!! Thanks for all the inspiration all year long. I hope 2009 is a wonderous year for you!!!

  8. sharon f. says:

    Top 10?? Your work is always so fabulous, I don’t know how you managed to pick just 10! Thanks for your shares, your inspiration, and phenomenal artistic talent! I’m looking forward to what you bring us in the new year!

  9. Velta says:

    This had to have taken a while, for you to pick out just a few of your works of art Sharon…I love everything that you do…Happy New Year and for those of us who are your favorite fans…I am just waiting to see what you do in 2009 🙂

  10. Barb Eyring says:

    I’d like to wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Thank you for sharing all of your inspiring projects throughout the year. Each and every one of your creations is MAGNIFICENT! With the help of your inpiration – my Justrite stamp collection is growing and growing!!!

  11. jules p says:

    Oh my! That was a great year-in-review. You have such great work, I am sure it was hard for you to choose. 😉

    Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing your creative work.

  12. michellegall says:

    wow that was fun you make so many cool cards it would be hard to pick faves but i still love your snowy owl my fave but there a lot of them i love well have to feed chickens and get to hockey have a great sunny day

  13. sue m says:

    Your right sharon. That was fun! thankyou for recapping the year of your faves. I think the favorite one of mine is the coffee one. I don’t know what it is about coffee images but, they are so neat and has a calming appeal. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the new year and I look forward to seeing many more cool projects. =) Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration. Take Care~

  14. Darlene says:

    Thank you for reviewing your favourites from 2008. I only found your blog part way through the year, but you have inspired me in so many ways through it and your wonderful creations. Thank you sharing with us and I look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2009. All the best to you.

  15. AnneSATX says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog this year and after looking at all your 2008 favorites, I guess I will be spending the next few days going back through all your posts. I LOVE your work and your explanations are simply wonderful. Thanks!

  16. Toni K says:

    Wow! Awesome projects! I found you recently, and even won blog candy 😉 and I’m so glad I found you for all of your inspiration! Thanks for the recap!

  17. Deb Saaranen says:

    All beautiful designs! I’m not sure that I could even try to pick a favorite from this line-up!

  18. Lisa Brown says:

    wow, sharon! it was great to go back and revisit your favorites! Love them all and have inspired me to get moving! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and for your inspiration—you’re a sweetheart! Happy New Year!

  19. Mary Kunze says:

    Love all of your projects.

  20. Bev J. says:

    Although I have seen them all before I was just as enthralled today as the first time I saw them posted. Out of all the wonderful cards and projects you do, it must have been hard to pick just a few. Thanks for all the eye candy, techniques, information for products you have furnished in the past and looking forward to 2009! Happy New Year to you and your family.

  21. NY2TXPATTI says:

    It was wonderful to see these cards and projects this morning. Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us.

  22. Marisa says:

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane – your projects are fabulous. Have always loved your clean, crisp style 🙂 Looking forward to your new creations this year. Blessings and may this year bring you many wonderful memories, accomplishments and the fulfillment of some of your heart’s desires 🙂

  23. Elena says:

    Sharon! Thank you for all your beautiful cards and projects! I always find an inspiration at your place!

  24. Melani says:

    I only recently found your blog and when I realized I could subscribe I was thrilled! Whenever I need that boost to get me inspired, I come here! Your work just amazes me. Thank you for sharing your talents with us and I cant wait to see what you create in the new year.

  25. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Sharon, this was such a great idea to do a year in review!!! Your projects are always so absolutely stunning and I thank you for including me to be the recipient of one of your gorgeous creations.
    When I receive your e-mail updates it is like opening a present each and every time. Thank You for sharing your talent and creativity with us.


  26. Rose Ann says:

    You are so amazingly talented, and such an inspiration!! What a year of gorgeous projects!! Thank you for sharing it all with us!!

  27. Jerri Kay says:

    And this is why you’re #1! Don’t you dare ask me to choose a favorite, oh my word! Okay, now I see why I can’t design worth a flip . . . you inherited all the design talent and left us mere mortals without any! LOL . . . seriously Sharon, it was absolutely wonderful to see all of the designs again, you keep me inspired!

  28. Jackie W. says:

    All of your projects are favorites of mine, too! Especially wonderful to me is the vintage Christmas stuff using the Cosmo Cricket paper. Absolutely yummy! Happy New Year!

  29. Cindy H. says:

    I really enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Some did not look familiar so I looked them up and lo and behold one at least was before I found your blog, another I missed while I was on vacation. I’m going to revisit these again as I love them all!!! TFS

  30. Barb S. says:

    All those were great. I picked from “your” picks the Baby girl card and the Tag Project. Those were my fav’s. Course all your work is just fabulous and don’t know how you narrowed it down to these. There were several that “didn’t” make your “year in review” list that I thought should have been on there…but I know…you had to choose just a few.. lol!! Looking forward to what you will showcase in 2009.. Barb S.

  31. nancy littrell says:

    Happy 2009 to you too 🙂 You chose 10 simply wonderful projects and cards from 2008. I immediately picked #1 as my favorite (I even printed that one earlier for my file ideas for my hostess club), but I love each and everyone of your gorgeous selections. You just continue to Inspire and amaze me with you simple and elegant style. TFS my friend……

  32. Kathie says:

    WHAT FUN to see your year in review! What fabulous creations and I love how you take each of us into your life as friends through your blog. Wishing you God’s richest blessings in the New Year. Thanks for blessing my life!

  33. Beautiful projects, Sharon! I would certainly be hard pressed to choose 10 favorites from all your wonderful creations. Thanks for sharing so freely. You are an inspiration to us all. Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to your 2009 works of art…Mary

  34. Starla(star) says:

    I am amazed that you could narrow it down. I love your simple style and have found myself inspired by your creations/color combinations more than once!! (and it makes me look sooooo creative to my family!! hehe)
    Thank you for sharing your talent!! Look forward to more creations this new year!

  35. Eloisa says:

    Hi Sharon!!!
    We received your beautiful card in Ironwood!!! thank you so much!!!
    What a great website!!! You’re a professional !!! I’ve been checking your projects, WOW all of them are awesome!

    I’m going to copy some ideas from you for to finish my wedding scrapbook!!! hehe (Yes, I’m still working on it)…

  36. Melanie Muenchinger says:

    I was thinking about doing a top 10 too Sharon! I remember and love all these projects you chose, great picks!! Happy New year!!

  37. Chris says:

    What a review of your beautiful work Sharon. I don’t know how you managed to choose just 10 but you’ve got all the best in one hit!

    Have a fabulus New Year and I’m looking forward to my daily fix in 2009!

  38. sandyh50 says:

    I really enjoyed looking at your year in review, but I know every project/card you make could be in the top ten. Maybe you could do that for a whole week, just review 10 a day for us. Happy 2009!

  39. Angela R. says:

    i look forward to your creations for 2009! hope you have a wonderful year!

  40. barb schram says:

    What a spectacular review of your favorites! Your work is so stunning and beautiful! Thank you again for sharing with all of us! Happy New Year to you and those you love! ~barb

  41. pam hooten says:

    Oh, how fun was that?! I love all your faves Sharon, beautiful work!!

  42. leslierich says:

    Oh, gosh, you picked some of my favorites, too, Sharon! I’m glad you undertook that job, rather than me, because every time I turn around you’re stamping one of my favorites! These are fabulous and it’s so fun you shared all these lovely things here in one post!

  43. Charlene says:

    I can’t imagine how you could pin down just these few but have to admit, they are my favorites of your work this year as well. I have them bookmarked. Now, if you could just bottle up some your creative genes and share THOSE with us…..

  44. Stephanie P. says:

    Sharon, your work is always such an inspiration. I love all of your favorites but my very favorite is the 15 panel Merry Christmas accordian card. Absolutely darling, festive, beautiful, and just really got my creative juices flowing! Thank you for sharing all year long!

  45. Helen V says:

    Wow, what a lovely recap. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

  46. Stampinjan says:

    This recap of The Year’s Best was a lovely walk down memory lane…all of your posts are so inspirational but seeing the lovely Christmas foldout card again, linked to all of it’s instructions, got me to thinking about a BE MY VALENTINE case of this project. I would love to see how you would redesign this card to fit the upcoming holiday theme too. Thank you again for sharing your talent so freely with us all.

  47. Oh Sharon, what fun it is to get another look at your amazing projects! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us — I’m always inspired! 🙂

  48. grace says:

    They are all beautiful… I love your style, just exactly what appeals to my sense of beauty.

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