Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Blog Highlight for 2014 + Link Party!

Hi, friends!  It's that time of year again.  You know, when everyone shares their faves from the past year!  I've had such an amazingly whirlwind year and I feel SO blessed with all the things that have happened in my blog life that it has been super hard to choose just ONE favorite thing from each month, but I did it!  If you'd like to see my fave 2014 Christmas Cards, you can see just those HERE.  Let's just get started with this, though, ok?

January marked the first month with me acting as the Design Team Coordinator at Great Impressions.  I took over for an absolutely amazing friend (Jenny) and so I was really nervous.  The wonderful people I've gotten to work for have really made the transition happy I feel grateful to continue in this capacity still!  

February brought more fun changes to my blog!  I started as a full-time design team member for Inspired By Stamping this month!  I absolutely adore Joanna and the other gals on this team and I think you can agree, these products are just amazing!  I feel blessed to be continuing on this team--it's such a great company to design for!

March was the month that I first participated in the Card Chain Challenge over at Society of Stampaholics.  I was the first ever participant from Kansas (woot!) and I have participated a few other times, as well.  The ladies who participate in this swap are AMAZING and I always get the most beautiful cards from them!  Deborah, the sweet gal who runs it, is just fabulous.  If you haven't participated, you should consider doing so!

April was a super fun month for me! My sister brought her two girls for a visit and we made some fun Peeps-On-A-Stick with coordinating tags.  Aren't these super fun?!  The sentiment on the tags is from Paper Sweeties and the image is from Inspired By Stamping.

In May I made my very first shaker card!  It was made using super bright colors and uses stamps from Inspired By Stamping.  I also started using my Spectrum Noir markers more in May--they are what I used to color the beautiful rose image in the shaker portion of the card as well as the rhinestones. :)

June brought a blog hop with Great Impressions and Operation Write Home.  It was also super exciting because I designed some of the stamps that Great Impressions sells to help Operation Write Home, including the sentiment used on this card!  If you'd like to purchase them and help support our troops, you can find these stamps HERE at Great Impressions. :)

July brought another new and fabulous design team position into my blogging life.  This time, it was an invitation to join Debbie and her amazing team at Paper Sweeties!  These gals are all super talented and Debbie is one of the sweetest people I've had the privilege of working with in blog land!  This was such a blessing to me at a difficult time in my personal life and I am super grateful to still be working with these fabulous women.  July also marked 4 years of blogging. :)

August brought my new blog look and also the time when I FINALLY was able to get some stamps out that I had purchased in May from a consignment sale!  This card was the first one made with this set...I'm not even sure if it has seen the light of day since, but I am quite happy with this card!

September brought another blog hop--this time with Great Impressions and Die Versions!  I was able to craft with some beautiful stamps and amazing dies from these two companies and also work alongside Patti Gilliam who is the DT coordinator for Die Versions.  I feel so blessed to have gotten to know her and her team!

Not any real story behind this card, I just super love the way it turned out!  I guess it was one of the first cards made specifically to have a video to go along with is for the House of Cards challenge blog.  I just really enjoyed watching this card unfold and it was a hit with my family as well!  One of my sisters who has an October birthday asked for a similar card like this for her birthday because of the Great Impressions sentiment.  It was all purple and I Frankensteined (that's a word--I just used it) it to say "Witching you a happy birthday". 

I know that I said the last card didn't have a story and then I told a story (yeah...), but this card truly has no story.  I just LOVE it.  It uses lots of goodies from Inspired By Stamping and lots of shine and sparkle.  This photo does it no justice because you don't see the full effect of the gold heat embossing.  I LOVE THIS CARD!  I still have it tucked away safely and I don't know if I will ever give it away...I'm stingy with favorite creations like that. :)  This card is being uploaded to the Clear It Out challenge for favorite 2014 card. :)

In December, the fun new watermarks I made for the Paper Sweeties team were used by most of the team and I pulled out my chalk marker (finally--I'd had it since March!) to use in creating this card.  I really love the way this turned out, so that's why it's my fave for December!

I'm also linking up with Debby HERE

As well as with Wendy HERE!

That's all for me today and for 2014!  Thank you so much for being a part of my year--each of you is a gift to me and I cherish all the kind words you share on my blog!  I'd love for you to link up your year end highlights below if you do this sort of thing, too, and I'll come leave you some love!  HUGS and happy NEW YEAR stamping to you all!

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Teresa Kline said...

hi Mynn! what a great way to end the year, I do not usually look back...hmmmm, maybe I should this year..*grin*. I adore January and June...both are stunning...fabulous creation from 2014! May your 2015 be filled with glimmer and happiness!

sparkle & shine *~*

Ellibelle said...

So many wonderful creations! Each one so beautifully done! I love the colors you chose for each one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Dorothy S said...

Mynn, great choices1 I especially like November - wonderful look with the layered "circles". Thank you for sharing. I had not thought of doing highlights - had a difficult time finding a couple for a "favorite of the year" challenge!

Karren said...

Fabulous cards and projects! Love all the white space. Thanks for the heads up re your Linky party. Going to add my link now :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Mynn, your cards and creations are fabulous! I can see why these are your favourites! Your February project looks amazing! Thank you for inviting me to your linky! It was fun to look back at the year's creations! Happy New Year to you!

Desire Fourie said...

Mynn this is a stunning series of creations, a true showcase of your wonderful creative talent. Its hard to pick a favourite. Thank you so much for sharing them with your bloggy friends. And thank you for giving us crafty souls a chance to reflect on our creations of 2014.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Clare Lloyd said...

beautiful review of your projects for 2014. happy new year to you. x

crafty-stamper said...

So many fabulous cards love the bright colours and the CAS ones too-best wishes for a Happy New Year
Carol x

Pink Unicorn said...

This is such a wondeful lineup of amazingly beautiful cards. They are all gorgeous, November is my favourite. Happy New Year!!!

Jo said...

Hi Mynn, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, and the link to this post.
I'm so glad that you did, because I LOVE that you have shared your faves of each month, what a fabulous idea, and with such fabulous cards too. Your are so very creative and talented.
Happy New Year to you & yours!
Jo xx

Milka Gubo said...

Beautiful cards, Mynn :-D Happy new year! :-D

Viv said...

Stunning projects. Have a wonderful New Year.

cotnob said...

I have only just discovered your fabulous blog Mynn, many thanks to Kitty for leading me here.
You have chosen a beautiful selection of projects, it's so nice to see everyone's personal favourites - thank you for hosting this link party.
I'm just going to have a lovely browse around your blog.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful and gorgeous cards true the year Mynn
I don't do a top5 but love to have seen your cards.

Have a Happy New Year.

Gr Karin

Donna Ellis said...

Wonderful projects, Mynn! Love what you have done on each one - so happy and cheerful! hugs, de

Kara said...

such beautiful cards this year!! love visiting you!

Margaret said...

Happy new Year to you too Mynn. What a lovely set of cards so bright and cheerful. I do love November that is gorgeous.
Margaret M

Lisa Elton said...

So much prettiness all in one place!! Love visiting with you Mynn, always inspiration to be had. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You had a wonderful year with all those beauties, thanks for stopping by my blog to say HELLO. I will try to link up soon!

Becca Cruger said...

Mynn, your work is divine. I love your layering and your classy, tailored aesthetic! I look forward to being inspired by you in 2015!

Lyndal said...

FABULOUS creations Mynn, thank you for the inspiration! Hope you can play along at my linky party too! http://lyndalhiggins.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/2014-few-of-our-favourite-things-join.html

Donna Nuce said...

Happy New Year Mynn! Your November card is my absolute favorite too!

Julie B said...

Fab creations Mynn, only just discovered your linky! X

Fliss said...

Hi Mynn, long time no see and thanks for your kind comment. Decided to join in the party!
Love all your beautiful creations and lovely to see them all.
Happy New Year and all the best for 2015.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monika Reeck said...

Really fab creations Mynn I love all your cards they are all complete with embelishment and mini details you gave on your card..I will take one day to make post and join your Mr Linky but today I only post my DT card for HOC and thanks foe being so nice Boss at HOC Mynn.I learn much from you...big hugs and happy new year for you and your DH..hugs, Monika

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your collection of cards for 2014- you are so talented! I have a post set up, will have to join in on the hop : ) Happy New Years Mynn!

~ Kendra ~ said...

LOVELY creations Mynn!!! All are so beautiful! Love working with you!

Lynn's Place said...

Happy New Year from CIO challenge blog...your projects are sweet stop by and play with us again <((><

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Mynn, your creations are utterly delish! Love everyone of them. I also super love your CAS styley ways. Just gorgeous. Thanks for linking up with my 'Top 12 0f 2014' challenge and thanks for the invite to link up with you. Happy New Year hugs, Wends xxxx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Super projects sweetie!


Karen Petitt said...

Hiya huni!
All blooming gorgeous and thanks for the linky! Sorry it took me so long been under the weather K xx

debby4000 said...

What gorgeous creations
Thank you for joining my Favourite Five of 2014.

Taunya Butler said...

Mynn - I love the ones you have chosen for your top 12. My favorite of these is the mistletoe Christmas card - something about it just speaks to me!! So glad you told me about your link-up and thanks for letting me be included!! You are a delight and sweetheart!!! Happy New Year wishes to you!!! May the coming year be filled with blessings!!