2013 - Card Year in Review!

 Farewell, 2013!

This is such a fun post every year, one that I really adore!
For my 2013 cards Year in Review,
 I'm doing it a little bit different than previous years ...
 rather than pick a 'favorite' card from each month,
I thought I'd reflect on crafting goals that I met, adventures I took,
sidesteps that didn't go quite as planned, friendships made and sustained :)
In all - many blessings!


 I began the year with a mantra to use my un-inked SU! stamps
and my crafting goal was to try new techniques.  I succeeded with both!
While I didn't use all of them, I sure put a dent in my unused/unloved SU stamps!  And tried new things.
Like this one. 
 I dusted off my aqua painter and my water color crayons!


For 3 wonderful months,
I was a guest designer for Bugaboo stamps ~ total fun!


I got lucky in March!
Okay ... um .... let me rephrase!  :D
I'm lucky that I have a great group of friends for the Dueling Darlings group,
 a group I dreamed up years ago and here we are - still dueling!
This card was created from a kit from sweet Kadie!


 This card was created from the generosity of a special friend
who sent me this fabulous birthday stamp! Thank you!!
She's also in one of my other fun card groups - The Calendar Girls.
  Hi!  I'm Miss February! ::: waving :::
Thankfully, there is NO swimsuit competetion ...
Just sayin'!


 My firstborn daughter graduated High School and 
jumped right in and started college in the summer term!  
So proud of her!


I tried my hand at continuing my year of simplifiying ~
I drooled over a dahlia stamp in the SU! catty but couldn't afford to buy it 
at the time and found a digi stamp that was almost spot on for $2!
What a bah-gain!
AND this turned out to be my favorite card of the year :)
Who knew!


 The kids are officially out of school ~  I love having my babies home! :)
There is such great joy in having them close by and
 doing all the silly, fun, happy things kids do -  and they sometimes join in! :P


Another fun card for a special group I'm in - the Stamp Addicts!
What a special, wonderful group of ladies - welcoming right from the start
and throwing down a guantlet of challenges. This one was probably my 2nd
favorite card of the year - the spotlight technique :)


The Crafters of Faith, another wonderful group of faith-filled women, and 
another group I dreamed up after I had one night after a long night of prayer
and particularly grueling bible study I could not grasp.
I think God truly whispered in my ear "Try, try again .."
We had a free month to create an Anything Goes card :)

 Spooktacular greetings brought to you by Riley - 
my favorite Moose EVER!!!
He just could not be any cuter!
I'm SUPER blessed to be on this DT :) 


Earlier in the year, my dh rec'd a beatiful box of fruit from one of his Dr. colleagues.  When it arrived, all my crafty eyes did was
zero in on the gorgeous box!  The kids had yummy pears and plum and more, but what did my crafty self see?  The fuax stamped images on the box :)
Here is one small piece I saved .... and a lovely card it made!
Tis the season to be grateful after all.


Alas, due one super crazy life, my laptop dying and virtually
zero access to the internet/blogging, my December craft life
was pretty dismal! 3 cards people.  3!
In.  one.  month.
  Here's to a better next year!
However, one of the cards that culminates how the year was overall,
and the future ahead, was this one.  Amen!

Blessings and CHEERS to 2014!!

Thanks for your visit today
and I look forward to another year of crafty, friendship goodness
in the year ahead.

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!

I'll link this to Just Add Ink link up
and Debby's ( Scrapjourney's)  Favourite Five here!


  1. A fantastic year in review! I loved them all when I first saw them and love them all over again now.

  2. Oh Kelly what a fabulous post - love how you commented on the cards and the back-story of them. My favourite of them is the December one!!
    May you and yours know Gods blessings of Peace and Joy in 2014

  3. This is a wonderful selection of cards and a great reflection of your beautiful creative style. {I would love you to take part in my 300,000 Page View Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and may it be all you want it to be. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  4. Kelly, this is such a fun blog post... and gorgeous cards to drool over! Thank you for sharing your reflections with us, too!

    I am so glad you are my friend. Even though the COF will not continue, I know we'll still connect with one another in other groups. (Hugs)

  5. Gorgeous cards, Happy New Year my friend!!!

  6. What a wonderful year in review Kelly!! I remember some of them, some i do not, but all have something beautiful in common about them!! :) Happy New Year!

  7. What an awesome look back at your projects!! They are all absolutely gorgeous!! You did such a great job on all of them!! I look forward to more amazing projects in 2014!! Have a safe and happy New Year :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. A great review of your crafting year - TFS all these lovely creations.

    Toni xx

  9. What a wonderful crafting review. Can´t wait to see new great creations in 2014.

    Happy and healthy new year my friend.
    Frohes und gesundes neues Jahr !!

  10. All awesome choices...and beautiful to boot...

    Have a very Happy New year my sweet friend...

  11. Each card is absolutely stellar! Wishing you and your all the best in the new year!

  12. Happy New Year.. I know it has been awhile, sure have missed all your wonderful creations.

  13. Your work is so very beautiful, Kelly!! I loved each one of these cards the first time you posted them and loved getting to see them again!

    I am also the proud owner of one of them which inspires me daily from my bulletin board above my desk!

    Wishing you a year filled will blessings! Happy 2014!

  14. Not sure I could pick only 12 of your cards!! But I have to say I love all of the ones you chose! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

  15. Loving the way you choose your cards for your fav's! Your DP mix and match is one of my fav things about you- everything always seems to flow so perfectly! I always love the way you meet up to your challenge- makes me look at my unused stamps in a different way...

  16. Great collection of creativeness there Kelly. you've used some great images. Thank you for sharing with us at Just Add Ink.

  17. Beautiful picks!

  18. What a wonderful selection Kelly, they're all so gorgeous.

  19. What a lovely review of the year Kelly. Thanks for sharing your top pick at Just Add Ink.

  20. So many pretty cards - how can you choose just one!!

    Thanks for sharing them with us at Just Add Ink.

    JAI Design Team

  21. So many cute cards!
    Thanks for sharing!