My Top 10 of ’11

Wow.  Can you guys believe that 2011 is already coming to an end?  Didn’t it just start last week or something?!  Man how time has flown by.

A fellow Paper Issues gal, Kellie Winnell, came up with the pretty graphic up there and got me started on this top ten!  I could reflect on the things that have changed my life, my house, myself over this year but nah.  Too “heavy” or “seeeerious”.  So instead, I decided to join in the fun over at Kellie Winnell’s blog and post my top 10 projects from this year!  After all, this *is* my craft blog!

Each of the following selections are linked to the original blog post if you’d like to take a gander at some close ups and whatnot.  So without further ado, pull up a chair, grab a tasty libation, kick up your stilettos, and let’s take a walk through project memory lane!

This was one of my most favorite pages I’ve done this year.  I loved the color and the snow texture I added to the lettering.  Not to mention, that photo is priceless!

I loved putting this fun drink carrier turned art caddy together.  I taught this as a class for ACOT and was the first time I was “featured” on another major blog site, Paper Issues!

This page really got me hooked on fussy cutting.  I cut the branches and flower out and layered them onto this page, as well as the old woody.  This is one of my favorite photos I took of my oldest daughter and would you believe it was taken with my phone?!

I loved this page because this is the first time that I made my own stick pins and used them on a page!  Yes.  They are made to look like poo but that because our dog had become a poo connoisseur.  It was also the very first blatantly politically incorrect page I had done!  πŸ˜‰

This birdhouse is absolutely one of my all-time favorites.  I still find myself staring at it to this day.  This is the first major altered art project I did.

This was my very first attempt at an acrylic mini album.  I used pictures of the hubster and I at the USMC Birthday Ball last year.

I altered an Altoids tin for this shrine-in-a-box for Gauche Alchemy.  This little project came together so easily and I definitely want to try another one but in a different theme!

I was honored to do this memory jar for a very close friend of mine.  It’s an upcycled candle jar that is painted with alcohol inks and embellished with various pretties.

I fell in love with this wreath.  I had planned on doing this wreath but a burlap challenge for May Arts gave me the extra giddy-up to get off my bum and get it started and completed.  And yes.  This wreath won!  It was my first manufacturer’s challenge win.

I made this advent garland for Gauche Alchemy using some muslin fabric, twine, and Echo Park Papers.  This was my first major sewing project since the 8th grade and I must say.  It doesn’t look that bad!

20 thoughts on “My Top 10 of ’11

  1. Lowri

    AWESOME projects Christina! I love posts like this as it gives new readers the chance to see some of one's best work from through the year
    Lowri πŸ™‚

  2. Kristy

    How did you manage to pick one! I kept thinking "this is my fav so far!" then I'd look at the next and go "this is my fav so far!" fabulous job this year! I *think* the advent calendar might be my fav… or it could just be that it was last lol!

  3. Lou Mac

    Oh my. First of all.. your blog is amazing – NEW FOLLOWER!! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for sharing this. Your projects are amazing! The memory jar has gotta be my fave. So shabby chic!!

  4. Marcia

    Oh I can see why these are your top 10 ….. Awesome awesome work. You just got yourself another follower, going to spend some time on here today.

    Hope you get to ring 2012 in with smiles aplenty.

    x Marcia

  5. WillieburgScrapper

    Swung by for a second look- actually no- I can't believe that black and white photo is a phone- the tones and light on it are SO AMAZING!!!! The fussy cutting on the branches is so detailed. I bow to the craft goddess! πŸ˜‰


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