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31 December 2009

Review of the Year

As 2009 draws to a close, it's time to look back to see what this year has meant to me. What did I learn? What new techniques did I try? What did I enjoy making?

I have continued with scrapbooking, using photographs to create memory pages of special days &/or favourite images. My favourite page uses photographs taken in March on a lovely sunny morning by the coast.

This year has mainly been a digital one. No inks, no paper, no mess to tidy up!
Self-taught, I have learnt how to create png images, how to manipulate & layer images, learnt how to adapt my own photographs to create digital stamps & so much more. I love most of the pieces I made. As always there are some I am not so happy with, but they were all part of the learning process.

My favourites are:-

I have also taken part in the Collage Play with Crowabout Flickr group challenges this year. I have enjoyed the challenge of bringing all the elements provided by Nancy Baumiller into a cohesive collage. For more information, please click here.

My favourite Crowabout collages are:-

I struggled with cards this year, but I have four favourites. Loved for various reasons.

A Birthday card because it used my own photograph of daisies.

A card for my parent's Wedding Anniversary, because it took time & patience to make. Using decoupage & mixed media for a lovely textural card.

A Father's Day card taken from a digital collage, because it used old family treasures; photographs, postcards &
a fob watch inherited from my Great-Grandfather.

A Christmas card because it took inspiration a long time to arrive!
And I got very inky making it.

I've not made many ATCs this year. My favourites have to be Pumpkin & Aubergine enjoying Halloween. I enjoy decoupage; developing my own decoupage layers, the quiet time needed to cut out all the elements & ink the edges & finally, the dimensionality it gives to the finished card.

I always enjoy making Inchies & Moos, because of their small size. I love my inchie alphabet set.

Sadly the Make a Moo challenge blog is on an extended break (I'm still optimistic that they will restart!). My favourite Moo is Looking Back, the Sarah Kay one. A very cute image & it was a labour of love to cut out all those small pieces.

My favourite altered art project has been the Christmas mandala, which was only made this month. I enjoyed adapting an old idea into a new project.

I think I will be making more of these throughout 2010 & I already have a stash of old cd's to use.

What will 2010 bring?

I have some blank canvases to play with & cds to alter. I am sure there will be more digital work, as it has brought me so much pleasure this year. And I must remember to make more inchies.


  1. You have created lots of lovely things during 2009 daisy, looking forward to seeing what you make in 2010! Happy New Year xx

  2. Oh daisy, what a lot you have created! Lovely stuff - my favourite is your Father's card - love the colours and so personal too with the photos - hope you have a very crafty, happy and peaceful 2010. Love S xxx

  3. Daisy, I LOVE all of your work. It would be very hard for me to pick favourites! Your blog is a very beautiful place to visit, so soothing with your excellent choice in music ;o) and very inspiring

    Sending you lots of love and blessings for 2010. May you have a fun filled creative year and may all your dreams and wishes come true!

    Carolyn xx