Trendy Tuesday – Year In Review

by Katherine Elliot

Wow!  Time flies more quickly every year and 2013 was no exception.  Looking back at the past year of trends makes me realize how many of these styles I still have yet to create a project for.  I have every intention of creating something of my own for each post I write,  but sadly time just gets away from me.  I am going to try and resolve to do that more in the coming year.  Thank you again to all the talented crafters that have allowed us to share their inspiring creations here on Trendy Tuesdays.  Here’s a quick look at some of the projects we have featured in 2013…

Chalkboard style is still very popular.  There are even more stamps and products available for this style now which makes this technique hard to resist.  We first shared some projects using the smeared white ink technique back in January 2013, including Dawn Easton’s coffee themed Valentine…

Love at First Sip card by Dawn Easton, image source Treasure Oiler Designz

Have we seen the last of feathers on projects?  I don’t think so, at least from browsing the various brands offering feather themed products. This fun, feather filled frame was included in a post from last spring.  This reminds me that many of my favorite paper craft projects are not just cards or scrapbook layouts, but trendy home decor.

Feather Frame by Robyn Werlich, image source Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery

From feathers to our feathered friend, the owl, there is always a favorite woodland creature to celebrate in paper crafts.   Foxes, toads, and deer made frequent appearances on cards in 2013, but the wise and witty owl is a real hoot to see on many projects.

Card by Korin Sutherland featuring stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, image source Splitcoast Stampers

While the weather kept making headlines through the year, we found many different stamp sets and dies that featured some great ways to deal with a tough climate.  No matter the weather, there’s a project to suit your mood and bring a little sunshine to your day…

Card by Lee Murphy featuring Weather or Not stamp set from Gina K Designs, image source My Reality

Speech bubbles made their way off the newspaper comic strips and into our creative, paper crafting tool bag.  Projects pairing a quote bubble with other trendy features have been easy to find. The next projects feature images from Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant from our previous posts featuring flair embellishments and cityscapes.  The speech bubbles ramp up the trend-factor on these cards, don’t you think?

into the woods adhesive flair

Hello Card featuring Into the Woods Flair from Lawn Fawn

Card by Cheiron Brandon, featuring stamps from Mama Elephant, image source Cheiron’s Crafty Life

The use of brushstrokes and paint effects allowed many crafters to show off even more artistic expression on their cards and scrapbook pages in 2013.  I expect to see more freehand and stamped versions of paint effects in the future as well.   I must give another shout out to Lisa Henke for her truly trendy card shown next.  Besides the paint effects, she wins extra points by including trendy hexagons, arrows and enamel dots in her creative design…

Card by Lisa Henke, image source My Little Creative Escape

Geometric shapes take their turn in trends, and while circles and hexagons have had their day, triangles made big headway in 2013.  Check out the trendy triangles and enamel dots in the next clean and simple card by Debby Hughes.  This was featured in our post about enamel dots, but could have stood out as a trendsetting design of its own…

Card by Debby Hughes, image source Lime Doodle Design

The next projects are ones that have not been featured on Trendy Tuesday before, but I think send off the past year in terrific trendy fashion. Sequins, felt, and twine, continue to win me over every time I see them used, and that is quite often.   We have featured the embellishments’ individual appeal before, but this card I discovered after my snowflake post was published early in December, deserves a trendy tip of the hat for the wonderful combined use of these very pretty embellishments…

Card  by Julie Stainton, image source Belle Papier 

We welcome Aliya White as a new trend reporter this year and she did a terrific job on her first post featuring expression die cuts.   These die cut words are so fun to work with!  You know you cannot just have one… Like all good things, our crafting tools can be so addictive.   I found this fun card from the very talented, Barbara Anders, featuring brand new die cuts from My Favorite Things.  Let this send you off to a very Happy New Year…

teaser7_2013dec10Card by Barbara Anders, featuring My Favorite Things Die-namics, image source Paper Pursuits

What crafty resolutions do you have for the new year?  Join me in picking up the paper, stamps and ink a little more often!  Now, I’m off for some holiday merriment and will be searching for more trendy projects for the new year.  Happy crafting, everyone.

3 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Year In Review”

  1. I really like the end-of-year reviews. I even see a couple of cards I missed. Off to check ’em out. I hope the new year brings you all health, happiness and continued creativity.

  2. Great Year In Review Trendy Tuesday Report! I appreciate all your hard work, and due deligience, and the fact that you follow through with a Card that you have found (even after that Trendy Tuesday Post has gone to the presses). Bravo!

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