2015 Year-End in Review

Here we are – the last day of 2015.  And what a year it has been!  I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my most popular cards from the year.  To determine which projects were most popular, I turned to Pinterest to find out which ones had the most views and the most repins.  What fun!  I’ve never evaluated my projects for a “countdown” before, but the wrap-up of a year is as good a time as any, no?  While every card I make holds some sort of memory for me, I have my favorites.  Some of my favorites actually made this list – smile.

You can click on the photos for any of these projects to see the original posts.

#10 – You Rock!  This was such a fun card from the Occasions Catalog that used several products that are no longer current and was inspired by a fun CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I loved this Adventure Bound Designer Series paper – so many great pictures – and combined it with the Crazy for You stamp set (still current) and the Word Bubbles Framelits.  I mostly, though, love this combination of colors – the gray/tan combination makes me smile.

Crazy About You, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CTS107:

#9 – Holly Jolly.  I guess you like it when I go against everything in my nature and actually use glimmer paper?  Not only did I crop “jolly” with Red Glimmer Paper, but I cropped tiny circle of the same, shiny paper to adorn the holly berries.  There was a lot of anxiety in the Fungeon that day, but I have to admit that I liked the outcome.

Holly Jolly Greetings, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM170:

#8 – You Light up my Life.  This color combination of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Very Vanilla makes me very happy.  Seemed fitting that I should pair it with a lightbulb (from You Brighten My Day, a 2015 Sale-a-Bration set) and a sentiment/tag from One Tag Fits All, a 2015 Occasions Catalog stamp set – and don’t get me started about how much I love this Flashback Designer Series Paper (retired with last year’s Annual Catalog).  The combination of all of these things made for such a bright and cheery card.

One Tag Fits All, You Brighten My Day, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS170:

#7 – Moon Lake Sympathy Card.  When I bought Moon Lake, a stamp set from the 2015 Occasions Catalog, I immediately knew I wanted to make this card.  Soft and serene, the image paired well with the simplicity of the card layout.

Moon Lake, Petite Pairs, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

#6 – Making Spirits Bright.  Who would have thought that this simple card would have been so popular?  It was one of the first projects I shared with product from the 2016 Holiday Catalog and features a WOW color pairing of Mint Macaron and Cherry Cobbler.

Among the Branches, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

#5 – Be Brilliant!  Again, this lightbulb from the You Brighten My Day stamp set (a favorite from 2015’s Sale-a-Bration event) and the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack (a favorite from the Occasions Catalog) make an appearance.  I loved this card as soon as I was done – some simple layering, a lightbulb in the darkness and a banner that was created with sentiments from Be the Star.

You Brighten My Day, Be the Star, Celebrate Today, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

#4 – Halloween Window.  Before we could order the Hearth & Home Framelits that paired with this awesome Happy Home stamp set that I won during Stampin’ Up!’s convention this summer, I showed you how I made this window with a 1″ circle punch in a fun video.  You can see that video here.

Happy Scenes, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS197:

#3 – Celebrate Baby.  I made this sweet baby card with Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (from 2015 Sale-a-Bration) and a couple of great stamp sets that are still current in the 2016 Annual Catalog – Fabulous Four and Something for Baby.  The sponged combination of Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight created a fun background on this clear-embossed paper.  I was really happy with how this cutie turned out.

Fabulous Four, Something for Baby, Irresistibly Yours, Stampin' Up!, Brian King:

#2 – Happy Haunting.  Ahh!  The Spider Web Doilies – who didn’t want those the minute they debuted in the 2015 Holiday Catalog?!  The Cheer All Year stamp set (“Happy Haunting” here) was one of my favorites this season.  Still, the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper is the star of this card!  Love it!

Cheer All Year, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri70:

#1 – Wishing You Joy with Wonderland.  This card that featured the gorgeous Wonderland trees and Hearth & Home Thinlits was repinned more than 1,000 times – that’s not a statistic I’m used to seeing.  I’m not sure what happened there, but it’s been a super-popular card.  Yippee!  What a thrill!

Wonderland, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS200:

That’s quite a variety of cards from different holidays and catalogs.  Do you have a favorite that wasn’t included in this list?  I’d love to know which cards you liked best.  🙂  I’m so happy that I get to share with you each and every day – and I love that you leave me so many wonderful comments.  I am particularly grateful for my wonderful customers and incredible Stampin’ Up! team members.  All of you make this SO worth it day-in and day-out, and I appreciate you.  I hope you have a wonderful 2016.

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  1. Brian…thank you for a year of inspiration. I look forward to your daily post to see what fun and creative project you have for the day. Your videos are always great and I love to see and hear from your mom. But what I like most is that you just make cards that are clean and simple…..lots of layers :), but very inspirational to my style of card making.

  2. Impossible to pick a favorite because they are all so amazing. Wonderful work, BK, and wrap up to the year!

  3. Brian, all of this cards are beautiful, thank you for sharing each one of them.
    I want to thank you for all the help you gave me with my blog and for your sweet, encouraging comments you leave each time you visit.
    I also want to thank you for introducing me to my dear friend Sonny, we have a sweet and fabulous friendship and we have found out that we have so many things in common besides card making, like football and grandkids.
    And last, but definitely not least, thank you for all the inspiration you share daily, for your videos and tips too.
    Give your mom a warm hug from me and tell her that I hope she will make another video, she is sweet as cotton candy.
    Wishing for you Joy and Health for 2016.

    • Maria – I’m so happy that you and Sonny met through my blog – what a dynamic duo you two are. 🙂 I’m so happy to know you and share with you – and love to see what you share. All the best to you and your family in this coming year, Maria!

  4. Thanks, Brian. I found myself pinning cards I had missed and, apparently, pinning cards I’d pinned before! The vanilla with the bermuda and curry is GENIUS! p.s.What is your color combo on Moon Lake?

    • Annie – Thanks! Pin away! 🙂 The Moon Lake card is Soft Sky, Basic Black and Whisper White. You can click on the image if you want to see/read more. 🙂

  5. It’s great to revisit your cards. Awesome, each and every one. Happy New Year!

  6. Hi Brian – you’re kidding right? Pick out a favorite? Every dang card you make becomes a favorite so how can you possibly expect me to pick just one or two or twenty two. Geez, you are making it tough for me this morning. LOL Love them all – you know that. Happy New Year and may 2016 bring you good Health, Happiness and Prosperity! Hugs fro Maine!

  7. Brian, as I saw each one I thought, “Oh, yeah, that was my favorite!” It’s impossible to pick a favorite. They are all great but more than that, I always learn something from you posts. You are a wonderful teacher. Thanks and happy new year.

  8. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
    I eagerly await your daily creative messages. I have learned a lot — keep them coming.
    Congratulations on your successful business.
    Best wishes for a blessed new year.

  9. Happy New Year to you too – I always love opening my ‘card of the day’ from you. Your designs are simple and eye catching and many have been CASED in some way for my own SU workshops. Thanks so much for your daily inspiration – hope to see you in April.

  10. Love all of your cards, Brian. I’m anticipating more wonderful works
    of art in 2016

    Happy New Year

  11. I remember using your “You Rock” card as inspiration for a card I made. Thanks for your dedication to the stamping community and Happy New Year Brian!

  12. Hey Sweetie ! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones !!
    Love all of your creations and tips and I especially like the one you gave yesterday for those of us that are not blessed with great hand strength !
    Big Hug from one of your CHARTER MEMBERS !!

  13. Brian, you have inspired me to love the creative process! Through your guidance, I have made cards that I did not know I was capable of creating! I am hoping you have a very prosperous and magical 2016!

  14. Brian, I have followed your blog sporadically but checked it out again yesterday and found some of your videos. They are great! And gave me some really wonderful ideas (especially the hexagon punch video – I loved that!). I have bookmarked your blog so that I can visit each day. Thanks for your wonderful ideas and cards! And Happy New Year!

  15. Brian, a wonderful parade of stars! Each one is my favorite, well, because everything you do is my favorite. I have yet to see a card I didn’t really really really like/love. Having said that, the highlight of my 2015 year was seeing you again at Convention. You are such an awesome guy; just so much fun and I can’t wait to try to hang out with you this year. Your inspiration is delightful for me, and I learn something new, at almost every post. Please give your Mom a hug and tell her we want to see more of her in 2016 too., Happy New Year, and may you and yours be Blessed always. Hugs.

  16. That Moon Lake Sympathy card was among my top favorites this year, too! Really supreme! I love how you mat your cards, Brian. I will be aiming to try more of those layers this year! 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration. Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year from the eastern plains of New Mexico! I enjoy your cards so much!

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