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Dec 28, 2017

A Year in Review 2017

It's hard to believe that we're in the last week of 2017. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We received our first snow of the season just in time on Christmas Eve, which was really nice and helped put us all in the Christmas mood. I am still in "holiday mode" and enjoy having the kids home for a few more days before it's back to school. Winter break always seems to end too soon! Another week couldn't hurt! It has gotten so cold here right after Christmas, and we're expecting to start the new year with a high of around 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 Celsius). Hoping it will warm up a bit once school starts again...

This time of the year I usually take a break from card making, but at the end of the year I always like to look back at the things I created and choose some favorites. It's the perfect thing to do on this freezing cold winter's day! To make it easier I chose 1 card a month. As you can see, my Penny Black stamps were still my favorites to use, and I have a feeling that will continue in the new year as well :)
If you would like more information about any of the cards, simply click the month to go to the original post.

January - You Make My Heart Smile

February - I Carry Your Heart

March - Botanical Notes

April - When Life Gives You Lemons...

May - Where Words Fail

June - Christmas In June

July- Fancy Folds

August - Sending Love

September - You Make Me Smile

October - Halloween Greeting

November - Colors of Autumn

December - Clean And Simple

If you are doing or have done a "year in review" type post, please do let me know in the comments, so I can come check out your post too! I'd love to see your favorites!

Thank you so much for visiting,

wishing all my readers, friends, followers and blog visitors a very happy and healthy New Year!

I will be back again with a new post on Saturday, January 6th. 


  1. Ellie, I feel like I just got a free issue of Cardmaker Magazine! What a great lineup of so many beautiful projects! You've been such an inspiration this year and I appreciate your creativity and friendship. Happy New Year! Hugs, Autumn

  2. Beautiful cards!!

  3. What lovely cards Ellie, i so enjoy visiting your blog - I will be doing a review type post in a couple of days

  4. Hi Ellie,

    Just to say yes I did see and read your comment and really appreciate your kind words.

    This is a lovely post ans such a good idea, I may even follow in your footsteps and do something similar.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    B x

  5. You ROCKED it this year!! These are all gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Gorgeous and creative cards, thanks for the show!

  7. A wonderful array of beautiful cards and I too love the idea of the review. hope you don't mind me doing something similar! Happy New Year, Ellie. Hope 2018 brings a wealth of creativity to you x

  8. Hi Ellie!!! What a wonderful post here - I've been through each and every card and just can't choose a favourite!!! You've had a great crafting year and produced some superb artwork. Thank you for making me so welcome at Penny Black and More and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! xxxxx

  9. Such a beautiful collection of cards and I especially love your hedgehog cards....they are so adorable
    Dr Sonia

  10. just fantastic looking at all of them!
    Happy New Year mf...blessings for happiness and good health.
    xx Karen

  11. Fabulous collection of cards x Susan x

  12. Anonymous18:26

    i've never done a year in review post, ellie, but i enjoyed seeing all your beautiful creations again! happy new year.

  13. Lovely to see your beautiful work again. I've jumped onto this idea and done it too!

  14. Gorgeous again! Lovely to see them in one post.
    I know this is a hard one to do, I have done earlier. This year I haven't the time for the review.
    There's a lot of inspiration, lovely sketches and beautiful colour combos in your cards, keep on creating 2018;-))m


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