2016 Top 10 Blog Hop | Blog Candy

Hello and welcome to the 2016 Top 10 Blog Hop! With the end of the year almost here, I'm participating with a group of my crafty friends to share our top 10 favorite projects from 2016.  This year has been full of change with regards to my creative outlet. Early last year, I became more interested in card making and started doing some stamping and coloring. As the year has progressed, I've done less and less scrapbooking and more card making. I never thought I would stop scrapbooking and maybe I'll pick it up again, but for now, I'm really enjoying card making and learning more about using different mediums to design and create with.

After you take a peek at all my favorite projects, make sure you check out the end of the post for all the blog hop details and for the blog candy!

Top 10 Blog Hop 2016

This past year I was blessed to be asked to join the Card Maker Magazine Blog Design Team. This opportunity sealed the deal for me with card making! It really helped me realize just how much I enjoy the process involved with making a card. I had the opportunity to create and share a variety of card making technique and paper craft projects on their blog and to participate in several blog hops with new to me companies such as Impression Obsession and Taylored Expressions.

Stamping With The Back Of Your Clear Stamps - This is a card I made for our Impression Obsession Blog Hop where I shared how to use the back of your clear stamps to create a watercolor effect.

Get Well Wishes Card by Juliana Michaels featuring stamping with the back of your stamps tutorial

In February I taught another online class for Big Picture Classes called Stretch Your Punches. This class shows you how to get the most out of your paper punches by creating four different layouts, each featuring a different technique. I share tips and tricks along the way that help you look at your punches in new ways and allow you to customize your scrapbook pages even more.

Love This Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels Stretch Your Punches Big Picture Classes

During 2016, I continued to create and share free digital cut files here on my blog. One of my favorites was Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File. This post also included a tutorial on how to back your die cuts with patterned paper.

All That Matters Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Butterfly Frenzy Free Digital Cut File and Elle's Studio

Another favorite of mine was the Chevron Background. This one is a simple overlay that looks great with a piece of patterned paper layered behind it. And as always, if you are looking for more free cut files, make sure to check out my Digital Cut Files Page.

Sweet Memories Scrapbook Page by Juliana Michaels featuring Cocoa Vanilla and Chevron Background Free Digital Cut File

As for design teams, I was blessed to continue designing for Therm O Web using their fabulous adhesives and Deco Foil to create a variety of paper crafts.  I even made a couple of fabric projects this year including this cute hedgehog pattern I created with Heat N Bond and Jennifer Jangles Strawberry Festival Fabric.

Hedgehog Sewing Pattern Jennifer Jangles Strawberry Festival Fabric, Therm O Web HeatNBond by Juliana Michaels

Another fun opportunity I've had this past year was to guest design for Sunny Studio Stamps. I adore their adorable stamp designs and I had a blast creating cards for their spring, summer, fall and winter releases.  This is one of the cards I created using their Sweet Shoppe stamp set for their Spring release. And, I'm pleased to share that I'll be guesting for them for their Spring 2017 release in March!

Sweet Birthday Wishes Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Sunny Studio Stamps Sweet Shoppe Stamp Set

I also continued to participate in the seasonal Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and created a variety of coffee themed projects. One of them was this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Card and of course it included a coffee themed digital cut file! Pumpkin Spice Coffee Card Digital Cut File

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Card by Juliana Michaels

As many of you know, I love Halloween. This year, I created some fun free Halloween Apothecary Labels.  I used them to recycle some glass jars to create a set of Apothecary Bottles to decorate my house this past Halloween.


In 2015, I started working my dream job as a graphic designer for Jillibean Soup. I've continued working for them this year and it has been a blast working along side the Jillibean team to create a lot of fun new products this past year including a new line of Holiday Shape Shakers. I used these to create a few Christmas shaker cards this year. I mean, who doesn't love a shaker card?! 

Season's Greetings Christmas Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Jillibean Soup Holiday Shape Shakers

Last, but not least, I created quite a few crafty projects that weren't paper related. I have always enjoyed creating holiday themed projects such as this Wood Plank Christmas Nativity Decoration I made as a Christmas gift for friends and family.


Now, that you've made it to the end, it's time for the giveaway!

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Leave a comment below for your chance to win my Top 10 Blog Hop Prize... 
a $25 Gift Certificate to the online store of your choosing!

If you would like an extra chance to win, follow me on Instagram and leave a comment to let me know you did that or if you are already following me.

To be entered to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 11:59 pm CST on January 2.

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Now, I invite you to visit the rest of my crafty friends for the 2016 Top 10 Blog Hop. I know many of them are having giveaways and such as well. Happy hopping and thank you so much for stopping by!

Comments

  1. Fabulous projects! I love your work! xx

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  2. I love the variety in your projects! All beautiful! The layouts are so pretty!I must say that I absolutely love the cupcake card. I am a huge cupcake fan..lol!

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  3. beautiful projects...and what an awesome year you've had! btw, that hedgehog is FREAKIN' ADORABLE :)

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  4. Love all your projects-your layouts are always my favorites!

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  5. I absolutely love your style, Juliana. I, too, have mirgrated more into cardmaking than scrapbooking, but one of my 2017 resolutions is to get back into scrapping. I'm too far behind and have great pictures just waiting for inspiration!

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  6. Changes are the spice in my life... Good luck with yours! Loved all your projects this year, and of course your wonderful free files!

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  7. I love seeing all of your beautiful card projects! It IS addictive, isn't it? Each one is a little portrait!
    Holiday Hugs!
    Michele

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  8. What more can I say after reading this blog post besides....WHEW! You've had an incredibly creative year and I expect much more is on the horizon for you in 2017. Congratulations again on the cover of Card Maker and I look forward to reading the issue when it comes out. Craft on my friend.

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  9. What an exciting year for you! Love your projects and cut files!

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  10. I have been following you for a long time...you are very inspirational!!! Love your creations. :o)

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  11. Fabulous work Juliana....following you on Instagram!

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  12. Your projects this year are Amazing! I love them all! I follow you on instagram.

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  13. You are an excellent designer. All these projects are wonderful. My favorite is the Apothecary Labels. So cool of you to share the clever labels with us. Thanks so much.
    I follow you on Instagram now. JeanBullock but I don't see a way to follow you by e-mail which I prefer. Happy New Year

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    1. Jean you can follow me by clicking on the Hello Bar (it's orange) at the top of my blog or the RSS feed on the right hand side of my blog. Thanks!

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  14. Juliana, You are so talented! I want to be you! I can't wait to get my copy of Cardmaker.

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  15. Wonderful creations! I love the butterfly die cuts and the chevron die cut overlay on your layouts. I also create cards, when time allows. It's such a fun & creative outlet! Glad you are crafting in that manner, too, now!

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  16. I just added you in my instagram, so I can follow you there, too!

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  17. So many gorgeous projects! That little hedgehog brings a big smile to my face! :)

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  18. You've had such a productive year! Thanks for you constant inspiration! I am now a follower on instagram!

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  19. Great review of your crafty pursuits this year! Thanks for sharing all your talent and beautiful projects with us. All the best for 2017!
    (And I hadn't realized that I didn't follow you on IG yet. Now I do! 👍🏼)

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  20. Wow! So many stunning projects!!! My favorite is that fabric hedgehog!! Soooo awesome!

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  21. Love all your amazing projects. So much variety and so much inspiration. And congrats on your new post at Newton's Nook. Looks like you will be having a fun 2017!

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  22. Wow. You are so creative. Loved seeing your ideas. I love that darling hedgehog. I follow on Instagram (gilda_mccain)

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  23. So many amazing and creative projects! I follow you on Instagram also.

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  24. Love these amazing projects. It's great to have a year in review!

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  25. Love all your projects, but that hedgehog is adorable!

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  26. That little hedgie is adorable and I love the nativity piece too!

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  27. I love the Get Well Wishes card. I really want to start making cards.


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  28. First time visitor-I enjoyed your wood planked Christmas gift. I still dabble in woods every once in awhile-even though it has been 15 yrs since I slowed way down to doing it once a year.

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  29. I love your work and look forward to seeing what you're creating. So great to see companies snapping you up for their design teams! I really love the free Cut files you've given us so often. Thanks so much.

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  30. I follow you on Instagram already as bunnydobbie

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  31. Love the butterfly layout. Backing them with
    the patterned paper makes them really stand out.
    The first card is beautiful. I'm a card maker
    so I always appreciate ideas for cards.
    The dinosaur is darling. Doing many different
    crafts - I've been the same all my life. Keeps
    things interesting.
    thanks for sharing.
    Happy New year
    I don't do Instagram.

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  32. I always love everything you create, Juliana. You are so talented. I somehow missed that adorable hedgehog this year---to DIE for!! My sister-in-law loves hedgehogs. If only I felt confident enough to take on a project like that...but then I might love it so much I wouldn't want to give it away! Thanks so much for sharing your top 10! And I already follow you on Instagram :)

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  33. I love the hedgehog and the apothecary labels !!!

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  34. What awesome projects. Thanks for sharing your top 10 of the year. Your creativity is inspiring.
    Thank you for the chance to win blog candy!

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  35. I love the first card with the floral designs! Great colors, and fun use of the stamps! Lots of fabulous projects!

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  36. I've been following your blog for years and always enjoy your projects, but that little hedgehog is So darn adorable! Congratulations on all your design team positions, and thanks for always inspiring me.

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  37. I'm following you on Instagram now too as shartl83

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  38. I'm a long time follower and always love your work. That Halloween project and fabric hedgie are just fabulous! Thanks for being such a creative source and for sharing on the hop!

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  39. Following on Instagram and left some love!

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  40. You know how much I adore your work and am excited to see more of your amazing cards!!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  41. Love your blog, your inspiration and your style. Enjoy 2017 and wishing you much more success.

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  42. I can see why you were picked for those design teams because you are so talented! That hedgehog stole my heart!

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  43. I am following on instagram as stampnk2

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  44. oh wow these projects are all so fun! The heart layout is great and OMG OMG OMG i just LOVE that little hedgehog! I just wanna love him, hug him, squeeze him and call him George! LOL! I am following on Instagram. Thank you for the chance to win!

    Sammibug on Ohio

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  45. The variety in your crafting is amazing....you are super talented and inspire me to branch out a bit this year. I really dig that hedgehog.

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  46. What an amazing year for you! Congratulations, and looking forward to seeing your creations in the next year! I am an instagram follower too!

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  47. Amazing and Inspiring collection of layouts! Love hopping with you again this year. It just makes me want to shut myself away and create.

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  48. These are awesome! Love seeing the various types of projects you've created!

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  49. Thank-you for all the free cut files! I love the chevron layout.

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  50. Wonderful to be hopping with you again Juliana. I just love your use of the cut files and adore that cute hedgehog and wickedly fab apothecary labels. Happy New year!

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  51. Delightful and inspiring!! Thank you for your files!

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  52. OMG... that hedgehog is absolutely adorable!

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