It’s that time of year when we look back and take stock and look forward and make plans, and with that in mind Sandy recently encouraged the blog admin group to think about how to keep things fresh. After thinking about it, I realized I’ve been organizing the weekly tutorials almost two years, and it might be good to get some fresh energy in this spot. So beginning next week our new tutorial “wrangler” will be Nancy of Scrap Happens! fame. Nancy creates great tutorials, and I’m really excited to see what she has in store for all of us.

I have loved my time in the Tuesday Tut position. How often do you get a chance to combine your professional experience with your favorite hobby and a fantastic group of people working for a cause you love? So, before I yammer much further, I want to say thanks to Sandy and all of you for the opportunity. It’s been my privilege.

So, we had the impromptu blog hop this weekend where people picked their favorite cards, and I though I’d carry on the theme in today’s post and link to some of my favorite tutorials from the past couple of years.

You know how great it feels to see the pics of our Heroes holding up the cards they’re going to write home to their families. Some of you know how great it feels to realize they’re holding up a card you made. That’s how I feel when I see a Hero holding a card featuring a technique from a recent tutorial. Check out this pic. The Hero on the end is holding Necktie cards.

I feel just as pumped when you guys post pics of cards you’ve made featuring the tutorial techniues. So, which tutorial led to more uploaded photos than any other? Say it with me…. Pinwheels! (which we actually called Pinwheel II because there are three kinds.) I doubt there are more than a handful of people who read the blog who haven’t made a pinwheel card, because they’re so easy and cute and are a great use of scraps. Here’s a pic shared on FB by Yolanda.

More often than not, I’ve had to learn or figure out how to do a technique so I could then turn around and post a tutorial on it. The thing I’m happiest to have learned for my own cardmaking benefit is probably the easiest technique we’ve featured, and that is the Bow tying – Fork Method. I am bow-challenged, and sometimes you just want to have a cute bow.

Sometimes I have gotten to share my own favorite techniques. I’ve been proud that we feature 101 level tutorials right alongside the more advanced techniques, and the Masking 101 tutorial features one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made.

And probably my favorite techniqe ever, featuring my first ever video (which was what gave Sandy the idea to offer me the gig in the first place), was the Dahlia Fold tutorial.

I’ve been so glad to have help from many of you who have volunteered to share tutorials of your own. There are some I’ve actually not gotten around to doing yet, but really want to. One of those is the Shaving Cream technique. I bought shaving cream and everything. I just haven’t done it yet. I’m afraid my cats might try to help me!

Another technique I’ve done a little of, but really want to play with more is Paper Punch People. Not just people. I’ve been wanting to try to make a lot of things with punches. One day I was at a stop light behind a jeep and I caught myself thinking about it in terms of circles and corner-rounded rectangles.

And last, but definitely not least, I really want to improve my Basic Coloring. I think Sandy and I are opposite-twins when it comes to cardmaking. She’s always saying she struggles with CAS and heat embossing, and that’s what I totally rock at. I, on the other hand, can’t color my way out of a wet paper bag. I am resolving to improve my coloring skills in 2012.

So, what have been your favorite tutorials and what have you been meaning to try but just haven’t yet? I’m putting up an inlinkz. The list of past tutorials is on the Cardmaking Resources page. Try something new and link on the inlinkz below.

I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be helping behind-the-scenes and you can still write me at kate@operationwritehome.org. Thanks again for putting up with me on Tuesdays for so long. Do me a favor, and give Nancy a great welcome, and I’d especially love it if you’d write her at nancy@operationwritehome.org and tell her what you’d like to see a tutorial on, or better yet, volunteer to do one for her.

You guys are awesome!

-Kate