Tuesday 1 January 2013

Top 10 cards of 2012 and top 4 for Christmas

Hello everyone.

Happy New year to you and your families, and a very warm welcome to Victoria who is a new follower this week.

Well the festivities are over for another year and I have loved spending time with friends and family, but I won't be sorry to get back into some kind of routine. Like many of us, I have over indulged in yummy food and will be glad to get back to healthy eating in order to shift the weight that crept on over the last month or so. I will also be glad to get in some crafting time and want to use some of the gorgeous crafty gifts I received but haven't had time to play with yet.

As I haven't had time to make something new yet, and quite frankly, I feel too tired after New Years Eve celebrations to be creative, I thought I'd look over the past year and pick out my 10 favourites before moving on to some new makes for the coming year. I warn you that this is a long post and you may need a cup of coffee to sustain you on the journey - or you could just scroll quickly through to the end! There is a link to the original posting if you want to know more about each card.

I made this card in January for some friends who were going on a cruise and it was one of the first that I made using my Silhouette Cameo machine

I loved that I found a way to use the little anchor charm that had been in my stash for ages.

The next card  was made for a friends new baby

This used Papertrey Ink materials and I loved stamping the hearts to make the background. I decoupaged the baby's blanket to give a little dimension.

The next card was made for Valentine's Day and was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest

The stamps I used belonged to a friend, but I loved them so much that I had to get them and they are now sitting in my stash!

This card was made for my friend Angie's birthday

and I really like how the bow turned out because I usually struggle to get them right.

The next card was made whilst I took an on line course in using the Silhouette Cameo.

 I was so pleased that I could make a shaped card and this seemed so right for a new baby card.

Next up is a card I made for a Papertrey Ink blog hop

I like this because I used a colour scheme that is way outside my comfort zone and mixed and matched a variety of dies

The next one is a really simple design and can be altered for so many occasions

I love the simple star embossed background - especially as the embossing folder came free on a magazine!

This card was made for the wedding of one of my oldest friends

and the tree shape was cut out on my Cameo. I was so impressed with how it can cut such intricate shapes, and I also tried colouring a button with Copic markers to make it match the colour scheme.me.

The next card was made using the Papertrey Ink zipper die

You pull up the strip that has the arrow on it and a sentiment is revealed underneath! The people at PTI are so clever.

The last of the cards is another one cut on the Cameo

I had great fun cutting the birdcage aperture and frame, and trying to get the cage to have some dimension. But most of all I loved putting the two little birds in the cage! I'm still not too sure about the colour scheme though but they were the colours we were asked to use for the challenge.

I made a lot of Christmas cards this year, but for the first time I made multiples of some of them.

 This one was particularly easy to replicate 

using punched circles and the stamped crackle background.

I discovered a love for the PTI colour 'scarlet jewel' this year and used it on this card

I love how rich and bold it is.

The next card was also easy to batch make and was made with a bird stamp that was not from a Christmas set.

I gave him a party hat and some notes to sing.

My final card was in my last post and is a favourite because it included stamps and dies sent to me by Ann and introduced me to a new (to me) Company called Wplus9

as well as the lovely scarlet jewel colour again.

Thank you for staying with me and for all your kind comments and encouragement over the past year.

Carol x

PS I just realised that every single card used Papertrey Ink materials of some kind. I truly am addicted and admit to my problem!!!!


Keri said...

Fantastic display! Thanks for sharing.

Stacy said...

Oh wow, I really love these cards. The birdcage card is my favorite. Do you like your cameo? Is it worth it? I am tempted to buy one but I read a few bad reviews on amazon that discouraged me.

Sasha said...

They are all fabulous, Carol. Great Cameo creations, too.
Happy New Year! to you and your family x

Terri said...

They are all great! I especially like the birdhouse shaped card. The baby card is super cute too. Happy New Year!

Tracey McNeely said...

Carol you narrowed your list down to 10 gorgeous cards! I always love your designs. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy new year my friend!

Joyce said...

What a great assembly of cards. I love them all, and now you are making me long for a Cameo machine. I'm pinning a few that I think I missed over the course of the year. Wishing you a happy, healthy and crafty new year.

Leigh Penner said...

What great cards, Carol!
Wishing you a happy 2013!

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Unknown said...

Great cards Carol! I especially love the new baby card :)

I too adore Papertrey Ink but I struggle with the cost of shipping to the UK and customs fees. I would order tones of their stuff if I didn't always have to pay so much extra. I just wondered if you had found a good solution to it? Is the key to order small amounts often or place huge orders infrequently? Please forgive me if I am out of line for asking all these questions, I'm just really curious!

If you would rather email me with an answer my email is lucy.baxter@live.co.uk

Thank you for your time.

Happy New Year!

Luanne said...

Beautiful cards! Just ordered some Scarlet Jewell and now I can't wait to get it! Happy New Year!

~amy~ said...

awesome picks!

Happy New Year!

Lizzie Jones said...

Beautiful cards, Carol! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year!

Marybeth said...

Happy New Year! I remember most of these . All amazing creations.
Boy do I hear you on all you said . I have to stop eating and can't wait to start crafting as well.

Pendra said...

Happy New Year Carol and thank you so much for your visit to my place...I love company! Your cards are just beautiful and I will be back often.
p.s. I'm a Papertrey junkie too, although I don't have many of there products, I love to follow what they do...and who doesn't love Melissa's work???!!!

Emma said...

Great cards here Carol. I'm glad I stumbled on this post as I really struggle with the Bundle of Love stamp set, but I love what you've done with it here. You have a lovely clean style, one I find very hard to master!


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