Good morning everyone - another year of crafting over, and I have been looking back this morning at this year's cards in response to Debby's annual tradition of nominating our 5 favourite cards.
What a decision!! Although like most crafters I'm usually super-critical of my own work, I get very fond of my efforts when I look back at them and remember how thrilled I was with new stamps, how an idea came together, or most importantly making the card with a particular person in mind :-) ... so my initial shortlist had 14 cards on it. So I've had to be ruthless .. but not TOO ruthless ... here are my favourite 7.
First up, my mum and dad's anniversary card which I made back in February. This was my first 8" * 8" card and I took the opportunity to make a large easel using my large PATP punch .... very fiddly but I was delighted with how pretty it turned out.
(Originally posted here).
I don't normally do any decoupage, but couldn't resist this free set in a craft mnagazine back in March. I made nearly all my Easter cards from the set, and this one was my favourite as I think it looks really fresh and spring-like. (Originally posted here).
Love this vintage stamp and always find it very satisfying to colour - this is a springtime card I made in May.
(Originally posted here).
Here's another 8" * 8" card I made (with matching box) when a friend in work got married in May ... I loved this large image and the fact I could use a large bow and wider lace which were too big for a normal size card. (Originally posted here).
This card from August is included simply because I think this bunny has got to be my favourite stamp ever - the innocent and wondrous expression on his face is just magical! (Originally posted here).
Like most people I struggle with making men's cards ... but for once it all seemed to come together with this one! I love colouring this LotV teddy in monochrome shades, and was lucky to find this funky paper which tied it all together. (Originally posted here).
I've really loved Memory Box dies this year, and have made several cards with this beautiful poppy which have always been well received. This was my favourite make using this die, for a friend's special birthday in November (originally posted here)..
So there's my 7 ... and before I finish I'd like to mention one other card (originally posted here) ... it's not included above as it is not really my normal style, but it made me very happy as it was a Ruby Wedding card for my dear friend Jennifer in Australia - a fantastic new friend I have made this year as a direct result of blogging. Which just goes to show what a great pastime crafting and blogging can be!!
So there we have it - all crafting done for 2012, bring on 2013!!
I'll be back tomorrow with "Out With The Old, In With The New" ... and in the meantime I'd just like to wish everyone
A Very Happy New Year
All the Best for 2013