Thought I'd take a few minutes to share my three favorite cards from the past year, along with seven contenders.. Each caption has a sentence or two about the reason for selecting the card, as well as a link to each card's original post.
|A Divine Treat|
This was one of my first attempts at coloring -- and with acrylics, no less!posted on 3/12/2012
It also provided me with the opportunity to "chat" with the cupcake's artist, Elizabeth Dulemba.
|For a Traditional Dad|
This was my first time to use Core Paper.The design took a card I madeposted on 4/16/2012
for my dad to the next level.
|Look Who's Turning One!|
This card was a favorite for several reasons.posted on 5/6/2012
It was my first time to create a Tim Holtz-inspired background and to heat emboss with clear powder.
In addition, it was one of my first times to link to a site other than OWH.
|ROARing Good Day!|
This was one of my first ever kiddie cards.posted on 2/12/2012
In addition, it was my first "official" adventure in paper piecing.
(BTW: This was one of hubby's Top 3!)
|A Patriotic Challenge|
Those of you who have visited before know how much I love to make Any Hero cards.posted on 9/30/2012
My favorite Any Hero cards, like the one shown, often use Bo Bunny Liberty paper and a little jute.
Moreover, this was a sample card for one of the Sunday Sketch challenges. :)
Jean SceneThis was my first shaped card -- and I was able to make 8 of them from some great
garage-sale-find stickers! Moreover, two of the eight were set aside for birthday cards
for my 11- and 12-year old nephews. :)
|Three Times the Greenery|
Those who have visited before also have seen cards inspired by Ashley's fabulous scrapbookposted on 9/2/2012
designs. I loved how this card has a CAS-feel even though the design was fairly elaborate. I also loved
how the swirls in the paper were repeated in the stamped image, the trees, and the curvature
of the border punch. Finally, I was thrilled that this card was a sample card for the Christmas is for Kids
Labor Day VCMP challenge. :)
And now the Three Favorites...
|Love is in the Air|
I absolutely adore everything about this card -- from the patterns and gems of the butterflies,posted 4/1/2012
to the blueness of the paper, to the doodled butterfly trails.This was made for a CAS-ual Fridays challenge... and is my best CAS card... so far! (BTW This was another of hubby's Top 3! He likes the "simple ones.")
|A Seussian Christmas|
This card was inspired by a CAS-ual Fridays challenge -- taking another card I made for my dadposted on 7/24/2012
to the next level. I loved the result so much, I made these in three different palettes for this year's
Craft Fair. (And, for the record, this is hubby's #1 pick-of-the-year!)
|Frosty's L'il Friend|
Just thinking about a little one receiving this adorable snowman-shaped card from mommy or daddyposted on 9/2/2012
brought me such joy that I had to choose it as my favorite. Moreover, it combined several of the techniques I had been working on during the year, including heat embossing and combining textures. Finally, it was a sample card for the Christmas is for Kids Labor Day VCMP challenge. :)
Parting ThoughtsIt's been almost two years that I first started making cards for Operation Write Home. Little did I know then that I was joining such a talented, caring, and generous community of crafters. Not only do OWHers create fabulous cards for our heroes, they create a genuine sense of community and family for their fellow cardmakers. I am very grateful for the support and friendship of my OWH colleagues. Thank you all so very much for your amazing support of OWH and for your help in making me a better cardmaker. :)
So, Sandy mentioned setting a crafting goal or two.
- For starters, I'm going to continue to make an Any Hero card -- and also a Midweek Throwdown card -- for as many Sunday sketches as possible.
- I'm going to do my best to clean up my space immediately after each cardmaking session. :)
- And, once this big deadline at work has been met, I hope to leave more comments for my fellow OWHers. I know how much comments mean to me.... and I know I've really dropped the ball on that one this past year. :(
As always, thanks so much for visiting. Here's wishing you many joyful hours of scrappin' in 2013!
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