Today is the last day of 2014. Television stations, radio stations, newspapers and magazines are sharing their year-end wrap-ups with countdowns and “best of” lists. Best of Albums, Best of Television, Best of Electronics. At the end of the year, it’s fun to guess which celebrity is most fascinating or which artist sold the most singles. The lists are also a nice walk down memory lane, a refresher of the year. Why shouldn’t I join in the fun?
To celebrate this year, I’ve selected my five favorite cards of 2014. Some were selected because I’m simply proud of the end-product. Some were selected because they were big on Pinterest. Others just have a story that keeps the cards dear to my heart. You can click on each card to see the original post:
#5 Sweet Baby. With the release of the Holiday Catalog, I was instantly in love with the combination of Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz. Add a little Smoky Slate, and you’ve got the makings for a perfect card for a baby boy. This card was inspired by the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper, a sketch from the Friday Mashup and the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set. This card was originally #6 on my list and ready for a cut. When I told Judy I was creating this list, her response was, “You HAVE to put the bunny rabbit baby card on the list.” Since I make the rules, I moved it up to #5.
#4 Shake, Shake, Shake. Like card #5, this card was created for the Friday Mashup. What do I like most about this card? It was the first time I dug into my Kraft Cardstock – and I am proud of myself for using the lid from the Decorative Window Gift Box to create a shaker frame. I also love that this shaker is a peek-a-boo effect – the sequins are only visible around the edges of the sentiment circle. More than anything, though, I love this color combination of kraft, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe. I’ve used this “hello” from #Hello several times this year – I just love the font, and it’s such a friendly image.
#3 ROYGBIV in Flowers. I had a lot of fun playing around with the shapes from the Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack in this clean and fun card. When I couldn’t figure out how to line up the flowers in a perfectly straight line, I decided to add a little whimsy. This card was ALSO created for a Friday Mashup challenge and Paper Players challenge. This card says so much without saying a lot.
#2 Sympathy and Prayers. I created this card for my Great Aunt early this year after my Great Uncle Ellis passed away. I loved playing around with the Core’dinations cardstock and was happy with the simplicity of this layered card. I found the combination of Sahara Sand and Whisper White beautiful, and loved the layering of these Deco Label Framelits. Karen Burniston, the designer of this framelit, also liked this card and posted it on her Facebook page when I shared it. How cool is that?!
#1 Christmas Wishes. This is one of the hardest cards I’ve ever made. The Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge called for pinecones and greens with plaid ribbon. I was stuck on the plaid ribbon until I thought to use a printed paper behind a see-through ribbon. Yippee! I was super-happy with the pinecones (heat embossed in Early Espresso on Sahara Sand paper) because it was the perfect balance of color and texture. This card earned me a “win” at Merry Monday (where I was a Guest Designer and then Design Team Member for several months). This card was also featured on Stampin’ Up!’s blog for a while – huge honor.. More than that, though, I was happy I could make a beautiful card with criteria I originally thought impossible.
I hope you agree with my choices. If you want to see all of my cards in one place, please join me on Pinterest (you can see all my cards here).
Thank you so much for helping to make 2014 such a special year for me – it flew by, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve enjoyed sharing with you and have loved when you share with me. I reached some great milestones this year – it’s your feedback and support that inspires me to continue inspiring you to inspire me for more inspirational inspiring.
Thanks for stopping by today!