Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Look Back at 2011

Hi there!

Many of my blogging friends have been sharing their favorite cards from 2011, so I thought I'd share mine too. It really is fun to go back and look at all the cards I created last year. I have them in order here, from early in the year, to more recently, but not necessarily one for each month. I just picked some of my faves, and ones that I really had fun creating. So here we go!

Do you remember all the excitement when the Fabulous Flourish stamp was released? I stamped it twice for a shadow effect on this card.


I loved coloring these flowers from Flourishes, and making it look like they were growing up out of the snow!


Here's one of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts. You all know how much I love flowers, and these are just a joy to color!


I wanted to do something really fun with this Hero Arts, tree stamp. I do love the way this card turned out! I remember it was the end of our long and cold winter, and I was aching for some flowering trees.


Another one made with the Hero Arts Floral Garden stamp. I used a neat technique that Jennifer McGuire had shared on the Hero blog.


I don't stamp on patterned paper very often, and this card reminds me to do it more in the new year!


I loved taking out an older Hero Arts image, stamping it twice for a long card, and of course, coloring all those little flowers!


I LOVE the Pine Cone Wreath! This one took lots of time, cutting out each pine cone, and adhering them, to create some dimension. Another fun one to color!


Stamping, inking, distressing, embossing . . .it's all on this card.


I don't make cutesy cards very often either, but it was fun combining some Hero Arts with Penny Black, for a happy card!


This one was cool because I took out some Tim Holtz Fragments to play with. Love the way the ornaments looked after inking, stamping and embossing!


This card was shown on the Lily Pad Cards blog for my guest design spot. I used patterned paper again here . . . .yay! :)


And the last one I'll share is my silvery embossed, Christmas tags.

It's been a year full of learning, creating and just having fun playing with stamps and ink. I'm really looking forward to more of the same this year, and hopefully finding the courage to submit a card or two for publication - we'll see.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support and friendship in 2011! So many of you inspire me on a daily basis, and I am very grateful for that! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year, filled with creativity! :)

38 comments:

Virginia L. said...

LOVE each one of them, Barb!! Your cards really show how talented passionate you are about card-making! I am blessed to know you and visit your blog on a regular basis! Happy 2012 to you and may the best is yet to come!! Perhaps we'll meet some day ;)

Tina said...

What a wonderfull collection, Barb. You are so talented and I think all the cards show your sweet personality.

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Barb

I have loved looking through your favourites from this year and lots of them are favourites of mine too. Your silver tags were amazing and well deserved their win at the HA blog. Your blog is always inspiring and I look forward to visiting lots again this year!!

Heather Maria said...

What a wonderful selection of cards, Barb! Loved seeing your favourites from 2011 and I'm looking forward to seeing what you create in 2012! Happy New Year to you and your family:)

Rachel W K said...

what fun cards you picked! your style definitely shows through in each of these. i love the holiday card thats stamped, embossed, textured and the whole shabang. happy new year!

Leni said...

I love your colorful cards. They all show something sweet. The silver tags are so elegant! Thank you for visiting my blog and your ecouraging words!

Lisa said...

Beautiful selections for your year in review :) I loved seeing a few I think I missed. I really enjoy your unique style, Barb! Thanks for sharing!

sheila said...

You always create with so much talent Barb! I love the cards that you have chosen...They are all so different! You really do so many different styles so well! I hope you have a wonderful 2012!

MarcyK924 said...

Lots of my favs are there! I am always so inspired by your inky goodness! You are SO creative, Barb! Hoping you're feeling better on this New Year's weekend! Hugs, my friend! XO

Jackie said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and I love your work. All of these cards are beautiful and I am so glad you share your talent and creativity, thank you!, Happy New Year!

Maureen Morton said...

What a diverse set of loveliness, Barb! Love each and every one. Thanks for sharing this great wrap-up. You have been such an inspiration and great friend - wishing us all a fantastic new year! Hugs!

Lin said...

A wonderful walk down memory lane for this year, Barb! Lovin' all those flowers, my friend! Happy New Year!

Donna Bowman said...

Beautiful assortment of projects Barb!! Love all your coloring and embossing. TFS!!

Dawn said...

totally fabulous cards Barb. Isn't fun to see how much you learn each year, different techniques, etc. Happy New Year

Trinh said...

So fun to see which cards are your favorites, Barb! They are all beautiful & thank you for sharing your talent with us. I'm so glad we were able to meet this year and hope we will be able to again in the future. Have a happy, healthy new year!

Lynn said...

Barb, Your cards are all beautiful. I really adore the wreath! Wow! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Suzanne C said...

Happy, blessed, joyful 2012 to you and your family! Loved seeing your year in review. The silver tags are my favorite. Their simple elegance is stunning!

Jacqueline said...

Happy New Year Barb!
I remember most of these projects Barb, they are beautiful and like Sue, the silver tags are stunning!

Elizabeth Allan said...

You have had a year filled with colorful design and art Barb! Looking forward to all your inspiration in 2012. Happy New Year!

Karen B. said...

All of your cards are fantastic, I don't know how you did it to choose just a few! Have a great new year!

CanadianScraps43 said...

What a beautiful array of wonderful creations. Each different in it's own right and so inspiring. Love the way you make those HA stamps just sing. Your magic in word and creation is what keeps everyone coming back for more. I trust that your Christmas card got to your door and that you like it. Happy New Year sweetie. Can't wait to see what you do this year and thanks for always being such a loving and kind person. Hugs.

Annette said...

wow these are all so amazing...Thanks for sharing..

Happy New Year

judkajudi said...

Barb, your work is as beautiful as your spirit!! Love seeing it featured here. Happy New Year!! Hugs.

Karen said...

What a wonderful sampling of your beautiful cards!!! I think there were a few I hadn't seen before, like the flowers coming up out of the snow, love it!!! Thanks for always being such an inspiration and for always visiting my blog when I post. You really are a very sweet and kind person. I hope one day I will make it out there for stamp fest so I can meet you in person. Wishing you many blessings for 2012!!!!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Happy 2012 Barb! I remember most of these cards and I just love the Spring card! They're all so beautiful! Thanks for all your encouraging words and comments in 2011. I appreciate them and you! :)

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb,
All of these cards are beautiful and I enjoyed looking at them. I hope that 2012 is very good to you. Take care and God bless. Hugs to you.

Karina Beck said...

You are so talented!
Happy New Year.

Agata said...

These are all oh so lovely! Thanks for sharing and have a grand New Year!

Cris said...

First of all, I want to thank you for the lovely comment you left yesterday on my blog. You are the nicest person ever, and your comments always mean so much to me. I just thought I should let you know that. About your post, you are a super talented crafter, and all these cards are beautiful! I wish you and your family the best for 2012!

Clare said...

Gorgeous cards, each and EVERY one of them!! My fave is the flowery tree card - I somehow missed that one, and it's a BEAUT! Your amazing inking makes my two little blending tools VERY jealous! ;)

Michelle said...

I can see why these are your favorites, Barb! They are all so different and beautiful! Happy New Year to you and your famliy!

Simone said...

Happy New Year sweet Barb! All of the cards you picked are gorgeous! Definitely some of my faves! I hope 2012 brings you lots of happiness :)

kath said...

Happy new year barb...thanks for sharing your gorgeous favourites for 2011...each one is a work of art..wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2012..hugs kath xxx

Vicky said...

So much inspiration in just one post! 2011 was a great crafting year for you! I wish you a happy and creative 2012 Barb! Keep inspiring us!

Nancy said...

It's like walking through an art gallery, each card is just as lovely as the last! I just love your use of flowers and the beautiful techniques that make them so unique. You've always been a favorite go-to for inspiration. Hugs, sweet Barb!

Renee said...

Oh Barb these are so beautiful!!! You are definitely more than worthy of being published, I hope you do it, I would love to see something like that happen to such a sweet person like you! Thank you for sharing these beauties!!

Tiffany said...

What a wonderful look back at all of your 2011 favorites! I am with you on that Fabulous Flourish stamp! Couldn't get enough of it! The one you made with the tree was my fave!

Brenda said...

I just love looking back on peoples' creations and yours are absolute gems Barb! Thank you too for your friendship this past year and the time you took to visit my blog and comment on my cards! Here's to an awesome 2012!