Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's Been A Creative Year!

Hi there!

I don't always write a "favorites of the year" post but since I've tried and learned many new things this past year, I thought it would be fun to do.

There were some wonderful Online Card Classes which gave me amazing inspiration and the courage to try new things. So, many of the following cards were created during those classes.

Playing with different mediums such as Gesso, Embossing Paste and Gelatos was so fun!







Graffiti or Subway Art was a bit scary but with such cool results!



And then there's water coloring. Oh, did I ever fall in love with it this year! From lightly stamping an image before water coloring. . .

 . . .to water coloring a white-embossed image. . .

. . .to trying freehand water coloring, it all really made me feel like an artist!

And of course, watercolored backgrounds are always a fave.

I also learned to make a stamped image even prettier by doodling black lines over it. This was another scary one to try but I loved it!

I had never made an interactive card before this year either. Here are two - first one is a shaker and the other one is an action wobbler - so fun!



I still enjoyed getting really inky too!





And I swear, some day, I'll be buying more dies than stamps - love them!

I fell in love with my Copic Markers again too - still love using them!



And if I absolutely had to pick a favorite card from the whole year, it would be this last one. I was so proud of how it turned out! The background, along with the wreath, was watercolored. I learned how to do it from the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Class.

That's a wrap! I have had a wonderful, creative year, learning so many new and fun techniques. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

A big thank you to all of you who stop by and leave such happy, encouraging comments! I hope you how much it means to me!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! ♥♥♥
 

43 comments:

Dotty Jo x said...

What a lovely 'retrospective' of your talent and creativity! Can't wait to see what you get up to in 2015! Jo x

adele holcomb said...

These are all fabulous cards, Barb, and I enjoyed looking through them! I recognized a few from the wonderful OCC classes I also took.

Jacqueline said...

Love to see what you have learned Barb! Have a very happy New Year!!

Ruby N said...

amazing cards :)

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous cards Barb. It has been a year of wonderful mediums and techniques. Looking forward to more beautiful cards from you in 2016. Have a wonderfully artfilled New Year.

Lin said...

All of these are beautiful Barb! I just love your white-embossed, watercolor roses, so dreamy! Happy New Year to you, my friend - may it be a banner one for you!

LauraJane:) said...

It has been very inspiring to see your cards blossom as you experiment with new mediums Barb!!
Can't wait to enjoy what you create in the new year:)

Katie said...

Your last card is frame-able, definitely a work of art.
I always love when my email says there is a post from you on your blog. I also love how you make everyone else that posts anywhere feel so good/special with your encouraging a sweet comments to their card or projects. You are a true ENCOURAGER. I don't know how you possibly visit as many places as you do, along with work, home, crafting/designing, and hopefully sleeping. Thank you for being YOU.

Barb Ghig said...

Such a wonderful post, Barb! I think you have A LOT to proud of with all of these really gorgeous cards...so many fabulous techniques and beautiful color combos...WOW! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!
I am sending you my very best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Deepti said...

Wow what a gorgeous collection of cards :) Love all the beauties, there are so many cards that have inspired me

joy said...

What beautiful creations, Barb! You have really made some gorgeous cards throughout the year and I can tell how much you have enjoyed the classes you've taken.

Happy New Year to you!

Nat said...

your made some pretty amazing creations in 2014. Wishing you a great new year and tons of creativity in 2015. Hugs, Nat :)

Leni said...

I see so much wonderful cards! Amazing. Great technique's with great results! thanks for sharing. Love to see more in 2015! Wish you a lot of inspiration, and love from family and friends!

Lunarea said...

Have a wonderfully happy year, Barb! Taking a small stroll through your creations was fun and inspiring. :)

Pam said...

Love seeing all these beautiful cards again. Happy New Year!

Betty Keefe said...

happy 2015 Barb! enjoyed seeing all your pretty cards again!

icardeveryone01 said...

Just fabulous... wouldn't miss it for the world, Barb!

Kort og Søm said...

Lots of beautiful cards!
Fredrikke :)

Virginia Lu said...

Each one of your card was created with such love, care and passion! Stunning work, Barb! Thanks for sharing them with us again! Wish you and family a happy and healthy 2015! xoxo

Helen F. said...

Barb, I love each and every one of your beautiful creations. My jaw started dropping with the very first card.
Happy New Year to you and your family~looking forward to more of your wonderful artwork!

Laura B. said...

What an amazing line up of cards, Barb! You had one great year, my dear! Here's to another year of awesome cards from you!!

DustyPenny (Joy Ott) said...

Great cards, Barb! Love them all!

Nicole Parmentier said...

Oh wow, what a great line up! Your work is so inpiring, thank you for sharing it with us! Looking forward to all the beauties of 2015!!

Nancy Carroll said...

Awesome work, love the inspiration.

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh I remember these cards Barb, each and every one so gorgeous!

alexandra s.m. said...

It's been a fantastic creative 2014! Thank You Barb!
I hope 2015 is even better for you!!
HUgs~

Dawn Turley said...

Stunning Barb. It was a great year for you with so many new techniques and totally amazing cards. Very inspiring too... thanks for sharing

lbcrafter said...

Love them! You are very talented!

Wanda Cullen said...

Barb, I'm so glad I came across a photo on Pinterest and it led me to your blog! LOVE your design style and thoroughly enjoyed your year of cards in review. So much so that I CASED your first card for the CAS challenge on SCS! You really rocked a ton of new techniques this year!

Donna B. said...

Just gorgeous cards Barb - stunning array of beauty here.

Greta said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2015, Barb! Boy have you had a creative year--these are just wonderful! I adore the first 2!

Paula said...

All your cards are lovely. I am new here and it was nice to see this look back, so I can catch up! I am subscribing.

Mandy said...

Oh wow Barb what an amazing selection of cards. They are all beautiful and you are so creative using so many different techniques.
Wishing you a very happy and creative New Year
hugs
Mandy xx

Martha said...

WOW, Barb, you've created LOTS of BEAUTIES! AND...how fun to see them all in one post...so much beautiful inspiration.

IF I had to select two favorites, I would select the: "Love You"-Subway Art card, and the STRIKING "Just Because"-Flower card!

Happy New Year! ♥

Karen L K said...

Thanks for sharing these Barb! So many gorgeous cards. That long card with all the trees on it is so fantastic! Online Card Classes are the best.

Michelle said...

Barb, you've taken me on a trip down memory lane with this post! You certainly applied everything you learned this year in fabulous ways! Your favourite is one of my favourites of yours, and of anyones, this year! It's beautiful!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Oh my goodness, all of your cards are just amazing Barb! I love the Friend card. Looks like you've learned a lot - how fun!

paula laird said...

Hi Barb, what beautiful cards. I loved seeing them all. So stunning & gorgeous. Happy New Year.

Kara Lynne said...

Really enjoyed looking at your year in review. So many gorgeous creations! Always fun and scary trying new techniques.

Brenda said...

You have been an absolute motivation Barb! It looks like it was a really awesome crafty year for you!

Cindy C. said...

An array of beautiful projects Barb! Thanks for sharing this wonderful review!!!! :)

Greta said...

Amazing array of wonderful cards, Barb! I really love the first one & the one with the SSS Christmas frame die--pinning it!

Milla said...

Wow, what a selection of beautiful cards! I honestly can't even choose a favourite, I kept saying 'oh I love this!' with every card I saw as I scrolled down the page. Wonderful cards by a talented cardmaker!