Friday, December 30, 2011

A year of fun!

Over at the Stars and Stamps blog, they are hosting a little end of the year impromptu hop in which we are supposed to show ten of our favorite cards of the year. Fun!! Did I make ten cards this year?!?

I must admit that this year turned out to be much different than I anticipated it would in very many ways... Overall I can say that I have been very blessed to find myself among people who I consider to be true friends. There's nothing like a little rough water to show us who cares enough to show up with the life rafts. :) I love you all, and you know who you are!!!

Although I didn't have near as much time to put into my cards and crafts this year as I would have liked, I did learn a lot, grow a lot, heal a lot, love a lot and work a lot! So here are my ten picks... And my wish to all of you for a very happy, healthy wonderful 2012.





A favorite of 2011 - cards made with dryer sheet backgrounds - they smell so good!
THIS was definitely my favorite new trick of the year!!!








A manly birthday card - I love my Cuttlebug diamond plate embossing folder and some shiny paper!






Always a favoite - Dustin Pike digi stamps. And this year I am trying to learn to use Copic markers.
 




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Another favorite this year - kraft paper (I used it for everything!) Close To My Heart Stamps and patriotic themes.






Hats were in style this year, thanks be to the Royal Wedding.







More Close To My Heart goodness and scented dryer sheet backgrounds. Yum!









My favorite Cricut Cartridge of the Year - Create-A-Critter




More manly, kraft paper shiny metal goodness. And a few stolen nails.






I have discovered Stella, from Bugaboo Stamps!






Some of my personal Christmas cards said it all. Stole the basic layout idea from Pinterest. Used an embossing folder for a textured background. Used a decorative edge punch. Used some music paper. Used lots of layers and pretty florals. Used some tiny punches and my iRock tool to set some tiny stones, and just a tiny pinch of glitter.
 
THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

36 comments:

Misty said...

Such a variety of techniques! I love your coloring and mix of papers. Love the race car!
Happy New Year!
Hummer Hugs,
Misty
http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

Yolanda said...

Gorgeous! My absolute favorite is the goldfish with the water droplets. The dryer sheet bunny cards is so soft and beautiful. I need to break out some Dustin Pikes this week!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wonderfully inspirational cards Nancy, every one of them :) Sorry your year wasn't everything you'd anticipated but happy that people you love surround you and help you through the rough times. God bless you friend :)

Cheryl L. said...

I've never heard of the dryer sheet technique! Thanks for the ideas!
Happy New Year!

Cindy O said...

Such a variety of styles and colors! It's fun to see the dryer sheets in action. But my favorites are the three with orangey colors - race car, fish, and toolbox! Plus the Christmas card, which is so intricate and really just gorgeous.

Sherry Hickey said...

Wonderful choices,Nancy! The happy goldfish with "beads" of water really made me smile. Your sweet Easter bunny reminds me of those Easter eggs with the window you look into. Beautiful work. Happy New Year and happy cardmaking!

whippetgirl said...

Beautiful cards! Love your personal Christmas cards- just beautiful! What is the dryer sheet background?? TFS

airbornewife said...

Wonderful choices of your top 10 favorite cards Nancy... I hope that this year brings many great things for you. blessings ~ Pam

Happy New Year

Marsha said...

Great cards. Absolutely love everything about the bunny card.

Marianne said...

Nancy,
Your cards are stunning. Dryer sheets hummmm. I'll need to look into that technique.
May 2012 be filled with many blessings.

Jen said...

These are great cards - love your masculine cards, especially the tool belt!

Margaret said...

What a fantastic collection of techniques. The fish bowl is adorable. Thanks for sharing. You have given me the desire to use more varying techniques on my cards.

StampTramps said...

They're all wonderful, but I'm partial to your Christmas card. What an awesome job.

Cherie said...

Love your cards! My favorite is the fish in its bowl. You did a great job with the coloring. Dustin Pike has some great digis. Happy new year!

Linda said...

The card with the diamond plating will always be one of my favorites! Happy New Year!

rscholz said...

Enjoyed your cards. Love the goldfish one. You did a great job with the Copics.

Velda said...

Great inspiration. I love the bunny card with the beautiful bow.

glowegal said...

That fish bowl with the dew drops is genius! Love your cards! Looking forward to seeing what you craft in the new year!

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

wonderful cards - our crafting/card making is great therapy for us - love Stella and that race car card - what fun - thanks for sharing.

Barb Housner

Paula S. said...

What a great look back at 2011 Nancy. You have such a fun, whimsical style! I loved that race car card the first time I saw it and I still do. Happy New Year!

Laurie R said...

Wonderful cards! I really like the fish bowl card! Great coloring on there! Happy New Year!

Sheila said...

What fun cards!

Happy new Year!

Sheila
http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

Cindy's Card Co said...

Your cards are gorgeous. A lot of time was spent on them. I love your blog graphics, I have the same one. We have good taste!!

Dixie Cochran said...

Terrific picks! Your cards are always great! My favorite in this collection is the hat card! Too clever! Happy New Year!

Julie said...

Beautiful cards, Nancy! I love all your little details. I need to try that dryer sheet technique - thanks for the reminder!

Patricia Hays said...

Very nice work here! The race car image is great. I love the bow on the bunny card. The snail mail card is just too, too cute!
Have a happy new year! Thanks for sharing your work with OWH!

Kathryn said...

That fishbowl card is just too cute- love Dustin Pike digis! I hope you have more crafting time in 2012 because I'd love to see more of your great work!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Nancy,
I just took down a link for Katie's family, that expired today. If you google Katie Renz I think you'll find other opportunities to help her family. One group was called Operation Renz Family I believe.

Hugs, Jan

Karen McAlpine said...

Really nice collection. That 3D tool belt is awesome!! Happy New Year!

Lisa Oliver said...

Great selection with varying textures and styles. Good for you for finding the silver lining, so to speak, in 2011. Hope to see even more of your artwork in 2012. TFS & HNY!

Yvonne said...

I'm impressed with your dryer sheet skill! I had a bit of a hard time with that technique! Your cards are great fun. Thanks for sharing and Happy 2012!

Carol L said...

Your cards are all fabulous, but that racing card is amazing!! I love the detail work in how you added the checkered flags!
Wishing you a wonderful, happy and prosperous new year in 2012!

Sue D said...

Great choices--I like the shiny paper on the masculine cards.

Ann said...

Great cards Nancy, I watched the tutorial on dryer sheets awhile back and actually went out and bought some for cards. lol Happy New Year!

Elsie said...

What a wide variety of techniques and styles - I'm going to try the dryer sheet method soon. Your Christmas card is stunning!

Aundria B. said...

Love your racecar card with the shiny piece behind it - so cool! And your goldfish card is just too fun! Love your coloring and your sense of whimsy. Hope your 2012 is amazing!