Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Faves from 2013

Hello all my blog friends ~

2013 has been a banner year for me! I've made so many wonderful friends, came 'Into my own' in terms of my paper crafting style, started my blog, and even won several challenges! I've spent the last several weeks considering my goals for 2014, both personal and craft related, and I'm really looking forward to achieving my goals.

Looking back, I realized that I actually have several cards that I would consider my favorites, and since this is my first year as a blogger, I wanted to start a tradition of sharing them here on New Year's Eve ~

While I consider myself a 'Clean & Simple' cardmaker, this is the first card I ever made using the chalkboard technique, and it 'killed me' to add smudges to it! But I finally did, and in the end, I thought it turned out pretty well...in fact, I won the Hero Arts Contest for trying a new technique:




It's no secret that I 'Love' Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, and here are a few of my faves using them:




I guess I'm a big lover of their birds, too! 





I created this next card as Guest Designer at CASology:




Hero Arts background stamps just make me smile...well, actually all of their products have that effect on me. For this one, I used a technique I learned from Jen McGuire:




Here's another Hero Arts card using their gorgeous Painted Flower Stamp:




Here's a fun Christmas card I made using Mama Elephant stamps...Mr. & Mrs. Claus are just too cute!




This is a card I created after numerous tries at Origami: 




And this one playing with my Copic markers on the flowers and stems:




Last but not least, there's nothing like a little sunshine to brighten your day:





Thanks so much for hanging in there with me on this long post! I also want to thank you all for stopping by my blog to leave me words of encouragement all the time...it means the world to me!

Sending you all my very best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy New Year!

Barb

23 comments:

Laura B. said...

Happy new year, Barb! Wonderful to look back at your favorites!

Lin said...

Barb, these are wonderful - I've pinned several of them. So glad you started a blog! Here's to a banner 2014!!

Barb said...

Wow! What a wonderful post, Barb! Each one of these cards are so fabulous! Happy New Year to you! ♥♥♥

Sue McRae said...

Lots of amazing cards Barb! I do love the joy that comes out in your card designs!

Dawn Turley said...

it has been an awesome year for you Barb and I am happy to have been able to visit and see all your creations. Thanks also for the support you have given my blog this year... much appreciated. These are simply gorgeous cards that you can rightly share as favourites.

Rosemary said...

wonderful set of cards, barb... wishing you a wonderful new year full of lots of crafting time!!

lostinpaper said...

What an inspirational collection Barb, Happy New Year to you, I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!

Karen M said...

Happy new year barb and I hope you have a wonderful 2014! Your cards are always wonderful and I love all of these ones too - hugs xx

KayM said...

Happy New Year Barb!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too! Your cards are so lovely and I'm glad you did a favorites post as some of these are new to me since you're a new blogger friend :) I love all the little Lawn Fawn birdies! They are so cute!!

Cat Craig said...

Arb, a lovely look back at your wonderful art. I am so happy you are blogging your creations. Have a wonderful and creative 2014!

jintyoo7 said...

SO happy to have "met" you, Barb and thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Beautiful collection of your favourites :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Barb. Happy New Year! Love your post of your favorite cards for 2013 ... such beautiful and inspiring cards. Loll xx

wienerhoneymooners said...

Lovely cards Barb! What a wonderful glance back at some lovely creations!
Happy New Year!

gRiSeL™ said...

Hello, darling and Happy New Year!!! First, I want to thank you for your genuine and unconditional kindness. For always stopping by my blog and leaving some love! It brings a smile to my face every time I read a comment from you--THANK YOU!! Xoxoxo

Second, congrats on starting your own blog!!! Your creations are absolutely stunning, so I don't know how you hadn't started blogging a long time ago!! One of the cards you showcase here "Bee Mine" inspired me to create a card using the same stamp set one day!!! Your style is so classy and tasteful--I adore it!!! ♥

There have been times when I've wanted to reply to your messages, but the messages were sent to the blogger reply automatic system, so they were always returned to me. I'd like to have your e-mail so that we can keep in touch whenever I want to reply to your kind messages to me. Here's my e-mail: grisel.blanco@gmail.com Please, send me an email so that I may add you to my contacts! (:

Have a blessed day, my friend!!! Hugs!! Xoxo

Darnell J Knauss said...

Barb, this was a stunning line-up of your excellent cards! Each one had me saying, "Ah, this is my favorite!" Actually some of them I missed, so I was really happy that you posted those. I'd love to CASE them all, which is the best compliment one card maker can pay another!! Happy New Year! Congratulations on starting your second year of blogging! I look forward to every post!! Hugs, Darnell

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOOOOOOOORAY for a fab 2013! So glad you had a great year-- and congrats on your wins!!

LOVE this line-up of creations! LOVE that chalkboard design!! FUN!! And the card with the Santa and Mrs. Claus is just tooooooo cute;) FUN x10000000!

And I'm so glad you stopped by my blog:) THANKS for your sweet comment <3 You made my day <3 TONS of love!!!1

Christiana said...

Such a wonderful lot of projects, Barb! I am glad you had such an awesome year! You are a huge part of my crafty happiness of 2013. Your comments and support have meant so much to me and I always look forward to them. I hope 2014 has even richer things in store for you. Looking forward to our continued friendship. :)

♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow what a stunning selections of cards...love them all!!

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year...we had a fab Christmas, my 3 older boys were playing with their new gadgets {still are} but dodging missiles from our 3 year old submarine he got from Santa!! Kids eh!!

I hope you have a fantastic and very creative 2014 my lovely!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Kailash said...

Barb, you have an amazing set of cards showcased of your beautiful creativity.
Thank you for all your kind comments and hope the very best of 2014 for you. Hugs....

Betty said...

congrats on such a great year for you - am pleased i got to know you thru hero arts group and thank you for all the kind comments on my cards - one of my resolutions is to get better at commenting - i finally put you in my bloglovin' so can check on your cards every day. i'm also going to make an effort to enter some challenges like you have but not brave enough to start a blog. have a wonderful 2014 year in every way - keep in touch!

Deepti said...

Oh Barb, I loved all the faves u picked, birds in particular r my favorite too :) I am so glad to have found you as a great friend. This is one reason I find blogging so interesting.
Besides, your excellent card making style what I really admire about you is that you always read the entire post that anyone makes and leave such lovely comments. You are such a sweet heart. I am sure many will agree with me :)

Virginia L. said...

Wow, Barb, you blog like a PRO!! I am so glad that you set up your own blog! And the blog banners is just lovely by the way! Your gorgeous cards from 2013 were beautifully created. I am looking forward to more of your beautiful creations. PS: thanks so much for the fabulous mail that arrived here today. It made me happy and warmed m heart :)

Sarah Gray said...

What a wonderful post, Barb - I have so enjoyed seeing your creations during 2013 and am looking forward to what you have in store for 2014! I find your CAS style really inspiring and always appreciate your kind words and encouragement on my cards :). As I see from the comments above lots of other people value your generous spirit. Wishing you a belated happy and crafty 2014!