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Monday, December 30, 2013

A Few of My Favourites: 2013

At the end of each year many bloggers share some of their 
favourite cards and projects. Here are 12 of my favs from 2013. 
You can click on the dates to view the original post.

This was my first attempt at the chalkboard effect.
Chalkboard Effect
Chalkboard Gift Card Holder

I love using the impression plate and (faux) stitching to create fabric texture. 
Aida Impression Plate & Sew Simple Borders

Colouring with Copic Markers

The Cover Plate: Circles has become a favourite. 
I enjoy combining colours and designs to create a background.

I chose 2 cards for May
one has lots of details and techniques, 
the other uses simple stamping and an Impression Plate.

This card incorporates lots of my favourite things:
* layering of patterned paper and card stock,  
* paper piecing, * masking and * a 3D flower.

Simple Stamping for colour and design and an Impression 
Plate for texture. I usually add die cuts, ribbons and other 
embellishments, so this was a departure from my normal style.
Mini Blooms

The clouds and rainbow paper is a perfect match for the hot air 
balloons and the sentiment from Movers & Shakers Sentiments.

Gold Embossing and a watercolour stamp create a colourful background 
 for the fussy cut motorcycle. The matching envelope takes it up a notch!! 

A new technique (rolled dough design) and supplies were used 
during this Stamp-a-Faire activity. This card was also featured in 
the 'wrap-up' video for the day, so it had to be on my favourites list!!

An embossed golden wreath and dimension from the 
die-cut wreath, flowers and birds, and a little tag, make 
this a favourite. I love using the Wood grain Impression 
Plate to create an outdoorsy/natural atmosphere.

October 2013
I took a break from blogging this month, so I 
chose an 'extra' card during the month of May.

I finally purchased the Rosie Posie dies and stamps and this 
was my first card using all of these. I usually make A2 cards, but 
decided on a square card base. The gold embossed background 
and colourful grouping of flowers are favourites from this card.

This card makes me feel the warmth and coziness of home at Christmas time. The Stitching Impression Plate has become a favourite of mine and adding blue ink to the raised texture as well as the main focal panel adds a lot of dimension 
to the card. I also like the colour scheme of red, light blue and chocolate.
* Hope you enjoyed a look back at my favourites from 2013. 
* It's fun to see some of the features and techniques that keep appearing in my projects - I definitely like using embossing folders and Impression Plates, and background stamping is also something that I often use. 
* I still find Clean and Simple cards are a challenge for me. I admire others that make this work, but I'm most happy when I can add layers to my projects!!.

Thanks for visiting today.
Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2014!

Karen C.


Kara said...

beautiful!! my fave is that masculine card and envelope...awesome!!

Leigh Penner said...

Looks like you had a fabulously creative year, Karen! Lovely cards, one and all!

Cathy Weber said...

I can't pick just one...there are three faves for me. First, the beautiful coloring on your Spring flowers...second, your cute and colorful clouds and rainbows card and last, but definitely not least is your beautiful Golden Wreath. That is the most stunning card and so perfect for a 50th anniversary! Happy New Year!

Terri said...

They are all great. I especially like your chalkboard cards. Happy New Year!

lainey said...

Oh, these are all great but I love your December card the best!

Donna Cala said...

Very beautiful!

Diana K said...

Fabulous cards, Karen! Your Rev It Up number is especially cute (love the matching envelope) and I really like that background grid stamp that you used on it and your Rosie Posie card.

Cindy O said...

You have a beautiful range of styles that you used on all these projects. Love your textured backgrounds and color choices. My favorites are the motorcycle and Rock On cards.

Joyce said...

Karen, what a super group of cards. They are all fantastic. One thing I am noticing is that you do an awesome job of incorporating layers and textures to your projects. Happy New Year.

Annheidel said...

Great line-up of cards!

IamDerby said...

A lot of great cards here! My fave is birds and blooms (oct. I think...)

carol (krillsister) said...

Beautiful cards. They are all so lovely. Hard to pick a favorite. do love how you did the clouds on the last card.