Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking back .......

Nancy and Kath inspired me to do a final post for the year, choosing my favorite cards from 2011.  I spent a good couple of hours going through them all, and I guess I know now that my style is layered and flowery......do you agree?

These are chronological, beginning with my dreams of a baby granddaughter, and that dream came true when our sweet little Alma was born in January!



The pink theme continued into February, this time using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps of the year, called 3 Dotted Flowers:



I used them again on this one, too, using a sketch from CASE Study:




And beginning to dream of spring here, using the Simple Frame stamp:



Here's my lone representation from March, which was inspired by one of my favorite card makers, Jacqueline:



April brought lots of butterflies:








Pinks in May, using my favorite Hydrangea stamp:


For June, I could not resist this one, using one of my oldest stamps that is a sentimental favorite:



I really liked this one, made for a sketch at PaperCrafts magazine, but it was not chosen for publication:


And these colors came from a challenge at CR84FN; such happy colors!



Are you tired yet?  From July I chose two cards.  This one uses beautiful Pink Paislee flowers and a Verve stamps sentiment:


And this one was a thank you for Nat:



Both of my August choices are from a challenge at Lily Pad Cards using the emboss/resist technique.  The second one won me a FAB FIVE prize at Hero Arts!



Two blue cards for September.  The first a case of one of Jill Foster's cards, when she invited me to take over her blog for the day:



This one uses another of my sentimental faves, a Flourishes violet stamp:


October is my favorite month, because it means autumn to me:






And one more using the big letter stamps from Hero Arts, along with the faux letterpress technique:

Here are my favorites from November:



And an early look at one of my favorite 2011 Christmas stamps from Hero Arts:



December was mostly Christmas and winter cards:






And for a final challenge of the year:



Are you still with me?  Thanks so much for going down memory lane with me.  I want to thank all of my followers for sticking with me this year, and encouraging me with your lovely comments.  Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy New Year!

47 comments:

Godelieve said...

Wow, they are all gorgeous Lin! Impossible to choose 1 favorite! Love the Hydrangea cards, but the butterflies too, ...
Happy New Year!

stampingandstitching said...

Wow Lin, these are all such stunners and there have been lots more stunners from you besides! I really enjoyed your year in review and am looking forward to seeing what you'll come up with next year!

Happy New Year to you and your family:)

Jackie said...

It's a good thing I didn't have to choose a favorite because I love them all, as well as all of the others you have done! I do love that Christmas Blessings card, though. That's on my CASE list for next year, but I might change the colors and use it for birthdays, too, so I don't have to wait all year. Happy New Year!

farmhouse-story said...

lin, you do such beautiful cards! wishing you a wonderful new year:)

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous cards and wonderful year in review. Many blessings to you and your family in 2012!

Virginia L. said...

Each one of them is a masterpiece, Lin!! Love love this post! Wish you and family all the best in 2012! I know we are going to have more stamping FUN together! Sending HUGS, big sis!

Terri said...

Thanks for the year in review. Love your cards! They are elegant!
Happy New Year to you, too.
Hugs~

sheila said...

Lin, you consistently make some of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL cards that I have ever seen! Happy New Year!

Bunnyfreak said...

Amazing cards; love them all.

Dawn T said...

WOW Lin... all so beautiful. I love them all and they really inspired me. Have a great year coming and continue to be the great inspiration that is YOU.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WHAT a BEAUTIFUL review of your cards!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE each one--so many details on each card!!! LOVE:) Happy NEW Year!

MarcyK924 said...

Do we love our pink or whaT?!! It was certainly an inspirational year for me, looking back at these cards. Treasures, as are you! All the best for a happy and healthy 2012!! XO

Barb said...

Oh, this was such a treat! I LOVE seeing all these wonderful cards again, Lin! You are so talented! Thanks for all your inspiration, and I'm looking forward to more of your beautiful work in 2012! Happy New Year to you, my friend!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

2011 was another great year for you, Lin! Loved all the cards you chose to feature! Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!!

Lucille K said...

You selected such beautiful cards here; all of your cards are lovely. Wishing you and yours a very Happy & Healthy New Year 2012

Annette Allen said...

wow these are all amazing...Love your creativity...

Happy New Year.

Kath Stewart said...

wow lin what a wonderful trip down memory lane...each and every card is stunning..thanks for sharing your favourite cards for 2011...happy new year...hugs kath xxx

Anna-Karin said...

Such beautiful cards Lin!! Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your cards.

Happy New Year!!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

What a cardmaking year you've had! WONDERFUL , BEAUTIFUL cards - you are so talented Lin, thanks for all the lovely posts it's always so inspiring to come here.
Best wishes for 2012, hugs, Karin

CinnamonSally said...

Thanks Lin for this fabulous post, I love to visit your blog as I know I am going to see a really pretty feminine card when I arrive. I love your style, Thanks so much for all the inspiration this year. Heres wishing you a Happy and creative New Year!!

Karen B. said...

Each of these cards are AMAZING! You have a great talent, looking forward to seeing more of your creations in 2012, I hope you have a great New Year!

Jacqueline said...

Lin, I enjoy your sunny personality just as much as the cards - and what a lovely choice you have made - always love your beautiful creations. Like you I love the script, the flowers, butterflies and birds and all the pretty colors that accompany them!
Happy New Year!

Paula (PEP) said...

Just delightful - your February Hero Arts 3 Dotted Flowers, the Penny Black Mixed Media from April & your final card are my favourites of these. I agree with your assessment - lovely & feminine & a real joy to come & visit.
Thank you for just delightful feasts for the eyes.
Wishing all the best for 2012.
Paula (PEP)

Leni said...

Happy New Year Lin! Thank you for showing some highlights of the last year! I have no words left for all the beautiful things I saw here!!!! Such an inspiration!

Trinh said...

I love seeing all of these gorgeous cards! My fave would have to be the March one; love the layered stamping. Hope you & your family have a wonderful new year, Lin!

Kathy said...

Wow sista I am gasping at all of your creations for this year. It's fun to see them summarized like this!! I will answer your email soon and hope to get some photos of your grand babies. Miss you, Kathy

Aileen said...

Wow
Everytime I think I have enough ideas to keep me busy then you show me more ideas. I cant say which was the best I liked so many. You are a very talented lady and I am so glad that you choose to share your cards and how to do them.
Thanks

Elizabeth Allan said...

A beautiful collection of stunning artwork Lin! Happy New Year!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Your cards are sheer works of romantic art. Your style for all things flowery and lacey are truly stunning. Thanks for the inspiration and looking forward to your artistic endevours being revealed this new year.

judkajudi said...

What a lovely tour of your beautiful work, Lin! Every one more lovely than the next! Happy New Year to a very special lady!!

Karen said...

What a wonderful post! I'm so glad you did it, I saw some favorites and a few I don't think I had the pleasure of seeing before!! The first one just puts me in aww! The sewing is masterful and I absolutly love the quilt effect! Thanks for always inspiring and may God continue to Bless you in 2012.

Deb Stamps Life, LLC Deb Walker said...

A wonderful year in review Lin! I look forward to 2012's creations from you friend! Health, Happiness and Love to you and yours!

Karin said...

Love the cards you've shown here. Happy New Year. Looking forward for the cards you're going to create.

Deirdre said...

Beautiful cards Lin - love them all. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2012 be full of happiness, good health and a little bit of fun papercrafting! Hugs.

Karina Beck said...

SO beautiful all of them!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

What a neat post! I loved re-looking at all of your beautiful creations! So happy to check in here for a moment of joy and inspiration. Have the best year ever! ♥♥♥

Clare said...

Wow! It's been an amazingly creative year for you, Lin! All the cards are so beautiful! It was hard, but I think February or the first card are my personal faves - both so beautiful!
Happy new year to you as well! :)

Agata said...

Gorgeous cards, Lin, all of them! Thanks for sharing and have a great blessed year!

Donna B. said...

Wonderful and beautiful collection Lin! My favorites are the Bird in the Clouds and the Butterflies with the Pearls. Happy New Year!

Vicky said...

Wow Lin! What an amazing post packed with so much inspiration! You are trully blessed with so much talent!

Alice said...

you have such wonderful feminine touches to your work, Lin. they are so soft and beautiful and with such pretty details. love love them all! thanks for sharing! Happy New Year to you and yours! =)

Emily Keaton said...

So many gorgeous cards here, Lin!! You have quite a flair for color, and I spy many, many beautiful butterflies. Happy New Year!!

Tiffany Ervin said...

I love looking back at all of your favorites, Lin! They all have your unique and special touch! Can't wait to see more of your work this year (and in print, as well)!! :)

Ann said...

Oh my goodness what a collection - a fabulous achievement Lin. You've excelled yourself in 2011 - and I just LOVE your style. Happy New Year - sporry I'm a bit late!

Maureen Chandler said...

Your cards are lovely and I really enjoyed slowly scrolling down and checking out each one!

Brenda said...

What can I say! These are just spectacular but that 1st quilted card in anticipation of your grand-daughter still takes my breath away!

kellystar said...

Lin--these are all lovely. I have a submission call for "ONE BIG FLOWER" for Scrapstreet e-magazine right now and would love it if you would submit this last card here (the red/black/white one) or any of them that fit the call. Here is the info...
http://scrapstreet.com/ss12/janu12/calls.htm

And, it must have been destiny that I found your blog...your quote at the top of your blog is the same bible verse that I got my "one little word" from "whatever"...check out my blog too www.kellystarsallthingscrafty.blogspot.com