Sunday, December 30, 2018

Looking Back - My Favorite Cards of 2018

Today I continue a 7-year tradition of looking back throughout this year on my blog and choosing my favorites of the year.  If you'd like further details, each one is linked back to its original post that will show you the supplies/techniques I have used.  Just click on the card.

This year, Altenew came out with layering dies, and I was sold!

For Valentine's Day, some hearts and flowers......I still love the effect that an embossed background adds.  

.....and a CAS wreath card.

A sewing theme theme going on in the next 2 cards - I fell in love with Tammy Tutterow's Sew Sweet dies, designed for felt projects, but just as sweet using paper!

More Altenew - from their Sewn with Love stamps and matching dies - these appear to be cross-stitched, but they aren't!

This next Simon stamp reminded me of a bouquet of violets, so I made my own little tussy mussy.

I CASEd my own card from back in 2014, substituting gingham papers for the washi tape I originally used, and dies for the stamps.

And a Mother's Day card using PTI, Altenew, and Simon goodness.

Florals and stripes in sherbet colors ......

Love these bright happy colors from Sunny Studios paper pads:

A card using some Spellbinders dies, a gingham, and blues:

More favorites, planking and painted flowers....

Another fave motif, plaid, in happy colors!

I made several cards using these Birds of a Feather dies and loved them all!

......and thinking ahead to fall - love the seasonal colors I can get using distress inks, just as pretty as our maple trees in front of our home.

I enjoyed making this colorful one for a Simon Wednesday blog challenge, especially paper-piecing with this pretty patterned paper.

But I wasn't finished with summer yet!

More fave motifs, birds and plaid again.

....and a CASE of a card by Pam Sparks - I love her work!

As usual, I was late to the party discovering Concord &9th's Turnabout stamp sets......I love the freedom they give us in choosing colors!

I liked this mix of a cover plate and layered stamping for Thanksgiving.

And finishing up the year, some Christmas cards and tags.

The biggest change this year is my output - blog posts are down from previous years.  Blogging in general is being replaced by IG and other social media sites.  They're okay, but I still enjoy the process of creating and sharing my thoughts and ideas, and having this forum to preserve them.  Hope you do, too, and will continue to occasionally visit me here!

Many thanks for your visit - I'm wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative New Year!


Georgiana said...

Wow! These are ALL gorgeous. I just happened to find your blog and I am glad I did. I am a now new follower. Looking forward to your 2019 projects. If you get a chance stop by and see mine. Happy New Year!

Cat Craig said...

What a beautiful collection of cards Lin. Of course almost any of your cards would make my favorites list.

Betty said...

wonderful array of cards, Lin - love them all! must get going and do my own list of faves.

Joy Meadows said...

Love each and every one of these beauties, Lin! Your cards are always so pretty and I love seeing what you create for each of your posts. Happy 2019!

Aileen said...

Love this collection of cards Lin, all so beautifully done. Quite a range of different techniques there too, just love the layers of bright and beautiful papers on your cards. A technique I sadly never feel comfortable with and really need to work on.
I have to agree with you that although IG and Facebook are there and good I totally love doing posts on my blog and when people drop in and comment. I feel it has something about it that the instant groups dont have, a more family feel. Hope your new year is a great one and I look forward to seeing what you create in 2019 xx Hugs Aileen.

Lisa Elton said...

SO many pretty cards Lin! I think my favorites are the second with that darling floral heart, your Mother's Day card and you know I love it when you use the painted flowers! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

kiwimeskreations said...

I too enjoy blogging and the friendships formed through this more personal recording of our card making... IG may be quick to post, but it is very impersonal.
That said, I love your collection of card Lin - you certainly make amazing cards
Richest blessings to you and yours in 2019

RobinH said...

fantastic year of cards! so pretty and unique

CutOuts said...

So glad to hear you will continue to blog - love the comments and tips along with the cards. Happy New Year

Dawn T said...

Stunning Lin. Your cards are always so pretty and fun to look at. Glad you will still be posting them here for me to enjoy and be inspired by.