Saturday, 28 December 2013

Favourites of 2013

Hi all,

We got back from Scotland last night. We had a lovely Christmas, really enjoyed seeing my family and had a relatively straight-forward trip home (except for being stuck at the top of Glen Shee for an hour and a half!). I know I'm woefully behind on all things blogland (sadly, I didn't get much chance to log in while I was there), but I hope you'll all forgive me!

I also hope you've all been having a wonderful holiday! And if Santa's been, I hope he's been good to you!

Now, I fancied doing a post today, but as I've only just returned, I've obviously not had a chance to do any crafting yet... (My post earlier was a scheduled one, which just isn't the same!)  However, while browsing blogland, I found that both Kath and Enfys had done a "review of 2013"-type post, and I thought this was a great idea!
I guess for me it was especially interesting to see  how my style and techniques have changed during this time. I only began card making in the summer of 2012, and didn't start my blog until July this year. August saw me start stamping, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So, here's a review of some of my favourites of each month, near as I can tell. And as you can see, it's not just the card making that has improved somewhat... The photography is also substantially better now! lol.


At least, I think it was January when I made this. It is part of a set of 4 I made after seeing a very similar design in a magazine. They were rather a lot of fun to make, and a great way to use up scraps!
Hmmmm... I may well try this again now that I have a die cutting machine and don't have to cut them all by hand!


My favourite from this month was my first ever attempt at steampunk. Even though I don't make them all that often, I have a huge weakness for steampunk designs.


Another steampunk design for March. Most of the supplies from this and the previous card came from a Docrafts goodie bag!


For April I chose the card I made for my twin nieces. They turned three and are very much in that age bracket where anything princessy is a go!


For May, I have a travel-themed card. I adore making cards with this theme, though I don't actually know anyone that ever goes anywhere, lol.


June's card is my husband's birthday card, and another steampunk one. It was also my first attempt at a different type of easel card.


July. Shortly after my first ever visit to the LOTV shop! I wasn't yet brave enough to get any stamps, but I instantly fell in love with the colours of this mini masterpiece, so naturally had to make something with it! It's also one of my earliest attempts at the shabby chic style.
My blog had been active for a week or two at this point...


One of my first ever LOTV stamps! This may not have been the very best of my cards that month, but I so adore the nautical theme! It is also one of the very first cards with a stamp I coloured myself!


My favourite card of September, and my favourite Christmas card to date! This one ended up going to my son's 1-1 teacher, who is a huge fan of pink, and I'm so glad she loved it!


Not a card, but my first ever mini album was definitely my favourite project of October!

And this would be my favourite card. I am so pleased with how it came out. The colours and the hessian... Loved making this one!


I had trouble choosing November's favourites, so chose a boy's and a girl's one!


And for December it has to be the first real commission I'd worked on. It has my favourite vintage feel, and is the first time I really feel like I might just be getting the hang of this shabby chic thing!

So there you have it! Sorry about the long post... I was going to split it into two posts, but I got carried away, lol.

If you've posted up any "favourites", please let me know so I can come and see!

Have a great day my dears!



Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful creations and you definitely have a wonderful vintage flair in your creativity.
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Sue said...

So glad you had a good Christmas Sammy.
Such a wonderful selection of creations, a great variety of sytles and techniques.
Sue xx

Donna Mosley said...

These are all so gorgeous Sammy. Love them.

Donna x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Definitely a progression and some gorgeous makes too. Would love to see bigger pics on your blog now so i can admire them more closely. I posted my fave five Christmas cards today. Welcome home, glad you had fun x

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous selection of cards Sammy, such a wonderful variety.

Unknown said...

Fab display Sammy, impressed by your artistic

Kat W said...

Great idea to share your fave cards of 2013 and they are all lovely but I think the July and December cards are especially stunning :-)
Here's to another year of fabulous card making in 2014!
Big hugs, Kat xx

Jane Savage said...

Fabulous creations, Sammy. Glad you had a lovely time in Scotland. xx

Pia S said...

Oh, here's lots of inspiration to be found - you have a great variety of styles to show off! I love making male cards, and I do have a soft spot for nautical themed ones, so my absolute favorite is the male November one! Love the patchwork background and color theme of this card. Also it has one of my favorite stamps! But honestly, these are all such beautiful cards!

Darnell said...

This had to be even harder deciding on only 12 from the entire year, Sammy, but once again you did an excellent job choosing!! I can't wait to see what you create for us next year!! Hugs, Darnell

debby4000 said...

Wonderful selections of cards Sammy, they're all fabulous.
Thank you for joining in with My Favourite Five of 2013.