Saturday 3 January 2015

My Favourite Cards 2014

At year's end, it's a time to review what's gone.  I thought about trying to pick my favourite card-make for each month but, since I only started getting seriously making cards in August, I decided to try picking my favourite six cards. This is a harder task than it seems!


I adored this colour challenge combination of Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Crumb Cake at Pals Paper Arts and it was a top 3 pick there. It was also the first time I'd entered a card into two challenges (It was also a Freshly Made sketch) and my first blog entry to exceed 100 views. And I just love it. Blog entry, September, here.


I also love this card. I really liked the sketch from Paper Players, where the card was picked A Cut Above, and it was the first time I'd used Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler and it's turned out to be a favourite combo for me. September 2014, blog post here.


I'm fond of this card because the strong colours appeal to me. It was the first card I made at Just Add Ink and I fell in love with the sketch - you could almost say it took over my thinking until the card was made. It got an Honourable Mention at JAI. September 2014, blog post here.

September was my month of biggest output, as it was the time of I was off work and off my feet convalescing. Things slowed down on the card-making front after September/early October.


I picked this card because it also consumed my thinking for a while. Again, Just Add Ink provided a challenge that was exciting. In this case, it was a technique I'd never used - acrylic block stamping. Also exciting because this card won the challenge. I was really happy with the way the card turned out. October 2014, blog post here.


Again, this as a colour challenge, but at Create with Connie and Mary, using Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate. I really liked how this card turned out and although it wasn't a pick, it has turned out to be another post to attract over 100 views. I so liked this card that I couldn't give it away!
November 2014, blog post here.



The last pick was hard but I really loved this Christmas card made for the Black Tie challenge at Paper Players. It's perhaps quite hard to see the lovely embossed pattern on the black panel. I liked the formal elegance of this card, which I think comes from the vanilla, gold and black colour scheme. Sadly, not a pick this time but I loved it and again - couldn't give it away! December 2014, blog post here.

2014, you've been a great year. I've learned a lot about cards, found heaps of great challenge blogs, and have found playing them fun and inspirational as well as finding wonderful papercrafters to follow. Roll on, 2015.

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