In review… 2013, part1

Hi all
As is tradition(?) to look back at one’s crafty makes at this time of year, I’m putting together this update here at bloggo HQ for a little bit of my favourite inspirations from 2013 ;)

Here’s the frst part of my review… a few highlights of my own creative endeavours

I finally finished off my album of our Norway trip, with all the pages here:

Norway northern lights scrapbook Bo Bunny Snow Day snowflakes

the cover...

I loved this mixy-matchy collagey card, using WMS:
Waltzing Mouse Stamps blog hop card challenge doily stamp

This butterfly card was my fave CAS design of the year I think. (Though it does hold some disappointments too as I’d just bought that lovely butterfly die but it never worked in my ‘Bug :( This diecut was just a sample that it came with in the pack! Ah well, I am onto better things now as I’ve had a new Cuttlebug for Christmas, so maybe my slightly tempramental, detailed dies, that are tough to cut will work better in this one!)

CAS CASology challenge good luck card butterfly die embossing

This is another card I really loved, a pretty mixy-matchy design again. I didn’t want to send this one for ages, and kept it displayed on my shelf in my crafty den, until the perfect situation to send it came along ;)
collage card butterfly stamping Waltzing Mouse Stamps Moxie Fab Style Challenge

I really love how this next card came out as I’d been swooning for ages over getting this ‘The Sweet Life’ stamp set, from PTI, and when I did, this was my first try with the multi-step stamping. The papers and colours are so perfect I think ;)
Papertrey Ink roses Sweet Life stamping birhday card
Here’s a post with a couple of non-card makes that meant a lot to me this year – one of which is this birth sampler for my new nephew James who arrived in August…
cross stitch baby sampler woodland Stitching Shed

And then, I had to pick out a couple of fave Christmas cards, especially as it’s what I make most of all year long! Sadly I never get to share all my festive makes here on the bloggeroo – not by a long shot, I’m afraid, due to the busy time of year – but I still had lots of fun making them of course, especially thanks to the challenges that I love to join in with where possible. Like my bloggy pal, Meredith’s: Festive Fridays challenge – can’t wait for more from her in 2014!
So this card is one I love – and to think it uses one of the very first stamps I ever bought!
Festive Friday card challenge Christmas wreath garland stamping
And this elegant poinsettia card – loved the beautiful sparkle on this one, though you can hardly get a feel for it in this pic!

Christmas card challenge inspiration poinsettia sparkle Penny BlackThere… hope you enjoyed those! Did you spot any faves of yours again, haha?!!

I’ll be back tomorrow for part 2 of my round-up, starting the New Year off in style, with my fave inspirations I’ve spotted made by fellow crafters in 2013.
See you then, and happy New Year ;) Rx


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  • butterfly

    Hopped over from Catered Crop where I’ve just linked up too… Lovely creations – the birth sampler is amazing (am in awe of anyone who can operate with needle and thread – I put my hems up with double-sided sticky tape!)… off to have a look at Part 2.

    Alison x