Sunday 1 January 2012

6 of the best from 2011

A Happy New Year to Everyone!

Debby has invited us to share our top 5 favourite cards from 2011
But I have gone one more with 6 of my best!

To start I have a couple of WOW creations. The white on white style looks stunning and my own interpretations didn't turn out too badly, even if I do say so myself! The first card above I made last January after a visit to the Exeter craft fair where I admired the pricking and embossing designs mixed with other elements. I've used different pearl white papers and card with just a touch of soft pink chalk ink to emphasise some of the embossed areas, plus lots of pearls. The centre text is by LOTV stamped in grey Momento.

On this card made last April, I've gently coloured the LOTV bride and groom then cut out with circle Nesties. Again lots of pearls and this time Martha Stewart punched hydrangea flowers layered up with Marianne diecut leaves.

And on this one made in July I've used the same hydrangea punch to create the flowers together with Marianne diecut leaves and tiny Nellie's Choice punched butterflies. I turned this into a little folder to give a gift to a friend.

I've also had a leaning towards vintage creations in 2011, well my interpretation of them at least. I've inked the edges of my papers with brown chalk inks and got inky fingers dabbing at my punched and diecut embellishments too. This is a simple card created in September with one of Sylvia Zet's digi images. I am so happy to have discovered Sylvia last year and have been honoured to create with her beautiful designs and chat with her by email from time to time. I am looking forward to seeing more of her creations in 2012.

Earlier in the year I was honoured to be on the DT for Cuddly Buddly, but reluctantly had to step down in the summer after the upheaval of my father's illness then death, the funeral, moving house, looking after Mum and trying to tackle legal issues and County planners to get an extension to the bungalow. The issues are on going but I am thinking positively that all will turn out well in the end. While on the CB team I got to play with some of Karen Middleton's digital images, this is one of them and I've gone for a vintage look again with inked edges and subtle distressing, plus the pearls and touches of glitter of course!

With two grandsons I am always on the look out for boy stamps and this little wizard by LOTV had to join my collection! I made the card in October and by now I had increased my collection of Copic pens to include some of the stronger colours so was able to play around at creating more contrast and shadow. I've also tried to mix in other makes of stamps to create the finished work, this time Penny Black Halloween and Kanban star stamps.

There are lots of other favourites and it's been interesting looking back through them all. My style is not too elaborate and I try to keep the cards slim enough to at least fit into a gusset envelope and preferably an ordinary envelope at ordinary postage rates. Much as I admire the stunning creations I see with beautiful flowers and embellishments, I tend to only make a few of those each year for special occasions where I can hand deliver.

Along with the six of the best in the cards, I'd like to list six of the best things I like to use, in addition to stamps and Copic pens that is. What would your six be?

1. Marianne dies/Nellies Choice dies/any other dies!
2. Nellies Choice punch and emboss flowers and butterflies
3. Wacco pearl maker pens, especially the cream
4. Sticky back gems and pearls - I love a touch of bling!
5. Stardust Stickles, I must have used at least 6 bottles in the year!
6. Coredinations textured cardstock - just the right weight for die-cutting and punching


  1. Hi Annie these are gorgeous examples of your work. I love them all. Not sure what my six favourites are but I'll give it a go.

    1 Hero Arts, Penny Black and LOTV images.
    2 Glamour Dust.
    3 Sticky back gems and pearls.
    4 Lovely DP at the moment especially First Edition.
    5 Various die cuts eg Marianne, Sizzix and Memory Box.
    6 Promarkers.

    Kat xx

  2. wow what a fabulous selection Annie - i love the WOW one and the Halloween ( what a surprise lol)
    A very Happy New Year to you and all your family
    Lisa x

  3. Gorgeous creations Annie, they're all so beautiful and pretty.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  4. My very favourite of these is the Sylvia Zet fairy but the final little wizard comes in a very close second. As to my favourite craft items
    1. Chocolate Baroque & Penny Black stamps
    2. Distress Inks - invariably used for edging cardstock or papers.
    3. Stickles - normally to be found somewhere on my creation.
    4. Gems
    5. Paper Piercing - somewhere usually
    6. There are normally some shaped punched elements e.g. butterflies, flowers or leaves.
    Wishing you all the best for 2012.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Fabulous creations Annie,you are so talented great job! Sometimes visit my challenge blog at and

    Great Appreciation

  6. OMG, these are amazing. The first two are absolutely stunning, the colours so subtle.
    Am off to explore your blog now.
    Love Sheila x

  7. What a stunning collection Annie.
    Thanks for joining in with My Favourite cards of 2011.

  8. Hi Annie,
    Great selection you picked out. I still have the folder card in pride of place on my unit.
    Hope this year is a better one for you.

  9. Annie I love them ALL, they are all beautiful. Good luck and best wishes for 2012, hope all is well with you?
    Hugs Sonia xx

  10. Actually I loved your most recent two posts. Again your meeces are perfect. I love the colours you have used and also in your last LOTV card. But your top choices from 2011 really are stunning. Beautiful colouring and lots of lovely layers and textures and flowers. I hope you have a happy new year, Annie! I am looking forward to seeing your work this year. Hugs, Lesley

  11. Hello Annie,

    What a beautiful selection of cards from throughout last year! My fav is the lilac wedding one and the cheeky little wizard is just wicked!

    Keryn x

  12. Oops, I forgot to add my fav items too!

    1. my printer - so I can get any shade of backing paper!
    2. all of my pens - to bring the images to life!
    3. my blogging buddies - for the friendships and invaluable inspiration!
    4. my pc - for without it I would have few crafty friends!

    Keryn x


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