Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 12 of 2012

Hello Friends & Followers, sorry I have not posted much, but I literally have been sick with one thing after another since even before Thanksgiving.  Still hoping things will clear up by New Years and 2013 will be a healthier year.
     I thought it would be nice to take a look back over my work of the past year and highlight my top 12 favorite creations, note any trends, see where I've been, etc.  Of the 22 cards on my preliminary list before I began whittling it down, I noticed the following trends: I colored in outline images on 17 of them (yep only 5 were solely stamped), 4 cards involving dogs (expected WAY more than that honestly), 14 involved animals, 5 were holiday cards (again, expected more), 4 were CAS and 3 were shaped cards (maybe I need to make those more often!)  Here are my personal faves in no particular order:
Made the above as part of our Christmas Card kit club hostessed by the newest Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen DT member, Kelli Hull.  Loved that Bazzill DP, the red burlap ribbon, the touch of sparkle and my coloring job on this one.  I liked it so much I ended up buying the image myself from Sparkle Creations (she is having a 20% off sale through January 2nd BTW, if you are interested in picking her up yourself). 
My very first Some Odd Girl card made with Preppy Pups, who can resist a doxie like this one!  I like the bright colors and papers of the card in addition to how the pup is colored as well.
My favorite Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp set - Woof You - SO much fun to color & paper piece.  This card also incorporates plaid paper, which I also adore.
A clean & classic menorah from my favorite Hanukkah set by There She Goes (Home Sweet Home - Hanukkah Additions).  I like the elegance of it.
Another card made with one of my favorite TSG sets - Angel Mail.  Also, it is my first card made with stick pins after watching my friend Candace Pierce's awesome tutorial, certainly won't be my last... (stick pins are FUN to make!!)
I made this card for a Skipping Stones Design sketch challenge using their Grey Hares set - I liked the punched balloons & twine & how the bunny is holding them.
Just love these sweet bunnehz in Wags 'n Whiskers' Some Bunny Loves You card and the overall soft look it has.  WnW really has some pretty images, especially if you love kids & critters.  If you haven't checked them out before, they are worth the look!!
Just love this beautifully illustrated ellie drawn by Theresa Momber, had fun with the gold netting ribbon and animal prints for a Stamp TV challenge to CASE Lee Murphy.
Love the colors and pretty papers in this card using TSG's Happy Bird Day set for our fearless leader, Jessica Knutsen's, birthday this year.  Note - one of the few cards where I didn't color.
Made for Sweet'n Sassy's Digi Challenge #55 - I swear, the easiest shaped card ever - just fold a circle in half and TA DA - instant watermelon slice.  I came up with the idea when I saw the watermelon seed stickers at Walmart of all places believe it or not.  Still feel bad about lopping off Cocoa's tail though (too tricky for me to cut around).  
Don't think this one ever made it to my blog... it was a card for my FIL's birthday using Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi-Step Classic Old Truck and I have to say, I do love to color, but this multi-step stamping is COOL!!  I want to make a point of doing this more in 2013.
Another card that I don't think I posted, my first Cricut card E-VER!  (which is kinda sad because I owned the Cricut for a while before ever taking it out of the box, it was a gift shortly before my back surgery and I literally could not lift it for about a year).  As much as I enjoy seeing the beautiful creations my friends make with their Silhouettes and Cameos, and as much as I would love to own one myself, I really do enjoy using my Cricut.  I used the Don Juan and 50 States cartridges for this CAS card.  
     So, there you have it - my top 12 for 2012.  Which is your favorite and why?  I would be curious to hear your feedback and input so I think I will have a little surprise blog candy for a randomly drawn person who comments on this post telling me which of these 12 is your favorite (or if you have a different favorite if you are that familiar with my work, LOL!) and why it is your favorite.
     Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog to view my creations and read my ramblings.  I really appreciate your time, attention and support and wish you the best for a very happy & healthy 2012!
~ Crafty Math Chick
PS - Hope you will visit tomorrow for my post of my creations with December's Christmas Card Kit - it was my month to hostess so I created the kit.  The post will be on the late side as I am still quite sick and it is hard to be creative when you are coughing incessantly.  Thank you for your patience.


Angel said...

These are all SO adorable!!! Love that watermelon card with the mouse! I may have to work on my Fave cards of the year blog post?!? hmm....

Kim O'Connell said...

Happy New Year to the sweetest person on the planet! My favorite card is the very first! This is such a good idea! Maybe I will do the same!

Joy said...

Meredith, all of these are fabulous, I love the watermelon card, and of course the DOGGIE CARDS! Hugs for a great new year for you and Ty!

Suzanne said...

I love posts like these, and yours is full of so many cards that made me smile. If I had to pick just one(?!) I would go with the watermelon one - it's just sooooo cute, and I love bright pink, as well as non-traditionally shaped cards. Happy 2013!

Lee said...

I think you had a rather amazing year considering how sick you've been! Your cards are fabulous dahhhling! Of course my VERY fave is the pink Angel Mail one! LOL But the elephant card is a close second...very cool!!!

Pia S said...

It's such a great selection of cards! Great variety of colors, themes and occasions! I find the little rabbit holding the colorful balloons so sweet! And I have a thing for African animals, so I love the elephant card too. And the classic car makes such a great male card.

KelliJo said...

EXCELLENT PICKS Meredith!!!!! Love them all and your personality SHINES in your art!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a great set of cards. Fabulous picks. I really like the images, and papers you used... also, nice textures!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

These are all so adorable, hope you have a happy and healthy new year!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Great post! So many fantastic cards!
I especially like the one with the balloons!!

Gail said...

I like all of these cards, but that watermelon one is just adorable..the shape is GREAT! --Gail