Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Cards of 2011

It's time to say goodbye to 2011. As I had only started making cards for OWH in December of 2010, this past year really represents the beginning of my serious card making. I've learned a lot and am proud to show off some of my best work. I'll do my best to link to each card's original post, if it has one, and tell you why I chose the card. :)

Back in this post, I laid out goals for the year. I wanted to host at least one card party and create at least 365 cards. I actually hosted two card making parties, one in January and one in September. I also had all the 8th grade students at my school make AnyHero cards in December. As for the cards, I made well over 1,000 cards. As you can see below, I've shipped 1695 cards. To the best of my recollection, only about 60 of those were made in 2010. My friends helped to make a few hundred at our parties, but that still leaves 1,000+ that I made all by myself. :) Later in the week, I'll be posting the new goals I have in mind for 2012.

Off to the top 10, in no particular order.

#1- Love these because I made them with paste paper I'd made in college. The paste paper gives great visual and tactile texture.

#2- The card that helped me win the Maryland State Digi during the Virtual Card Making Party (my favorite OWH event of the year, by the way).


#3-The card that helped me win $50 to spend in the EK Success online store, thanks to many OWHers who voted.


#4 -My favorite tie card. I am proud of the way I went beyond the designs I'd seen and made something uniquely my own.


#5- Super CAS!!!



#6- I was so proud of myself for coloring the metal accents to match the green paper. This card was also a part of the 10 paper challenge I did this summer. :)

#7 - Shaped Valentine card- I so rarely stray from rectangular cards that I was really happy with this one!



#8 - OWH digi valentine - I really liked the ribbon trim and unisex feel of this card.



#9 - A Christmas card. I made tons, and mostly didn't love them. They're the hardest cards for me to make, aside from sympathy cards, and I really wish they weren't such a challenge for me. This one I really liked because it was CAS and unusual colors for Christmas.



#10 - As a thank you for visiting, I thought this last card was appropriate. I think it's the best I've ever done with distressing.


Thanks for sharing this look back at 2011 with me! Can't wait to see what 2012 brings!!!
Cards shipped to OWH (as of 12/5/11): 1695

38 comments:

  1. Kathryn, wow what I nice collection of great cards. You should be proud of your accomplishments. You've done a fabulous job at keeping card going over to our troups. I've enjoyed viewing all of your cards this past year. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a very safe, Happy New Year.

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  2. great collection of cards - your numbers amaze me - thanks for sharing.

    Barb Housner

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  3. Wonderful cards, each and every one of them! TFS!

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  4. The #7 really caught my eye. I like the ornaments on the Christmas card too. I also struggle with Christmas cards. I do not enjoy making them at all. Thanks for sharing your choices and your number count is out of this world!

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  5. Great cards & mixture of styles. I like #7!
    Happy New Year!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  6. Wow, that was a lot of cards! Thanks! My fave is the Maryland state digi winner because of the colors, contrast and the embossing and the tie card. Those were so fun to make and you are right, you took yours a step further in the design.

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  7. Wow, your top ten are wonderful! Way to go with all the cards you've made for OWH this year too, wow!

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  8. I have that Cuttlebug flower die you used in card #2, but never used it. Thanks to you I have a very effective way to use it on cards. Also, several people have that hexagon punch and use it so effectively - now I think I NEED one!

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  9. So fun! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

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  10. Hi Kathryn! Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards! What a great collection of your work. I love them all, and the vintage bicycle card really strikes my fancy. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  11. I adore your shaped card! Great job!

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  12. Thanks for sharing. Love how you did the shirt. You made it your own.

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  13. Love love love the way you did the tie card - SO CUTE! Super job on them all, happy new year!

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  14. Great cards, Kathryn! My favorite is #3...I love how you used the hexagons to frame the center embellishment.

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  15. Great cards!!!I love the shaped valentine! And the tie card, I thought was so awesome on the original post that I cased it! Happy New Year!

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  16. Loved all the paper piecing on your cards. Great job.

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  17. It's hard to believe you've only been doing serious card making for a year. You're a natural at it.

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  18. Love your take on the tie card (I need to case that!) and the bike card are my two top favs! Happy New Year!

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  19. Wonder group of cards.. I can see why they are your top picks. Your shaped Valentine's Day card is my favorite.. I really like the way you used the red, black and white on it. thanks for sharing. blessings ~ Pam

    Happy New Year!

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  20. ... that should've read Wonderful group of cards.

    hugs ~ Pam

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  21. Great cards! My favorites are #1 - love your handmade paper and #6 - such perfect details of the metal accents in the perfect color (I love coloring my own trims too). Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Nice variety. Keep up the good work.

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  23. Your necktie card was so great! I loved that folding project! Thanks for sharing your variety of cards for year end. Happy 2012!

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  24. I love that Thanks card and I'm glad it got you the Maryland State digi (I'd forgotten about the State Digis — thanks for the reminder :) So much fun to look back, thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

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  25. Very nice cards! The tie card is my favorite as well! Happy stamping!

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  26. Over 1000 cards, WOW!!! I can see why these are some of your favorites. I really like the stacked hearts on the red, white and blue love card.

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  27. Great job!! congrats on exceeding your goals. Love your ship card.

    Happy new Year!

    Sheila
    http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

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  28. Oh, my! I love that tie card!! Great collection!

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  29. You have some wonderful cards here. I love how everyone has their own style and the troops have so many nice cards to pick from.

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  30. Great cards, Kathryn! And congrats on meeting your goals and then some! Well done!

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  31. Great selection of card and I really like your tie card.

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  32. What a wonderful variety! I have to say I am partial to the Maryland State Digi. I just got that texture folder and see that it makes a striking card. TFS!

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  33. You've been one busy lady! LOVE the tie card, and the Be Mine card is super cute! So what's the goal for 2012? Happy New Year.

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  34. Fabulous accomplishment- 1000 cards!! You rock!! Happy New Year!

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  35. Nice variety of cards- I think my fav is the "hello" bicycle card. Cute! TFS-

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  36. Great variety in your cards! Congratulations on not only meeting your goals for 2011 but exceeding them by far! What's your plan for 2012?

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  37. Thank you for sharing this nice variety of cards. Really liked how you made the tie card your own, and I loved your Christmas card - it's CAS and the colors are peaceful and calming.

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  38. Hi, Kathryn,

    Congratulations for surpassing both of your 2011 goals. Kudos on a wonderful gallery of Top Ten cards.

    Thanks for stopping by Scrapping with Purpose.

    All the best in 2012!

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