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My Top 12 of 2012


If this is a tradition, I love it. I remember doing a similar post at the end of 2011, and there's something to be said for reviewing all your crafty work over the last year and choosing your favorites - it can be tough, but it's also super fun. I have lots of great memories to share about each one of these cards, so I will try to be brief.

I chose the cross-stitched card above because I remember the Saturday that I spent stitching that piece of cloth - I had not a care in the world and was happy as a clam to be curled up under the covers working on that chevron pattern. The idea popped into my head and I just had to make this card.


I had the amazing luck of being asked to be a guest designer for Clear and Simple Stamps' July and August release-I am still pinching myself! The Happy Hour card was another one of those cards hat just popped into my head when I saw those adorable drink umbrellas in the dollar store, and I was surprised by the positive feedback I received on this. I really felt like I made Nicki and the CSS DT proud with this one - I so badly did not want to embarrass them and felt a lot of pressure to make sure everything was as perfect as I knew how, mostly because this was my first time participating in anything of this crafty magnitude. Designing for them was an amazing experience - it was a lot of work and it really challenged me to think outside the box with my crafting and taught me so much about myself and my own style.


Adventures in spritzing! For the longest time, Renee kept telling me how beautifully the Waltzingmouse Stamps stamped, and when Compact Family was released along with all its matching sentiment sets, I was hooked. And she was SO right. The funny part about this Father's Day card is that I was not able to give it to my dad or my father-in-law because neither of them is a grandfather and I didn't want them to get any ideas. ;)


I love this card, which was made using Unity Stamps,  mostly because of the raspberry color, my favorite for cardmaking, and the layout.


Here's another card using Waltzingmouse, this time with paper piecing. Because I still don't color much, and I don't plan on starting in 2013 either!


It's no secret that I have a serious obsession with Christmas crafting, and the above card is one that I made using Neat and Tangled, whose design team I had the delight of joining this year. Danielle is one of the sweetest and most supportive people out there, and I am so honored that she has asked me to join her in her adventure. I wish her all the best in the New Year!


And how fun was this card that I made as part of my October spot with Retro Sketches?!?! Arielle, you are the BEST and I just love everything you make. This challenge blog is superb (because I LOVE sketch challenges) and one of my goals for 2013 is to play along MUCH more with this one.


And how about CAS-ual Fridays? I still can't believe that the ever-awesome Michele picked me for her team and I was so sorry to have to step down at the end of this year because work is just...well, a handful for me right now (more on that later). Here's a card that I made for her very first stamp release, and that raspberry pink just gets me every. time. I'm thinking that this sentiment will make for some fun New Year's cards! I miss you and all of the fun and super talented Girls Friday!

October2012B - Merry Christmas

Oh the magic of taking a Hero Arts class with Shari Carroll. I loved it so much that I signed up for a second class after the first one had ended, making for almost a whole day with this most magnificent crafty genius! I chose this card as one of my favorites because it reminds me of that awesome day, when I bought this stamp and die set, and which helped me to get back to thinking about all the reasons why I love this hobby so very much.


Yes, another Christmas card! This one was made using Wplus9, my favorite stamp company, for the Cloud9 Challenge in November. That Simple Snowflake die is so perfect to me, and I just love that sentiment set. I am hoping to be able to display many more cards using my Wplus9 stash in the New Year. I can't thank Dawn enough for letting us run monthly blog hops and for sharing her amazing talent with us. I also want to thank Anya, Christina and Gayatri for joining me in this blog hopping adventure. Hugs to all of you!!!


This was my final card as part of the CAS-ual Fridays team, and I chose this because it's a reminder to me to use more blue in my cards. I also love all the texture in the buttons and bling!


Last, but not least, I chose this card, which I gave to my parents for Christmas this year, because I love the colors, the stitched mat from Lil' Inker Designs, and the glittered candy cane! It made me so happy to use my beloved Papertrey Ink holiday stamps. Last year I didn't have much of a chance to use these because I had to help out with my grandmother, but I will still be sad to put these away at the end of the week for inking up next season.


If you're still with me, thank you! I am not sure what 2013 will bring for me in blogland, only because I have some new responsibilities at work that I need to focus my attention on, at least for the next few months while I get used to the new schedule. I want you all to know how much I truly appreciate all of your kind words and support each and every time I share something here. Your comments brighten my day more than you can imagine, and I am forever grateful for you. I know that I am not always the best about returning the favor, but I want you all to know that I do visit and admire all of your creations in return. Thank you for all the inspiration!

I wish you and your loved ones all of the best in 2013!


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Blogger June K said...

Suzanne, you are a very talented stamper. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your lovely cards with us. I always look forward to your posts. Have a wonderful 2013.

December 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I just wanted to give you a big hug while reading this! You are one of the sweetest people I've ever met and such a talented designer! Some of these cards are my favorites! Wishing you all the best in 2013!

December 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

a beautiful line up, Suzanne! Love your sense of humour and use of colour :) Happy New Year!

December 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

love seeing your year in review. i'd missed some of these and they are wonderful! I have my top 12 of 2012 ready to go too!

December 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

What a great year in review. All your cards are spectacular, and it was very interesting to read about why each card was special to you. happy new year.

December 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Tracey McNeely said...

Enjoyed your year in review Suzanne, I had already pinned a lot of them. I also loved reading your stories about why you chose those cards. Brilliant! Happy New Year my friend!

December 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Jeanne J said...

What a great mix of cards that really show off your style Suzanne! This had to be so hard to narrow it down to only a few!

December 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Wida said...

what a fun post! I think you chose some awesome cards, I am a fan and do enjoy each and every creation!

December 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger The Paper Parade said...

Such a fun post :) Well, my favorite of the bunch is definitely the Waltzingmouse one of the girl in the balloon. I just love it, and I am honored to be the one who received it!

December 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger ~amy~ said...

awesome picks!

December 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger canadian_liner said...

Thanks for sharing your 2012 picks--you are a HUGe inspiration to my crafting journey. I'm sure all will even out with the new job responsibilities. Keep carving out some crafty time for yourself, though--that work-life balance is what keeps both sides functioning, and makes both so rewarding. Best in 2013!

December 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

These are all amazing cards! I tried to pick a favorite but I can't! You are truly amazing! I am so lucky to call you my friend! I hope 2013 for you, is the best year yet! xoxox

December 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Marybeth said...

You know I love them all….. I am going to pick a favorite Its kinda hard to do … but I just love the snowflake one so perfect!
Happy New Years Suzanne!

December 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy Weber said...

It was so nice to look through what you have done this year Suzanne...such pretty cards, but my very favorite was the last one, the candy cane and the stitched mat along with the cute holly and berries on the side. Such a cute CAS card. Happy New Year!

December 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Sharron said...

Suzanne, your cards are always so amazing! Love seeing your favorites for the year. Picking a favorite would be hard but the last one and the one with the snowflake are two very special ones. Hope you have a wonderful new year and that work doesn't totally keep you from a bit of relaxing crafty time. Hugs!

December 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Love this post! So fun to read why you chose each card :) And thank you so much for including me Suzanne! :) Can't wait for even more fun in 2013!

December 29, 2012 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

They are all great! I especially like the first one and the one with the heart in the middle of the snowflake. Happy New Year.

December 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Wow, what lovely eye-candy! I always love everything you make, Suzanne, and find your blog super inspiring! It was neat to see your favourites from the past year-- thanks for sharing!

December 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Lizzie Jones said...

Your cards are so beautiful, Suzanne! I am particularly fond of the first one. I can't imagine how long it took to accomplish that stitched panel, but it is SO pretty. Thank you for re-sharing all of your favorites!

December 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

I love all your cards - your are an inspiration! Thank-you.

December 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

Wow Suzanne! Great cards. I love the reindeer in his sweater. Happy New Year.

December 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

As if I needed a reminder of how talented you are--this is it. EEK--so much beauty in one post. How fun for me to review the year with you. I remember all of the cards except the first couple--perhaps I wasn't following (stalking) you yet! Happy New Year.

December 31, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Kim Heggins said...

Suzanne, these are just amazing, I love them all! What an incredible talent you have, for color and placement and everything else you do! Now on to my favorite from what you have posted...card number 7, I have to admit that I love candy corn and when I saw this card I just went crazy!!! Just so sweet and the best way to eat corn. Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Love, love, love them all!! :)
Sweets you are just so amazingly talented and creative...
you inspire me with every visit...
and you still ROCK the patterned papers like no one's business!! :)
Here's a to a happy crafting 2013...
may it be the best year ever!! :)

January 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I'm so in love with that beachy card! Great stuff! {found you through the TT&J Project LinkUp}

January 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger - elbeth - said...

I love the way you're using colour! All your cards are carriers of a special feeling, and I'm in awe!

January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Suzanne!! These cards are amazing!! So many favourites here of my own, I can't pick out just one! Maybe Reindeer Approved just pips it, but I love the 'Get Your Party On' card so much too!! Hope we will see more beautiful cards from you this year once you've had a chance to get used to your new schedule!

January 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Debbie Carriere said...

Can I just say that these are all A-mazing!!!! I envy your style! Hope you are well & Happy 2013!!!

January 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Rzasa said...

Awesome post Suzanne!

January 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM  

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