Thursday 2 January 2014

My favourite 5 creations of 2013

Happy New Year everyone, it's nearly time to leave all the reflections and celebrations behind but before we do I wanted to enter Debby of A scrapjourney fun annual round up of our favourite creations of 2013. Do pop over to her blog and join the fun, the details are here. I have already entered her 5 favourite Christmas creations so I was able to leave my Christmas ones out. Thanks so much Debby for hosting this, it's been great looking at everyone's many lovely creations.
This year she has called it My Favourite Creations not cards as a lot of people are diversifying their crafts. As you know I am also a silversmither, cake decorator and jewellery maker so I am going to include a couple in here. We are supposed to limit ourselves to 5 but she has said we can go to here goes with my cards first.

My  first is  the card I made for my daughter's 27th birthday last March, she loved the bold and black colours I used and the theme was perfect for her...lots of bags and shoes

My second is a guest design card I made for the I Love Promarkers blog in the early summer. The theme was to add stitching and all of mine was faux.
My third is another Guest Designer card I made, this time for my buddy Kerry over at Ladybug Crafts ink. It was an elaborate criss cross card and I made my own patchwork pieces from paper.

My fourth is the card I made for my Mum's special birthday in November. I used one of my Nicecrane Kewpie images which I coloured. It is also through this that I was offered my permanent GD post on the Design Team by Ignacio of Nicerane Designs ;0) (Thanks Ignacio)
My 5th card is one of my accordion cards, I just love making these. I have made several but if I can only choose one it is this one. It is the card I made to welcome the birthday of my darling granddaughter Daisy Jane on 11.11.13
Now as Debby said we can sneak in a couple of other creations I wanted to add 2 non card making ones.
So my first is one of my bag charms I made for a knitter
and lastly the sugar paste flower arrangement I made for my Mum's 80th birthday cake in November

As I was so busy in the run up to Christmas I did not have time to share this special day...I will be back soon to show you some photos. I made handmade party bags too which were such fun!

So that is my 2013 in summary, it was really hard to choose as there were others that I really had fun making too.

That just leaves me with my card challenge card for today which has been un shown and unblogged until now. I decided to get my pencils out and have a play with a monochrome colour scheme.

It was made very simply just stamping my Uptown Girl image onto Kraft card and then using Sepia and white Prismacolor pencils to give some shading. The sentiment is LOTV, again just stamped onto the card. A real clean and simple card for me...I really do love playing with different styles of card making.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;

Country View Challenges  monochromatic  I am a Guest Designer  for this challenge later this month so I thought this was a simple card to practice my monochrome ideas with!
Loves Rubberstamps New Year resolutions another resolution with my cards is to keep trying lots of new ideas and techniques. Clean and simple is a very unusual style for me!
Creative Inspirations Celebrations
Crafting from the heart Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy Celebrations
Polkadoodles anything goes
Simon says stamp Something New my new is this new stamp....such a cool image
Make it Monday Linky Party #172
Live and Love Crafts Perfume  my perfume to inspire this card is Fleur by Floris, both the smell and the monochrome packaging inspired my card, here is the link

I am planning to have a restock of my Etsy shop over the next month and as a thank you and also to make way for this I am having a massive New Year sale. I am offering a huge 30% off everything in my shop (normal shipping rates apply). So if you want to stock up on your Christmas cards they start at only £1.40 and my bag charms are now just £4.73. Follow the link here This offer will run until 20 Jan and as they say, when they're gone they're gone! 

I am back at work tomorrow after a lovely long break and at least this morning the rain has stopped for a brief break and the sun is shining. Time for me to get some photos taken of my most recent cards whilst the light is good. I also plan some crafting and maybe even a little tidy up in the garden.  Have a great day and thanks as always for visiting.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Brilliant creations! The last one is my favourite, it looks stunning!

  2. Beautiful creations Jane, all of them!!!! All special for different reasons! :) I have to say though I'm so impressed by the sugar paste flowers...amazing!
    Love the the new card too, such a lovely image!
    Enjoy your last day off , it's a beautiful one here too, don't you just love pre-spring! :)
    V xxx

  3. Isn't it hard choosing Jane, but all are lovely and I would not dare select just one favourite from them.

    Happy 2014.

    B x

  4. Very interesting post ..most enjoyable . Love your new card super colouring .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  5. This is a wonderful selection of creations and a great reflection of your beautiful creative style. {I would love you to take part in my 130,000 Page View Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck.} Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and may it be all you want it to be. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  6. stunning choices Jane - and I love todays card too - beautiful xx

  7. Such a sweet image and a wonderful card! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations and I hope you had a lovely Christmas & New Year! xxx

  8. I love all your cards.. I'm off to visit your shop for the sale! I got a new bright red handbag on Monday and I have the bag charm I won from you hanging on it. I'm glad you had such a nice long break from work.

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. A fabulous display of your favourites Jane and a gorgeous monochrome card. Looking forward yo seeing the next one for CVC. Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  10. Hello Jane,

    BEAUTIFUL creations, all of them really, but I think the most special is the little Daisy's card! It's not only a perfect to look at, but it has such a special memory attached... Oh my!

    I wish you the most wonderful first weekend of 2014 (is it really Friday?), and happy creating! Many warm wishes from rainy Finland...


  11. Beautiful cards Jane. Good Luck with the challenge. Hugs Rita xxx

  12. Happy New Year to you dear Jane and thank you for being such a lovely friend through another year of blogging...I remember all your gorgeous cards and your flower arrangement is amazing...your mum must have been thrilled (and now she will be able to keep it safe and admire it often!)
    Wishing you a wonderful year and many happy times with gorgeous little Daisy,
    Susan x

  13. Happy New Year, Jane. I love these special picks. What a tribute to your Mother---beautiful flowers.
    The only thing I would add are the silver daisies for Milly and Daisy!!

    Happy first weekend of the New Year…..
    Anne xx
    PlumCreek Studio

  14. fabulous selection and still love that baby one really stands out
    Hugs Kate x

  15. Wow, these are all so fabulous, I love them all. Great New Years Rsolution! Thanks for Playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  16. You have made so many amazing things over the year, Jane! Lots of varied ideas too! Thank you for another year of blogging friendship :) Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!
    Helen xx

  17. All your creations are lovely.Such a pretty challenge card and I love the sepia and the image. Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week

  18. Beautiful cards and creations!! Lovely work!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  19. They are all so gorgeous! Thank You for playing along with us here at Loves Rubber Stamps.

  20. Happy New Year Jane!!

    It's lovely to see your top favourite cards, they are all lovely and quite mixed, which is nice as a non card maker to see the different styles. Here's hoping it's a truly fabulous 2014!


  21. Wonderful selections of cards Jane, they're all fabulous. Love the bag charm and was amazed by the sugarpaste arrangement.
    Thank you for joining in with My Favourite Five of 2013.

  22. Hi Jane,
    Great selection of card; well done for narrowing it down to 5. The years I've taken part in those "Best of" creations, I had to choose one for each month. :-) I especially like the accordian card. As for your monochrome card, it's beautiful. It's so hard to do CAS I think, but you nailed it. Great colouring and a perfect match to the perfume packaging. Thanks for sharing with us at LLC.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts

  23. Love the monotones and makes me want to break my pencils and kraft card out. Thanks for playing with us at LLC.
    Hugs Tracy x


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