Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Favourite Christmas cards of 2014

Last year I happened across the wonderful blog of Debby4000 and she encouraged us to choose our top 5 cards and she has done it this year too.


So here goes.


Don't you just love it when an idea comes together and that was the case when I was asked to be a GD at STAMPloratios recently. The sketch I had to use just suggested this design and I wanted to keep a fairly soft w/c effect using a Penny Black poinsettia and a Stampendous Christmas words stamp stamped then heat embossed in white then over inked with DI to complete. An end result I was really satisfied with and plenty of others thought the smae as it won a couple of recognitions.
This next card again used a sketch and came together really quickly. A sure sign of satisfaction!


This time its one I loved but it didn't get much love back except from the gals at Colour Me. I used a previously unused Noel die and my Personal Impressions snowflake set.

This next favourite was made for one of my favourite challenges, LOTV. I love using their images, they are such fun to colour. 


Lili of the Valley was one of the reasons I started to blog and I'm sad that they have closed their challenge blog, but not before I managed to win 3 Top 5's in a row. Whoop whoop. They always have hundreds of entries so it was mind blowing to win the last 3!



The card above was an entry into another of my favourite challenges, Muse using the camouflage die technique. At  Muse, the members get to vote for their favourite take on the weekly Muse and I have been honoured to be voted into the top 3 on more than one occasion.



This last card was made along with a set of 3 for yet another Muse challenge using the same DP.
The owl is from a Lawn Fawn set and made it into the top 5 list ahead of another favourite using the same owl because its linked to the set of 3 which I loved as well.

As you can tell, I found this really difficult to narrow it down to these 5. I think it's 'cos I love all my cards except the one's that don't make it to blog. I wont post a card I'm not happy with and there are quite a few cards in a box that have not seen the light of day! Looking back I can see how my style has changed over the year. Gone are the 'lay the DP on in loads of layers and throw the embellishments on' but I still can't give up the colouring, Copics or watercolours. My style is definitely CAS now, with a smattering of DPs. If it's been this bad to choose Christmas cards from this year it's going to be murder trying to narrow down the whole year to my top 5, stop by on the 30th for that post!

So thanks for stopping by and many thanks to my followers old and new and all the wonderful people who have left such positive and encouraging comments over the last year,

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

to you all. x

EDIT 5/1/15 Clear it Out Challenge Blog are also having a favourite card of 2014, think I will just about make it!

14 comments:

  1. All - my favorite Christmas cards form you in one place - great idea! Happy Holidays to you, Julie!

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  2. These cards ROCK!! Merry Christmas!!

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  3. These cards are fabulous, Julie - I have been admiring them over the past few months and it is great to see them in one place! You have a fab eye for colour and CAS design. I particularly love the owl and stamplorations cards :)

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  4. Oh what a gorgeous selection of Christmas Cards.
    Thank you for joining in with My Favourite Five Christmas Cards.
    luv
    Debby

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  5. fabulous selection of cards, all so gorgeous.i love your beautiful poinsettias. ;D

    xx coops xx

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  6. Lovely cards....my favourite is the first one...gorgeous. x

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  7. Wow this is a stunning series of Christmas designs and such a wonderful reflection of your awesome creative talent. Thank you so much for sharing them. Also wishing you a 2015 filled with tons of love and happiness xxx
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  8. Fabulous selection, all so gorgeous.
    Wendy xx

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  9. Oh wow! You're an awesome stamper. Fantastic designs on each and every card. I really want to try that camouflage technique. Beautiful creations!

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  10. Absolutely stunning selection, Jules. I don't know how you picked your favourites because all your Christmas Cards are so beautiful! xx

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous cards - what a brilliant selection! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog :)
    Rebecca.
    x

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  12. Wonderful selections, Julie. especially the poinsettia which was already in my CASE file. You even enabled me to get that background stamp. LOL, it would be cheaper for me to stay away from your blog. But I won't!

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  13. Your cards are all stunning Julie, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the poinsettia one. Your watercolouring on this is superb. I am going to have to buy that stamp ready for this years cards!
    Love Sheila x

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