Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Favourite 5 2014

So I've chosen my top 5 Christmas cards, now Debby is hosting the top 5 creations of the year!

Now where do I start to choose just 5 of this years's cards?
It was hard to choose my favourite 5 Christmas cards of 2014 so this was even harder. To make it easier I decided not to  include any Christmas cards in this selection, even though my poinsettia would have made it in I think!

First off the block is this card made for a Muse challenge using my favourite die cut 'Glorious Gardenia' and some free DP from a mag.

My daughter liked it so much she asked me if I could make a retirement card for her first teaching mentor and now friend along the same lines. I love the die and have used it in lots of cards, even cutting it down and adding to it. I think I've had my monies worth from it!

Now this next card was inspired by one of my favourite crafters and  team mate at ATSM the wonderful Loll Thompson. It uses a collection of die cuts, some as they came - the tulips but others cut down - the window and bowl. I love stamping and colouring but equally I love using die cuts!

Now this card I have chosen to represent all those cards I made using LOTV images and coloured using Copics. This is slightly different as it is monochrome but I was really pleased with it despite not getting any recognition, but hey I was more than happy with it.

This next card was inspired by the colours of my bedroom! It was a colour challenge over at Less is More and rather fun. 

It uses die cut foliage, a MB circle burst and a LOTV circular sentiment. I love the colour combo, the whole house has that scheme in one form or another!

Now to my favourite card of the year. 

The start of this card was a photo over at Fusion which came together with a sketch at STAMPlorations. I had only recently discovered their stamps by the lovely Shery, so it was great to use them in this way.  It nearly didn't get finished as I smudged one of the top daisies while embossing it. When I tried to do another panel my heat gun refused to work, so I had to do a bit of judicious trimming and in the end all was well! It's so pleasing to create something that works and ultra special for others to say the same!

I also have another card I would like to mention -

Now I know that this is number six but as Debby included an extra in her Christmas 5 so I've done it here. This card was picked up well after it was posted originally in May but at the time of writing it has been viewed over 1400 times, so some of you think it's one of the best, therefore I've included it here. 
It was originally made for a few challenges including CASual Friday and a CAS on Sunday sketch as well as a Less is More flower challenge.
So that's about it, another year almost over.
It's been a great 2014 so I hope that 2105 is just as good if not better.
Thanks to Debby4000 for the idea.
Thanks for popping around and see you in 2015,


EDIT - 1/1/15  Mynn is also having an end of year link up so it would be a shame not to join in the fun.
                       and so is Lyndal over on her blog

  5/1/15 Totally forgot that Clear it Out Challenge Blog are having a favourite card of 2014 so I will also enter there.


  1. A beautiful collection of cards Julie - I love your colouring and use of dies. My favourite would have to be the LOTV monochrome card - the image is so sweet and it has a wonderful vintage feel.
    Wishing you a very happy 2015. Sylvia x

  2. Julie this is a stunning series of creations, a true showcase of your wonderful creative talent. Its hard to pick a favourite. Thank you so much for sharing them with your bloggy friends.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  3. Gorgeous selection of cards! I especially love the second one! :-)

  4. Fab selection! The Stamplorations one just edges it with me - love it!
    Happy New Year!

  5. I am so thrilled to have found your blog this year. Your creations are always unique and never cease to inspire me. I look forward to cheering you on in 2015!

  6. Brilliant cards Julie you do CAS so well!! Happy New Year xx

  7. Wow Julie , these are all fabulous. Just beautiful :-) If I had to choose my favourite it would have to be the monochrome LOTV card - totally awesome - really striking and the colouring is perfect. Hugs, Jayne x

  8. So many gorgeous cards, using such different mediums, Jules! You are a master of many talents as shown by these beauties! Happy New Year to you and yours! May 2015 be your best year ever!

  9. These are absolutely beautiful :) I love all ur designs though :D Have a wonder New year

  10. You had a wonderful year with all those beauties, thanks for stopping by my blog to say HELLO.

  11. WOW! A fantastic selection of your favourites.
    Each one is totally stunning Julie can't pick a favourite.
    Happy New Year

  12. Hi Jules. Truly amazing cards ... each and every one. You are so talented and I'm so thankful that I got to meet you through our work at ATS&M. I have learned a lot from you over the past six months ... and look forward to learning more in 2015! Happy New Year to you! Loll xx

  13. Interesting pick mum. I would pick a different 5. All fab though.

  14. these are gorgeous...I especially luv the first card...now let me tell ya, I am not a fan of purple...but when it is paired with green...I luv it! stunning work. hope your 2015 is filled with lots of glimmer and happiness!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  15. WOW. Jaw hitting floor--that's me! These are all absolutely stunning, Jules! LOVE your use of dies and I adore the sweet kraft card--the coloring is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with me at On a Stampage! :) HUGS and happy new year! Mynn xx

  16. FABULOUS cards Jules, I love your monochrome colouring - just beautiful! Thank you so much for joining up to Our Favourite Things linky party!

  17. Six GORGEOUS cards, Julie! I love the watercolor behind the diecuts on the first and will be trying that in the new year! I love the poppies too and that card is in my CASE file as well! Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2015!

  18. These are a lovely selection of creations!! You are quite the crafter!! I look forward to getting to know you this year my friend! ;)

  19. Wonderful selection of cards! Your monochromatic card is a stunner and I'm amazed at the depth you've created with so few colors.

  20. I wish you'd post more than 5 cards - such beauties! Love your style and love your work, Julie - so happy to be on the same team with you! Happy New Year to you and your family! Hugs, Cornelia

  21. Yes, well as I scrolled down through your cards each one made me say Um, WOW and then I just kept gasping and swooning in delight as each one was another WOW!! I just am so pleased that you joined this link up so I could see your creations!! Thank you - and Yes, my favorite card was the same as yours - the daisy card - BLEW ME AWAY!!! I just can;t say enough about how impressed I am with what I saw here at your blog today!!!

  22. Your favourite cards are gorgeous and that poppy card deserved the extra mention cos its stunning.
    Thank you for joining my Favourite Five of 2014.

  23. ahhhhh Jules, what great collection here ... and I hereby give the due recognition that LOTV image deserved.. great work!!! ;) love it...
    and also the die cuts TFS Shaz in Oz,x


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