Hi, friends! It's that time of year again. You know, when everyone shares their faves from the past year! I've had such an amazingly whirlwind year and I feel SO blessed with all the things that have happened in my blog life that it has been super hard to choose just ONE favorite thing from each month, but I did it! If you'd like to see my fave 2014 Christmas Cards, you can see just those HERE. Let's just get started with this, though, ok?
January marked the first month with me acting as the Design Team Coordinator at Great Impressions. I took over for an absolutely amazing friend (Jenny) and so I was really nervous. The wonderful people I've gotten to work for have really made the transition happy I feel grateful to continue in this capacity still!
February brought more fun changes to my blog! I started as a full-time design team member for Inspired By Stamping this month! I absolutely adore Joanna and the other gals on this team and I think you can agree, these products are just amazing! I feel blessed to be continuing on this team--it's such a great company to design for!
March was the month that I first participated in the Card Chain Challenge over at Society of Stampaholics. I was the first ever participant from Kansas (woot!) and I have participated a few other times, as well. The ladies who participate in this swap are AMAZING and I always get the most beautiful cards from them! Deborah, the sweet gal who runs it, is just fabulous. If you haven't participated, you should consider doing so!
April was a super fun month for me! My sister brought her two girls for a visit and we made some fun Peeps-On-A-Stick with coordinating tags. Aren't these super fun?! The sentiment on the tags is from Paper Sweeties and the image is from Inspired By Stamping.
In May I made my very first shaker card! It was made using super bright colors and uses stamps from Inspired By Stamping. I also started using my Spectrum Noir markers more in May--they are what I used to color the beautiful rose image in the shaker portion of the card as well as the rhinestones. :)
June brought a blog hop with Great Impressions and Operation Write Home. It was also super exciting because I designed some of the stamps that Great Impressions sells to help Operation Write Home, including the sentiment used on this card! If you'd like to purchase them and help support our troops, you can find these stamps HERE at Great Impressions. :)
July brought another new and fabulous design team position into my blogging life. This time, it was an invitation to join Debbie and her amazing team at Paper Sweeties! These gals are all super talented and Debbie is one of the sweetest people I've had the privilege of working with in blog land! This was such a blessing to me at a difficult time in my personal life and I am super grateful to still be working with these fabulous women. July also marked 4 years of blogging. :)
August brought my new blog look and also the time when I FINALLY was able to get some stamps out that I had purchased in May from a consignment sale! This card was the first one made with this set...I'm not even sure if it has seen the light of day since, but I am quite happy with this card!
September brought another blog hop--this time with Great Impressions and Die Versions! I was able to craft with some beautiful stamps and amazing dies from these two companies and also work alongside Patti Gilliam who is the DT coordinator for Die Versions. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know her and her team!
Not any real story behind this card, I just super love the way it turned out! I guess it was one of the first cards made specifically to have a video to go along with is for the House of Cards challenge blog. I just really enjoyed watching this card unfold and it was a hit with my family as well! One of my sisters who has an October birthday asked for a similar card like this for her birthday because of the Great Impressions sentiment. It was all purple and I Frankensteined (that's a word--I just used it) it to say "Witching you a happy birthday".
I know that I said the last card didn't have a story and then I told a story (yeah...), but this card truly has no story. I just LOVE it. It uses lots of goodies from Inspired By Stamping and lots of shine and sparkle. This photo does it no justice because you don't see the full effect of the gold heat embossing. I LOVE THIS CARD! I still have it tucked away safely and I don't know if I will ever give it away...I'm stingy with favorite creations like that. :) This card is being uploaded to the Clear It Out challenge for favorite 2014 card. :)
In December, the fun new watermarks I made for the Paper Sweeties team were used by most of the team and I pulled out my chalk marker (finally--I'd had it since March!) to use in creating this card. I really love the way this turned out, so that's why it's my fave for December!
I'm also linking up with Debby HERE
As well as with Wendy HERE!
That's all for me today and for 2014! Thank you so much for being a part of my year--each of you is a gift to me and I cherish all the kind words you share on my blog! I'd love for you to link up your year end highlights below if you do this sort of thing, too, and I'll come leave you some love! HUGS and happy NEW YEAR stamping to you all!