Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 13 of '13

How fun to be part of the OWH Top 13 of 2013 Blog Hop.  After discovering several "Clean and Simple" (CAS) blogs and participating in the challenges, my personal style has begun to take shape.  As a result, most of my favorite cards come from the latter half of the year.  Here they are in no particular order with links to the original posts so you can read the details if you'd like:


Five Layer Fly Away
Love the juxtaposition of the patterns at tilted angles against
the very straight and uncluttered focal panel

Burlap & Lace Best Wishes
I pulled out stamps that hadn't been used in a long time to customize a congratulations card for a special friend who got engaged this year.  Her wedding theme is burlap, lace and peonies.
Um...nailed it!

I created the picture panel entirely with a glue pens and embossing power.
It was my own idea! (Not and OWH-worthy card because of the glitter, but
I don't come up with original ideas often so it had to make my list.)

The sketch had me stumped and I thought I was going to tank my Guest Designer spot.  I gave it a few days and this card "just came" to me.  Love how it turned out!
So frilly and fun with the fabric ruffles.

I bought the glasses stickers because they were so, stinkin' cute...and because I had the eye chart stamp which had been sitting unused for too long.  Love when one product helps you put another to good use.  And sequins...  LOVE sequins.  What a great way to add bling without glitter.

So classy and elegant, I can hardly believe I came up with it.

The first CAS card I really loved.  My success with this one encouraged
me to keep pursuing this style of card over the rest of the year.

Something about that yellow banner--which is so not Christmassy--just makes me happy.

Another "unworthy" OWH card due to the glitter, but still a favorite of mine.

I wrapped grocery store twisty ties with Washi tape. 
Not my original idea, but still a very cool result.

Color Dare #53 and the Patience of Job
That background took forever, but I literally was having
trouble sleeping until I executed an idea.

My original idea to use adhesive springs to create multiple layers of butterfly wings. 
Again, I don't come up with original ideas often, so this was a "mark your calendar" kind of thing.

Well, there you have it, my personal favorites from 2013.  Hope you enjoyed them.

Until next time,



  1. What a lovely variety of creations. I just love the butterfly - so much color and dimension.

  2. I really like the assortment of cards that you chose to share. As a former quilter, I noticed that you use stitching on some of your cards. I want to try that on some of my future cards. I'm a new follower of yours.

  3. Fabulous collection of cards! I too love the yellow banner- it is so stunning! thanks for sharing all of your creations- very inspiring!

  4. Absolutely beautiful collection! The Cloisonné Love and the Frosted Snowflakes are my favorites. It's always fun to take a look back. Thanks for linking up and sharing these. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

  5. Wonderful group of cards! My fave is the Embossed Scene card...just love stuff like that. tfs and Happy New Year!

  6. They are all fabulous - I really enjoyed the "trip" down memory lane - thank you!!!!
    Happy New Year!!

  7. Hi Becca! You have some great original ideas to be proud of! I really love your embossed scene. Gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  8. What a lovely collection of cards... and I definitely see that CAS style developing right in front of my eyes. TFS and all the best in 2014!

  9. Beautiful group of cards. The glasses and eye chart stamp are a brilliant combination!!!

  10. Ohmygoodness, your cards are stunning - and twisties wrapped with washi tape ?!??? That is a new one to me that I need to try. Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for sharing your selection of cards; the airplane is my favorite!

  12. Becca, you picked some fabulous cards for your post today. I enjoyed reading the reasons you chose them. Best wishes for a crafty new year!

  13. You make beautiful cards! I love the one with the fabric ruffles! and the 3d butterfly is really neat too. :)

  14. My favorite has to be the motorcycle card. Great use of colors and the flames at the top are a perfect touch. Happy new year!


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