Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Year in Review - 2011 + Blog Candy

Wow, I wasn't sure what I was going to post on New Year's Eve, and then I saw that several of my friends and bloggers that I follow were participating in Karin's Year in Review blog hop.  What a great way to end 2011 - my first year of blogging! 

And, at the last minute, Operation Write Home decided to have the same kind of hop - WOOHOO!

Here are 10 cards I chose in chronological order:

These are the first cards I ever posted to my blog (Stampin' Up):

Next is a dimensional ruffle card (OWH tutorial here) made with We R Memory Keepers paper:
Here's a card I CASE'd from a Cricut magazine:
Another Cricut card that uses Create A Critter cartridge:
I fell in love with this little hedgehog (Hambo Stamps) and made it into kits for an OWH party:
Then I discovered Doodle Pantry images and paired this with one of my fave sketches from OWH:
I played along with the Hambo Hoedown ALL YEAR LONG and never missed one!  Here's a fave:
Another favorite company for digi stamps this year is Bugaboo Stamps:
I finally tried my hand at a white on white card and was pretty proud of it:
How could I not include Kaylie's birthday card using a Dustin Pike image and Jenn Jackson sketch:
If you've gotten this far and taken the time to look at all 10 of my cards, I'm offering up some blog candy - a $10 gift certificate to Doodle Pantry (they are having a 50% off sale through January 2 so it's like getting $20!).  To be eligible, you must do just two things:

(1) Leave a comment and include your email address - you want me to be able to contact you if you win, right?! and 
(2) Become a follower


So that you can take full advantage of the great sale, I will draw the name of the winner at Noon Central time on January 1 so that you will still have one day plus a little bit to shop the sale!

49 comments:

  1. Create cards Allison....my favorite is the ruffle card...I really like the dimensional look of them and love those colors.

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  2. Thanks for a chance at some goodies. I do follow and I like your choices.

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  3. Allison, thanks so much for linking up at my blog! The cards you chose to feature are just adorable and I'm picking the Hambo porcupine as my fave...Too cute! Thank you too for offering up some blog candy as well, and I'm now a follower :) Happy New Year!

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  4. Wow, these are some fabulous cards. I love the layouts and coloring. TFS.

    rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

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  5. Wonderful inspiration Allison! I always enjoy visiting your blog your cards are so much fun :)

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  6. Great cards Allison! I love your white Christmas card; gorgeous!

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  7. Fantastic cards! I love the Dustin Pike card and that it doesn't need a sentiment on the front to deliver the message. So colorful! I need to break out my Dustin Pike's this week.

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  8. Great cards! I really love seeing what people choose as their own favourites :)

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  9. Congrats on your first year of blogging! Mine too (actually, first month)! Love your superbird card- very cute. You do lovely work! TFS

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  10. Great cards! I love the dragonfly & Hambo porky!
    Happy New Year!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  11. I love that white on white card!! How neat that you got two hops in one! TFS
    baer2the10@yahoo.com

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  12. Fabulous cards! I love all the adorable critters and your wonderful ruffle card. A more mailable ruffle card--what a fantastic idea that I must try! TFS!!

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  13. A beautiful year in review to be sure. Your white on white card is stunning =)

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  14. Allison,
    Your cards are always so inspirational to me.
    I just really enjoy stopping here.

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  15. Beautiful review!
    I love your white on white Christmas card especially! It's a beauty!

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  16. Great cards. My two favorites are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I love the embossed Merry Christmas and the cute little happy birthday penguin. gilmer1423@att.net

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  17. So many sweet critters on your cards! My favorite is the dragonfly card - perfect with the purple, green, and soft blue gray colors. And the white on white Christmas card is beautiful.

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  18. I love the little whale card but the "miss you" ruffle one is awesome too. I'm now a follower.
    Sammie (Sghartman at hotmail dot com)
    www.stitchesnscraps.blogspot.com

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  19. What super cards you have made this past year Allison.. they are all so wonderful. I know why they are your favorites. Thank you for sharing. blessings ~ Pam

    Happy New Year!

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  20. Oh, it sure is fun to see your year's worth of beauty all lined up in one place. Thanks. ~ Rose

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  21. I love the whale card...it is so darn cute and quirky! The black and white card is beautiful! Happy New Year!

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  22. They are all great. I especially like the one with the penguin. Super cute. Happy New Year!

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  23. I have enjoyed seeing your cards all year long. Love the super hero bird card. Thanks for sharing. rkscholz at yahoo dot com

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  24. Great cards! The penguin card is so fun and adorable! stamper.laurie@gmail.com
    Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year!

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  25. Wonderful group of cards Allison! It's hard to believe you;ve only been blogging for a year. You managed to jam it full of inspiration, that's for sure. Love seeing that "ruffle" card again! Happy New Year!

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  26. Hi Allison! Thanks for your sweet comments at my stop on the hop; so glad we're pals. You know I consider you a master of choosing and combining DPs and you keep me up on the latest finds out there. It was fun to look back over your top ten faves; I remember most, but I missed the monochromatic white Christmas card -- beautiful!! Congrats on your perfect Hambo record; you rock. I look forward to sharing many more fun crafting times in '12. Happy New Year!

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  27. Beautiful cards - always enjoy seeing them - thanks for sharing.

    Barb Housner

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  28. Great cards Allison! Looking forward to seeing more in 2012.

    Happy new Year!

    Sheila
    http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

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  29. What a terrific collection of cards! Happy New Year!

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  30. Such pretty cards! Love each and every one of them! Happy new year!

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  31. Merry Christmas is beautiful! lovely cards all the rest

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  32. Since I've followed your blog since we both learned to color bunnies, I see a real progression in your cards. I especially like the dragonfly card.

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  33. Wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing with us! Happy New Year!

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  34. Allison, you make gorgeous cards and make me want to step up my game when I see we started blogging around the same time! I love the Dustin Pike digi you used for Kaylie's card- I've used the same one and think it's so fun to color. I'm also so impressed that you've done all the Hambo Hoedowns. Way to go! Thanks for sharing and happy new year.

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  35. What a fun year full of lovely cards! ;-) I enjoyed seeing this round-up of highlights from your creative year.

    Thanks for your comment on my Review post - I appreciate it!

    Cheers to you, and Happy New Year! ;-)

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  36. I like all of them, good thing we dont have to pick a favorite.Beautiful job on the white on white Christmas, I will have to try that. I will be a follower you are an inspiration.

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  37. These are gorgeous!! Very nice to see them all lined up here, fabulous inspiration! Love it!
    Wishing you a wonderful new year!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  38. Ooooo, the white on white goes to the top of the list for me! Great selection!

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  39. Great collection of cards!! The penguin image is so super cute! Happy New Year!!

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  40. Ooh, such great cards! I love all your fun happy images!

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  41. The dinosaur one is adorable! Great cards! And I love that your daughter makes cards too! How fun! I hope y'all have a wonderful 2012!

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  42. These are all so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

    Wishing you a year of health, happiness and creativity! Happy New Year!

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  43. I'm already a follower but too late to win the blog candy...but totally enjoyed your choices. You have really risen to the top of our cardmaking community and you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Thanks for all you do to inspire the rest of us OWHers! TFS & HNY!

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  44. Pretty! I really like your white-on-white card. I just tried my hand at that yesterday! Happy 2012!

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  45. Great cards, Allison! I always enjoy seeing your cards in the sketch challenges - thanks for your participation! Happy New Year!

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  46. Fabulous selection of cards!

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  47. beautiful cards! I love the ruffle one and the white on white is so elegant!

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  48. Oh my! What amazing cards and so many of my favorite stamp companies. I think my favorite if the penguin happy birthday card, but I might change my mind!

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  49. Great cards, and such variety! I can see you'd be a card shop all on your own. Fun pickings! Thanks for inspiring in this month's boot camp.

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