Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top 13 of 2013


I made my choices based on both the process and the outcome.  Some of the ones included may not be the best outcome, but I learned a lot in the process!!

#13 - Tags
I learned SO much about embossing, die cutting, and weights of cardstock from making these.  And they got many compliments from the recipients!

#12 - This one was a real stretch for me.  I am not a pink girl, but was trying to work outside my comfort zone.  I was pleased with the result!
#11 - Not an OWH sketch, but am so grateful for Paula and her Bootcamp lessons.  I learned so much, and really liked the overall effect of the yellow, grey, and black. 
#10 - My all time favorite papers - Amy Butler Lotus.  I'm on my third pad, and am happily looking for another!!!

#9 - What's not to love about winning the OWH Blogger Candy?!?!?!
 #8 - I am starting to see a trend here.  My favorite cards are showing a lot of reflective papers.  I will have to use them more. 


#7 - Santa card front.  I CASE'ed this from a blog post from Sandy.  The fuzzy red paper was hanging out in my craft room just waiting to be made into this card!

 #6 - Silver and blue snowflakes.  Shiny metallic theme going on here....


#5 - ODBD Challenge - Dry embossing.  Love this turquoise pearl paper and darker, textured paper.  I didn't have any organza ribbon that matched, so I dyed it using an ink pad.  Perfect!  Have used that technique a lot since I made this card.  Thank you, ODBD, for supporting OWH!

#4 - Inchie Challenge.  I love how this botched card was saved by thinking a little outside the box. 


#3 - Twine and embossing.  One of my most complimented Christmas gifts - monogrammed and embossed note cards.  

#2 - Things with Wings.  Loving the embossed gold metallic paper with the intricate die cut butterfly. 

#1 - These are basically the same card with different color schemes.  The Christmas card used an SRM sticker, and the purple Smile card was in response to Paula's Let Me Repeat Bootcamp challenge. 


I am very grateful to all of my friends and family for helping me through this past year. OWH has been a constant source of learning and self expression for me - thank you.  I receive so much more than I can ever give to OWH.  It hasn't been easy, but I have learned how blessed I am.

As a way of starting fresh, my OWH friend Sybrina from Scrapping With Purpose (now There's Always the Other Side) and I have started a new monthly challenge blog.  Join us for Words 2 Scrap By!!! Our first challenge is based on the Sound of Music song My Favorite Things.  In honor of our inaugural challenge - I am offering a My Favorite Things (another great supporter of OWH!) stamp set as blog candy!  All you need to do is become a follower of our new blog (Words 2 Scrap By) to win!  Random.org will choose a winner on January 6, 2014.  You MUST be a follower of Words 2 Scrap By to win.  Thank you!!


  1. Happy New Year, Bobbi!

    What a great collection of cards! Love that embossing on foil. Gotta remember to do that more often. Also love the idea of dying your own ribbon. Gotta try that one. :)

    Thanks again for partnering with me on our new Words 2Scrap By challenge blog. Again, love the pairing of your textured and epoxy raindrops. (Great idea to offer a prize. Why I didn't I think of that?)

  2. Wonderful cards shown here, and I'm especially fond of the diamond plate embossed masculine card and the inchies Christmas card! Well done on all! Happy New Year!

  3. I love all of your creations- the thing with wings really stands out to me- lovely! And congrats and best wishes on the new challenge blog- I have an idea all set to work on this am!

  4. Stunning Things with Wings card. Thanks for the idea of embossing with the foil paper. It really adds to your cards.

  5. Happy New Year, Bobbi! Thanks for sharing this awesome display of cards and projects. Kudos for experimenting with heat embossing; I rarely can bring myself to try it and your tags are fabulous. Keep up the great work in 2014 and good luck to you and Sybrina with your new challenge blog!

  6. What a great collection of cards. Good luck with the new challenge. TFS.

  7. Great group of cards/tags. I am thinking those tags are just gorgeous! tfs...Happy New Year...Best of luck on the challenge blog!

  8. I think they are great cards. The tags are super cute.

  9. Great cards. I loved Paula's boot camps, too. April

  10. Wonderful choices Bobbi! I' glad to see a bunch of my favorites among your choices including those embossed tags and the repeating dots. I'm glad you enjoyed the Bootcamps and found them helpful. Your style has really blossomed and its shows in this great group of cards. Best of luck with the new challenge blog (I'll be following and hopefully playing along at some point too!) Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and creative 2014!

  11. Oh my gosh! Those tags and the embossed monogrammed cards are fabulous - and what an AWESOME gift idea! I may have to steal that one! :)

  12. Love Love Love the purple smile card - purple is my favorite color - thanks for sharing!

  13. Wow-- Beautiful cards. I love the shiny hello cards with the diamond plate backgrounds! Looking forward to the challenge blog! Happy New Year!

  14. I agree with Donna, my favorite is the one with the diamond plate background - I need to embossing folder !!!!!!! Great cards

  15. I love reading about your growth this year as a card maker. Very inspiring. Your cards are terrific, and I especially like the shiny ones!

  16. I love the contrast that all your cards have. Great mix of colors. It's so much fun to go back and look at all the cards you've made.

  17. The cards you've chosen are wonderful! My favorite is the hostess set. I'm definitely going to have to try your little trick for the monogram!