{12.31.2011} a look back

Happy New Year’s Eve

It is almost time to say hello to 2012.  This last year was filled with some amazing events for me in the card and blog world.  I’d love to share just a few of my big events and favorite cards from the year.  {I apologize if this gets really long!}

THIS is one of my favorites and my first time using watercolor pencils.  This kicked off a LOT of gorgeous Unity releases.  It just reminded me to bring that set back out.  So pretty.

This was the BEST week ever with Emily Leiphart!!!  We each used the same stamp set and created our takes.  Just a little hint, we plan to do it again!  Yay.  It was so much fun.  So watch for more details and dates next year.

Here are just a few of my faves from that week.

{ippity} Cuppy Cakes

My Dear

the best is yet to be

I just had to include cupcake boy.  He is just too darn cute.

This was my FIRST ever Moxie Fab Trigger win!
Seriously, it feels amazing to be Moxie Fab!

This was my FIRST Hero Arts win of the year!  I took a little HA break and when I came back to the challenges it felt like coming home.  I adore Hero Arts!!!  And let me tell you, when that Hero Arts prize package arrives, it is like CHRISTMAS!  Love Hero Arts and plan to play in their challenges even more next year.

This is my proudest, most humbling accomplishment ever.  I was the featured designer in CARDS magazine for the month of October.  I about fell out of my chair when I read the email at work.  LITERALLY!  I was so honored to be asked and when the magazine arrived with my featured cards, I couldn’t have been happier.

Here are some that were in that magazine.

I created this card and bookmark for the Unity/Spellbinder hop.  THIS was my most requested tutorial.  So I made a video for it HERE.

I finally succumbed to temptation and added some Paper Smooches to my stash.  LOVE these adorable stamps and THIS peacock is definitely one of my faves from this year.

And finally, I am going to end with THIS one.  I started using Copic markers and it is a new found LOVE.  Still learning, but this is my most FAVORITE colored image yet.  It also symbolizes my 2012.  I am going to focus on me and find my wings to fly.

If you made it all the way to the end, THANK YOU so much!  Ha.
It was a long look back.

Honestly, none of these cards or accomplishments would mean anything without all of you.  Thank you, my friends, for your constant support and encouragement.  The fact you take time to visit me and to leave me the sweetest comments EVAH means the world to me.  I have been so blessed to find such great friends.  I enjoy visiting all of you as well so if you leave a comment I’ll visit you too.

Should you like to share your year review, Karin has a linky hop going on with lots of participants.  Just love seeing a post full of yummy crafting.

May 2012 be the best year yet for you all!
Happy New Year!


  1. lostinpaper

    Oooohhhh Lisa this is *the* most amazing post EVAH (quote)! You really have had an amazing 2011 and I really can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for you! But I will be in sidelines gasping at the creations as always. Happy New Year to you!

  2. lynn

    what a fab year for you, lisa:) – wishing you another wonderful new year!

  3. Laurel S

    Wow all this fabulous stuff in one post! Happy New Year to you!

  4. ~amy~

    ahhhhh….seriously love your style sista….happy new year!!!

  5. Meg C

    Wow, what an AMAZING year you had! I’m not sure how you can top it in 2012, but I’m sure you will, and I can’t wait to see how you do it!

    Happy New Year!

  6. Emily Leiphart

    What an amazing post to finish off an AMAZING year, Lisa!! I loved seeing all these cards again and I’m soooo excited to be doing Take Two again with you in 2012. Eeek, can’t wait!! Congratulations on being the Featured Designer for CARDS magazine and for all your successes in 2011! I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of you in 2012! Happy New Year!! 😀

  7. Emily Keaton

    I loved your recap of 2011, Lisa! So many high notes for you–how wonderful!! I had my very first card published in CARDS in the October issue, but I’m still waiting for my copy of it. When it finally arrives (hopefully soon!), I’m going to go STRAIGHT to your Designer of the Month feature. Can’t wait to see it all in glossy print!!!!!

  8. Rose C

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

  9. Glenda J

    Gorgeous work Lisa! You are so talented! I think my two faves are the cuppy cake and the city thinking of you. Congrats on the pubs!

  10. Jessi

    OK, cupcake boy just makes me happy 🙂
    What a year for you, Lisa, and wonderfully well-deserved FUN honours! I’m so happy to have gotten to know you a little bit this year, and to be inspired by you 🙂

  11. Jennifer

    Wow, just found your blog, great cards! I’d follow but I hate all the emails!

  12. Jenny Johns

    CONGRATS on all of your accomplishments Lisa! You are spectacular and have such amazing talent! I’m sure you will surpass these accomplishment in 2012…always look forward to seeing your work dearie! Happy New Year!

  13. Sav O'G

    WOW! Check out all your accomplishments and features!! YOU ROCK! I have enjoyed stopping by daily/weekly on your blog–you’ve inspired me in SOOOOOO many ways!! Happy NEW Year!

  14. Paula

    great cards but I truly LOVE “May Happiness fill your Heart”

  15. LorraineN

    Wow, what great creations! I can see why you were published! Congrats & Happy New Year!

  16. Wendy ten Hove

    So wonderful to see them all here in one post! They are gorgeous, Lisa! Love each and every one of them!! Wishing you a wonderful new year, in health and filled with fun and creativity!
    Hugs, Wendy

  17. Karin

    I remember visiting during your Unity project with Emily! You are so creative and inspiring, so I will be looking for it again this year! Thanks so much for linking up at my blog and I wish you the happiest of new years!

  18. mustavcoffee

    Fabulous work here Lisa:0) Happy New Year to you my dear, I hope that 2012 brings you peace prosperity and lots of happy, hugs Gay xxx

  19. Cheryl (Shestamps)

    These are all so gorgeous! I love how you use paper piecing. Thank you for sharing!

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

  20. Anne T

    Congrats on an amazing year!! It was fun to look back at all of your wonderful creations!

  21. Lindsey

    You’ve picked some of my favourites, too, Lisa — but I do love all your creations! I’m looking forward to lots of inspiration from you in 2012!

  22. Jackie

    ALL are amazing! And you know what? You deserve all of your comments – ’cause I know YOU always go out of your way to comment on my creations, so I’m sure you do that with everyone. You are super sweet! Happy New Year!!

  23. Handmade in Israel

    Your cards are beautiful! I love the simplicity of the tree and bird and adore the spotty background you use when photographing your cards. Happy to have discovered your blog.

  24. ruby2shoes

    So much gorgeousness in one post! HUGE congrats on your CARDS feature! I buy it online now because they stopped selling it over here, sooo upset about that, it is my absolute fave mag.

    My big favourite is still that fabulous peacock, if you ever get bored and feel like making another one you know where I am ;o)

  25. angie blom

    I wanted to comment on this last night.. but my server was acting up.. so here I am .. LOVING each and every project.. Congrats on all your accomplishments for 2011 and I am sure 2012 will be even better.. I believe you are one talented lady and everyone should see your wonderful work.. can you tell I am a BIG fan!! Can’t wait to see what you and Emily come up with this year that was so exciting last year!! hugs xx

  26. Nora Anne

    You’ve had quite a year and you should be so proud of your talent! I love visiting your blog, every single time I leave feeling inspired 🙂 Things got crazy for awhile and I haven’t been surfing blogs, but I am back, I missed it too much!!! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2012!!!

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