Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 Wrap Up - Eye Candy and Blog Candy!


Diane at Rubber 'n Rafters sent me this Stylish Blogger Award - what a great way to end the year!  Along with this award came the instructions to tell 8 things about yourself.  I decided to let my cards do the talking  - thought you might enjoy a look back at some of my 2010 creations  - the good, the bad and the downright ugly!

Let's start with The Good:

1.  Tea and cake are my two favorite food groups.......


2.  I love using Designer Paper on my cards........




3.  I am a minimalist at heart..........




4.  I taught elementary school for over 30 years and when the leaves start to turn I still long to go set up my classroom for the upcoming year.........





5.  I am an avid reader and I love an unexpected twist in a plot - and an unexpected twist in a card.........





6.  I love serendipity - the good surprises!  When I signed up to be a demo, I had no clue where it would all lead - and how many terrific people I would "meet" in cyberspace!  So thanks to all of you for your encouragement, support and friendship.........






The Bad:

7.  I am not artistic at all and have many areas to improve upon - like balance and proportion.  I don't know what is worse that huge out-of-whack bow or that lopsided red flower........... 














And now The Downright Ugly!


8.  Sometimes I just don't know when to throw in the towel and start again!  I use all of my cards and usually make them with a specific person in mind.  I was determined to make a key on this "Congrats on your new home" card.  It is a disaster on many levels -  I never did send it out!




And if you made it this far you deserve a reward!  Leave me a comment for a chance to win the clear mount set - Eggcoutrements.  Trying to make a key just put me over the edge - I have never used the set since!  I'd love to see what you do with it for Easter!  Best wishes for a Happy 2011!


I'll announce the blog candy winner on Wednesday, January 5th!




39 comments:

youiesmom said...

We're alot alike. I love tea, don't know when to call it quits and although I'm not a teacher, the smell of sharpened pencils sends me back to school. Thanks for a chance to win some blog candy. Happy New Year!!!

Babe O'Mara

Debbie Henderson said...

Oh Linda, you are way too hard on yourself! I love reading your blog, you have a way with words to make us chuckle and your cards are always wonderful to look at. You are very artistic in your creations girl!

Susie said...

How can you say the you are not artistic??? Your cards are beautiful!
I really enjoy reading your blog...and enjoy your sense of humor :)

Carla Bazhenow said...

I too think everyone of your cards are awesome!!! I love your sense of humor and so enjoy your blog. Leave me out of the blog candy, I can't make keys either. *smile* Hugs,

Kadie in Arizona said...

Seriously Linda......Your work is amazing. I'm the follower that visits every day and rarely says a word. Hope my voice is loud enough for you to know that I enjoy checking in every day and seeing what you have created.
kadielabadie at live dot com

Pam~ said...

All the cards are wonderful! It is neat to go back and look at the changes in your cards throughout the year! Happy New Year!

Marcia said...

I love the way you used your cards to describe yourself! Very clever!! Happy New Year!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Linda, you are too harsh on yourself! Those 'bad and ugly' cards are anything but. I enjoyed watching 'a year in review' though, since I am new to your blog. I have to go check out that black card in more detail....it really caught my eye. Happy New Year!!

Kim H. said...

I think you are very talented! I love your style and sense of humor. The cards (ALL of them) are beautiful.. really! And personally I love the KEY card. I kept looking at it to see what went wrong... and I could find nothting. I thought it was pretty clever! :) Happy New Year! And thanks for the opportunity for blog candy!!!!!

Angela said...

I like all of your cards!They are all beautiful! Happy New Year!

Mary Fish said...

Please skip me for the "contest." However, I had to tell you how much I enjoyed your post and sneak peek into "Linda C." OK, the key isn't my fave but many of the others are (like #6 with the circles)!

hugs, m

lisa808 said...

I second your two favorite food groups! Happy New Year!

kat said...

You're too hard on yourself, although I must say that your 'bad' wasn't my favorite! haha

Deb said...

Great Presentation! I too like designer paper but find that some of it is "too pretty" to use. Crazy - what am I saving it for? I am going to challenge myself to whittle away at my stash of designer paper this year!

Dorene said...

Your cards, and you are beautiful. Thanks for the peek into your personality. Love your work, and the key card could be a sample for
the future work called "make this, not this".
But you captured the key to my heart!

Toots said...

I, too, am a minimalist at heart though I somethimes overdo it.
Aloha,
Toots

Library Barb said...

Too sick to work, but not to stamp...now that's dedication! If you need anything give me a holler; Sampson and I'll be right over. Happy New Year!

And I think the key card has possibilities....

Ann Schach said...

Oh, Linda...you are too funny! All of your cards are fabulous!

LJ said...

It is amazing how fall and that last summer vacation make me yearn for my classroom even after years of retirement. I am glad to know I am not the only one. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy said...

You are a kind sweet artistic person. I love your work. {Hugs} Peggy
Stampnmore at aol dot com

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

Linda I LOVE your cards, but the way you told your 8 things about me was too funny. I read it over and over. So clever! Just like your designs. lol Happy New Year.

Erin said...

Mom - this is really cute! My fav is the tea bag one. I love that one!

Anonymous said...

I just started reading your blog and must say even the cards you consider "ugly" could have fooled me, since I saw little wrong with them. But I love a lady who can fess up to a mistake, think I'll keep reading! Happy New Year!

Jen A.
(who has to comment as anonymous cuz I don't have a blog website)

Patti said...

I have a shoe box full of "Oh my gosh what was I thinking" and "this is so great lets make 5 more and I'll use them later" !!! I am going to take them to my next stamp meeting and put them out for people to take (hoping they can create something good) and then I'll not feel guilty about wasting and not finishing!!!! U especially like the birthday and packages. Hope you don't mind if I copy this for my design wall to use again
blessings
patti moffett

Barb said...

After seeing this I can't believe you don't have a swap yet!!! LOL

Loved the posts and your words, Happy New Year!!!

We all love the circle card, unique and so creative. I like the key!

Kelly Michels said...

Love your cards. I only started stamping cards about a year ago and I look back at cards I did in April and I laugh, no wonder they are still in the bottom of my container, I wouldn't dare send them, but my cards now are showing my true talents and what I have learned over the year from friends and bloggers like yourself. Thanks for all your inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

I look forward to your artworks for the PPA. You artworks are awesome and I like how you use the stamps for other things than the intended usage. It's unique and I like them.

Cam

Cassandra said...

What a lovely 2010 Wrap up! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for the opportunity for blog candy!

Jessica said...

How funny!! Did you know that I went to Syampin connection, saw your Awash w flowers "bad" card and loved it. It actually made me come to your blog. Well, I totally like it. At least I was inspired by THAT one (sure I wasnt the only person) and all the other awesome creations u made. Happy New Year!! Your art is beautiful.

Tanja said...

What a great post! Happy New Year and thanks for a great read and a smile (not to mention inspiration! - You ARE an artist! :) )

Stacy H. said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your cards. I, too, like to use DSP on my projects and would love to have the stamp set to make some things for spring. Happy New Year!

Nance said...

Oh Linda, you are way too harsh on yourself. You inspire with your creativity and imagination and that makes an artist in my dictionary! I always enjoy your fresh take on our craft. Looking forward too all you will bring us in 2011. Happy new year!

Kathy Mc said...

Your blog post is hilarious. Would have to agree your key card is my least favorite but it's not a throw-away by any means. You are too critical of yourself ~ give it a break and relax. Thanks for the blog candy offering and Happy New Year!

Shayne H said...

I love following your blog and think you offer all of us readers some great inspiration.

Joan Norris said...

I totally disagree about you not being artistic! You do great work, and I happen to love the card with the big bow!I also love your blog. Thankyou for your inspiration in my first year of stamping. I am proud to be a new member of the Paper Pal Arts!
Thanks, Joan!!!

Patti MacLeith said...

SOMEone said "We are our own worst critics" and I agree! I LOVED your key card! And I think all of them were perfectly sendable, Linda! Here's to another year of wonderful creations from our friend, Linda!!

redstampinsam said...

No. 5 is the same for me. I love twists in book plots and in stamped cards. Sometimes you need to gain a fresh perspective by taking a step or two back. (I'm saying this for me too.) Happy New Year! redstampinsam

Karen said...

L...one who can simplify design is a true artist. One who can make one smile with ink, paper and few words...just brilliant. Congrats on your award and for a year of inspirational design...Cheers my friend...K

Hands On said...

Thanks for sharing about youself. Your cards reflect a lovely person. However, it is nice to know that I am not the only one that makes a dud once in awhile. lol

ps I had a hard time with that set too!