Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Happy New Year!!

It’s been a truly lazy day here and as I started seeing “Year in Review” posts in my Google Reader, I sat down to start compiling my 12 favourite cards of the year.  Well, after 20 minutes of doing that and still being in JANUARY 2011, I decided to stamp instead!! LOL  I have been itching to use these mitten dies and stamps for a very long time!!  I knew I would use some Verve stamps for the sentiment, but the “happy” from Merry Wishes was too big.  Then I remembered that Happy Hello had a “A Happy” stamp and the size was perfect!! I love when that happens!  I have LOTS of little jingle bells left and since I got a slow start to using them, couldn’t resist adding them to this card :)  I didn’t get a chance to send out all the Christmas cards I would have liked to this year, but I think Happy New Year ones are perfect AND will be a happy surprise to the recipients (and can last a little longer on the mantle, long after the Christmas ones are put away :)

As many of you know, 2011 has been a very blessed year for me.  Becoming a Verve Diva, winning the Papercrafts Color Inspirations contest, Guest Designing for Skipping Stones and several Challenge Blogs, joining the CASE Study Design Team, being published in CARDS, travelling to Ohio to meet Lynn, attending the PTI Stamp-a-faire and meeting my stamping idol, Dawn McVey, building and moving into our new home have been just some of the special highlights that come to mind as I sit and write this post.  AND continuing to connect to other card makers through our blogs and personal lives.  Thanks so much for visiting here when you can and leaving comments when you feel inspired to do so :) 

Yes, I am blessed.  I hope you can take time to look for the blessings in your life, even through the ups and downs, they are there, waiting for you to discover  them.  I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to remember little sayings that I’ve heard over the years.  This quote comes to mind…

Live in abundance.

I think that’s a great way to start the New Year!  Hugs to you all :)

what’s in it?

stamps: verve merry wishes and happy hello, gina k winter mittens

ink: versafine onyx, pti raspberry fizz

paper: pti white, hawaiian shores, mme 12 days of Christmas

accessories: spellbinders nested mittens, pti edger and banner die, pti twine, michaels ribbon and bells


Suzanne said...

Hi Maureen, I don't blame you. If I were you I would have wanted to link back to every card from 2011! You are an amazing talent and I can't wait to see more of your creations in 2012. I love your quote about living in abundance. Made me think about finding a quote/mantra for myself this year.
Happy New Year!

Marisa said...

Darling mittens and if those bells are green, I'm all over them LOL! You did have a fabulous year last year and wishing you another one this year :)

TannyP said...

Oh my! Those mitts are fabulous and the 'em!
If I had your collection of cards, I would have a top 360 for the year...maybe ;)
Wishing you another amazing year, filled with many blessings!

Linda (Lindyloo) said...

Maureen this is a lovely New Year card but I wouldn't worry too much about not sending out enough handmade cards, it seems alot of people are saying the same thing. The trouble is life kinda gets in the way sometimes. I think all we can do is strive to do better if we are able. That is my mantra for 2012, Strive to do better!
All the best Linda

Lynn said...

I love the quote. Live in abundance. That is wonderful. Makes me think...cherish every moment. Thank you! Happy New Year to you and Tony. I am so thankful to call you a very dear friend.

Those mittens are adorable. Love the touch of bling on the snowflakes!And all the scallops!

PS I have an extra special post tomorrow at 9 am your time :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Wonderful set of mittens and a fabulous card. I have to say that I love that quote. Have a happy and healthy 2012 Maureen.

Inkyfingers said...

Oooooh this is such a gorgeous card Maureen - so pretty and cute. Congratulations on all your well deserved achievements and thanks for all the inspiration. Happy 2012
Carol x

Aimes said...

Ahhhhhh mittens!!! :) These look toasty and fabulous, Diva!
Those bells should be celebrated all year round IMHO!
What a year 2011 has been for ya - makes me think that 2012 is going to be even bigger and better!

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