But then one of my fave challenges, Catered Crop, asked us to do it for their challenge.
I quickly realized that it was just as hard as I expected. I started paging through all of my 2012 posts, approximately 350. I'm not sure I would recommend doing that - it's amazing how many cards that I really don't love or are just so-so. So I decided to approach this by category.
BTW - you'll have to go to the very bottom of this post to see my personal fave for 2012.
MOST VIEWED BLOG POST
I checked blogger stats. Amazingly, my most viewed posts during 2012 were actually 2011 posts??!! (I did a lot of tutorials in 2011 and they get a lot of traffic from Pinterest) But my most viewed post in 2012 was Peace on Earth in Plum.
But this was not my personal favorite. While I admire it, it is NOT my usual style.
MOST VIEWED SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS POST
I do not post all of my cards on SCS but of the ones that I post, the most viewed was He Is Risen.
This is much more my style.
DESIGN TEAM POSTS
Then I decided to look at the work that I did for various design teams.
SWEET 'n SASSY STAMPS
My first design team was Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. They have such a variety of stamps, from cute to sweet to elegant - and most of them have a Christian aspect. My favorite from the year is A Very Special Birthday.
THE ALLEY WAY STAMPS
My other company design team is The Alley Way Stamps. I love the whimsical style - you can layer it up or it works as a simple CAS design. This is Hello...miss you.
I was privileged to be part of the first design team for Dynamic Duos. The challenge is simply two colors so it lends itself very well to CAS cards, but my favorite card isn't CAS. I love the cheerful look of Get Well Wishes.
CAS(E) This Sketch!
I am currently serving on the design team for the new challenge CAS(E) This Sketch! They give us wonderfully creative, yet still CAS sketches. My favorite card is Happy Harlequin.
This list is by no means complete. I LOVE stamps. I LOVE many, many companies. But these are companies that I go back to time and time again - OR companies that are new and very interesting!
I have been using Papertrey Ink since the day they started - I ordered their very first set. I have to admit that I think I liked them better when they were smaller - when I could still keep track of what was new and I still could afford an entire release!! I love the "interconnections" in their stamps - a new set may have images that fit perfectly well with a old set. And I love that all of their colors have buttons and ribbons. This is Be Still.
OTHER THINGS I LOVE
If I had to narrow down styles/types/colors I love, these would be my favorites.
ALL WHITE: I did a number of all white cards this year. Welcome Little One is one of my faves.
SIMPLE TOUCHES THAT ADD INTEREST: I love things that are slightly out of the ordinary. The problem is so many of these involve complicated techniques and I am NOT a complicated card maker. I love when I find a new product or new way of adding a ribbon or a simple technique that is new and unusual. (FYI - notice that I didn't say that I CREATE these things - my card-making skill is one step short of originality). I loved this bargello technique on A Bargello Leaf.
I started out thinking that I would go through my entries in my favorite challenges, but I do SO many challenges. Since I am doing this post because of Catered Crop, I picked my favorite. It was for a challenge called "Arsenic and Old Lace"!! This is No One Like You.
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE
And...my favorite card from 2012...Warmest Winter Wishes...