Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcoming the New Year!

I was talking to my daughter about New Year's resolution--an inevitable topic at this time of the year. Do you have one? Or a few? Stephanie suggested to me to exercise more. She even said that in order to make her happy and worry less for me ( for the long run) is to keep MYSELF healthy. I think this applies to anyone in any stage of life. It was suggested to me that I exercise 30. min. a. day. The key is just 30. min. a. dayThis video called What is the Best Single Thing We Can Do For Our Health? is excellent and I think Dr. John wholeheartedly agrees! Preventive medicine is the key! I am going to work on that in the New Year and I will update you if I am even successful for a month! I can also break up the routine into 10 min. and do them three times if I have to. That sounds do-able!  

 Well, it's New Year's Eve and I am having company over for dinner party to count down to the New Year. I have nothing prepared yet (gasp!). I 'd better get cracking! SO.....this is my LAST post of 2011. I want to wish you a Happy and Healthy 2012!
Happy New Year  
This card was featured in CREATE Blog. For more information, please click on the photo for supplies and details.
I also want to take this chance to share my top 10 favorite cards of 2011. (not in any particular order). These cards "earned" their right to be my favorites as they are most FUN to make. They may not be the most successful ones (such as winning challenges or getting published-except the last one ), but I learn something special along the way.

  You Rock
 thanks so much, you rock!
 happy birthday
 Happy Birthday


Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright!
celebrate life
celebrate life
oh me, oh my
oh me, oh MY!

thank you
thank you

it's time to...celebrate!
It's time ...to celebrate

just missing you
just missing you
Merci
 Merci
live, love, laugh

live,love,laugh
I hope you like them as much as I do! This past year, I have achieved my personal goals, namely, fulfilling my design team work, winning a few challenges, doing guest designs and even getting published!! I do not have any specific card-making "goals" for 2012, but I definitely want to continue to learn, share and create. 
Thank you SO much for following up on my blog and give me your feedback tirelessly.
Wish you all the best in 2012!  

updated at 6pm: for those who are wondering how my dinner plan is going. Things are under control! I have Salmon Dip, Smoked Salmon, Manhattan Style Clam Chowder, Fish and Chip ( instead of chips, we have Chinese sticky rice!), Vegetable/Fruit Salad, Lemon Squares (that David made)! My friend Linda is bringing her famous Chocolate Cake! We are ready to ring in the New Year!

45 comments:

sheila said...

Happy New Year Virginia! I love all your favorites and can see why you picked them ;-) I think you are BRAVE to be having a dinner party without yet starting to cook!

Lynn said...

Happy New Year Virginia! Your cards are all so gorgeous! Hope your dinner party goes off without a hitch! And keep us posted on exercising! My neighbor and I started running again this morning. Trying to get back into a regular routine!

Donna Bowman said...

Love your New Years card Virginia!! And the rest are great and I can see why they're your favs. Maybe I'll have to do that. Happy New Year!!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Have a very Happy New Year, and so many beautiful projects I can't wait to see what you are going to come up with this next year! Best to you and your family!
Lisa

Barb said...

I really enjoyed seeing all these beautiful cards again, V! Sending you hugs and wishes for a wonderful, healthy and happy New Year! :)

Heather Maria said...

Virginia, Happy New Year to you and your family! Loved seeing all your cards - they are so gorgeous and fun! Enjoy your dinner party!

Annette said...

Happy New Year to you and your family...

Love your favorites...can't wait to see what you will create in 2012.. :)

Chunyuan said...

Love your favoriate cards, Virginia! Happy new year to you and your family!

onecraftymama said...

I love them all, Virginia, but I think my favourite just might be "Oh me, oh my!" - what a fun saying for a card!!
Have a very happy New Year & enjoy your guests!

Isha said...

Lovely post Virginia. Happy New Year to you and your family too. Have fun and enjoy to the fullest:)

Julie Hoffman said...

Wow, these are ALL GORGEOUS Virgina!! My favorite is the birthday Hedgehog card (my daughter LOVES it too). Love the popped up balloons and the twine. Super CUTE! I really do love them all though. Happy New Year!!!

Lin said...

Yep, these are all winners, my friend! The year 2011 certainly was a banner year for both of us, wasn't it? So glad to be able to share the highs and lows with you! Happy New Year, little sis!

Archana said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Virgina!
I love your each and every card and I can say every one is the winner.
I wish you luck for coming challenges and enjoy your crafty year ahead.
Regards!
Archana

AnitaRex said...

Happy New Year Virginia! :> Best wishes for 2012! Love your New Years card! And love seeing all your favorite cards from 2011!

Nancy said...

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us this past year, Virginia; all of these cards are my favorites! Have a lovely celebration with your friends, wishing you many blessings in 2012!

Nina said...

Happy New Year Virginia! I am so happy that I found your blog and started to know you a bit a time this year:) My favorite of the cards listed here is the Bold and Bright Chevron! (Must be the mood I am in! lol) Exercise is on my list too! Have a healthy and fun 2012!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Virginia!
I can definately see why these are your faves - they are sooo much YOU! = FABULOUS!!!
Hugs and best wishes for 2012, Karin

Dawn said...

Happy New Year Virginia. Love all of your cards and how difficult it must have been to choose just 10. May 2012 be everything you wish.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SO MANY fabulous creations shared on your 2011 review! LOOOOOOVE your style--I just can't pick a FAV! LOVE them all:)

Happy NEW Year to you and your family!! MUCH love!!!!!!!!!

Rachel W K said...

great picks for your favorites! i love the little hedgehog, he is so cute. Best of luck with the exercise! happy 2012!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

CanadianScraps43 said...

Lovely post Virginia and your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me this year. Congrats again on your publishings and all the design work you have done this year. A true inspiration indeed. Wondering if you got my die cut Christmas card that I sent you? It wasn't HA but still a holiday card. At least the inside was a HA sentiment! Lol. I trust your doing well and that your New Year starts off with many blessings and lots of love. Hugs.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

So many memories in your beautiful cards, Virginia! Congrats on making so many of your crafting goals in 2011, especially being published! And good luck on your New Year's resolution!!

Susan said...

Love all your cards Virginia but especially love that you've used SRM on almost all of your favorites! :)

BabyBokChoy said...

These are absolutely lovely, you know it!!!

Tiffany said...

Wonderful look back at all of your creations! Love them! I wish you and your lovely family a Happy New Year! Thanks for your support this year especially your support on my Autism endeavors, much love!

Karen from MI said...

Your FAVORITE cards are all of MY FAVORITES, too!!! They are all so HAPPY and just SO CREATIVE and BEAUTIFUL!!! It's fun to see how your CREATIVE MIND works, Virginia!! SO INSPIRING.......thanks for a YEAR filled with INSPIRATION!!! Happy New Year to you and your family and also, a year filled with many MORE CREATIVE DAYS and SUNSHINE!! Love, Karen xo :)

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Wishing you and your family the BEST year ever. I can't wait to see what you bring next year.

diana said...

Thanks for sharing your creativity on your blog. Happy New Year to you & your family! ;-)

cnelson said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ALL your cards!! I need to make a resolution to do the same as you...I will report on my progress as well...thanks for the inspiration. That dinner sounds delish!!

Tina said...

Happy new year!!! Love your pick of cards and new year resolution sounds do-able! Go, girl!

kath said...

Hi Virginia...thank you for sharing your favourite cards for 2011...each one a true work of art...wishing you and your family a happy healthy 2012...hugs kath xxx

Anna-Karin said...

Happy New Year Virginia!

Thank you for sharing your favourite cards!

CinnamonSally said...

Virginia your blog is always so inspirational and this is such a great post. Lovely to look back at past creations. Also thank you so much for all your comments this year. Happy New Year to you and your family!!

Julie said...

Happy New Year Virginia!

May 2012 bring you and your family happiness and health!

Jacqueline said...

Happy New Year Virginia - beautiful line-up of unique card-making which have had loads of success this year!
I agree with you about exercise, we must always stay in balance in all areas! That is easier said than done!

MarcyK924 said...

Happy New Year sweetie!! I LOVE the cards you chose as your favs - they are memorable and so inspirational!

Your dinner sounds amazing - we made Champagne Lobster Risotto, YUM!! I'll have to get that chowder recipe! I LOVE Manhattan Style!!

Hugs,
Marcy XO

Agata said...

Have a Happy and Healthy :) New Year!!! Your year's resumé is perfect!

Lisa Carroll said...

Such AMAZING cards, Virginia! Every one a masterpiece. That "You Rock" one is sooo cute!

Best wishes with the health resolution... YOU CAN DO IT! Happy New Year, freind! :) xo

alexandra s.m. said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Virginia!
I love your post and all of your cards are personal favorites of mine!

Here is to finally meeting you in RL in 2012!!

Hugs~

Maureen Morton said...

Dear Virginia - I have enjoyed all of these cards, and many more! What a great place to stop in and get inspired, get a smile, or get a glimpse into your lovely family. Thanks for sharing and happy new year!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Just discovered your blog...lovely cards. We have different cardmaking tastes but I see you love whimsy like me. Happy New year! cherry

Dwita said...

Happy New Year, Virginia. Great creations of yours....

judkajudi said...

I loved seeing your work from last year, Virginia! You are an amazing artist and a very special lady! Thanks for all you share!

Karen said...

So wonderful to see these wonderful cards again!! Happy New Year to you and your family, and Thanks for all you do in our card making community! You always inspire!! Hugs!

Nona said...

Such an amazing and inspiring selection of cards, Virginia! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012. Thank you for sharing your work and inspiration, and also for all your kind comments. Hope you have a happy and crafty new year!