Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Crafter's Journey

Happy New Year friends, followers, fellow bloggers! I hope that you enjoyed a safe and delightful celebration of 2010 with something bubbly to sip! Did 2009 just zip by or what?

Looking back this past year, I realized how much my card-making has certainly developed along the way... much of which is a result of so many great blogs that I visit and the creative inspiration and interaction that I get from so many of you.
I've been very fortunate as 2009 brought me so many great things...

...the opportunity to participate in the charter design teams of Dustin Pike and KLM Digital Designs. Katy and her Mom, Sue, two terrific ladies of KLM, will remain forever friends. With Katy's help I have a beautiful blog -- the chronicle of my creative journey. Thanks Katy!!

It's also the year that I found digital images.. those of the very talented Chris Dark at Sketchin' Stamper, and of Mo Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil. If you don't know the story about Mo, I was blurfing one day and came across her book and illustration site - she's an author of children's book and artist of fantastic images. Being the fanatic that I am for coloring, I knew I would love to color her type of work. I just couldn't resist, so I wrote to Mo and asked if she would ever consider doing her illustrations for stampers. Then, after many emails back and forth, Mo created her new digital stamp business, and the rest is history. Mo now has so many faithful followers. I am so proud to have been part of this wonderful venture for Mo and to take an important part in her charter challenge design team. Can you image listening to a total stranger from out of the blue in blogland and then acting on a request?

Last year was also time for me to move on from Stampin' Up. It was a great springboard for me as a new stamper, but when the new independent consultant agreement was introduced, I wasn't about to compromise my personal and ethical beliefs, creative license, and freedom of speech. And yes, the world beyond the limits of SU is truly amazing...and it's validated from so many of you day after day.

In late July, I met the very talented Michelle Zindorf when I attended her beginner and advanced workshops in Columbia, Missouri. WOW... the tips that you learn in her classes are amazing. Brayering is a whole new world and I'm only at the tip of the iceberg! The options are endless. Thank you Michelle for sharing your creative talent!

In my 'spare' time, I started my blog Operation M.O.M.... which is dedicated to cooking, kitchen tips and stuff about life. A significant goal this year is to dedicate more time to sharing things I've learned through my love of cooking, crafting, decorating, basic time management and being organized at home. Watch for some great stuff!

Since 2009 was my first full year of blogging, I picked two of my favorite projects to show you today. Both happen to be colored with Prisma and Lyra pencils (my fav) and are images from Mo's collection. The challenge at Quixotic Paperie this week is to share your fav... but I couldn't narrow it down more than this. You should check out their blog candy.. wow!

So, it's a new year, a new decade, with new creations, goals and resolutions. I hope you will join me in this creative and exciting journey to see what 2010 will bring all of us. I've resolved to take more creative risks and set some pretty decent goals for myself. How 'bout you?

My wish for you is that you have a most creative, productive, resourceful 2010. May your mojo be ever-present!! Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, be safe in all you do.


June Nelson said...

These are fabulous Peggy and i love to read your blog too, its great happy new year xxx

eiyiyi said...

As always, your blog is a pleasure to visit. The beautiful creations you post are so inspiring that I find it hard to believe you need to take any classes ever! You can be sure I'll be here checking up on you whenever your post. I'm off now to poke around in Operation MoM. hugs to you, eileen

Cindy said...

Peggy, These 2 cards are absolutely adorable!!! I haven't set any resolutions yet, but I surely need to!!!

Payne Holler Cards said...

Beautiful post! I had no idea of your involvement with Mo! That really is incredible!
Your talent is amazing and I have so enjoyed getting to know you in 2009. Completely looking forward to what 2010 has for us all !!!
hugs to you,

Dru said...

Happy New Year friend - Of course I love your cards and visiting you is such a treat for me. Take care, Dru

JazzyH said...

How cute!

Scrapping Julie said...

so cute! your coloring is just gorgeous.

Cindy said...

Love your cards. Your coloring just really makes the images come to life.

Gina said...

These are great projects, but then again, i think they all are. I don't know how you were able to pick just a couple of favorites. I am so glad you encouraged Mo on this venture, I love all her images. I checked out your other blog too, I will visit often!!

Sharon Keanly said...

Hi Peggy, what a very interesting post. I had no idea of your involvement with Mo, that's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this news with us. I'm following the Operation MoM blog and look forward to seeing what you've posted there. Your cards are beautiful, I really love Mo's work. Look forward to more chats in future. Hugs Sharon xx

Angela said...

These are so pretty love your coloring!! I am so glad Mo listened to a stranger!! I just love her images and they are so fun to color!! I hope this year brings you even more great things!!

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Peggy, these are fantastic choices. Your colouring is beautiful.

It has been a pleasure getting to know you through Mo's work, and I look forward to getting to know you and your work better in 2010!

Thank you for joining in with us at Quixotic Challenges!

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