Ok folks! Here it is! My big announcement that I have been TEASING about for months now.
I have no patience usually. I like to get things when I see them instead of waiting for a special occasion. I like to tell family the latest piece of family news as soon as it happens. Instant gratification is my thing! I should, but I won’t apologize for it!
So my story starts in 2015! (So much for instant gratification… Time for you to be as patient as I have been!)
At some point in 2015, a dear and brilliant friend of mine, Ally, sent her amazing artist sister over to my facebook page to check it out. Her sister, Heather, loved my work and immediately suggested I think about getting into the CRAFTing industry as a licensed artist like she did. I jumped on board with this concept because crafting is a huge part of my artistic identity. I am a scrapbooker and love to DIY home decorate and am an eclectic artist. The move seemed to be the most natural move I could make with my career. So after much talk with Heather and a decision to become a designer member of the Craft & Hobby Association – I threw my name into the ring so to speak. There is an annual conference for the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) and I was deeply committed to attending the conference in January 2016. I managed to assemble a portfolio and got business cards ready and was all stoked to attend, until at the last minute due to children in school and husband with no time available to take off from work, I was unable to attend. I was heart broken. UNTIL! My sweet friend Heather offered to take my portfolio and cards and anything else I wanted to send with her to the conference and present my work to companies for me.
She was able to connect on my behalf to several craft manufacturers, companies, bloggers, fellow artists, etc. All were impressed and enjoyed my work. Cards were collected, distributed and the wait commenced.
After the conference she sent me my portfolio and the cards she collected for me. She gave me some amazing contacts. Among the contacts in the pile was a contact for a company called Spellbinders Paper Arts
I sent Spellbinders an email and was pleasantly surprised to get an email back. In time I was offered a contract to create rubber stamp designs for them exclusively! I would be expected (AND DELIGHTED!) to create different sets of stamp collections over the span of a few years and affiliate with Spellbinders and their creators and directors! I was so excited for the offer and took it (obvs!).
Fast forward a year (almost) and I have created several collections of stamps for them and the first one will hit the market in a month! The rest will be released throughout next year and coming years!
So here we are – a month before my first stamp release and I couldn’t be happier and more excited for the big day!
My first collection has eleven different pieces with several rubber stamps in each. I will be showcasing the stamps over time between today and January.
I hope you like them as much as I liked creating and then using them!