I grew up dreaming of becoming an children’s author and illustrator. When I was about 10 years old. My my mom picked up a catalog of lettering transfers (Letraset) at a local art supply store and gave it to me. I fell in love with the shapes of letters and spent many hours teaching myself to draw the fonts in the book. I fell in love with lettering before I knew there was such a thing.
Our house was always full of arts and crafts supplies. My parents are both incredibly creative, my mom was a full-time miniature artist and my dad specialized in auto restoration. By the time I graduated high school I was experienced in several types of needlework and sewing.
Life takes a lot of twists and turns. Although I dreamed of writing and illustrating, I ended up going to college and studying Criminal Justice after becoming a mom. I became a police/fire/ems/911 dispatcher and worked that job for over 17 years.
One the side, I continued to craft. I always loved paper and pens so I added papercrafts and stamping to my crafting. Eventually that led to being on several different design teams. Over time, I was able to leave my dispatching career and work full-time in the craft industry. I was a sample maker and project designer for several leading brands and managed design teams and social media accounts as well. I even traveled all across the United States and to Canada and Italy to teach!
Through it all, I continued to draw and letter. Sometimes I would add a bit of hand lettering into my other projects, but not often. It was something I enjoyed but never shared it with anyone. It was like my little secret. I think I felt insecure about it, not thinking it was “good enough” to share.
In 2015 I randomly shared a lettering doodle on Instagram. The comments were so encouraging that I began to share lettering more. Not long after, I was offered the opportunity to create a line of stamps and dies featuring my lettering and illustrations! I sat in the parking lot of the bank and cried tears of joy the day I deposited my first check. I was being paid for something I drew! At 45 I was realizing a dream I had in my heart since I was just a girl. I pinch myself nearly every day that I get the draw and paint and craft and call it work.
Since that first line I have come full circle to some of my very first crafting loves- stitchery, embroidery, and sewing! In addition to papercrafting dies and stamps, I now offer stitchery patterns and dies designed for appliqué and fabric projects. I love so many types of crafting and am thrilled that I get to offer products to share that love of creating with others.
FTC Notice: I am blessed to work in an industry I love. As a project designer and instructor I am often given products to work with. Some of the products I work with have been given to me by companies I design for or sold to me at a discounted rate. While this in no way controls my content (I only use and blog what I love) the government says I have to tell you that I might have gotten some things for free.
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