Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Inspired in 2013

On this last day of the year, I just want to give props to some of the many, many fabulous folks that inspire me every single day!  I hope that these folks are already in your reader, but if not, you're welcome;)    

Notable Nest
Kelly of Notable Nest ~  When you visit Kelly's blog, you'll find yourself saying "how'd she do that?".  I love her out-of-the-box thinking and uber creative style.  Plus, she's a sweetie:)

Cards and Bookmarks
Tasnim of Cards and Bookmarks ~ Tasnim's creations are little works of art!  And when you find out that many of her cuts are done by hand?  Wow, just wow!  Seriously mind-blowing stuff!

Miao - A Design Blog 
Pamela of Miao - A Design Blog ~ This young lady has crazy talent!  I love, love, love her graphic, colorful style.  Always a fun place to stop on the interwebs:) 

Red Balloon Cards
Jocelyn of Red Balloon Cards ~ Full disclosure.  Jocelyn is my friend.  But friend or not, her stuff is a-ma-zing.  She is the digi lama (dalai lama of digis;)!!  
Maria of Riesling Mama ~ Maybe it's the easy access to wine (as her blog name suggests) but this gal's creativity is off the charts!  Love her artsy style and her penchant for upcycling items into her cards.  

Just Me
Elena of Just Me ~ If I didn't love this gal, I'd hate her.  Because she's that perfect.  She will try to dispute this fact, but whatever;)  Her party ensembles are the bomb and they are perfectly photographed to boot. I haven't even mentioned her lovely cards which are...lovely!

Alice's Little Wonderland
Alice of Alice's Little Wonderland ~ I wish I could be a fly on the wall while Alice colors with Copics (or at least a friend in the corner, drinking a cup of tea;).  Her exquisite coloring brings the stamps to life!

Three Umbrellas
Donna of Three Umbrellas ~ I'm going to call Donna the godmother of CAS.  Her style may be streamlined, but her cards pack a lot of punch!  

Random Acts of Creativity
Iwona of Random Acts of Creativity ~ Chupa (as she is also known) is a cardmaker's cardmaker.  She has the rare ability of going from style to style and nailing it every single time!  If you visit her blog, be prepared to devote some time because there are lots of beauties to behold!

Papell with Love 
Joni of Papell with Love ~ What Joni does with flower stamps is incredible!  Her multi-layer stamped and die cut cards are just sublime.  Behind all that beauty is impeccable stamping and exquisite technique!  

This is just a sampling of the folks that inspired me in 2013!  There are so many wonderful people in the papercrafting world, and I'm so lucky to be a part of this great community!

Before I go, I want to give thanks to all the really kind and wonderful people that stop by here on the regular:)  Your comments make me smile, laugh, think, and so much more!  Every single one of those comments are read and very much appreciated.  Special thanks to June K, Barbara G, Jessi F, Chris D, Samantha M, Niki G,  Amy T, Bethany S, Tenia, Jeanne J, Joyce, Jintyoo7, Lorena C, Richard, and Joan B.  (Looks like a rapper convention, lol!)  
Also, big thanks to all the folks I've worked with this year!  It's been a privilege to work with each of you, truly.    

Last but not least, shout out to my Gallery Idol 2012 girls!  (Not that we define ourselves by that event, but that *is* how we met)  We've remained tight over the years, and they are the best bunch of gals you could ever hope to meet!  (Not to mention the most talented:)  

Thanks for an incredible 2013!  Here's to an exceptional 2014 for all of us!  

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou,


  1. happy new year. it is my pleasure to visit your blog! you rock.

  2. Awesome awesome list lady. Love ya GI 12 :)

  3. Awww...you are so sweet! Hugs and kisses to you! I was nodding my head through your list--I love ALL of these papercrafters! Happy New Year, my friend!

  4. JJ! I'm thrilled and honored to be listed amongst all this talent! You are too kind. Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs!

  5. You just made me cry happy tears. No kidding. I wasn't expecting to see myself here, when I came to this blog for a good ole' dose of inspiration. Thank you <3 And Happy 2014!

  6. I'm thrilled to be part of that rapper convention, ha! Actually, I'm the one who has to say thank you for all the wonderful inspiration, JJ. Here's to a 2014 filled with craftiness, love and laughter!

  7. I'm the girl you love to hate? haha. love you back, JJ!

  8. You are so sweet, JJ! Every time I visit your blog, I am "Wow'd" by your amazing talent and feel inspired to create something special! Thank you so much for that, and of course for your amazing generosity!

    Sending you and your family my best wishes for 2014! And, thanks so much for sharing the links above...looks like I have some perusing to do :-)

  9. Love your choices! You should have included at least one of your own cards too, though. I love seeing your name pop up on my blog; there's always something wonderful to see when I visit your blog. I am so looking forward to all your wonders this year. Blessings in 2014, JJ. Bev

  10. ACKKK! I cannot think of a better way to start off 2014 ... such a huge honor to be featured on your blog, JJ! You know I'm your biggest fan : ) AND, every single person you mentioned would be on my list of inspiration-givers (just now getting to know Joni better). You are so spot-on.

    It's always a joy to get an email from your blog (I'm fiercely protective of my email ... there are only 5-6 can't-miss blogs I subscribe to). Thanks for sharing all your incredible projects this year. A very Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  11. Such awesome picks JJ!
    Happy New Year!

  12. Sorry I am so late to your New Year's party! What a fabulous post--you are so very generous in pointing out these amazing crafters who inspire you. I know that if I did a post like this, you would definitely be on my list. (however, I am boring, and just posted my own card faves). I love seeing what you create--there is always something that makes my eyes bug out and/or my jaw drop. And it is wonderful seeing you grow as a crafter and get more and more famous (!). You deserve it all. Hugs.

  13. Whoa - just stumbled upon this and geez, JJ, how humbling. This is amazing coming from you, queen of die cutting and now queen of designing. Thanks so much for the shout out and I'm truly honored to think I could in some way inspire you right back. Big hugs.


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