Friday, December 28, 2012

What a Creative Year 2012 has been! (Giveaway)

Hello my Crafty Friends!  With the end of 2012 looming near I wanted to write a post celebrating 2012's crafty achievements!  Lately it all keeps coming to me how amazing 2012 has been creatively! To say that 2012 has been an amazing creative year for me is a major understatement!  It has been an unbelievable, fantastic, blessing, dreams not only coming true but being surpassed! It has proved to me that following your passion is the way to live!  And I am passionate about creating!  I love creating, I love making different things, I don't mind the work involved!  :>   (hint: maybe at the bottom there is something worth reading?)

Cover of Paper Crafts Stamp It:
One of the first joyful creative moments on 2012 is when in February my first published card by Paper Crafts was picked up for there Stamp It issue!  I had made 5 cards for that issue and of course the last card I created the day of the deadline was picked up!  Later a dream that I hadn't even dreamed of yet came true when in April (i think) an editor of the magazine (Susan Opel, we all love her!) emailed me and shared that my ONE card my FIRST card in a PC magazine was going to be on the cover!  The cover?  Wow God you amaze me!  I still remember the feeling as I sat at my kitchen island, it was surreal and my whole body was tingling!

(my card is the tulip one on the bottom!!!!!)

 Stamping Royalty:
Another dream came true when I was one of the winners of Paper Crafts Stamping Royalty 2012!  I entered a few cards (I think 4) and mailed it on the last possible day after completing the winning card that day!  I had of course hoped, dreamed, crossed my fingers that would be a winner but they do get so many cards....I couldn't believe it when I did win!  The prize was amazing!  And the published card is in the November/December issue of Paper Crafts magazine!  :>
Not sure if I can share the card here, and not sure if I ever shared a photo of me in the crown:


Top 5 Gallery Idol 2012:
I think one of the biggest shocks for me was the morning of Friday June 1st.  Let me paint a picture of the morning, when I woke up I couldn't open my eye and it really hurt as it was all swollen and I had pink eye!  I looked horrible!  Than I discovered my monthly friend was visiting. I thought to myself what a day and it's not even 8 am yet!  When I went onto facebook I saw I was tagged in a photo and a lot of comments made on that photo and my facebook wall.  Saw a photo of me with 19 other ladies put on by Paper Crafts and thought oh yes must be Stamping Royalty, oh wait there are other faces on there....  Top 20 Gallery Idol....WHAT?  Why is my face in that photo?  I think I even made a comment like why am I in this photo not realizing what it meant! Oh boy! In my defense when I entered I really didn't know I stood a chance!  To have made it to the Top 5 was amazing!  All the support I received truly touched me!  You all celebrated with me!

Winner of a Moxie Fab World Challenge!
I think for all of us card makers it's a dream to winner one of the Moxie Fab World Contests!  In July that dream came true for me when I was one of the winners of the Card Creations Lace and Doilies challenge!  Yay!  You can see it here.

My Etsy Shop:

In September I opened up my etsy shop AnitaRexDesigns!  I do have to say the encouragement I received from you my crafty friends really helped me actually do it!  At first I wondered if I would ever get my first sale and it came three weeks later!  And in November all of a sudden the sales started happening!  I am so happy with the success of my shop this Holiday season!  :>  Wow!  What a blessing!



Breakfast Televsion:

This October I was given the amazing opportunity to be on Breakfast Television which is a local show on CityTv here in Winnipeg.  It's on every morning from 6 am to 9 am!  And most city's in Canada have there own show!  The first time Ariel and I were both on sharing Thanksgiving crafts in October, a second time we were on sharing Halloween Crafts, in December I was on and shared a handmade Holiday Card and gift bag and also some of my wreaths! This is beyond a dream come true!  I am happy to share that Ariel and I will be on next week again January 3 2013!


Creative Classes:

In December I was asked by a friend if I would be interested in teaching classes in  high school in the inner city!  I said yes and taught 3 classes in December!  Excited to see where that is going to take me!  And looking forward to what else I can share with the kids!

Design Teams!

This year I've also been blessed to have been on design teams for Gelatins Stamps, Scrapbooking Cafe Online, an international designer for Sweet Stamp Shop and on the personal design team for Freckled and Fun by Beth Sialka!  :>  

As I mention before this year has really showed me that following my passion, creating, following my dreams is more than worth it!  God has more than blessed me and it makes me SO EXCITED for what next year has in store!  I have plans and dreams and look forward to what 2013 holds!  Thank you for reading this!  Please leave a comment as I will be drawing a winner from this to receive something a prize from me! (it's a suprise!)  I will draw on New Years Day!

34 comments:

Brandi said...

Wow! What a year indeed! Congrats on all of your success!

Wida said...

A fantastic year with many awesome accomplishments! congrats and so glad to have met you through GI!

Isha Gupta said...

Congrats on your success Anita. So very well deserved and just like a dream :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love that you're on the local tv station, what a treat. I said yes to teaching a class at my local Ben Franklin and it's been fun, love the idea of sharing....

Kelly said...

Whst a fabulous year! Congrats!!

Barb said...

Anita, you really have had an amazing year! Congrats on all of it - you deserved each one! Sending lots of hugs! Happy New Year! :)

SHartl said...

Wowee...what a huge crafty year it's been for you! How exciting...and fun! I still have never even tried to win a craft making contest, so I am proud of you for not only entering, but for winning! You and your daughter look adorable on that peek of Breakfast TV! The new year stands to be a big one for you if this year was this fabulous!

Karen said...

You have accomplished a lot and should be proud of yourself! Keep the good stuff coming!
Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

Lynn said...

What a fabulous year and very, very much deserved for all of your amazing talent Anita! Here's hoping for a fabulous 2013 as well to you and your family! xoxo

Karenladd said...

I got breathless just reading your post!! Surprises like that are always the best, aren't they?!!! Too funny about your shock at seeing your photo as a winner....and I'm sure that's something you'll remember for a long time. Congrats to you...you deserve it!

Froggietalks said...

You have had a amazing year Anita, I hope it continues into 2013.

Small T said...

What a year you have had! Congrats on all your success and thanks for sharing your talent with us! :-) xx

Miriam Prantner said...

What a great year! It's been so fun to get to know you this year, I always enjoy seeing what you (and the family) are up to!

jennfontaine said...

what a great crafty year! That's so wonderful!

Katie said...

It has been a fun year following you and being inspired by your talents. You are using them for God's glory and not taking that for granted. It is so fun to be able to involve your children in what you do.
Keep it up, cannot wait to see how high you soar in the coming year.

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow, what a GREAT year! Congrats Anita! So happy for you and your success!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Congrats! You have had quite an awesome year! I love your creations and am looking forward to more in 2013.

Lily Anne said...

What a year indeed! God is awesome, isn't He? You have been busy in a good way. Love your cards. The colors in the giveaway are really pretty. I like the embellishments too. I am glad 2012 was so good to you! I can't wait to see what 2013 will bring to all of us!

Tracy said...

Congrats on all of your accomplishments! You should be very proud of yourself : )

Geri said...

So very happy for you Anita! You work hard at what you do, but the difference is you work with a true passion for this craft! Your accolades and acknowledgements are all very well deserved!

You go girl!

Maureen Morton said...

Wow - thanks for this round up, Anita. I knew this was a banner year for you, and I've been your supporter throughout, but I hadn't thought of all of these glories together at one time. Plus, you are a super Mom and a dear wife on top of it all! And a dear blogger and wonderful inspiration and a true joy to "know". A big congrats, my dear!

Nina Yang said...

What a wonderful crafty year you had, Anita! Wish you more success, excitement and fun on 2013!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Congrats on a successful year! I'm so happy to have gotten to know you through GI!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow!!! This has been an amazing crafting year for you and so inspirational for the rest of us thank you so much for showing us it can happen!

Brenda said...

Well, that's a whole lot of great things that went on for you Anita and I remember them all! So proud of you, so very well deserved! And I am sure that the blessings will continue into 2013! Have a fabulous New Year!

joscelyne cutchens said...

Congratulations on all your Crafty Successes this year. I have enjoyed getting to know you this year through Gallery Idol! xox

Dawn Turley said...

wow Anita... it certainly has been a tremendous year for you... all that crafting kudos, getting your real estate licence, moving house... you are such an inspiration. Congratulations my friend on such a great year. May 2013 continue to be good for you.

katf said...

What a wonderful year it's been for you! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you come up with next.

Carol Gibson said...

Congratulations on such a great year!
Your tulip card is one of my favorites.

Robin K. said...

This really has been quite a year for you Anita!!! Congratulations on all of your crafty achievements! Here's hoping 2013 brings even more successes in your endeavors! Hugs, Robin:)

Annette said...

you have had such a great year... lots of exciting things...so glad we get to share with you...Can't wait to see what the new year holds.. :)

Annette said...

you have had such a great year... lots of exciting things...so glad we get to share with you...Can't wait to see what the new year holds.. :)

Lindsey said...

Quite a year for sure! Here's to more success in 2013, too. :)

Trinh said...

Congrats on your fabulous year, Anita! And I know 2013 will hold even more success for you. Please leave out of the drawing. Just wanted to wish you a happy new year!

 

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