HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NAMI!
Today is a special day to honor the incredible and inspiring Nami (of DeNami Design fame, of course!). You should have arrived here from Emily's blog: My Little Slice of Bliss. How fabulous is Emily? She always creates such beautiful projects! If you want to start this blog hop from the beginning, go back to DeNami Design's Blog.
I am so incredibly honored to be included in this blog hop, and while I have never met Nami face to face, I am inspired, motivated, uplifted, and sincerely moved by this woman's kindness, creativity, and overall sheer genius. On top of all that, she runs a successful business with her amazing family! WOW! Is there anything she can't do? I sure don't think so. I'm pretty certain there should be a superhero named after her 'cause she is a dynamo of talent and warmth!
Personally, I was going through a really rough time a few years ago, right after I moved from New York City to a teeny, tiny town in Indiana. It was quite a change and culture shock. I just didn't know what to do. It was the fall of 2009 when I first discovered DeNami Design stamps. I was in my favorite local stamp store (Papertrix, of course!), and I saw the most beautiful cards in the world. So elegant! So whimsical! SO MUCH GLITTER! They were mind-boggling! They were also the sample cards for an upcoming class. I was floored. I have never seen cards that spoke to me the way those did. I was instantly in love with their stamps. Since then, my love has grown to a full-blown obsession (almost 500 stamps!). Seeing those cards and stamps completely changed the way that I made cards. I had new motivation...new ideas...new techniques! It wasn't long after that when I discovered there was a blog with challenges! I soon started entering challenges, and that is what lead to my creating the blog you are reading right now. All of this is thanks to Nami and her wonderful business. I am so grateful. That was such a tough time in my life, and (I know this sounds cheesy, but it's true) finding those stamps gave me focus and hope. These images warm my heart and give me "warm fuzzies." I just always smile whenever I see a DeNami image. So, thank you Nami...thank you for the smiles...thank you for the inspiration...thank you for the hope.
Now, I have a confession to make regarding the card I made. As I've mentioned before recently, I am still in the process of moving from Indiana to Michigan, so I only have a "DeNami Survival Kit" with me. I am staying with friends until I can get my own apartment, and there just isn't room for my abundant craft supplies. So, I created a little survival kit of card-making basics and an assortment of DeNami stamps. Well, guess what? I forgot my "Happy Birthday" stamps! DOH! What was I thinking?! However, I decided the perfect sentiment would be "Sending You Love." That is one of my all-time favorite DeNami sentiments because it works perfectly for almost any situation, including this one! I am sending all sorts of birthday love to Nami!
My inspiration actually came from that green leafy vine paper (by Hambly) used as the background in the photos. I bought that paper recently, and it inspired me to have the new Swinging Chickie hanging from some leafy vines. I also decided to add some lime/teal twine to the vines to give them some more texture.
Again, I am soooooo honored to be a part of this blog hop.
Nami, thank you so much for all that you do. I look forward to actually meeting you one of these days. I hope your birthday is filled with love, laughter, joy, and tons of smiles. I am indeed SENDING YOU LOVE...and lots of it!
Next stop on the blog hop: The AMAZING Wendy Elliot, whom I was fortunate enough to meet and take her DeNami Design national classes. She is so sweet and fun, and her projects are always outstanding!