When you live
your dreams,
you're answering
your soul's
request to be heard.

This was one of the early cards I designed back when my little card business was located in my guest room (to this day it's still one of my most popular cards). I printed the front panel on my trusty HP printer with pigment inks, trimmmed it with my German paper cutter, attached panel to card stock, and then glittered the flower image. In the early days I even tied little silk-ribbon streamers in the upper left corner. And I loved every minute!

Before too long, however, orders started stacking up, and even though I pulled in family to help, we weren't keeping up. I found an exceptional local printer and began a relationship that is still marvelous. These folks are so helpful, respectful, creative, enthusiastic, green. They know how to print art! We sit down together to solve problems and always end up with the most high-quality product for stores and retail customers. I am so happy to support a local printer.

The front art-panel is now printed directly on card, within a double-embossed border, so card looks beautiful in a frame. Cards are still hand-glittered. The card stock I use is to die for. A thick premium felt-textured ivory paper, milled with renewable energy, FSC certified. I love paper and this one is the best of the best.

... what got me thinking about this particular card today was the little quote attached to my jasmine green tea bag this morning (I think I might design a new card with this quote.):
"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast" Lewis Carroll.

Lately I've been finishing "impossible" projects and preparing to get them out in the world. Discovering new connections and resources that fuel my imagination and encourage a whole new set of "impossible" projects. I've been dreaming up new "impossible" pictures for what I want to accomplish in 2010.

This month marks the 6th anniversary of quitting my day job. My soul was calling, my song was getting louder. I listened. And I leapt. I didn't always find the net, but I found a strength and resolve to live my dreams. It all seemed impossible then. When I look around at what has come into my life, the amazing circle of family and friends, and even strangers, who have believed in me, interest in my work from near and far... I stop and say out loud: This is impossible! (in a good way)