Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in review

So fun to look back over this last year! Actually, it helped me to look back - I can't even believe how quickly this year has passed. Here are a few creative highlights.

A new release of dkdesigns stamps debuted at the CHA Winter show in Anaheim...

We started the Mix-Ability challenges at Splitcoaststampers... what a fun team experience and creative awakening for a group of ladies each week! Lydia says I was made for this challenge, and I agree - I have enjoyed growing as a mixed media artist this year and have learned so many things. This was my first challenge card:

I made the decision to close my custom watermark business. I also began designing sentiment stamps for Flourishes! Here's the first set I collaborated on, called Old Tea Rose.

This sweet set released at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

I had the fun opportunity to be a guest designer for Inky Antics - here's my favorite card! I developed a sort of obsession with Les Miserables this year, and this quote is a line from one of the songs.

This set released in May as well, a tribute to faraway friends. I have a lot of those! xo

In June I started a new project - an altered hymn book. I wanted to express my heart, and also keep the words of the hymns readable. I haven't worked in it regularly, but I always enjoy the process when I do. Here's my favorite page so far:

Some of my artwork was featured in an infomercial for Daily Window Products! You can view the video here. I also released a batch of new artwork through Impression Obsession at the CHA summer show:

... and this set through Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

God Is was released as a companion to the silhouette set above:

I launched the Pencil Basics online class! Over 50 students have signed up.

October was full of fun challenges and work behind-the-scenes for Splitcoaststampers' Hope You Can Cling To card drive for breast cancer patients at MD Anderson in Houston. Here's a favorite card from the challenges.

November found me working on a variety of projects behind-the-scenes - many of them top-secret, and some of them for local upcoming events (Christmas parties, graduation, and a wedding). It was a bit of a blur! Here's a favorite card I made for the Mix-Ability challenge during that time:

With December came the announcement that I'll be joining the Splitcoaststampers team as Tutorial Coordinator and Artist in Residence! I'm thrilled and can't wait to get started 'officially' - I've been training all month behind the scenes.

What a year! Thanks for walking (did we walk?) through it with me - your comments and encouragement have meant so much! 
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fantastic review! I have watched you evolve over the years and can't wait to see what you do at SCS!!

  2. Wonderful year end review! I have enjoyed getting to know you and your beautiful artistry this year! Can't wait to see what you create in 2014, SCS resident artist!!!!!

  3. You do beautiful work Dina. It’s awesome to see your talents on so many levels! And of course I’m especially grateful for your awesome sentiments on our Flourishes designs :)

  4. I am always amazed at the scope of your talents. Everything you share is just such a work of art, even though most of us won't reach that level, it gives us something to strive for.

  5. Francie in Montreal12/31/2013 3:14 AM

    What a wonderful year 2013 was for you and us. Wishing you continued success, happiness, health and joy for the coming year.

  6. Congratulations on a successful year. May you be blessed even more in 2014. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. You deserve all the recognition you can get! You are one of my favorite artists and I subscribe to your blog so I don't miss a thing!

  8. Dina congratulations on all your wonderful accomplishments.. I spotted your work on Mixability and just love what you do

  9. Wow, how did I ever miss those wonderful western stamps in July!?! Western stamps are one of my favorite kind to collect and use. I know what will be on my next IO order!! :)

    When I read what a wonderfully productive year you had I am quite envious... I had to leave my teaching career many years too early due to a vision disability and I just feel like I'm only existing any more and not doing anything of worth.

  10. What a great year and great designs! Congratulations on your new position. Happy New Year!

  11. Love the cards and the stamps! Fabulous.

  12. Hi Dina, I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy looking at all the cards you've made. You are such a very talented artist! Joyce Hall