Today the design teams from the CCEE Stampers and the Crazy 4 Challenges blogs (Joanne was a much loved and valued member of both of these teams) are hosting this blog hop as a tribute to the beautiful soul and talented artist, Joanne Grzelak.
I personally "met" Joanne back in 2005 when we both became members of Splitcoaststampers and began our chase through the daily challenges posted there. We would stalk the threads together waiting for the challenges to be posted so we could jump right on them. What fun we had back in those early days stamping and chatting and attacking every challenge! It was always on my bucket list to one day met Joanne in person, but we ran out of time before that could happen.
I do know that I learned so much about beauty and art from her wonderful work. Her style was graceful and elegant and her work impeccable.
Besides stamping, Joanne and I also shared a love of the ocean and lighthouses. The last card that I sent to her during her illness contained both so I felt it only fitting that I make one more ocean and lighthouse design in remembrance of her remarkable life and the place she holds in my heart.
Rest in Peace, my sweet friend. Know that we think of you often and miss you so much!