MiC Thank you Blog Hop

Zoe - Make it Crafty November 27, 2019 37
MiC Thank you Blog Hop
The hardest part about writing this blog post is that knowing at the very end I will be saying Good Bye. It just makes it harder to even start. Seriously the tears already began as I typed the word ‘bye’. The sadness inside of me wants me to keep this professional, short and sweet, but the Zoe… the ME, that you’ve all come to know over the past ten years knows she can’t. She has to let the emotions flow and share just how much she has loved being part of this community.

I honestly could never have imagined that what I began would ever lead me on the journey it did. That one day I would be trying to explain to ‘non crafters’ that I teach people to color with ‘Textas’, expensive Japanese markers thank you… teehee and yes I have even flown all the way over to the United States to show people how to color. Honestly you have no idea how special I feel for little ole me to have been able to do that.

When I first began, I actually began selling craft supplies and one of the things I did was make little combination packs of copic markers that I thought would blend well together. I was still learning to colour well myself mind you so it is quite amusing ‘now’ to think I could make such suggestions. Haha

I also used to sit at my desk and make ‘hat pins’ with pretty beads and offer them for sale. There was a period of time where it was trendy to add pretty jewels to cards. I’ll need to see if I can find an example.

hahah here ya go…

Side track: After looking up this image from waaaay back in 2010 I am butting in here to share a couple of really early Copic attempts. When I first got Copic markers I bought them from my local craft store and they only had the ‘original’ markers. NO brush nib! I only had about 6 colours too and would mix them with pencils and markers I had at home. Haha here’s two cards from my early days of colouring. Of course it was a Magnolia stamp and even a Mo Manning stamp that I fell in love with at the craft shop.


Ok let’s get back to the memories…

I had also wanted to make my own rubber stamps and a good friend of mine was an amazing illustrator and so he began drawing for me. The little fairy house, mushroom house and boot house were some of the very first stamps I offered. At the time ‘digi stamps’ began to become popular and with my background in design and technical knowledge, I was quick to jump on this idea and began offering digital images too.

I soon realized that I didn’t want to be an online craft store selling other people’s products and so I transitioned into selling my own range of digital and rubber stamps. My pride and joy, my laser cutter, etched my first range of rubber stamps!! Later, I was able to have them beautifully made in America with red rubber. I am sad when I reflect back that I didn’t try clear stamps due to my own bad experiences with them because they really did end up becoming more popular than rubber stamps with their ability to ‘see through’ them.

My laser cutter also gave me the opportunity to design some beautiful embellishments too! I first began with grey cardboard and had so much fun designing all sorts of frames, flourishes and even a 3D animated Ferris Wheel! But being a Copic colourist, I always found it frustrating that I couldn’t colour the embellishments with my markers and so a few years ago, much to my excitement, I found a new card to use which allowed me to colour it with Copic markers! I could finally match my embellishments to my characters – and you got to benefit too! Hahaha

Over the years I have been fortunate to work with a variety of illustrators. Often I would be scouring the art communities looking for new talent or I would have a requirement that I would go hunting for. It was one of my favourite things to do and I would get excited to bring you new styles and images to colour.

But one of the most rewarding and memorable times of Make it Crafty was the era of the colouring challenges and the amazing people it enabled me to have in my life. My design team. Cue the tears… As much as I would like to say that these challenges were for you… They ended up being for the MiC Gals. We pushed each other beyond our limits. Strived to colour beyond our capabilities and then were surprised when we would achieve great results. I am honoured to say that some of the best ‘colourists’ in crafty land out there today… were once an MiC Gal.

Boy… there is just so much swirling around in my head. So many people to thank, so many people I should mention and then the fear of hurting someone’s feelings if I miss them. So I am going to chicken out and not mention names. You know I had considered contacting the past design team members to see if they would like to come together for one last challenge… and when I began going through the names and I reached over 50++++ amazing people who had been on my team at one stage or another I realized it would be near impossible. Hence why I can’t even begin to list them here.


One of the crazy colouring challenges between friends.

Through the colouring challenges, the fun banter between friends and my expert level of pushing people AND myself beyond our boundaries, (teehee) helped me to lead the way in bringing you beautiful folds on clothing, gorgeous long hair techniques, fun and imaginative backgrounds and I guess my most ‘famous’ contribution to the colouring world – No Lines. The day I thought up that idea was a bit of a game changer and took the crafting community by storm. I can’t believe that you can even buy ‘stamp pads’ promoting they are designed for the ‘No Line’ coloring technique now. Hah! Who’d have thunk it?! I should have trademarked it! BWHAHAHA

These coloring experiments lead to writing colouring tutorials for the Magnolia Stamp magazine and then on to writing in depth coloring ebook tutorials that have been so rewarding. To read the feedback and see the results so many of you have achieved through following those guides has made me incredibly proud.

Oh the memories. The live coloring on both Facebook and Periscope. Boy they were fun!! We had so many laughs. The opportunity to meet amazing crafty people from around the world at craft fairs and retreats! You know, I even had two customers many years ago drive a number of hours just to meet me when they heard I’d be flying into Sydney. <3

And as I mentioned earlier, the opportunity to meet some amazing people in America with my first retreat in Texas with the amazingly talented Barbara from Little Miss Muffet Stamps AND Christy from Tiddly Inks came too! And then to be invited to join Jennifer Dove in Arizona to assist with her Copic Boot Camp which is now so popular because SHE IS AMAZING that she holds THREE each year! It is an incredibly memorable experience and I highly recommend attending if you can.

The hardest part for me to let go has always been members on my design team. They are like family and have made me feel special arranging beautiful flowers and gifts for birthdays and one year they were so organized they arranged one of the MiC gals, Andrea, to fly from interstate and deliver them personally. I was in shock.

As I sit here and think about all those good times, I would be lying if I didn’t admit it makes me second guess my decision to close. Sadly though, my heart knows that this feeling will die again. I have tried to relight my desire a number of times over the last couple of years but I fail to sustain the enthusiasm. I realized that I was living in the past, rather than working towards the future and that it was time to let go.

So it is with sadness that I do say Good Bye to Make it Crafty, but I will hold onto those wonderful memories with a full heart. There is a piece inside me that feels it won’t be good bye forever. That with some time away, time to reflect and time to consider, I may return in a new light. I think it will be hard to completely pull away from teaching and sharing so we will see how time travels.

I am struggling for words to express how grateful I am for so many of you who have joined me on this journey and helped to make Make it Crafty possible.

Thank you.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for sharing your creations. Thank you for joining the challenges. Thank you for laughing with me and AT my goofy self.

Thank you for being a friend.

And that brings me to a special gift I have waiting for you. Three beautiful little fairies.

Place an order of any value before the store closes, and these three little fairies will automatically jump into your cart ready for you to save, print and colour. The MiC Gals have wielded their magic one last time, sharing their amazing creations using the fairies to inspire you.

PLUS I am colouring one of the fairies on live video and will try my best to make it available on YouTube to be watched in your own time.

Meanwhile… here is one I coloured earlier. 😉

Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair: BG01, BG05, BG07, B39
Dress: RV06, RV25, RV29, R56
Background: 0, Y11, YG41

I also added some chippies ‘Sparkle Word Chipboard‘ and mini words from the ‘Sparkle Adapt-a-Word chipboard set‘ which I embossed with gold and silver embossing powder.

All colouring has been defined further using matching prismacolor pencils and then I used gel pens on top to add the ‘sparkle’ effect.

PLUS, if you follow the blog hop, leaving a comment along the way – be sure to read as some of the gals may ask you a question – I will be sending out seven surprise gifts, one winner from each blog stop. Winners will be announced on this blog post on Monday 2nd December.

Andrea
Delphine
Lucy
Marika
Nicoletta
Rosemary
Sadia
Make it Crafty < you are here

I hope you enjoy the hop and I’ve decided that instead of ‘Good Bye’…

I’ll end with, See ya later mate!

xo

37 Comments »

  1. Lisa November 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a journey! Thank you for all of the wonderful images over the years. I look forward to the YouTube video! Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

  2. Shannon Abblitt November 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Zoe it has been an amazing journey and one that I am grateful for. Your unique Aussie stamps are my favourites and no chillies compare. I wish you much joy, love and success xxx

  3. Paula Yeates November 27, 2019 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Dear Zoe I am so sad to see you go but you must do what is best for you and I wish you love and happiness for the future. I would like to thank you for everything you have done and especially for your tutorials as they came along just as I had bought my first copic markers and I learned so much from them. It was like having a good friend sit down with you and explain each step with laughter along the way

  4. Faye Wynn-Jones November 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    This card is as beautiful as you. Sad and hard as it is, this is the right time for you. Thank you for making me, me. Love you x

  5. Laura J November 27, 2019 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    What an incredible journey you’ve had and shared with us. I feel lucky to have been a little part of that journey. Your broad selection of images has given me much inspiration and fun and your tutorials shall be a great reference for me for years to come. Thank you for everything, we will miss you more then we could ever tell you xx

  6. Becky M November 27, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    You will be missed!! I was helping Jen with boot camp last year when you joined us via video to teach pleats and folds. It was amazing!!! You look great on the big screen. I think I have a pic of you on the screen with Jen standing in front. I’ll see if I can find it and send it your way. Your amazing talent, your crazy awesome chippies(ordered a ton last week?), your books, your digis….Now I’m looking forward to following your next adventure. Now go out loving life and enjoy!!! Xoxo, Becky

  7. Debbie Pike November 27, 2019 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Going to miss you! Thanks so much for all of the beautiful designs and the inspiration. Best wishes for your next adventure.

  8. Beth Schiller November 27, 2019 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe, I have tears too 🙁 You inspired me so much and I learned so much from you. I am honored to have two pieces of your artwork which I treasure and they have a nice home in my craft room. I wish you and Jas and your doggies all the best for the future. You deserve it!

  9. Gail November 28, 2019 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Dearest Zoe, I will miss your store and beautiful images and wish you great success in your next endeavor! It was wonderful meeting you at Boot Camp in Phoenix and you and Jen were wonderful instructors. Take care and best wishes! XXOO Gail

  10. Jenifer Lovejoy November 28, 2019 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I am sorry to hear of the closing of MIC, I will miss the wonderful images you have created. Best of luck on your next adventure

  11. Sharman November 28, 2019 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Zoe, where do I start? This is affecting all of us more than you will ever know right? Thank you for ALL that you have been to all of us especially me. I Have been with you from the your first post which was also my first experience with anyone regarding coloring. You have been the BEST teacher for me over all these years. Your tutorials have been a amazing gift for us all. Your images have always been my favorite especially that one year’s Christmas ones. Your design teams have always been the best and we have gained so much knowledge from all of them. I have never missed any of your online coloring really because I just love you and your voice and your accent. lol. I love how real you are and how much fun you have made everything. I want you to enjoy yourself in life so I get that at this time in your live you want to pursue different things and you should but I am sure that the talent you store inside of you will be bursting to come out again and when it does we will ALL be here . Best of luck and much love to you my dear sweet friend and thank you again for all your hard work and determination to make us all better at this thing we call crafting!!!!!! Love Ya….Sharman

  12. Anna Blankina November 28, 2019 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, I have bought several of your pretty rubberstamps in the past and I still use them now and then. Great to practice the Copic colouring and love the fun of most of your stamps, hope the future will give you new challenges..all the best, hugs Blankina

  13. Siv Andersen November 28, 2019 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Dear Zoe – were can I start? Back in February 2012 I purcasted my first MIC digi, it was Chantelle at the Races. It has been a “few” after that… Thank you for all your fab motifs, your coloring books, videos, but most of all: Thank you for beeing YOU!!! Inspiring all of us all over the world! Wish you all the best in the future – Thank you <3

  14. Maria DelValle November 28, 2019 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing all the inspiration! Hugs and best wishes to you Zoe!!

  15. Jay Richard November 28, 2019 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Zoe, you have certainly offered a an outstanding and memorable medly of products, inspiration and support. I thank you for all of it! I have all your coloring tutorial guides (and always hoped for more to come), and lots of your rubber & digital stamps and chipboard products. I have bookmarked so many of the inspriational and blog cards and sites, and in the beginning had to have you help me download yours stamps. You were so wonderful and helpful way back when and I was able to manage on my own because of that help & support. It is amazing to me you live so far, and I have (‘met’ ha ha) & learned from people all over the world because of your site. Amazing! I especially loved your coloring lab since in Canada we do not have the ability to attend many copic coloring classes. I will definately have to check for you on you tube. Thanks for many years of enjoyable products, support and inspiration from you and your team. All the best in your new endevors; I know you will do great in whatever you do. Big hugs, and I truly do hope I see somthing later from ya mate.

  16. Nicola Gold November 28, 2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

    OMG the snow globe challenge was amazing! I must revisit those and have another go myself. I don’t know what the crafting community is going to be without you,,, I can already feel a void 🙁
    I am so glad to have been part of your world for a little while and although I was never part of your design team, I will always cherish entering and winning your blog challenges. I never thought I could have coloured a sunset sky like yours,,, but I was amazed at how it came out.
    Going to miss MIC a lot, but I know I will still see you on FB & Instagram xxx

  17. Tina Wilstrup November 28, 2019 at 8:15 am - Reply

    What a story, Zoe! I’ve only been making cards for nearly 4 years, but I found your store soon after. And I’ve loved your store and your images. So many designs, so versatile, and the HAIR ?? I have used them for practicing my coloring skills and although I only just now bought a couple of classes I have definitely learned from my practice already. Can’t wait to dig into them. I also can’t wait to go back to the shop one more time so I can get these fairies. So cute! And your coloring here is AH-MAZING! Thank you, Zoe, and best to you on you new path. See ya later, matey ??

  18. Gail Hutchinson November 28, 2019 at 11:04 am - Reply

    A lovely farewell speech Zoe. I know you will excel in whatever path you decide to take from here on in. I will miss getting my orders from you and seeing your emails and Facebook posts. I hope we will still see you around and I hope there will still be a Facebook page where maybe we can still see a lot of MIC projects. Thank you for your generosity and thank you gifts. They have always been appreciated for your thoughtfulness. I hope to still see you on Facebook and even though we have been friends for years, I have never befriended you on Facebook, maybe now is the time or even Messenger, so I can follow the next path of your life journey. Love you Zoe. Gail xx

  19. Danni Bindel November 28, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    You have to do what’s best for you! Thank you for being a part of my crafty journey! Best wishes!

  20. Jenny Dix November 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Just WOW! You have had an Amazing 10 years in the Crafty Colouring World you will be missed and all your Gorgeous Products. I still treasure my Gorgeous Cards I have from you. I do relate to you more as a friend now as you also let us into your life with your runs up the mountains, Rockclimbing and your Gorgeous Dogs oh and very Ocaisionally that special Man of yours. All the best for your new Ventures but I hope we still see you on FB. Love you Heaps Big Hugs Jenny xxxoooo

  21. Maryann Laursen November 28, 2019 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe! It really made me sooo sad, when I first read the newsletter with these sad news, and it took me a day and 3 reads before I realized, that it was really happening. I have really LOVEd all your stamps and images over the past years, since a dear Australian friend introduced me to them for my birthday, and both I and my granddaughters have spsent soo many hours playing with these stamps, and I still remember the fun we had making the Ferris Wheel and several other projects from you a few years back. Unfortunately the postage got sooo crazy, that it was hard fofr me to afford to have things shipped this far, but it still really makes me sad to see it all end now, and I sure hope, that we will get you back in some form in a while, but else, I´ll definitely wish you all the best with whatever you decide to go for in the future, and noo matter what it´ll be, I´m sure, it´ll be a huge succes, as you are such a special and lovable lady, that all people just loves to be around you and enjoy your fun and loving way of things. All my best wishes for the future Zoe, we´ll certainly miss you.

  22. Olga Dendrinou November 29, 2019 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I am sad but at the same time happy for you and your new beginning! It’s so important to do what is best for us, isn’t it?
    Thank you for all the inspiration and the beautiful images, also I’ve learned so much about colouring from you.
    All my love, Olga

  23. Denise Bryant November 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    It has been quite a journey indeed! I always love your coloring inspiration, and I’ll be watching to see what comes next!

  24. Andrea Munro November 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    A big thank you for your store & inspiration. When I started colouring I had resources from 3 companies…and yours was one of those!

  25. Elizabeth de Vries November 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your let’s join your journey. I’ve learned a lot from your coloring lessons. Also Copic bootcamp last year was for me a great experience.
    I wish you all the best for the future.

  26. Kristina Røst November 29, 2019 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    O Zoe! I just finished the bloghop and my throat is choking up. It is so sad to see you closing down. I love all the images and you´ve given me so much inspiration over the years. When I startet my coloring carrer the first image I bought was Fairest of All Princess, and it´s been so many more MiC images after that. Thank you for all the inspiration and for sharing your knowledge and talent through challenges, video tutorials and feedback. I just love that you have been so present, warm and loving.
    The best of luck for you in the future!

  27. Sandra van Blaricum November 30, 2019 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Although I was not a big customer lately, I still am sad to see MiC go.
    Love to red the story and memories you wrote.
    I recognize a lot!
    And it not a good bye indeed, but See you later!!
    One way or another!!!!
    Big hugs, Sandra

  28. Yolanda Clark November 30, 2019 at 4:22 am - Reply

    I always loved your images and lately the chippies you created. I also loved your goofiness because it made you seem like just a girlfriend instead of a teacher even though you taught me so much. I think we all wish you well in whatever comes next. May you find your passion again and come back with a different artform to amaze and delight us all. See you later, love

  29. Debbie McKelvey November 30, 2019 at 5:33 am - Reply

    I am sad to see you go, yet I understand. I have loved your videos and lessons. I am no where near as talented as you and the Design Team, yet it is a process and practice is important. Good luck in all you do and I hope we see you soon!

  30. Cassandra November 30, 2019 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Change is such a hard an amazing experience all at the same time. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you and learn from you. You have a beautiful talent and I’m so glad you shared it with the world. Good luck to you in all of your endeavors. Big hugs sweetie! Wishing you all the best!

  31. Shelley November 30, 2019 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Awww, Zoe, you’ve been one of my very favourite colourists. So caring and sharing and generous. I will really miss your images, your beautiful aussie accent (thank goodness I have a couple of videos [grin]) and your absolutely gorgeous artwork. Thank you so very much for allowing me on this journey.

  32. Christine Mosen November 30, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for everything. Wishing you the very best ??There will be many image to color so in one way you will be around us in many many years. Hugs

  33. Pocono Pam November 30, 2019 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing yourself and your beautiful creativity! I was introduced to your images a few years ago at Copic Boot Camp in Phoenix, Arizona. Continued blessings in all of your future endeavors. Sending big squishy crafty hugs!

  34. Ellen Bornstein November 30, 2019 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Zoe,
    What a journey life is and we never know what the next stage will bring. Being a creative soul you have found new ways to fill that creativity in your photography. The future may bring new creative outlets. I am thankful for what you have contributed to my creative journey and am wishing you all the best in yours.

  35. Kimberly December 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Stunning colouring, and beautiful images. You will be terribly missed and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help, tip and tricks you shared on this platform over many years. A special thank you for your support when we launched A Very Fairy Door. It meant the world to us that you took time from your day to help a new budding author. We will never forget you and the generosity you gave to us. We wish you the greatest success in all your future endeavours!!

  36. Rosa A December 2, 2019 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Thank you Zoe for all the inspiration you have shared online. My favourite thing has been your live colorings where you challanged yourself everytime 😀 The e-books with hair and the folds was my first lessons in coloring, loved them all.

    Best wishes for the future <3

  37. Kim R December 2, 2019 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Will miss you and your fun digis Zoe! Thank god I have many awesome digis from your shop. I will cherbe sh them all! Good luck on your next endeavour…whatever it is..rock it girl!

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