I am a little late posting this, but I found out a while back that I was one of 19 winners for Hallmark's That Says Christmas Contest. We were to create a card drawing inspiration from one of these words: wish, fruitcake, joy, ho ho ho, or peace. I was inspired by joy. I loved the idea of a happy penguin, who was spreading joy to his friends.
If you would like to purchase my card you can go to http://bit.ly/d0RY8V and by it online.
I am excited that this is the third contest I have won through Hallmark. If you would like to check out my other cards, here are the links:
Birthday Your Way - http://bit.ly/8ZqUBM
yourHoliday - http://bit.ly/cKdXcX
The yourHoliday contest was a career changing moment for me. In January of 2008 I had given myself one year to make something happen with my illustrations or I was going to have to move on to something else. I entered this contest in July and found out a few weeks later I was a winner. After that everything snowballed to where I am now. I can't believe how far I've come since that day. I know I still have a long way to go to where I want to be, but I'm glad I never gave up.