Jeanne Knobbe - penny627
San Diego, CA
Hi everyone! I’m Jeanne aka Penny 627. I know many people think my name is Penny, however that is my adorable Shih Tzu-mix dog. When I signed up on Splitcoaststampers, I couldn’t think of anything snappy so I went with my puppy’s name. And to add more confusion to my name, it actually is not “Gene” or “Genie” – thanks to my French grandmother it is pronounced “zhahn”. Fellow crafters from Canada, France and Louisiana will know exactly how to say it!

Now a bit about me: I grew up in Los Angeles and I have been drawing, coloring and creating ever since I can remember.

I have a bachelor’s degree in art history from UCLA where I also studied illustration using Prismacolor pencils and markers. As many fine arts graduates do, after school I went into banking! I did that for six years while my husband Ed finished his doctorate. We then moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he took a job as a professor at Oklahoma State University.

We lived in Stillwater for 22 years and raised our two girls there. Once they started elementary school I went back to work, this time in communications at OSU. I had been doing some freelance design, having taught myself PageMaker, FreeHand and Photoshop. (They didn’t exist when I was in school!) I worked at the university for 12 years doing publication design, writing, editing and marketing.

In 2008 my husband started his own company in sensor technologies, collaborating with the University of Hawaii. This started several years of long commutes for him until 2012 when our youngest graduated high school. We decided to move back to California, near San Diego, to be closer to family and for a much easier flight to Hawaii. I gave up communications and started helping Ed run the business.

About ten years ago my mother-in-law introduced me to card making and paper crafting. I loved it! Creating with actual art supplies is so satisfying to me. When I gave up art on a computer, I never looked back. There is nothing quite like a creative mess! My style is best described as eclectic. Many of my cards are clean and simple and I gravitate to that style. But then I find myself designing something that is anything but CAS. Sometimes I think I have multiple personalities when it comes to creating and I look forward to seeing who will show up on any given day!

I am a current design team member for Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge, CAS Colors & Sketches blog, Cottage Cutz and a “hobby” demonstrator for Stampin’ Up. If I’m not creating cards or working, I enjoy needlepoint/cross-stitch, Mah Jong, attending concerts and watching hockey.

When I received Lydia’s message inviting me to be a member of the Dirty Dozen I was beyond excited! I am looking forward to the next six months!