Tricia Traxler - T. Joy
Whitewater, WI
Oh, you guys!! Can you believe it??? ME on the Dirty Dozen?? I can't begin to tell you how honored (and WAY over my head) I felt when Lydia called!

It's been quite an indescribable few weeks for me. A little over a month ago I took my husband to Urgent Care for a horrible headache, and two days later he had brain surgery. As we sat in the hospital together, not knowing the outcome, I would have given up everything in my life to have him be ok. But God, in his grace, not only gave him back to me with no apparent complications - He then gifted me with this amazing opportunity to encourage and bless others through card making as a member of the Dirty Dozen here on SplitCoast.

So - who am I?? I'm a Wisconsin girl, a Packer fan, the Mom of three amazing grown ups, and the Wife of 28 years to my favorite mechanic. I also have a Christian day planner internet business - GraceWorks Purpose Planners - that has allowed me to interact with ladies across the country while providing them with beautiful and uplifting planner pages and accessories, When I’m not filling GraceWorks orders or blogging, I’m probably keeping house, playing piano, cross stitching (LOVE!), or stamping for my current Design Teams - The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and Gina K Designs.

I started stamping over 15 years ago, when my sister-in-law gave me Button Bear for Christmas. I think I slept with an SU catalog beside my bed for at least 10 years after that! (Didn’t we all??) I don’t think I really have a “stamping style”, but I do love classy cards that are easy to mail, and are encouraging. Some of my favorite things?? Polka dots, wonky panels, coloring, cute images, Scripture verses, sponged backgrounds, and designer paper! : )

I am SO thrilled to be a part of the Dirt Pile for the next six months. Thank you so, so much, Lydia, for the opportunity!!

P.S. In case you are wondering, yes, that is a cemetery in the background of my picture. Lydia said our background should be quiet.... wink