For about a year I've wanted some honest feedback on my work. Sure, folks say nice things but let's face it, when's the last time you said to someone -- that's ok, nothing strking, or it's a bit dull or uninteresting? Or, it's great, but it could be better. We are all too respectful of one another to go there uninvited. So I posted a message on splitcoast seeking a fellow stamper who would provide this service for me and I for her. The result? I've teamed up with someone and we've already provided polite, respectful constructive feedback to each other. I've learned so much in just one exchange -- in fact, providing feedback on her card was, in a way, more of a learning experience, and one that I did not expect. Forced me to look at something that I liked with a critical eye. Usually, I look at cards and think, that's nice but never think about why something attracts me. Now, I have to figure out why I like it and find a way to suggest improvements.! I'm hoping that by hearing what she has to say about my work and by commenting on hers, my skills will really grow. So far, her comments have been spot on! I had some responses to my initial request that were along the lines of "but I already like your stuff" -- which I have to say is always nice to hear (yes, that's human nature!) but somewhat off the point. I'm a huge believer that everyone can improve and I have a long way to go. I'm not educated in design principles and it doesn't come naturally. After watching other stampers and papercrafters grow, develop and take risks, I want to do the same. I have a goal -- which I'm not quite ready to go public with yet. But, when I'm feeling more confident, you'll be among the first to hear!