That is how I would describe myself. I’ve always participated in some type of craft endeavor from needlepoint and cross stitch, to crochet and knitting and now papercrafting.
Deep down inside me there is an artist trying to break through – and occasionally I make something that turns out pretty good – at least in my untrained eye! My paper crafting journey began in the 1990’s while looking for a way to take my vacation photos and create something other than just a photo album. A friend invited me to a stamp party and I ended up more of a stamper than a scrapper!! Living in Southern California at that time was a dream – the sheer amount of resources in terms of stores and materials, as well as accomplished paper artists was incredible. My first time at the Carson Convention (the mother of all stamping conventions at that time) was overwhelming and I realized I wanted to learn as much as possible about every technique, tool and product!! My local stamp store was a great source of classes and materials and I must have read every stamp magazine on the market. After winning a blue ribbon at the local county fair (and $6 in prize money!!) I started submitting cards for publication and have the pleasure and good fortune of being in The Rubber Stamper, RubberStampMadness, Take Ten, Through The Craft Room Door, and Vamp Stamp News magazines.
I’m a firm believer that you never stop learning and love taking classes, trying new (and old) techniques and well, just getting into the “beautiful mess” that is art.
Like many of you, my life has taken twists and turns. I was born and raised in Connecticut, thinking that is where I would stay. I met my husband while on vacation in Cancun (another story for another day!!), and he was living in California. One thing led to another, I moved out west, we married and spent our honeymoon at the place we met. I never thought I would leave California, but never say never!! We now reside in beautiful northwest Florida, just outside of Pensacola with our three dogs, Roxy, Brandy and Sugar.
In Florida in 2004 I became friends with a terrific group of stampers. Two of them and I made the decision to create our own stamp line and open up an online store, Flourishes. What a change it is to go from the very pressure filled and analytical world of finance and budgeting to the pressure and joy of creating your own business. I’m so proud of the work that went into getting a succesful business off the ground – so much time and effort was spent to go from just an idea to something tangible and real.
I’m no longer with Flourishes and spend my time searching out new products to play with and techniques to test out. My papercrafting has taken me to many places, brought me many new and wonderful friends and has made me step out of my stamping comfort zone from time to time.
I am a certified copic instructor and teach an occasional copic class.
I hope you will visit often and share your papercrafting experiences with me!
In life, sometimes you just have to take the scenic route.