How I Started
A number of years ago, I went up to Massachusetts to visit my college friends who were both Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. While I was there, my friend Amy was showing off the scrapbook she made for her kids, and my friend Jess was showing me all the cool cards and gifts she’d made. Until then I hadn’t really known anyone who made cards or scrapbooked. I thought what they did was neat, but I was really intimidated by it. I thought to myself “I have no artistic ability – how on earth do they expect me to do THAT?!?”.
But my friends were patient because while I may not be an artist, they know I am creative. The next time I visited it happened to be right before my step-mom’s birthday, and I hadn’t gotten her a card. So my friend Jess whipped out her stamps, ink, and paper and said “we are making her a card”. I tried to get her to make the card for me, but she refused. Instead she gave me a one-on-one workshop, and halfway through I basically took over and went card crazy!
Now I have a blog, am on twitter, and am entering creative challenges and contests. I’ve found that stamping helps me add balance to my life. It helps me de-stress, but it also lets me flex my creative muscle and develop design skills that I can bring back to my full-time job.