I'm full time athletic trainer working between a clinic and local high school, a part time aerobics instructor, and Stampin' Up demonstrator. So I stamp at all hours of the day and night when I get a free minute...whenever THAT is! I've always loved to be creative and can remember always having paper and crayons as a kid. I can barely draw a stick figure so when I found stamping through scrapbooking just after high school graduation I was hooked! Fast forward to after grad school and a lady I worked with invited me to her SU Christmas Card party and I was hooked again! I was a very good customer for years until 2009 when my then fiancé and now hubby encouraged me to sign up! I love taking a bunch of nothing or a bunch of bits and pieces and turning them into something fabulous! When I'm not stamping I like to work out and hang out with my hubby and 6 pound toy fox terrier.
I am 34 years old and have been blessed to be married for 12 of those 34 years! I have the most wonderful wife a guy could ever hope for and 3 beautiful and wonderful children.
I am a sign language interpreter by profession and I absolutely love being able to bridge the communication gap for deaf students in the classroom!
I have been crafty all my life and have been specifically paper crafting for about 20 years. (I only wish I had known of Stampin' Up clear back when I started!)
I have been a demonstrator for just over 3 years. I was never a Stampin' Up customer before I became a demonstrator. A group of ladies in my neighborhood had their demonstrator retire and asked if I would sign up to be their demonstrator. I jumped in without hesitation and have loved every minute of it.
My creative style tends to mostly be clean and simple with just the right amount of layers and embellishments. I don't like flat cards but I don't like cluttered and busy cards either.
I'm excited to be part of the Fab Friday Challenge Team!
I was born, sometime after the Ice Age, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, attended Western Michigan University and got a BA in Art in 1984. I married my husband, Dan, in 1983 while we were still in college. We moved to Bloomington, Illinois for 1 1/2 years for Dan's first teaching job, but we were so homesick for Michigan that we managed to find a teaching job in Michigan in 1987 and moved to Canton, outside of Detroit, finally buying a house in Redford, where we've lived since 1990.
I started stamping in 1996 and just fell in love with the whole hobby! I started scrapbooking in 1998, but only really got going on that in the year 2000. I have been a Stampin' Up!™ demonstrator since March 2003. I served as one of the orignal Dirty Dozen design team at Splitcoaststampers from July 2004 to March 2005. I have also designed for Scrappy Chic in Livonia, Michigan, Flourishes LLC, Kitchen Sink Stamps, Starving Artistamps, Stamp La Jolla, and done guest designer spots for Verve Stamps and Hanna Stamps, but I retired from designing for other companies to concentrate solely on Stampin Up! at the end of 2008. I have demonstrated at demo events held by demonstrators Ronda Wade and Sharon Armstrong, as well as at the Stampin' Up convention in 2011.
I have been interested in all things crafty since my days with mudpies and paint-by-number sets when I was a little girl. I have dabbled in many areas … amongst them making beaded jewelry, sewing and decorating cakes … but my passion has been parked with paper crafting for the past 10 years. I started out as an avid scrapbooker, but I have expanded my creative universe to include card making and 3D/altered projects. I have been married to my college sweetheart, Ron, for over 27 years. We have three awesome kids - Devan, Garrett and Amelia - and enjoy the outdoors, spending time with family and taking vacations!! I am thrilled to join Mindy and friends on this challenge blog … can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!