What stamping means to me ~
My stamping journey began about 5 or 6 years ago. I invited myself to Kathy W’s house for her Stampers 10 event and was hooked immediately. I always joke that I never met a craft I didn’t like but nothing has overtaken me like this inky one. I joined S10 the following year and it took me another year to become a hobby demo with SU.
Because my family is on the East coast I wanted a way to keep connected to brothers & sisters, nieces & nephews, and thought a special card from California would be perfect. After a while I found that my nieces were comparing the cards I sent to each one, arguing which card was better! My stamping allowed me to support a very sick sister through her terminal illness in a special way. Not only did I send Joanne cards on a regular basis, all of my stampy friends did too. These greetings really lifted her up during difficult times.
I found my way to SplitCoast Stampers and then my card-making really took off as I participated in the daily challenges. Now I send about 8 cards a month out for family birthdays, do one challenge card a day most weeks, and sell my cards to raise money for charity. My daughter and I made a visit to Ronald McDonald House with other SU people which was very gratifying. Now she wants to start a group at her high school to continue those efforts.
In the end, I found that not only is stamping a great stress reliever and a way to connect with my creative side. I have made some amazing friendships over an ink pad and I have celebrated & supported people I care about through this addictive artistic hobby.
Here are some samples of Kathy's artistry - I could not get the pictures she sent to load larger - so be sure to check out the link to more of her work at the end of this post.
|Blocking using square stamp from SU's distressing tool.|
|Elegant flower using Bird Punch from SU!|
|Masculine Nautical theme.|
|Masculine Happy Birthday.|
|Clean sympathy with an embossing folder.|
|Another clean and simple sympathy card.|
|Beautiful card using reflection technique.|
|Birthday card with reverse masking and embossing.|
You can see more of Kathy's work on Splitcoaststampers - her user name is CAKath.Thanks for stopping by - see you soon! -Maureen