Thursday, April 12, 2007

It's my anniversary....


...on splitcoaststampers, that is. One year ago, I discovered this gold mine of a website for inspiration, sharing, and ideas. I love it. PLUS, it is my one week anniversary for starting this blog, dedicated to my little hobby that I've been crazy about for several years. Here's my story of how I got hooked.

Long ago, I met a new friend, Gwen, who had relocated to my area and was a successful demonstrator for D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps). Gwen wasn't sure she wanted to get her business going again after the move and considered joining me in my business. I saw her incredible art and how amazingly talented she was at card making. Gwen's beautiful paper creations were so enjoyable to look at. I convinced her that she'd be crazy to give it up, then hosted a huge soiree to get her stamping gig kick-started again. Her business took off from there, and Gwen became THE stamping goddess in the area.

For a time, Gwen had even recruited my sister as a D.O.T.S. demonstrator while my brother-in-law was specializing to become an endodontist. All the while, my passion for card making grew. Gwen moved away and my life got hectic, and my stamps and supplies were tucked away collecting dust. Some time later, Stampin' Up emerged, and I rediscovered the art, found out that D.O.T.S. became Close to My Heart, and Gwen had moved away again.

Now my passion for stamping is as strong as ever, my stash of stamps and supplies have multiplied exponentially, and the possibilities and ideas are limitless. I love my little hobby and hope to be able to share the fruits of my labors with money others, as he or she opens a card and smiles, knowing it was hand made and one of a kind. Today's creation is for a friend of mine, "just because," as the Simple Sayings II sentiment implies. See my Just Because Dutch Girl card on SCS for details if you'd like. Thanks for checking out my new blog! Happy anniversaries!

5 comments:

Allison said...

I love this...super card!

The Adams Family said...

I feel so lucky to have been the receiver of this card!!! Kelly, it is soooo darling and even more precious were the words inside ;-) Thank you again! And Happy Anni! ~Summer

Chris Smith said...

Lovely card and what a fun intro to your stamping history. TFS!

Suzanne said...

I love all your designs!! I am interested in where you can purchase the Cosmo Cricket Duthch Girls paper??? It is adorable!! Also, I haven't had any luck finding those cute Michael's $1 stamps. I especially love the "a little something" one!! If you have an extra one I would purchase it from you!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Keep em coming!!

Suzanne said...

I LOVE this card! I got my Dutch Girl paper, thanks for the tip! Oh, the matching ribbon is adorable and a must have! I wish I would have gotten two!