Allison Cope - thecircleguru
Strathmore, Alberta
Howdy all... My name is Allison Cope and I am know as "thecircleguru" here at Splitcoaststampers!

Well... needless to say, that I am truly honoured to have been asked to join some absolutely amazing talented ladies here at Splitcoast is an understatement. When I received the message to be called to the "Dirt Pile", I was in shock! I never thought that littl' ol' me would be deserving of such a wondrous opportunity.

I live with my husband, Todd, our 8 year old son, Spencer and my two furry feline friends, Teaco and Marlee, in the prairie lands of Southern Alberta, near Calgary. I grew up in South Western Ontario but moved to British Columbia five years ago to help further my husband's career. I went to school to become a chef and ended up in the health care food side of the industry for a few years and eventually owned my own restaurant for a time while living in BC. We now live in an quaint little house on the priairies over looking the most beautiful little lake where we love to sail and swim in the summer and kite and ice fishermen-watch in the winter. Only an hour away from the Rocky Mountains, we love to ski and snowboard as a family, camp and hike in the foothills and shop occasionally in the big city.

My introduction to the world of stamping began back in the winter of 2006 just after my son was born. I found myself one day with a gift of some paper, stamps and ink in hand and I have never looked back. I began as a layout scrapbooker but soon took to the cardmaking side and this is where I love it the best! I am one of those "instant gratification" people and can't stand taking days or months or even years creating something like a knitter or a quilter, so I knew card making was my crafty calling right away.

I am lucky enough to come from an amazingly talented and creative family. My late Dad, a retired Science teacher and avid hunter and fisherman, was a wood worker and lovingly built the home I spent my entire childhood in. I cherish the handmade clock he made me some years ago and it has a place in my home where I can see it ever day as reminder of his love and hard work ethic. My Mom, also a retired Science teacher, is a true artist. She inspires me with her screen printing, hand embroidery, spinning & weaving, quilting and painting. We quite often talk and share photos of projects we are each working on and we like to bounce ideas of balance and colour off of each other too. She is my creative rock and sounding board! My younger sister, Christie, is involved in the paper crafting world too. When she's not busy with her hubby or her job, as a Radiation Therapist, she likes to stamp and create cards with her friends. Both my Mom and my sister still live in Ontario, where I visit often.

Thank you to Lydia and all the Dirty Girls who have come before me and who will come after me. This community is not only a creative and inspirational family to me but a crafting home filled with amazing and talented people from all over this world! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that! Happy stamping everyone!