Julie Warner - justwritedesigns
Hoschton, GA
Wow! That’s it. Just …Wow! I’m so not believing this. This is like a dream but I didn’t seriously think it would happen. And I have no idea how I came to be here. All I can say is, Toto, I don’t think I’m in Kansas anymore! (I’ve never actually been to Kansas, lol.)

In the non-stamping world, I’m known as Julie Warner. Here, in the real world, I’m justwritedesigns. Ok, now this part, pretend you haven’t heard before. When I read the pm from Jenn, I was really surprised she was asking for my number. I had recently received some pm’s from Jenn about site problems I noticed and a card of mine on the home page, so I thought it had to be about one of those. Unlike some others, I didn’t immediately think I was in trouble. I’m frequently in trouble, so accordingly, I don’t always see it. (ie: the Naughtly List. Honestly, I don’t know what I did, but I’m sure it was fun.) Jenn hardly had the words out before I said YES! And here I am.

I was born and raised in Texas but moved from Houston to north Georgia in late 1996. The area we live in reminds me of Houston. Except for the Houston being flat and humid part. Oh and the seasons thing. We actually have seasons here. Ok, Houston has seasons: summer and hurricane. And there’s that one week of winter, but it shifts around so you can’t really plan on it. By the time you find your one sweater, it’s over. I grew up in Corpus Christi, which is a beach town. Same seasons as Houston minus the week of winter.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart whom I’ve known since the 8th grade. We met in Band class. Gotta love a sax player! Another classmate of mine married my sister and we live within 10 miles of each other. My husband and I have one grown daughter who has really been an inspiration to me this past year. A year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s. It’s been rough, but today she is doing great. I’m so proud of her.

I’ve always been artsy crafty. My great-grandmother was an artist and I used to watch her paint and she’d show me how she made this magic appear on canvas. She worked in oils but my first love was water color. My first exposure to stamping was probably in high school in the form of block printing. I made stamps out of anything from erasers to felt glued on blocks. Then I visited a home show back in the 80’s and saw some rubber stamps and thought how cool! I still have those stamps but I think the company is long gone. I was reacquainted and really hooked when a friend showed me heat embossing. I already had the heat gun and the embossing powder but had no idea what to do with it. But I knew I needed it. (Can’t you just hear the wicked witch of the west? “I’ve got you now, my pretty!”) And actually, a couple of my walls and some sheer curtains are stamped. It’s tasteful, I promise, lol. I may love bright colors, but not on my walls.

Besides stamping, I also love music. When I wasn’t taking art classes, I was in the school band (E flat clarinet) all the way through school. I’ve played the guitar since I was 11 and have three of them now. I also like to knit and crochet, when I can squeeze it in. I crocheted these big market bags out of plastic grocery bags and gave them away. Great way to recycle, I think, and now everyone wants one, lol. When I worked, I was an office manager for a law firm, then I worked contract for law firms doing data transitions, billing, forensic accounting and a lot of systems set up.