Linda Trimarchi - 71st_street
Winston-Salem, NC
When I got the email from Lydia my first reaction was that she sent it to the wrong person. I expected to hear those exact words when I contacted her. When I found out it was for me I was stunned and I think fairly speechless. After thinking it over I of course said yes and then immediately went into panic mode.

A little about me -
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 46 years; we have two beautiful daughters and three adorable granddaughters. I was born and raised in New York City and will always be a New Yorker at heart. I had the opportunity to spend many years outside of Boston, MA where my husband and I raised our daughters. We now live in the beautiful State of North Carolina and love it here.

My previous hobby was stained glass, which I enjoyed for about 25 years. I made many hanging lamps, panels and boxes. It was a great hobby, very relaxing and rewarding. With a lack of a basement in North Carolina I had to give up stained glass. I was very busy with a new job, new home and environment so I didn’t miss having a hobby for a while. When our grandchildren were born I eventually started to do some sporadic scrap booking, made tags for their gifts and treat bags and boxes for their birthday parties. Once I retired I started to get more involved in paper. Around September of last year I started making cards. I love to use vintage illustrations, buttons, ribbons anything I can piece and layer. It is like putting together a puzzle or a story; I never know how it will turn out. I don’t have a blog or anything like that; I make cards entirely for my own enjoyment.

I spoke to someone at a local craft store who told me about Splitcoaststampers. At that point I started to stalk Splitcoast and found a lot of inspiration and a lot of information. I could see that the Splitcoaststampers community was enthusiastic and receptive to newcomers so in November I had the courage to upload a couple of cards. I have learned a lot as I navigate through the various forums and galleries. There are so many talented people at Splitcoast and I am sometimes amazed at the imagination and creativity that I see. The most important thing I have found at Splitcoast is a group of people who are willing to share, encourage and have a sense of humor. I am so honored to be part of the Dirty Dozen and will do my best not to disappoint.