Mary Fish - Petal Pusher
Tuscon, AZ
Honestly, I'm still in disbelief about being asked to participate in the Dirty Dozen. I remember uploading my first cards to Splitcoast stampers in 2007. I was delighted to receive even a single comment. My cards were pretty crude (usually a CASE) . . . my photography worse. How did I wind up on the DD?

I'm married to Scott and have a 15 year old daughter, Caroline. All three of us were born and raised in Madison, WI. I enjoy swimming, hiking, travel and stamping in the wee hours. After busy careers as a real estate team, my husband and I decided to opt for "the simple life" in 2005. We downsized both our Madison home and real estate business. It opened the door to leap into something new.

I have never embraced crafts. My grandmother crocheted. My sister quilts. I recall knitting a purple potholder in 7th grade for Home Economics (remember "Home Ec")? The crafting gene never made it to me and the "sad" purple potholder was convincing evidence of this. However, after reluctantly going to a few stamping parties, I caught the fever like so many others.

To compound my growing stamping obsession, I discovered the Splitcoaststampers website for inspiration and ideas. The more I saw, the more I wanted and adored. In September of 2007, I joined Stampin' Up! as a "hobby" demo. My persistent stamping "research" introduced me to the stamping "blog."

Having been a real estate agent for 15 years, I was familiar with having my own web site. Blogging posed a new challenge (for starters, "what is a blog?") which both enchanted and frustrated me for months. Slowly, my stamping blog, www.stampinpretty.com, became a reality.

I have been a blogger and Stampin' Up! demonstrator for two years. My steady diet of paper crafts has helped me improve my stamping skills and enable a regular, artistic fix. The unexpected pleasure was discovering powerful friendships with my virtual stamping buddies. I sincerely can say that I have never met many of my dearest friends. However, we "chat" daily via the blog and email. Their support and sincerity is heartwarming.

We recently moved to Tucson, AZ. My family, cat, pug and stamping supplies endured the road trip to our new home--in pursuit of taking our "simple life" up a notch (more time outdoors was a big draw). Fortunately, blogging is unaffected by a cross country move and I'm in full swing blogging and creating "all things paper."

After Jenn offered me the opportunity to participate in the Dirty Dozen, I looked back at the "early days" of my SCS gallery. I witnessed misaligned brads, life before the "Stay Put Bow" and several experiments in color gone awry. I'm proud of my stamping roots but ready for the chance to rub elbows with the "Dozen" and continue my stamping voyage.