Mindy Backes - minders
Decatur, IL
Ohmygoodness! I couldn't believe it when Lydia asked me if I wanted to be one of the dirty girls! Between this and being an Artisan finalist this year I still think I'm going to wake up and realize I dreamed all this up, ha!

I've always been crafty and my first stamp "set" was a Lisa Frank set with neon inks in the 80's or 90's. I got serious about card making after grad school and became a SU demo in early 2009 and the rest is history!

I live in central Illinois with my wonderful hubby who was my boyfriend my senior year of high school! We reconnected after 10 years and here we are. We have a toy fox terrier named Ellie who is my stamping buddy and hope she has a real little brother or sister soon! I work full time as an athletic trainer and also teach turbo kick aerobics on the side. I also enjoy weight lifting, running, and reading.

I'd say my style is more CAS than anything but I feel like my style is always changing which is why I love this art form! I really love taking a bunch of nothing (paper, inks, ribbon, etc) and making something wonderful out of them!