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August Swapper of the Month - Amaranthine
Congratulations to our August Swapper of the Month! Here is a little information about Mary Ann.
Originally Posted by Amaranthine
- how you got started: That’s an easy one. I saw some really cute stickers at the drug store, brought them home and made a card. It was awful!
- how long have you been doing this: Paper crafting, around 7 years. Toss in a hiatus here and there and that one crazy day I decided to “retire” … actually boxed up every last thing and sent it all to a friend. Less than a year later, I missed it so much. I told DH I wanted to get back into making stuff. He said, “Good! You are crabby if you’re not working on a project. Go shopping!” p.s. I think he wanted me to get back into crafting because if I’m thinking about a project, then I’m not thinking about other things. Things that always end up on his ‘To Do’ list!
- do you have any other hobbies: Bike riding – love the ‘Rails to Trails’; stained glass – though DH is the real master – he makes wonderful leaded full sized windows; junking and antiquing – give me a stroll through a dusty olde shop any day; and reading – MUST have a book. Upcoming hobbies … Anxious to play with encaustic art - have the supplies but haven’t had the time to delve in - and am very close to buying an oven for fused glass. Also on the back burner is letterboxing. There are so many thrilling things to try!
- a bit about your family & friends: Happily married for 30 years now … where did the time go? A grown son: our pride and joy. When asked if he’s met anyone special replies, “Not yet. It’s hard to meet girls when I’m always working!” I guess Grandkids are still in the distant future. Mom to Belle: my sweet and affectionate iggy. My parents and older sister have passed on, so it’s only my other sister and me now. We are very close, the best of friends. And speaking of friends, most of my really close friends share a love of Arthurian lore and the ancient Celts. We enjoy exploring the legends from different perspectives. After all, no one even knows for sure if King Arthur actually did exist, so the door is wide open for exploration and speculation.
- favorite tools of the trade: Scissors. One of the first cards I made – minus stickers – was a request for a Christmas card by my sister. She wanted something with snowmen. So, I decided to make her a card, quartered, each section a different snowman … one looked like Elvis, one a poodle and so on – their favorite things. All I had was a scissor, so I did negative cutting of each snowmen. Had a blast – loved playing with scissors then and still do now! Paint brushes would be my second choice, both for painting and for curling paper. A close third – my tonic paper cutter. Being ‘straight-line’ challenged – it’s invaluable.
- something we might not know: I can’t craft a thing without either dreaming it or creating a story behind it.
- favorite swapping experience: They all are! And as they say, the best is yet to come!
- anything else that you would like to share: Who doesn’t love a surprise! I was astonished when this PM landed in my mail box! Thank you so much. Swaps are the BEST! I treasure every single ATC that comes to live at my house. I mean, that person spent their time, energy, and resources to make that ATC for you – that’s an incredibly special person, especially since they may not even know you. SCS swap participants (and mods) rock!
Thanks Paulette! So, since you are a swapper of the month alumni, do we get t-shirts or something? LOL! Seriously, I love swapping with you too, your ATC's are always among my favs. I still have my cat on the desk here and whenever I need a giggle, I give it a nudge. You are so supportive of all the swappers here on SCS, I thank you on behalf of us all.
Congratulations to you!!! I was going to say how lucky you were, but really, I think its the other swappers who get your amazing works of art who are lucky. Everything you make is so unique and detailed, you are truely talented!
Look what I just stumbled upon today. I must be living under a rock! How on earth I missed this I'll never know. Sincere congratulations to you Mary Ann. I've been admiring your work for a very long time. I'm pleased to learn more about you today. My fav is learning how you cannot create a thing unless it has a story behind it. I can sooo relate to that! Well, you've come a long way from that very first sticker card my dear! LOL You have wowed us all with your stained glass and paper sculpture ATC's. One of my personal favs of yours goes way back to your ATC "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." My jaw dropped when I feasted my eyes on that thing. I was drooling - I wanted it so bad. LOL The best art always does seem to have a story behind it in my humble opinion. I'm so glad you jumped into the swaps here. We are all inspired by your amazing talent.
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Deb, Thank you so much for dropping by and for your kind words! You know how I feel about your work ... I've ruined many a keyboard drooling over your ART! You have a talent that I could only dream about! Yes, it's true so no arguments lady! lol!
You are one in a million! Hugs from your #1 fan, Mary Ann