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Getting to know you: How long have you been crafting?
I am fascinated by how we all come to papercrafting in such different ways. Some of us are new to it, some of us are seasoned veterans. I would love to learn more about how you got started. And how long you have been crafting.
Just a little about me... Before papercrafting I was an avid needlepointer and cross stitcher. And almost 10 years ago I took a class from the amazing Jennifer McGuire. And it was all over after that! I was hooked! Probably good that I found a new hobby because these old eyes weren't seeing the needlepoint too well anymore. heehee Since that time I have loved this craft, have had the great privilege to teach classes, and have met some of the most amazing people I have ever known.
I have been stamping for about 15 years. A friend invited me to a Stampin' Up party. My supplies all fit in a small plastic shoe box. I was so happy a proud of all my things. Now they hardly all fit in a huge stamp room. I have become very involved with scrapbooking also. I have done lots of different crafts most of my life but paper crafting is what I love most.
I live in a small town in WA state and I'm fortunate to have two local stamp stores plus a small Michael's in town. Most of my friends are stamper also. My best friends I have met through the hobby.
I started papercrafting in July 2010. I was looking at some baking videos on YouTube and suddenly I saw this video called Finally Friday from Kristina Werner . And I saw that she was creating a card, and it looked like so much fun! I immediately grabbed some craft paper and some old ribbon and I created a card! A couple of weeks after that I placed my first order on Simon Says Stamp! And now I still make cards!
I can see how stumbling on Kristina's work could get you hooked. She is amazing (both as an artist and person - love her!) Stay tuned on the Simon forum because I plan to pull in her videos fairly often - if you don't already subscribe to them!
Crafts is my name!! I have always cross stitched, needlepoint, sew, chocolate making, soap making and many more but then I had a freind take me to a crop! That was the beginning of the end. I stamp, alter and scrap anything I can get my hands on! My children are 9 & 8 and when we all get going there is paper and glitter everywhere!
My kids have been crafting since they were babies. They make all their own birthday cards and for Christmas they make decorations for gifts. I am glad that we can share an activity that doesn't revolve around "technology". Old fashion crafting is good for their creativity!
I've been stamping for 3 years now and loving it! I started crafting when I was a kid and loved cross stitching and that's been my hobby for a looong time. Until I got pregnant and wanted to make a handmade album for my first born, that's how I started venturing to scrapooking world. And now I'm hooked and can't stop wanting a lot of stuff, unlike before only needle,thread and x-stitch pattern I'm all set but now my wish list is like a mile long for so many things that I want, lol! But I love it so much fun!
When I was pregnant and after my son was born ten years ago I couldn't work like I used to and living in the middle of nowhere meant there wasn't many places to go and I just needed a hobby to fill in a bit of time here and there.
A scrapbooking shop was doing lots of advertising and it got me curious and next time I was in town I went in to check it out ... and that was the end of me lol
I was given these little needlepoint kits when I was 8, and that was the same year I was taught to make ornaments out of plastic canvas. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was 10. I self-taught myself to knit when I was 25 and have done other things such as illumination and calligraphy. I got fascinated by Japanese felt food replicas and started making them about three years ago. I started doing papercrafting about two months ago when I saw cards made with SU stamps on Pinterest and wanted to try making my own. I love papercrafting. I've always adored being around paper and ink, but mainly channeled that love into writing. It wasn't a huge leap at all to start to make cards and other items with paper.
My mom is impressed with the amount of crafting I do, saying that I inherited that bug from my grandmother. Mama also does crafts, but nowhere near the amount I do.
Location: not too far from the big mountain in n.h.
Fun question! I have always done some sort of crafty stuff.....(anyone remember the potholders made with the loom and loops that were woven, LOL!) Before stamping I was an avid quilter. My mom got me into stamping and I will always remember thinking "what the heck does she need so many stamps for?!"
She brought some stamps, ink, paper and a few basic tools in a small box for me one weekend and I haven't looked back since! Now instead of that small box, I have a small room! That was about 8 years ago and I still love to get all inky!
When all else fails... read the directions.
Since 2000, when my mom passed away. I started scrapbooking her old photos I found in her albums. I always stamped a little starting around that time, but I REALLY started stamping maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I love it!