WOW! I'm completely humbled. What a thrill to be joining this wonderful DIRTY group of talents! Thank you Lydia for inviting me & to the fabulous Splitcoaststampers community for this special opportunity.
My name is America Kuhn; I am a US Army Veteran, a Military Wife to an Active Duty US ARMY Officer, and a SAHM to 4 amazing children. Our home is that where the ARMY takes us around the globe -- moving across the country or across the oceans. Wherever we end up, we somehow manage to make a little crafting corner for me. When Im not busy with our kid's schools, their homework, sports, and endless activities, I enjoy creating with Papercrafts. Card Making has become a passion. It rewarding and more like a therapeutic hobby that has connected me to wonderful people along the way!
My papercrafting journey began in 2002, when I was introduced to scrapbooking by another military mom while we were stationed in Germany. The idea of scrapbooks that came together to tell a story from start to finish was fascinating. By that next year I discovered rubber stamps while shopping for scrapbooking products. We were now stationed in Hawaii and it was right there and then that I fell in love with the idea of *rubber stamps* for cards. (Now have a heavy stamp collection that moves with us to all duty stations.) ha!
I discovered SplitCoastStampers in 2008 while surfing the Internet and was immediately hooked. Soon after, I joined and quickly became a FAN Club Member. After gaining courage and developing some basic stamping skills, I finally got brave enough to upload my first card. LOL! After lots of encouragement from my biggest fan, (DH), I finally applied for small parts on Design Teams and was lucky enough to get picked up and joined a few fabulous Teams as Guest. I am so grateful for those amazing experiences that have taught me so much.
Im excited to be here and cant wait to share my work. Thank you Splitcoaststampers community for being the BEST inspirational place! :) These next six months as a Dirty Dozen Girl promise to be challenging, but also very exciting. I look forward to giving back to this amazing community. :)
Registered: April 23, 2006 Location: Looking For Teapots! Posts: 59993
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 @ 2:44 PM
Oh my goodness! Where was I yesterday??? Oh thrilling is this! Whoo hoo! What a wonderful choice this month! You go girl! You will rock the dirt pile until it can be rocked no more! Whoo hoo! Awesome.....Congrats, you so deserve it! Big time!
Registered: May 18, 2008 Location: Virginia Posts: 24467
Tue, Nov 16, 2010 @ 4:30 PM
What a great story America. I loved every part of it. Felt like I was taking trips with you to far distant lands and back again. It must be rough with your DH in Afghanistan and to be gone so long. It truly is a sacrifice for all of you and I thank you all. My DH has been deployed since May and is due back next month (Navy). He'll have his 20 years in, so will be retiring and then looking for another job. I think he's been gone half or more of our marriage. I hope we like each other!! LOL!! I am SO HAPPY to see you were selected to be part of the Dirty Dozen. How cool is that. Your talent is extraordinary and I can't wait to see what new things you will come up with. TAKE CARE and ENJOY!!
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Registered: April 16, 2005 Location: Walla Walla, WA Posts: 15120
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 @ 8:48 PM
How exciting! I'm so happy to put a face to your unique and special name and username on SCS! Blessings to you and your family as you all serve in one way or another this wonderful country of ours. Congratulations on hitting the Dirt Pile--you'll do fab!
Registered: July 9, 2008 Location: Stars Fell on Alabama Posts: 47357
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 @ 6:20 AM
Congratulations on making it to the Dirt Pile. What a wonderful honor. Loved reading all about you and a huge thanks to your DH for his service to this wonderful country, and to you and your family for your sacrifices.
Have loads of fun in the 'pile'.
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Registered: January 14, 2004 Location: enjoying retired life in FL! Posts: 23680
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 @ 1:09 PM
Welcome to the Dirty Dozen, America! I loved reading your little bio and hearing your story of how you got your name and the travails and joys of being a military spouse. I can definitely relate to that...like you I was active duty and married an active duty guy. We are now both retired from the Navy but have a son in the AF and a son in the Army. Having seen life from the perspective of Navy, Air Force and Army, I have to say that it seems Army life is the toughest, I only hope our "Army spouse" DIL adjusts half as well as you have.
Can't wait to see all of your wonderful creations....and welcome to the Dirty Dozen! Jan