I was SO honored to be asked to be on the Dirty Dozen Design Team with this awesome group of artists who have inspired me on a daily basis! My name is Sharon Harnist (aka StamperSharon) and I live with my husband of 12 years and two young daughters in North Texas.
In my past professional working life I was an executive assistant for 24 years, mostly in the banking, retail corporate offices, and oil well servicing industries. But now I've been a SAHM since August 2005 and have enjoyed spending more time with my girls and getting to stamp and scrapbook more!
I had always been in to some type of craft (but not yet rubber stamping) and started scrapbooking in about 1996. In Jan 2004, a friend showed me her scrapbook where she stamped a title with an alphabet stamp set. I thought that was a great idea and wanted to know where I could some alpha stamps like that! Coincidentally, about a month later, another friend invited me to her Stampin' Up Sell-A-Bration workshop. I was excited to attend and learn more about rubber stamps because every time I had walked thru the local craft stores and looked down the rubber stamp aisle, I wondered why so many people were always on those aisles and what in the world could they do with all those stamps?!! I went to my friend's SAB workshop, vowing I would only get one alphabet set and that was it. Well, after walking away with enough product to earn 3 free SAB stamp sets and the catalog, staying up almost all night looking thru it and watching my "want" list grow, I was hooked! I called the Demonstrator the next day and booked my own workshop so I get more stamping stuff! Shortly thereafter, I found this wonderful site and was in heaven!
I tried talking myself out of it, but after a few months, I gave in and signed up to be a SU Demonstrator in May of 2004 -- mostly as a hobbyist. A major deciding factor was this FABULOUS stamping community and being able to see so many great stamped samples! I've really enjoyed honing my stamping skills thru the daily challenges and trying new techniques that I may not have otherwise tried. I'm also discovering a penchant for 3D items and will try stamping on just about anything that stands still long enough!
I'm so thrilled to have been asked to give back to this tremendous site and hope that maybe my contributions will help others in some small way. Many thanks to the entire Splitcoast Team for this opportunity and for all you do for the site each day!
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2005 GMT Views: 5134
Registered: May 22, 2004 Location: Kansas Posts: 12229
Mon, Jan 16, 2006 @ 7:00 AM
WOO-HOO!!! I have asked the powers that be to PLEASE get you into the DD, when I didn't get a response, I figured they were working you over. I am SOOO glad you said, yes...You are a stampin goddess. Love your work!
Registered: January 9, 2005 Location: Salt Lake City, UT Posts: 1621
Tue, Jan 17, 2006 @ 2:30 AM
Congrats Sharon! I love your work and I figured it was just a matter of time before you were picked! You so deserve to be in here and I'm so excited to see more of your beautiful creations! Woo hoo!
Registered: May 19, 2004 Location: Gainesville, Florida Posts: 2262
Tue, Jan 17, 2006 @ 5:17 AM
Congrats, Sharon! It was only a matter of time, Girlfriend! Love your contributions!
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me".
Registered: July 17, 2004 Location: Ontario Posts: 12293
Fri, Jan 20, 2006 @ 9:08 AM
Congratulations Sharon!!!!! I was so excited to see you here..you are one of my favorite stampers and you soooo deserve the honor. I got up early Sunday to quickly check out the DD gallery but life has gotten in the way since and so this comment is very late. I love your work and can't wait to see what you come up with next.:)