Cecilia Ross - princessink
Roseland, New Jersey
What a surprise when I received the email from Julie asking me to become a Dirty Dozen Design Team Member. I just couldn't believe what she was asking and had to read it several times before I believed it. I am so proud and honored to be part of such a talented and wonderful group of artists who share the same kind of love for this art.

My name is Cecilia Ross and I was born in Cuba on December 1, 1957. My parents, wanting a better life for my brother and me in a country where civil rights were part of everyday life did everything they could to leave and come to the US. Finally in November of 1963 we boarded an airplane and arrived at Newark Airport on a snowy winter night. We were all amazed at the sight for it was the first time we had seen snow. We settled in Newark, New Jersey where my father had been accepted as a Minister in a Presbyterian Church. We lived in Newark for 15 years and later moved to Roseland, NJ where I met my husband. We've been married for 19 years and have three beautiful kids, Jessica 18, Matthew 15 and my baby Kyle who will be 12 on October 15.

My love for rubber stamps started when I was 7 years old. My mom bought me a set of Christmas rubber stamps. I can still remember the thrill of being able to stamp an image of a reindeer over and over again. I also loved painting and coloring and learned a lot from my mother and grandmother who were self taught artists. I started seriously collecting rubber stamps when my daughter was born 18 years ago. Although I loved having them I didn't know what to do with them until I found an issue of Rubber Stamp Madness at a local arts and crafts store.

Several years later on one of many shopping trips to an A.C. Moore store I was standing in the rubber stamping isle when a store supervisor approached me and asked if I would be interested in doing rubber stamping classes and demonstrations. She had seen me there so many times she figured I had to know something about it. I immediately jumped at the opportunity and continued to do this for several months when a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator approached me and asked if I wanted to become a demonstrator. I didn't accept her offer at first but a month later she showed up again, this time she gave me a copy of a current catalog. I took it home that night and the next morning she was at my house signing me up. This was in December of 1998.

I've been a demonstrator ever since and what I love the most about being a demonstrator is the friends I've made along the way. I also love to teach someone who considers themselves lacking any kind of artistic ability how easy it is to create something beautiful with just a few supplies (well maybe more than just a few). Although I haven't done many workshops I've been teaching classes at home for the last 6 years. I'm always surfing the web for new techniques and ideas. Last November I came across the SCS website. I couldn't understand how I hadn't come across it before and was really mad that I had been missing out on so much. The beautiful samples, the techniques, the current deals at Viking and Target, I could just go on. I was especially touched by the positive feedback and comments on the forums and posts. Since then I go directly to SCS and don't even bother looking at other sites.