Claudia Zimmerman - cjzim
Plainwell, MI
Hi Everyone! I'm Claudia Zimmerman, otherwise known as cjzim here on Splitcoaststampers. If I'd known back in 2004 when I joined that I would practically live on this site for the next 15 years I might have picked a more interesting user name! It has been such a pleasure to "meet" so many wonderful people here through the forums, gallery and daily challenges.

I was completely surprised and very honored to be asked to join the Dirt Pile; I have been a fan club member from the beginning and always look forward to the 15th of each month to browse the beautiful work that is shared. I hope I can live up to the challenge!

I have lived in Southwest Michigan for most of my life with a short detour to Manhattan, Kansas when my husband was in the army. I have been married for nearly 47 years and we have one grown daughter. We also are blessed with a 14 year old granddaughter and a 12 year old grandson. I am a retired preschool teacher which gives me more time for playing in my craft room!

As many others have, I first came to stamping through an invitation to a Stampin' Up! home party, got hooked and soon signed up as a demonstrator.
I have had the privilege to stamp each month with a lovely group of women, some who have been part of our group since we started it nearly 15 years ago. We have all become fast friends.

I never thought I was an "artistic" person. I credit Splitcoast for most of what I've learned about paper crafting over the years. I love learning new techniques and playing with different media. I've availed myself of classes from "famous" paper craft artists both in person and through on-line classes whenever possible. That is always a treat!

I have enjoyed crafts throughout my life including sewing, embroidery, crewel, counted cross stitch and scrap booking. I used to love to draw as a girl but never thought I was too good at it; thus my love of stamping.

My other interests include enjoying nature, reading (I have been a member of the same book club for 25 years!), spending time with friends and playing with our dog.

My favorite place to be is at any of the beautiful Lake Michigan beaches that are only about an hour from our home.

I'm so excited to begin this journey as part of the DD team!