Deb Saaranen - DeborahLynneS
South Range, MI
Hi! My name is Deb Saaranen, better known as DeborahLynneS. What a thrill to be writing this bio--becoming a Dirty Girl was such a far reaching dream--I continue to pinch myself to make sure that I'm awake!

My DG story began as Jenn and I had exchanged pm's about a project that I had created and she mentioned that she would be calling me sometime in the upcoming week. Well, (*gasp*) an upcoming call from Jenn?!? I forced myself NOT to get my hopes up! Afterall, there was a perfectly good reason she would be calling! What a week--I didn't go anywhere! When the call came, we discussed my project, and then she invited me to join the Dirty Girls!

I live in South Range, located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My husband Paul (married 29 years) and I live in the home his grandparents built when they immigrated from Finland in the early 1900s. We have two sons, Joshua: 27, a sheriff's deputy in our county, engaged to be married in September to the lovely Jennifer; and Joel: 22, graduating with a degree in Forestry this upcoming Spring.
I work full time as a parapro in a small, country school with at-risk lower elementary students.

My introduction to stamping took place about ten years ago after receiving a Christmas gift of stamps from my sister-in-law. Well, that gift sat in the box for months, until a good friend invited me to a Stampin' Up! party. I started collecting stamps and supplies, yet only began to truly use them after joining Splitcoast.

The inspiration that I've received from the Dirty Dozen Design Team, along with the daily challenges and friends that I have made, have definitely brought me to where I am in stamping today! Thanks so much, Jenn, for this opportunity--I look forward to working with the DD team, as well as all of the folks at SCS!