Jackie Pedro - strappystamper
San Jose, CA
To say that I'm absolutely THRILLED to be here would be an UNDERSTATEMENT! I am excited, terrified, nervous, thrilled and especially HONORED to have a place on the Dirty Dozen!

My name is Jackie Pedro (pronounced PEEdro), but you might know me by my screen name, strappystamper. I am a Stay at Home Mom to two beautiful girls, ages 9 & 11, a two year old mini dachshund named Stella and wife to great hubby, Frank. I am a native Californian and live in San Jose, about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

I wish I could say I've been crafty my whole life, but that would be a lie! After being home for a few years with my daughters, I really needed some sort of outlet. I found a creative outlet after attending a Stampin' Up! party at a friend's house. The demonstrator at that party was Carolina Buchting, Dirty Dozen Alum also known as craftycaro here on SCS. Carolina got me HOOKED! We soon formed a monthly club and I began building my stamping arsenal.

In November of 2006 a whole new world opened up to me when I found Splitcoaststampers. I couldn't believe the things that people were doing with paper, ink and stamps! I registered immediately and jumped in with both feet! I began participating in the daily challenges, started a gallery and eventually started a blog. I found a place where I felt I belonged.....a blessing, really!

I now design for two fantastic companies, was fortunate to attend CHA in Los Angeles earlier this year and have made some of the most amazing friends through this love of paper, ink and stamps!

Thank you, Lydia, the Splitcoast team and all of the wonderful stampers out there who inspire me each and every day! I can't wait to share my designs with you over the next six months!