Judy Rozema - StampingQueenJAR
Kearney, NE
I have a soft heart, but tears are not common. I rarely cry. Imagine my surprise during a phone conversation with Lydia last month (I was in WalMart) when I did just that! She had sent me a PM about helping with an upcoming SCS event, and asked me to call her about details. We had sent PMs back and forth about some other ideas earlier in the month, so I was not expecting anything but to say “yes” to helping out. During the course of the conversation, she popped the big question about being in the Dirty Dozen and I literally burst into tears! I had to duck into the air filter aisle (where no one was!) so that I could shed my tears and breathe! Needless to say, I was so honored and humbled I couldn’t say anything for quite awhile. I am glad you didn’t hang up on me, Lydia! smile

My name is Judy Rozema, aka StampingQueenJAR here on SCS. I have been a member of Splitcoaststampers for 7 years. At the time of the “name choosing” I was a Stampin’ Up! demo, and my group was the Stamping Queens. My initals are JAR, hence that very long moniker!

I live in Central Nebraska with my husband of 29 years, and my two labs (one white, one black). We also have a water turtle that we have had for over 16 years. Music is a big part of my life. I teach K-5 elementary music, am music director for my church, and spend evenings at the community theatre, either acting in or directing plays and musicals. Right now I am directing “The Odd Couple,” which will open on October 6. I have a married son who lives in North Carolina, and a daughter who is a freshman in college at a Utah university (she lives 5 minutes away from my good friend, Wendy Weixler!). I collect giraffes, and like to crochet, watch movies, and eat good food!

I bought my first three rubber stamps (which I still have – one is a giraffe) at a little boutique in California way back in the 80’s. It looked like something fun to do, but I didn’t really get that involved with it until I moved to Nebraska, where there were virtually no craft or stamp stores for hours from my home. So, I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (my demo ID was barely over 1000!). Eventually I found my way to SCS. Truly, it was a godsend for me, as I made many online friends (my best friends are here!) and learned of the wealth of creativity that was all on one website! The daily challenges are what really got me involved, and I still love them! I started my blog, “Joy in a JAR,” in May of 2007, and have enjoyed sharing what I make there.

I am still in shock at being part of this team, and I’m not sure it has really hit me yet! Thank you, Splitcoaststampers, for all of the wonderful people you have brought into my life, and for the creative therapy you provide each day! Lydia, thank you the FUN, AMAZING, EXCITING (!) phone call and for the opportunity to give back to the community that has meant so much to me out here in the boonies!