Juliana Swanson - julesiana
Ann Arbor, MI
I am so very geeked to be a part of the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen! Somebody pinch me because I cannot quite believe I am here!

I live in the Ann Arbor (MI) area with my husband of 22 years. He is such a good sport when I spend hours on a cards and then show it too him and say "What do you think?" Also in our home are our three children. My son is 19, my older daughter is 17, and my youngest daughter is 12.

In addition to a serious stamping addiction, I work part time on the reference desk at the library and I homeschool my youngest. I also have a serious book and coffee addiction!

I started stamping when my youngest was born. I had been an avid scrapbooker (a page a day habit) up until then, but I realized that I needed a smaller canvas for a creative outlet. I started with Stampin' Up! and then started visiting Splitcoaststampers regularly for stamping and business ideas.

Stamping seemed to be the right way to go, and I often stamped with my daughter on my lap. I enjoyed getting creative, and she enjoyed being close to mama.

I have "met" quite a few friends here. Most of which were challenge stalkers when the challenge numbers were less than 20!! We filled up long threads in the morning as we waited for the challenge to be posted. I have met many of those people since then. I have NEVER been disappointed with what wonderful women I have met from here.

I started my own blog in 2006 inspired by some of the first Dirty Dozen teams, Stampin' With Inky Fingers, so called because I loved to use many different techniques. These days, I find myself coloring more, for I can do while sitting next to my daughter as she works on her schoolwork. But somedays, I just need to get all inky!

Lydia, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this fantastically creative group of people. I am humbled and honored.