Lila Holgate - lholgate
Kuna, ID
I'm Lila Holgate, born and raised in the Boise, Idaho area. I have been married over 20 years to my husband, Scott. We have two girls, Courtney 20 and Carly 13. I work full-time out of the home for Idaho Commerce & Labor as an Employment Consultant (for 8 years). Specifically, I am a case manager and work with dislocated workers, people who are no longer employed, usually because of plant closures or mass lay-offs. My position has been very demanding the last two years because of all the lay-off, mergers, and company re-organizations in the area. I do have the opportunity to assist with career changes, re-training or skill enhancement for re-employment.

I was introduced to rubber stamping about 5 years ago through my oldest daughter, who hosted a Close to My Heart party. Needless to say that started my addiction, however, that was also the one and only order I ever placed with Close to My Heart. I began visiting our local rubber stampin stores, Stamp Studio & Got Stamps, took a few classes, was introduced to other stamping companies..... I became a Stampin Up demonstrator a little over a year ago. I signed up because I found that I was my best customer!!! Although consider myself a hobbiest. I love SU's 48 colors, cardstock, ink, and chalks that all coordinate - not to mention the stamp sets.

I have never sent samples to the various magazines, but that is one of my personal goals within the next 3 months. A year ago, I did create some cards with Beeswax stamps (Egyptian) and took to our local Boise Art Museum because they had an Egyptian exhibit. That was my first time ever selling anything on a consignment basis. The gift store had purchase several promotional items for the exhibit - to include "store bought" cards - they told me that in the past, handstamped cards just had not sold very well in the gift shop....well, I didn't know what to do with the 5 different designs (3 of each design), but asked if I display and sell. They said yes - I put a price of $7.00 each on the cards, displayed them and left - not really thinking to much about it. About 5 weeks later I received a check from BAM for 7 of the cards - They sold!!!! Went and checked out which ones people were drawn to, created enough to restock, and waited. By the end of 2nd month the exhibit was running, I had sold all the original and replenished cards. That was such a great feeling to know that people liked my art enough to pay money for it.

I consider rubber stamping my therapy. It has helped me bond more with my girls - we sit and stamp, scrapbook, and do beadwork frequently. It allows for us to have discussion and keep in touch with each other. At the end of a grueling day I come home and use stamping as a decompression and a way to unwind. I have truly enjoyed being introduced to the Stampin Up! family. I have had the opportunity to meet so many knowledgeable, compasionate, and talented people. I have found new friends that most likely would never have met. I look forward to meeting more new friends, learning more wonderful techniques, and sharing my ideas with rubber stamping. I am honored to have been contacted and asked to be a member of the Dirty Dozen