Lynn McAuley - allee's
Victoria, TX
To say that I am shocked to find myself here among the Dirty Girls of Splitcoaststampers is a huge understatement of the facts! Who would have thought it? Certainly not I! Thank you, Lydia, for this wonderful honor and opportunity you have given me to work with these amazingly talented artists. Many of them have also become my friends during my time here at SCS.

I am a retired Texas educator spending much of my time these days stamping and creating cards. I was widowed in 2016 and have one son. He and his wife have two beautiful daughters who light up my life!

When is comes to crafting, it seems I come from a long line of talented artisans. The mission desk where I do most of my stamping was build by the talented hands of my great-grandfather close to 100 years ago. I had a grandmother who stitched by hand the most amazing and beautiful quilts. My roots in card-making came from my parents who have made their own Christmas cards from the year they married until the present. They are celebrating their 92nd birthdays this year, so that's a ton of cards!!

But most of my card-crafting skills have been passed on to me by my talented (and fellow Dirty Girl) sister, Liz Austin Williams, known to most of you as lazylizard. Although I started collecting stamps first in 1976, she is the one who jumped in with both feet becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator and SCS member in 2004. Through her prodding and encouragement I became an active member here.

Some of the cards I have created and shared in challenges here have led to positions on a variety of design teams which have been very rewarding to me in my retirement years. I am thrilled to be starting my 13th year as a member of the Design Team for Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I am so thankful that my sister introduced me to Splitcoaststampers and all of the remarkable stampers here. Each one of you have inspired me, encouraged me, and brought me great joy during my time here!

May we never run out of ink and paper! Fat chance of that!! Keep on stamping!