Pat Smethers - patsmethers
Cody, WY
The Dirty Dozen? Really? It started with a PM from Lydia regarding my Albums vs. Gallery, and I was certain I had done something wrong, at least wrong enough to warrant this message. We chatted about all that is SCS for about five minutes, and Lydia asked me if I would like to be a part of the Dirty Dozen! Not in my wildest dreams had I ever even entertained such a thought! Silence fell, and tears- tears of relief that I had not gone astray in the gallery, and tears of unbelief.

Growing up in the mountains of Northern California, I met my sweetheart 38 years ago. We married and had two wonderful sons. In the next two weeks, he will retire and by next May, I will join him in the Land of Retirement as we move to Cody, Wyoming to be with our children and grandchild- who are the center of our lives! Card making has become a passion for me ever since my first SU Class some years ago. My Demo, and now "Bestie IRL" Natalie introduced me to SU, and the fire began! I had no idea about this world but was fascinated by all Natalie created- she started with a torn piece of paper, and I was done! I bought my first set, thinking although I could not make “real” cards, I could use the scriptures I bought to make stationery. Now, I literally wake up with ideas in the wee hours, and get to it before the sun comes up! I love that stamping is an outlet to share my family, my faith and sometimes my twisted sense of humor as well.

One thing I can tell you about this journey is that I am mindful of all that SCS has done for my paper crafting, and all of the beautiful and talented people in this place. After looking for some time, I joined and began commenting. It took some time before I had the courage to upload, and that is when it started. The encouragement found through others in SCS has been incredible and I am so thankful for those who share ideas, techniques and often their hearts on paper. I have often called SCS “Card College”, and have taken so much inspiration from others, and have my favorite “Professors” too. I love how this community of stampers comes together to sharpen one another, and also how my very best friends have come from this place. I have been blessed to meet many of those I came to love, and can honestly say I have never met a Stamper I did not have an instant bond with. Lydia, thank you so much for this opportunity. I hope we can kick up some dust together in this Dirt Pile! Hugs.....