Shelly McSchmidty - mcschmidty
Wheaton, IL
Hi! I am so honored and humbled to be joining the Dirty Dozen. I opened the message from Lydia and was sure she had sent the message by accident, intending another stamper. Here I stand, pandemic hair and all.

I recieved a gift of handstamped cards from my twins Kindergarten teachers, and wanted to learn how they made them. A couple of stamping classes later and then a SU party and I was hooked. Once I had the supplies at home, I was clueless what to do with them. I joined SCS right away, but there was no resourse section at the time in 2004. Next, I found Technique Junkies, and away I went stamping and learning.

I joined groups here on SCS and joined in challenges, and that introduced me to a new avenues to stamping. I really enjoyed the fellowship and also the ideas and tips shared in the forums. I have also had the pleasure of meeting stampers from all over in person- that is quite a joy! And, with the pandemic, Zoom stamping and creating has allowed me to get to know many stamping friends even better. I try to join in each year for the Dare to Get Dirty challenges and Falliday. This year, I have also joined in the Virtual Stamp Night challenges.

I have been married to a great guy, Ray, who everybody does love! We celebrated our 33rd Anniversary this year. We have 3 children, 2 daughters and one son, one DIL and a Grandson, Rowan who is 18 months. Our family loves to travel and is outdoorsy. My children live states apart from Western Colorado to Virginia, and siblings from Georgia to Texas to Mass. and Illinois (7 of us). Many opportunities to travel and visit kids, siblings and nieces and nephews.

I am a retired Registered Nurse, and spent 35 years working (part time) in Surgical Intensive Care. I also love to learn, so take classes at an art league in town, bible studies and continue CEU's for my Illinois nursing license. I also like to sew, do embroidery and needlework, smocking and am taking piano lessons. I also enjoy family history and learning the stories of our families ancestry.
And, I am quite chatty : )

Again, I am honored to be asked to join the 'Dirt Pile'.