Stephanie Severin - SmilynStef
Cedar Rapids, IA
I still remember clearly Saturday night, November 4, 2006. I was searching the internet for card-making ideas and I discovered the Splitcoaststampers website. I had been stamping for 4-5 years mostly alone in my studio. I couldn't believe it ... it was like I had followed the yellow brick road and arrived at my Oz ... I had found the place where *my people* lived. I joined the community and uploaded my first cards ... I was home.

I immediately became a Fan Club Member and started dreaming of one day being one of the Dirty Girls ... and finally, I am here. When I saw the message from Lydia to give her a call about some challenge ideas, I immediately dialed (even though I was at an out-of-town conference getting ready to present) and after a few minutes she *popped the question* ... and I immediately said *yes, please*.

I had the privilege of hosting the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge for 5 ½ years (from February 2008 through August 2013). That experience played such a huge role in my growth and development as a stamper, and I am forever grateful to this community for the encouragement, inspiration, and positive feedback I have received throughout the years.

I'm a Midwesterner who spends my days as a Chief Credit Officer focused in commercial lending ... and my nights and weekends using the other side of my brain in my studio. My husband is a postal carrier, which is the perfect match for a card-making, card-mailing gal. We moved into a downtown loft condominium a year ago, and we love the urban lifestyle. My studio and our living room share the large open space on our first floor, which works very well for us (who needs a dining room).

I love traveling to places I have never been, eating foods I have never tried, and riding in the car with the windows down. You'll never find me without lip balm, dental floss, and my sunglasses. I also love sushi, dark chocolate covered dried mangoes, and roasted vegetables. And if you haven't already figured it out ... I'm a big fan of ellipses, asterisks, and the oxford comma.

You can also find me in my little corners of blogland at Ingenious Inkling and Jingle Belles. I am beyond thrilled to be one of the Dirty Girls for the next 6 months. A huge thank you to Lydia and the entire Splitcoaststampers community for your support.