Susie Lessard - PaperPunchScissors
Ashburn, VA
Like so many before me I received a call from Lydia. It was the Thursday before Christmas and I was getting ready to head home from the city. I put my seatbelt on and checked my phone one last time before starting the engine. Hmmm, I had received a call from Austin, Texas. Numbers ran through my head like a ticker tape on the Stock Exchange. Who is this I wondered? Ruled by caution, I almost deleted the unknown number. But... a voicemail had been left. I overrode caution and listened. It was Lydia from Splitcoaststampers and would I call her back. Of course I'd call her back! I've enjoyed her artwork and we've talked online before about our mutual love of watercolor and our favorite place, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The rest is history and now I join the ranks of so many women whose artistic talent I greatly admire.

I was born in California, and raised in both the Northwest United States, and the southwestern desert of Arizona. I have been married for 45 years, have two grown children, and one grandchild, a little boy.

My professional experience in the marketplace is one that will surprise many I'm sure. My journey began in the Defense Industry and ended when I raised my right hand and took the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I would serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States. I became an Intelligence Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. My area of expertise (sub-category): Information Management Officer in the Office of Policy at the National Reconnaissance Office. That's a mouth full isn't it?!

My creative journey took much longer. After many years of laying aside my artistic interests I began a blog in 2010. Using the imagery and medium of paper crafting, writing, and photography, I brought my memories to life again in card and story form. It didn't take long to realize this medium provided great satisfaction. A people watcher and story teller at heart, I find great joy in finding a stamp with character and surrounding it with words that give it life. Words that encourage, inspire, bring laughter and imagination to the heart. Sue Monk Kidd said, "Discovering our personal stories is a spiritual quest." I find that to be true. Many of my blog posts reflect my faith and little pieces of me. A place to share my spiritual and creative journey with you.

Thank you, Lydia for asking me to join this sisterhood of creative and talented women. I'm honored.