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Old 07-15-2016, 08:36 AM   #1  
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How old were you when you first started to do paper craft projects? When did you get your first stamps?
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:35 AM   #2  
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I started paper crafting when I was 29. Im 34 now. I didn't buy my first stamps until about a year ago. I've been in love with digis. I have bought about10 or 15 Gorjuss Girls tho!
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I had just turned 40 (69 now). I bought my first stamp about the same time.
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I have news clippings from JFKennedy's assassination in 1963 that I preserved as a child of 8. My mom saved newspaper clippings in an empty Whitman Sampler candy box. We have b/w pics from the 1930s so I guess my first venture was scrapbooking. We carved stamps in grade school. I made mine from leftover leather scraps from my grandfather's and dad's shoemaker shop. Hide glue attached the design done in relief to a used rubber shoe heel. I have that creative genetic streak from both sides of the family. I see it in my nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren. Love the history of creativity and sense of making do from whatever is available!
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I was about 9 I think....so about 10 years ago. My mom bought me a couple stamps and some ink for Christmas that year and that got me hooked!
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Well I'm sure I had Hello Kitty and Lisa Frank stamps but I'm thinking you mean more current products, I had my first introduction to SU! At age 35 but I scrap booked before that but didn't use stamps at first.
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Five...? I mean, really - didn't we all do papercrafts from kindergarten on? In the spirit of this intended question, though: Probably in my early 30s... First stamps I bought were 1988 or 1989, got seriously hooked about six years later, turned into a monster around 2004 and trying to dial it back a bit now...
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Hey ladies, I turned 74 this April and found this card that I made for my grandmother 66 years ago! I was 8 years old.
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Like Gregzgirl, around 4 or 5. We made our Christmas cards every year and when we were old enough, we joined in. Then of course there are the Valentine cards. I always made "stationary" when I wrote my Grandma. My Mom taught us, if you want to send a card, you better make it, so I can truthfully say at least 5. . . Really started stamping around 1979 or so when I bought my first Poinsettia stamp for Christmas cards, did my first heat embossing over the toaster. The rest is history!!. . . Did shrinky dinks too! We had crafty, artsy parents. Dad still does his artwork daily at 86! If I send store bought cards I get in BIG trouble. . .
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My first wooden stamp was given to me in 1979. I still have that stamp.
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I recall sitting in front of the TV around the age of 7 and gathering my supplies to make a paperbag Santa: cotton balls, construction paper, crayons and Elmers glue.
So then.
Started scrapping officially when I was in my 30's and bought stamps then as I started making cards to use up the scraps!
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Short answer: late 20's

Long Answer: In Elementary School, I loved any craft project that had to do with paper. Loved it! In the early years of Stampin' Up!, I went to a workshop. Shelli Gardner's Aunt was the demonstrator. She told us all about the start up of the company and how Shelli & her sister began out of their living rooms. She was so proud of her nieces. I was in my late 20's at the time. I started stamping then and loved it!

All my friend were telling me that I could be a demonstrator. Many years later, I finally signed up in 1995 and enjoy 10 years of doing that! I had to stop following brain surgery on the right temporal lobe. I noticed a huge difference in my ability to be creative after that. I remembered how to ink up a stamp and make an impression, but what to do after that was gone. I couldn't make a card at all. I was ready to cash it all in. Then someone recommended SCS as a resource for ideas. I was hooked on SCS and slowly started stamping again. It's different now, but I'm stamping and enjoying it all the more.
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I was 23 or 24. I wanted to make a scrapbook for my mom. I can't remember what prompted my interest, though. I got my first stamp about 5 years later when my sister-in-law introduced me to them. I am 41 now and still love this hobby!
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I was scrapbooking in middle school around age 13 or so, I am 41 now. I started stamping when I was 28 or so with The Angel Company and then SU and CTMH.
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I was around 8 or 9 years old when I first started making decorative/functional paper crafts on my own.
I got my first rubber stamp in the year 2000. They happened to be Stampin Up. Made a few cards and didn't touch them again for years. I picked stamping back up in maybe 2003/04 and have been stamping ever since.
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That's great! We love to hear your stories of how you caught the crafting bug!
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About age 5 I was drawing gardens with crayons on brown paper bags opened up. I sent some to my oldest brother when he was at the Air Force Academy (he's 13 years older than I am). I don't remember when I bought my very first stamps...maybe in my 20s. I became hooked on card making about 8-9 years ago.
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A friend introduced me to stamping and card making in 2002. I had a forced retirement and couldn't find another job at age 51. I was miserable for about a year until I discovered stamping and card making. My husband thinks it's a great hobby and is very supportive. He thinks I save money as I don't have to buy any cards. He does realize that I've spent thousands of dollars on supplies. He even built me a craft room and I spend some time in there every day. I'm a happy stamper.
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A friend introduced me to stamping and card making in 2002. I had a forced retirement and couldn't find another job at age 51. I was miserable for about a year until I discovered stamping and card making. My husband thinks it's a great hobby and is very supportive. He thinks I save money as I don't have to buy any cards. He does realize that I've spent thousands of dollars on supplies. He even built me a craft room and I spend some time in there every day. I'm a happy stamper.
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We're so glad your husband supports your love of it and built you a craft room too. Sweet!
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When I was old enough to hold a crayon. I've made cards since I was little. Stamps came a little later but not much.

"Real" grown up stamping started in 2005. I found SCS and the challenges here and stamping became a pretty much daily thing ever since.
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My first introduction into rubber stamping was with the company named D.O.T.S.
My daughter and I went and bought a few things. I suppose I was in my early 40's.
Then, never really touched them for many years. Started scrapbooking when a friend joined Creative Memories. Did a few books.....then nothing again for several years.
Went to a make-n-take at my now upline's home and was hooked. Placed a couple orders with her. When I asked her if I got a discount if I bought all 48 ink pads (at the time) from SU she said..."We need to have lunch"! LOL Went to lunch, I signed up and that was 11 years ago. I'm 64 now and don't anticipate stopping any time soon.
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I did all sorts of crafts, including paper crafts, as a child, but I didn't buy my first stamp until the age of 55 when I decided to remake commercial Christmas cards into new cards and I needed a Merry Christmas stamp for the inside. It snowballed from there!!
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I have news clippings from JFKennedy's assassination in 1963 that I preserved as a child of 8. My mom saved newspaper clippings in an empty Whitman Sampler candy box. We have b/w pics from the 1930s so I guess my first venture was scrapbooking. We carved stamps in grade school. I made mine from leftover leather scraps from my grandfather's and dad's shoemaker shop. Hide glue attached the design done in relief to a used rubber shoe heel. I have that creative genetic streak from both sides of the family. I see it in my nieces, nephews, their children and grandchildren. Love the history of creativity and sense of making do from whatever is available!
Don't you know grade school stamps were carved from potatoes? At least mine were. Thanks for the reminder!
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Based on the previous post my paper crafting career started in gradeschool. When I was 18 I bought a quilling kit. I wanted to be artistic but couldn't draw or paint so I thought I could be creative with that. Pulled that out several times over the years.

When I was about 47 my friend dragged me to a Creative Memories and then later an SU party. The scrapbooking didn't take but I walked out of my first SU stamp camp $87.00 poorer! Lol
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I was 59 when a friend of mine took me to her advanced stamping club where I live. I use to make cards on the computer. I started buying stamps right away and have not stopped since! I am now 67... I could open my own store with all that I have and I just gave away about 100 of them!
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Not young enough! But seriously, 20 years!!!!! 1996
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I was 46, I was invited to a creative memories party, got hooked and then obsessed with scrapbooking! I'm 61 now. I didn't start making cards until 2 or 3 years ago. I realized I already owned everything for cardmaking since I was using rubber stamps on my scrapbook pages. I had attended a stampin up party too! Funny thing, the hosts of those home parties no longer participate in those crafts. Shelley

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i made my first card out of quality cardstock at 25. It was my wedding invites. My MIL owned the LSS. Started doing scrapbooks at maybe 28-29.
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I started scrapping and cardmaking when I was 49. Had been doing other crafts like sewing, knitting, macramé since my early 20's. I started scrapping because we had won a Caribbean cruise and wanted to do something different with my photos. Just planned on an album, some paper and stickers... wow!! now.. I have a large craft room and a walk in closet in my craft room and they are full, full, full of paper, stamps and embellies!! I love it!!!
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I can't remember a time I didn't do something crafty. As a little girl I made cards and envelopes for my parents and friends. There was Pack O Fun
Magazine and all the Scrap craft projects inside. My mom belonged to the Craft of the month club. We were mailed craft kits every month. Then there was decoupage, paper toile, ceramics, cross stitch, scrapbooking and about 10 years ago I started to stamp and make cards. I love this hobby!! All my hobbies run there course. I loved ceramics but I had my kids and a full time job so I gave it up.
My kids and I crafted together when they were young.
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I dabbled in it when I was 66 and my first purchase was Lovely as a Tree, along with sample spots and sample paper from Stampin' Up. That was in 2012. In 2013 my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer so my stamping came to a screeching halt. To the doctors' surprise, they found a drug that is able to stablilize the tumors and lesions throughout his body so I jumped right back in September of 2015, became a SU demonstrator January 2016 and now need a room added on to the house for my supplies! I will keep stamping until the time I need to dedicate my time to my hubby's needs.
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I started scrapbooking when my youngest daughter was 3, so it's been 22 years and I was 38! I was afraid of stamping until I started going to a Stampin' Up! group eleven years ago, would have been 49 then. I've been a (hobby) demo for ten years.
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I dabbled in it when I was 66 and my first purchase was Lovely as a Tree, along with sample spots and sample paper from Stampin' Up. That was in 2012. In 2013 my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer so my stamping came to a screeching halt. To the doctors' surprise, they found a drug that is able to stablilize the tumors and lesions throughout his body so I jumped right back in September of 2015, became a SU demonstrator January 2016 and now need a room added on to the house for my supplies! I will keep stamping until the time I need to dedicate my time to my hubby's needs.
Hope your husband is doing okay! Such hard news.
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How old was I? I guess about 41 years old, we had just moved to a new area (military orders...I was already retired from the Navy but my DH was still active) and our youngest was in 2nd grade. He is now 26 so yea, it's been a while!

Went to a Stampin' Up! party just to be polite to a friend even though my initial response to the idea was to snort out loud and say, "grownups do that?" but when I saw the inked up stamp hit the paper I was totally enchanted! Had always wished I could be creative but couldn't even draw a respectable stick figure!

Now I have been stamping for coming up on 19 years and I am even more addicted to it now than when I first started. LOVE it and in no hurry to outgrow this fun hobby which makes me FEEL like an artist even though I still can't draw stick people! lol! Jan
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