I was a little giddy when I received a PM from Lydia about Visual Stamp Night. Being asked by the head honcho to help out with anything is an honor. I asked her lots of questions about VSN and the conversation turned when Lydia asked me to join the Dirty Dozen. All of a sudden Chatty Kathy (me) turned into a mime and could not form a sentence. She said that there are aspects to be kept secret until the reveal, and so I did manage to say, "no problem, can't speak or use my fingers anyway".
I've made many computer generated invitations for my daughter's birthdays but my stamping began fairly recently. I started collecting stamps on a trip to an art supply store in Traverse City, Michigan 1996. I went in for some stationery and departed with more than a few rubber stamps. No inkpads or paper just stamps. In 1997 I attended a Stampin' Up demonstration and purchased more stamps. No ink or paper. All my stamps look really pretty in an antique spool cabinet I purchased at the Fair Grounds in CT.
In 1999 I attended a craft show at the expo center in Hartford, CT and purchased four inkpads, and in 2000 I made my first stamped Christmas card. From that point I've only made a few very special cards for friends and family.
While visiting my favorite stamping store in New Hampshire in 2010 a very nice customer told me about Splitcoaststampers. I was instantly addicted and became a Fan Club Member in Jan 2011. It was very intimidating and intriguing and I wanted play along. I have learned so much about stamping/card making from artists in the SCS community.
My name is Angela Maine aka (Arizona Maine) and I live in Connecticut with my husband, who is very supportive for all of my endeavors. I've worked as an Air Traffic Controller in South Carolina where I was born and raised, and a Conference Planner in Washington, DC where I met my husband. I retired when we were married in 1989, moved to CT and devoted time to my husband and our baby girl. Now that she's in college and no more soccer, basketball and lacrosse mom, I absolutely love my time to do activities for church, Easter Seals fund raisers, a little yoga and some tennis. But I've added much more time for paper crafting. I also have two adult stepdaughters and three grandsons. The grandsons look forward to their birthday cards and that warms my heart.
I don't have a specific style of card making. Like the two floppy disc system of old, I rely heavily on the SCS community to boot my creative juices, and I love you all for that. I can't adequately articulate how happy and proud I am of being asked to climb on the "Dirt Pile".
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 GMT Views: 1473
Registered: April 20, 2005 Location: The only Eaton Rapids on the Earth, Michigan Posts: 57687
Sat, Mar 03, 2012 @ 12:15 PM
Welcome to the dirt pile, pretty lady! I enjoyed reading your stamping journey, especially the part about how pretty your stamps looked in your antique cabinet!! I'm glad you are a part of SCS and sharing your amazing talent with us!
Registered: July 13, 2004 Location: Wishing I lived closer to my kids! Posts: 57827
Sun, Mar 04, 2012 @ 4:52 PM
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to see your pretty face here in the Dirt Pile!! I have been a huge fan of your gallery and love everything you make! I am so excited to see what you do these next six months! Congratulations!!! So well deserved~!
Registered: May 9, 2007 Location: Surry, NH Posts: 5027
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 8:52 AM
Angela, congratulations on being chosen to be a dirty girl!! You've certainly come a long way from just admiring your pretty little stamps in your cabinet!! You are absolutely deserving of this and I can't wait to see more from you over the next six months!! Congrats again!
Registered: April 6, 2005 Location: Stuarts Draft, Virginia Posts: 14330
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 10:09 AM
Congratulations, Angela!!! Your story about collecting stamps without ink or paper was so funny and look at you now...a DIRTY GIRL!! You make gorgeous creations and I can't wait to check out the new gallery!
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