Today I have a few of our members tell us a little about themselves. Please take the time to meet some of the ladies that will be producing projects for our Sponsors.
Hi, I’m Jude i live in the UK married for 8yrs to a wonderful friend and solemate, I have 2 beautiful daughters. I got into crafting soon after i had my 1st daughter. I wanted to fill my time i originally started off by decorating terracotta pots !then someone said to me I should make cards to go with them as they make lovely gifts so bingo I got into the wonderful world of paper crafting. Now I’m into scrapbooking, altered art, Stamping and will try my hand at most things. In 1998 I dislodged my pelvis badly and had to medically retire from my post as senior nurse in A&E. So with Hubby's help he built me a website from there my life changed forever my hobby turned into a business ,and Dragonfly-crafts-online.com was My site proved popular and within a year had over 1000 customers many regular.
This was very busy successful craft business until 2006 when I was diagnosed with ME/CFS unfortunately by beginning of 2009 I had to give the business up due to my health as I couldn’t cope with the everyday work that was involved, I was so busy my health stopped me from running the business as my ME was so bad i was sleeping 21hrs a day and just hadn’t the energy to do anything bar sleep!
I still miss doing all the craft fairs throughout the year especially on the American air bases nearby and various craft fairs throughout the country.
Now I will try my hand at anything, as I love all sorts of crafting not just cards. I am now going back to selling all my surplus stock left over from my crafting business on eBay & esty ,but at least this way I can pace myself to how much work I do, plus it gets rid of all this surplus craft stock I still have from website.
Since I started crafting my knowledge and creativity has improved no end finding I’m learning new techniques daily and still enjoy my now hobby.
I have promised myself this year I’m going to try some more new techniques and experiment along the way. With more crafting tools coming onto the market so tempting it is to buy and try these out! But also I have promised, myself this New Year my craft room will be organized and tidy!!! Yeah right I hear you all say...lol
so hope this gives you a wee insight into my crafting life
So Who am I?
My Name is Andria and I am based in the Lake District Cumbria (United Kingdom). I am truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world. I have mountains and lakes to oneside and beaches and sea to the other. On a very clear day I can see the Isle Of Man and Scotland.
What About Crafting?
I started crafting as a hobby about 4 years ago now, using basic card making kits from "Lakeland" and various websites, I then subscribed to various magazines and became a member of a craft forum and my skills and techniques developed. I started giving my cards to friends and family and they admired them so much they started buying them from me. My website www.iona-rosedesigns.com opened in April 2009 and is slowly building up a good little reputation and customer base.
I have since set up my blog and wow, the inspiration out there has led me to develop my skills and passion for rubber stamping.
What do I love so much about rubber stamping?
Well apart from the hundreds of images available for any occasion, all you need is a little colour and the whole image comes to life, they can be used on cards, scrapbooking and my other passion for stamps is personalising candles. I am learning all the time, i have recently invested in pro-markers and i'm developing my colouring and shading skills.
How Did You Become Involved With Scrappers Delight?
I joined Scrappers Delight on Flickr and followed them over to Ning. It is a really friendly group and we have so many exciting and inspirational swaps planned for 2010. Rebecca runs the group and has worked really hard in securing some fantastic sponsors for us this year.
My advice to any newcomer either to the craft or blogging world is don't be shy, join in with groups, show us your work, but most importantly of all, learn...Create....and have fun.
Hi, I'm Lori and I live in southern Maine with my husband of 25 years. We have two grown daughters--Valerie, age 24 who is an Occupational Therapist at a local hospital and Jaclyn, age 21, who is developmentally delayed but works part-time at McDonalds. She is also my scrapping partner. In 2008, my husband and I adopted his bio-grandson, Zachery, so now I'm a mom to an 11 year old boy!
I've been scrapping since I was 9 years old--using those large, heavy, often cumbersome wallpaper books. Then 12 years ago, I was introduced to Creative Memories and well, the rest is history! I fell in love with the craft. I love everything about it. As I developed my skills as a scrapbooker, I also discovered new friends on line and found support and advice along the way. Last February I started a blog, http://scrapmomsmusings.blogspot.com/ which has grown to 83 followers! I blog about my everyday life, post tutorials of things I feel my followers would enjoy viewing (they come from You Tube and are not my own as I don't have a video camera!); as well as step-by-step tutorials of paper crafts I've created; and share my knowledge of the craft in hopes of inspiring others. I've been published twice in Memory Makers which was one of my dreams and it finally came true. I've also won several contests over the years--the most recent being at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Manchester, NH 2009. I find inspiration all around me--from the colors of clothes, textures of nature, interior design, and of course, the many talented scrappers on line.
I love to learn and so I'm always on the computer searching for new sites and new blogs that will help me grow. I don't want to become stagnant and bored as has happened with other hobbies in the past. Besides creating layouts, I also create altered items and other paper crafts. The one thing I'm not that good at is card-making. I envy those who can create such gorgeous cards! My other hobbies include photography, reading, cooking, writing, crafting and collecting vintage items for my home. Other interests include camping, hiking, kayaking (I love the outdoors during the warmer seasons), visiting museums, going to the beach, watching old movies, and drinking coffee!
I would love for you to visit me at A Scrapmom's Musings.
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