It might be helpful to identify the people and things I’ll be talking about on this blog. I’ll update this along the way, since I only have an idea of where I’m going with this.
Kate – I’m single, in my late forties, living with three cats, and well on my way to achieving my life-goal of becoming the crazy cat lady on the corner. I’m a corporate trainer, which sounds much more impressive than it really is.
Mimi and young Opie in the window, watching a fly.
I’ve been stamping and making cards since just before Christmas 2007, dragged kicking and screaming into the obsession hobby by my friend Julie, with assistance from my sister, Maria.
The Kids – I’m suspecting the biggest obstacle to this project, besides my own follow-through issues of course, will be the well-intentioned interference of my kitties, Mimi, Opie, and Tabby. Everything is assumed to be a cat toy, and ribbons and little shiny brads particularly so.
Tabby and Opie
The BFFs – The BFFs (best friends forever, in case the reader has never been a teen-aged girl) are Julie and Donna. As previously mentioned, Julie is the one who got me hooked on the stamping and card making. We’ve been coworkers and fast friends since 1997. Donna and I have known each other a shorter time, but she was immediately a permanent part of my heart. Julie also hooked Donna into stamping, so much so that Donna became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. So feel free to order things from her. Julie is also my goddess of all things technical, so she’s been a great help in setting this blog up for me. Julie, Donna and I try to get together once a month or two, as schedules permit, to have a “girls night” which is really a weekend. This is our time to catch up on each other’s lives, show off our new stamping supplies, and enjoy each others’ company.
Operation Write Home (formerly Cards for Heroes)
- Operation Write Home
is the perfect intersection of hobby and volunteering. People who love to make cards can donate handmade cards, which are then sent to soldiers/sailors/airmen serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan. Take a few minutes and visit their hero gallery and blog.
Julie's Gato, claiming an empty SU! Box.
I’ll be making a card a day, and so I’ll be talking a lot about the cards I’m making. Here are some words and abbreviations I’ll be using along the way.
– Stampin’ Up!
is a company that sells stamping and scrapbooking and card making supplies. The link takes you to Donna’s demonstrator page, or you can visit Donna’s blog
. Most of the paper and stamps and inks I use are SU! brand. One of the things I like most about them, besides the quality being so much better, is that they have standard colors so the ink and the paper and the ribbon will all match exactly. So when I mention a color by name, such as Chocolate Chip, that will be a SU! color.