June 2, 2009

SASSSC Spotlight - All About Laura

Name: Laura L.

My favorite desserts are Chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies.

I live in the Oak Ridge North subdivision, but my mailing address says Conroe.

I was born in Biloxi, Mississippi

I have one younger brother who lives in Tuscaloosa. He is married, with a son and daughter, she is also married. He has three grandkids.

I have three sons.
The oldest, Eric, is a petroleum engineer and lives in Dallas. He is always in a serious relationship, but cannot commit to the "M" word.

Bryan is the middle son. He just celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary and has a 6 week old son named Jaxon. They live in Augusta Pines just outside of the Woodlands boundry.

My youngest son, Josh, is married and has three children: Trevor, Ryan and Ashlyn. They live in the DC area.

I started stamping with Jeanette B.(who I later signed up under with SU). I met her at a Pampered Chef party, but I can't remember whose party it was. I stamped with Jeannette for several years. I was hooked from the start and would share my cards and projects with the ladies in my supper club from church.

I finally decided to sign up with SU. I formed my first stamp club with my supper club friends. What you may or may not know is that Delia is my best customer. She brought me many new stampers who also joined my clubs. Some of you are reading this right now. I am so thankful to Delia for the help she has been in making my business grow. Delia hosted one of my first workshops and invited her sisters to attend.

I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 5 years and was stamping before that for about 2 or 3 years.

Why do I like stamping? I have always loved crafting and making things myself. Before stamping, I did folk art and painted shirts. The demand for that kind of craft had about run out. When I discovered stamping, it gave my the creative outlet that met my crafting needs. Plus it was faster and easier than the painting. I could also share my cards alot easier than I could the painting.

What is your favorite color or color combination to use? That's a hard one. I have loved using the baja blue and chocolate chip combo from the Parisian Breeze designer paper. I also love using the earth elements colors. Old Olive is probably one of the colors I use the most, followed by Chocolate Chip.

What's your Favorite occasion to stamp for? I stamp every free minute I have. I love designing the cards for club and classes. I love making cards for swapping. I dont need a special occasion. I do enjoy making my own Christmas, Thank you and Birthday cards.

Where do you get ideas? I have a ton of stamping blogs I follow and of course I look at Splitcoast Stampers.

Do you have a favorite technique, style and/or tool? I lke to use the piercing tool, border punches, distressing tool, and ribbon on my cards.

How did you hear about SASSSC? Olga had invited me to come to the Midnight Stampers retreat with Delia 2 years ago in Dallas. Riding back with Delia afterwards, all we could talk about was starting our own group of stampers. We had alot of fun dreaming up names for the group and wondering where we could hold our own retreat. Now here we are with a great goup of stampers having a ball!

What do you like to do when you aren't stamping? Reading, Blogging, watching my favorite tv shows (which I do while I am stamping) and visiting the grandkids.

Tell us an interesting fact about you, that we may not know...
I grew up as an Air Force Brat. I have lived in Arkansas, Mississippi, Memphis, Massachusettes, and England. I was always VERY shy. I met my husband, Ernie, in high school band (I played the baritone horn) and dated him 6 years until we got married. In college, I majored in Home Economics Education, and later added the Kindergarten Endorsment so I could teach Kindergarten. I will retire in one more school year.