The year was 2011, the month...November. Why is this important? Why, this is when I first learned about Cuttlebugs and Gina K! Some would say, "A plastic, hand cranked, die cutting machine and a sweet, dark-haired woman, who makes amazing cards, changed your life?!?" I would firmly, but simply answer, "Yes!"
You see, I was sitting outside in my car waiting for my son to finish basketball practice, when I came across a short post on a blog I read from time to time. Can I just interject here that I adore my iPhone?? I can't believe I resisted it for so long! Anywho, back to the topic at hand...the lady had been sick, was without tv and stumbled upon Stamp tv. Then she went on to talk about this strange machine called a Cuttlebug and the wonderful woman who always seemed so happy using it. Hmmm, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. I looked up Stamp tv and wow, was I in heaven! I've always loved papery things and collected bits and bobs of things but never really did much with it because, ironically, I do not love scrapbooking! Ha! Card making though, now that was something I could get into!
But HOW did it change your life, you ask. Well, you see, I had just learned that my dad had been diagnosed with cancer. Stage 4 lung cancer at that. That's heavy. It's a lot to deal with. How did I cope? I got creative. Stamp tv and Gina K were like an oasis, an escape for me. When things got rough for me (which they often did) I found comfort and beauty in learning to make cards. I'm a nursing momma (mom to five actually) so when it was time to feed my precious baby girl I always had my iPhone with me to soak up a little more of that sunshine. My little one loves Gina K by the way, she loves to watch right along side me, lol! I finally got my hands on a Cuttlebug...my wonderful husband gave me the reins to buy some supplies to get started. I think he saw in me the need to create something beautiful to balance out all the ugly that was going on in my life. For Christmas he blessed me with even more "toys."
My dad passed away in January. Sad for those of us left behind, but also a feeling of relief because he's not suffering any longer. I know I'll see him again some day. So I just want to say "thank you" to Gina K and everyone here at Stamp tv. I don't think I could have gotten through that without you. Thank you for being a shelter amidst my storm. I found beauty during a dark time and it changed my life! I hope to continue card making and creating for a very long time!!