About Me

(Updated September 2021)
Stamping, hiking, backpacking, and gardening are a few of my favorite activities.  My husband Denny and I also do daily yoga at home, fitness classes and swing dancing.  I have been retired since 2005, which gives me much more time to play!

Denny and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary in October 2015 :-)  We were both born and raised on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast.  We raised our 2 daughters and son on 35 acres of forested land up Coos River, where we still garden and hike.  Our family has grown with the addition of our s0n-in-law, daughter-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandsons.  They are all scattered so it is real special when we get together.

Nature has been a constant inspiration during my 25+ years of stamping.  I retired in 2015 after 10 years from being a Stampin' Up Demo and created my scandinancycreates Blog in March 2016 thanks to my dear friend, Loll (Stamping with Loll).

Loll helped me design my blog and walked me through all the many steps of creating a blog!  I could not have accomplished this process without you my sweet and very patient friend! I thank you everyday:-)

Having a blog has opened up the door for more stamping adventures.  I have been on Loll and Bonnie's CAS Mix Up,  CAS Watercolour and CAS Stencil Challenges for 2+ years and enjoyed and learned so much using my favorite CAS style and Mixed Media Techniques besides making many new Blog friends!  Loll (Stamping with Loll) consolidated her challenges and now has only 2 challenges: CAS Mix Up and rotates 3 challenges: Mixed Media, Watercolour and Stencil Challenges each month.  She also has CAS Christmas Card Challenge,  which I play in every month.  I love adding to my Christmas stash each month😀

I am looking forward to more creative adventures...including our Stamping Retreats in beautiful Vancouver BC, Canada organized by our Canadian friends...Loll, Susan and Christine.  We had our 3rd retreat in 2019 and got to finally meet in person our dear forever stamping and very talented and fun friend...Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  Bonnie flew cross country all by herself to meet 8 Pacific NW stamping friends...oh my,  but we had the most creative giggly fun😀 We have had to cancel the last 2 retreats because of Covid:-(  But we are all still healthy,  which is even more important.  We sure do miss our crazy fun times together,  though.  Maybe 2022 we can create together again:-)

I am on Shery Russ's STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge and Features Design Team too.  Shery started her awesome new stamping company, STAMPlorations with her husband David,  7+ years ago.  I have loved their stamps, dies and stencil products,  since the beginning and watched them grow into a successful company with more creative products being added constantly.   

Happy creative adventures and stay safe, my friends.  Love and Hugs...

P.S. Photo taken by Denny on our October, 2017 backpack trip.  Luckily it was our 1st day out, so I was still relatively clean!