I grew up in a small Oklahoma town in a farming/ranching family. I hung out a lot with my Dad, mostly opening gates and fetching tools. I also paid attention to how he solved everyday problems. Cattle, horses, and equipment have a mind of their own! I loved the freedom and "security" of a small community in the 1960s. After graduation and 1 year of college, I went to work in different jobs. Spent 9 years as a corporate suit for a Fortune 500 company in Dallas where I had a tremendous experience that would serve me well many years later as I started not one but two small businesses. I was a freelance technical editor for 20 years, retiring in September 2019.
In 2011, I became interested in creating jewelry and watched and learned from every tutorial I could find. I loved the creative process! I still create a small collection of handmade contemporary jewelry.
February 2017 (2 a.m.) I discovered an incredibly talented stampmaker (USTools10) and pursued a fortuitous opportunity to partner with this gentleman and personally curate his handmade metal stamps! I hand select designs from his inventory and also suggest new designs.
I became so fascinated with the stamp making process (I'm a tool kinda girl), I jumped right in.
Learned how to hand carve each stamp with needle files and burs, how to harden and temper different types of steel, and polish each and every stamp I create. And to make every mistake - at least twice! I hand draw all my own designs from a master inspiration - every stamp will be as close to the original as humanly possible. Expect uniqueness!
I have personally stamped out every single stamp in my shop. See the stamped impressions in each group.
I thrive on providing great customer service! I want you to stamp successfully. Please see the Stamp with Intent section for helpful tips on stamping techniques.
I love my tiny one-dog-town and have 2 adopted dogs [Mason and Spot] and a horse named Skeeter.