Calling itself a company that celebrates people, relationships and creativity, according to the Stampin’ Up! website, stampinup.com, it is the celebration of creating something handmade. Simply by using rubber stamps, a person can design greeting cards, photo frames, scrapbooks and the list goes on. Plus, doing it in a group setting means friends and socializing.
Making something that is homemade brings the recipient the feeling of being touched, thereby brightening and strengthening relationships, calling it the “magic of a rubber stamp.”
“For me, it was love at first stamp,” said Kathy Stone. She explained that she got her first taste of stamping at a family reunion seven years ago when a relative who had just returned from a stamping convention walked in carryng cards and 3-D projects.
“That day she gave me a crash course in stamping and I knew then that that's what I wanted to do,” said Stone, who, seven years later, now heads the Stampin' Stones group.
With approximately 50 members, Stone explained that each are individual business owners who hold their own workshops, classes, etc., under the umbrella of Stampin’ Up!
Having made her home in Poland, Stone said she moved to Newton Falls to be near family, and for that reason, holds her Stampin’ Stones group meetings monthly, alternating between Newton Falls and Poland. Members from both Mahoning and Trumbull counties, Pennsylvania, and even Florida participate in her group where the passion for her hobby is evident.
“I am still stamping and loving it,” she said.
Meetings include several demonstrations that introduce new techniques to the members, according to Stone, who added that they also include a “make and take,” which is always a surprise and fun to do.
“We have an optional card swap which enables us to share our talent with one another. In fact, sharing is what it is all about and is, in fact, a part of our Statement of the Heart,” said Stone.
Seven years may have passed since that fateful day on which Stone crossed paths into the world of stamping, but her excitement hasn’t waned.
“Can you imagine having a job that simultaneously allows you to create fabulous projects and meet wonderful people?” she asked.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Sherry Garrett, a demonstrator in the hobby of stamping for two years, said, “It’s so addicting.” Here, Garrett preps for a “make and take” at the recently held Stampin' Stones open house in Boardman last week.