My passion for stamping began just over 20 years ago when a friend invited me to a card party.
I was introduced to the magic of creating amazing scenes with rubber stamps.
I was instantly hooked and bought 3 stamps! The challenge for me was to use these 3 stamps in as many ways as possible, until I could buy some more.
Encouraged by some students from a school that I was working at, I started a blog and enjoyed sharing my new hobby with the world. Not long after that I was asked to be on a Design Team. Over the years I’ve been on many Design Teams and have made wonderful friendships and connections from all over the world along the way. They have extended my knowledge about techniques, styles, products and so much more. This was followed by designing for papercraft magazines both here in Australia and around the world. Each stage has been a challenge and a huge thrill for me. There’s nothing quite like opening up a magazine and seeing your work, it’s a real buzz.
Teaching from home and sharing the knowledge was the next step following closely by starting my own shop called Ink Art Designs. I continue to teach from home and my shop is still growing.
MY SHOP’S JOURNEY
In the beginning Ink Art Designs only stocked rubber stamps. I think I had 3 boxes of stamps to start with. It wasn’t long before taking the leap and deciding to open a shop on Etsy. A couple of years further along and I now have my own ‘stand alone’ on-line shop based here in Australia. It’s been quite a journey.
It soon became obvious, after much feedback, that I needed to broaden my range to include mixed media products. After all, this is where your colour and texture comes from to breathe life into your art. Within 6 months my stock had nearly doubled!
What I wanted to do from the very beginning was to bring beautiful stamps from around the world here to Australia. Making it easier for everyone to have access to some of the best designs all in the one place. After all, we shouldn’t miss out just because we are so far from everywhere else.
Based in Bendigo, Victoria, many locals now drop into my home to see the stock, along with people who are visiting from around the state. Even groups from retreats drop in for a little ‘time-out’ to go shopping at Ink Art Designs, and everyone is always more than welcome. I’m proud of how we are growing, there is always something new to see. I tell everyone to “beware of the stamp room!” (They think I’m joking).
Classes are on every month, with extra time slots available to fit in with everyone’s schedules. It’s easy to do when you work from home. It always makes me happy to see how creative everyone can be. I would like to think that classes will be extended over time. I may even have to open up another room in my house!