Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Introducing Frances Hicks

Frances was introduced to stamping by her best friend’s cousin.  Little did she know then that a stack of cards that they created would lead to her stamping addiction!  At the end of this month (October), Frances will be celebrating her 6th anniversary with Stampin’ Up as a demonstrator.  She works as a demonstrator in her “spare time”, noting that she also works fulltime as an electrical designer for an Architectural/Engineering firm (and tells us that the “coolest” part of her job is commuting to and working in the same department as her youngest son!).  

Frances uses her dining room area to stamp.  Her husband has provided her with a large cabinet space to keep her supplies.  She says she does her best work in the morning, but is known for her “stamping marathons” when she stamps all hours of the day and night to finish swaps or to prepare for a workshop or other stamping/scrapbooking event!

Frances especially loves to scrapbook, and has recently started her 2 oldest granddaughters (ages 7 and 8) scrapbooking as well.  They accompanied her to a scrapbooking crop recently, and Frances fondly recalls how much fun they all had together – she looks forward to many more “relationship-building experiences” in the future.  Frances also tells us that, though the family has endured many hardships this past year, she turns to her stamping to perk her up and get her mind off of her troubles and to get her excited again!

Frances’s strength is in choosing stamps and colors that work well with the Designer Series papers.  She tells us that she picks a stamp set that fits the season or works well with the paper, and then chooses a sketch.  She enjoys participating in the online sketch challenges – it is in these challenges that Frances says she goes to when she needs inspiration to design her scrapbook pages or cards.  Her favorite tool is the Big Shot, as she loves its versatility, but she’s quick to add that she’s also in love with the glitter, punches, and the many other products that Stampin’ Up carries. 
I’m sure Frances right now is busy planning all of her wonderful projects that she intends to share with us during the Royal Blog Tour!  We can’t wait to see them!


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