Rachel's Profile

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I've been a crafter since I was a little girl, making everything from clothes for my stuffed animals to my very first dollhouse (Mom says that should have been her first clue that I was headed for a career in architecture!), and when in 2001 I was invited to my first stamping workshop by one of my coworkers, I was hopelessly hooked. I loved the idea of making my own cards because I was never happy with the store-bought ones.

Besides being a crafting nut, I'm also a total sci-fi/fantasy geek -- started watching "Star Trek: TNG" when I was 11 and it was all downhill from there, LOL! Went to four, count 'em FOUR Trek conventions in high school, and for my 18th birthday cake my mom snagged my communicator pin off of my dresser and placed it on top complete with the "boldly go" mantra to celebrate my entry into adulthood! These days I'm still into Trek, but am also a fan of the Stargate…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 6
  • Joined December 28, 2009

Favorite materials

Paper, ribbon and ink

About

I've been a crafter since I was a little girl, making everything from clothes for my stuffed animals to my very first dollhouse (Mom says that should have been her first clue that I was headed for a career in architecture!), and when in 2001 I was invited to my first stamping workshop by one of my coworkers, I was hopelessly hooked. I loved the idea of making my own cards because I was never happy with the store-bought ones.

Besides being a crafting nut, I'm also a total sci-fi/fantasy geek -- started watching "Star Trek: TNG" when I was 11 and it was all downhill from there, LOL! Went to four, count 'em FOUR Trek conventions in high school, and for my 18th birthday cake my mom snagged my communicator pin off of my dresser and placed it on top complete with the "boldly go" mantra to celebrate my entry into adulthood! These days I'm still into Trek, but am also a fan of the Stargate franchise (can't tell you how many times I've seen the original movie) as well as Sanctuary and both the classic and current versions of Doctor Who.

Given the nature of papercrafting, it's important to me to "go green" wherever I can, and I'm proud to be able to relay this message from Stampin' Up!, where I purchase almost all of my supplies, sent to one of their representatives:

"Thank you for your e-mail regarding your desire to know if our products are environmentally friendly. We can tell you that our ink is non toxic. Also, our card stock includes recycled paper that’s left over from other paper runs, which would otherwise end up in a landfill. The darker the color of card stock, the more recycled material is in the card stock. (Who would have thought that Basic Black was our greenest color?)"

"Additionally, we work with a paper broker who ensures that the mills we use for our Designer Series paper and card stock engage in environmentally friendly practices. Our broker is even certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and the Program for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC). These certifications help us know that our paper comes from sustainably-managed forests and mills that are taking steps to lessen their carbon footprint. One of our mills even generates its own power.image

"Rather than dumping our excess rubber in a landfill, we donate it to Courage Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides horseback riding therapy for physically or mentally challenged children. They take our ground rubber and sell it to groups and individuals for use in playgrounds and horse stables. The money they receive from the sale of this rubber goes to fund their programs. You can find more information about Courage Reins at www.couragereins. org.

"Additionally, our wood blocks are not only created from a renewable resource, we engage in a sustainable practice to get those wood blocks. We work with a tree farm in which the maple trees are grown specifically for the purpose of harvesting wood!"

Sincerely,
Stampin' Up!®
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