Hi! I’m so glad you could stop by. My name is Stefani Ewing, and I have the best jobs ever. I am a consultant for Close to My Heart, a teacher, and a swimming instructor. I just love teaching. Students get the brightest smiles when the “get it” and a difficult task or technique clicks. In between these three jobs, I scrap book my fiance’s photos (he’s into photography) and read way too much! We live in a small town in Northern California with our two kitties.
I fell in love with scrap booking when my mother dragged me to my first retreat. I was reluctant because I am fairly busy with my full time teaching job and I am not “artsy.” I still cannot draw to save my life. She convinced me that scrap booking was different. I could be creative without actually having to draw. I promptly purchased a paper trimmer since I cannot cut a straight line any better than I can draw one. In fact, I purchased several tools at that retreat and met some great people. I had so much fun that I suggested a mother daughter trip to the next retreat. I needed to go to that retreat because I was still only working on scrap books at retreats.
Fast forward about a year. . . I needed a birthday card and decided to pull out the Cricut machine (more on that wonderful device later) to see what it could do. At that moment, my love of card making was born. I now have an embarrassingly large collection of Cricut cartridges, papers, layout ideas, and all that stuff that crazy crafters collect! Once I was hooked on cards, I had to purchase stamps and even more paper, which led me to Close to My Heart – they have the BEST stamps and inks.
Since I don’t do anything part way, I decided to go all out with my new crafting hobby. I joined an online swapping community so I could trade my creations with others (watch for some posts about using Close to My Heart’s stamps and papers to make amazing Artist Trading Cards). I also started entering contests and scouring the web for inspiration. And of course, I became a Close to My Heart Consultant.
Now, it’s my job to create beautiful artwork, find new ways to use the wonderful materials from Close to My Heart, and teach others how to unleash their creativity. I’m honored to have the opportunity to meet great people every day and show other non-artsy people that they are still creative. Did I mention that I also get to help people realize their dreams and go into business for themselves. Working as a consultant is the best job ever!