Featured Crafter Friday

February 8, 2008 - 8:00am

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Get ready to meet a great lady. This is Tammy Hershberger. I was put in touch with Tammy and I am so glad that I was! You should take a minute and check out her website. (This was her old website.) You won't be disappointed! I am going to leave it to Tammy to tell you a bit about her. She will do a better job than I will!

My husband, Bill and I have been married for 17+ years and have two beautiful daughters, Kaylie and Kelsey. Kaylie is a 15 year old freshmen, and Kelsey just turned 11 and is a 5th grader. I am the co-manager of a great little store in Smithville, Ohio called Toyrifix. The store is three-fourths specialty toys, and one-fourth rubber stamps and paper crafting. I manage the stamping department, and yes… it’s a dream job! I do all the purchasing, planning of events, teach classes, etc. and I love it! For many years I worked as a medical secretary, and stamping was just a hobby. Toyrifix has always been one of the only stores in our area to carry stamps, and not just scrapbooking stuff so I frequented the store a lot! I just happened to stop by one day on my way home from work, and decided to inquire as to whether they might be able to use me sometime to do a demonstration. This innocent question led to the discovery that the current manager had turned in her resignation, and that they had been waiting for the right person to come along to replace her. A week later, the job was mine!

I am very privileged to be on Design Teams for Kitchen Sink Stamps, Pink Cat Studio and Jessica Lynn Originals

I also asked Tammy a few questions I thought would be fun to hear answers to.

How did you get started with crafts?
I have always been a crafter. I was in 4-H as a child and my Mom taught me to sew and do many other crafts. I grew up watching her take on every new craft that came along, so I guess it’s in my blood. There will always be boxes and bags of unfinished knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross stitch, Christmas crafts, etc. around my house. But that’s why I like stamping so much more than all of those things… because it’s a craft that you can see to completion. Very rarely do I have unfinished stamping projects laying around! For the longest time, I would come into the store that I now manage and look at all the stamps and related supplies (which were pretty basic… we’re talking 1999-2000!) I kept resisting the urge to buy anything! I kept telling myself “I’m not going to get into this hobby… it’s too expensive!” Then in the spring of 2001… someone invited me to a Stampin’ Up! party and I was hooked! I placed an order, but was in the midst of getting my family ready for a trip to Florida. I told my friend who had hosted the party that if the order arrived before I left, to not give it to me. Otherwise, I would have started playing with everything and we never would have left for our trip. That didn’t work though, as I ended up at Toyrifix buying stamps because I couldn’t wait to get started!

How much time per day do you spend on your crafts? Is it enough? :)
That’s very hard to answer, since I’m lucky enough to say that my job is stamping! My daughters have to leave for school very early, so I get up early with them. I generally try to be ready to leave for work shortly after they leave for school, and that leaves me an hour or so to do some stamping at home. I also spend most evenings working on things, too. And then there are days when I get quite a bit of stamping time at work, but other days when the administrative side of my job requires more attention. But no, it’s never enough!

What is your favorite craft item to use or project to make?
I am slowly learning to use my Copic markers, and I just love them. I want all the colors! I have also become a great lover of clear and unmounted stamps. You get so much more for your buck with them, and storage for them takes up so much less space!

Where do you get your inspiration (for your stamp creating or card making)?
When I worked in the medical field, I used to get a LOT of inspiration from the scrub uniforms that my co-workers would wear! The colors and the patterns always gave me such good ideas! I still do look at clothing, artwork, and nature for inspiration. I’ve decided that when spring comes I’m going to start carrying my camera in my purse, because I sometimes see flowers, or a beautiful tree or landscape, and think that a photo of the object would look great on a card! I’m also constantly inspired by all the great stampers on SplitCoast Stampers, and from all the blogs I visit daily.

Do you have any advice for fellow crafters out there? Words of wisdom, perhaps? :)
Believe in yourself! Don’t feel like you have to create things that look like everyone elses! But also don’t be afraid to CASE someone’s work if it’s something you like, as long as you always remember to give credit to the original artist if you choose to display your creation. I challenge anyone to find a stamper out there who isn’t thrilled to discover that their work was inspirational enough that someone wanted to copy it, and I especially love it when someone let’s me know that they did CASE my work! CASE’ing is a great way to learn about new products, new techniques, new design elements, and to just expand your horizons. It’s also a great help if you’re in a creative slump!

These are just a few of the wonderful projects Tammy has made. I picked these a little over a week ago, so there are many new items on her blog to see!

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And this was one of her very first cards. It's amazing how our styles change as we learn new things about stamping!

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I hope you have enjoyed meeting Tammy and Featured Crafter Friday. If you would like to be featured, please send me an email! I would be more than happy to include you! See you next Friday for another wonderful crafter!

Congratulations, Tammy, on

Posted by Patti (not verified) on February 8, 2008 - 8:25am

Congratulations, Tammy, on being the featured crafter! Of course, all of us Buckeye Babes have known about Tammy's fabulous talent for a long time now. I am in awe of Tammy's work, and am proud to say I am in possession of some of her "early" work! Keep it comin', Tammy!!

Big Congratulations to you,

Posted by Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) (not verified) on February 8, 2008 - 12:52pm

Big Congratulations to you, Tammy! I don't know where you find the time to come up with such great cards but you are an inspiration! Keep up the good work . . . Stamp On!!

Miss Tammy's cards and

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 8, 2008 - 5:17pm

Miss Tammy's cards and projects are AWESOME! She does such a fabulous job blending colors, sketches and embellishemnts! Great job Tammy!

Congrats!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on February 8, 2008 - 10:05pm

Congrats Tammy!!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!

Congratulations, Tammy!

Posted by Charmaine (not verified) on February 9, 2008 - 1:04pm

Congratulations, Tammy! What a great feature! Your work is just awesome!

Congrats!!!!

Posted by Lisa Banks (not verified) on February 9, 2008 - 8:15pm

Wow Tammy!!! Loved reading all about you!!! Your Amazing....(((Hugs)))

You're great!

Posted by Rachel (not verified) on February 11, 2008 - 12:33am

I know I am a little late posting this but I wanted to say that you are awesome! I love your art. Thanks for all your help, friendship and inspiration in the kitchen. :)