Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Featured Member -

Today we are introducing you to CHERYL GORKA!!!

I just love her style so let's get to know her a bit better!!!

Hello! I’m Cheryl Gorka. I’ll try to make this interesting but I live a very normal life. You might want to grab another cup of coffee before reading. My husband and I have known each other for years and will have been married for 12 years in November. Our daughter will turn 9 also in November. Two dogs (a lab/golden mix & a cocker spaniel) and a Senegal parrot round out our family.
I work full time for an electronics distributor in the Fortune 250. My job is filled with spread sheets, numbers and conference calls. I am lucky enough to be able to telecommute from home and only have to go into the office or travel for special meetings. Working from home has its ups and downs, but you can’t beat the commute! I work flex hours so that I can maximize the time spent with my family.

When I am not paper crafting, I love reading and listening to music. I always have music on. I love all types of music from pop, rock, alternative, alt-country, blues, rockabilly, you name it. I jazzercise 2-3 times a week to try to stay in shape. It is the only work out program that keeps me from getting bored after a few months.

You will find me on other crafting, music and book networks as “elizgmom”. My paper crafting blog is She Stamps.

How long have you been paper crafting?
I would say on and off again for about 5 years. I really started getting more involved over the past 12-14 months.

How did you get started in paper crafting?
I started paper crafting by going to a neighbor’s Creative Memories party. I thought it was neat and bought a few things. I had a friend in the neighborhood who liked to scrap book so we would get together to let our daughters play while we put some pages together.
Another friend brought me to a Stampin’ Up workshop and I found I loved making cards. I would look forward to the workshop and an evening with my friends every month. The demo’s life got busy so she stopped having regular workshops. I looked around for another demo in my area but couldn’t find anyone whose style I clicked with. About that time (a little over a year ago), some one left a comment on a card I had posted on Splitcoast Stampers that I should enter my card in their challenge. That one comment opened up an entire new world for me. I found blogging and challenges, and started developing my own style. Then I found digital stamps and I haven’t looked back since.

What crafting item can you not live without?
Just one? Oh boy, I think my ATG tape gun. I used other types of adhesive in the past and my projects would sometimes fall apart. I have never had that problem with ATG tape.

What is your favorite paper crafting company?
This is another hard one. There are so many fabulous companies out there and I love so many of the products right now. If I have to pick one, I would say October Afternoon. I love their paper. I am terrible – I save the smallest little scraps just in case I can use them to paper piece something later.

What is your favorite coloring medium?
Copic markers! I really just started using them over the last few months but they are now my “go to” coloring medium. I am in awe of how well some people can color with them.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Not really. My family and friends, paper crafting, and work take up most of my time. I fill any other free time reading.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I am really honored to be chosen as a Featured Member. Thank you for letting me share a little bit about myself.

Here are some of Cheryl's beautiful projects!!!

As always, we are grateful you stopped by!!


Tracey Malnofski said...

Hi Cheryl,
I loved your bio.
Thank you so much for sharing. :D

Rhonda Miller said...

Hi Cheryl, it's nice to get to know you a little better. Your creations are great.

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

Cheryl, congrats, thanks for sharing your bio and your cards are always awesome.

Karin said...

Hi Cheryl! Beautiful cards :)

Ann Schach said...

Cheryl, your work is fabulous! I love it!

Marlene said...

Always love your work, Cheryl!

1CardCreator said...

I love your work Cheryl, so glad you have been featured so others can see all the beauty you create.

Cheryl said...

Thank you every one! :)

Scrap It Girl said...

I love the cards they posted.. great examples of your beautiful work. Congrats.

Crafty Creations said...

Congrats Cheryl!!!! You are awesome and I enjoy being blog buddies with you :)