My Story

My name is Karla...and I am a stamp-a-holic!

Seriously, I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since January 2006 and find it so rewarding. Not only do I get to be creative, I also get to be a coach and teacher, offering fresh project ideas and encouragement to my customers and friends.

I am orignally from Oak Ridge, TN, but now live in Cleveland, TN (just 20 minutes north of Chattanooga off I-75).  Being involved in crafts is a family tradition I get from my mother.  Currently, I am enrolled in Graduate School at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga working towards a Masters in Public Administration.  In addition to stamping, I work as a consultant assisting nonprofit organizations with planning and development.  I enjoy volunteering and serve as the Chair for the Holston Conference United Methodsit Church’s Domestic Violence Task Force.  My interests beyond crafts include storytelling, geocaching, flatwater kayaking, 4-wheel driving Jeeps, music, and reading.  I am married to Billyl Kurtz who is the Pastor of Big Spring and Valley Head United Methodist Churches in Cleveland, TN.  Together we have three children (of the 4-legged furry variety): Priscilla (age 15) and Thelma & Louise (sisters age 4).  Our cats provide loads of unconditional love and entertainment.

Stamping and scrapbooking are a wonderful creative outlet and hobby.  If you haven't tried it, I encourage you to do so this year.  It provides not only wonderful fellowship, relaxation, and fun.  Plus you go home from workshops with cards, scrapbook pages, gifts, etc., that you can share with family and friends.

Now  that you know a little about me, it's time for me to get to know you.  Contact me today by email or phone and let's find a time together and play with stamps.  The possibilities of what you can create are endless!


January 2008 - I am setting my personal and professionals goals for 2008.  I want to continue taking classes towards my Masters Degree.  I am working to change my eating habits to lose weight (notice I didn't say the 4-letter word diet).  I am restructuring my stamping business to offer more workshops beginning in March so check back in February to see my calendar of events.