Welcome to my blog. Over the years that I have been stamping and paper crafting, I have so often been inspired by the ideas on other sites and blogs. I hope I can pay that back in some measure with my own. (In between laughs -- or cackles as my son calls it!)

About Me

I'm known to many as "Illinois Marge" on Splitcoaststampers.  I'm a single mother to two handsome sons, both now grown and graduated from college.  I live in the western suburbs of Chicago.  For over thirty years I've worked in the telecommunications industry.

For my blog title, I've chosen Cacklin' Crafter.  For many years when friends would come over and stamp, we would just laugh and giggle, having so much fun.  My son used to say we "cackled".

I was drawn into rubber stamping by my neighbor Sue, who invited me one cold January day to a Stampin' Up home party.  Well, I was hooked immediately!  I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator for five years, and loved every minute of it.  I have made some great friends through stamping -- you know who you are!  

I retired early, and enjoyed a few months of relaxing more, sipping my morning coffee a bit more leisurely, and devoting more time to my paper crafting and rubber stamping hobby. But I recently returned to work full time and am once again juggling corporate life and my stamping hobby.