About Shannon…

My name is Shannon Baker and I want to welcome you to my little corner of the world! In a nutshell, I’m a Disney lovin’ Paper Crafter with a JuJu-kitty sidekick!  …Basically I get to spend my days embellishing everything Close To My Heart with my favorite little orange kitty by my side.  Together we love to immerse ourselves in funny moments, family memories, and all of the little things in life that mean the most.  <3

I began “professionally” playing with paper in 2001 when my girls were just 12, 6 & 2.  We had just moved from Washington to Oregon with their dad’s job and I was finding that being a stay-at-home mom away from my parents was super hard!  Luckily, I discovered my love of paper-crafting and blogging which really helped me pass the time between family visits.  It also created an awesome opportunity for me to share my family photos while creating tangible memories on pretty paper.

Girls and JuJu

In early 2009, after 23 years of marriage, I found myself going through an unexpected divorce.  Fortunately, I was able to continue working my ‘at-home’ business around the needs and activities of my three girls while creating an income to help us survive.  This was such a huge blessing and an incredible opportunity for me to blossom into the person I am today.

In mid 2010 I met Rafe, a pretty fabulous guy that found it totally awesome that paper-crafting and earning expense-paid trips were a thing!  I, of course, had to back up my words so I earned us a trip to Puerto Rico and a Cruise through the Caribbean with all my favorite Close To My Heart friends.  Woohoo!

Fast forward 5 years to 2015 and this (photo) happened!

The Tower Of Terror… a pretty fitting location when you consider my fear of getting remarried and his fear of me saying no!  lol  All went well, though, and we began looking forward to wedded bliss in the fall of 2016.

Can I just say that I have been so incredibly blessed in life and in my Close To My Heart journey? I thank God every day for all of my blessings. <3

If you would like to know more about Close To My Heart or what it is I do, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’d love to help you experience the joy that is Close To My Heart.  PLUS, I’ll even sprinkle in bits of humor and freebies to keep you entertained along the way.  😉

Shannon has Career Highlights – Click HERE!

Also, please feel free to connect with me at shannon@stampinbuds.com to discuss anything Close To My Heart.  I love to make new paper-crafting friends.  <3

My Faves

Fave Coffee

Starbucks PSL

Fave Place


Fave Movie

When Harry Met Sally

Fave HOliday