Memory heaven for Glenwood woman |

Memory heaven for Glenwood woman

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One step into Barb Bleich’s stamping studio, and you know could spend lots of time creating projects which would be cherished for years. She has a literal storehouse of thousands of stamps, papers, inks, punches, chalks, ribbon, buttons and glitter.

Barb moved to Glenwood Springs from Ormond Beach, Fla., in March of 2006, and relocated her parents to Glenwood at that time. She previously owned a vacation condo in Snowmass had been visiting the Roaring Fork Valley since the late 1970s.

Now Barb has four generations living in the valley. She loves the small-town ambiance and the friendly people in Glenwood.

Before she moved to Glenwood, she was a medical practice administrator for cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons for more than 26 years. She negotiated hospital and insurance contracts, and handled all accounting and legal matters. It was rewarding but stressful, and Barb started rubber stamping at 5 a.m. before work to start her day.

“It’s relaxing, challenging and creative,” said Barb. She teaches classes using different cardmaking and scrapbooking techniques to create many other gifts from wedding invitations and decorations to calendars.

“The most fun project I have done was for my Dad. Last year, I remade his scrapbook he had put together during World War II. It was disintegrating and I wanted to preserve it for my grandson.”

Barb spent many hours talking with her father about his war experiences, a subject he had never discussed with her before. The new album contains the original album cover, pennants, War Department and personal letters, along with the treasured photos of her father and his buddies. To give the pages an extra shot of his personality, she copied his notations on the backs of the photographs, and then attached the notations to the pages.

“He was in the Quartermaster Core Intelligence Division from Camp Lee, Virginia, and was stationed in the Pacific Theater, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Hiroshima.”

Barb is affiliated with Stampin’ Up!, a company which offers stamping supplies and home decor products.

“It’s an opportunity to earn money to support my stamping habit, and its flexible hours fit my schedule.”

“My web site,, lists my classes and events, and I send out all sales notices and a monthly newsletter by e-mail.”

Barb advises scrapbookers to make sure to date and identify people on the back of all photos, and to take photos with compelling backgrounds and anything which dates the photo, such as an automobile.

When she’s not stamping in her basement, “My neighbors and I ‘do lunch,'” she said. “We visit all the local restaurants. I’m also a Gator football fanatic.”

“But my favorite time is with my grandchildren, Wade and Lila Soho,” she said proudly. “They live in Basalt. They camp at Grammy’s house and always head to the craftroom to make cards or gifts for their parents. It really keeps them busy and it’s fun watching the way they create.”

Barb explained her stampers don’t dress up for her classes, some ladies have even attended in their pajamas.

“We’re a very happy group. We’ve got everything we need to make our projects, plus a fridge full of water and sodas and pretzels and candy.”

Barb would like organize a group of people who would regularly attend weekly stamping classes to make quantities of cards for nursing homes, troops overseas and the military, and hospitals. To contact Barb, call 384-2265.

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