Spellbinders’ Design Team
Hailing from several countries, these diverse women design projects for Spellbinders® Idea Gallery, trade and consumer events, and advertising. Their work has been featured in nearly every major paper crafts magazine and they have taught paper crafting classes at small stores, consumer conventions, and events. They are real women who have families and jobs, and have a passion for using Spellbinders products in innovative ways. Get to know them by reading their personal blogs and experience their art in the Idea Gallery.
AJ Otto, Design Team Coordinator
|AJ has been crafting since as long as she can remember, but the spark to get into paper crafting began when she was pregnant with her oldest child. Wanting to preserve every moment and memory led her to scrapbooking. Although she has since gone into card making, she still scrapbooks but with a “less is more” approach which can also be found in her card designs. AJ loves linear graphic images and clean lined designs which has carried over to her overall crafting style. |
She is a stay at home mom to two children, Will (14) and Lauren (9). Along with her husband, they live in the Pacific Northwest area and love the outdoors. They spend time kayaking, skiing or hanging out at the beach. She also loves to cook, bake and does photography…and recently taken up beading again.
For more creative inspiration from AJ, visit her blog at The Willow Garden.
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| Although her full name is Rebecca, most know her as Beck or BT (short for her surname). Beck’s love of paper crafting includes scrapbooking layouts to projects to cards – she loves to try anything! She describes her style as layered and detailed with an element of control (she claims “it must be the Virgo in me”). She enjoys working with different products and the challenge of trying different styles and techniques. Married to her wonderful husband who is very supportive of her craft, they have two beautiful boys (2.5 years old and 4 years old) that keep her on her toes. Thrilled to be part of the design team, her love of Spellbinders die template began when she looked at the dies to create various elements on her pages. She especially loves to challenge herself to put embellishments other than flowers on her “boy” projects! Through the years as new and different products appear in the paper crafting world, her addiction to Spellbinders has been consistent. Ask what her favorite die template is? She truly loves it all! |
Come visit Beck’s blog as she shares her creations with others at Beck BT.
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| Chris attempted to scrapbook when she was pregnant with her first child but gave it up within days. Then when she was pregnant again, she decided to give it another whirl to keep her busy but it turned out that card making became her passion! Most of her handmade items are created in her craft shed, a little get-away and a place of serenity. |
Residing in Las Vegas, Chris and her husband, Dean, have two children Joseph and Ava. Aside from crafting, Chris’ passions include mental health awareness and peaceful parenting techniques. In her spare time, she likes to bird watch, learn new recipes, attempt to bake and make card with her kids. She hopes to inspire others to make time to create and find some inner peace through crafting.
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| Christine resides in a town neatly placed between London and the seaside, in Kent, England. Her home is a tiny Victorian terrace filled with two teenage sons, a dog named Bella and a couple of cats too! Christine works part time in London as a Legal Secretary. In her spare time she loves to craft. She learned to sew and knit as a child, and most recently Christine had a bead jewelry business. Once she discovered paper crafting she was instantly hooked. "I had discovered a way to 'gift wrap life', capture special moments and beautify them with craft." Christine describes her personal style as somewhat vintage with a slightly out of control addiction to butterflies. Christine can also be seen demonstrating Spellbinders on UK’s Create & Craft TV. |
Flutter by Christine's personal blog at Hope & Chances.
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| With a seamstress for a mom and a dad who dabbled in carpentry and framing, creativity was something Janice was trained in from a young age. As a young child, Janice’s parents provided her with many opportunities and resources to create in many ways. While her main love is paper crafting, sewing, jewelry making, crocheting, home decorating, and cake decorating fight for that spot at times. Although, she describes her style as being classic, clean and simple, she enjoys drawing inspiration from vintage finds which often shows in her work. Not wanting to be pinned down to just one style, Janice loves trying new things and enjoys mixing styles to create interesting pieces. |
Janice is married to her husband of ten years and is kept busy by her three precious children: Elijah (6), Judah (5) and Isabella Wren (1). They reside in Waco, Texas. When Janice isn’t crafting or watching over her tribe, you can find her hitting the mountain bike trails at their local nature park or dancing the pounds away at the local Zumba class.
See more inspiration from Janice at her blog, Made To Create.
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Marielle Le Blanc
| Marielle has always been a crafty person but really got addicted to scrapbooking after the birth of Gabriel in 2002. She enjoys the "ME" time and loves the beautiful projects she can create with her hands, using gorgeous papers and imagination! |
She lives on the east coast of Canada, in Dieppe, New Brunswick, with my husband of 12 years and their two great little guys, Gabriel (11) and Felix (9). They are often the subjects of many layouts! Marielle works part-time as a nurse in the outpatients clinics which she loves to do. She also loves to play in the garden, go on hikes with the boys and is #1 supporter of her boys at hockey and at baseball.
Visit Marielle’s blog, Le Scrap de Marilou, for more inspiration.
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|Teresa has been drawing, painting and crafting since she was very young. She has a graphic and costume design background. Teresa teaches card and Spellbinders classes at her local scrapbook store. Her creativity has led her to be on many design teams, including being a design team coordinator. Her work has been published online as well as in print publications. Her style changes with her creative endeavors but truly loves Victorian and Shabby Chic looks. Her favorite thing to do is create with Spellbinders dies because of its versatility. She can create endless designing options that reflect in many of her projects. |
Teresa is married with two wonderful kids and two dogs. They live in sunny southern California. When she is not crafting she is spending time sewing, hiking, hanging out at the beach, traveling and working in her gardens.
See what Teresa is creating at her blog, Victorian Paper Queen.
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| Theresa started stamping in 2007 and she hasn’t looked back since! She is primarily a card maker but enjoys 3D projects, and admits to finding scrapbook pages challenging. She is on a stamping design team, illustrates her own line of stamps, and has been published in major magazines. Theresa describes her style as clean and layered, and loves to add sponging to her projects. |
Theresa is has been married to Mike for 26 years, and they have one daughter, Stephanie. At home in Northern California, she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking and drawing when she’s not making cards.
Visit Theresa’s blog at Crafting The Web.
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Yvonne Van de Grijp
| A simple promise to send a handmade card in 2008 opened the doors to the “wonderful world of stamping” for Yvonne, now a full-fledged craft addict! She taught herself many coloring techniques with pencils, markers and inks. While originally a card maker, Yvonne has found a few items that could use a mixed media makeover. Yvonne is on two design teams and has created samples for both German and UK television. Yvonne’s describes her style as romantic and nostalgic, with “old-looking” soft colors with some distressing. She likes to stamp and color images on her projects, and strives for originality in her work. |
Yvonne comes to us from the Netherlands and assures us that no one wears wooden shoes! She and husband Harrie have three adult children Suzanne, Jeroen, and Marjolein, along with Phoebe, her rescued English Cocker Spaniel. Originally a lawyer, Yvonne now takes care of her family, parents and pup. She enjoys long walks in the woods with Phoebe, and appreciates nature in all four seasons. She keeps busy with cooking, gardening, reading, traveling and movies with happy endings. Yvonne speaks Dutch, English, German, Spanish and some French.
“Being creative is a way of life too…” on Yvonne’s blog, Phoebeez.
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Spellbinders’ Mixed Media/Jewelry Design Team
This wonderful and creative group of designers will inspire others to create with mixed media and jewelry-related projects for Spellbinders. They will share their artwork through our Idea Gallery, trade shows, consumer events and advertising pieces. Let them show and inspire you to explore beyond into Spellbinders Media Mixage Line and the many other products we offer!
|Even as a child, John had an obsession with paper and everything that could be done with it- lettering, painting, collage and even bookmaking. Although his degree is in Photography, his passion for paper arts lead him into a variety of different fields along the way including printing and design. In high school he began making journals from old books that he kept sketches, ideas, clippings, and his day to day adventures in which naturally led him into the altered arts- and three shelves of books! Along the way he picked up a few more “obsessions” including calligraphy, beading, and rubber stamping. John attributes his passion for art to being a Seattle native and “needing something to do the 9 months of the year when it’s constantly raining.” When not teaching classes or creating in his studio, you’ll probably find John trying a new recipe in the kitchen that he found on Pinterest or enjoying the view of Mt. Rainier from his deck with his family- when there’s a break in the clouds!
To follow John’s next creative endeavor, check out his blog at Art New Wave.
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|Judy has enjoyed creating things as long as she can remember. When she saw a demonstration of rubber stamping and heat embossing, she was hooked! That led to card making with rubber stamps and eventually to Spellbinders and the world of die cutting! She loves the versatility of Spellbinders die cut shapes, not only for paper but also fabric, metal foils and much more. Her favorite crafts are metal embossing, rubber stamping, sewing, soldering, crocheting, knitting, jewelry making and gardening. Judy looks forward to pulling from all of her crafting skills in her designs for the Mixed Media Design Team.
Judy and husband Dennis live in rural southwestern Minnesota where they enjoy the beauty of farmland all around them. They have 3 grown children, 4 wonderful grandchildren and a cat named Lilly. Judy works full time as Postmaster in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
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|Thespoena is a self-taught mixed media artist and teacher. She started scrapbooking in 1996 when her first daughter was born and from there she had layouts and cards published in magazines and won some national contests. In 2009 she started her blog Vintiquities Workshop and started dabbling in mixed media art. Since then she has had work published in multiple magazines including a cover for Sew Somerset in 2011. Thespa (short for Thespoena) loves to tell the stories of found objects in her work, loves to be inspired by the many creative people online, and hopes to inspire others to embrace their creativity. She loves turquoise, antiques, chippy paint, old rhinestones, rusty metal, blue green patina, hot chocolate, and cool breezy fall days. She loves to camp, play guitar, sew, metal detect, bargain hunt, go junking, and spend time with her kids. Her style is self-described as a cross between Rustic and Romantic Layers with a touch of Whimsy.
See all of Thespa’s artwork at Vintiquities Workshop.
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At Spellbinders we believe inspiration is a two way street. We are as inspired by paper crafters as much as we hope our products inspire them. Over the years, we've developed a network of talented men and women sharing their personal inspiration and creativity through their blogs.
|Linda comes from a family of artists; she started knitting at the age of 6. Four years ago she was introduced to stamping at a party. “I have escalated from ‘How Boring’, quickly bypassed ‘Addicted’ to ‘Obsessed’ at a fairly alarming rate...and not looking for a cure!” She makes cards every day, loves mini albums, scrapbooks when she can. Linda is a member of several design teams and has been published multiple times online, in magazines, and in books. Linda describes her style as eclectic, vintage with a touch of shabby. She loves to embellish with lace, pearls, ribbon and of course, Spellbinders dies! |
Originally from New Zealand, Linda met her husband while on holiday in Australia. They have three teenagers and call Canberra, Australia home. In her spare time Linda loves spend time with special people and create! She runs workshops and card design classes and makes cards to sell in local boutiques.
Spend some time at Lovely Linda's Craft Central, her blog.
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|Laura has been crafting, cooking and sewing from an early age. Her mother sat her down at the sewing machine at the age of eleven, she has never stopped sewing. Her favorite media is food and she has been cooking longer than she has been sewing. With a degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Sciences being crafty was pretty much a pre-requisite! Laura started blogging in 2010 and has been sharing recipes, crafts, travel adventures and fun events on her blog Pink Cake Plate. Between working full time and blogging Laura has little time to spend on lengthy projects, you will find her crafts and recipes easy and quick to make!! With a passion for Social Media Laura spends what little free time she has perusing Pinterest and sharing pictures on Instagram. |
She lives in Arizona with her husband and 2 dachshunds, when they have time they love to head to Disneyland to spend time at the most magical place on earth. She is a “Bonus” Mom and is the Grandmother to one granddaughter and is expecting their first grandson in December.
Visit Laura at: Pink Cake Plate
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Spellbinders’ Blog Team
|Since she was a school girl, Becca’s been making something. She began knitting, crocheting, sewing and embroidering at a young age, developing an artistic interest in fibers, textures and color. Her fascination with crafting exploded into a studio full of paper, craft tools, markers, yarn, fabric and more importantly a lifestyle. Crafting is her creative outlet and personal therapy. Although seasoned and skilled in a number of areas, paper crafting is her favorite. Introduced to stamping through an embroidery friend in 1995, Becca was immediately hooked with a particular love for die cutting. Her inspiration comes from her passion for the craft and her desire to express herself creatively striving to things in an unexpected way. Her favorite Spellbinders products are Labels, Pendants and Frameabilities®. A 25 year Florida resident, Becca has worked for a hotel company for 20+ years as a Network Engineer. Crafting is her relief from a heavily technical day! She has three children in college, all living locally. |
Be amazed when you visit Becca's blog, Amazing Paper Grace.
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|Darsie is a lifelong crafter, although she started stamping in 2004. She considers herself a cardmaker, but loves a good mixed media project! She describes her style as elegant, frilly and Victorian inspired. She spends her days as a papercrafting teacher, creating handmade crafts to sell, and is a member of multiple design teams. Her work has been published in many of the leading stamping magazines. |
Darsie lives in upstate New York and is a mom to three, Nessa, Lee, and Al, all adults now. She is encouraged and inspired by them, as well as her brother Scott and sister Robin, and the memories of her parents. In her spare time Darsie loves reading mystery and romance novels, watching old movies and relaxing by the lake.
Visit her blog at Crafting with Darsie.
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|Debbie Olson is a designer with a passion for teaching. With a background in graphic design and education, teaching paper crafting was a natural outlet for fulfilling the creative urge on a time-budget. She has been privileged to work with many industry leaders, including several stamp companies, paper and accessory companies, and a marker company, as well as Spellbinders Paper Arts. Her favorite Spellbinders dies are generally those with clean, simple lines -currently the Labels series. In her non-paper crafting free time, she plays piano, works with stained glass, and enjoys spending time with her husband and eleven-year-old son in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. |
Learn more about Debbie on her personal blog, Thinking Inking.
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|Heidi resides in Minnesota with her husband Eric and two sons Dusty and Evan. She has been involved with paper crafting for over twenty years. Heidi was introduced to stamping in 1988, and over the years, has taught many classes at her local stamping and scrapbooking stores. "I love to create a large spectrum of projects with a broad range of styles, but I lean towards the vintage, artsy style," She's been very fortunate to work with and design for some wonderful companies. Heidi has had artwork published in a variety of national and international magazines. "My favorite Spellbinders die templates are the Motifs and Accents, but the Labels come in a close second!" Heidi loves the versatility of Spellbinders die templates and says her favorite technique is Reverse Stenciling. "I love creating cards, altered arts, home décor, and scrapbooking— traditional and digital." In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, floral design, painting, gardening and jewelry making. |
See all of Heidi's work on her blog, Embellished Dreams.
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|Linda lives in California's Central San Joaquin Valley. As a child, she always had a pencil and paper in her hands. After living in Europe for three years, she studied under a local artist that taught her how to expand her art. After returning to the US, Linda became a Certified Instructor in ceramics and then branched out to the National Society of Decorative Painters. Linda has always dabbled in all crafty things - beading, polymer clay, wire art, knitting/crocheting and rubber stamping. Linda is in her sixth year as a Spellbinders designer. |
Visit Linda's creative inspiration at her blog: lindaduke.typepad.com.
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| Michelle was introduced to stamping through a home party consultant and never looked back. She considers herself a card maker and enjoys the satisfaction of finishing a card and giving it to a friend. Her style has evolved to be clean and simple. "But, I love to play around with embellishments and layers," and creates in a variety of styles. As a stay at home mom to two boys, Michelle stamps for her sanity. It also serves her desire to indulge in things girlie, frilly and pink. She crafts every day. Michelle and her husband, Bill, along with Daniel and Ryan, ages 8 & 6, reside outside of Portland, Oregon. |
Be sure to Stop and Stamp the Roses with Michelle on her personal blog.
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|Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist, author, and instructor from New York City. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada and can be found in multiple books, independent zines, and national magazines including Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, Studios, and Artful Blogging. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his book "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed", released in March 2012 by North Light Books. He is also the artist behind two workshop DVDs released in June 2012 by North Light Media: "Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques" and "Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal". He is currently working on his second book, due to be released in January 2014. Seth joined the Spellbinders Blog Team in November 2012 and looks forward to all of the new possibilities. |
Visit Seth at The Altered Page.
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|Sherry thinks of herself as an artist. Her two beautiful daughters, aged 25 and 22, would differ with her, and prefer to call her a crafter. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Sherry now calls Jeffersonville, Indiana home. She's been married to Lance for 32 years, they've moved around some and settled on the Sunnyside of Louisville to raise their children and live near family. Her passions are my family, stamping, reading, automobile racing, and gardening." I’ve been crafting all my life, starting as a little girl making potholders, painting, knitting, counted cross-stitch, etc., and eventually went on to minor in art while in college." Sherry seriously started stamping and paper crafting in September of 2005 and soon realized she had found a creative outlet that let her work with her art background. After working with a number of whimsical/cutesy images for a number of years, she found her niche in altered art in a vintage and distressed style. "I’m at my creative best when I have ink on my fingers and I’m sanding away on a project. I love taking new things and making them look old." Sherry can be found shopping the junk stores and gets very excited when she sees an old wood box or shelf to alter. "I buy it when I see it, and keep a stockpile of alterables on hand at all times!" Sherry loves Spellbinders floral die templates and considers those her favorite. She likes to create one of a kind wall hangings and other home décor items. |
Visit Sherry's blog at Walking on the Bad Side.
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Spellbinders’ Inspiration Team
This group of highly talented and knowledgeable designers are Spellbinders Ambassadors, creating videos and attending local events to share one on one inspiration with you! Get to know the Inspiration Team by visiting their personal blogs and attending events when they make a personal appearance!
|Julie Overby is an avid paper crafter who has been designing for Spellbinders Paper Arts for over three years. Her three children (eight, ten and thirteen) are a constant source of her inspiration. Her husband of 17 years is one of her biggest supporters in all her hobbies which also include photography, piano, and running. Recently, their family relocated to B.C. Canada where they are getting settled in for their next adventure. |
She has been passionately involved in this industry for over 10 years and shares her artwork on her blog, Mini Moments.
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|Kazan, who originally hails from South Africa, moved to beautiful Colorado with her Canadian husband 14 years ago. Crafting is a hobby which she thoroughly enjoys! It offers her ways to be creative in all area's of her life including scrapbooking pictures of her two little girls (who love crafting with their Mama too!). As a family they love to travel all over the world - it is often times that Kazan will use these multicultural experiences as inspiration for her projects. |
Her love for all things Spellbinders is evident in her projects on her blog, Nunu Toolies, and in various publications and media outlets, so it is with great excitement that Kazan continues her journey with Spellbinders as a member of the Inspiration Team.
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| Lesley, a wife and mom of three, resides near Toronto, Ontario. She fell in love with paper crafting five years ago by chance, when she met a new friend who loved stamping. It didn't take long to invest in stamps, ink, paper and flowers: the bare essentials! Lesley thrives on challenges, working with new products and carving out a new path for crafting. "I enjoy teaching, and using my digital camera to take unique shots of people and things, and of course, my finished projects!" she says. Her creative process always starts with a vision. She considers the combination of products she has and can usually see the end result in her head even before she begins. She loves the agelessness of working with the various labels and standard shapes in the Spellbinders Nestabilities® line, and she is drawn to the possibilities of the many flower die templates that Spellbinders has to offer. Lesley has been designing in the paper crafting industry for several years and serves as a design team member for several companies. |
Hang around Lesley's personal blog, Lesley Langdon Creative.
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| Tina leads a busy but exciting life in New Brunswick, Canada, with her hubby of 12 years and five wonderful children. They range in age from 22 months to 9 years old. Tina's escape from everyday reality is scrapbooking, and she's been doing it for over 8 years, and teaching it for almost as long. "I draw inspiration from life around me! Everything from the looks on my children's faces, to their clothes, music we listen to, and emotions in our daily life!" says Tina. Her style can be described as romantic, clean and simple. She loves distressing, black and white photos and journaling strips. Her first love is scrapbooking, but she has grown to enjoy cardmaking and mixed media. Tina currently serves several companies as a design team member and has been published in many popular magazines. This is Tina’s second term as a Spellbinders Design Team Member. |
When not crafting, she makes time to cook, read and spend time with family.
Escape to Tina's personal blog, My Sanity.
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|Windy and her husband Brian are proud parents to seven-year old Campbell, who is unique, intelligent and musically inclined, and Hadley, who is creative, athletic and comedic at the age of four. They reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Windy holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Museum Education, concentrating in Art Museum Education. Currently a stay at home mom, Windy finds ways to engage herself and her children in creative endeavors and instills the importance of art education in their lives. "I've been scrapbooking for about 13 years, and started making cards a couple of years ago. Since then I have fallen head over heels in love with card making," Windy said. Her style ranges from classy and elegant to homespun and cute, and her designs include layers, distressing and stamping. Her daughters enjoy crafting alongside her, and are learning to share their cards with loved ones. Windy serves as a design team member for several popular companies and has had her work published in magazines. In her spare time she spends time with family and volunteers in her community. "If I can do something helpful and creative every day, I'm a happy girl!" |
Hang out with Windy on her personal blog, Card and Page.
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*Photos by Allison Tyler Jones Photography