Introducing the world premiere of the new Gingersnap Creations Design Team!
The inside scoop on our all-star cast in alphabetical order:
We went on location with Jean Franks Beck who shared: "I am a relocated "Yankee" living in central North Carolina with my husband and two children. After 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, I "retired" to stay at home with the kids. I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years and stamping for about 2 years. My style is mostly vintage, but I like to try lots of different trends and styles."
In addition to her role at Gingersnap Creations, Jean will also be appearing as a Design Team Member at Cornish Heritage Farms where she recently won the Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge.
Debby Boltman comments on her newest production: "I’m Debby and extremely delighted to be part of the Gingersnap Creations design team. I live in Bothell, WA and I am married with 1 daughter and 3 doggies. I own a cleaning business which keeps me very challenged at times. I enjoy playing with all sorts of mediums and materials. And I do mean play. I like to get messy. My craft area is my release from the daily grind and I can get lost there for hours. I feel very blessed to have made some fabulous friends via blogging and crafting. I’m looking forward to playing and sharing with the Gingersnap Creations design team!"
Debby is starring in the following Design Teams: Hearts In Touch, Squigglefly and Paper Temptress. She is a Guest Designer for Artistic Outpost and has the distinction of being the first-ever official member of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group!
Jo Capper-Sandon, a mixed media and recycled artwork specialist, confessed: "I find myself looking at everything and anything to see how it could be altered or transformed with stamps. I trained as a textile designer and so love texture, colour and layers. I'm 45 and live on the south coast of the UK in a beautiful tranquil village with my husband and two sons (6 and 18). I belong to various Design Teams and also write on a regular basis for Craft Stamper magazine."
Those other design teams Jo mentioned are: Paperbag Studios and Crafty Individuals. Jo is also regularly seen on Paper Artsy, Art Journey, Stampotique Originals, The Stamp Attic and, in print, in Craft Stamper Magazine.
Straight from sunny Greece, we got this report from Elina Koutsouradi: "I first came across scrapbooking 5 years ago when I bought a crafts magazine in a trip to England and it got me hooked!! I had been doing baby scrap steps since then and major steps the last two years! I get inspiration and techniques from magazines, the internet and scrap-trips, and would love to see some day Greece scrapping some more (it is not yet very popular here!). I would describe my style as ever evolving!!! I love experimenting with all sorts of styles from shabby vintage style to really abstract and modern, I like challenging myself to adjust to the products I have in my hands and get a look that suits my esthetics."
Elina debuted on the Scrapbooking in Greece Challenge blog which she founded and works with The Studio as design team member. She also is a contributing artist for The Everyday Scrapper. In print, you can Elina's work in Scrapbook News & Review and coming up in Scrapbook Inspirations UK and Scrapbook Trends.
We got the low-down on Laura Liddell in her own words: "Devoted to loving and happiness. Love to make things. Hate housework. Good cook. Wonderful family even if the two girls are now teenagers. Great partner. Mad handsome springer spaniel."
Doing her debut Design Team performance with Gingersnap Creations, Laura is sure to be a be a rising star.
Hels Sheridan confesses all: "My name is Hels, I am married to Graham - but he is know as Grim (LOL), we have a mad cat called Alfie who is our fur baby. I have been crafting in one form or another all my life, from making cards with my Gran when I was little to needlecraft, cross stitching etc until nearly 7 years ago when I decided to make my own cards...to save money....yes, everyone says that but it is true! That was what I thought, until I got completely hooked on all things inky and messy. I am an avid stamper and love nothing more than getting my fingers inky. I also have a bit of a "cute" side and admit that I love making those cute cards too! Altered art and inks will always be my true love though."
You can also see Hels in her other starring roles as the Design Co-ordinator for the Artistic Stamper and the imaginative designer of the Stitchels range of stamps.
We got up-close and personal with Canadian artist, Erika Taylor: "My name is Erika and I live in rural Saskatchewan with my stellar husband and our two zany children. I started paper crafting in late 2008 and absolutely have become smitten with it. I love trying different techniques and stepping outside the box because I believe that makes me a stronger artist. You can find me any day, sitting in my craft space with a cup of coffee loaded with Italian cream and a stamp in hand trying to decide what I should try next. Distress ink? Fabric Paint? Misting Sprays?...Oh the choices."
Erika's current productions include Design Team Member for About Art Accents, Hearts In Touch, and Scrapbook Star. You can also see Erika in online at Scrapbook News and Reviews and in the June 2009 edition of the Scrapbook.com e-zine.
Our roving reporter was able to pick up these juicy tidbits on Joanne Wardle: "Joanne Wardle lives in Leeds in the UK with her husband and two boys. She has been cardmaking and stamping for about 6 years.
She loves to make things that are a bit different, like jar fairies. She also likes to work with small fiddly projects and is terrified of 12x12 scrapbook pages! But most of all she can never resist a challenge, any challenge, and so is completely addicted to all of the challenge blogs!"
You can see more of Joanne's great performances as a Design Team Member for Paper Artsy, The Stampsmith and the Forever Friends Challenge Blog. Her work has been in published in Craft Stamper, Stampington's Take Ten, Stamper's Sampler and Simply Stamping.
Paula Whittaker reveals all: "I live in the UK, I'm married and I have one cat. I love gardening and photography but my main love (I was going to say don't tell my husband but I realise he already knows this) is papercrafting. The affair started in 2005 and I'm still all consumed by it!"
Paula's other roles have included Guest Designer for Daring Cardmakers and Guest Designer for the Spring 2007 issue of Take Ten. Paula has also appeared in Handcrafted, Card Beautiful, Craft Stamper and Stamper's Sampler.
Watch for cameos by our Contributing Artist, Lynn Stevens.
We caught up to Lynn between takes and she shared: "I have worked in the art field in some way or another as long as I can remember. I love to do collage, stamping, altered jewelry, altered books for fun! My real job is painting murals and faux finishes as well as commercial artwork for the State of Idaho where I reside with my dear husband of 29 years."
Lynn also stars as a Design Team Member for I Brake For Stamps and as a Guest Designer for Artistic Outpost and has had her work published several times in such magazines as Stampington's Take Ten, Stamper's Sampler, Vamp Stamp News and Altered Arts.
We, at Gingersnap Creations, are excited about all the upcoming features releasing regularly over the next 6 months with this wonderful ensemble cast of artists!
In the coming weeks, look for lots of Hollywood glamour as Gingersnap Creations celebrates celebrities and gets glitzy!
We anticipate that audiences worldwide will be delighted with their fabulous performances!