Thursday, January 26, 2012

Heather Conklin - I have been an artist and creator my entire life, and spent much of my childhood drawing, painting and making jewelry. After marrying my college sweetheart, I sought for a way to preserve the memories of that day. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking, and an obsession was born. A few years later, with the birth of our daughter, I started making cards. I love preserving the memories of our family. I am also a high school visual arts teacher, and have even shared with my students my love for paper-crafting. A lot of how I view crafting comes from my arts background, and what I learned through my many arts courses. I enjoy making tutorials, mini-albums, and sharing my creations with other people.

Kay Fatula- My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay - a nickname I received in college & it simply stuck. I've loved arts/crafts my whole life. I've been drawing since the time I picked up my first crayon. In 2007 that I discovered scrapbooking & haven't looked back since. Scrapbooking provides a means for me to release my artsy side & to document my life in order to pass down to future generations. Along the way, I also discovered the art of stamping--I tend to stamp my own backgrounds & create my own designs. I also enjoy doing the occasional altered art. I reside in Northern NJ just 30 minutes away from New York City. I'm fluent in both English & Spanish. By day, I'm a senior level Quality Analyst working for a Fortune 100 global company, so most of my crafting happens late at night. I'm also a certified Zumba instructor; you can find me at the gym almost every evening shaking the night away! I'm married to a great guy that puts up with & supports my scrapbook & crafting addiction! I have one son & a small fur-baby by the name of Toby - both my boys are my little rays of sunshine. I am grateful for the opportunity to design for such a fantastic company. I'm looking forward to working with Authentique & to hopefully provide innovative inspiration to some of you along this new creative journey!

Hilary Kanwischer- I live in Palm Beach, Florida with my two children, Courtney & Connor.  I work as a Firefighter / Paramedic and I drive a fire engine, which my son thinks is pretty cool, and I've been at my department for 19 years now.  I got into paper crafting about 15 years ago after walking into a scrapbook store looking for party invitations.  I was so blown away, (never even knowing places like that even existed), and as I stood there, in all that scrapbooking glory....I've never looked back! :) In addition to paper crafting, I also love sewing, photography, road trips, snow, hiking, laughing, coffee, magazines, buttons, antiquing, primitive decorating, snow skiing, New York, Vermont, and Christmas.  My dream is to one day, move with my kids to Vermont and open my own little country store. If I were to describe my style, it would be a little homespun, mixed with a little primitive and finished with a little vintage.  I love trying new techniques, though no project is quite finished for me until it's been run through my sewing machine, distressed, and doused with buttons and glitter.

Erica Houghton- My husband, Ben, and I live outside of Washington DC in Alexandria, Virginia. When I’m not working or sitting in traffic you can find me at my dining room table creating,  curled up with a good book, headed out the door for a run, or sightseeing and traveling.  My paper-crafting style is shabby-chic – I love glitter, rhinestones, and anything else that has glitz,  glamour and a lot of sparkle. I’m totally addicted to patterned paper so I’ve resorted to using lots of layers in order to use all of the wonderful papers that come in each collection. I never feel my pages are complete until I’ve added flowers, ribbon and machine stitching. I enjoy creating a variety of projects including layouts, cards, tags, off the page projects and a mini album every now and then. In addition to creating for various design teams I also enjoy teaching classes at LSS’s because I love  sharing my passion for paper-crafting with others.

Jess Kinderstampo- I'm a mom, foodie, mixed media fanatic and just an overall lover of all things handmade. If you can't find me crafting I'm probably in the kitchen trying to whip up a new recipe or bake a new cookie.  My family is my everything and I incorporate them into everything I do. www.instagram/kinderstampo

Romy Veul-  I have tried many hobbies before scrapbooking: jewelry making, making 3D cards, embroidering, sewing, knitting... I think it's quite a miracle that I eventually found a hobby that I still love after 9 years: scrapbooking and cardmaking!  I have a Bachelor's degree in Dutch Language and am currently specializing in language use in health care conversations. I am 22 years old, but still live with my parents and brothers. I actually love having my family around me all day. We have two cats and one of them has only three paws, because he was hit in a car accident when he was very young. I have been to New York once a few years ago and still dream of going back there some day. When we are on holiday, I am always the one who is taking lots of photos. My family members sometimes complain when we have to stop for the 1000th time because I want to take yet another picture.

Rebecca Lawther
1. Starbucks Black ice tea is my addiction - Trenta w/ extra ice is my go to, all day, every day.
2. I like pineapple on my pepperoni pizza.
3. I have two babies and their names are Lucy and Cooper, they walk on four legs. One is a little feisty and gets a bad rap sometimes.
4. My staff tells me I am crazy, but in a good way!? 
5. They have said they consider me as their other mommy here in the office, “you always are there for us like no other.”
6. I look for the best in people and do random acts of kindness, 'cause I can!
7. Pastry Chef- I can whip out a delicious birthday cake and will for your b-day, because I don’t forget birthdays!
8. Glitter and sparkle are my main thing!
9. I love ice but I get cold easily.
10. I love anything and anyone that can make me laugh.

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