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. Now that I have two daughters, a sweet schnauzer, and a loving husband, 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

Rebecca Lawther -I have been crafting for years and started as a young girl and never have given it up! I can remember as a young girl getting up really early on a Saturday morning going downstairs and making a big mess in the middle of the family room floor and creating away! I am thankful to my parents that always encouraged me to be creative and think outside the box. This included having my own glue gun at the age of 11! (much to my parents chagrin, I think my  mom thought I would burn the house down!)
Today, I live in San Diego area where teach as well!  I have loved Authentique for many years- their paper is one of the best that I have ever worked with, the quality is unsurpassed! I always get excited when I see there is a new line coming out and then I receive it’s like Christmas morning and the wheels start churning, hummm… what can I make with this??  Then out comes the scissors, glue the Silhouette and were off! I look forward to many more years of being creative and making projects that encourage people to slow down, take the time and make something amazing!

Kathy Clement - My name is Kathy Clement, and I am a paper addict!  While in a confessional mood, I might as well admit to a passion for ink, paint, stamps, dies and all things crafty. Although I’ve had no formal art training, I’ve been fascinated by color and design for as long as I can remember.  My favorite toys when I was a girl were my doodle pad and Crayola crayons.  I was always busy making little books or cards for my family, and now that I’m “grown up” I still love to do those very things, only now I get to share them with you via my blog,

I live in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with Dale, my darling husband of 40+ years.  We had the privilege of raising 5 fun and fabulous children. Now we have the immense pleasure of being grandparents to three precious girls whom we call “The Littles.”.  Most days you’ll find me in my sunny little studio making cards, dabbling in mixed media, designing mini albums and enjoying all the many adventures that the fabulous world of creativity affords.  I also love to bake, spend time with “the Littles”, cook big meals for our family, walk on the beach, go junkin’ and read.  

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