Hello to our Authentique Design Team!

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 cards, layouts, home décor, tutorials, mini-albums, and sharing my creations with other people.
Instagram: @goldiecar_creates

Karla 'Kay' Fatula- My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay - a nickname I received in college & has 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 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 Project Manager/Coordinator 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 fur-baby by the name of Bailey - 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 creative journey! 
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, kathybydesign.com.
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.
Instagram: @kathybydesign

Pam Bray - I am a designer/artist and paper addict; some think of me as craft hoarder! I love paper, stamps, dies, paints and any other crafty medium. My favorite things to create are cards, mixed media and dimensional items but honestly, I just love to make stuff. I live near Memphis TN with my sweet husband that supports all my creative endeavors. We have 4 children and love being grandparents to 7 fun grandchildren. I love to travel with our travel trailer and always carry a lot of crafty items with me. I love to create whether in my studio or on the road. I am really honored to be on several design teams that I truly love and always love using their amazing products! My work has been shared in many publications, Creativation(CHA), HSN, Trade Shows and other medias throughout the year.
Instagram: @pammejo

Ginny Nemchak - Hi friends! I'm Ginny Nemchak and paper is my passion.  I've been an avid paper crafter for 20+ years and enjoy making cards tags and mini albums. Sometimes even off the page projects!  I'm a small town girl living out in the country and I think if you're lucky enough to live on a dirt road then you're lucky enough.  We have acreage and the best horse and goat neighbors anyone could ask for.  I've been married to the "tech hubby" for 27 years and   I have 2 grown boys and 2 daughters in love so our family is growing and I can't wait to have some little peeps to craft with.  A good day crafting is a day you have fun and make something you love and learn something new.  Right now I'm growing my skills with stamping and marker coloring and digital art.  When I'm not in my shop our family loves to load up our camper and stay at our favorite spot by the lake where we can enjoy the great outdoors.  
Instagram: @ginnynemchak

Mitsyana Wright - My name is Mitsyana Wright an I am a self- proclaimed "CRAFTING NUT", wife, and mother. I love many crafts including card making, scrapbooking, mixed media, journal making and... pretty much any and all paper crafting!!  I've been crafting professionally for the last 4 years. My work has been featured in a few publications and I am currently on several design teams including Xyron, Eileen Hull Designs, Diamond Press, I Am Roses, Penless, & Derwent.  I am married to my best friend for 14 years and we have 4 beautiful, energetic, crazy-smart, and highly imaginative kids (I think they get it from their mama). They are my crazy and chaotic world that I can't get enough of and wouldn't trade for them for anything! They are what push me and drive me but also keep me grounded. My family is my center and what inspires most of my work and without their love and support, I would not be able to do what I do. 
Instagram: @mitsyana

Jennifer Snyder - Hello.  My name is Jennifer Snyder.  I inherited my crafty mind from my dad, a wood craftsman. My siblings and I were introduced to the world of woodworking at a very early age and encouraged to think creatively.  The process of envisioning and creating something from start to finish has been a source of calming comfort most of my life.  While I do enjoy woodworking, paper is truly my passion. From paper dolls as a child to cards, home decor and more as an adult.
I live in Rochester, NY located right on Lake Ontario.  When I say I live in NY, people typically place me in New York City. In fact I am closer to Toronto, Canada than New York City.  I am married with grown children and three identical gray kitties, all of whom bring joy to my day.  As of this writing, I can now add that I have a granddaughter who is roughly 12 hours old - yes hours!  I do have a day job outside the home analyzing the electric grid and natural gas market around the country. After analyzing natural gas pipelines all day, who wouldn't want to relax with beautiful papers.  I have adored Authentique collections for many years and am grateful for this amazing opportunity.  
Instagram: @Jenniferosnyder


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