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Introducing the 2014 Artisan Design Team

(Allison Okamitsu)

My name is Allison Okamitsu, and I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for five years.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, I was also working as a full-time pastry chef in one of Canada’s best restaurants. I have since left that job to pursue my Stampin’ Up! business full time. I have been married for eight years to my fabulous husband Hayato, who is also a chef, and we have the cutest little dog named Chapman. Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is something I take great pride in, and I love showing people how creating something beautiful isn’t as hard as they may think. I'm a night owl and often stay up until the wee hours of the night creating. Being chosen to be on the Artisan Design Team is a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

(Barbara Meyer)

My name is Barbara Meyer. I am 46 years young, married to the world's greatest husband, and the mom of two great kids, Cornelia (17) and Michael (13).

About eight years ago, I got infected with the stamping and scrapbooking virus. I've taught classes for many years, focusing on cardmaking, gift packaging, and, of course, scrapbooking.

I've been a very passionate Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since October 2012 when the company opened for business in Austria. I discovered Stampin' Up! on the Internet, and I was hooked by their unique opportunity and products right from the start.

What I like most is sharing my enthusiasm for Stampin’ Up! with my customers. I even got to attend the Grand Vacation, a cruise to the Western Caribbean—an indescribable experience.

Being on the Artisan Design Team is a big honor for me. I look forward to this wonderful challenge!

(Becky Cowley)

My name is Becky Cowley, wife of 14 years to my amazingly sweet husband and mother of my precious little six-year-old boy! I work part time from home in accounting, but my true passion is my family and my love for papercrafting. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost eight years. I have a very eclectic, anything-goes sort of style. In addition to papercrafting, I love being outdoors, traveling, and exploring new places. If I am not in my stamp room or at work, I am out enjoying life with my family! I am so excited to be on the 2014 Artisan Design Team and hope to inspire you all!

(Cindy Schuster)

My name is Cindy Schuster. The most important parts of my life are my faith, my family, Disney, and being creative! I have been married for 21 years to my high-school sweetheart. We have two amazing daughters: Megan and Allison. I have been the youth group director at our church for the past five years. All through my life, I have been very artistic and crafty. I even have a degree in art education, which combines my two favorite things: art and teaching! I love to teach or inspire others to find their own creativity! More than 10 years ago, I came across Stampin’ Up! at a workshop and fell in love with the top-quality, coordinating products. I really love to dabble in everything from stamped cards, traditional or digital scrapbooking, Project Life, home decor, or e-cutter hybrid. My style is graphic yet clean and simple with a flair for crafty, functional fun. I am very honored and blessed to be on the Artisan Design Team again—and even more ready to continue sharing and inspiring others for another year.  

(Helene LeGrande)

My name is Helen LeGrande. I've been a demonstrator for five years in the north of France. I am currently juggling my professional activity, my husband, my three children, and Stampin’ Up!, but there is no way I am letting go—creating is the one thing that gives me balance!

During my art studies, I discovered just how creating frees the mind and unveils part of one's personality. Through stamping, I realized that creating leads to great new connections; it also enables each and every one to feel fulfilled and flourish. Being part of the design team is, of course, an honor, but it is also the next natural step, an extension, the opportunity to spread creative energy.

One of my challenges will be to try and surprise you, to invite you to develop your expertise, and to make your projects unique to yourself and your customers!

(Inge Groot)

My name is Inge Groot, and I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since the beginning of 2014. I live in the Netherlands in a small town called Bovenkarspel and have been married to my high-school sweetheart for 23 years. Together we have two beautiful girls, Eva (20) and Rachel (14).

Since I was a little girl, I loved playing with paper, pencils, and scissors. My style is a little scrappy with lots of layers of designer series paper and cardstock, but I also love making clean and simple cards. I am always curious about working with different materials and like experimenting with new techniques. I love a challenge!

I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be a part of the 2014-2015 Artisan Design Team and can’t wait to take you along with me on this fantastic adventure!

(Kaitlyn Zumbach)

My name is Kaitlyn Zumbach. I am currently attending Saginaw Valley State University on their Presidential Scholarship, and I plan on graduating next May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. I also work on campus part time as a graphic-design intern. My love for stamping is one of the reasons I decided to pursue a career in graphic design. My mom has always been involved with Stampin' Up! I would tag along with her to stamping events, so it is no surprise that I signed up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator the moment I could.

I have been able to take advantage of some great study abroad opportunities at SVSU. Just this spring I spent some time in Taipei, Taiwan and I fell in love with Florence, Italy last spring. Since then I have become addicted to exploring new places. I am also a big sports fan; I especially love to watch football (Go Lions!) and hockey (Go Red Wings!). Some of my other interests include shooting archery, swimming, and snuggling with my dog. Mostly though, I just love to create beautiful things and inspire others to do the same!

(Keith Rueda)

My name is Keith Rueda, but I go by Kate. I am a Colombian based in Miami, very happily married with two children, an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. The arrival of my daughter and search for unique materials to make her scrapbook is how I discovered Stampin’ Up! I fell so much in love with the stamps that I became a demonstrator in December 2008.

Since that time, my hobby has been my engine, my escape, my distraction, and also my business . . . a business that I enjoy very much. It has helped me work from home, be able to share more with my children, and meet wonderful people.

I have adored each catalog, and I crave everything! With each one I have to make space to store more stamps, papers, inks, embossing folders. . . . My projects reflect a feeling, an emotion I feel in my heart.

(Kerstin Kreis)

My name is Kerstin Kreis. I´m 41 years old and a mother of two lovely girls (19 and 9). I have the best, most receptive, supportive, and patient husband in the world.

I’ve been a demonstrator since September 2008, and last year I earned the incentive trip to Utah. It was a really great time!

My passion is scrapbooking, the best hobby in the world. I use Project Life, and I´m so happy about Stampin’ Up!’s Project Life products. I want to inspire others with my projects!

(Krista Frattin)

My name is Krista Frattin. I am a self-professed domestic diva and mother of three. I have been married to my biggest fan, Arturo, for 11 years and live in Edmonton, Canada.

I have been crafty all of my life. I remember my Grandma and Mom teaching me to knit, sew, hot glue, bake, party plan, decorate . . . it’s just in the family.

I became a demonstrator in 2007. At the time I was an architectural project manager. To say that I have a passion for design is an understatement. Color, accessories, and style permeate my life (and provide for an unhealthy Pinterest addiction). I have an expensive hobby of decorating and re-decorating our home.

In 2010, I made the decision to leave architecture and work from home with my Stampin’ Up! business. Over the years I have earned numerous incentive trips and performance awards. Stampin’ Up! has acknowledged my success and creativity giving me the opportunity to present at convention and regionals and to be interviewed for a video and a Stampin’ Success article.

With my baby off to preschool this fall, I am excited to work as an artisan to keep myself busy! I can’t wait!

(Lisa Harlow)

My name is Lisa Harlow. I’m thrilled to be a member of the 2014–2015 Artisan Design Team!

I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in September 2013 after attending a workshop with my mother and having an amazing time. I immediately wanted to share my passion for all things crafty with others. I have been making crafts of all kinds, including sewing, for as long as I can remember.

After earning my Bachelor of Science degree in retail merchandising, I became an army wife to my husband, James, in 2006, and we have three sweet little girls: Sophia (6), Lily (5) and Ella (3). They love to craft almost as much as I do! We have lived in Georgia, Alabama, and Germany, and we are currently stationed in Texas.

When I’m not busy creating, I am a homemaker, blogger, homeschooler of our girls, and board member for the women’s bible ministry here at Fort Bliss.

I am truly thankful to be a part of this incredible team, and I look forward to all of the exciting opportunities to inspire, create, and share with all of you this year. Thank you!

(Mercedes Weber)

My name is Mercedes Weber. I’m a stay at home mom with four beautiful daughters aged 19, 9, 8, and 4. I spend my days homeschooling my three youngest and pursuing my dreams as a children’s photographer and Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

I began stamping in 2004. I was pregnant with my second daughter when a coworker invited me to a Make & Take. I immediately fell in love with creating unique handcrafted cards so right after my daughter was born I became a demonstrator. That little baby is now almost 10. I have met so many amazing friends over the years, and that is the number one reason I continue to grow my Stampin’ Up! business.

The next reason is my love for papercrafting and how much I enjoy sharing my projects to inspire others. I am truly blessed to be able to continue to do that as a member of this year’s Artisan Design Team. I am sure you will find there will be no shortage of creativity, inspiration, and just pure awesomeness from this year’s team. I can’t wait!

(Sarah Sagert) 

My name is Sarah Sagert, and I live in Edmonton, Alberta. I have been married to the love of my life, Rick, for 12 years. He was my high-school sweetheart. We have been together for 20 years now. Time flies when you are living this amazing life with your best friend. We have two beautiful children, Abby (7) and Blake (5).

I have been a demonstrator for almost six years. I couldn’t craft without my Big Shot and designer series paper, my favourite products that I use all of the time.

My crafting style is clean with a high attention to detail and texture. I love incorporating new trends into my projects!

After the birth of our daughter, I decided to take a break from teaching. Stampin’ Up! has provided an outlet for me to showcase my creative talent. I have had the honor of being recognized as an artisan for the fourth time now. I have found success outside of the career I once had as a teacher and outside of my role as a mom. I never expected that Stampin’ Up! would change my life like it has.

(Susan Wong)

Hi, my name is Susan Wong, and I’m proud to represent New Zealand on the Artisan Design Team this year. I joined Stampin’ Up! in 2009 when my eldest child was only crawling. Fast forward five years and I’m stay-at-home mum to three and wondering where all that time has gone!

My style is fresh, modern, and simple. Perhaps much of this is attributed to the short bursts of time I get in my craft space in between running around with the kids. When I’m there, I’m recharging, creating for my children or my friends.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and history and certificate in early-childhood education. I enjoy being part of our thriving church community and owe everything that I am to God. And if, perchance, you’re wondering how I have a Chinese surname but look distinctly non-Asian, my wonderful and supportive husband is New Zealand-born Chinese.

(Teneale Williams)

My name is Teneale Williams. I am a stamper of 14 years and started my demonstrator journey in 2006. I cannot stamp without my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig close by—I am a self-confessed perfectionist.

I love using My Digital Studio in cardmaking and to create hybrid projects. With the introduction of Project Life, I am excited to use My Digital Studio with Project Life to start memory keeping. I look forward to sharing my ideas and passion for Stampin’ Up! with you.

(Vicky Hayes)

I’m Vicky Hayes, and I live happily in the heart of the beautiful English countryside with my husband, three children, and a neurotic cat. My family members are amused by my crafting activities and call me Crafting Clare to tease me! (Not the cat—she has other ways of teasing me!)

Before taking time out to raise my family, I worked as a graphic designer. I joined Stampin’ Up! in 2010 to satisfy my hunger to create. And boy, do I need to create! I’ve come up with a new idea pretty much every day since I started!

My style is usually clean and simple, and I love finding new and unexpected ways to use a stamp set. The thing I love most about Stampin’ Up! is the coordination of colors, shapes, and themes—it makes creating with these products such a pleasure.

I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be a part of this year’s Artisan Design Team!