I can not express my gratitude enough for the wonderful response we had when we put out our our Design Team Call…. It took longer then expected and it was had to narrow it down but we did it and I am happy to announce the Creative Team for 2015 – 2016:
Creative Team Coordinator Larissa Pittman
Hi my name is Larissa and I live in a small town in the Texas Hill Country. I have been creating most of my life. I love working with every kind of medium. I have been making cards for about 10 years and recently started playing with mixed media. I tend to work more with bright colors and lots of bling. I am married and have a 23 year old daughter and 2 fur babies. When I am not in my studio creating I am spending time with the family, blogging, cooking, baking, reading magazines or watching a little Reality TV. I am totally excited to be here and cannot wait to share my creations with you. Connect with me: Blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+ and Instagram @muffinsandlace
New to the team are:
Candice Windham is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist, working in watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil, fabric, mixed media and paper and altered arts. Candice is the author of Scrapbooking for Home Décor, and her work has been published in a variety of paper arts and crafts magazines. She is an instructor in mixed media acrylic collage, rubber stamping, scrapbooking and altered arts. She has been published in a variety of craft magazines and books, including Cloth, Paper, Scissors; Altered Arts Magazine; Make it in Minutes Wreaths; Make it in Minutes Last Minute Gifts; Make it in Minutes Party Favors and Hostess Gifts; Make it in Minutes Mini Books and Today’s Creative Home Arts.
Her fine art has been accepted and won awards in local, regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Candice is past-president of the Memphis/Germantown Art League (MGAL), a group of more than 350 fine artists.
She was the recipient of the Craft and Hobby Association’s Designer Press Kit Award in Orlando, 2009.
Candice and her husband Larry have a son, Michael, and reside in Brighton, Tennessee along with Sam the Wonder Lab.
Madeline Arendt was given the chance to create with her hands at an early age. It began with hand sewn doll cloths around the age of nine. You could say creating and crafting was in her genes. With time Madeline love grew to imagining ideas and creating what she could with her own two hands, from any mix of mediums. Her love of most every creative medium around, plus the desire to continually learn and experiment are deeply inbred. Her journey continues – she has had the pleasure to design, write and teach and share her ideas, with many others, in a variety of venues and hopes to continue on this path for as long as possible.
Hello! My name is Heather I am 28 years old, I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have one amazing daughter! I have been paper crafting since I was about 12 years old. I do 12×12 layouts, 8.5×11 layouts, mixed media, art journaling, mini albums and occasionally I create cards. I live in the great state of North Carolina and I am a stay at home mommy. I am currently on one other design team for an online store. My passion is making YouTube videos so I can share with others.
Tammy Smith Santana
I have always been creative, love to work in many different areas of design, and enjoy working with different mediums and tools. My background is in interior design and product R&D but I also enjoy graphic design, website design, visual merchandising, photography and surface design. I am constantly challenging myself to try new things and reach outside my comfort zone. I live in beautiful Southern California with my husband of 17 years and our creative 10 yr old daughter. I love creating beautiful things that sparkle and I am so pleased to be a part of The Ann Butler Designs Team!
Hello! My name is Alicia Hill from Puerto Rico, but I live in Georgia, my second home, I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Ann Butler team! Love drawing, make boxes, scrapbooking, cardmaking, calligraphy, but most of all my husband, son and cats and the wonderful life we have together, we are very blessed .I’ve been scrapbooking/cards making since I was a teenager and absolutely love how it makes me feel! My style – bright and clean (elegant) sometime shabby chic and why not get some mixed media on it!
Returning for another year:
Beth Watson is a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home décor. Armed with a formal education in Marketing from Ringling School of Art & Design, Beth developed her professional skills in the restaurant industry before turning her focus to the craft world in 1998. Beth is a member of the CHA Designer Council and her designs have been published in numerous craft magazines and books. She enjoys bringing a unique twist to her designs by using traditional materials in unconventional ways. Professional design and promotional services include: product demonstration, advertising and marketing consultation, editorial and instructional writing, workshop teaching for adults and children, design team and contributing artist commitments; and project design for publication. Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.
My name is Einat Kessler and I’m a designer from Israel. I am a designer, workshop teacher, writer and designer.
I have started scrapbooking and crafting about 8 years ago and lovin’ every minute. I started with scrapbook layouts and gradually branched out to 3D designs, mixed media and interactive designs. I was published in several international magazines and e-books and been a guest designer in several blogs and blog hops. During the years I served on several design teams, among them Sketchabilities, Susan Weckesser and Spellbinders. A year ago I started a YouTube channel where I teach free workshops every week. I am a faculty member at My Creative Classroom and during CHA 2014 Mega Show I taught a mixed media class: “Whimsical mixed media workshop”. Creating for me is a hobby, a profession and a way of life. I hope to inspire you and encourage you to create and maybe even step out of your box a little. I’m married to an amazing husband and we have two teenage boys, who are all my inspiration. Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.
My name is Irit and I am an Israeli designer and scrapbooker. In my real life I am a working dentist, a wife of retired high police officer , Mom of 4 grown- up kids and a grandma of one adorable baby boy and a new baby girl . I am an addicted crafter since I can remember, but for the last 5 years I moved to paper crafting and found my real crafty love.I am the most versatile in both styles and kind of projects and it moves from scrapbooking and cardmaking to Mixed Media and altered art, OOP projects and even jewelry making. Right now I design for 7-8 American, British,Polish, South African and Australian companies. In the past I designed for like 20 more manufacturers and shops all over the world. I am a staff member for Scrapbooking.com web magazine for last 2 years. My work was print and web published in Israel, USA and UK magazines in the last 3 years. I hope to inspire my readers with my versatile crafty style and invite you to connect with me: blog and Facebook.
Paula DeReamer is originally from the south, but currently lives in northwest Minnesota, with her husband and two children. She started scrapbooking over 16 years ago. Little known at that time, as to the creative process that started, going from cards to altered arts. She still teaches various classes locally, but has been on a bit of a hiatus for a few years. Being creative and working with various mediums is truly a passion. Paula holds a degree in graphic arts and has worked in the printing/publishing industry for many years. She currently works for a software company providing services to various printers. Although this is her day job, she wishes could spend as many hours playing in her studio! connect with her: Facebook.
My name is Steph Ackerman and I live on Long Island with my husband, our son, and our very photogenic pup. I have been creating in some form for as long as I can remember. I love the creative process, am very versatile and love to create an assortment of different projects – from canvas wall hangings with inks and dyes, to miniature pieces of artwork such as tags and cards – I love to see what I can create in the confines of small spaces. My day is not complete if I haven’t spent some time in my craft room. I have a dedicated studio where I play and create. I also teach a wide variety of paper crafting and tool related classes in my studio and my local craft stores and I encourage my students to play with their products and tools. I believe that only by playing can you unlock your potential and the potential of the products you are working with. You have no idea what you can create if you don’t take time to play and explore. I am a CHA designer member, have the pleasure of being on a number of design teams and have had my work published in a number of magazines. I am thrilled to be a part of the Ann Butler Design Team. Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.
Hi my name is Vishu, I am an Engineer by profession and crafter by passion, a mother of 2 amazing kids who fill my life with laughter everyday. I started seriously crafting 2 years ago and love making cards, there is something divine about giving a handmade card to somebody. I always find giving a handmade card or gift more satisfying. Challenging myself to use dies and stamps in a different ways is always fun. I hope to inspire everybody to flex their creative muscles and think out of the box. Connect with me: Blog and Facebook.
My name is Emanuela Zoey, but everyone calls me just Zoey because is shorter…short like me! LOL . I live in a small town near Bologna, Italy. I always been a “creative kid” , since when I was little I remember teachers told my family to let my imagination run wild, and so they did. When I turned 20 I stopped drawing, I don’t know why, but I started again few years later, because I was bored lol! I started making cards and it got me addicted since the first card I made! I travelled a lot and this gave me the opportunity to find more about the card making/scrap booking world — which was still a ‘niche’ world here in Italy.While in the beginning I was making only ‘traditional’ cards, now I jumped into the mixed media world, a world where I can find again the little kid I was, where I can run wild and let my imagination run with me without any rules. I also love to create Layouts, Altered projects, ATCs and TAGS. I get inspired by everything that surrounds me and I am not afraid of mistakes, as I find they add a touch to the final artwork, because no one will know, except yourself. Connect with me: Instagram, Facebook and Blog
We are looking forward to seeing all of their designs for the next year!!