Blog: Inkspired Treasures
I've been stamping for over 15 years and a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 14 years. I remember going to my first workshop, placing my projects on the bookcase at home and walking by and thinking...WOW...I made that! Although I've done many different crafts, stamping has definitely remained my passion. I love teaching others how to make cards, 3D projects, home decor items and scrapbook pages! I also enjoy all the wonderful people I meet and have become friends with. We built a wonderful studio in our home and I love having the space for classes and workshops! I've earned several of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Trip Incentives: my first...a Cruise to Alaska, the Fiji Islands, a Western Caribbean Cruise on Allure of the Seas, Hawaii, Mediterranean Cruise, and the upcoming Thailand trip! What a great company Stampin' Up! is to provide trips like this for us and a guest, my husband is THRILLED!
I have been published in magazines including PaperCrafts, Crafts N Things, Stamp & Scrap Arts, Just Cards, Just Invitations, Stampers' Sampler, Take Ten, Stamp Vamp News, Rubber Stamper and Rubber Stamp Madness. I've been chosen twice to be a Stampin' Up! display maker...once for Leadership and once for Convention. I have won Stampin' Up!'s monthly contest and So Shelli's Creative Challenges. I worked on the Charter Design Team for Technique Junkies Newsletter for six years!
I took the early retirement incentive from my job as manager in the engineering department for the local phone company...a decision I have NEVER regretted. I've been married to my husband, Eric, for 37 years (yes, I was young!) and we have two wonderful sons, Adam and Ross. Adam married a wonderful girl, Beth and they have two boys! Ross married another wonderful gal, Allie, who have a girl and a boy. FOUR grandchildren to spoil! We are blessed!
Mary Brown - Team Member
Blog: StamperCamper's Corner
I've been a stamper for over 20 years and a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 17 years! I went to my first stamping class on how to emboss and never looked back! I've been a 'crafter' since I was young and was a quilter although I really like being able to finish projects in a much SHORTER time when I'm stamping! I love making cards and 3D projects. I love sharing projects that look complicated by are easy to make! My style is definitely 'clean and simple'.
I've been really fortunate over my years of affiliation with Stampin' Up! to have some amazing opportunities. I have been chosen to be a display stamper for three conventions and two leadership events. These were very exciting opportunities as it really challenged me to use sets and often colors that I would not normally do. It was so exciting to see my creations displayed at the events. I have won several of Stampin' Up!'s monthly contests and a So Shelli Creative Challenge and in the past regularly had my cards display on Stampers Showcase - a demonstrator only part of the Stampin' Up! website. In the past, I served on Splitcoast Stampers Product Review panel. As part of this group, we reviewed products that were recently released to the general crafting public and had the opportunity to try these products and provide opinions of the products. I have also been a part of the Clean and Simple Design Team on Splitcoast Stampers, have been on their SU Creative Crew and was a 'Dirty Girl'! WOOO HOOO!!!
On a personal note, I am married to my wonderful husband Randy for over 30 years! We have two 'fur children'...a short haired Havenese Bandit and a 'wookie' (Shih Tzu/Poodle mix) Coco. The 'boys' get along so well you would think they were raised together! Besides my stamping I do work full time. I teach at a local community college where I have specialized in working with beginning healthcare students. I coordinate two large courses - we run between 40 and 60 individual classes of this each semester and I have edited the textbook that we use for one of the courses. I have a Tenure Track position at my college! And because of enrollment I often find myself with a course load of both full and part-time. Yep...I try to keep myself busy! I love the mini sessions and always looks forward to sharing my card set or project for you.
Blog: Be Creative with Nicole
I am so excited to be a Designer for Create with Connie and Mary! It’s always fun playing with new design ideas and creating cards especially for YOU! With all of the amazing products we have, there’s no doubt that this new collection is going to be full of amazing cards! I have been a demonstrator since 2002 and have always given handmade gifts. I love going the extra mile to make something special to give. Whether I make a quick card to give to a friend or a complicated project, I love putting a smile on the recipient’s face. Stamping is the "me" time in my busy life, I couldn't imagine living without it! I have been married for 13 years and have three young children ages 9, 5, and 2. Needless to say my hands are full! Not only do I home school, but we live on 12 acres and do a little homesteading. We have lots of work to do on our little farm so a creative escape is always welcome! I look forward to sharing lots of fabulous card ideas with you in this collection!
Debbie Henderson - Design Team
Blog: Debbie's Designs
Have I ever told you I'm addicted to stamping and Stampin' Up! I took the plunge to become a Demonstrator back in February of 2009 after stamping and using Stampin’ Up! Products since 1997! I became hooked the first time I attended a workshop. I am one of those people who love what they do and get to share what I love with others. I’ve won multiple awards with different challenges since becoming a demonstrator and am currently a designer for two weekly design teams, one of which of course includes Create with Connie & Mary.
I have always been crafty, even attending college to earn an art degree but decided to get married and start a family a year after I attended college. Stamping is something I’ve always stuck with as it never gets old. I haven’t purchased a store bought card since I started stamping! In my free time I do like to stamp, paint and scrapbook!
I have been married to Dave since July 2008. I have two grown children Jessica and Greg and one granddaughter Kaitlynn. We own two kitty cats named Abigail and Katie who were both acquired through our local animal shelter and a rescue dog named Ruger. Dave and I are avid snowmobilers and ATVers is our beautiful state of Maine.
I am honored to again be part of Create with Connie & Mary. I hope you will join us and enjoy our projects for this upcoming subscription! Welcome!
Melissa Davies - Design Team
I was introduced to Stampin' Up! back in 1998 when I attended my first in-home workshop and haven't looked back since! I love anything papercraft-related and enjoy sharing my love of rubberstamping with others through classes and workshops. I currently live in South Lyon, Michigan with my husband and son, Grayson (15). I also have a daughter, Rachel (25) that lives in Phoenix and a son, Braden (21) who lives in California. I am thrilled to be able to share my passion with all of you!