Paper Craft Designers

Amanda Wilcox

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Hi crafty friends! My name is Amanda and I live in Oregon with my amazing husband, our wonderful daughter, and our 3 wild fur babies.

My day job doesn’t have anything creative about it so I really enjoy my time in the craft room. I’ve always been crafty, especially with paper, but started focusing on just cardmaking and improving techniques about 3 years ago. I look forward to the adventures this year brings.

Chrissie Tobas

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I work full-time as a Graphic Designer/Pre-Press Operator at a small print company. I have been involved in some aspect of art my entire life. From oil paints and watercolors as a child to paper crafting and digital art as an adult, rarely a day has gone by in my world that doesn’t include art. I am an Alumnus of a National Art School, where I graduated with Honors and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications. I started paper crafting shortly after graduating from High School, but I ended up just hoarding supplies and not completing any projects. But, a few years ago, my love of paper crafting was rekindled when I was invited to scrapbook at a friend’s house. I have been obsessed ever since!!! The name of my blog comes from my love of Autumn and everything Fall (and it helps that I have an Autumn birthday, too!).

Ellen Haxelmanns

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Hello, I’m Ellen and I live a little further from the USA; I come from Belgium and live with my husband Davey who I recently married.
Like all of us, I love being creative and I even studied arts for a while. Now I make cards to be a bit creative during my free time. I feel so lucky to start with this awesome design team. Therm-O-Web is such a game-changer in this industry! It’s really amazing how you can turn your cards into something special and looking so professional using foils, paste, glitter, flock,… I’m going to have such a blast creating with all the items and I hope to give you a lot of inspiration during this fun journey.

Heather Collins

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Hi!  My name is Heather Collins and I’m thrilled to be designing for Therm O Web!!!  I am a wife, and Mom of two uniquely amazing children; an 11-year-old girl and an 8.5-year-old boy.  You might know me as the Creative Coordinator and In-House Designer at Brutus Monroe.   I enjoy doing a little bit of everything including, but not limited to ‘mixed media’, card making, ATCs, scrapbooking and quilt making.  I also enjoy crafting with friends when given the opportunity.   I find it very therapeutic and calming.  Although I must admit I do collect a ton!  I can’t wait to share my journey with you.

Jessica Michaels

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Hello! I’m Jessica, from central Pennsylvania, USA. I live on a farm with my husband and two boys. I started scrapbooking in high school making sports albums for graduating seniors and fell in love with documenting memories with creative flair. I try to do something crafty each and every day as it keeps me grounded. I work a stressful full-time job as a financial assistant and also do notary work on the side. I’m lucky to have a space that is also a playroom for my kiddos to play while I scrap. If you watch my YouTube videos you will see their little hands pop into the frame to help every now and then! I would say I’m a grungy cluster scrapbooker and love mixed media and stamping on my layouts. You can find me on my YouTube channel or on Instagram @jessicaemichaels. I hope I can inspire you to create something!

Justin Adkins
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My name is Justin Adkins! I live in the Chicago Suburbs with my Husband and our 2 Pit Bulls. I have been actively paper crafting since 2016 when I bought my first stamping and card-making supplies from a store nearby. I love stamping, ink blending, coloring with Copic Markers, and all things involving foil and flock! I am so excited to be a part of the Therm O Web Paper Education Team and can’t wait to share my creations with you all!

Katrina Hunt

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Hi!  My name is Katrina and I live in Midwest USA! I am currently owned by four Cardigan Welsh Corgis, who appear in my layouts from time to time (or A LOT of the time)! I’ve discovered as an adult that I love to create and craft.   I was never the artsy type while growing up unless you count cutting my doll’s hair.  I have been scrapbooking since February 2009, when I decided to make a mini album for a friend. I discovered that I loved it!  Well, let’s just say after that I went nuts with the paper, scissors, and glue.  I love color, the more the better.  Defining my style is hard, as I do what makes me happy. I like to scrap everyday life and things, you never know what the subject of my project might be!

Larissa Heskett

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I’ve been married to my best friend Adam for 12 years, and we have two handsome boys, Beckett (11 yrs.) and Greyson (5 yrs.). We live on our Family Farm in Southwest Nebraska with an Entourage of Animals, and I enjoy EVERY aspect of living a rural life. I’m a Certified Surgical Technician. I ENJOY creating in every way, baking/cooking, gardening, singing, nature, and taking photos. I’ve been a creative soul from birth!! I LOVE spending time with my Family and Friends and meeting/crafting with other creative people I’ve found/met online and through other events. I LOVE to try new techniques and experiment with my supplies. I look forward to inspiring you, and I cannot even begin to explain how HONORED and EXCITED I am to have the opportunity to design with this AWESOME Therm O Web Design Team!!

Lisa Bzibziak

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I’ve been paper-crafting since about 1994 in some form. I started scrapbooking when my boys were young and stamping about a decade later. I love all of the innovations and new products through the years and love to play with mediums in lots of different ways! Always learning and happy to share what I discover. So excited to join the Therm O Web team!

Shemaine Smith

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Hello from sunny Southern California. My name is Shemaine, and I am a work-at-home mom to two wonderful kids. I’m lucky to be married to a great guy who gets my wicked obsession for creating with paper and doesn’t mind me leaving a trail of scraps all over our home.
A few things you might not know about me,  I love Good & Plenty candy, walks along the strand in Manhattan Beach on Sundays with my family and I’m a crime show junkie to boot!  If my dreams of paper and glue forever were to fade, I can always become a profiler with all the knowledge I have gained from my obsessive watching.  Music is a must in my life, nothing inspires me more. I’ve been so blessed this year with exciting opportunities and great friendships, life is good.

Wendy Cuskey and GidgetWendy Cuskey

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I was born and raised in Southern California, and have lived in South Orange County for 20 years.  I have been paper crafting for over 15 years but love art in any form. I really enjoy mixed media because of the versatility and the “anything goes” nature of it but I will always enjoy creating mini albums as unique gifts and showcasing summer beach days and the family vacations I enjoy with my husband, two boys, and Yorkie. I draw my inspiration from family first and then from things around me in my everyday life. After working in the legal field for over 20 years, I transitioned into a job in the crafting industry, working for Sizzix. I know that I am truly blessed to have found employment where I can practice my passion each and every day!

Fabric Designers

Carla BioCarla Henton
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My name is Carla Henton and I am thrilled to be part of the Therm-O-Web team. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by talented women all of my life starting with my mom and grandmother who taught me to sew and later with the great group of women who shaped me into a successful hairstylist. So that’s me, deep-rooted with an artsy side.
You’ll find me blogging about family and sewing adventures at Creatin’ in the Sticks. I live in a cabin in the country close to Dodge City, Kansas. That’s where the blog name came from. I’m the mother of two musical kids and the wife of my iron man (he’s a metal artist). I love the online sewing community where there is always a challenge or quilt along to join. I design sewing and quilting patterns along with tutorials and have organized blog hops and designed Blocks of the Month. I’ve been a free motion quilter on my domestic machine for 15 years, but have just added a long arm to my arsenal.
Let’s go on a creative adventure…

Daryl Perry
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Hi, my name is Daryl and I love to create mostly in textiles. I make quilts, purses, bags, some mixed media and I like to knit in the evenings. I love color and putting together just the right fabrics for what I am making. I create my own designs as well as using other designers’ patterns, but I will often put my own spin on what I am making if using another designer’s pattern.

I first learned to quilt all by hand when I was a teenager before the rotary cutter and mats, etc. were even invented. Once I discovered the faster methods, I really took off and have been creating them ever since. I have been blogging and documenting my work since 2008 on my blog: Patchouli Moon Studio

Jennifer Long

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Jennifer Long has been creating artistically her whole life!  Throughout her schooling years, she trained full-time to be a professional ballet dancer.  During all those years of training in the Ballet world, she also dreamed of designing costumes!  Everyday she would walk by and peek into the Ballet Costume Wardrobe – what a MAGICAL space!  She learned to sew from her mother and grandmother (who owned a fabric and knitting store) and Jennifer began sewing and designing dance skirts, costumes and knitted ballet legwarmers for herself and other dancers.

Fast forward, Jennifer and her husband are raising their 4 children on a country property outside a small, rural, farming town on the Canadian Prairies.   She began designing dolls for her own children 15 years ago when she was looking for a healthy and positive role model doll!  Growing up in the professional ballet world, she experienced an eating disorder, so it was extremely important to her to teach her own girls to love their bodies and play with dolls that promoted healthy body images!  Soon, others began requesting these handmade dolls, and so she created BEE SEW INSPIRED!

This journey has inspired her to make a positive difference by designing Modern Rag Dolls and Doll Patterns for others to be EMPOWERED!  She has immersed herself in all aspects of doll design and is the founder of the Modern Rag Doll Membership and Inspired Doll Making.  Jennifer has her own line of sewing and embroidery doll patterns and quilt patterns as well as has made patterns for individuals, organizations, fabric designers and fabric companies, authors of children’s books and international companies for mass production.

Jen Belnap

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Hi, I’m Jen and I am a stay-at-home mom to 5 kids- four girls and a boy! I grew up in Idaho and now live outside of NYC. I love the fast-paced city life. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. I love to travel and see new places. As a family, we have enjoyed exploring the East Coast and are now trying to visit each of the 50 states! I believe ice cream should be its own food group. I love to create! With a husband who works a ton and 5 kids, sewing has become my outlet. I found quilting about 5 years ago and fell in love! Now I just want to make ALL the quilts! I am so excited to be designing for Thermo-web! I hope you follow along on my quilting adventures!

Jenifer Cowles

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My name is Jenifer Cowles and I live in a small town in Middleton, Idaho. I work in the IT Department for a small city by day and Scrap and Sew after the kiddos go to sleep by night. I have 3 cutie pies who give me tons to scrap about, Caleb (12), Madison (10 going on 16), and Hunter (6). I have been doing some sort of crafting my entire life and my day just doesn’t feel complete without making something. I love a challenge and can make just about anything. I am so excited to be working with Therm O Web, it is perfect for any type of project.

Joan Kawano
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Hello, my name is Joan Kawano. I have over 50 years of sewing and crafting under my belt, and am newly retired from a 25-year career in the airline industry. My Aunt taught me to sew as a little girl, which stirred a passion that just keeps growing. After years of professional crafting, I unpacked the truck for the last time and taught myself to quilt. That truly was my ah-hah moment. Give me some scraps and a sewing machine, and I’m entertained for hours.  I’m a mom of 2 boys who didn’t want my sewing for them that’s for sure, so turning my passion to quilts was the perfect solution.

In 2009 I started my blog with a goal of not just starting a zillion things, but actually finishing projects to share. What a concept! There I met an incredible community of fellow quilter/crafters, who introduced me to blog hops, swaps, designing and so much more. Never would I have guessed that it would lead me to become a part of a team of amazingly talented designers at Therm O Web. I’m very excited!

I love to laugh and find humor in everything. Combining that with my love of applique, I am working on “365 Silly Holidays” this year. You can find a new block daily, on my Facebook and Instagram page.

Lisa Ruble
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Hi! I was bitten by the creative bug early on in life, and have dabbled in drawing, scrapbooking, painting, photography, and fabric. I learned to sew as a young girl, making clothes for my Cabbage Patch Kid, and then got into quilting when I graduated from college. I’m a quilt pattern designer and frequently get caught up sewing my next idea late into the night. My quilting style leans toward modern and improv piecing, finding ways to give traditional ideas a twist. When I’m not sewing and pattern writing, I love to spend time outside hanging with my husband and three wild and crazy boys.

Lisa Summerhays
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I’m a wife and a mother of three. I love spending time with my family, traveling, working out, and doing any and all craftiness as often as possible. I am a craft blogger and a simple sewing pattern designer. I absolutely love coming up with new pattern designs and making them available for others to sew.

Margaria Korioth

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Stephanie Cunnynham
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Hello! My name is Stephanie Cunnyngham, and I am a wife, boy-mom, and farmhouse-dwelling girl who loves sewing and living in the country. I grew up in rural Indiana and have lived here all my life. I married a handsome man I met at a Civil War reenactment, and we have two very handsome, energetic, and fun-loving little boys.

I guess you can say I have always loved being creative. My mom and I would spend Saturdays painting or sewing when I still lived at home. My granny lived two miles down the road, and she was an avid quilter that was always sewing something at her kitchen table or making quilts to sell. I would go visit her and she would try to teach me to hand-quilt or crochet, but she was left-handed and I was young, so we would get frustrated with the sewing quickly and decide we would rather just spend our time together talking and eating pie. I carried my love for art and creativity to college with me, and my first college degree is in Art History from DePauw University. I loved taking art classes in college and learning about composition, layers, and working with different methods or creating. When I got married and moved away from home, my mom bought me my first sewing machine, a white machine with purple accents by Kenmore from Sears. I made curtains for our apartment and aprons to sell at markets and fairs. My love for quilting really took off when I discovered Lori Holt from Riley Blake Designs. I loved her fabric, her patterns, and her home. Her free tutorials on her blog roped me in and I haven’t looked back since. I have also started to write my own patterns. I have a couple of mini quilt patterns on my Etsy shop that I have designed, and I have designed two projects that have been published in Homespun magazine.

I also have a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and I currently work as a consultant for two different hospitals. Over the last few years, though, I have started spending more time at home and less time at work so I can focus on enjoying my boys and on turning my sewing hobby into more than just a hobby.

7 Comments on Meet Our Education Designers

  1. Debbe McLaurin
    April 10, 2017 at 9:23 am (5 years ago)

    I would love to try the new Thermo-Web foil tecnique. It looks like a lot of fun to embellish designs with.

  2. Connie Brooks
    December 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats Design Team. I’m not familiar with any of you except for Chrissie Tobas but, I’m looking forward to all of your works of art.


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