I have been designing for many years and have always found fulfillment in creating with my hands.
While at home raising our four children and moving around the country as an army family, I attended classes, learned and experimented with many crafting techniques and materials. Paperwork, Etc. began in 1990 when me and my crafty friend Kim saw a need for unit welcome, farewell, and baby gifts at the military post we were stationed at. When the army moved us again, I continued to develop a line of military products designed with the military wife in mind. These products sold steadily, so I branched out into the civilian sector. After my husband retired from the military and we put down roots in Virginia, I entered the world of craft design and began selling designs for publication in books and magazines. This led to authoring two books for Logan Graphic Products, the manufacturer of her mat cutter, a tool I use every day. My love for all things matboard inspired me on to approach Sizzix, a company that makes dies and die cutting machines, about producing a line of dies that would cut and score matboard into boxes, folders and totes.
To my delight, Sizzix agreed this was a good idea and in December of 2009, ScoreBoards were introduced into the Sizzix product line. I am currently working on new designs. My fourth and newest collection, Fresh Vintage, will debut at the Craft & Hobby Show in January, 2011.
When I am not designing dies, Iím working on researching new products and tools related to the craft industry. I develop kits and designs for the gift and stationery market, work with manufacturers to create packaging, samples and prototypes, and also license my artwork. I create custom wedding and party invitations, high volume upscale cards for different organizations, mats and frames for select customers and teach calligraphy. Every November, I host the Barn Sale, featuring the work of 15 local artisans. Our loyal customers come from miles around to purchase quality handmade items. I appear regularly on Cool2Craft, a web TV network, to show ways to use my dies. What I love about my work is that every day is different! I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love.