Hello, Stampers! This year has flown by! Sadly, we have to say goodbye to our 2022 Guest Designers. As mentioned in yesterday's post, Cindy, Christy and Jennie have wowed us with their creativity! Week after week, they shared their talent and creations with us. Ladies, we were so happy to be able to create with you! We also are bidding farewell to long-time design team member, Laurie Schmidt. Laurie's designs were well-known for their clean vibe and fabulous die cuts. Laurie, we wish you nothing but the best and wonderful family time with the grands! Hugs!
BUT, don't be sad! Starting January 8, 2023, we'll have a new trio of Guest Designers to inspire us weekly: Suzy, Fran, and Tara! We know you have seen their amazing work in the gallery. Now, it's time to learn a little more about each of them.
Hi, I'm Suzy Hinton from the Pacific Northwest (PNW). I have two grown children and two adorable granddaughters. I am fortunate to live just two blocks from the grands. The oldest, who is three, also loves to stamp and do crafts. When I am not playing with the littles or stamping, you can find me knitting or reading. Oh, and in my "free" time, I am a substitute teacher.
I have been a stamper and paper crafter for nearly 30 years. I got started while being a stay-at-home mom, with two littles at home. I remember my first project was a very simple Christmas card that I sent to family and friends. I have made Christmas cards every year since, except one.
I did my first card challenge almost 2 years ago. Now, I am hooked! I especially like the challenges that force me to stretch my creative muscles. I also love the sharing of ideas and techniques. I have learned so much. I am so honored to be asked to be a Guest Designer with The Paper Players. I look forward to working with this talented group of stampers.
Hi, I’m Fran Wing. I live in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, where I share home with my husband and (at the moment) 7 cats – YIKES! I’m quickly becoming “the little old cat lady”. We have 4 permanent cats and are temporarily fostering 3 more. It’s pretty sad that I would tell you about the cats before mentioning that my son and his wife, who live nearby, have gifted us with three grandchildren (a pair of 13-year-old fraternal twins and their 8-year-old sister) and a grand dog. When I’m not cleaning cat boxes, you’ll find me in my craft room/office either working part time as a commercial interior designer or making cards. I’ve been creating greeting cards in one form or another for most of my life. I can’t remember when I wasn’t fascinated by paper, but the stamping didn’t start until about 20 years ago. My preferred style is CAS, but I enjoy pushing the limits of CAS with embellishments and layers. I love participating in design challenges because they’re such a good source of inspiration – we spark each other, and the ideas are limitless. You’ll find me also serving on the Design Team over at Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge. I’m looking forward with delight to 2023 and further inspiration as one of the Guest Designers, participating with the wonderful designers at The Paper Players!
Hi! I am Tara Carpenter. I live in Mid-Missouri with my husband, Tim. We have 2 children, one in college and one headed that way sooner than I would like to admit. I have been a lifelong crafter that started paper crafting about 15 years ago when I received a gift card to a local scrapbook store. I scrapbooked for several years, but the first time I inked up a stamp... well, I was hooked! I love the joy of giving a hand-crafted card to someone. I call my crafting "Tara Time" and it is vital for my sanity. I have made some many amazing friends and met some amazing people through paper crafting. I was overwhelmed and shocked when I was asked to be a Guest Designer. I cannot wait to play along each week with some amazing challenges!