I was born in Vancouver BC Canada and grew up in Olympia Washington. My mom was a fantastic artist and encouraged all my childhood doodles. I took every art class available in high-school, and became the art teacher’s assistant; I was given the privileged of helping others. I moved to Hawaii, then onto Boston where I met my husband Bobby. We have 2 beautiful girls and then moved back to the Olympia area. Bobby and I have been the proprietor of a chocolate shop for the last 16 years.
I Live in New Hampshire with my husband, Leonard. We share our home with our black and white cat Charlie (aka “Mr. Personality”). I have been designing since 1989, when McCall's published my first creations: three cross-stitched angel ornaments. Since then I have had over 750 of my projects published and have illustrated several scrapbook collections. I might have a serious side, but most of my art shows my flair for finding the fun, whimsy and optimism in the world around me.
I began working with Great Impressions in the Spring of 2009. It has been a wonderful creative journey that I have enjoyed tremendously! My home is in the tiny town of Randle, in the Cascade foothills of Southwest Washington. For a nature lover like me, it is the perfect place to live. I have lived in Washington all of my life and still marvel at the beauty. The loves of my life are my two beautiful daughters and five wonderful grandchildren. I’m an avid gardener, bird watcher and animal lover. Needless to say, birds, flowers and animals are some of my favorite subjects. I have had a life-long love of fantasy art and still believe in fairies! Art has always been a big part of my life. Although I have no formal art education, I have taken a few classes over the years. To me, art is a constant learning process and continuing journey. My taste in art (and life in general) is eclectic. I often find something interesting and beautiful in common, ordinary things. My work reflects my country upbringing and my love color and nature. (with a touch of whimsy thrown in now and then) In addition to drawing and stamp design, I work with acrylics, oils, transparent watercolor and colored pencils. I often paint or draw in a series as sometimes, painting or drawing a subject once just isn't enough for me!
Hi, I’m a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest. I live in Randle WA. My husband Wayne and I live on a small cattle farm along with our dogs, cats, chickens, my 17 year old paint horse and the resident elk herd.
We grow a great garden (in spite of the elk) and from time to time do battle with Mother Nature. (She usually wins.) In my spare time I love being in the mountains with my boys, picking huckleberries, and fly fishing. I love drawing for Great Impressions and thank the Lord for the ability to do so! I hope you like looking at my art as much as I like doing it.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Helen ~ Stamp of the Month Card Designer
Hi everyone. My name is Helen Beasley. My husband I have been happily married for almost 29 years. We have 3 beautiful daughters. My life is always busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I’ve been working for Great Impressions for almost 9 years. (It’s hard to believe!) I started out as a card maker. I’d take my coloring to volleyball, basketball & fast pitch games. Then I added working down at the shop. The last 2 ½ yrs I’ve also been designing our stamp of the month cards.
I love my job. Besides working with wonderful people, I get to stamp, color and craft. Plus, I get paid too! Who could ask for more! I hope you enjoy our great images and high quality stamps. Live, Laugh, Love….& Stamp!
Mynnette ~ Design Team Coordinator
Hi! My name is Mynnette but I also go by Mynn online as well. I have been crafting and stamping for almost 10 years now and LOVE learning new techniques and playing around with different card making styles. I'm so excited to join the amazing team here at Great Impressions Rubber Stamps! These stamps are amazing--such a variety of images and a quality product as well! I look forward to working with these lovely ladies, learning more about stamping, and sharing what I learn with all of you! Stay tuned--I've got some technique tutorials that I'll be sharing with you twice a month and hope you join me in the pursuit of stamping knowledge! HUGS and happy stamping, friends! :)
Patti ~ Cherish Each Precious Day
Hello! I was introduced to paper crafts years ago. I dabbled for a while, then retired, and became hopelessly addicted. I’ve been blogging for over six years now, and love the friends that I’ve met through this hobby. When we travel, we always work in time to meet my crafty friends.
I am blessed with an awesome husband - he indulges my creative time, and just spoils me rotten. We have been married for over 41 years, and live about 90 minutes south of St. Louis, Missouri. Our children are grown – a son and beautiful daughter-in-law live in California, and our daughter, wonderful son-in-law, and the prettiest granddaughter in the world, live in Germany.
I’m excited to be designing for Great Impressions! Their stamps were among the first I used, when I began this stamping adventure. I don’t really have a ‘style’, so be prepared for a little of everything. I’m looking forward to working with both a wonderful product, and the talented Great Impressions Design Team members.
Toni ~ Frankie Helps Craft
Hi there! My name is Toni and I live in the Pacific Northwest just outside of the Seattle area. I've been here for nearly 15 years (when did that happen?!) but am a Midwest girl at heart, having spent many years in Indiana. I have a wonderful partner who indulges my hobbies, two stepkids who are all grown up now and living in CA for school, and Frankie the cat who's as crafty as I am. I've dabbled in various crafts my whole life and have explored about everything, including quilting, cross stitch, dyeing, jewelry-making, knitting, and currently card-making. When Seattle weather permits, I like to be in the garden (think about it anyway--LOL). Otherwise, when I'm not crafting or working, you'll likely find me lazing about on the sofa reading or watching a movie with cat at my side.
Ruza ~ Ruza's Craft Corner
I'm a stay-at-home mom to a very special young lady in Northern Illinois. I've been crafting since I was a young child, and when I became a "SAHM" I turned to crafting to stay busy. Creating cards, altering items, and just having fun with paper and Copic Markers is an amazing hobby that I truly love. I'm very grateful that I have a husband that supports me, that my son loves seeing my creations as well, and that my special young lady enjoys getting into my crafts (sometimes). I truly love the challenge of making something beautiful with the various products available in the crafting industry, and I look forward to sharing my love of crafting with Great Impressions amazing stamps.
Donna ~ Crafting by the Beach
Hello! I have always been a crafter, dabbling in creating stained glass ornaments and lots of beading and jewelry making. I’ll try anything once! I started my love affair with paper and card making a little over 5 years ago and most other crafts have been left far behind. So may pretty papers, so little time! I finally started my Blog, Crafting By The Beach, just over 2 years ago and find it a fun way to share my creations.
I have been married to a great guy for almost 27 years and we are both self-employed. We live on Old Cape Cod and have for the past 15 years. Our beautiful daughter will be getting married this fall at a Vineyard here on Cape Cod, a magical setting.
I was so pleased and honored to be invited to the Great Impressions Design Team! I love the quality and the wonderful assortment of images and sentiments of these stamps, and hope to share some unique creations with you all. I am very excited to get to know all of these very talented ladies on the Design Team…..my new online BFFs, if you will! Happy Stamping!
Emily ~ Studio M
Hi! I'm Emily- a thirty something single gal enjoying a simple, quiet life in the Midwest. I've been a card maker for about ten years. I started out in scrapbooking but decided a full page was just too much space to work with, and that's when I made the switch to cards. I also enjoy the practicality of it, and the chance it gives me to share my creativity with others. When I'm not making cards I like to spend time gardening, sewing, biking, hiking and birding.