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! :)
Ellen ~ In a World of Craft
Hi! My name is Ellen and I live in beautiful North Carolina with my sweet husband and my constant companion, Joy, who is my two year old Chocolate Cocker Spaniel. Our two kids are grown and out of state, our daughter in TN and our son in the U.S.Army. I have no grandchildren yet, and I am retired so I have quite a bit of crafting time!
I started seriously making cards about 3 years ago, but I made my first card around 2007. I just didn't have the time to get into it until later. Other than card making, my passions are flowers, reading and taking walks with Joy. (Nickname: Dragonfly)
Joni ~ Joni52 Stamps & Scraps
Hi, I'm Joni, joni52. I have a wonderful family, my top priority: an adoring husband who ignores how much I spend on this addiction to stamping, two wonderful daughters (my best friends), two fabulous son in laws and the two cutest grand kids on the planet. By day I teach 5th grade and after that I am a stampin' addict. I love to make cards, coloring with copics and paper piecing are my favorite techniques. When I'm not in my craft room you can find me playing tennis, walking Cooper and Baxter, or on the golf course. I do like to keep busy! I also like to clean my house.
Kendra ~ Luv 2 Scrap n' Make Cards
My name is, Kendra, I live in Northeast, WI with my high school sweetheart! We have two adorable little kids! I’m a SAHM in winter and work landscaping in summer. I have a passion for flowers!! As well as crafting! I started scrapping 13 years ago as both my husband and I raced at a local race track and I wanted to keep track of our wins and photos. From that it grew into a HUGE obsession! I started scrapping everything and then just over five years ago got into making all my own cards! Any spare time I get I love to be in my room creating either by myself or with my kids, who just love to help me (not sure that I am as productive then, but it’s a lot of fun!!)! I am so excited to be joining the Great Impressions Design Team! The first stamp I ever owned was a GI stamp!!
Katy ~ I Like to Cut and Paste
Hi! My name is Katy and I live in beautiful Florida. I have one son (4), a wonderful husband, and 3 cats. I have been crafting since I was a little girl. I love all things stamps, paper, glitter-the list goes on and on! I have been scrapbooking and making cards for over 10 years. Recently, I have started altering things and getting into mixed media. Besides crafting, I like to read, watch TV, and enjoy theme parks and the beach. I am so excited to be apart of the Great Impressions Design Team! :)
Leah ~ Paper Blossoms
Hi! I'm Leah and am so excited to be on the Great Impressions DT! I have been crafting all my life but about 8 years ago discovered stamping and found my passion. I love making cards, scrapbook pages and gifts for loved ones. I have a very supportive and wonderful husband of almost 15 years and we are blessed with three kids. My two boys are Ethiopian and my daughter is biological. I am busy with homeschooling them and keeping our home. In any spare moments I do find I love to read and garden and I dabble in watercolor painting and crochet.