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!
Ruza ~ Ruza's Craft Corner ~ Design Team Coordinator
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.
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!!
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.