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Sizzix Guest Artists

  • Amy Friend

    Amy Friend is a designer, quilter and sewer. She earned her B.A. and completed her M.A. coursework in Art History. After working as a collections curator, she decided to stay home and raise her three children. For a creative outlet, Amy turned to sewing and blogging. From there, she worked with BasicGrey to create quilt designs, with Art Gallery Fabrics as a member of their Fat Quarter Gang, as a project designer for Therm O Web, and design team member for Sizzix. She enjoys sewing, especially projects that are complex and challenging. She also likes paper piecing and precise patchwork designs. If Amy is not sewing or caring for her family, she's likely gardening at her home in West Newbury, Mass.

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  • Betsy Kaage

    Betsy and her husband, Bill, happily raise their two children in the lush landscape of Galena, Illinois. Always seeking ways to live a creative life, Betsy jumped at the chance to paint, sew, knead, link, wrap and rivet for her friends at Vintaj. She uses all of the artistic skills learned from her previous careers in theatre and textile design and enjoys adding more to her repertoire. Her inspiration comes from nature, history and clever, funny people. Betsy appreciates her job flexibility and the opportunities available while living in a small country town.

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  • Cheryl Adam

    Trained in architectural engineering, Cheryl started quilting as a hobby in 1982 and eight years later turned her passion into a profession. Leveraging her educational background, she enjoys designing her own quilts and drafting the patterns, and her work has been featured in some of the hobby's most prestigious publications. In 2003, her experiences culminated with her insightful book Off Center Patchwork. In addition to having served as the technical editor for McCall's Vintage Quilts Magazine, Cheryl has also taught local quilting classes and exhibits her quilts at many shows and events.

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  • Cindy Surina

    Some may know Cindy as the quilter/owner of Custom Creations or as a vendor at many large retail quilt shows with her rainbow table of "Fat Quarter Queen" fabrics. She became addicted to appliqué in the early 1980s and searched everywhere for fun and unique machine appliqué designs. After years of selling her products at area boutiques and bazaars, she taught machine appliqué classes at many locations throughout Southern California, primarily at The Fabric Patch in Upland. By 1995, she was designing and wholesaling patterns under the Custom Creations label. Her current focus on retail shows has been rewarded with a loyal customer base.

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  • Janette Daneshmand

    Janette is a craft designer, snailmail artist and author of the Janette Lane blog. She's also the creator of Pocket Letters™, an artful way to send pen pal letters around the world. Janette has been crafting her whole life, but more so since discovering the world of papercrafting via social media. She was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. and now resides in England with her wonderful husband, Justin. Janette also enjoys making her planner and Pocket Letter-related YouTube videos and thrifting! She's inspired by her faith and the world around her, and always tries to look for humor and beauty in everyday life.

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  • Jeanne Holland

    Jeanne's design career started early on when her grandmother gave her a box of antique glass beads and broken necklaces. Captivated immediately, she continued to design through high school, occasionally selling her creations. Her love of form and function and pursuit of a career that allowed for family lead her to Brigham Young University. There she expressed herself in everything from classical ballet to stained glass mosaic. Jeanne went on to own an art and jewelry shop in Galena, Illinois, and, along with her sister Wendy, formed the Vintaj Design Studios and eventually, the Vintaj Natural Bass Co.

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  • Jess Italia-Lincoln

    Her design influence is far reaching. As the educator for Vintaj, Jess teaches and shares many tips and techniques in online videos and Vintaj Jewelry Technique Books. Inspired by nature and all its treasures, Jess started her creative career odyssey by graduating with a bachelor's degree in advertising design at the International Academy of Merchandising & Design in Chicago. In the fast-paced city, she always made time for designing handmade clothing, purses and quilts. However, vintage fabrics gave way to beads which lead her to discover her true passion - jewelry design. Jess relocated to the beauty and history of Galena, Illinois, which continues to inspire her designs, while keeping her strongly connected with family.

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  • Mackenzie Mullane

    It didn't take Mackie long to pick up handfuls of her mom's stones and filigrees and begin creating settings. After all, mom (Wendy Mullane) would often joke that Mackie bathed in jewels! Designing since she could first hold tools, Mackie has been selling her designs in shops and at art fairs ever since. With this unlimited imagination, she has been a youthful asset to the Vintaj design team. Her designs have been published in several books which helped her connect with aspiring jewelry designers. She has a great appreciation for art in all forms and is truly fascinated with creative expression!

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  • Mou Saha

    Born in Calcutta, India, Mou loves to design and share her handmade art. Her creative journey began in 2004 when she saw a scrapbooking TV show and made a baby book for her 2-year-old daughter. At the urging of impressed friends, she submitted her work to magazines and applied for design team positions. Eventually, she became a contributing writer for Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Over the years, she has designed for Tim Holtz, Anna Griffin, Big Picture Classes, Faber-Castell, Glitz Design, October Afternoon, Crate Paper and more. She describes her style as experimental and loves everything from mixed media to mini books. In her spare time, Mou enjoys her family, living in Florida, movies, spicy food, flea markets and art journals!

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  • Ronda McCord

    Ronda McCord has always enjoyed all forms of sewing and crafting but quilting is her true passion. With more than 20 years of quilting experience, she continues to challenge herself with exciting new ways to express her creativity. Ronda particularly enjoys piecing together quilt tops. She likes using Sizzix dies in her projects to easily accomplish perfect points and seams. In addition, she loves making and giving baby quilts to family and friends for their new bundles of joy. She and her husband have been married for 31 years and reside in sunny southern California. They have one son, three daughters and two grandsons.

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  • Shirley Van Dyken

    Shirley began her creative journey by taking up sewing at a very young age. That led to a love of quilting beginning in the mid-1970s. Her career shaping influences include working in bridal alterations and gaining the invaluable experience of working in a quilt shop for almost 15 years. In addition to being involved in five different quilt guilds, Shirley currently performs commission work and always makes time for her passion, machine quilting. She and her husband, Jim, live in Southwest Colorado where together they own a restaurant. They have four children between them and four grandchildren.

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  • Stacy Surina-Bonora

    A certifiable arts & crafts junkie, Stacy loves anything creative. She's been scrapbooking since her teen years. As the owner of Purls & Girls, a Central California yarn shoppe, she taught knitting and crochet to the new wave of hobbyists with exciting designs, materials and colors. Stacy has become an integral part of the success the Custom Creations label enjoys, working in design and production. An accomplished home chef, Stacy enjoys entertaining friends and family at home, where her husband and two children enjoy her cooking and knack for design whether she is making party invitations, wrapping presents or decorating the trailer for a "Glamping Trip!"

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  • Wendy Mullane

    A tomboy while growing up, Wendy preferred mud to beads. Once college bound, she pursued art and design at Brigham Young University. She combined this passion for art with her love of nostalgia by opening an antique and jewelry shop in 1991, while raising her four children. For 10 years, Wendy worked with metals and broke through creatively when she and her sister Jeanne discovered the creative filigree settings technique. With this unique innovation, she formed Vintaj Design Studios and eventually co-founded Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Her life experiences have prepared her well to serve as President of this amazing company.

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