OUR MIXED UP FRIENDS

Our Design Team

Introducing The Mixed Up Girls...

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Hi, my name is Amy. I am a stay at home mother to three amazing children. My daughter is 18 and my two boys are 17 and 13, they keep me full of life and very busy at times. We live in Georgetown, Texas which is right outside of Austin, TX. After growing up in a military family it is nice to stay in one place for awhile. I love to travel and of course craft. I started scrapbooking 16 years ago and have been making cards for 7, I love both but right now card making is my favorite. My style is more CAS than anything but I love trying new techniques. 

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Hello everyone! My name is Ann Chuang. I'm so delighted to be a part of the Mix It Up Challenge Blog Design Team! I live in Taiwan. I am a junior high school math teacher and a mom of 3 children Hedy, Vivian and Eason. I started crafting about 2012. I love sharing my love of stamping/ cardmaking with everyone and also love to dabble in Mixed Media. I always believe that "Handmade crafts are warm with love." I'm really looking forward to sharing my creations with all of you!

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I’m a retired public servant now escaped to the countryside in New Zealand. A serious card maker for over 10 years and a crafter for life, I was making pressed flower paper products in the 1970’s !! In recent times my focus has changed to die cuts and fabulous papers as new supplies have become more accessible. My style is a bit feminine and needs to be more two dimensional than some current trends as I mostly post them in the mail to my family and friends. At holiday times and to provide personalised gifts I make banners, wall art and other paper products. A local Museum gift store sells my cards which I customize to identify the place for the tourist market. Paper crafting is my indoor hobby when I am not in the garden. :)

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My name is Cindy Messer and I live in TX with my wonderful husband of 15 years and my two beautiful kids. I'm blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. Before becoming a mom I worked for JPMorgan as a staff accountant.

I've been crafting in one form or another since I was little. My mom taught me to sew, crochet, embroider and counted cross stitch. My true love has got to be paper crafting though. I was invited to a friend's Stampin' Up party about 20 years ago and that is where my love of paper crafts began. I love to make cards, mini albums and home decor projects.

I'm super excited to be joining The Mix It Up challenge design team. You can visit my blog at http://inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/

Crafty hugs,
Cindy

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My name is Helen and I live in the north west of Britain on the Wirral peninsula.  I'm a full time Activities Coordinator for a charity which provides care for older people.  I spend my time organising activities, entertainment, trips out etc and can often be found calling bingo, leading chair exercises, singing or playing dominoes!  I also work part time for a local stamping firm teaching regular workshops for them.  In my spare time I'm a card maker and I love my Promarkers and patterned papers.  Looking forward to creating with the Mix It Up design team!

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My name is Irena Stefanova.

I am a loved wife, a mother of 3 children and grandmother of a beautiful girl. I am living in a small town in North-East Bulgaria. I am a very happy woman, because I have the opportunity to do what I'm interested, what I love and what fits my values and my lifestyle. I have a volunteer's soul.

I started with cards at the end of 2013. In the fall of 2014 I was hooked to mix media and since then it remains my preferred style. Actually It is difficult for me to define my style, because I want to try everything. The challenge to go outside of my comfort zone inspires me so much. I am a fearless and curious person. My favourite media are acrilic paints and modeling paste, but you may find that I love recycling, altered stuff, gelli printing and Art Journaling.


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LeeAnn
My name is LeeAnn McKinney, I live in Lakeland Florida and absolutely love it here. I am married, have 3 adult daughters all married and two amazing grandchildren ages 2 and 4. 

I am mostly a clean and simple papercrafter, although I do get messy, or go interactive from time to time. 

When I am home, I am 99% of the time in my studio, when I am at work, I am usually coloring or cutting paper to finish my projects with when I get back home. I love the fact my job allows this during downtime. 

I will do videos from time to time, although I am still getting use to speaking in the videos rather than playing music. Perhaps that should be my goal for 2019. 

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Leslie, Owner
DT Coordinator
My name is Leslie, I'm married with two grown children and one granddaughter (and another one on the way!), and I live in beautiful Colorado. I began scrapbooking about 45 years ago, way back when scrapbooks were really bland - before all the fun papers and embellishments came about. For the last 25 years or so, my paper passion has been card making. I started out making computer-generated cards, graduated to card kits, then quickly realized that having my own stash of stuff was the way to go! The rest is history, as they say! I'm addicted to rubber stamping and in addition to cards, I also enjoy making 3-D projects, mini albums, gift bags and paper shoes. I started blogging and entering challenges in 2011, and loved it so much that I started the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog in early 2013. It's been an awesome journey... so awesome and so much fun that she now has three sister blogs - Love To Craft Challenge BlogMix It Up Challenge Blog and Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog! Looking forward to crafting with these amazing designers! :) 

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I have been married to Jim for 27 years; we have three children, two girls and one boy. We live in a very small community - think 700 people, counting our dog, we jump up to 701. :D I used to be able to say we stay very busy with all kinds of sports, but our last one is finishing high school so come Fall 2019, we will officially be empty-nesters! 

I originally began scrapbooking when I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for two years a long, long time ago. Somewhere along the line, I discovered the immediate gratification of stamping a card and I was hooked; haven't looked back since...and um, haven't touched those scrapbooks either although I do dabble a bit in Project Life and at least keep up somewhat on those memories!

I did return to work after those two years off, and let's be honest, I'm just a better wife, mom, friend, you-name-it when I'm working. I am a full-time executive assistant working for the man known as the Father of Extended Stay (think Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, Candlewood Suites - he created all those); we stay very busy and I relish my job. But to keep me sane, I enjoy paper crafting, reading, music and exercising. 

As far as my style, I've never been very good at clean & simple; I tend to like lots of layers or go all out with mixed-media creations. I love coloring with Copics and adding depth and shading with pencils - in fact, I love coloring with Copics on watercolor paper. Yes, I realize its meant for watercoloring, but that's something I'm still practicing! You can check out my work at my blog: Whimsical Creations or on Instagram where I share lots of 'in-progress' photos, also Whimsical Creations; 2018 was a rough year, but I'm so looking forward to 2019 and the Mix It Up Challenge Blog - man, are there some super fun challenges coming your way!

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Tina, Co-Owner
Facebook Coordinator
Hi, I'm Tina DeMarche, the Domestic Engineer of my home of four boys. I homeschool my youngest son and enjoy learning with him. I started cross-stitching at age 6 and have loved keeping my hands busy ever since. Cooking is another one of my favorite things I like to do and it keeps my hungry boys happy. 

I took a calligraphy class in 2001 and we would make Christmas cards to swap amongst ourselves. Thus began my love for card making, but I really didn't get into stamping until years later. I guess I have been stamping for 9 years now, but over the last 5 I have started to collect stamps and they have taken over my crafting closet. I'm excited to be joining Leslie on another Design Team adventure :o) 

Let's start this next adventure....

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