Meet the Dynamo Team

November 2013-April 2014 Design Team

Greetings! My name is Annette Elliott, and I live in Rice, Minnesota. I am married to my college sweetheart, John and followed him up here from my home state of Illinois. I  am a substitute teacher, and a mom to two boys and one girl. Since I can remember, I have always had my hands on some kind of craft.  But when I was introduced to stamping at a friends house in 1998, I was immediately hooked!  I signed up as a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator in 2000, and have never looked back.  Stamping with friends, making hand made gifts and sharing creations with fellow stampers is truly a blessing. I am excited to be a part of this design team and look forward to stamping with you!

Hello, my name is Angel and I live in Cumming, Georgia with my husband and 2 boys. I am a preschool assistant teacher by day and crafter by night when I'm not helping with homework or doing mounds of laundry for stinky boys. I have been paper crafting since I was a junior in high school almost 18 years ago and I still love it today as much I did back then. I was a Stampin Up customer for years before I gave in and became a demonstrator. I have loved every minute of the past 2 years and anxious to see what the future holds for my business. I love being in my craft room making anything that has to do with paper. I am so excited to be a part of this design team and hope that I can inspire you with my creations. 

 I am a speech-language pathologist by day and a mad paper-crafter by night. My husband and I have three grown sons and a small white dog--almost empty-nesters. I've been handi-crafting forever! (quilting, knitting, home-decor). I began scrap-booking over ten years ago when the boys were young, which led to card-making and multi-media art. I started blogging two years ago when we moved back to Canada, hoping to find new crafty friends, and discovered the camaraderie of the online crafting community. One of my favorite things is introducing others to the joys of paper-crafting through running card workshops at the Rehab Centre where I work, and for seniors' groups. I am honoured to be part of this talented crew and look forward to an exciting six months of sharing, daring and fostering creativity .

I am a retired homeschool mom (and RN) who travels back and forth from Orlando, FLA to Pittsburgh, PA following my never boring husband wherever he may be working. Needless to say- all my luggage is stamping supplies! I have three awesome grown children I consider my best friends. I have been a stamper for over a decade and a demonstrator for over a year. I am so very thankful to have met wonderful friends through demonstrating, teaching, and blogging. I hope to inspire you as so many of you have been an inspiration to me!  

Hi.. I'm Holly a Retired Military Spouse and Stay at Home Mom. My husband and I have been married for 17 years & we have two Boys 8 & 11. I've been a SU demo for 10 years and I'm the creator of the Friday Mashup Challenge Blog. I've always had a passion for Art & being Creative. Along with my love of Paper Crafts, I'm also a Nail Polish Fanatic, wanna be Chef and Lover of all things Urban Decay. I'm excited to be joining the Dynamic Duos team and working with everyone. 

I am a retired Administrative Assistant and live in Central Florida. My husband and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this year.  Together we have 6 grown children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, so needless to say I do a lot of babysitting and thoroughly enjoy it.  I also do a lot of crafting since I retired.  I have been stamping and scrapbooking since 1998, but have done some kind of crafts since I was a teenager.  I really enjoy making cards for family and friends.  I am thrilled and honored to be part of the new Dynamic Duos Design Team and look forward to sharing my creations with you.  I hope I can inspire you as I have been inspired by so many talented people in this wonderful art.  I also look forward to seeing the wonderful creations you share with us.

I am blessed to be the wife to my best friend for over 30 years and currently work from home as a Staff Accountant. Since childhood I have been artistic and in 1999 attended my first Stampin' Up! party. I immediately knew that this would be a great way to show others that they could be artists so to the surprise of my upline, I signed up that very night and have been a demonstrator every since!  I tend to design late at night and am fortunate to have two beautiful “kitties” as my constant companions.  I feel so honored (and excited) to be part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team and am looking forward to seeing all of your creations each week!  I hope I can inspire all of you as you have inspired me over the years! 

Hi there! I am Michelle Bala, born and raised in New York! I have a wonderful family, my husband and three children. I LOVE cardmaking! I am always changing my style. I am so excited to be part of the Dynamic Duos design team! I love working with color combos! I hope to inspire you along the way!

I’ve been married to a wonderful, talented man for eight years, and we have a spunky daughter (3-going-on-30) and a mostly mellow son (5 months). I was a CPA many years ago; now I’m a homeschooling stay-at-home mom (my dream job). I was first introduced to stamping through Stampin’ Up! in 2000. Two years ago, I got really into it and realized I need to make pretty things as often as possible. I’ve been a demonstrator for a year and try to sneak into my crafting lair during naptime and after bedtime to create something every day – it’s good for my mental health! I often seek out papercrafting challenges for inspiration, and I hope to inspire you in the same way!

Hello all, my name is Tenia Nelson and I am a 30 something wife, momma, doggie momma, jazz pianist, music teacher, soccer player and paper crafter that lives in the 5280 (Denver, CO)! I am married to a wonderful guy named Tim, I am momma to my awesome son Thelonious (Theo) and I have two wonderful doggie "kids" Miles and Brillo. I love me some paper, inks, stamps and embellishments...and just LURVE to create!!! I am soooooo stoked to be part of this AWESOME DT with these AWESOME ladies!!!! Woot Woot!!!

Challenge Manager

Hello or should I say "Howdy", from the great state of Texas! My name is Anne Marie Hile and I am super-excited to be running the Dynamic Duos Challenge along with my pal Lesley. I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since 2008 and have been a crafting ever since I got my tiny hands on my very first box of crayons many years ago. I picked up my first stamp in 2007 and have been completely hooked, ever since. I live in sunny San Antonio, Texas with my wonderful husband and our sweet "fur-kiddos". I am really looking forward to creating with this amazing team at Dynamic Duos and being inspired by everyone's colorful creations!

May 2013-October 2013 Design Team

Tracey McNeely

Hi I'm Tracey McNeely and I am super excited to be one of the new Dynamic Dynamos along with a group of amazingly talented ladies.  I live in Oshawa, Ontario which is not far from Toronto and have been married to my very supportive high school sweetheart for almost 23 years. I am Mom to Ben, 18 and Brooklyn, 15.  I taught high school for nearly 17 years when I had to leave my job because I was no longer able to manage my MS along with working. I love travelling, cooking, reading and all things crafty.  With a passion for paper and stamps I have been making cards since my teens and scrapbooking now for about 12 years. I find that I am happiest in my studio creating projects that are clean and simple.  Playing with paper is definitely my favourite creative outlet and find it very therapeutic.  I hope that I am able to share my love of paper crafting with you.

Debbie Henderson

Hi Everyone! What an honor to be able to design for Dynamic Duos and work with a wonderful team of girls! I am from Hodgdon Maine and am approaching my 5th year as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and love every minute of it!  I have been married to Dave since July 2008 and have two grown children Jessica 28, Greg 26 and one granddaughter Kaitlynn who just turned 5 and is a joy to have around! We own two kitty cats named Abigail and Katie whom were both acquired through our local animal shelter.  Dave and I are self-employed business owners so we are on the road a lot. I have always been crafty, even attending college to earn an art degree but decided to get married and start a family a year after I attended college. Stamping is something I’ve always stuck with as it never gets old. I haven’t purchased a store bought card in over 15 years! I hope you will enjoy my submissions and I look forward to sharing with all of you!

Susie Wittwer

Hello!  I'm Susie Wittwer, and I'm so excited to join the new team at Dynamic Duos.  I'm thrilled to get the chance to work with this super talented group of crafters!  My husband and I live near a small farming community in northern Illinois.  I work full time, but you can probably guess where I spend my free time.  Yes, at my craft table.  This hobby began when I attended a Stampin' Up party many years (and $$$'s) ago.  I was hooked immediately.  I enjoy stamping so much and I enjoy sharing those cards and projects with family and friends.  I've been blogging since 2010, and love playing along in challenges. One of my cards has been published in Paper Crafts Magazine and another will be published in the July/August 2013 issue.
I cherish the friendships I've made in this crafting and blogging community and hope to make many more!

Lori Turner
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be a part of the new team here at Dynamic Duos! I have been married to Quintin since 1994 and we live on a farm in central Alberta, CANADA with our 2 children, Calvin and Kim, dog Cocoa and 2 cats :) We run our own business for the summer months here on the farm, and then Quint works away for the winter months - so, my craft room is my so-called "sanctuary!" My crafty journey started wayyyy back (12+ years) when I hosted a Stampin' Up! demonstration. That was all it took. I was a demonstrator up until about 2 years ago then retired from SU! and broadened my horizons with other companies and products. I love the world of paper, ink, Copics and stamps and love to play along with challenges. I am so happy to share my excitement and love of paper crafting with you and look forward to making new friendships along the way!

Janet Bagnall
Hi everyone.  I am so thrilled to be a part of the Dynamic Duos design team and look forward to the fun we're going to have together.  I am a mother of three wonderful children, 2 boys (26 and 13) and one daughter (25) and have been happily married to Jim for 29 years.  After the birth of our youngest, I started scrapbooking as a side hobby amongst being mommy and wife, but four years ago, I realized that I had a knack for card making/stamping and haven’t looked back since. It has been a blessing and a fabulous hobby that I hope to be able to continue and become even better at. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and am the oldest of 5 children, but now make my home in Gilbert, South Carolina, which is near Columbia. I hope you enjoy my creations and look forward to making many new friends during the coming months.
Alison Barclay

Hi! My name is Alison (aka Gothdove Designs) and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I have been a card maker for about 10 years and fell in love with stamping about 3 years ago when I realised just how wonderful and creative stamping is! My style is generally "clean and simple" and I like lots of white space! My other creative world is husband is a drummer and drumming teacher and I work in as an arts administrator for our state orchestra. I'm also a loving (and exhausted) mum to my beautiful two little men who are 4 & 2 years old. I am SO excited to be part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team....Dynamic Duos is dynamite! :)

Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin
Hello! My name is Tara and I live in Ontario, Canada. I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, but only recently discovered Stampin’ Up! (about 3 years ago). I love anything to do with colour and design, and love sharing with and learning from all the talented people I come across on this journey. I have two young boys (1 and 4) and a wonderfully supportive husband. When I’m not crafting, I’m working my “day job” as a Client Service Analyst, or spending time with my fabulous family.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Dynamic Duos team and looking forward to meeting many new friends!

Hayley Kew

Hello! My name is Hayley and I live in Ontario, Canada. Let me start by saying I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Dynamic Duos Team, really looking forward to joining in the fun with all of these lovely ladies! I have been paper crafting for about 10 years now and 3 years ago I became a Stampin' UP! demonstrator. I have made some fabulous friends over the past 3 years sharing what I love with people through my classes and blogging. I am the very proud mother of a 4 year old boy and a 6 month old girl and have a beyond amazing husband who helps me to do the things in life which make me happy! When I am not spending time with my beautiful family or tucked away in my craft room,I have the privilege of being a birth and postpartum doula.

So looking forward to seeing the creations you have to share with us!   

Janet Zeppa

Hello everyone! My name is Janet Zeppa and I live in St.Catharines Ontario Canada. That is close to Niagara Falls. My husband and I are proud parents of 3 grown children, 1 girl and 2 boys. We are now empty nesters and life is good! I love paper crafting and have been scrapbooking for about 10 years. When my daughter became engaged I just knew that I wanted to do something special with all the wedding photos and that's how it all began.  I am super excited to be a part of the Dynamic Duos team and I look forward to meeting all of you fellow crafters out there. I'm sure that we will inspire each other.

Michelle Williams

Hello! I am Michelle and I live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband and my two gorgeous girls (10 and 5).  We also have a dog Coco, budgie Sunny, and fish Bubbles. When my eldest daughter started school five years ago, I attended a Stampin' Up! workshop and promptly fell in love with making cards. By the time I started blogging at the end of 2010, I was totally hooked. The amazing people I have met in blogland have enriched my life. I have made so many friends, learned so much, and I am inspired daily! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Dynamic Duos Team and I'm looking forward to my time here!

November 2012-April 2013 Design Team

Hi! My name is Allyson Andersen. I am a mid-life girl who lives in a quiet little Utah suburb, surrounded by farmland. My husband and I married in 2001, and we are homeschooling parents of 3 young children. I began basic card making in 2003 when introduced to it during a local church women’s group meeting. I’ve taken up the hobby more seriously (i.e. spending a ridiculous amount of money on supplies!) only in the last 5 years. I’ve been blogging about my creative pursuits since January 2011, and I am very happy to be a part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team!

Hi everyone, my name is Chris and I live in Adelaide, Australia, with my 6 year old son, Jamie, who is homeschooled, and my two beautiful cats, Millie and Catey, who love to help me stamp. I have been "crafty" all of my life, I remember my Mum teaching me to knit when I was 5 years old, and I have been into all sorts of crafts ever since.  A friend took me a Stampin' Up! party for my birthday in 2008 and I haven't stopped stamping since!  I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator not long after even though I was still very new to stamping, and I still love it.  I also love scrapbooking, but don't do enough of it, there are just not enough hours in the day! I also run a business from home as an NLP Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist, something that I love to do. I am so happy and excited to be part of this team with so many talented ladies, and I really look forward to getting to know you all.

Hi my name is Vicki Burdick and I live in Webb City, Missouri. I am a wife and mother, I  have been a crafter all my life, I  was introduced to paper crafting several years ago when I attended a Stampin Up workshop with a friend. I became quite addicted. I am thrilled to be apart of the Dynamic Duos team! 

Hi, my name is Karen Day and I live in Richmond Hill, Ontario...just north of Toronto.  I'm a retired clothing designer, now a stay at home Mom, and part-time home stager with a 17yr old son and a 15yr old daughter.  I've enjoyed crafts all my life, and bought my first rubber stamp as a teenager - so I pretty much have stamped ever since.  I scrapbook when I can, and love to knit, but you'll usually find me off in my craft room making a card or two...  I'm thrilled to be a part of the Dynamic Duos design team!

Hi, my name is Deanna Dean. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Oregon and still call it home. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have one daughter and soon we will be adding a son-in-law to the family. I've been crafting as long as I can remember. My mom and I were always making something. I starting scrapbooking several years ago and that led to card making and I've never looked back. I'm so excited to be part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team.

Hey there!  My name is Jenny Engelke and I enjoy life in a small, tight-knit community in Northeastern Montana.  I am married to a wonderful man who is very tolerant to my love of card-making (and the money I spend on it!) and we have three handsome boys ages 16, 14, and 7.  I am a stay-at-home mom, but with that comes all kinds of side jobs and volunteering, so I stay very, very busy.  I started making cards when I was pregnant with my oldest son.  I also scrapbooked for several years, but that has taken somewhat of a backseat to card-making.  I've always been crafty, but this is a medium I really, really enjoy.  I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of  the Dynamic Duos Design Team! 

Hi everyone!  My name is Bobbie Trost and I live an hour north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  My husband and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, and we have two girls ages 8 and 6 who are the subjects of my creativity.  While I'll make a card when I need one, my go-to project is a scrapbook page.  After years of collecting pretty paper and embellishments, I'm finally getting to filling up books.  I'm very excited to be joining Dynamic Duos and I look forward to the challenge of creating great layouts using the challenge colors.

Hi! I'm Erna Logtenberg, from the Netherlands. I'm married and we have a daughter who is almost 13 years old. About ten years ago I started making cards. After a few years I got my first stamps and since then I'm addicted to stamping and love to make cards even more. I like to play with sketch challenges and color challenges at different challenge blogs. I'm very honored to be a team member of the Dynamic Duos design team!

Hiya! My name is Amy White and I live in Bristol, England. I come from a creative family and grew up loving pencils and paper and all things arty. I was introduced to card making through a class I attended around 8 years ago and was instantly hooked. A couple of years later I was introduced to Stampin Up - I went along to a taster session and ended up becoming a demonstrator. I've met so many great people through this hobby and one of my favourite things to do is teaching classes in my home, where I have a great group of ladies come to chat, make cards and have lots of fun. I trained as a teacher and currently work in an education position in our city's Cathedral. I have a long-suffering husband who puts up with paper and stamps all over the place as well as five kitties who enjoy sitting right in the middle of my craft table and playing with scrap bits of paper! I love playing along with challenges and am so excited to be joining the Dynamic Duos design team!

Welcome to the team ladies! We will be back here tomorrow with a festive colour combo that will be sure to get you in the spirit!

Thanks for stopping by!

September 2012 Guest Designers

Hi!  My name is Allyson Andersen.  I am a mid-life girl who lives in a quiet little Utah suburb, surrounded by farmland.  My husband and I married in 2001, and we are homeschooling parents of 3 young children.  I began basic card making in 2003 when introduced to it during a local church women’s group meeting.  I’ve taken up the hobby more seriously - i.e. spending a ridiculous amount of money on supplies! - only in the last 5 years.  I’ve been blogging about my creative pursuits since January 2011.  This is my first experience like this with a challenge blog, and I am very excited to be a guest designer at Dynamic Duos!

Greetings from beautiful Alberta Canada. I bought my first rubber stamp when my son was 3 weeks old, and I've been stamping and making cards ever since. He is now 23 - so I haven't purchased a greeting card since 1989. My husband and I love to spend time at our cabin in the mountains, with our three dogs. Our 3 children are all out on their own, and we welcomed our 2nd grandchild in July!  I don't have a definitive style since I like so many different looks, but I prefer to make 'Mail Friendly' cards and I do love foam tape. I'm really excited to be playing with the talented Design Team for September!


Hello there! First, let me say how happy I am to be here with such talented ladies. Thank you! My name is Michelle and I live in New York City. My husband and I have three wonderful children! My two favorite things are stamps and pattern papers. Anytime I can incorporate the two I am very happy!  I began cardmaking almost three years ago and shortly after that I stared my Blog. I have been addicted ever since!

Meet the Inaugural Dynamo Team! 
Design Team Term: May-October 2012
To visit our blogs, please click on our names below our photos.

Hello, my name is Allisa Chilton.  I live in southwestern Wyoming.  I started scrapbooking in 1995. I became a Close To My Heart Consultant shortly after.  Scrapbooking soon lead to card making.   I think I have now reached paper hoarder, stamping addiction status!  I started blogging last year, which has lead to my new addiction of entering challenges.  I love meeting all of the like minded crafty people and sharing creations.  I can’t wait to see all the creations that everyone comes up with for the Dynamic Duos!

Hello...or should I say "Howdy", from the great state of Texas. My name is Anne Marie Hile and I am super-excited to be a part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team. I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator  since 2008 and have been a crafting ever since I got my tiny hands on my very first box of crayons...way back when. I picked up my first stamp in 2007 and have been completely hooked, ever since. I live in sunny San Antonio, Texas with my wonderful husband and our sweet "fur-kiddos".  I am really looking forward to creating with this amazing group at Dynamic Duos and being inspired by everyone's colorful creations! 

Hello, I am Anika (aka Anni or Annikarten) and I’m from Germany. For 15 years now I´ve lived in the beautiful city Berlin and I am married. I work as a math-teacher at a vocational college; to perform handicraft work is a perfect compensation for that.
From the cradle I grew up in a family of creative hobbyists, whereas I always only loved working with paper – I am wasted on needlework.
Into stamping I am since 2008, I love clean and simple cards, and yet eventually my cards often turn out to be somewhat more complex. I love the soothing paper piecing and resist techniques.

Hi.  I live in the beautiful state of Tasmania, Australia with my hubby of 27 years and our two gorgeous grown up children, who are both studying at University.  I have been paper crafting for four years and was a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for three.  My day job as a Prep/One teacher keeps me super busy but when I do snatch some time to craft, you’ll find me in the rumpus room stamping and die cutting, finding different ways to make an easel card, deciding on what challenges to do or writing the occasional tutorial to help fund my paper craft obsession.  I have had a few guest designer gigs, presented Workshop Wows and was a DT Member of Just Add Ink for 2 years.  I’m so excited to be a part of this newly formed and talented DT at Dynamic Duos.
I am thrilled to be a Dynamo for Dynamic Duos!  My style is clean...not necessarily simple...and this two color challenge will be so fun to work with. The majority of my cards go to our church card ministry. Making cards for the church is truly the perfect ministry – I love designing the cards, the card group loves the fellowship of gathering and making the cards, the congregation loves selecting cards for their friends and family, the recipients know they are loved and cared for…and the church receives the card donations! I live in Parker, Colorado with my husband of 22 years, my two sons – 16 and 12 – 1 dog and 2 cats. We lead a very active life with sports, music, school and church activities and as much time as possible hiking, biking and skiing in our Colorado Rockies

Hi! My name is Lesley. I am a Canadian Stampin' Up Demonstrator!! I love making cards and spending time with my wonderful husband. I am the creator of the challenge blogs; The Paper Players, Freshly Made Sketches and now Dynamic Duos. I also host a weekly Christmas Card Challenge on my blog called "Merry Monday". My passion is card making and I am inspired by all the crafty people I meet!! I am thrilled to be working with this fabulous group! 

What a joy and blessing it is to be working with this talented group of Dynamos! I'm a former floral  designer/instructor who fell in love with rubber stamping and became a card maker/instructor! I love pretty papers, am smitten with polka dots and all of those great little paper crafting what nots just waiting to be hoarded! I am married to my high school sweetheart, we are blessed with an amazing son and his beautiful wife. I am also the mommy of a ridiculously adorable mini schnauzer ~ Max!

I'm a happily married, SAHM to three children and also work part-time as a dental hygienist.  I have lived in the Midwest for most of my life and love it!  Since being introduced to card making by some girlfriends in my college days & then to the online stamping community by my best friend, I've evolved into some sort of paper hoarding, stamp obsessed individual.  My stamping style tends to be clean and simple, but once in a while, I take a leap of faith and venture into new creative adventures!  I'm enjoying the learning process as time goes by and I'm so thrilled to be a part of Lesley's new DT for Dynamic Duos!

Hi There!  My name is Paige and I live in a small community in southwestern MN with my husband of 33 years and our two cats.  We are empty-nesters, as our three adult children, one daughter and two sons, are making their way in the world.  I retired from 35 years of teaching and now enjoy the extra time I have for reading and my favorite hobby: stamping!  I’m excited for this opportunity to be a part of the Dynamic Duos Design Team!

Hi Friends! My name is Sue and I live in Moora, a small rural town 200km north of Perth in Western Australia.  I have been stamping for just over 12 years and I am totally addicted to this craft and in love with anything to do with stamping.  I like to be challenged and will try any style or technique to complete a project.  I am married to Graham and we have two Daughter's and a Son. We are very blessed to have four Grand-daughter's and a Grandson.  Maisie Raine is our Cat who constantly visits my desk for the required amount of attention before she will leave.  I am delighted to be on the Dynamic Duo's Design Team with this very talented Group of Ladies.

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