May 6, 2015

Introducing the 2015 Design Team

There are days when it wouldn't surprise me that Kymona feels like this when managing all of the shenanigans over here at the So Suzy Stamps Design Team.  (Thank you, Payel, for the fabulous caricature!)  We definitely know how to have a fabulous time over here with our ladies and the last 6 months have been an ABSOLUTE BLAST!

Originally, I was going to get an entirely new Design Team for the June - November stint and when I made this announcement to the ladies, I was in honest fear for my crafting supplies. Some of those ladies are ruthless!!  Needless to say, THAT was not an option.

You will notice in our new line up that many of the ladies have decided to stay on and we definitely welcome them back.  For those that moved on to summery funness, you will see fun little features in the next several weeks while I brag on their cards and write all sorts of mushy gushy "they're amazing" blog posts!  So keep your eyes peeled, because my ladies are A-MA-ZING!

I will admit that I did threaten to use crazy animal pictures for their head shots (Justine's idea!), but in the end...or at least at this very moment, I have refrained.  So what do you say I introduce to you the So Suzy Stamps Design Team for June - November 2015!

Join me in welcoming....

Payel Ray
Hello everyone! I am Payel and I live in Atlanta, GA with my husband. I am an electrical engineer by profession. I am a true blue geek and love gadgets. 

I have been painting and crafting for as long as I can remember! I got into card-making quite recently and am really enjoying this art form. I am also into handmade jewelry and have tried my hand at doll-making, a while back!

I am really excited to be a part of the immensely talented design team at So Suzy Stamps! Wish me luck!!

Be sure and follow Payel on her blog!  You will probably know her better by her crafting screen name Beau Monde!

Amy Almeida
Hi my Crafty Friends! I'm Amy and I live in beautiful Victoria, B.C. Canada, with my family and dog, Bubbaganoush (Yep, he's as cute as his name suggests! lol ).
I have been crafting for several years, but it wasn't until May, 2013 that I discovered the wonderful world of craft challenges and blogging- and I've made so many amazing friends along the way! I love all things crafty: Stamping, Paper crafts, Die cuts, embellishments...Oh the list goes on and on. I look forward to getting Crafty with you!

You can find Amy by stalking her over at her blog at Lil Cutie Creations!

Last time we had two Jennifer's and this go around we have two Amy's!

Amy Davis
Hey! I'm Amy Davis and I live in Willow Spring, NC with my husband, son and 3 fur babies. I started crafting years ago making wreaths and painting ceramic houses. Then it was scrapbooking in the late 90's. (That sounds so long ago lol) From there I began making cards in addition to scrapbooking and painting. I strayed from cards for several years and got back into it about 3 years ago. Now I love mixed media and card making. There are so many techniques and I feel like I learn something new all the time. The best thing about it is there is no right or wrong, it's you and your style.

I also work full time for a clinical trial company as an analyst of our corporate experience and sales. It's very stressful so crafting gives me time to relax. I've been married for 16 years to a wonderful man and we have an 11 year old son. He makes me laugh everyday but he definitely pushes the envelope at every chance. 

This is my first design team and I'm so excited to be part of this team!!

You can start to follow Amy on her blog and be sure and check out some of her past creations using some of our So Suzy Stamps!

Which takes us to our current team!  Welcome back...

Kymona Tracey
Kymona is our Super Woman Design Team Coordinator and she keeps us all in line!  When I say ALL, I do mean all of us, including myself.  =)  Can you believe I tend to get a little rowdy every now and again?  Thankfully for all of us, Kymona keeps us going in the right direction, on track and she does it without threatening anyone by hanging them by their toe nails from the ceiling fan.  (Ya, that's my line.  The ladies LOVE it when Kymona puts me in a time out. he he he)  

When Kymona isn't managing our crazy antics she is off creating cards, teaching classes, filling up her InstaCalendar and practicing coloring with her Copics!  She is one busy lady, that's for sure!

You can find more about Kymona on her blog!

Sharon Smith
Hi everyone Sharon here, I am originally from the UK but moved to Michigan during the snow blizzards of December 2013! I have loved many forms of crafting from an early age but have always been hopeless at drawing so when I discovered stamps and coloring I was like a kid at Christmas!! I am a stay at home Mom so get plenty of time to indulge in my hobby whilst the kiddie winks are at school. This is THE design team to be on in the stamping world and I love being part of it as well as enjoying the friendship we share I am in awe of the VERY talented artists amongst us!

Oooh, so here we go, you can see all of Sharon's So Suzy Design Team cards OR you can head on over to her blog and see what all she has brewing!

Justine Hovey
Hello Hello! I'm Justine and I am originally from icy, frigid, Thunder Bay, Canada but am currently living and teaching in Germany. I was a very non-creative child who never really improved upon any artistic talent past the age of 3. I fell in love with stamping and card making because I am able to unleash creativity without having to do anything free-hand smile emoticon I love showing people how easy it is to create beautiful things on my YouTube Channel. I have been card making for about 5 years and paper crafting for 10. I am super lucky to be a part of this design team - it seriously rocks my world, these ladies are amazing and so talented!

If you haven't watched one of Justine's YouTube videos, you seriously have to go check one out!  She makes all of her cards look so super easy!!!!

Monica Taylor
Hi everyone! I am Monica and I am so excited to be a part of this fab team! I am originally from California, but now live in Phoenix, AZ. I have been crafty all my life from sewing, cross stitching, Flag making, scrapbooking and now card making. I have been making cards for about 5 years now and love it. I would say my style is definitely Vintage inspired, but do spread my wings and will create using other styles as well. In June I will have been blogging for 2 years and hope that you visit my blog at

You will also find Miss Monica rocking the Steampunk inspired projects this month, her vintage cards are to DIE FOR! 

Martha Lucia Gomez
Hi, I'm Martha Lucia Gómez, I am from Colombia, but now I live in Miami, USA. My first language is Spanish, which is why when you visit my blog, you will see it is written in Spanish; but don't worry, I have a translate button. I studied Social Communications and Journalism, but I've loved crafts ever since I was a kid. Once upon a time, I used to work with metal jewelry, but one day I discovered stamps, ink, paper and die cuts, and I was hooked; now it is my passion. I continue working in my profession, but at the same time I work on my blog and in various Design Teams; I can definitely conclude that working with paper crafts is the best therapy.

I live with my husband and our two daughters and I divide my time between my family, my work in a Public Relations Company and my passion: stamping and crafting. I love to create cards, 3D´s and alter different projects. I am looking forward to working on this Design Team and sharing my passion with all of you. You can find me every time in, your home.

I highly recommend heading over to Miss Martha's blog for a visual wonderland of amazingness!  Words just don't do her work justice and I am still in awe!

Jennifer Loftfield
I'm an inky-fingered, caffeine-addicted, paper-lovin' mom and wife who loves anything to do with paper. I even sell some of my work so I can afford to buy more supplies...LOL

I started paper crafting about 6 years ago when I made my own wedding invitations and have never slowed down. Scrapbooking, card making, I'm trying pocket scrapbooking/Project Life. I love learning new techniques (and old ones!) and sharing my creations with others.

I'd say my style ranges from CAS to over-the-top layered shaker card goodness. It seems to depend on the mood I'm in and what the stamp is 'saying' to me that day. I love playing with colors and mixing patterns together just as much as I love just coloring an image and adding some sequins. My favorite projects of all time are still cards, but I also enjoy creating tags, gift bags, journaling cards and frame-able art.

(What she didn't tell you is that she is the one who gets me into trouble ALL OF THE TIME!  She likes to taunt me with Facebook stickers and emoji's on Instagram AND she has even threatened to send me her cat Jasper.  She is quite the caffeinated trouble maker!)  he he he
You can find Jennifer's work on her blog: Caffeinated Papercuts 

Steph Ackerman
I've been creating since I was a child. I enjoy working with a variety of products and creating an assortment of projects. I love working with stamps above all else and can be found creating cards with my wide variety of stamps. I love inking, painting and coloring my stamped images with Copic Markers. I teach a wide variety of classes in my home studio; have taught at several conventions and am looking for more opportunities to teach.

Steph is definitely the calm one of our crew and thank heaven for that or Kymona would NEVER get any peace!  From the peaceful coloring style to her hidden snarky side, you just never know what Steph is going to awe you with next!  You can find Steph's work on her blog: Live Laugh Scrap

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  1. Welcome ladies. Martha genial andas por aquì también. Great Dt

  2. Thank you Suzy, you made my day. It's a honor to be part of this team and I really love to share with you. I love you Suzy!!! Your stamps are the best!!!!

  3. Welcome my fair ladies, happy to se the oldies and excited for the newbies. Kymona keep that team rolling!

  4. Thank you, Suzy for this opportunity! Really honored to be a part of this awesome design team!! - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

  5. Congratulations ladies! ^_^ Awaiting to see your fabulous creations!

  6. You love the trouble I cause and you know it! LOL And if I was just faster grabbing the tape last night, Jasper would have been in the mail right very, very happy to be on this team and to welcome our new gals!

    1. Hey, did you notice that Mary called you "old" LMAO

    2. o.O OMG she did!! That chica is toast the next time I see her!!

  7. Congrats ladies!!!!!!! Suzy, you have a great DT. I'm waiting for their inspirations!

  8. OK Ladies- It's official. Let the craziness begin!

  9. Welcome to the new ladies!!!! Congrats!

  10. Wooohooo! I'm super excited to be on this fabulous team with these wonderful ladies, who just keep me inspired and "in Stitches"! xx

    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  11. Congrats & Welcome. I love that you have some returning DT members too.


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