We are Happy to Introduce our Artists for 2018


Meet our Team

Arjita Sepaha Singh

Arjita works in the early childhood education field, but enjoys crafting above everything else. She gets plenty of inspiration for her 12 year old daughter and hopes to show even the most novice of crafters how to make beautiful things in her crisp and short videos.

“I strongly believe that a creative crafter is like a bee that is always busy with focus, dedication & perseverance to create beautiful things.”

Elina Stromberg

Elina grew up crafting and paper is her favorite material. She likes to focus on layouts and colors that are sure to be eye-pleasing. Inspiring other crafters is the greatest reward for her.

“I love the fact that this hobby is all about learning something new every day.”

Iris Rodriguez

Iris is an arts and crafts enthusiast who has never met an art medium she didn’t like. A short list of her favorites include inks, paper, acrylic paint, sprays, metallic waxes, texture mediums, clay, and metal.

“As it happens to some us, as adults we tend to temporarily abandon our creative endeavors because of this little thing called life. About seven years ago I decided to get back to being creative and have not looked back since.”


Jennifer Vanderbeek

Jennifer is a longtime crafter who also does comic illustrations and culinary arts. If you’ve seen her videos you might already know that she believes in the power of a good laugh and that daily creativity is essential to overall health.

“I love anything & everything creative, which is why mixed media is such a handy umbrella: it encompasses anything I might want to get my hands on or into given my mood be it papercrafts, jewelry making, fine art or home decor.”


Jowilna Nolte

Jowilna sees scrapbooking as a natural extension of her love for card making and stamping that also accommodates her love and passion for photography. Jowilna loves to teach new techniques and share with others on her creative journey.

“Creating can be a wonderful journey & therapy—making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.”


Kassy Tousignant

Kassy grew up surrounded by a family of makers and artists. A long time believer in the fact that a handmade card is the best type to give, she has recently delved in to mixed media and 3D arts; she loves playing with color and texture.

“Creativity is good for the soul and I believe there is room for it in everyone’s life. My goal is to inspire others to find their creative voice.”

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Kyriakos challenges himself to find alternative ways to use materials and set them into daily life. He uses mixed media to create everything from simple to complex pieces that are always sure to please.

“When I design my projects I like to make something that goes further of being beautiful to be useful and special to someone.”Bright Blue StazOn ink used to cover metal.

Imagine crafts tsukineko blog artistMartha Lucia Gomez

Martha Lucia works in public relations by day, but has loved crafting always. She finds working with paper to be the best therapy, and if you are looking for a great Spanish language crafting blog, she’s one to follow.

“I love to create cards, 3D projects and alter different objects.  I am looking forward to continue to share my passion with all of you.”

Melissa Andrew

Melissa is a scientist and mother of three who still finds time to devote to her crafting and card making. She is ready to take the inspiration she has received from so many others and pay it forward to all of you.

“I feel my science background allows me to understand the chemical properties of a number of my craft products and therefore I am able to experiment and play without hesitation.”

Imagine crafts tsukineko blogNadine Carlier

Nadine has spent a couple of decades trying and loving all things crafty. Scrapbooking, handmade cards, mixed media and altered art projects make the list of her favorite things to create. 

“I love getting messy, trying new techniques, inspiring others and being inspired.”

Roni Johnson

When she’s not helping run the family farm, Roni can be found creating. There is no term that encompasses all the styles and project types that Roni shares with us, but the joy she finds in creating them always comes through.

“I enjoy teaching others about the joys of ink, paper and altered arts!”

Steph Ackerman

Steph has been crafting since she was a kid when all she had was construction paper and rubber cement. She loves to teach and tries to instill in her students the instinct to play as it will help with learning always.

“I don’t have a specific style as I let the products I am working with take me on that journey with each creation.”

Say Hello to our 2017 Artists in Residence

AIRS badge 2017-10-5We are so excited to announce our Artists in Residence for 2017. We had such an amazing group of artists this year, plus another outstanding group of applications! We look forward to sharing the projects of this fabulous group in the months to come!

Nadine Carlier

nadine-carlier_headshot-2You have hopefully already come to know Nadine as a great artist whose videos show great techniques in a clear and concise manner. She describes her style as eclectic with a mixed media twist. She loves getting messy, trying new techniques, and inspiring others.


Neva Cole

neva-cole-air2017photoAnother artists we have come to know and love over the past year, Neva’s projects tend towards elegant and contemporary with a touch steampunk and CAS when the occasion arises. A life long crafter who lives on a mini farm, she makes sure to find time to retreat to her craft cave and have fun!


Martha Lucia Gomez

head-shot-martha-lucia-gomez-dtHopefully you have taken note of Martha Lucia’s beautiful CAS projects this year. She has a wonderful passion for papercrafts, and also finds time to run her own company and be a mom. For any Spanish language fans, her personal blog is a must follow.


Alison Heikkila

alison-heikkila-profile-editAlison’s fun and varied style makes her a natural fit for Imagine, which is why she’s back for another year. Her crafting style can vary dramatically. While she can gravitate towards creating things that are creepy and grungy, she can also create things that are over the top sweet too. She has a bachelor’s degree in art and loves to push the envelope in all her crafts.


Roni Johnson

roni-johnson-2017Roni is a blogger and author whose favorite medium is ink! (No wonder we keep her around!) She loves teaching others the joys of ink, and finds time to work on her small farm between creating mixed media, collage & altered arts as well as searching for great vintage finds.


Jessica Litman

jessica-litman-headshot Jessica is The Organized Mama. A midwest girl who grew up crafting with her mother and grandmother, she loves encouraging creativity, whether it be painting, scrapbooking, coloring, or knitting. With an emphasis on getting organized, and a background in teaching, her projects are sure to delight.


Tenia Nelson

teniaTenia became hooked with stamping after perusing her first Paper Craft Magazine almost 15 years ago. She loves all types of styles but her favorite is closest to CAS, but with her own powerful style mixed in. Besides being a wife and mother and published artist, she is an active jazz pianist and music teacher to boot!


Jowilna Nolte

jowilnanolte Jowilna knows creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy- making sense of things where life cannot. A much loved author and teacher around South Africa, she has definitely turned this into her life’s philosophy. Scrapbooking has become a passion along side her first love of card making.


Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

kyriakos-photoLiving close to the sea in Greece, Kyriakos loves to walk the seafront to clear his mind and be inspired. Arriving to crafting via a painting hobby, he loves to expirement with different meterials and techniques with his projects. He likes to design projects that go beyond beautiful—and creates things that will become something special and even useful to someone.


Trista Ree

trista-200x200Trista is a mixed-media artist hailing from Houston, Texas. We hope you come to love her videos where she lets her personality, mistakes, and most of all wonderful art shine through.


Mischelle Smith

airs_mischelle_smith_headshotMischelle formerly owned her own stamp company and is a die-hard stamper. She now spreads her wings into the worlds of of mixed media, journaling, scrapbooking and everything she considers ‘Artsy Fabulous’. We hope you enjoy her projects which she sees as “art therapy”.


Elina Stromberg

elina_stromberg_colorElina enjoys all kinds of crafts including sewing, knitting and crocheting, but paper has always been her favorite material. She loves to share her ideas with others and we hope you enjoy her projects where she puts an emphasis on color choice. Hearing that she has inspired others to create is the best reward Elina can receive.


Jennifer Vanderbeek

jennifer-vanderbeek-portraitJennifer believes in the power of good laugh, and knows that daily creativity is essential to our overall health and well-being. An illustrator with a culinary arts degree, she really likes the term “mixed media” because it can encompass anything she decides to work with. We have come to love the surprising projects Jennifer creates, and hope you will continue to enjoy them too.


Renee Zarate

renee-zarate-headshotRenee’s journey into the paper arts started over twenty years ago with scrapbooking. She quickly realized she could use those supplies to make many other project types. We hope you enjoy her mixed media creations she shares with you here.


We look forward to a great year with this group and can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects they share with us and you!

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