Friday, December 23, 2016

2017 Design Team Announcement!

Our New Design Team Revealed!

Today I have a very special Announcement - our new Design Team!

Before I reveal who we chose I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who applied. We were amazed at the wonderful talent out there and that so many of you were interested in working with us! We were truly flattered and you always make our choice so difficult! We would have loved to have picked everyone if we could! We hope that those of you who were not chosen this time around will continue to participate in challenges and apply again next time!

Meet our amazing NEW Design Team!

We are so excited to have this amazing line up of ladies and can't wait to see what they all create!  You will see a couple familiar faces below and a bunch of new ones too! Make sure to click through to their blogs and tell them congrats and see their amazing work! You will start seeing their projects in January on the NND blog!

Samantha Mann 
Designer & Design Team Coordinator
Hi, I'm Samantha Mann and I couldn't be happier to continue for another term with Newton's Nook Designs!! My husband and I have lived all over the US, from Washington State to Florida, but we're currently in hot, humid, coastal South Carolina! We have two little boys (who I usually call my little menn)! I have always been in love with school supplies (ever since elementary school when I would save my nickels to buy cute pencils or erasers!) and that love just grew and developed into my crazy obsession (read: passion!) of paper crafting! I love making cards and even dabble with the occasional scrapbook layout! I tend to lean towards clean and simple design, but not always! I am all about learning new techniques from fellow crafters! I'm definitely quirky, and love to make playful, humorous sentiments for my cards (and layouts)! I work full time for an advertising company and spend every other moment I can paper crafting, reading and enjoying the little moments in everyday family life.
Amanda Bodine
RutabagaPie Designs

Hi!  I’m Amanda Bodine.  I am so excited to be joining Newtons Nook Designs and their talented Design Team.  I’m married to Rob going on 19 years and we have a 17 year old son that plays baseball and is busy preparing for college.   We also have 2 rescue dogs, Dahlila and Scout that are loved and adored by all of us.  I’ve always been a crafty person.  From the time I was little, I loved to color and create fun little projects with arts and crafts supplies.  The year my son was born, I was introduced to scrapbooking.   10 years later I began making cards, and I’ve been passionate about it ever since.  I often travel with my Copics and pages of my favorite images to color.  I love creating in my studio on rainy days, with a tall pottery mug of tea, listening to podcasts or NPR.

Holly Endress
Hollybeary Creations

Hi I’m Holly Endress. I’m a Stay at Home mom to two Special Needs boys. My husband is retired Navy and after living all over the US we now live in PA just outside MD. I’ve been paper crafting for over 26 years and I love everything about. My favorite mediums right now are Watercolor, Copics and anything with Distress ink. I’m looking forward to working with everyone here on the Newton’s Nook Designs team and sharing Fun projects with you.

Ellen Haxelmans
Crafty Ellen

Hello! I’m Ellen and I live in Belgium with my boyfriend Davey and two chickens “Jip and Janneke”.  With the age of 25 I’m probably the youngest here in the team hihi...

I've always been artsy and even studied art. Because I don’t do anything creative it in my current job, I really like to paint, draw and of course create cards in my free time. As a fan from Newton’s Nook Designs I'm so happy to be a part of this awesome team! You can see more of my work on my blog:

Larissa Heskett
Larissa Heskett Designs

I’ve been married to my best friend Adam for 11 years, and we have two handsome boys, Beckett (10 yrs.) and Greyson (3 yrs.)!! We live on our Family Farm with an Entourage of Animals, and I enjoy EVERY aspect of living a rural life. I’m a Certified Surgical Technician, but I’m very blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy crafting in every way, baking/cooking, gardening, singing, nature and taking photos. I’ve been a creative soul from birth!! I LOVE Spending time with my Family and meeting/crafting with other creative people I’ve found/met online and through other events! I also LOVE to try new techniques and experiment with my supplies!! I look forward to inspiring you with the AMAZING Newton's Nook Designs products!! I cannot even begin to explain how HONORED and EXCITED I am to have the opportunity to design with this AWESOME Design Team!! For More Info about my Designs you can Visit my Blog:

Juliana Michaels
17 Turtles

Hello! I'm Juliana Michaels. I grew up in a creative household loving art, design, and making things with my hands. I give all the credit for my creativity to my multi-talented Mom who loves to paint, sew and draw. Nearly 20 years ago I found my true passion in paper crafting and scrapbooking.

I've been a project designer in the paper craft/scrapbook industry since 2007 and I've been fortunate to work for many top manufacturers including: BoBunny, Bella Blvd, Elle's Studio, SRM Stickers, Provocraft, Pebbles, Therm O Web and Jillibean Soup. My projects have been published in a variety of magazines and idea books and I've had projects displayed at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. Most recently I started a new journey in my creative career and fulfilled a life long dream to create graphics and product design as a graphic artist for Jillibean Soup. When I'm not creating for work, I love to create cards, scrapbook pages and other craft projects. I've also recently journeyed more into the world of stamping and found a new passion with stamps, inks and coloring mediums.

On the personal side, I'm married to Danny, my best friend and the love of my life. I'm also mom to two Golden Retrievers named Lincoln and Shirley and an American Paint Horse named Woody. I have a fondness for coffee, Mexican food, turtles, Halloween and antiquing. In my spare time I love crafting, card making, scrapbooking, playing with Lincoln and Shirley, enjoying the outdoors, and reading science and historical fiction.
Nakaba Rager
Notes from Naki

Hello Newton lovers! My name is Nakaba Rager but most people call me Naki. I am originally from Japan, came to the US to learn the English language in 1996. I met my husband in 1998 and got married 9 months later! we used to speak Japanese to each other because his Japanese was better than my English back then! Ha! We have 4 beautiful children together (Boy 6, Boy & Girl Twins 3, and Girl 2), also have 5 cats and 1 dog, they're all seniors now! I met card making in 2012 but it was 2 years later that it became my true passion (AKA obsession) when I was introduced to many small companies including Newton's Nook Designs! I started to play many challenges, and here I am, on the NND DT for my second term! Jen's cute and sweet designs truly make me happy, and being on this DT is a dream comes true! I am so honored to be on the same team as these so-very-talented-ladies! Thank you Jen and Jeff!

Maria Russell

Hello stampers and crafters. My name is Maria Russell and I am so THRILLED to be a part of the Newton’s Nook Designs design team.  My husband and I have lived all over the world and we have two talented, beautiful children (now adults).

My love for paper crafting began in high school when my friends and I wrote each other letters, took photos, kept a journal and scrapbooks.  It kind of looked like a smash-book because I had everything in there from ticket stubs, to beautiful napkins, to candy wrapper.  Paper crafting is very therapeutic for me.  I only ventured into card making in 2013 and I am hooked!  I was really honored when one of my cards got published at Scrapbook and Cards magazine, Creative Cards Volume I in 2015.

I am so HAPPY to be a part of this amazing design team!  I’d be honored if you’d like to visit my blog:

Jennifer Timko
Stampin' on the Fly

Hi!  My name is Jennifer Timko and I’m so thrilled to be joining the Newton’s Nook Designs Team.  I live in Northern Virginia in a small town called Warrenton.  My husband and I have two boys who are 13 and 10, and we are all owned by our sweet little diva calico kitty named Kate. I suspect you will get to know Kate better as my time on the team goes on.

I started making cards in 2003 when I was on a break from work while pregnant with my oldest son but I really got more serious a few years later. I found that crafting is really my happy place (especially in my house of boys) and I love coloring especially. When not in my craft room, I am usually at a soccer field with my boys or at work in my “day job”.  I am a pilot for United Airlines flying the Airbus 319/320.  The best part about my jobs is when they combine and I get to visit my crafty friends on layovers! I cannot wait to share my clean take using the fabulous products from Newton’s Nook Designs! You can find me at my blog, Stampin’ on the Fly.

Tatiana Trafimovich
Tatiana Craft and Art

Hello! My name is Tatiana and I’m so excited and honored to be joining the Newton’s Nook Designs DT! I live in sunny Rome with my hubby, stepson and two sweet kitties, Tommy and Lilly.

I always loved everything handmade and crafty related and tried all kinds of hobbies from jewelry making to crocheting until I discovered and felt in love with a magical world of paper crafting. Cardmaking and coloring became my relaxing getaway.

I like getting inky, experimenting, stretching my supplies, learning new techniques and coloring with any medium, especially cat images which I often make look like my kitties.

So - What do you think? 

I think 2017 is going to be AMAZING! These ladies are so much fun and so talented! I know we are going to be inspired by all of them!!


  1. Welcome ladies!! Looking forward to seeing your creations! :)

  2. Congratulations to these talented ladies! I know their cards and projects will be amazing!

  3. Congrats ladies! Can't wait to see your projects!!

  4. What a fabulous team ! It will be great to discover all the ideas all of you Ladies are going to share with us.
    I wish a Merry Christmas to all of you and your families !

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  6. Yeah!!! Amazing talent on this team and I can not wait to see your amazing projetcs!!! Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy New Year!!

  7. Congrats to everyone! I am so looking forward to seeing your amazing talent!!

  8. I am going to miss seeing the work of the previous designers. All the best to them!
    However, I am looking forward to seeing what the new gals have in store as I am sure they are are wonderful as the last group.
    Merry Christmas everyone!

  9. Congrats ladies!! Can't wait to see what you all create!!

  10. Exciting new team...looking forward to 2017 and NND!


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