Meet the Ai Design Team

Meet our Art Impressions Design Team! These amazing members bring you an individual post every week and provide beautiful inspiration for our Thursday challenges. 

Carol Hintermeier - Arlington, Texas
Hello! I’m Carol Hintermeier and am a born and raised, lived-here-all-my-life Texan! My husband of 31 years and I have two beautiful daughters, plus one adorable fur baby Maltese named Baxter! I started out scrapbooking probably close to 20 years ago and about 15 years ago discovered the world of card making! I enjoy many different mediums in my card making. Of course, the Marvy Le Plume II markers are a must, in addition to Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Distress Inks for watercoloring. For other coloring I really love using my Prismacolor pencils and my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I’m excited beyond words to be on Ai’s design team! My love for Art Impressions started with watching Bonnie at the two local craft shows around here and finally taking the plunge with a class in 2015! While I have many of the watercolor stamps, I’m looking forward to getting to know the Girlfriends and critters too while on this exciting journey!

Cheri Burry - Canada
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Hi Everyone! Cheri here from Cambridge, Ontario! I am fairly new to the stamp/crafting scene. I only started about 3 years ago when I retired from Long Term Care after 26 years. Since then there has been no stopping me! My favorite things to make are cards but lately I’ve been dabbling in the mixed media and art journaling craze as well! I’ve been married for 10 years to my amazing Husband and between us we have 4 grown children and 2 furry ones. I love paper crafting, reading, traveling and since I am Canadian, Tim Horton’s coffee! I’d have to say my favorite products to use are my Copic markers, stamps and 6x6 paper pads! Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I think I have an addiction! My first introduction to Ai stamps was at a class I took at a local scrapbook store. We made 4 cards using the “Girlfriends” line of Ai stamps and I’ve been hooked ever since! Their humor and wittiness are right up my alley! I am so excited to be part of this amazing Design Team for Ai!


Crystal Schneider - Nixa, MO
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Hi, I'm Crystal Schneider I live in Missouri with my husband of 15 years and our two girls. I started to scrapbook many years ago I made my first albums in high school. Scrapbooking was my first crafty hobby but I have moved to more of a card maker in the last year or so. I love to take a little time every day to create something crafty. Over the years I have tried almost every craft possible. I loved to crochet and now have a great collection of yarn but have not touched it in at least a year. Currently I am really enjoying stamping I love stamped images which I can color in. I love coloring stamped images in with either Spectrum Noir markers or watercolors.  I love to sip coffee when I'm relaxing in my craft room. When I'm not using my free time to craft you can find me spending time with my family or out running. The first thing that has drawn me to Art Impressions stamps was the funny images I can't help but chuckle when I see them. I love that there is a witty sentiment to go along with them. I am so excited to be joining the Art Impressions Design Team and I look forward to sharing my projects with everyone. 

Dana Warren - Brighton, MI
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Hello, I’m Dana Warren and I live in Brighton, Michigan. I’m currently doing school full time and working in retail part time. I have been card making for about 11ish years or so and in 2011 (I think, hehe) I started my blog. Since then I have been lucky enough to be published, to be a part of a few different design teams and make some awesome friends along the way! I am mainly a card maker and my great crafty love is stamping, so I really love my stamps and inks! I love mixing stamping with different techniques and products, for example: stencils, dies, pattern paper, ink, paint and embellishments. A love of coloring has grown over the past couple years, I love using Distress Markers and Copics. I was first drawn to Ai stamps because of the hilarious sentiments, I mean who doesn’t love a funny card! And of course they have awesome images to go with the funny sentiments!! I’m so excited to be a part of the Ai Design Team and looking forward to sharing my cards with all the Ai fans!!

Jil Lebel - Kissimmee, FL
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Hi guys! I'm Jil Lebel from Kissimmee, Florida. I'm about 20 minutes away from Walt Disney World & take full advantage of that fact by visiting the parks all the time. I've been married to the love of my life Joey for ten years now. We have two grown sons & several cats & dogs. I started stamping about 25 years ago when I was pregnant with my first son Kane, when I worked in a craft store. I learned how to heat emboss a rubber stamped image over a toaster & I was hooked on card making! I was on the Posh Impressions Design team many years ago. I did samples, make & takes, demos & classes for many stamp stores in Central Florida. I love to work with a little bit of everything but all types of water coloring are my favorite. I have had a long love affair with Ai stamps. I bought some Ai watercolor stamps to make faux postage in the early 2000's & now I have the entire watercolor collection. I also love the humor & animated faces of the Ai characters & look to them for funny cards. I am delighted to be a part of the Ai design team!

Renee Matarese - New York
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Hello, I'm ReneĆ© Matarese and I'm from the upstate NY area near Binghamton. I've been married to Tom since 1995 and we have two children, Dominick (13) and Makena (almost 12). I started cardmaking in 2005.  My cousin came over for lunch and gave me a card-making lesson.  (I already was scrapbooking at that point.)  I thought "well, that was fun but I just don't see myself making cards." I couldn't be more wrong.  There was a family birthday shortly after my "lesson" and I decided to make the card.  I haven't bought a card since.  I always loved art growing up and took every art class possible in H.S. and one in college.  My favorite thing to do was just sketch with a pencil...until I started making cards and now I'm obsessed!  Something I couldn't live without is my Cuttlebug!  My CB is so important to me because I don't think I'd know how to make card without a Spellbinders die or an embossing folder. I also LOVE my border punch collection and I'm constantly adding to that!!  My one true weakness is paper.  My paper collection is out of control.  My favorite style to design in is vintage/shabby chic but I'm always willing to try anything which is why I love challenges!  I discovered Art Impressions shortly after I started making cards.  At the time I used to just buy whatever stamps were in my local craft store. The selections were not great and soon I had everything I wanted.  I decided to go on line and look.  I believe I Googled "funny stamps" (because I love sending humorous cards) and AI popped up everywhere. I took a look and was soon hooked!!  I owned hundreds of AI stamps before I became a designer for them. My absolute favorites are the golden oldies!! I'd love to see some new ones added in that category... ; ) This is truly my "Dream Team" and I've loved every minute that I've worked for this wonderful company!


Sharon Caudle - Nevada
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Hi! My name is Sharon Caudle and I am over the moon happy to be joining this amazingly talented team!! I reside in the biggest little city in the world - Reno, NV, where the sun shines about 320 days every year. I am lucky enough to be married to my soul mate, and we share five wonderful children and almost (one on the way) seven grandchildren! During the day, I'm the office manager for a regional trucking company based in the northwest. And at night, you can usually find me sitting at my craft area, many times with a grandchild in my lap. Cardmaking became a part of my life when I bought my first Cricut, but I was drawn into the wonderful world of stamping about 9 years ago when I discovered Copic markers. Wanna talk addiction?? LOL! I simply must color every day. Also high on my list is paper, flowers, ribbon, and my Silhouette. Witty cards have always been one of my weaknesses, so when I laid eyes on Art Impressions stamps, it was love at first sight!! The personalities of AI images draw me in and I just can't get enough of them! I'm super excited to be able to share my creations with you. :)


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