Meet Our 2021-2022 Design Team

Say hello to the 2021/2022 CutCardStock Design Team!

Jennifer Kotas

Jennifer Kotas, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Jen has been making cards for more than 20 years. When she’s not creating, she is usually reading or enjoying the mountains with her family. at Who Stole My Glitter? and on Instagram @jenniferkotas.

Teri Wils

Teri WIls, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

A creative soul who has been crafty my entire life. I love to play with paper and try new techniques, and I’m a Certified Altenew Educator, DT member for CutCardStock, and The Hedgehog Hollow. I guest design for Altenew as well as teach classes at local shops. Married to my best friend for over 35 years, we raised two sons and now have fun with two little grandsons.

Judy Markowitz

Judy Markowitz, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

I am a full-time junkie crafter that adores creating! I am also currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art Studio. So my day-to-day life is spent doing what I love, exploring with new mediums, stamping, playing with all sorts of art supplies, painting, drawing, art journaling, making jewelry, working larger than just cards, and also doing photography and making videos!

I am a mom to two, stepmom to two, and mom to two fur babies, and I am lucky enough to be married to my Soul Mate! He is also creative and totally gets me, understands that there is take out because I was too busy creating to think about dinner, and doesn’t question why the fur babies might have a magenta or turquoise paw and may be covered in glitter!

Leslie Turner

Leslie Turner, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

My name is Leslie. My hubby and I have four grown children, two grandsons, and three granddaughters scattered around the US. We live in beautiful Colorado. I began scrapbooking about 45 years ago – so long ago that all the fun papers and embellishments we use today hadn’t even been thought of. I’m a crafting junkie and really enjoy creating all things paper – handmade cards, 3-D projects, mini albums, gift bags, and paper shoes. Come visit me at my blog, Love To Scrap 2! Looking forward to creating with the CutCardStock design team!

Angela Yearous

Angela Yearous, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

My name is Angela, and I was born and raised in Colorado, where I currently live. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and together for 15. We have 2 fur babies, Toby, our Pomeranian Chihuahua, and Tia, our little sassy Rat Terrier.  I found my happy place in the craft room 15+ years ago and love all types of paper crafting, especially everything shabby chic – and the more layers, the better.

I also love getting to meet crafters all across the globe through social media. Follow me @angelscrafting!

Melissa Oeters

I have been a creative person my entire life and became a papercrafts addict about 25 years ago.  I have been on quite a few design teams over the years and I love the different experiences they have provided me. I enjoy learning new techniques, checking out social media for inspiration, and meeting new crafty friends.  I try to spend time in my craft room each day – it’s my HAPPY place!

Please visit me on my blog
 or crafty FaceBook page!

Janet Trieschman

Janet Trieschman, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hi, I am Janet. I am married to my husband Dan, and we have two teenaged girls. Nowadays, I work from home. I have always loved to create. One of my favorite things to do was talk my mom into a trip to the craft store as a child.

After 3 years of studying aeronautics, I took my love of art and craft and studied Graphic Design in college. Then I pursued an MFA in Graphic Design and an MS in New Media. I left a prosperous career as a college professor to raise our girls. Looking for a creative outlet, I started a website; Try it – Like it – Create it.

Janet Axtman

Janet Axtman, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hello, my clever, crafty friends! I’m Janet Axtman, aka SugarShine Designs. I am a North Dakota native who now resides in North Carolina. By day I’m a busy professional, wife, and mother trying to live a life in Faith. By night (usually between 9 to midnight), I am a paper designer extraordinaire! My passion is to teach and inspire just as I’ve been and continue to be inspired by so many talented and beautiful creators. My style is whatever mood I’m in, but I am drawn to bright and energetic colors so often, my creations fall into the cute and happy category. I especially enjoy making cards and 3D home décor, but I’m always trying new things to expand my skills.

I often take advantage of electronic cutting machines to do projects, but I also have a large collection of steel dies too. And I like to get my hands dirty. You’ll usually find me with stained fingers from inks and other mediums. With CutCardStock products, your creations are only bound by your imagination, and who doesn’t love that? I’m truly honored to be here with you to share what takes me to my happy place, and I hope I can pass a little of that on to you too!

Maureen Ruangchamneil

Maureen Ruangchamneil, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hi everyone!  My name is Maureen, and my friends also call me Mo. I’m thrilled to join the Design Team for CutCardStock and spend time creating with you!  I’ve taught adults for 20 years as a corporate trainer. Along the way, I’ve hosted craft classes, make-and-takes, and networking groups for scrapbook lovers and paper crafters.  I love sharing this hobby with others and meeting new people! 

My home is in the Phoenix, AZ, area, so I generally stay cool by the pool when I’m not crafting.  I love spending time with my husband, my 2 teenagers, and my 4 legged kid – my dog, Myla. I can’t wait to get ‘a little Mo’ crafty’ with you!

Melanie Shaffer

Melanie Shaffer, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hi, I’m Melanie, aka Melly Art. I’m 38, widowed, and I currently live in Johnstown, PA.  I own 4 mini dachshunds that I love like they are my kids.  I have a large family, and I love to scrapbook my many nieces and nephews along with my Doxies.  I’ve been scrapbooking for 16 years.  I love getting messy and playing with all the things on and off the page.

Judy VanZandt

Judy VanZandt, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hi, my name is Judy.  Originally a Louisiana native, I live near Denver, Colorado, where my husband and I have raised our son and daughter.

I have enjoyed crafting since I was a teenager and have done anything from sewing, crewel embroidery, silk flower arranging, and jewelry making, to name a few, but paper crafting is truly my passion. I love taking paper and embellishments and turning blank backgrounds into something.

Currently, I serve on several types of design teams and thoroughly enjoy working with and being inspired by other crafters from all around the world.

Niki Coursey – Blog and Design Team Coordinator

Nicole Coursey, CCS 2021-2022 Design Team Member

Hi, y’all! I’m Niki, and I live in San Antonio, TX. I moved here in 2008, married my husband in 2010, and I have two step-kiddos – one is a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and the other is still making his way through high school.

I’ve been making pretty things for as long as I can remember; as a child, I used to spend my money at the tiny craft store next to my grandmother’s house in outport Newfoundland, Canada. I graduated from pompoms, and popsicle sticks to a love of all things paper. I started with scrapbooking, but that quickly morphed into quilling, and then handmade greeting cards.

When I’m not crafting, you can find me relaxing in the backyard, searching online for craft inspiration, or taking an engaging online course. So happy to serve on the Design Team for another year!

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