We
were delighted by the overwhelming response to our call for application
to our Key Ingredients Design Team. Thank you again to everyone who
applied — the talent and creativity displayed made this decision very
difficult. After many hours of long deliberation, we are thrilled to
announce the addition of two new members to our team!

Please join us in welcoming 
Emily Lanham and Keia Shipp-Smith to the 
Taylored Expressions family!
 Emily and Keia join our veteran Key Ingredients designers, Tracy Clemente, Amy Crockett, Monika Davis, and Cassie Trask.
 
Emily Lanham
Manchester, Ohio
A
longtime crafter, Emily began her creative journey in earnest when she
and a friend made the serendipitous decision to make their own Christmas
cards. Eight years later, Emily has shared her love of the craft
industry through designing for several companies as well as working as a
social media coordinator. She is married to her childhood best friend
and their family includes two children, two cats, and a dog. We love her
eye for exquisite detail and her style that ranges from playful to
elegant.
 
 
 
Keia Shipp-Smith

Wichita, Kansas
Keia
discovered her love of all things paper while living in Okinawa, Japan,
when a friend introduced her to cardmaking. Married to an active duty
service member (and college sweetheart), their two boys keep her on her
toes and behind her camera. A stay-at-home mom, Keia finds peace in her
craft space and love of die-cuts and has recently found creative
expression through pocket scrapbooking. We love her clean style, and the
thoughtful placement of each and every element on her projects.
 

In addition to two new members joining our Key Ingredients team, our amazing and talented Baker’s Dozen design team is now one member happier with the addition of designer Kendra Wietstock! She joins one of the best design teams in the industry and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to her work.
Kendra Wietstock
Goshen, Indiana
A
longtime scrapbooker, Kendra is a true stamper’s stamper. She has
taught crafting classes for the past 10 years and works as a full-time
designer from her home. Married to her high school sweetheart, they
share their home with two teenagers, two dogs, and a cat. She also loves
to travel, read, and volunteer. We were instantly drawn to Kendra’s
wide range of card stamping techniques and were impressed by the joy of
her scrapbooking layouts. Her creative tips, tricks, and technical
know-how are sure to inspire!

As we’re welcoming our newest
design team members, we thought it’d be a great time to introduce ALL of the designers who make
Taylored Expressions the kind of inspiring, creative, and joyful company
we strive to be. 
Please take some time to
get to know our veteran designers by visiting their blogs ~ and enjoy
the eye-candy that makes our team one of the best in the business!

   
Tracy Clemente, Key Ingredients
Milpitas, California

Resident
cat-lover Tracy has been involved with TE since our Sketch Challenge
days and her wonderful eye for bright, bold colors has made her a fan
favorite in the TE Gallery. Inspired by a fellow blogger in 2007, Tracy
has been creating beautiful work ever since. Tracy met her husband on a
blind date and has a daughter, two stepsons, and three grandchildren.


Amy Crockett, Key Ingredients
Mount Pleasant, Utah
An avid scrapbooker and
card-maker for over a decade, Amy is a stay-at-home mom to three
children who love to craft right alongside her. She loves to cook, bake,
and enjoy the outdoors with her family. Her clean, lovely style is
always inspiring, as is the signature stitching that can be found on
many of her projects.


Monika Davis, Key Ingredients
London, New Hampshire

Originally
from Hungary, our shaker-card designer extraordinaire, Monika, teaches
monthly classes at local stores. A stay-at-home mom to two sons, Monika
also shares her home with her husband and two cats. A self-professed
lover of pearls, rhinestones, and thread, her projects runs the spectrum
of simple to intricate and are always a delightful surprise.


Joan Ervin, Baker’s Dozen
Temple, Texas
A
Registered Nurse, Joan makes her home amidst a veritable menagerie that
includes five children, twelve grandchildren, donkeys, chickens, a barn
cat and a Yorkie! Now semi-retired, Joan puts much of her energy into
creating wonderful stamped projects that show off her talent for
creating cards that tell a story.


Wanda Guess, Baker’s Dozen
Fair Oaks, California
Wanda’s
stunning outdoor photography and perfectly composed craft projects
prove her to be a true artist. An avid card-maker, her work is colorful
and her style ranges from CAS to shabby chic. Her out-of-the-box
creations alway make us smile. Wanda may be the biggest Cal football fan
on the planet and she makes her home with her husband and well-loved
cat. 


Charmaine Ikach, Baker’s Dozen
Washington, Pennsylvania
From
clean & simple to elegant, Charmaine’s work has charmed our fans
for years. A stay-at-home-mom to four little ‘oodabugs,’ Charmaine is
the queen of the “30-minute or less” card. Once a traveling theatre
performer, Charmaine’s work is much like a well-choreographed dance
number with just the right amount of flair, fun, and always includes a
big finish.


Courtney Kelley, Baker’s Dozen
Highland Mills, New York
Courtney’s
recognizable clean and simple style has been featured in many print
publications. Her clever and uncluttered cards are perhaps a reflection
of her orderly craft space, which she insists on cleaning after every
project. When not crafting, Courtney spends much of her time reading,
sewing, and feeding her seemingly insatiable dog. 


Stephanie Kraft, Baker’s Dozen 
(TE Design Team Coordinator)
Phoenix, Arizona
A
dedicated scrapbooker, Stephanie chronicles her busy life with her
husband and daughter on an almost daily basis. Her lovely style features
layers and careful details and her organized mind has made her an
indispensable member of the TE team. A frequent visitor to our nation’s
parks, Stephanie is also an excellent home cook and photographer.


Shelly Mercado, Baker’s Dozen
St. Paul Park, Minnesota
Shelly’s
beautifully clean projects may look simple, but the deliberation she
puts into each and every one is masked by the perfection of her final
work. Shelly spends much of her spare time on her second artistic love
— photography, which is apparent in her enviable pocket scrapbooking
layouts. Mom to four children, Shelly met her husband on a blind date
and they were married within six months–true love indeed!


Kerri Michaud, Baker’s Dozen
Montverde, Florida
Long-time
fans of Kerri’s work appreciate the dimension she achieves through just
simple layering on her lovely projects. When not crafting or spending
time with her husband and three children, Kerri can be found catching up
on her favorite reality television shows or on a Zumba dance floor.


Jen Shults, Baker’s Dozen
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
A
middle school art teacher and married to a talented graphic artist, Jen
is surrounded by inspiration to create her eye-catching cards. Her love
of kraft and burlap twine have helped her to develop a signature style
all her own, and her popular weekly sketch challenge is testament to her
instructor nature. Along with her husband, Jen make her home with two
children and eleven fish.


Cassie Trask, Key Ingredients
Columbus, Georgia
A Finalist in TE’s Last Card Standing competition, Cassie’s work is always thoughtful and inspiring. Her
definitive, striking projects have demonstrated a style all her own. A
military wife, Cassie spends much of her time home-schooling the two
children she shares with her husband.


Sankari Wegman, Baker’s Dozen
Fairfield, Iowa
Whimsical
and magical are how most of her fans would describe Sankari’s stunning
work. Her outdoor scenes have become much-anticipated projects and her
beautifully layered cards are works of art. A seasoned world traveler
and mother of two, Sankari and her husband were engaged on the banks of
the Ganges River in India.


Shannon White, Baker’s Dozen
Altadena, California
Known
for her gorgeous coloring work, Shannon has been known to spend hours
coloring a single image and the results have been phenomenal. Married to
a fire fighter, Shannon also hosts karaoke and is herself a talented
vocalist. Shannon also spends many hours on the hunt for the perfect
“pinspiration” to spark the creation of her next fabulous project.

Thanks for spending some time getting to know our fabulous team today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!