We have some exciting news to share with you today! We recently invited five fabulous stampers to share their talent and creativity with us here on the blog. Today we welcome them with open arms to the Hero Arts family!
Please help us to welcome… Cheiron Brandon!
I have been stamping and making cards since I took my first card making class in 2004. I teach monthly card making classes at The Ink Pad in NYC and One Little Spark in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. My card creations have been published in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. I recently started art journaling and love mixing those techniques into my cards. By day, I work in the financial district and love coming home at night to relax at my craft table. I live in New Jersey with my husband Paul and our adorable rescue dog Big Boy.
Please help us to welcome… Donna Mikasa!
Aloha! I’m Donna Mikasa and I’m still pinching myself because I can’t believe that I’m in the company of amazing card designers, as a Hero Arts artist! I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu, married to my high school sweetheart and we are the parents of two grown daughters. I’ve been stamping for many years and Hero Arts stamps have always been an arm’s length away on my craft table. I’m looking forward to working with Cheiron, Mariana, Wida, and Yana and sharing Hero Arts goodness with you!
Please help us to welcome… Mariana Grigsby!
I am originally from Mexico where I grew up. I have always enjoyed creating with my hands for as long as I can remember. That was one of the reasons that years later I went to college to become a Graphic Designer. I have lived in Northern Illinois with my husband and our two boys since 2005. That same year, I started being a stay-at-home mom and discovered the scrapbooking world. My first steps were creating scrapbook pages, and then, I began attending card workshops. Stamping became a great way to keep feeding my creative spirit! In 2009, I started blogging to participate in challenges on the Internet. Thanks to that, I have met many wonderful crafters from around the world. I have been fortunate to have some of my cards published in magazines like Paper Crafts and Cards. I was also one of the winners of Paper Crafts 2011 Stamping Royalty Contest, which made me very proud. Stamping makes me smile, and I love that my cards make others smile too!
Please help us to welcome… Wida Miller!
My name is Wida (pronounced Wee-dah) Miller and well I really just can’t believe I am part of the Hero Arts family! I am 38, a mother of 4, happily married for 15 years, and a cardiology nurse practitioner, my dream job! I began scrapbooking with the birth of my daughter and added card making a few years later. I started blogging in January of 2012 and was a challenge junkie for a long time! My first win was for this card on the Hero Arts blog. The stamp set was one I bought thanks to this video by Kristina Werner. I remember waking up to many comments on my blog congratulating me. It was then that I realized how wonderful and supportive the paper crafting community is. So you see, Hero Arts will always have a special place in my heart.
Please help us to welcome… Yana Smakula! (And as an added bonus, stop by Yana’s blog to watch how she created her card!)
My name is Yana Smakula, I’m 20-something years old and I’m from Ukraine. I’ve been married for a little bit over two years now, no kids but we do have two black cats and we can’t live without them! I love to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with my husband we’ve been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Czech Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Our next dream destination is Madagascar, I hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! I used to live in USA (in Las Vegas, NV) when I was teen and I fell in love with this country (I was a foreign exchange high school student). I enjoy scrapbooking and I mostly scrapbook about our travels (I often take long pauses from scrapbooking when I have no new travel photos to scrapbook). My other passion is cardmaking – I enjoy trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. I’m very much into stamping and die cutting although I never really though I was until I took a closer look at my cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps and dies!
We are so happy to have these amazing ladies joining us, and cannot wait to see what they share over the coming months! You’ll be able to see them work their magic with the brand new holiday stamps for a full week in September… we can’t wait!