Sharyn Sowell has two studios: One is a rose covered cottage in the garden, chock full of rainbow-hued stacks of paper, pots of ink, scissors by the dozen, clattering old printing presses and far too many tubes of paint. The other is a suitcase crammed full of art supplies, ready to go at a moment's notice.
Sharyn believes that all life is a miracle, and her art reflects that philosophy. Her art appears on a myriad of products that have proven to be strong sellers. She designs everything from rubber stamps, fabric, greeting cards and giftware.
Sharyn's art is a blend of calligraphy, watercolour, letterpress printing and cut paper, all done meticulously by hand and merged digitally. Designs are coordinated into collections, complete with icons, borders, and coordinating pattern. A prolific artist with a broad library of images, Sharyn believes that teamwork, strong communication, and on-trend unique images are foundational to her success as a design partner.
A proven professional with a long track record, Sharyn designs for companies like Hallmark, Creative Converting, and York Wallcoverings. Her original art can be seen in the British National Portrait Gallery, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Orlando Waldorf Astoria. Her calligraphic Kindle covers have sold over 2.25 million units and she has won multiple Louie Awards, the Oscar of the greeting card industry.
Sharyn partners with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines, where she shares her love of crafting and art as a featured instructor internationally. Travel furnishes abundant inspiration for Sharyn's art and allows her to spot global trends and fill dozens of sketchbooks that turn into collections of new work. Whether in the rural Pacific Northwest valley she calls home, leading a group sketching the French Riviera or sketching lily of the valley in her own garden, you can identify Sharyn by her genuine smile and ever-busy ink-stained fingers.
Craft artist Becca Feeken blends a love of sewing, embroidery, needlecrafts and jewellery into a passion for gift making and paper crafts. She is an old soul in a modern body that discovered crafts early in life and experienced a resurgence during a long journey in faith through grief. Her distinct style is a romantic elegance that spans through time with classical and Victorian influences often punctuated with a delicate ribbon bow or handcrafted embellishments.
As a die-centric crafter, her signature paper crafting features layers, seeing beyond the obvious as well as delightful detail and dimension. Savouring the beauty of handwriting and old time courtesies, she’s a steward of creating legacy by saving the written word and heartfelt traditions one card, one embellishment and one gift at a time.
After a 20+ year career in the hotel industry in Sales & Marketing, Event Planning and as a Network Engineer doing Technical Project Management she traded in her corporate badge to follow her heart and passion in designing, teaching and inspiring her blogging community at Amazing Paper Grace. On any given day you’ll find her crafting, sketching ideas and eating off of the ‘good’ china.
Becca is a licensed design artist, creating legacy and making beautiful things with Spellbinders Paper Arts. She also blogs at Amazing Paper Grace.
Stacey Caron, President and co-founder of Spellbinders, derives inspiration from everything around her including history, architecture and high fashion. She has a beautiful, intricate design style that gives projects made from her designs a rich, elegant and timeless quality. Always fascinated by strong, independent women, one of Stacey’s all-time favourite designers and influences is Coco Chanel.
In 2003, Stacey forever changed the world of die cutting and embossing. Responsible for co-developing the first universal cutting and embossing system. Stacey's achievement has resulted in the most widely used format for manual die cutting and embossing in today's craft market.