Where do you call home?
I live in the Sacramento Valley in Northern California, about a mile from the house I grew up in. I always wanted to raise my children here and we were so happy when we bought our first home here in October 2014!
Tell us a little about your family…
Patrick and I met in 2003 when we lived across the hall from each other. It was my first apartment alone and I was throwing a desk that had broken down the stairs and he offered to help. Within 2 years we were married and had our first son, Karsten. Josiah came 20 months after Karsten and Finn 5 years after Josiah. They are now 12, 10 and 5 and we also have 2 dogs (Abby, a Chihuahua/rat terrier mix and Reese, a Rottweiler/Boxer mix) as well as a cat named Loki.
When did you join Sweet Shoppe Designs & what’s your favorite thing about being a member of the team?
I joined SSD in 2007 (wow – I’ve been here almost as long as the site!) My favorite thing about SSD is that it’s simply the best place to design AND shop. All the designers are top notch and the product released from week to week is outstanding. And let’s not forget the Babes, they are so inspirational and hard working!
How long have you been designing?
I’ve been designing since late 2004. 12 friggin years!
What inspires you?
Mostly my children’s lives. I love designing kits I’ll actually use, so most of my product is designed with our own lives in mind.
Tell us a little bit about your design process…
I always start with a theme or idea, then colors. Once I have all that nailed down, I create a check list of embellishments/patterns/illustrations/word art I want to include in the kit and then start designing! I nearly always start with papers, then illustrations, followed by embellishments and lastly the alpha to tie it all together.
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