Thursday, 27 September 2012

Meet the NEW Design Team
The Green Tara Girls.....

Hello everyone, thanks for calling by.
Today we would like to officially introduce you to our 
NEW Design Team & tell you a little about them.
The NEW team starts on 1st October
so make sure you pop back in to see 
all their beautiful creations using our 
fabulous Green Tara products.
First we have eight fabulously talented
NEW Design Team Members &
also four of our previous team returning.

Heather Jacob   Australia

 Hi there, my name is HEATHER  JACOB.
  Firstly I am so honoured, excited and thrilled to be chosen as one of the design team members with GREEN TARA. Heartfelt Thanks. Nature and gardening are a huge part of my life so it seems perfect for me to be able to play with these enchanting BLOOMS .
   Now a little about me, I am blissfully married to my wonderful, supportive “soul mate” BADEN. My Family feature throughout my work and there is nothing more important to me than my family. Creating art is one of my many passions in life .. To me this craft is the perfect combination of art, photography, beautiful paper, and glorious words.
  I especially love to choose some elements, cast a spell and see what happens, to create a dream and follow it through. Subtle shadows, light and color are all ingredients for casting the spell. I am in harmony with my garden and its inhabitants, connecting with the beauty that surrounds me. For me it is all-consuming, inspiring and a natural expression of my inner self, which I love to weave into my works.
  I am inspired by colour and texture … I love to include stitching, chipboard, journaling, muslin, fabrics, metal elements, inking, masking and texture paste.
Off the page projects and altered art are a fave of mine. I see my style as “CLASSIC” with attention to detail…I tend to lean toward monochromatic themes with a little shabby chic/grunge thrown in..
Warm hugz from Heather x
My blogs

I am lucky enough to be on a few design teams
Imaginarium designs
CSI (color/stories/inspiration)
Meg’s garden
The Color Room
ASI magazine.

Kelly Foster  USA
Hello!! I am so excited to be here at Green Tara!!! My name is Kelly Foster, and I am from the beautiful state of Minnesota (USA). I am mother to two beautiful little girls, Lilah and Paisley, and engaged to the most wonderful man on earth, Jeremy. My time is best spent taking care of my children and being creative as often as possible with scrapbooking, and sewing, too, when I have time!! I am head over heels with this amazing hobby, and am honored to be here working with Green Tara's amazing products!! My style is a little bit shabby chic, a little bit artsy grunge, depending on my mood. I love working with flowers, I love mixed media, and I just plain love to make beautiful things!!! Thanks for having me! You can see more work from me on my blog:

Kim Price  Australia

My name is Kim Price and I live on the Central Coast, NSW Australia with my husband of 20 years and 2 teenaged daughters who are the object of my inspiration. I have been scrapbooking and papercrafting for 10 years and my love of this pursuit just keeps growing. I am very excited to have been included in the new Design Team line-up for Green Tara and I look forward to creating, sharing and getting to know my fellow DT as well as everyone who has a passion for these amazingly beautiful products. My personal creative style can vary greatly between modern, artistic and whimsical to classically shabby and vintage. I am a HUGE fan of colour and layers and you will see these two things most often in my designs.

 Rachael Funnell  Australia

Hi My name is Rachael Funnell,
I Am a happily married lady to a wonderful man named Jason.
We have 2 Beautiful children our boy Ethan who will be hitting double digits (10) in November
& our girl Chloee who has just turned 8, We live in the Central Tablelands of NSW Australia..
I have been scrapbooking for 6 years & have been fully addicted for the last 2 & a bit years...
My Style is still evolving but! I’m finding cluster’s, layers & something always going
on in my background’s are regular things with my Creations...
I am SUPER thrilled to be joining the Green Tara Team & hope to inspire you all in some way!!!
Be sure to stop on by my blog & say hi

Natasha Naranjo  USA

My name is Natasha & I’m the mother of two wonderful children & the wife of an amazing, supportive man. I am a floral designer by day and a scrapbook designer by night. I first discovered my love for scrapbooking in 2004 but was unable to scrap because I was a single mother at the time. For years I was unable to craft, but my passion for it never faded. I married my soulmate in 2010 and my husband inspired and encouraged me to start creating. If it weren’t for him, I would have never been able to begin doing what I love. As for my scrapping style... well, I don’t know how to categorize my style LOL. I just create using products I love. I love to incorporate different techniques in my work and use a variety of elements. Every day I am inspired by the work and talent of others, and I hope to be able to inspire others with my work as well!

Vicky Varvadouka  Greece

My name is Vicky Varvadouka, I am a happily married mum of two little girls (Nefeli 5 & Ioli 3) and I work in a big company in Greece . Scrapbooking is my passion and a way to express my self! I started making layouts in September 2010 and have been obsessed ever since. My kids are the main source of inspiration for my work and are the primary subjects of my layouts. I can't say I have a certain style because I don't limit myself to one style, I choose a photograph or paper line and adapt accordingly! I love to experiment and challenge myself with new techniques and textures! My work has been published in scrapbooking magazines and I have been a designer for several challenge blogs and on line shops! I like to share my work with others and hopefully inspire and encourage some people to try something new! I LOVE scrapbooking and I can't imagine myself without it! It has a piece of my heart!!!! 
Thank you Green Tara for this amazing opportunity!!!
My blog:
 Shona Keehn  Canada

My name is Shona Keehn and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I have 3 children and a wonderful husband of 26 years. He is very supportive with my scrapping addiction.

I have been scrapping for many years but have just found my scrappy style in the last couple of years. It is definitely something that I change up lots. I love to try new techniques and therefore one day I will be shabby and the next day more on the grungy side. One of my favourites is to work with a sketch. I love how so many artists can be so different from one sketch.

I am thrilled to be part of this amazing Design Team and I can not wait to start. I get so much inspiration from everyone in the scrapping world and I hope that you can get some from me.

Marie-Josee Hamel (MJ)   Canada
Hello all! My name is Marie-Josée Hamel. I am 37 years old and I live in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, with my significant other, Michael, and our daughter, Emily, who just turned 8. We share our house with a cat, a rabbit, a snail and two goldfish! :)
I discovered scrapbooking in April 2006 during a trip I took to Louisiana, USA, to visit friends of mine. Even if I have always been a crafty person, I had never heard of scrapbooking before then. When I saw my friend's scrap space, I was instantly in awe. I started asking tons of questions, and within 10 minutes, asked THE question: "But where do you buy all this stuff?" Less than two hours later, I was already shopping at Michael's (an American arts and crafts store) with my friend, and that is where I bought my first scrapbooking supplies. It has never stopped since then! :) Moreover, about a year ago, I started working nights, which means that I am home alone all day and now have lots of time to devote to creative projects, something I enjoy tremendously. Mostly, I create layouts, but I also design cards and altered projects. I am also interested in mixed media and have started including mixed media techniques in my projects a few months ago.
Color is always what sparks my creative process. I chose the colors I want to work with, then find a picture to match, which I know is very unusual! Most of my layouts have lots of white space and a shabby chic/vintage touch. I love to tear papers and layer them to give dimension to my projects. Flowers are and have always been my favorite embellishment, so you will see a lot of those on my layouts! :)
I am currently part of a few other design teams (magazine, store, inspiration blog and sketch blog) and have my own blog, Les créations de mariemily (, which is a bilingual blog (French and English). Feel free to drop by and say hello!

We have four of our original team returning
& they are:

Mistra Hoolahan  Australia

Hi everyone!  
I'm Mistra and I live in Perth, am married and we have

 a teenage son  and luckily I have a niece I can borrow 
for those girlie scrap fixes!  I have been scrapping 
for over 10 years, and have seen so many changes...
 I am loving where the industry is now, no rules 
and lots of wonderful things to play with! 
I work full time but I find time to create every weekend,

 for me it's my relax time, I love it and my husband loves
 that I have this for myself {then I can't complain when he's 
absorbed in some computer game LOL}. 
I am really lucky to be on a few fabulously fun Australian 

and International Design Teams - I adore it, it keeps me
 motivated, challenged and keeps me growing.
I'm thrilled that I get to play with Green Tara for another term, 

I love the quality and designs of all the flowers,
 laces and ribbons...
they always make embellishing my projects so easy!
Mis  xx

Jan Rankine  Australia

Hello everyone - my name is Jan Rankine. 
I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia 
with my daughter and grandson and a Chihuahua who thinks 
she is a Great Dane.
 I also have two sons and another two grandchildren. 
I love scrapbooking and I teach classes as well as being one half
 of the Design Team at Di's Scrapbook Shop at The Entrance.
 I've dabbled in lots of craft over the years - but I really love
scrapbooking  & card making. 
Off The Page projects fascinate me as well. 
I absolutely love Green Tara products and I’m so happy 
to be back as part of the fabulous new Design Team. 
If you would like to see more of my work,
 pop over to my blog
Jan xx

Linda Thompson  Australia

My name is Linda and I'm 39, I'm married to my soul mate Mark and we have 8 children, and our first grandchild due at the end of the month.
I live in Campbelltown area of NSW and am a stay at home mum.
I have been scrapping for almost 8 years now, I was introduced into it by a friend as a means to take my mind of a very premie baby who spent 9 weeks in hospital. In those 8yrs I have had my own store for 4yrs and been on a couple of Design Teams.
My blog is I have been a little bit slack of late updating it but there are a few albums at the bottom you can see more of my past work. I have been re-doing my scrap room these past few months so a lot of things have been packed away limiting my current extra scrapping, but I'm all unpacked now finally.
My style, well I'm not really sure what it is right now, I am currently trying a lot of new mixed media products on my pages as well as exploring more OTP items. With 7 girls I love all flowers and glimmer mist has to be my fav product. I like to use papers as my embellishments as mush as I can, this not only creates the perfect matching embellishment but can also be a money saver when budget is tight. I don't scrap albums from start to finish I just scrap what ever photo catches my eye.
 Di Garling  Australia 
DT Co Ordinator

Hi there, my name is Di Garling & I live on the
sunny Central Coast of NSW in Australia.
I absolutely love Scrapbooking & Card Making
so much that I started my own
Scrapbook Shop going on for seven years ago.
It is called “Di’s Scrapbook Shop”.
Not very original!!
I am married with two grown up sons
& a very spoilt  little fat dog called Poppy.
I joined Green Tara about 18 months ago
as their Design Team Co Ordinator &
have been with them ever since.
I am very fortunate to have been able
to work with such beautiful products.
I am so happy to be back for yet
another term with this amazing Company
& with these hugely talented ladies.
 I can’t wait to get started.
As for my style, I love colour & texture.
I would say I lean towards Shabby Chic
but with a little Grunge thrown in
& I don’t subscribe to the theory
 that less is best.

Well that is my story.
Until next time
Cheers Di  xo
My Blog is  Dis Creative Space

Well that is our NEW Design Team.
Make sure you pop back in next week to see what beautiful
things these ladies will be producing.
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  1. What a gorgeous bunch of creative women we are! So happy to be in amongst such amazing talent and looking forward to getting to know everyone better.

  2. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team and look forward to working with all of you :)

  3. WooooHoooo! What line up... how exciting!! let the fun begin!!!

  4. Congratulations to all the DT members!!! I feel so blessed to see my name up there! Thank you!!!

  5. Can't wait to work with you all!!!

  6. Wow what a lot of talented girls on this list.. well done to you all... look forward to drooling over your creations with these wonderful flowers!

  7. Woo hoo for a fabulous team! I really enjoyed reading about each of you!

  8. Amazing team congrats to you all!!!