Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Intro to my Dream Team: Mona and Lea

I have a fun post today because I get to start introducing you to my Dream Team. I think many of you are already familiar with their work, so they don't need much introduction at all. But, I still want to give them a shout out and "brag" about these talented friends. They truly are an amazing group of designers and I still can't believe they are willing to work with me on this little creative journey I'm in. These two ladies I'm introducing today are very accomplished and well known in the industry, from working with many manufacturing company DTs to being highly published cardmakers as well.

Mona Pendleton, in her own words:

My name is Mona Pendleton, I live with my sweet husband, Scott, two teenage step children, Connor 16, Meredith 14 and two 5 year old Westies, Gretchen and Griffin in Phoenix, AZ. I have two college age young adult children as well, Jerry 24 and Angie 22. I work part-time as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room of an Orthopedic Hospital and in my spare time, I find it enjoyable to use the other side of my brain, playing with paper crafting products creating various projects. I first started scrapbooking too long ago to remember when which spilled over into card making, creating home d├ęcor projects and gifts for family, friends and coworkers.
I have had the privilege to meet Mona at CHA a couple of years ago. She kindly walked the floor with newbie me. It was such a treat since I had been a fan of her blog already. Here's a sample of her gorgeous work using my Spellbinders' Home Sweet Home dies. You can see her post HERE:

Lea Lawson, in her own words:

My name is Lea Lawson, and I reside in beautiful Missoula, Montana. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Josh, for almost 10 years, and we have two of the cutest dogs in the world- a yorkie named Bailey and a cocker spaniel named Sadie. I am a professional photographer, who focuses on weddings and senior portraiture, but also throw my hat in on some families and babies at times. When I am not photographing or crafting I enjoy reading, baking, shopping for clothes, watching movies and just spending time with my husband. I am an avid lover of American Idol & America's Got Talent, and am starting to love The Voice.  Not a fan of The X Factor though.  As you can see...I love televised talent shows!

While I used to scrapbook more than I made cards, the tables have completely turned and I actually barely scrapbook any longer. I almost exclusively make cards now, and I love it! The card making community is wonderful, and I have met some amazing women through it. You can see my work in publications like Paper Crafts Magazine/Special Issues, Cards Magazine, Cricut Magazine and occasionally in Scrapbook Trends Magazine.  As for inspiration...I find it everywhere!  I am most inspired by interesting color combinations, and beautiful images that are all over the internet thanks to Pinterest.  I also love to use sketches!! Thanks for learning a little bit more about me, and I am so excited to be part of Nina B Designs!

Lea is one of the people whose cards caught my eye right away. She was one of my first Guest DTs way back when I did the monthly release with Gina K Designs. And this gal not only has amazing card making abilities, but she also has mad photography skillz. Here's one sample of her beautiful work (more info HERE):
Aren't these ladies just fantastic? I am one happy designer :).
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  1. Wonderful samples ladies- glad to hear more about you. Look forward to being inspired by your work more in the coming year.

  2. Stunning creations by Mona and Lea - look forward to seeing more of their amazing work.

  3. Both of these ladies are so talented and wonderful to have on your team
    Congrats to all of you. Love the projects

  4. Awesome...both Mona and Lea are so very talented!

  5. Thanks so much for the kind words Nina :) I was my pleasure to walk the floor at CHA with you! Who knew?! :) So honored and proud to be a member of your DT :)

  6. Both Mona and Lea do STUNNING work...so SHABBY and GORGEOUS! I, too, met Mona in person, this past CHA and she is a real SWEETHEART! You definitely are lucky to have such an AMAZING team but, there is a reason, you are AMAZING, too!



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