Friday, February 15, 2013

Introducing new Xyron DT members Courtney Lee, Mitchell Kraft and Liz Qualman!

What a wonderful week it has been as we've introduced you to our newest Xyron Design Team members. We round out the week with three more fabulous crafters/artists - Courtney Lee, Mitchell Kraft and Liz Qualman.  Here's to the new team - we can't wait to see what they create!

My name is Courtney Lee and I am SO excited to be a part of this team! I am a stay at home mom living in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. I have an amazing husband who supports me and even increases my crafty supplies! He just got me a sewing machine for Christmas! I'm a lucky girl.

We just had a baby girl (our first child) in August of 2012. I am loving being a new mom! You will see my little "helper" on my blog. Her name is Emmaline and her new obsession is trying to eat the corners of my 6x6 paper pads... She has good taste (pun intended) and will be a great crafter one day!

I have been crafting for almost three years and my obsession with paper and crafting tools has grown each day! Xyron products make it so easy to do so many things! When I first got my embossing machine (the very first crafty thing I owned), my friend lent me her 5" sticker maker! I was hooked on that little purple machine!

I love paper crafting, especially making shaped cards. Knowing that someone will be receiving a hand made card in the mail brings a smile to my face and hopefully theirs too! Everyone loves happy mail! 

You can find me here:

Courtney's fresh, bright colors and clean lines mixed with fun patterns and techniques make her a welcome addition to this team. She adds just the right touch to cards and projects!

Mitchell Kraft is a graphic designer, marathon runner, proud pet owner, aspiring foodie and avid crafter. He is a 2007 Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame winner and has worked in the Scrapbooking industry for 8+ years. His unique voice, in a predominately female dominated community, has allowed him to develop and instruct classes at many venues in the greater Twin Cities area.

Currently, Mitchell is employed full-time as a graphic designer, working primarily in print. He finds scrapbooking an easy evolution of his design craft. As you can tell in both his graphic design work and crafting, Mitchell has a passion for texture, depth and detail.

A native Minnesotan, Mitchell lives in Minnetonka with his partner Jacob, their dog Shawn, and cat Lexi.

We were thrilled when Mitchell applied for the Design Team because he is exactly right - his unique male perspective in this industry is a welcome addition. One of our favorite things about his blog is that he shares every detail and technique for adding a little extra something to your projects - what a great way to help us expand our creativity!

Hi my name is Liz Qualman and I guess you could say I have been paper crafting since Kindergarten and have never stopped. Living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with my family provides a lot of inspiration and keeps me busy.  I enjoy camping, rafting, skiing, music festivals and pretty much everything you would expect from those living on the continental divide.  When I am not playing outside, I love to sit at my craft table and dream up new projects.  Since I am a teacher, I have always been a fan of stickers and working with Xyron will only enable that obsession as I will be able to make almost anything into a sticker. I occasionally sketch and love to share ideas with others.

We originally loved Liz for her brightly colored projects and the sketch ideas she shares on her blog (we can always use more of those!) - but then we saw how she makes everyday projects crafty and fun (a coupon binder made out of a Sn@p album - love it!) and knew we had to have her.

We look forward to sharing the creations from our new Design Team over the next few months - we know you will be inspired!  Have a great weekend!


  1. Love the coupon binder! I love the other projects too but the binder is something a little different.

  2. I enjoy reading about the new memebrs. I see we have lots in common!

  3. I am head over heels for Courtney's Baby Banner!!


  4. Big, HUGE congrats to Courtney, Liz and Mitchell!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Love the Bicycle with the balloons! But my favorite is still the Rocket. Congratulations to Courtney Lee, Mitchell Kraft and Liz Qualman. The baby banner is so cute!