About Me/Contact



Polka-dots, bold graphic patterns, black and white, bright colors, and all things cheerful and happy . . .these are my favorite things! Want to know a few more random tidbits about me?

1. I live in a house full of boys. One grownup boy (the hubs) and two fast-growing little ones. I love living in a house full of boys, but my goal in life is to one day have a girls-only bathroom. (Yes, that means I get it all to MYSELF.)

2. I went to college to become an art teacher. But just before graduation I said, “Hmmm, funny how this is NOT what I want to do after all.” Despite that, I do love teaching, and I do love art, and I do love kids. After graduating, I spent a few years teaching preschool, then second and third grade, before my kiddos were born. And I loved it.

3. I have complete conversations with my husband while I sleep, and I don’t remember them in the morning. I do bizarre, crazy stuff, and he has learned to discredit anything I say or do after 11pm. One of his favorite stories involves me diving under the covers to escape a giant purple spider. 



And the crafting stuff. . .well, I can thank my sweet mommy, who became a Close to My Heart consultant, when I was in middle school.  We stamped and scrapbooked, and made cards together.  And I was officially hooked.  Once I became at stay-at-home mom, I had more time to play - plus I needed a creative connection with the world.  In 2007, I started to submit my work to magazines.  (Find my resume here!) The most mind blowing moment of my crafty life, was receiving a call from the entire staff of editors at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, to invite me to become one of the magazine's Go-to Gals/Contributing Editors. Working for this craft publication was an amazing honor, and I learned so very much during my time there. The publisher's decision to cease publication was the saddest day of my papercrafting career. The good news is, I made amazing, talented friends who continue to bless my life even after our last magazine hit the shelves. 
I have been honored to work with some of the best designers and manufacturers in the industry, and I am blessed by the amazing opportunities I've been given! 



Nowadays, I've got a super sweet job at Fun Stampers Journey. Along with a creative team of designers, I create projects for FSJ's catalogs, promotional materials, social media, and conventions. I have the opportunity to work at special events throughout the year, and sometimes I even pop on stage to demo! The best part is that I get to work from home, and just head into the office a few times a year in Phoenix AZ. (Just to be clear, I don't sell FSJ products, and I am not an FSJ Coach. I'm just here to inspire you with their products! (Find some of my work with Fun Stampers Journey here.

Feel free to email me at TomatoL at aol dot com, if you have any questions or comments! I'd love to talk to you! You can also find me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. 

I've worked with a variety of wonderful stamp, die, and paper companies along the way. Below are just a few of my favorites! Click on the links to visit them, as well as to see some of my projects featuring their excellent crafty goods!

Lil' Inker Designs (Affiliate link) | my projects featuring LID
Sweet Stamp Shop | my projects featuring the Sweets
Fun Stampers Journey | my projects with FSJ 
The Stamps of Life | my projects with TSOL
Sizzix (affiliate link) | my Sizzix projects


Disclosure:
I participate in affiliate programs for the following companies: 
Lil' Inker Designs
scrapbook.com
PicMonkey
Sizzix 
Simon Says Stamp

When you make purchases on their websites via my links, I may receive compensation (but you don't pay a penny more!) Please know that I will only promote companies and products that I trust, and use myself! These are companies that I love, and when I share their products, it's only because I LOVE them and USE them - it has nothing to do with money!