Design Team

Amanda Garrett

I am a mom of 2 girls and married to my best friend. I’ve been crafting my whole life but started making cards and playing with paper ink and stamps for 20ish years. 😉 I have an obsession for stamps and can’t pass a good one up. I love to get inspiration from others and I’m always learning and growing in my crafting. I love all different styles from mixed media to cute little stamps. I look forward to sharing some of my makes with you all.

Daniel West

Hi, Daniel West, here. I started making cards in March 2018 when a friend of mine introduced me to the craft. Putting ink to paper with stamps and markers thrilled me. Besides stamping, I also enjoy stamping and stamping. My wife and I love in Providence, Rhode Island, with our three kids Helena, Jake and Micah. Connect with me on all the socials with handle - delandartie.

Erica A-B

Hi there! I’m Erica, and I’m a self-confessed craft-a-holic. I’ve always been creative in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. Sewing, wood working, metal working, stitching and embroidery etc etc. The list goes on.

My biggest love, however, is card making, and it has been for years now. I started with a christmas card kit some 13 years ago and it was a slippery slope from there on.

I love colouring and seeing projects come to life in front of me, it speaks to my soul on a deep level. If I didn’t have a crafty outlet, I’m 100% sure I’d go nuts. Or nuttier as some people would say…

You can find me on various social media:

Ilina Crouse

Hi, I am Ilina Crouse. I live in Atlanta, GA with my wonderful husband of 13 years and our 3 little monkeys: Anna-6, Milena-5 and Jason-3. As you can see I have my hands full. During the day I work as Electrical Engineer/Bid Manager for Siemens. I know doesn’t sound fun at all, but it is (at least for me), as it involves creativity, but different kind of one. Early in the morning I am a runner( I love long distance runs and it’s a way to burn off some stress everyday life brings) and at night I am crafter.

I have been making cards since I was a little child and still lived in Macedonia (South Eastern Europe) where supplies were limited so I had to get really creative.. I love simple and clean designs and I love to experiment with different techniques and coloring mediums.I am honored (and excited beyond words) to join the Picket Fence Studios Design Team and I hope to inspire you with my creations.

Karen Reategui

My name is Karen Reategui and being part of Picket Fence Studios amazing Design Team is a dream come true. Since the first time I discovered this brand I fell in love with the style. I live in the Northeast side of the Peach State, Georgia with my three gorgeous kids. I have a bachelor in Marketing and Communications. My life as a mom is full of duties and crafting is my way to get out of my routine and have some time for myself. It brings so much happiness and joy to my life, it’s definitely my passion! I also have a love for chocolate, photography, decorating birthday parties and baking. I have a blog called “Little Blessings” where I share all my creations. My style leans towards artsy cards and I love using floral stamps. I like trying new techniques and using different materials on my projects. I’m so excited to have joined this team and start sharing some inspiration.

Lisa Tilson

Hi everyone! I am Lisa Tilson and I blog over at My Card Trip. I live in the beautiful county of Somerset in England. The City of Bath is just under an hour away and I consider myself very lucky to live in such a picturesque place. I live with my partner Paul whom I have spent the last 20 years of my life with. Our new house is supposedly built on medieval ground, and I am hoping one day to discover a bronze suit of armour buried in the garden and I will make my fortune! We overlook the historic Cadbury Castle (formerly known as Camalet) which is a Bronze and Iron age hill fort. It has connections to King Arthur and he reportedly held court there during the 6th Century. This stuff fascinates me!

I have digressed a little. I discovered cardmaking about ten years ago when I was looking for a hobby to fill some time. I started with a card kit that I bought in a department store, and then started going to craft fairs and buying magazines. About 3 or 4 years in, I discovered Kristina Werner and then Jennifer McGuire on YouTube and never really looked back.

My style is sometimes quite clean and simple but I have been known on many occasions to cover my cards completely with lots of colour and I never mind getting my hands a little dirty in the process. I love to learn and often do classes to discover new techniques, and let’s face it, it’s just another excuse to buy all the things!

I was thrilled to be asked to join the Picket Fence Studios Design Team as I love to create with their products, and I really look forward to sharing my projects with you.

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  • Michelle Lupton

    Hello! I’m Michelle – I’m an Aussie who teaches Biology to uni students, sings in a choir, bakes yummy cupcakes once in a while, and makes cards all the rest of the time. I’ve made cards for years and years, but started blogging them in 2011, and shortly after discovered the wonderful online cardmaking community that I love. I am honoured and overjoyed to have been asked to join the design team at Picket Fence Studio, and am looking forward to sharing what I make with you!

    Rachelle Oltean

    Hello! My name is Rachelle and I’m a surface designer who loves stamping and paper crafting! I worked in the wallpaper, fabric and giftwrap industries for many years. I was instantly hooked on cardmaking, and I’ve never looked back! I just love the design possibilities in this small platform! I began blogging about 3 years ago and have really enjoyed design team work because I feel like it stretches me to create projects that are a bit out of my comfort zone. I also love the positive community interaction on IG/Facebook Groups and have made many wonderful friends!

    My husband and I have been married for 34 years and we enjoy DIY projects, wine tasting, volunteering, traveling and hiking in the National Parks. We moved to North Carolina 8 years ago from Ohio, (where we had lived our entire lives), and are fortunate we were both able to retire very early…this allows lots of time for crafty fun!

    I’m so excited to join the amazing designers on the Picket Fence Studios’ Team and you can also find me on social media by stopping by my blog, RedCre8s, or on Instagram with the same username!

    Sara Sherlock

    My name is Sara Sherlock, and I blog over at Much Love, Sara. I live in Boise, Idaho, with my husband, three dogs, and three cats. I am a Stepmom, Nana, and Great-Nana. I am also 1 in 100 - I was born with a heart defect, and have had several surgeries over my lifetime to keep my heart (relatively) healthy.

    Since I was young, I've had a wild imagination, and desire to create. I discovered card making nearly a decade ago - I knew it was love the first time I saw embossing powder melting! Over the years, I've dabbled in a lot of different styles, and with a lot of different types of paper crafts, but always seem to come back to simple, pretty, cards. I believe in the idea that EVERYONE is capable of, and needs, creativity in their life - sometimes it's just a matter of finding the right niche. I hope that by putting my own creations out into the world, it might help spark someone else's creativity. I'm so excited to have the chance to share projects with you, featuring the fabulous Picket Fence Studios products.

    You can find me at, and on social media @muchlovesara

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