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Designer Spotlight: Tammy Tutterow


download (26)Tammy Tutterow is a lifelong artist and crafter. She grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents. She loves all types of crafts but her true crafting passion is in papercrafts, ribbonwork, and fabric crafts. She loves to combine elements of all three into her projects.

Tammy has been an instructor and project designer in the papercraft/scrapbook industry since 2005. Her projects have been published in several books, magazines, and product catalogs and have been featured on television. She loves to write tutorials and has been blogging for about 10 years. When Tammy’s not creating, she’s a wife and mother of three.

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What’s your design/craft story? ie. How did you get started?

I have been creating and crafting for as long as I can remember. My parents were both self-employed artists when I was growing up. My mother always appreciated good art and office supplies. Our home was always filled with creative tools. The love for those things was passed on to me. I grew up with a love of drawing and writing. I preferred my hand-drawn paper dolls over those from the store. When I discovered scrapbooking it was a perfect fit for my love of crafting, paper, pens, and markers. Soon after I added in stamping and inks which of course led to paints and mixed media projects.

Define your design style in 1 word. Vintage

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How has your design style evolved over the years?

When I first started papercrafting, I tried to be very neat and clean. I liked things very straight and precise. And then I discovered ink. The rest is a messy and happy story. The more I experiment with inks, paints, and colors, the more I discover that letting go and experimenting and discovering new

What’s the most fun thing about designing your own product line? What’s the hardest thing?

Getting to daydream about shapes, textures, and patterns to create with is the best part of creating your own collection. I can’t even describe what a thrill it is to dream about what you designs you would like to craft with, draw them out, and then hold them in your hands! The hardest part? Deciding which designs to use now and which ones to save for next time.

Who did you have in mind when you designed it?

Me! I tried to design items that I wanted to create with. Have you ever been crafting and think, “I wish I had _____ (fill in the blank)?” I do and that is what I tried to do, fill in the blank of things I wish I had.

What/who inspires you? Why?

I am so inspired by vintage items. I collect all types of vintage papergoods, linens, laces, millinery, and more. My collection was inspired by the vintage things I surround myself with- from the wood on the floor of my vintage house, to the linens in my collection, to vintage treasures like my husband’s grandmother’s autograph book.

Tammy’s Collection will be available for purchase in early 2016.

Be sure to tune opening weekend of the CHA Show, the Craft and Hobby Association’s MEGA event of the year!

Spellbinders will be live on Periscope interviewing Tammy about her NEW mixed media collection and what’s next on her radar. AND We are giving away 2 “tricked out” Platinums that have been decorated by our designers.

You have to be on that email list to get updates about the giveaways and all the fun things happening at CHA. 

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