Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Warm Welcome!

Hi everyone!!!  As some of you may (or may not) know, I decided to open my shop more than 2 years ago.  After discovering YouTube, I was doing a lot of haul videos and had always dreamed of opening my own store so it just kind of made sense and fell into place.  The YouTube girls, my FRIENDS, really made the start of my business possible and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to those of you visiting me here from there!  :)  For those of you that don't "know" me, my name is Vanessa Middleton.  I am a wife, mom of 3, part time employee at an arts and crafts store and of course, business owner!  I grew up and still live in NH where we recently bought a house last year.  I've been a cardmaker/scrapbooker/stamper/collector (haha) for a longgg time.  My oldest is almost 18 and I  remember taking my first scrapbooking class when he was an infant.  Prior to that, my dad had bought me my very first stamp (AllNight Media style) when I was maybe in junior high, if not elementary school.  While my website is relatively new (about 6 months), I feel like I've come a long way and attended CHA in January.  It was amazing to meet so many people who I've seen and gotten to know in the industry for so long, it was almost surreal.  It's funny how they become almost famous, but yet I still felt like I belonged.  <3  I look forward to continuing the friendships I've made and to making new ones as well.

Before going any further, I need to thank another wonderful friend, who without her help, my website would not be up and running.  She helps me more "behind the scenes", but elly burian, I am extremely grateful and forever thankful for all you've done and continue to do.  Thank you for being so dedicated.  I truly appreciate you and our friendship. xo

This is me at CHA and seeing my name on that badge was an EXTREMELY proud moment for me.  I called my husband and he said "How'd it feel?".  He just got it.  Without him and his support, this wouldn't be possible either.

So enough about ME!  I want to give a warm welcome to my brand new Design Team Coordinator and very good friend, Shawna Webster.  She is joining me as a part of the Butterfly Reflections, Ink. team and I look forward to working with her.  She will be heading up the Design Team. (Yes! I said Design Team... stay tuned for details!). Shawna has been on many DTs such as Prima, Little Yellow Bicycle, Crate Paper, Colorbok and most recently, Pebbles in 2013. I'm very lucky to have her and appreciate her willingness to work with me.  She's a fabulous (and quick! LOL) scrapper and I admire her talent.  Keep reading to learn a little about Shawna and to see some of her creations!

Hi everyone! My name is Shawna and I am really excited to be a part of this new
team!  Vanessa is a great friend and person to work for and I hope that I can make her proud!  Currently I
am a stay at home mom of two kiddos. I have been married to my soldier hubby for almost 14 years. We all live in sunny Hawaii for now with an upcoming move to Washington. I have been
scrapbooking for about 13 years. I also love to make cards and other paper crafts as well. I look forward to helping inspire you with all the other upcoming members of the Butterfly Reflections, Ink. team!


  1. Looking forward to watching Butterfly Reflections Ink grow and become what you want it to be!! Looking forward to all the inspiration you and Shawna provide. (Momma2ski) ~Jill

  2. Congrats on your achievements, Vanessa. We have so much in common, I can't wait to hear more about the DT stuff, Shawna!

  3. Congrats Vanessa on the blog and I can't wait to see what you have in STORE for us. (pun intended)

  4. Yayness!! Congrats, Miss Lady!! :)

  5. how fun a dt! couldnt think of a better head than shawna!