Dustin was born and raised in Utah spending almost all of his childhood drawing even when he was supposed to be doing schoolwork.
In 1992 he married his best friend and they have been happily married since. They have 4 wonderful children, though he is his wife's biggest kid.
Dustin joined the USAF to work in Commercial art, but ended up an Ammo troop instead, spending 3 yrs in Germany. He came back to the states to Hill AFB in Utah and has been there since.
Dustin is an avid Disneyland fan. He loves Disneyland almost to the point it's unhealthy. His wife talks about intervention...maybe she's not joking...He thinks his style is influenced by Disney as well as older Hannah Barbera cartoons and anything Jim Henson has done, mainly Fraggle Rock and other muppet related stuff.
Dustin is excited to be able to move his scribbles into the rubber stamp medium. He hopes he can live up to the expectations of his fans!
I was born in into an artsy, crafty family. My Mom & Dad was always working on some sort of art project...So, I am a self taught artist that comes by my talent naturally.
From the time I was little, I loved to draw and color. My mom use to call me her "Doodlebug" because no piece of paper was safe if I had a pencil in my hand. To me, there was no better gift than a pad of clean white paper and a new box of crayons.
I am now married ( 35 years this year...yeah!) to a wonderful guy. We have two grown children, and three grandchildren. My life revolves around my family, the gospel of Jesus Christ and my artwork. I love to read fantasy adventure books ( when I have time...LOL) cook, garden and spend time with my family. Our favorite place to vacation is Disney World...I do love Mickey! I guess I'm still a kid at heart.
I am so excited about this new adventure in stamping...to be working with High Hopes Rubber Stamps is like a dream come true... I have a whimsical, folksy style, something that fits perfectly with the High Hopes stamps. I look forward to creating some new and wonderful art for High Hopes in the future and can't wait to see what all you talented stampers can do with my art today...Happy Stamping!
Tina Marie has always loved arts and crafts. Even as a child her creativity
found many outlets, such as writing, playing the ukelele, acting,
She married her childhood sweetheart, Jeff Collette, the day after
HS graduation and became a devoted Air Force wife and mom. The young
couple had their first child 11 months after they were married, and
the stork seemed to make a yearly stop at their place after that.
Being young, in love, and poor as church mice is what
Tina Marie gives a lot credit for her creative inspiration. We
had to make every dollar count, so we did a lot of 'treasure hunting'
at yard sales on base. That is not to say the kids were not
immaculately dressed, and the house was not furnished beautifully...it's
just to say that they were not first hand goods...
Tina Marie collects antiques and beautiful pottery, quilts, baskets
and other items that make a house feel welcome. She realized that
the best place to find these things were at tag sales...and that happily,
many times these old treasures cost less than their new counterparts.
"I appreciate the quality workmanship that goes into these treasures",
she says. "I strive to put that same quality into each of the
stamps we make, and give that same personal attention to each of our
Tina Marie enjoys restoring old furniture, and making reproduction
antique cross stitch samplers, gardening, canning, and of course rubber
stamping! She loves making handmade crafts to give for gifts, as they
are gifts from the heart. Her favorite things to stamp are wooden
ornaments, and valentines cards with candy.
Being creative is at the core of who Cheryl is. She values diversity,
beauty, and whimsy and welcomes expressing those values in her art
enjoys using a variety of tools to bring her ideas to life, whether
its a camera, a pencil, a software program, or a sewing machine.
Her formal studies have included earning a B.Sc. from the University
of Alberta in the area of Clothing and Textiles, and a certificate
in multimedia studies from a local BC school.
With her flash and web design, she makes sure that sites are cross
platform and multi-browser compatible. She works closely with the
client, making sure that their site will appeal to their target
audience. In addition, she makes sure that while the site is pleasing
to look at, it is also easily navigated and downloads quickly.
Cheryl specializes in site design for the small or home based business.
As she has personal experience in these areas, she inherently understands
the needs of the small business owner.
Melissa Jenkins AKA MelJen's Designs