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Valerie Courtney

Valerie Courtney


Name: Valerie Courtney
Job Title: Associate Crafts Designer
Date started at company: Started freelancing with the company in June ’07, became full time as the Editorial Crafts Assistant in February ’08. A few months later I joined the crafts product design team.
First product design you saw on shelf: Halloween 2008 treat bags, scrapbooking paper, and stickers at Michael’s craft stores
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Education: The Fashion Institute of Technology, BFA in Packaging Design
First Job: Counter girl at a gourmet café/market
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Personal crafting/artwork: dotsmakediamonds.typepad.com and http://loveteenie.etsy.com
Things you collect: 1950/60’s dishware and cookbooks/household guides (I love the charming illustrations inside) and anything with polka dots

FAVORITE . . .
Color: turquoise
Holiday: Halloween in June! This has become an annual event for my friends and I. We celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday by going out in costumes like it’s Halloween in June. For the first official holiday I dressed up as a horse jockey and my boyfriend went as a superhero called “Birthday Boy!”
Pizza topping: I like my pizza topping free– it’s perfect as is
Kind of Fabric: Houndstooth
Dessert: Ice cream (cones, pops, sandwiches, you name it)
Source: Parcel (shopparcel.com)
Martha Stewart Craft: I am a designer for the MS Craft line– I design products that I myself would like to buy (www.marthastewartcrafts.com). Some of my favorite craft ideas include: matchbox gifts and homemade snow globes

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Around Town : SPACECRAFT

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My Design Director, Megen, told me about Spacecraft, a crafting boutique in his neighborhood and it got me thinking about crafting communities. Spacecraft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Stella from Spacecraft sent us some images from the shop.  Check out the adorable package they came in! In addition to selling crafting supplies and materials, Spacecraft hosts classes, …

Tools & Materials : PATP Instructions

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Thank you for the overwhelming response to the Punch Around The Page (or PATP for short) punches.  We’re so happy that you seem to be as excited about them as we are!  If you’re having trouble aligning the punches, here are some guidelines and measurements that will help you get it right every time. Just …

Tools & Materials : Punch Around the Page!

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I am so excited to finally be able to introduce our new “Punch Around the Page” punch to you! The MSC team developed a system of edge punches that correspond to matching corner punches. They enable you to punch a continuous border around a page. You start by punching the corners of a square or …

Make It : 4th of July crafts

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I am in love with rosettes these days… Our awesome intern, Hyun Ju, helped me craft these 4th of July rosettes using our MS Crafts products. The uses are endless– rosettes can be used as award ribbons, cupcake toppers, garlands, brooches, or even earrings! I think they look impressive no matter how you fashion them …

Inspiration Board : Beautiful Punch Art

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It’s always such a treat to see what people create using our crafts products, and the age of the blog-o-sphere has really opened up the channels to find these people. Last week, I happened upon a Brooklyn-based photographer/street artist’s blog, Color-Me-Katie. Katie punched colored masking tape with our MSC heart punch and created this amazing …

Open Studio : Steffi's Winter Water Factory

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Last Sunday, I spent the day at Steffi’s screen printing studio in the Old American Can Factory in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Steffi works as a crafts designer here at Martha and runs a small company called Winter Water Factory.  Steffi prints fabrics and t-shirts for her collection at her studio. On top of having tons …

Make It : Hooray for Grads!

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It’s graduation time! From kindergartners to college students, you’re bound to run into graduates this time of year. Here’s a simple, money-holding card I made for a friend of mine… I stamped HOORAY with a glue ink pad and glittered it silver… The card is constructed like a matchbook… I punched out two shapes and …

Make It : A Week in the Life: Mini Scrapbooks

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Since May was scrapbooking month and it’s nearly over, I’d love to share this project with you… A couple of us attended a lecture at the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum given by Jessica Helfand, author of the book “Scrapbooks: An American History”. She mentioned participating in the project “A Week in your Life– 13 Book …