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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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Celebrate : Party Hat Showdown: Happy Birthday Martha Stewart Crafts!

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This week marks the anniversary of the Martha Stewart Crafts line launch– our second birthday! Rather than throwing another party, we rounded up the team for a friendly craft competition that I like to call the “Party Hat Showdown.” We set out all of our craft supplies and products and gave contestants 30 minutes to …

Our Sources : Parcel

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I’ve been dying to tell you about my favorite shop in Montclair, NJ.  Parcel was actually part of the reason I decided to move to the neighborhood I live in (Montclair also has an awesome movie theater)!  I’ve never known a shop as lovingly curated as this one.  I’ve come to know its proprietor, Nancy, …

Make It : Welcome Little Miss Amanda Sunshine!

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We wanted to share the some exciting news… Amy Reda from EK Success (our partner for Martha Stewart Crafts) and her husband, had a baby girl on April 6th. Amanda Sunshine actually arrived on her due date! We put together a baby basket and crafted a “welcome baby” card… Steffi, a crafts designer in our …

Celebrate : Butterfly Party

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  We celebrated another birthday last week! I know it might seem like all we do is party around here, but the truth is, birthdays provide a great excuse to test out our crafts products to create decorations, cards, confetti, etc… For Jen, an amazing project manager here at MS, we chose a spring/butterfly theme …

Celebrate : Fiesta Party!

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Make It : Easy Easter Eggs #2

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Hi there… I know Easter is right around the corner, but if you can get to a Michael’s or Walmart before Sunday to pick up some of our Martha Stewart Crafts glitter you can create these twinkly eggs that will surely impress family and friends. However, if you don’t get to glittering before Easter, be …

Make It : Happy April Fool's Day!

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Here’s lookin’ at you on April Fool’s Day! I have to admit that I’m obsessed with googley eyes! My fascination with the charming little craft supply is in part due to Amy Sedaris’ googley eye craft challenge. Leading up to today, I inconspicuously placed googley eyes all around the office in attempt to incite smiles. …

Inspiration Board : Happy National Craft Month!

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Hi all, A couple of months ago I ended up at a jackpot of an estate sale while visiting family in Ohio. It was at a house that belonged to a lifelong crafter and was brimming with crafty treasures. I spent so much time shopping there that the coordinators of the sale told me to …