Creative Team Announcement

We were thrilled and excited to have so many GREAT applications for this Creative Team!  I am pleased to announce the 2016 Creative Team for Gel Press!

Ann Strecko Koeman


Ann is a Mixed Media artist who lives and creates near Ottawa, Ontario Canada,   a mother  of two terrific teens, the wife of a very busy businessman, and the servant to one fluffy cat.  From sewing and most needle crafts, stamping, scrapbooking and a lot of paper crafts, to drawing, painting and working with inks, Ann is multi skilled and never bored . She enjoys making things and getting messy. She had some formal training with a short stint in fine Arts in College, many many workshops, and a lot of self learning.  She also has experience working  as a consultant, teacher, and writer of various crafts. Her style is eclectic and vintage, inspired by nature and her collections of found objects and ephemera.  She loves to scour the internet, magazines, and flea markets for ideas which she collects in her various notebooks and takes lots of pictures with her I phone.  Her favourite place to be is in her home studio with her beloved family nearby.  Her family motto is : Live well, laugh often, and love much.  Her blog is:

Bixxy Nash

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Bixxy Nash, lives is France where she runs art holidays with her partner.  Her first love was in textiles but in recent years has developed a love for watercolour and mixed media, so printing was a natural progression. Textures and colours fascinate her! Bix also loves teaching what she has learned so they too can enjoy her craft.  

Cindi Bisson McGee


Cindi Bisson McGee has been working in the craft industry for over 15 years as a mixed-media artist.  She is multi-published via web TV, websites, ebooks, books and magazines, and recently represented KellyCraft™ Innovations on HSN.  Cindi enjoys experimenting with many types of mixed-media to create home decor, jewelry, wearable fashion, textured/dimensional projects and paper crafts.  Cindi has a passion for teaching and sharing the world of creativity with others and can often be found at events, trade shows and in stores demonstrating products, hosting make & takes, and teaching workshops.  Her motto is “Dare to be Different.” Her style is diverse, and she is always seeking new opportunities to share her creative abilities and work with new products in unique ways.
Cindi’s projects are featured on her blog – Behind These Eyes™ at in episodes of the craft TV show When Creativity Knocks, in her craft TV series Behind These Eyes, and in her Cindi’s Simple Solutions articles at; and regularly on several manufacturer blogs including Makin’s Clay®, KellyCraft™, Etchall®, and Smoothfoam®. She is active in social media and can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.  Cindi is also the Designer/Co-Host, Associate Producer and Product Review Manager for When Creativity Knocks.  If you are looking for an artist who “dares to be different” – you’ll find her BEHIND THESE EYES” …


Cyndi Cesare

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Cyndi Cesare is a, full-time, mixed-media, artist living in north Florida with her husband of 26 years, little white Yorkie, and two chickens.  After a 25  year career in real estate, she decided to retire 3 years ago to pursue her, life long passion….art.  She enjoys making art videos on YouTube, sells her art online, and participates in small art shows.  Cyndi’s philosphy when it comes to art is “don’t worry, you can paint over it”.

Elena Lishchenko


Elena Lishchenkois from from Togliatti, Russia!  She is 32 and loves her family. She lives with her husband and two sons, they bring her joy and new ideas for her projects. Elena enjoys making layouts, cards, canvas, art-journal and other art objects. She loves trying new styles, but one of her favorite styles is MixedMedia. It will be such an honor for her to be a part of Gel Press Design Team!

Kathy Adams

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Kathy is married with two adult children and two spoiled, adorable long-haired dachshunds. She has had an interest in crafting and art her entire life and studied Interior Design when her children were young. She started scrapbooking in the 1990’s and exploring mixed media art in 2011, and it’s now her passion. She loves to experiment with many different art mediums and techniques, gel printing being one of her favorites. Her style is bright, colorful, textural and grungy. Kathy is excited to be a part of the Gel Press Design Team and looks forward to sharing her art and ideas.

Keri Sallee


Keri has always been a lover of all things creative, from writing to art to cooking to music.  Before shifing her focus to paper crafting and mixed media, Keri trained in music ministry and studied as a classically trained soprano.  She loves pushing herself to think outside the box, particularly in trying to make art fun and affordable.  Keri lives in NW Arkansas with her husband of 13 years and has three amazing kiddos. Her motto in life comes from Picasso: Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.  Keri also designs for The Crafter’s Workshop and Butterbee Scraps.


Kristi Parker

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 Kristi Parker lives inMissouri, the Show Me State! She has been paper crafting for over thirty five years. Kristi has taught many classes at local stores as well as special events. She is a previous store owner and understands the struggles of retail.  She has many styles and enjoys mixed media as well as traditional paper crafting.  Kristi has worked for some wonderufl companies in the craft and hobby world and is a published artist and writer.  She has also lead other design teams and enjoys working with creative people.  Kristi loves creating cards, altered arts, home décor, mixed media, jewelry and scrapbooking. In my spare time I also enjoy spending time with family and friends!  Teams I have worked with are Spellbinders, ColourArte, ETI (resin), Connie Crystal, Princess Mirah Fabric Papers, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, Dreamweaver Stencils, Graphic 45 Guest designer, Art Institute Glitter and Smoothfoam. My two sons are my pride and joy and are one of the reasons I create.

Lea Cioci

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As a mixed media artist, I started teaching so I could simplify techniques and bring them to those who like to art, but might be afraid to try those techniques. It’s very enriching to see students overjoyed when they finish a class- It’s like a journey where they are successful at the end!  Instructor, designer, and product developer in the industry since 1988.  Many projects that have been published in books, magazines, etc,. allow me to reach  a wider scope of creative spirits.  My book Creative Art Concepts for Papercrafting, was published 2007.  Always on the journey to help, enrich, and inspire!

Sandee Setliff

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Sandee is happiest when she has paint and glue on her hands! Playing with new products and getting messy is time well spent in her book. She creates a variety of mix media signs, cards, and altered art, and her creative style ranges from cute and fun to clean and simple which she sells in a local gallery called the Art MoB. Her latest passion is art journaling, typography and print making. Sandee’s grandest achievement so far has been being commissioned to paint huge fiber glass bears which are auctioned off for charity.  When she is not crafting, Sandee is photographing wildlife and hiking through the lovely North Carolina mountains. Sandee is 57 years old, single and deliriously happy checking off her bucket list as she goes along in life. 

Teresa Abajo

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 Teresa  lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family of three kids.She has been crafting since her teens, when she took up caliigraphy and cardmaking. Teresa still make cards and loves the way people react when they open a card that has been made just for them. Apart from cards, she also love to art journal, make books and have fully embraced the mixed media trend. Stamping, painting and spattering make her happy!  She looks forward to creating fun art with the Gel Press Design Team!

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