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Meet the Design Team: Tonya Trantham

 On the Mailbox Muse Design Team!
 We have several talented artists...
 
Today we are honored to introduce you to
another one of those amazing members on our team
Tonya Trantham!
 
 She comes to us from Tennessee!


 
 
Hi everyone! I am Tonya Trantham and I was asked to share a little about myself here on Altered Pages.  I’m married to a wonderful guy who supports all of my crafty endeavors. I have one son, three step daughters, which all are married and one adorable grandson.


 
 
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember . My mom said she could give me a box of crayons and a drawing pad and I could preoccupy myself for hours upon end. I took art classes all the way through school, went to college on a art scholarship and received a degree in commercial art.

 
 
I currently design for Mailbox Muse,  Canvas Corp, Eileen Hull’s Inspiration Team, Crafty Card Gallery and guest design for The Robin’s Nest. Also I have been published in Craft Ideas and Scrapbook Generation’s Create magazines.


 
My favorite forms of creating is altering/upcycling and 3D art. You can see more of my creations over at my blog: www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com .

 

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