Tasnim attained her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. Even though arts and crafts has always been a part of her life, she only discovered stamping in 2011, and started her blog Cards & Bookmarks the following year.
She soon realized that she had the potential to introduce designs/greetings relevant to cultures that were not represented in mainstream crafting space, and thus the research and planning for Altenew began. She is committed to bringing innovative designs based on lifestyles from around the world.
In addition to running Altenew, and being a full-time mom to her four year old daughter, Tasnim enjoys hiking, running, and learning about different cultures and languages.
Jennifer is an elementary music teacher living in Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Although she studied viola performance at Boston University and holds a master's degree in education, her love of art has always been present in her life. She “discovered” paper crafting in 2006, but it didn’t really become a hobby until four years later when she started her blog, Our Change of Art. Since then, she has been published in many paper crafting magazines, worked as a design team member for various companies, and hosts the Runway Inspired Challenge.
In addition to her paper crafting endeavors, Jennifer is a published illustrator, and enjoys painting fashion illustrations. She is thrilled to be designing and illustrating for Altenew!
When she is not teaching or in her craft room, Jennifer can be found exploring the local food in Boston, riding her skateboard with her husband Dave, sewing costumes for video game and comic book conventions, or cooking at home.
Originally a South Korean girl, May moved to Southern California with her husband in 2009. She has done her Bachelors in Journalism and Sociology in Seoul, South Korea. She had not enjoyed any arts and crafts until she was first introduced to stamping in 2010. Card making became her biggest hobby where she found her passion when she started blogging in 2012. Then her first cardmaking book came out last April in South Korea.
May turned her love of using Altenew products as a Design Team member into a job. A stickler for perfection, she is constantly coming up with creative ideas to make Altenew better. When she doesn't fulfill the role of Altenew Marketing Director, May loves making cards, designing stamps, taking photos of her two cats, swimming, shopping at flea markets.
Nicole was born and raised in South Korea and studied International Business Management in Hawaii, USA. Nicole was first introduced to scrapbooking in 2007 and slowly moved on to cardmaking and stamping.
Her main style is Clean and Simple, and she believes anyone can create beautiful cards without spending too much time and share the love of handmade, hand-stamped cards. She loves teaching classes and filming video tutorials to share her passion with fellow crafters.
Lydia lives in Buckley, Flintshire, North Wales, Uk with her husband and their two little ones. She has a degree in English and Media and always wanted to be a children’s TV presenter when she was younger. She has always been crafty, from ever since she can remember she has been cutting paper and sticking things. She got into stamping through scrapbooking, she stated scrapbooking in 2009 when she had her little boy and then wanted to take her pages further and make her own pattered paper, stamping helped her do just that. Her passion is for CAS style cards, she sometimes likes to add lots of techniques into her cards but there is always a clean look about them. Lydia has been published in a number of magazines, she teaches card classes, and represents Altenew on UK's Create and Craft channel.
Karen is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Philippines. She holds a Development Communication degree with a major in Development Journalism from the University of the Philippines. From writing articles and doing layout for publication materials, she gradually moved into the world of art and visual design. She loves collaborating with people who are passionate about what they do. She enjoys using both digital tools and traditional art materials to tell a brand’s story through visual design. Her current favorite tools of the trade include watercolors, brush pens, vintage nibs, and a Wacom pen tablet.
If she’s not working at her home office, you can find her at the café, by the beach or up in the mountains with her laptop and art tools in tow.
You can find more of Karen’s work on her website and connect with her on Instagram.
Nabil provided initial seed funding to launch Altenew and has provided increasing business and leadership oversight since 2014. Though Nabil isn't an avid paper-crafter, he loves being part of a company that works to inspire/enable crafters to bring joy and happiness through handmade projects.
Nabil Rab completed his MBA at New York University in 2011 and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors in Behavioral Biology in 2005. Prior to joining Altenew full-time, Nabil worked in different industries including health care technology/management consulting, project/portfolio management, pediatric neuroscience research, and non-government space.
Feel free to reach out to Nabil anytime (especially if you are are looking for partnership opportunities, have suggestions on how Altenew can improve product offerings/service or just want to discuss business strategy.)
Originally from Taiwan, Virginia loves to try out new techniques and products. Her card-making style is fun and simple, yet polished with a WOW factor. With her language skills (Mandarin, Taiwanese, English, and German) and passion for stamping, Virginia hopes to inspire and encourage card makers all around the world. She is proud to be part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program.