About Me

I am the Creative Director/Product Manager for Simon Says Stamp. I am fortunate to have joined the Simon family in June of 2013 where I design stamps, stencils, dies and Flair all for sale in the Simon Says Stamp store.

I create monthly journal Art journal pages which are captured in full process/time laps video. I can be found on the Simon Says Stamp Blog every Tuesday with card inspiration and brand recognition and on the Simon You Tube channel where I create Quick Tip videos.

Previous to joining Simon Says Stamp, I was a designer for Hero Arts Rubber Stamps Inc for 24 years.

My commitments with Hero Arts included:
  • Digital Manager
  • Instructor for Retailer workshops
  • Monthly Technique Creator for Heroarts.com
  • Card artist for catalogs and supplements
  • Hero Blog Contributor
  • Education Assistant
  • Product development
My proudest development with Hero Arts was the Mid-Tone inks line through Stewart Superior. I was able to take my concept of a creating an ink with "setting in" properties and watch it flourish into a top line of stamping ink with over 20 colors available on the market.

With the success of the Mid-Tone inks, I then worked with Stewart Superior to develop a permanent ink dauber using many of the Mid-Tone colors.

My preferred style is light collage. I say "light" because I like to use papers and images to create layered effects. In 2006, I authored a book called "Layers" which depicts simple projects using my signature style.

I live in the Village of Somonauk, a small farm community in Northern Illinois with my hubby Tom of 27 years, our two sons; Brooks and Scooter and tortoise Chester.

Thanks for your interest in what I do.


  1. You made a Halloween Card with a Haunted House that is the cutest card how did you make the haunted house? Thanks Darlene

  2. Hi Shari,
    I have been always trying to find a way to express myself. I do all kind of crafts. When I saw one of your videos for the first time, I felt that the Art Journals could be "my thing". As soon as you showed the Art Journal Kit I ordered mine. I got it already.... about 1 week ago however it is still in blank. When I face a white sheet, I get totally blocked. :(. I was wondering if you can give me some tips on how to start. I do not pretend to be great at my first try.... but I really dont know how to put what is in my head and in my heart in a white sheet of paper. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
    Thank you!!


  3. Hello there. I love your tree boutique stamps. Pls design more cards (videos?) with them. I have all 3 am eager to get the most out of then that I can. Love your artistry. Jayne Love

  4. I love your designs! I really liked the button tree you designed in the Christmas Crafts magazine for Better Homes and Gardens. I would like to purchase some of the frosted gems you used on that tree. Can you please tell me the manufacturer? I checked the Simon store and see lots of gems but not sure which ones they are. THANK YOU!!

  5. I love your designs! I particularly liked the button tree you designed for the ''Christmas Crafts'' magazine. I would like to purchase some of the frosted gems you used on that tree. Can you please tell me the manufacturer? I haven't seen those gems anywhere and they are great! THANK YOU!

  6. Shari, I noticed the card "Thinking of you" on the Simon Say's newsletter with the hearts and really nice decorative papers...Is there a card description of what materials you used anywhere? Thanks

  7. I have this book you wrote. I love to look through it when I'm stuck for inspiration.

  8. I love this book! I have only just made the connection between you & it! It is my favourite book to look through when I need inspiration. Do you plan to write more?

  9. Hi Shari, I have watched your art journal videos and I feel like it is time to start. I am 80 years old and I love to try new things. I have no idea of what I am doing or what I am going to do. What is the size of your art journal? I think (which can be dangerous) it is an 8 1/2 x 11 folded in half. Someone mentioned an art journal kit, can you tell me anything about that? Thanks, I know you are a busy person so I understand if you cannot reply.

    1. Hi Anne! I'm sorry that I didn't see this sooner. I have several journals, but my favorite one to use is where I fold a sheet in half like you mentioned and build it up page by page. Simon Says Stamp does have a journal kit, it's fantastic! Hope you are well, thanks for following me.
      xx Shari

  10. Hi Shari! I just want to let you know that I admire your work! That's the reason I pick one of your card for the next liftchallenge tomorrow. I hope you like it, and if you want to see the blog that I am talking about, here is the link;
    Thank you for all the inspiration!

  11. Hello, I am so glad to get to know a little something about one of my Favorite artists in the rubber stamping world.
    I think you are just FABULOSO!!! Keep up the creativity and I will be following you on You tube as well and looking for sun inspiration!