Title: Hallmark Senior Artist
Date started at Hallmark: August 1996
Date started at Keepsakes: January 2003
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Terri comes from an artistic family—several of her siblings have creative jobs or hobbies. Her mother is a quilter and her father likes to build objects (he is currently building a boat). Both parents have always encouraged creative solutions to their children's projects.
While in school, Terri loved to draw and create things. She particularly enjoyed 3-D projects, such as making a miniature replica of a fort and clay models of the human muscular system for a science fair. She went on to graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
After college, she was recruited by Hallmark and became a greeting card designer. A few years later, she decided to freelance, which gave her an opportunity to travel around the U.S. and to take a mission trip to Russia. Missing Hallmark, she returned and eventually worked in almost all the creative areas. She was drawn to Keepsakes because she always liked making 3-D gifts, plus she enjoyed learning something new. A self-described "research junkie," she finds inspiration for her ornaments everywhere.
At home, Terri loves to sew and do art projects with her two adopted daughters from China. Not surprisingly, her favorite ornament is the 2007 Chinese take-out box with the symbol for double happiness on its side and the fortune cookie that says, "What good fortune to have each other!"