Bowdabra Design Team

Thank you for visiting the Bowdabra Blog Design Team Page! If you are interested in becoming a Bowdabra Design Team member please contact our Chief Bowdabra Guru & Blog Editor, Sandy Sandler at

As a Bowdabra design team member, you will have the opportunity to review and use Bowdabra products, ribbon, and other crafty goodies!

We are hoping you continue to stop by our blog and see what these ladies post. So let’s meet the new Bowdabra design team!

Meet each Bowdabra Design Team Member


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Sandy Sandler, Creator of the Bowdabra

Sandy Sandler is the creative genius behind the Bowdabra. Although she likes to say that she is “creatively challenged,” Sandy is one of the most creative designers around! She and Vivee, her beautiful husky, bring you amazing videos using the Bowdabra. So be sure and check them out at Bowdabra blog




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Joette Poe-Lutrick

Joette is a Bowdabra designer and floral designer. She is our social media guru. Although Joette uses hot glue these days, she secures her work mostly with Bowdabra Bow Wire and zip ties.

Joette is proficient in European style of floral design which she learned while working in Las Vegas. Her favorite is the European Hand Tied arrangements.
Joette was also the personal florist of Celine Dion during Celine’s first run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Not to give away any other names, but Joette did lots of design work for many other celebrities as well. During this time, she created large high-end gift baskets and more.
She is currently working on a craft tool, The Gift BasketCase for making professional style gift baskets for the DIY’er community. Joette uses the Bowdabra and Mini Bowdabra as a third hand to make amazing professional bows and much more. She often uses supplies from thrift and dollar stores which she can transform into gorgeous new creations.
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Steph Ackerman

Steph Ackerman has been creating for as long as she can remember. She creates a variety of projects from cards to canvases to mixed media projects and more. Steph does not start out with a plan in mind as she loves to experiment and see what happens. She feels her day is not complete if she hasn’t spent some time creating. Steph has a dedicated craft area where she creates as well as teaches a wide assortment of classes.

Steph is a CHA Designer Member and has been published in numerous magazines.
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Gail Griffin

Hi! I’m Gail, a blogger at Purple Hues and Me! I enjoy crafting/DIY, sewing, upholstery, reading, travel, and sometimes cooking. I also love the color purple – can’t you tell? I’m married to a wonderful man I first met at vacation bible school when we were teens. We have one son, the writer, and live in an active adult community where I have “Let’s Get Crafty” sessions in the community clubhouse. My background is in marketing, property management, and retail management. My talented Mother-in-Law introduced me to crafts. We had a small craft business where she would create craft items and I would find places to sell them. You’ll find most of my creations are easy to follow tutorials on how to create unique, eye-catching crafts that are simple to make, inexpensive and require no special skills.


Carole Lassak

Carole Lassak

Along with mixed media and paper crafting projects, Carole also enjoys a variety of handcrafts and fiber arts, including jewelry making, egg piercing, beadwork, woodworking, and lacemaking. She regularly travels abroad to study the art of handmade bobbin lace. She brings together different techniques to create unique jewelry and art pieces. Carole also works with the Create & Craft team on a variety of creative endeavors. Blog: Facebook: Email:


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Kelly Klekamp Smith

Kelly Klekamp-Smith Owner, Designer & Princess at “Florals in the Barn by Finklea.” My ambition is to teach everyone willing to learn how to get in touch with and utilize their creative side! I’ve been involved with crafts and other creative avenues for over 30 years & I have a passion for sharing my love of crafts with others. I’ve taught people how to make bows that have been trying for years and now they successfully make them on their own! In the past, I was also a very successful professional wedding photographer, (which I loved!), and a wedding coordinator for almost 20 years. I’ve also created crafts and sold them along with some small antiques in small store settings. I’ve been creative in some way all my life. I am married to my sweet hubby “Big Daddy” Steve and have two sons Brandon & Brady and grandma to my sweet granddaughter, “Princess” Peighton. I’ve also been blessed to add Big Daddy’s children to my life, Ashley and Sean, and our sweet little grandson Josiah. Oh, and we can’t forget our fur-baby, 100 lb. lap dog Diesel! Florals in the barn by Finklea.


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Nick Kreticos

Nick Kreticos is a fresh and artificial floral designer who practices and teaches the art of floral design. His teaching videos and demonstrations reach around the world reaching and inspiring millions of people. Nick is located in Rowley, Massachusetts. This small town of 5,000 people is located roughly 20 minutes north of Boston. He attended Rittner’s School of Floral Design & Business in Boston. In school, he learned how to execute beautiful fresh floral designs for any occasion including weddings, funerals, parties, etc. Nick started his business in October of 2016 and has quickly grown a following of over 250,000 people on all platforms of social media combined, worldwide. His DIY videos have reached viral success, which have inspired many to express their creative spirit. Nick’s goal is to be able to inspire and educate through his informative videos. He hopes to encourage more people to practice the art of floral design.

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Brittany Valdez

Brittany Valdez is the owner of Britt’s Creations where she designs beautiful wreaths, swags, and bows. When she’s not designing she is running around with her three boys. She grew up as a military child and has been an Army wife for the last 14 years.

Throughout the years of being a military spouse Brittany gained a huge appreciation for crafting. She opened her wreath business in 2018 and has been flourishing ever since. She happily accepted the role on the Bowdabra design team at Bowdabra in 2022. Brittany enjoys using the Bowdabra to make bows for her wreaths and swags. Make sure to check out her bow tutorials on her Tiktok.

Tiktok: @brittscreations

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Lexi Teenage Design Team Member

Lexi is our kid’s craft teenage designer. Since her grandmother is a florist she developed an interest in crafts at an early age. Since her young has not been an easy one she has come to realize how crafting helps. Lexi wants to share her passion for how crafting has helps her with other kids now. Lexi loves using the Mini Bowdabra and other Bowdabra products because her bows look so professional! When she sees hair bows in the stores, she gets inspired to go home and make one similar better. Bowdabra and crafting have given her the confidence to create her own style and fashion accessories. Lexi says it feels really good when someone compliments one of the handmade accessories she designed and created herself. Be ready for more crafting videos from Lexi, as she wants to use this platform to help inspire and challenge other children and teens to be creative as well!


Crystal Donnelly, Blog Editor

Art, crafts, and writing have always been my passions. Throughout the 90’s I designed and wrote craft projects for national craft publications such as “Crafts and Things”, “Pack O Fun,” and many more. I’ve had several of my creations featured on several Aleene’s Creative Living television shows and hardback craft books by the House of white birches. My blog, Make it easy crafts is based on my theory that life is busy so you just have to make it easy! In conclusion, we hope you enjoyed meeting the designers of the all-new Bowdabra design team and will return to see their creative projects in the coming months! We will offer more exposure to your blog with a link back in our design team page, mentions on our Facebook fan page, and mentions on twitter. Becoming part of the Bowdabra Design Team is a wonderful opportunity to receive craft products, grow your craft knowledge, increase your blog readership, and make connections in the craft industry.

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