Els van de Burgt, designer, artist author, teacher, and the owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, was born in The Netherlands. She now lives in California, home base to her business. with a background in sales and marketing as well as a lifelong love of art and crafts, she is in her studio as often as possible, developing new sheets of peel-offs, working on tutorials, and planning classes.
Els is fluent in the universal language of crafts and creativity - along with English, Dutch, and German. She is a gifted and energetic teacher witha an endless supply of ideas and a willingness to share them. Els is on the road holding classes several daus every month. It lets her meet store owners and their customers, the people who use the products she sells
(Peel Off stickers, Dies, Shimmer Sheetz, Double sided adhesive sheets, and Silk micro-fine glitter). She loves the direct response and interaction, the inventiveness of the students. Elizabeth Craft Designs also sets up shop at two major Craft and Hobby Association trade shows each year, which gives her a chance to meet store owners, designers, editors, and publishers from around the globe.
Els has written several project books and is a regular contributor to a variety of print and online publications. She is modest and reserved, but talented, skilled, and totally confident. "One of my strengths is that I'm creative, but sales is my background so I can be commercial, too, when that's needed - like when I have to choose which peel-offs to manufacture, which projects to plan for a class,etc."
Els said that the "exciting landscape" of her life is in two places: Her imagine, and outdoors in nature. In her miniscule amounts of free time she has, she and her husband Joep can be found swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas or hiking along a narrow cliff, and Els once let a snake coil around her neck in Santa Barbara. But Els mainly enjoys being at home. "I don't need to jump out of an airplane for excitement, I find it in the studio," she says. Els confided that "cooking skipped a generation" and said that her mom and both kids cook well. Fortunately, so does her husband.
"There is a nice symmetry to Els's story- her childhood joy, coloring, has found a role center stage in her adult career. Keep track of Els and Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook and at www. elizabethcraftdesigns.com
ELS will be teaching here at Craft Crossing on October 3, 2012. She will be teaching two separate card classes using her silk micro fine glitters,peel offs, shimmer sheetz, and her dies. Call today and reserve your space.830-203-5303
Check out about a room here in Gonzales to stay the night and enjoy our towns celebration
"Come and Take It". There will be craft booths a block away on the square, biergarten, an reenactment of the "First Shot.", carnival , parade, and so much more.