The Design Team

Here are all the makers that make up the design team and contribute to the Maker Forte Blog:

Niki - the design team manager for Maker Forte

Niki Coursey, DT Manager

Hi, y’all! I’m Niki and I live in San Antonio, TX. I moved here in 2008, married my husband in 2010 and I have two stepkiddos – our eldest is a nuclear technician in the U.S. Navy. When I’m not crafting, you can find me relaxing in the backyard, learning all about new tech tools and software, or searching for craft inspiration at Target. 

Find her on Instagram @cardstoq

Kari VanNoy

Hello! I’m Kari VanNoy! I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, but it has only been in the last 10 years that I absolutely fell in love with card making. I craft and teach others card making skills in sunny Arizona. I love to see the look of wonder on others’ faces when they finally “get” heat embossing or ink blending or a new skill.

I’ve been a guest designer for multiple companies, too. I’m married with 3 kids and live in Mesa, Arizona with my supportive husband and sweet dog. After my oldest son moved out, I converted the large bedroom into my DREAM CRAFT ROOM (well…almost dream craft room), where I continue to create and be inspired every day! My blog is

Find her on Instagram @kariavan

Colleen Balija

Hi, my name’s Colleen! I live in the Midwest of the United States with my husband and dog. I have 2 grown children and a granddaughter. I love music, vacations, wine, and all things crafty! I’ve been crafting over 6 years now!

Find her on Instagram @irishrosecreations

Jill Lipscomb

Hi! I’m Jill of Jill Cameron Creations. I’ve been a card maker for more than 15 years and it is my passion. I live in central Virginia with my puppster Jessie and Daisy Doodle kitty. A bit of a geek and rock out to 80’s hair metal. Happy crafting.

Find her on Instagram @jillcameroncreations

Kaja Vezenšek

I am Kaja from Kajcyika crafts and I live in Slovenia — a small and beautiful country in Europe where you can find all from the blue sea to high mountains.
I have been active in the crafty world for about 5 years andI would describe my style as clean and simple with a lot of cute critters and flowers. I adore coloring with different mediums, so you will notice that most of my cards have a colored image as the focal point. I am always up for a challenge, so I will always try to create the best project with the product I have.

Find her on Instagram @kajcyika.crafts

Emelie Hessler

Hi! My name is Emelie and I love everything that is paper & stamps. I work as a full-time teacher and live in Stockholm, Sweden with my hubby Andreas and our two kids. Basketball has a special place in my heart and l love training but mostly you’ll find me in my small happy place stamping away!

Find her on Instagram @scrapbooking_swe

Brandi Mahon

Brandi is the creative owner of and, where her mission is teaching crafters how to create beautiful paper crafts, one card at a time. Crafting has been a passion since her earliest years learning ceramic painting with her grandmother. She has been a guest designer for and an Ambassador. In addition to card making, she has a passion for photography, marketing, and serving the needs of others. Brandi also owns a real estate photography business. Find it at, and is a licensed certified interpreter for the deaf, where she facilitates communication between deaf and hearing persons.

Find her on Instagram @stampmesomelove

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