Here are all the makers that make up the design team and contribute to the Maker Forte Blog:
Nicole Coursey, DT Coordinator
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 step-kiddos – one is a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and the other is still making his way through high school. I’m a copywriter by day and when the sun goes down, my glue gun heats up! My favorite techniques include stamping, watercolor, die-cut design, and paper sculpture, mostly quilling and flowers. When I’m not crafting, you can find me relaxing in the backyard, searching online for craft inspiration, or taking an engaging online course. My blog is www.tealkatsblog.com.
Find her on Instagram @cardstoq
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 www.SunshineInMyPocket.com.
Find her on Instagram @kariavan
Hello everyone! My name is Amber Trubiak … and I hail from a tiny town in northern Saskatchewan, Canada! We have close to 6 months of wintery weather, so finding a crafty hobby was a NECESSITY – and stamping and cardmaking has become my inky therapy for over 15 years! I love getting together with my crafty friends … and my style is best described as “clean and simple” I am a mom to 2, and a grandma to the sweetest boy who has my heart. When I have to deal with grown-up responsibilities (aka: Work), I am a busy girl in the mining and exploration industry. I love to make people laugh … I don’t take myself seriously EVER, and I think life is too short to be anything other than HAPPY.
Amanda is a wife, mother, and avid crafter. She loves doing all things crafty and creative and enjoys encouraging, inspiring, and teaching others. Scrapbooking and making cards was where it all started for her. It’s one of her favorite ways to be creative. She loves sharin gher cards with the people she loves. And she loves teaching others how to make cards – from beginners to advanced crafters!
Find her on Instagram @craftyandcreativevibes
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
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
Hi krafty friends, I’m Jen and my krafty korner of the world is in Northern Maine, where I live with my very tolerant husband, three active homeschooled children, our two naughty dogs, two spit fire cats, and one very stubborn house pig … yes you read that right, pet pig! Basically I officially do reside in a funny farm! My love of all things krafty started at a very young age, and led me to attending Green Mountain College in Vermont, and earning my BFA. While at GMC, I specialized in photography, I believe this was my stepping stone into my big passion, scrapbooking. Scrapbooking had a natural evolution to stamping and card making. I love that I can play with all sorts of mediums and techniques….inks, watercolors, alcohol markers, glitter….an artist’s dream!
Find her on Instagram @katahdinkrafts
Carisa began stamping and crafting in 2009 when a friend introduced her to Copic Markers. She fell in love with bringing a black and white stamped image to life with color. Cardmaking remains true to her heart to this day. She loves experimenting with different mediums like watercolors, acrylics, alcohol inks, etc. and is self diagnosed with full set syndrome! She loves mixed media because it is a way for her to express herself freely while trying out new art supplies and techniques. You can find her sharing her process on her YouTube channel as well as Instagram. She has been a regular Ranger Ink Guest Artist since 2016 and currently also resides on the Diamond Press Design Team!
Find her on Instagram @inkyfairydesigns
Hello there, I am Deepti, a UX Designer by profession and a crafter by passion. I live in Brussels, Belgium along with my husband and two daughters. I stared my paper crafting journey in 2010 with quilling and got introduced to stamping in 2016. After that there was no looking back and got hooked to stamping. I enjoy everything crafty and love to experiment & try different techniques. Although I make cards more often, sometimes I try my hands on scrapbooks, mixed media and home decor projects as well. I really enjoy coloring whether it is with markers or water colors. And If I talk about my card making style then I would say … I love trying different styles but mostly it’s clean, simple, colorful and bright.
Hi, my name is Adam and I have been a crafter specializing in cards for more than six years. I am always trying new and different products to stretch my creativity often resulting in new designs and products. When I am not crafting I am playing with my two spoiled fur babies. I am inspired by travel and nature. I am looking forward to sharing my work with you.
Gloria Hayoung Lee
Hello! My name is Gloria Hayoung Lee. I was born and raised in South Korea. I moved to Canada in 2004 and currently live in Barrie Ontario Canada with my husband and two boys. I really love to make cards and try to make various types of paper crafting. Coloring is one of my favorite parts of cardmaking. I’m so excited and happy to be a part of The Maker Forte Design Team.
Hi there! My name is Jen and I have lived in beautiful, sunny Arizona for most of my life. I have an amazing husband, and three boys ranging in age from 9 to 30 (yikes!). We share our home with my sweet senior dog, Pixie, who is closing in on 18 years old! We also have two bearded dragons named Morax and Buddy. I’ve been crafty in some way for as long as I can remember but started making cards a little over 4 years ago. I truly believe that standing still is not the place to be. That exploration of our creative sides, stepping outside of what we are comfortable with, and discovering what is out there is the key to growing and improving as creators and therefore as people too. I love so many cardmaking styles but find that mixed media is the one that I love the most!
Find her on Instagram @jenleeschoolcraft
Hi everyone, my name is Tasha and I’m a Wisconsin crafter who believes glitter makes everything better! I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember and I love card making, stamping, painting, drawing, and mixed media. In addition to paper crafting, I enjoy baking, traveling with my husband, gaming, and watching movies. I’m so excited to be a part of the team and I look forward to getting to know all of you!
Hello…..my name is Michelle and I live in the beautiful countryside of Switzerland with my Swiss husband and 2 cats, Lita and Lemmy. I am originally from Canada and am born and raised in the city that is also home to the greatest hockey player ever! I love all things crafty, glittery, sweet and all things chocolate…living here doesn’t help with my chocolate problem. I admit I am also a sequin addict…I must put sequins on every card I make (okay maybe not for the guys). I also enjoy crocheting, collecting yarn lol and I think I currently have about 10 unfinished crochet projects on the go.
My cardmaking journey began about 20 years ago when I walked into my little local stamp and scrapbooking store and enquired about how to go about making a scrapbook album for my parents’ 20th wedding anniversary. I went to my first evening crop there and I haven’t stopped nor have I looked back. When it comes to cardmaking, I would say my style is along the lines of clean and simple, but not too clean and simple. I enjoy working with stencils and doing different techniques with them and I also love incorporating alcohol inks into my cardmaking as well.
Hi there! My name is Kimberly and I have been a crafter ever since I can remember. I started making cards when my oldest was born and have not stopped! I have 2 kids in college and a high school senior. My husband and I just moved to Delaware after living in New Jersey my whole life. When I step away from my adult responsibilities you will either find me crafting or on the beach. I love the card making community and all of the new friends I have made being part of it. I tend to have a classic and sometimes whimsical style when it comes to my card designs but I love learning and trying new things!
Hello, my name is Kim Skinner and I live in Florida and New York. I have been a crafter my entire life. I love creating and experimenting with paper crafting and mixed media projects of all kinds. My husband and I have been married for 35 years and we have raised an amazing daughter and a wonderful son. I spend a good part of every single day creating in my craft studio. I am a retired teacher and I love to teach and I hope that I can inspire you to create something new!
Find her on Instagram @stamping_imperfection