Meet the Design Team
Hello, Everyone! My name is Allison, and I live in beautiful Colorado with my family. I have always loved art, although the left side of my brain took me on quite the detour, as I spent almost half of my life in corporate tax. Even during that time, I would constantly find an escape through art of some sort. I stumbled upon card making several years ago, and it has been one of my happiest and fulfilling discoveries. Given that I have two boys and two crazy pups, card making is also sometimes my source of sanity and therapy! I have always believed that life is too short, which has led me to live in many different places, travel to different countries, and try some pretty crazy things, such as bungy jumping and paragliding. My card making style probably stems from this, as I enjoy trying all different kinds of techniques. I am so blessed to be part of the card making community – it is so incredibly supportive and inspiring. I look forward to sharing my creations with you here and on my blog The Creative Sprout.
Hello! My name is April and I live in Northern California. I’ve loved crafting since I was a little girl. I started with collecting and trading stickers with my cousin and soon began trying other crafts; needlepoint, polymer clay, personalized stationery, you name it!
I was gifted a scrapbooking kit on my eleventh birthday and spent the next few days on my bedroom floor surrounded by family photos, creating what would become my first scrapbook album! I later discovered card making and began watching YouTube videos to learn new techniques and to learn how to use different products.
I customized a walk-in bedroom closet into a ceiling to floor craft room with organizing cubes and storages bins for all my supplies — dies, stamps, inks, envelopes, etc., all arranged by color and brand. This helps me keep a clean workspace when I’m designing and creating projects because I am able to easily locate the items I need.
My day job is a Certified Financial Planner ® where I help others realize their life goals. But as soon as I put aside my calculator, I head to my craft closet to select supplies for my next project. I also film YouTube cardmaking videos and create cards to sell at local craft fairs and boutiques. Lastly, I enjoy attending the Scrapbook Expo with my cousin who is one of my best crafty friends!
I am excited to share this journey with others and hope to bring a little more beauty to the world one card at a time.
I have been crafty for as long as I can remember, but I really found my passion in 2005 when I designed and created my own wedding invitations in an effort to save money. I staged my own engagement photos and and printed our favorite image on vellum. The vellum photo was an overlay to a linen paper invitation. Little did I know that saving money 15 years ago most certainly did NOT in the long run!
In 2012 I began teaching classes in my home studio to share my love of papercrafting with others. I have discovered I enjoy teaching just as much as I love creating. I have had the benefit of teaching at craft trade shows with Scrapbook Expo and Stamp Scrap Art Tour. I dream of attending CHA one of these days! When I’m not crafting, I enjoy baking, reading, yoga, consignment shopping and playing board games with my family. I’m also a wife and cat mom to three who lives in Western Massachusetts.
Hello Everyone! My name is Desiree and since about the time I spoke my first word, I’ve been an avid crafter alongside my mom and sister. You name the craft and I’ve probably made it and collected it. I simply find so much joy in working with my hands and creating something with paper! There is so much we can do with it and in the paper crafting world we see it over and over! There’s nothing better! I also love helping people become inspired and seeing them find THEIR happy through THEIR creations in our paper crafting world!. Be Creative everyday!
Hi, everyone! My name is Dilay (most call me Dee) and I currently live in Connecticut with my amazing husband and two fur babies. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, but my true passion is designing and creating cards. If I’m not working or spending time with my family, I’m in my craft room making a beautiful mess. It’s my happy place! I am so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing design team. I look forward to sharing my creations with you!
I live in Northwest Indiana (near Chicago) with my DH and one very large fur baby – an Akita I call Miss Moriko. I like to read, garden and cook but I have been completely captivated by card making and paper crafts. I love to mix and match different pattern papers and can’t resist a rainbow of colors. My time crafting is a sweet escape and a fun way to express myself. I started my blog A Kept Life in 2011 and feel so blessed with the many friends I’ve made who share my paper crafting obsession. I can’t wait to share my creations with you.
Hi Everyone! My name is Natasha and I live in New York with my amazing husband and 2 kids! During the day I am a Special Education Teacher and during the evenings you will find me in my craft room! Crafting is a way for me to unwind after a busy day! I started paper crafting before I got married, I started with scrapbooking, but my true love and passion is card making! I have met amazing people during my crafting journey and have made amazing friends! My hobby truly brings me joy!
I grew up just north of Chicago and currently live right across the bay from San Francisco. I stumbled into, and fell in love with, cardmaking in 2017 when I decided I wanted to challenge my brain by doing something very different from how I spend most of my time. By day, I’m a digital product manager working on websites and mobile apps and now by night, I’m an inky card maker. Little did I know how much joy, and how many wonderful people and travel opportunities, this craft would bring into my life!
Hi, everyone! My name is Toni and I live in the Pacific Northwest just a few miles north of Seattle where I work at the University of Washington supporting infectious disease research. I enjoy spending time with family (including my cats), reading, gardening, and, of course, papercrafting.
I try to spend time in my craft space every day; it’s a wonderful way to recharge and refocus. Thanks largely to my mom and maternal grandmother, I was introduced to all sorts of crafts and ideas from an early age. I remain curious and love to experiment by combining different mediums and techniques in unexpected ways. I look forward to sharing my creations with you here and on my blog, Frankie Helps Craft!