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!
Find her on Instagram @kariavan
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.
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
Candi VanDer Werf
My name is Candi VanDerWerf and I live on the banks of the a mighty Mississippi in NE Iowa. I have been scrapbooking/card making for 20+ years. I love using stencils and making backgrounds for my cards. I also love to read, watch movies and cook.
Find her on Instagram @sugarcards
I have been into crafting of all sorts as long as I can remember, but I started scrapbooking in high school with my best friend. I picked up cardmaking when I was injured and could no longer work outside the home in my mid 20’s. It was a great way for me to pass the time, when my pain allowed and has been a great therapy. Cardmaking has become my first true crafting love, even though I dabble in other crafts as well. I started my YouTube channel and blog, Rise and Procraftinate, with some prodding from my husband, in April 2019. Some people say that I am a technique junkie and I would say that is fairly accurate. I love to try different techniques, different mediums and dabble in all sorts of things. My craft room is full of so many things to play with and that makes me happy. If I don’t have choices, I can feel stifled. However, I am always up for a good challenge as well. I love being given things that I may not have chosen for myself or things that force me to create outside of my comfort zone as well. I think it makes me a better crafter.
Find her on Instagram @riseandprocraftinate
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.
Find her on Instagram @gloria_hayoung_lee
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!
Find her on Instagram @crafty_pink_pixie
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
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!
Find her on Instagram @kimmieb16
Hi, I’m Gemma or InkyGems on any of my social media. I live by the sea in Kent and I love to craft especially with stamps, inks, and paints. Most of my crafting takes place at the kitchen table as I create around my partner, teenage son, and grumpy pet lizard. When I am not taking care my of family or crafting you can find me reading and all this normally takes place alongside music, anything from country to heavy metal depending on my mood.
Find her on Instagram @inkygems