Below, you will find the names and bios for each of the members on our current Design Team.
When Lisa talked to me about being on the design team for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up blog, I got very excited. Yeah! What a great way to have fun, be creative, AND get a jump start on my Christmas cards all at the same time! Sounds like a Win-win event to me!
My name is Julie Odil, and I am a paper addict. I love to collect all those pretty papers. Just recently, I have discovered the joy of digital papers. Imagine! Love a beautiful pattern? Just print more! I also have a bit of a collection of stamps (rubber, digital, clear), embellishments, ribbons, dies, markers, die cutting machines. Yeah, you get the idea. I love to create — cards, 3D projects, home decor, I never know what direction I am heading in next. Christmas cards, though? I always need those. So, I am very excited to be a part of this team. Maybe this year, I’ll be ready for Christmas? Nah!
My name is Helen and I live in a small town called West Kirby which is in the north west of Britain - the nearest big city to us is Liverpool. I work for an organisation called The Abbeyfield Society which is a world-wide charity providing care for older people. I'm an Activities Coordinator and I work in a care home and two sheltered houses providing activities for the residents. We craft, play dominoes, do crosswords and do chair exercises as well as enjoying music and films together. I've been making cards for many years and love stamping, working with digi stamps and colouring with Promarkers. My favourite card making time is Christmas and I'm really looking forward to being part of the team.
Crafting has always been my hobby – in fact my husband would say it’s my obsession! I enjoy all sorts of crafts but my current passion is paper crafting. At the moment I live in the UK but for the previous 17 years I have been an expat, living in Australia, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and India. Whilst overseas I always managed to find friends who also wanted to craft! Now back in England I spend a lot of time in my craft room. I like to play with different techniques, making both mainstream items and more left of centre projects. I use a lot of digi images but also like getting inky…and I love different folds, ATCs and fat pages!
Mother of 3 kids (2 boys and a girl) and married to my best friend for 39 years. I've been making cards since 2007. My mother inspired me. She never made her own cards but she sent cards to everyone for every occasion. After she passed away a friend introduced me to stamping and the rest is history. I love stamping but I also love using digital stamps. I also crochet and do cross stitch. I hope to retire from my job at Indiana University some time this year. My bucket list is full of crafty things I'd like to try. I want to learn to knit and do quilling among other things.
I have been card-making off and on for a number of years since a friend introduced me to rubber stamps although I now work mostly with digi stamps. My style is mainly CAS but I'm trying to learn new techniques. I first started blogging my cards in February 2012 so that I could enter some challenges. I initially started with mainly Christmas challenges to take the pressure off at the end of the year but have since found several others that have appealed to me. Since I live on the other side of the world, so many of the challenges are the opposite season to ours which certainly makes things interesting!
I am 70 and live in Sydney, Australia with my husband Tony. I have two daughters and four granddaughters. My granddaughters and all their friends call me Granmargaret. I was made redundant at work at the end of January 2013 so after working for 53 years so I am now retired.
I started stamping and making cards in 1995 and started scrapbooking about 1999 and making ATCs in 2005. I am still a cute stamper and make simple cards. My favourite colours are purples and pinks. I started my blog in April 2012 with the help of cyber friends and started joining challenges to give me ideas for my cards and then was happy to be invited to join some design teams. I have lots of rubber and clear stamps but use mostly digital stamps now as they are easier on my sore hands.
I am group Mum on some yahoo stamping groups. I suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis and have eye problems so spend my days making cards, a little scrapbooking and talking to my cyber friends on the internet. This helps take my mind off the pain.
I have made many more cyber friends since starting my blog. My eldest daughter Lynda and I are cancer survivors and we thank God for every day and for all our friends who pray for us. I was excited to be invited to be on the design team for 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.
One of my best friends has her own webshop with craft stuff and whenever she has craft fairs in my neighbourhood I am there as well to help her out.
Christmas, next to summer, is my favourite time of the year, so love making Christmas cards and decorations. I am delighted to be part of the team, thanks Lisa and Pat for the opportunity.
Pat and I are extremely fortunate to have these ladies with us. You will see projects from The Sleigh Belles during the Challenge Start each month and you will see projects from The Merry Maidens during the Challenge Midway; so, get forward to being super inspired by this talented group of individuals. Each of these lovely ladies would be happy to have you visit them. Clicking on each of their pictures will take you directly to their individual blogs.