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Meet Our Design Team

Hello, I started crafting in 2004, trying all sorts of paper crafting techniques. I found that inks and stamping were ‘my thing’. I retired from a full time career in Retail Pharmacy in 2008 and now I enjoy crafting more or less all day, every day. I’m married to Ken and we share our home with two small dogs, sisters, Daisy and Holly who we adore …. and two Ferrets! I teach at some local craft workshops that I organise and run in North Kent. I also enjoy wild life / bird watching and reading.

I’ve been crafting in one way or another since I was little, my Grandma was a seamstress, so I learnt how to sew quite early in life. Art was always my favourite subject at School, (when I wasn’t taking in class) and I was always doing some sort of  arty stuff with my hands, making things!!! I learnt how to work with sugar paste some 17 years ago, and made flowers and models, for decorating cakes. Paper crafting came into my life about 10 years ago, when I started making very primitive cards, with bits of paper and feathers, and 3 years ago I started playing with stamps and inks, which has now become my passion. I have 3 fantastic sons, the youngest still living at home with myself and my lovely, patient partner, who is a musician, and doesn’t mind my crafty addiction ………. thank goodness!!!!

Hi, I’m Karen and I like all types of crafting, especially card making which I have been doing for about 10 years now.  I still have the very first card I made which is truly awful but when I made it I thought it was the “bees knees”.  I love stamping in particular as I find colouring in with my lovely Copics very relaxing and satisfying.

I live with my Husband, Ian and two cats, Jasper and Ollie who are brothers and as different as chalk and cheese.  I work full time which  love but also enjoy bird watching and reading.

Hi everyone, I’m Barbara, and I live just outside of the beautiful World Heritage City of Bath, with my lovely man Alan and our German Shepherd, Finn. I have two fantastic ‘grown-up’ sons, one beautiful daughter-in-law and our first grandchild is due in April.
I have crafted all of my life in one way or another….from the age of 15, I had a great little cottage industry going with hand/machine knitted & crocheted garments and interior design. This continued until 6 years ago when I rediscovered paper crafts and jewellery making.

I now concentrate on card making and since starting, my family say I’ve turned into a hermit…….every minute outside of the house is a minute less in my craft room!

I started crafting without really knowing what I was doing was called digital crafting, when I was asked to do the programs posters etc. for a local Am Dram society in about 1989.  Then a few years later I met Eileen who showed me that instead of just digital crafting, there was a whole world of other possibilities out there, and I was hooked.  The very first stamps I bought were from Lavinia and I haven’t looked back – I’ll have a go at anything and I am at my happiest covered in ink and sparkle.  I have a very patient husband Nick and two lovely boys/young lads.  In between crafting I also run my own business.  Unfortunately, I have a bad back, and find crafting one of the best pain relief on the market! In fact, it should be on the NHS.

Hello, I’m Wendy and I’ve been making cards for over 16 years. I got hooked all that time ago when I saw a lady at a craft fair selling these amazing things called ‘rubber stamps’! I used to tell my hubby that I was saving us money by making my own cards, he soon saw through that little white lie… :)
For the last 5 years I have worked in a primary school, supporting children with special educational needs – great fun and very rewarding.  When I’m not in school and should be doing housework (!) I can be found surrounded by ink, stamps and sparkly stuff in our study.  I live in Whitstable Kent, with my husband Paul, two lovely children and two mad but very cuddly Cavaliers.

Hi there, I have always loved to craft, I took crafty O levels , needlework and pottery. When I left school I became a florist so as you can see, I have always loved to create. I have made cards for many years but have to admit that my early cards were very basic. Anyway, time moves on and like many crafters I discovered stamping, Copics and inks, I don’t think have a particular style, I just like clean designs. I love to share my ideas and to inspire others, I’m chuffed to have been asked to join the talented Lavinia team.

 

Hi, I’m Zoe, I’m married to Steve and have a daughter who lives in Canada and a gorgeous Shih Tzu called Ernie, who is very lazy! I live in a lovely Dickensian seaside town in Kent. Having been a hairdresser for over 30 years and owning my own salon for 20 of those, I am now a Foster carer and love it. My Great Nan taught me to knit at 5 years old and I’ve dabbled with all sorts of craft since then, paper craft is my passion I’ve made cards for the last 15+ years, I love stamping and inky stuff, I love experimenting with different techniques and mediums, I don’t have a particular style, like a lot of crafters it changes frequently and of course it’s where most of my money goes lol! I feel my crafting skills have improved greatly over the last couple of years and certainly since joining in Facebook groups etc, I’m inspired by many talented crafters, Eileen Godwin, Tracey Dutton, Tim Holtz, Hels Sheridan, Wendy Vecchi, etc etc too many to mention.
I am beyond delighted to be part of the team and work with amazing products and with very talented crafters.

Hi – I’m Hellen and thrilled to be a newbie on this talented team. I live in Kent with my very patient musician husband Geoff and a cat called Piper, with children all grown up and flown the nest. I’ve been crafting in one form or another for what feels like a lifetime. My mum used to love to paint in oils using the Nancy Kominsky method and gave me watercolours as she thought it was safer and less messy for me – she soon found out she was wrong ! Later on I started having confidence issues with having a large piece of blank paper in front of me and happened by chance to catch a programme on C&C on using water colours to make greetings card – I could cope with that, a smaller piece of paper……and so an obsession was born!

My first love now is stamping and trying all sorts of mediums focusing on colour to bring them to life. I enjoy using distress inks, PanPastels and alcohol ink pens and experimenting with different textures such as gilding flakes, embossing, fabrics and sometimes lots and lots of glitter.

Hi, I am Bibiana and I love to share my passion of card making with all of you.

I was born in South America, Colombia, lived in Mexico, France and now currently living in California, USA.

Although, my formal training is in languages, (I teach French and Spanish), and when I discovered the world of rubber stamping, I passionately and deeply fell in LOVE! I started collecting, learning and right away I found myself teaching card making.Not long after, the urge to share this passion, with a wider audience, became more present and my personal Blog “Stamping with Bibiana” came to life

My posts, showcase cards, paper crafts projects or ideas that I make for my personal use, that I find pretty. I design for various Stamp/craft companies “Memory Box”, for “Lost Coast Designs” and for “Lavinia Stamps”. Besides, being currently in the MB, DT, I, also, am in charge of posting and writing for the Spanish and French blogs for Memory Box.

Stamping is a wonderful hobby! It has made me extremely happy, has been a door to wonderful opportunities of growth, including the chance to meet real nice and sweet people from all sorts of backgrounds that share this same passion…like YOU! I hope that you find something inspiring through what I like to do! Thank you so much for taking the time to read, visit the blog and look at my creations! Bibiana.

 

My name is Marianne Lait and I work Full Time as a Cashier Team Leader for my sins. …….I have been crafting since I was a child as my Mum used to show my Sisters and I from an early age how to paint, sew and create all kinds of wild and wonderful creations. I for a number of years used to Cross Stitch and as I couldn’t part with these due to the time they took me and as I wanted to share something with my family and friends I took up Making Cards by Stamping an image a number of times, painting each one and decoupaging them to create a 3d focal point on my cards.
Marianne x