Sunday, January 5, 2014

Meet the Merry Makers for 2014!

I have never had the chance to properly introduce the team without further is the Merry Making Design Team of 2014.

(Challenge Creator)

My name is Lesley and not only am I an avid card maker; I seem to be an avid challenge creator as well!! I love to make Christmas cards and I am continually inspired by this awesome team! I teach Grade 1 and I am happily married to the bestest fella. We have 2 furbabies...Rolley the Rocket dog and Penney the Princess puddy. I have been actively paper crafting since 2008. 

Karren Johnson

Hi, my name is Karren Johnson and I live in Christchurch, New Zealand with Pete, my fiancĂ© of 22 years (yes, 22 years!) and our two boys, Matthew, 16 and William, 11.  I work full-time as a Regional Finance Manager for CourierPost -  the best courier company in NZ.
My mother introduced me to rubber stamping in about 1999.  She has been stamping for years and I decided to see what the attraction was, so I took a day off work and spent the day with her making Christmas cards.  It was fun, but I wasn’t immediately hooked.  However, when I was on maternity leave in 2002 with my youngest, I got bored so borrowed a few of Mum’s supplies.  And you can guess the rest...  In 2012, I started ablog and quickly got addicted to the challenge blogs!
I’m so pleased to be on Lesley’s Merry Monday team with so many talented stampers.

Hi, my name is Karen Davis and I live in Auckland, New Zealand with Graham,my husband of 20 years, three dear old cats and one darling rabbit.

I have always worked with fabric, first as a dressmaker and later as a quilter. Seven years ago, I started a business designing and making quilts, bags and softies for patterns and teaching.
While I had dabbled in paper crafting for a short time seven years ago, it wasn’t until the end of last year that I had a little spare time to start card making again, and to start a blog, Karen Creates Cards.
I am so delighted to become one of Lesley’s Merry Monday girls and look forward to creating alongside this very talented design team.

Hi, my name is Kristie Goulet and I live in Groveton, NH.  I have been blessed with 4 amazing children, Noah, Hannah, Leah & Jonah.  I am married to my high school sweetheart, Todd.  I love creating cards, especially Christmas cards, when I am not busy homeschooling our children.  I started my blog Kreative Kristie and am amazed at the amazing bond that card makers have and the friendships I have made.
I am beyond excited to become one of Lesley's Merry Monday girls and look forward to creating alongside this very talented design team.
LeAnne Pugliese

Hi!  I am LeAnne Pugliese, I live in beautiful southeastern Pennsylvania on farmland that belongs to my family.  I am married to my sweet DH John, and have a daughter, Dana, and a granddaughter, Cassidy, who many of you know from my blog, WeeInklings! I was introduced to stamping in 2000 and became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in 2002.  I love making cards and sending them out to my friends and family!  I have many other crafty hobbies too, including cross stitch, sewing, and creating home decor.  I am proud to have taken part in several of Lesley's blogging adventures and am thrilled to be creating with the Merry Monday design team!

Debbie Henderson--Debbie's Designs

Hi Everyone! My name is Debbie Henderson and I am from Hodgdon Maine. What an honor to be able to design for Merry Monday and work with a wonderful team of girls! I am approaching my 5th year as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and love every minute of it!  I have been married to Dave since July 2008 and have two grown children Jessica 28, Greg 26 and one granddaughter Kaitlynn who is 5 and is a joy to have around! We own two kitty cats named Abigail and Katie whom were both acquired through our local animal shelter.  Dave and I are self-employed business owners so we are on the road a lot. I have always been crafty, even attending college to earn an art degree but decided to get married and start a family a year after I attended college. Stamping is something I’ve always stuck with as it never gets old. I haven’t purchased a store bought card in over 15 years! I hope you will enjoy my submissions and I look forward to sharing with all of you!

Hi, I’m Bonnie Klass.  My husband and I have been married over 40 years and we have 3 grown daughters, 3 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren.  We take care of 2 of our grandsons during the week.  They keep us hopping!   I snatch any free moments I can to get inky!

I’ve loved crafts all my life, but card making has become my passion.  I've met so many wonderful people through card making and blogging and I’m honored to be a part of Lesley’s Merry Monday Design Team.

Hi, my name is Nina Forsyth and I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I was introduced to card making when a friend had asked me to go to a stamping workshop in 2006 and I was hooked! I look at each and every card as a miniature canvas and if I can inspire someone to create, then I am happy. My blog introduction was a gift from my sister in 2008; it is a journal of sorts for my cards. I love being a part of Merry Monday Design Team.

Wendy Aungst ~ WeeBeeStampin4fun

Hello! My name is Wendy Aungst and I live in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. I'm a stay at home mom & wife. Married for 23 years to my awesome husband, Shawn. We have 3 grown children, Kirsten, Ryan & Kelsey and recently adopted 2 cute little pooches (Gigi & Bailee) from Operation Paws for Homes. We are not empty nesters with 2 of the kids still living with us and now 2 doggies! My son Ryan was born with Cerebral Palsy and has been thru many challenges in his life. He certainly keeps me on my toes!
I was introduced to Stampin Up! by my best friend, Deb back in 2001 and as they say, the rest is history! I started my blog WeeBeeStampin4funback in the summer/fall of 2010 as we moved halfway across the country to Joplin, Missouri. That was a life changing experience after the tornado went thru! A year later we packed up and moved back home and I can't tell you how happy I am to be back home with my family & friends! 
I joined Lesley's Merry Monday DT in 2012 and have enjoyed the friendships i've made as well as making Christmas cards each week! You'll see on my blog that I do Christmas all year long and I hope you will stop by for a visit! :)

 Margaret Moody 

  Hello, Merry Monday followers!  I'm Margaret Moody and I'm thrilled to be part of Lesley's team at Merry Monday!  I'm a native Texan and the mother of two beautiful daughters who are students at The University of Texas at Austin.  I've taught in public schools for 30 years and currently work as a reading specialist for a local school district.  In addition, I've done graphic design work for individual clients, churches, schools and clubs for the past 25 years, designing t-shirts, logos, signs, menus, brochures and banners.  
I've been smitten with everything paper from an early age, when a very special aunt would take me to stationery and card shops during our many shopping trips together.  The fascination continued into adulthood and I started scrapbooking when my girls were younger, eventually moving into card marking.  I currently serve on the design team for Pals Paper Arts and create the sketches for the PPA Sketch Challenge each month.  I am so honored to share my cards with you and hope you find them inspiring!

Susan Joyce ~ Cat's Ink Corporated

Hi Stampers, I am Susan Joyce from Moora, Western Australia.  My Husband Graham and I have 3 adult children Natasha, Mark and Fiona, all married and they have delighted us with 4 gorgeous Grand daughters Kaela, Jessica, Keira and Jenna and 1 very cute Grandson Curtis. Maisie is our fur baby although she is almost 14 years old.  
I was introduced to Paper Crafting by a friend in 1999 when I took some lessons and have developed a passion for all things paper, rubber and bling. I joined Stamping Up! in 2006 when they came to Australia and created my blog Cat's Ink Corporated in 2008. I have worked with Lesley for a few years on different Design Teams. I love creating for Merry Monday and knowing I will have a stash of cards ready to give by the end of each year.


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  2. Another fab Lesley challenge blog. I see some of my personal crafty idols among this group! You always put together wonderful talent.

  3. So fun reading about my Merry friends!

  4. I love to hear stories about how my crafty friends got started with this wonderful hobby! Great team for 2014! There will be a lot of inspiration for us all.

  5. Love reading these Bios...good luck ladies!!!!

  6. Can't wait to start making cards with your 'new" challenge Lesley - congrats ladies!

    Deanne :)

  7. such great looking talent; I recognize some of these gals, thru their blogs & they're AWESOME!!

  8. Congratulations to the entire design team. Looking forward to joining you in many Merry Monday challenges this year!

  9. What a great design team. Karren- I am in Christchurch, New Zealand too!

  10. Congrats to everyone on the design team. Looking forward to all the challenges and inspiration from the DT in the 2014.

  11. So nice to read about the DT and i know for sure they are going to give us a lot of inspiration for this new year once again.

  12. Love the new look, LOVE the new blog and so happy to read your personal information. I look forward to this challenge every Monday! And can hardly wait to dig in...!