Meet the Team
Hello! I live in Long Island, New York with my husband Ethan and two children, Kristen and Jaden.
I started paper crafting in January of 2016 after discovering cardmaking videos on Youtube. Immediately, I was hooked, and it has become a huge passion of mine. I really enjoy making all kinds of cards and working with different coloring mediums, but I do have a soft spot for Copic markers and critter stamps.The special part about this crafting journey has been meeting and becoming friends with other cardmakers from all over the world through social media. I love that we can share our passion and inspire each other.
I’ve always been an huge fan of MFT products, so to have been invited to guest design for them in the past was a great honor. But now, to be part of the amazing MFT Design Team is a crafty dream come true.
I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents were creative–my mother did needlework and my father did woodworking so I grew up thinking making things was normal. I’ve tried everything from needlework to pottery to papercrafts–I did paper crafts many years ago and got away from it during my cross-stitching and knitting phase, but resumed it about 8 years ago when I needed to put together a simple scrapbook for an event. That led to stamping and the rest, as they say, is history. I jumped in with both feet and since then I’ve had the awesome good fortune to design for some fabulous companies, most notably My Favorite Things. Most importantly, though, through this craft I’ve met some of the most talented, amazing, and big-hearted people–people that I am delighted to call “friend”. I’m a retired Registered Nurse, married to my best friend, and live in South Central Virginia with him and our seven cats. When I’m not in my craft room creating, I like to travel, read, and garden.
Hello–Debbie Olson here! I am a transplanted South Carolinian who has lived in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the past twenty years with my “Yooper” husband and our almost-sixteen-year-old son. I was introduced to paper crafting at a home party in late 2000 when our son was less than a year old; I’d already discovered that being a Mom didn’t leave much room for weeks-in-progress oil paintings! Being able to use my art background on a much smaller scale helped to fulfill my creative urge.
In addition to making cards and the occasional mini album, I also enjoy creating in stained glass, sketching, playing the piano, cooking, and teaching Copic classes around the country. I am truly blessed by all of the creative people and opportunities in my life, and I’m tickled pink to be part of the MFT Stamps team!
Aloha! I live in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart and we have two grown daughters. I’ve always loved paper crafting and started stamping when a friend showed me heat embossing for the first time. The Milwaukee heat tool that I bought 15+ years ago is the one that I still use today. I’m basically a clean and simple, technique inspired stamper. I love ink distressing and it’s not unusual to find me with inky fingers while I’m out on a quick errand.
I’m over the moon excited to be a part of My Favorite Things, and look forward to working with the rest of this ah-mazing design team and sharing lots of MFT goodness with you!
My name is Francine! I live in Switzerland in the wonderful Three Lakes Region with my sweetheart and our three cats. I’m bilingual in German and French from birth. I discovered scrapbooking and cardmaking in 2009 by leafing through a book and it was love at first sight! I like playing with different styles and techniques. It depends on my mood and inspiration. But I always love coloring, rainbow and bright colors, making splatters, using stencils and blending tools, paint brushes and watercolors. When I’m not crafting, I spend my spare time cooking, playing bowling and party/board games with friends, taking walks along the lake or making one day boat trips with our little boat during Summer. I couldn’t live far from a lake and without my cats! Cuddling with them makes me happy!
My name is Inge, I live in the Netherlands in a small town called Bovenkarspel and am married to my high-school sweetheart for 24 years now. Together we have two beautiful girls, Eva and Rachel and a cute little black cat named Gijsje.
Since I was a little girl, I loved playing with paper, pencils, and scissors. My style is a little scrappy with lots of layers of cardstock, but I also love making clean and simple cards. I am always curious about working with different materials and like experimenting with new techniques. I love a challenge and cute stamps!
I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be a part of the MFT Contributing Designers Team and be a part of the MFT family again.
Hello there, I’m Jane Allen and I live in Bedfordshire, England. I’m married to Peter, a farmer and we have one son, Ben who is studying to be a Chemical Engineer. Oh and I can’t forget our Westie, Pip – my furry little friend who keeps me company in my art studio.
In all honesty I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and love all things creative. In the past I’ve painted portraits, designed craft dies and back in 2010 I discovered Copic markers, leading to me being published in two Copic books. I guess you can say my association with MFT began with a chicken, whose photobombing antics got me noticed when I entered the 2016 Card Design Superstar competition. Following this I was invited to be a Guest Designer and more recently was given the opportunity to teach some of you my style of Copic colouring at the My Favorite Things Boutique in Eustis. I also write a monthly feature on the MFT Blog called Artistic Expression and I am proud to say that I am now a fully fledged Design Team Member. So a huge thanks to Kim and the team for taking on this Brit!
Hi everyone! Jodi here! I live on Long Island, New York with my husband Chris and our two daughters, Meredith, 8, and Avery, 4. I’ve been stamping since 2004 after going to a home stamping party, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love to color with Copic Markers and I love lots and lots of layers on my cards. I’ve been honored to serve on the MFT Design Team since December, 2010 and I’ve loved every single second. I have made the most amazing friends through stamping and cannot imagine life without it! It really is my stress relief!
Hello there! I’m Jody – card maker, puppy lover, obsessive thinker, wife, mom, and friend. I live in Eustis, Florida with my husband, 3 children, and 3 adorable pups. I’ve been crafting for more than 10 years and love MFT products so much, I joined the team as an employee and DT member. I love living in a pink and black world, and the palm trees, beaches, and theme parks are an added bonus.
I am Joy and I live in Australia, in a small country town with my partner Darryl, he and I live in a small cottage with our Labrador named Bentley… I have loved to craft for as long as I can remember, I love that I have a room to come and go creating when I please and when I have made a hot mess, simply close the door until the next time, working in that room has seen me on many design teams and have guested for many more, always honoured and humbled when asked, working for MFT is a dream come true and I know I am truly grateful for joining this family.. I have met so many people around the world through this craft and many have become close friends, this craft is something that keeps my life sane and smiles everyday!
Hi! I’m Julie and I live with my family on the southern tip of beautiful Vancouver Island. When I’m not stamping, I love spending time outdoors exploring the gorgeous beaches and parks with my furry friend, Mr. Tibbs. I started stamping in 2004 and joined the MFT Design Team near the end of 2009. A few years ago, I landed my dream job and I became an employee of MFT. I love participating in both the business and creative sides of such an incredible company. My favourite thing about MFT is not the amazing products, and they are AMAZING, my favourite thing is the people. I am truly honoured to work with the most incredible people who all strive to provide top notch service for our fabulous customers.
Hello! My name is Karolyn Loncon. I’m a retired Legal Assistant, married to Garry since 1980, and mom to Amy (who’s married to Joe) and Ashley (who’s married to Blake and the mother to my beautiful grandchildren Brecken, Brenner and Brynley.) I’m blessed to live in Issaquah, Washington in the summer, and Chandler, Arizona in the winter. I love most paper crafts, but especially stamping and card-making. I love to laugh, travel, shop and play BINGO (don’t judge – LOL)!
I started paper crafting in 2002 when my oldest daughter “abandoned” me to go to college – at the time, 25 miles away seemed like half way around the world. I scrapbooked as my therapy. Shortly thereafter, a friend invited me to a home stamping party, and the rest is history. Once I discovered stamping and card making, my need for instant gratification took over. I haven’t touched a scrapbook since! Ha! I would say that my style is mostly clean and simple, although I throw in some fun and cute every now and then. I am blessed to design for some of my most favorite stamp companies, as well as a current challenge blog, and have recently enjoyed participating as a Guest Artist for the Online Card Classes. So much fun!! Being a part of the My Favorite Things family is a dream come true – somebody pinch me, please!!
Hello! I’m Keeway. I love all things fine arts from classical music to pop culture art, and was actively involved in drawing, painting, and performing arts growing up. I did not discover cardmaking until late 2015, but I have been crafting every single day since and love every moment of it. It has been an amazing journey and I’m happy to be sharing it with you.
I live in sunny California. And outside of my craft room, I work full-time as an accountant and spend the remainder of my spare time with family and friends. make multiple trips to Disneyland, watch movies, enjoy good food, and of course lots and lots of crafting. I am so blessed to be a part of this incredible MFT family. Thank you for having me and looking forward to many wonderful, new friendships!
I began scrapbooking in 2003 not long after the birth of my second daughter. It took my a few months after I started scrapping to discover that there was an online scrapbooking world. Seeing so many different ideas on how to scrapbook online helped me to find my style. And within a year I was on my first design team. I have been very lucky to be apart many amazing design teams and I have worked for some of the best companies. I have been married for 19 years to my childhood sweetheart. We have two sweet girls Amira & Mikiela (who hate to take photos) and two silly dogs Lulu & Jasper. After moving around as a military family for many years, we have happily settled down in Virginia.
I am a wife and a mom to little ones that I am so lucky to hang out with every day! I love to make clean and simple cards and collect stamps…and all the other supplies for this crafty hobby! Just here to share my creations! Thanks for hanging out with me!
Hi all! I’m Melania Deasy live in Surabaya, Indonesia with my husband and 6 year old son. I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a little girl and eventually took Visual Communication Design as my major in University. I started paper crafting in 2011 after seeing many amazing cards on the internet. I was very excited to try stamping and have never stopped since. I work as a photographer, and love music and movies.
Hello! My name is Rachel and I live with my husband and three young children in Florida. I first discovered cardmaking back in the middle of 2015 when I was looking for invitations for my sister-in-law’s first baby shower and couldn’t find anything pre-made that appealed to me. Prior to that, I had never even heard of stamping or die cutting. I was hooked from the start! I usually gravitate toward making cards with fun little scenes but honestly, I adore all styles and love to learn new card making techniques and designs.
I am a “retired” Exercise Physiologist and now a stay-at-home mom where I currently homeschool two of my three children. I love coloring, reading, and watching and playing most sports. When I’m not cardmaking, I love spending time with my family at the beach or going fishing and am currently training in Krav Maga and Kickboxing.
I am a huge MFT fan and am truly thankful and blessed to be part of such an amazing team. I love meeting crafty people and look forward to making many new friendships!
Hi! My name is Stephanie and I have been a part of the paper crafting industry since around 2003. I love to create and share my creations online on my blog as well as my other favourite social media site, Instagram! 😉
I have been published with various paper crafting magazines throughout the years, including Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. among others. I originally started out as a scrapbooker, but focus most of my craft time now on cardmaking.
I reside in Ontario, Canada with my husband Steve and two children, Caitlyn and Ryan. I work full-time in an administrative position and spend the rest of my time hanging out with family and friends, crafting, watching NHL and Nascar and reading on my kindle.
Hi! I’m Torico. I live in Japan with my husband and two teenage children.
I started cardmaking in 2009 and was immediately hooked on it! On the other hand, I’ve been loving doodling and illustrations since I was very little, and it was a big dream to make my own illustrations into stamps. I luckily got a chance to be an illustrator for a stamp company and had run a digital stamp shop for a few years. Then I started working as an illustrator for MFT Birdie Brown line in 2014 and joined in the Design Team this year (2015).
I’m not exactly sure what my cardmaking style is, but I like clean, neat, and cute design so much. I hope my creations inspire you!
Hi, everyone! I’m Vika from Ukraine. I live in sunny city Kherson with my mummy and our furry babies (we have two dogs and two cats). Since I was a child I’ve loved crafting. Now I run my small business of wedding accessories.
I was introduced to cardmaking back in 2010 and it became my passion right away. I tried different styles and techniques before I found my style – clean and simple and funny. Most of all I like coloring stamped images, my favorite tools for coloring are markers and watercolor.
I’ve been a huge fan of MFT products for several years and am thrilled to work as a part of creative design team.