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Stamps By Me - Design Team

Are you different? Life is full of differences - shaped by culture, experience, relationships, family and all manner of events in time.

But are you really different? I like to think that as we grow older we develop as people in a way that can only be described as completely unique to us. Sadly some of this can be borne out of real hardship and tragedy, but equally moments of intense joy and happiness, just like when my son Tom said 'Thank you mummy' for the first time at only 1 year old!

How we express our differences brings me onto the subject of 'paper-crafting'. However different we all are, in this beautiful art we share a common value. Who could ever believe the power of paper, glitter, glue and ink! For me at least my greatest pursuit, which will forever remind me of my loved ones passed, present, hope, faith and the incredible beauty of nature around us.

So then onto my fabulous Design Team If you haven't already guessed, I truly love people and what makes us different. I can say in the most humbled way possible that the members of my Design Team are special people, not just because they know their way around paper-crafting but because I'm privileged to know them as those who have lived life. They too are humble creatures, therefore this page is dedicated to championing them, their lives and their powerful art. You can read about them here and you can see their magic for yourselves - be warned it's inspiring stuff!


Linda Simpson

I retired from the NHS in 2011 to pursue my love of crafting. I've been very priviledged over the last few years to demo in the UK and also Germany. I absolutely love creating projects from scratch and sharing them with my friends on my blog. I enjoy creating vintage cards and love incorporating lace and different textures into my cards too. The themes I love are vintage and steampunk. Over the years I have tried lots of different genre's of crafting.

I feel that crafters are always learning new techniques, which is exciting and makes crafting so much fun. It is also very therapeutic. Finally, no commentary could be complete without stating how much I love nature and find inspiration in the beautiful things around me........ x


Stella Hughes

I am married with 4 grown up children and six grandchildren, which is very expensive lol. I have chronic back pain and I needed to do something to take my mind off it, so I started crafting 15 years ago and I love it.

I make cards for family, friends and take regular orders. I love all things stamping and colouring, because there is always something new to learn. I don't have a blog because I'm useless at all that stuff, but I do like to post on Facebook - one step at a time eh...... x


Elaine Mellor

I'm forty years old and I've been crafting for just over 11 years. I love it because I find it so relaxing. Card making and altering mixed media are two of my favourite things. I'm also a big fan of stamps and paper.

I've got quite a simple style, and I love to create things that other crafters' can easily replicate. I adore all things Christmas and make many different things from place-cards to gifts and tags. The Christmas magic never has to stop...... x


Karen Whittaker

I live in North Kent, I have two daughters and a grandaughter who I look after several days a week, when I'm not working at pre-school.

I've been crafting for about 5 to 6 years and initially started card-making. I soon became addicted and have since moved onto stamping, working with MDF, canvasses and generally anything inky and messy. I now have my own little piece of heaven..... a CRAFT ROOM! so life is good... xx


Elaine Wheeler

I have been crafting for about sixteen years and started out using card making 'craft kits'. Ten years ago I moved onto stamping and CD crafting. I love to colour with alcohol markers, promarkers and copic's.

I have some nerve damage in my hand which makes stamping with heavy blocks quite difficult, but I have discovered much thiner and lighter acrylic blocks, which are fantastic for me. If there's one thing I've learnt in life - you won't keep a good woman down.......especially not a CRAFTER! x


Heather Learmonth

All my friends call me Hev, I was born in Scotland but have lived in Sheffield since I was 6 years old. I'm a fifty something mother of two and I care for my young grandson Blake who lives with us, oh and our (my) 3 cats!

I have a busy family life as you can imagine, but second to this is my passion for crafting. I've dabbled in knitting, cross-stitch, card-making and scrapbooking. I love making personalised cards for friends and family, I also make bespoke wedding stationary. Making MDF projects is another craft I really enjoy

My real addiction though is making mini books and albums to store my photos. Em, it has completely taken over...... x


Marilyn Leat

My husband Ray and I emigrated to Wakefield after he broke his back in an industrial accident. We needed somewhere without stairs, so we sold up and moved closer to my mum and sisters. We don't see our son and grandchildren as much as we would like because they live so far away - so I've developed something to keep me out of trouble!

Scrapbooking was my first dabble but I have since become addicted to anything connected to papercrafting! I also love stamping and my copics. Now - I'm on a wonderful journey of discovery in the world of watercolouring.

I only live around the corner from Toni's workshop, and for those of you who are jealous, you've every right to be, I spend as much time there as I can! Oh and just one other thing to add, which I'm sure we all identify with - I must stop buying gadgets! x


Julie Mizler

I live in Shefffield with my husband and we have four children and eight grandchildren, along with a large extended family. I've been crafting in one form or another from a very young age and have tried my hand at a lot of different things, like most crafters do.

I'm lucky to have my own craft room, which is where you will find me most of my free time. I love making anything Christmas, especially MDF advents for our grandchildren. I am totally hooked on making mini photo albums, which is where my journey with Toni began..... x


Anjie McChesney

I've crafted in one form or another most of my life, but started regularly crafting in 2005 after an illness that led to me being off work for 10 years. I watched a craft show, which led to me buying a stamping and embossing kit. From that day I never looked back.

I started with a small set of drawers for my crafty stash, and this grew until I had my own craft room built in the garden - yes, I can hear you saying 'lucky girl', and you would of course be right! Crafting is a massive part of my life, it's kept my mind active and pulled me through some hard times.

My favourite crafting is card making, particularly stamping, colouring and getting messy with inks. I also dabble in scrapbooking, cross-stitch and recently all things fabric. I have a couple of sewing machines and an embroidery machine. The bottom of my garden really is a magical place for me...... x


Gail Lett

I live in Preston, Lancashire with my very understanding hubby of 22 years, and we have 2 grown chilren. I've been crafting for years, dabbled in just about everything, but love papercrafting, particularly stamping.

It's great fun being on a DT because you get to be part of a group of like minded crafters. I also find it makes you try new techniques, ideas and challenges you to think about products in a different way. Showcasing the many crafty possibilities makes one realise this joyful art is timeless and endless - what a fabulous way to enrich life....... x