Meet Our DT

Click on the names below to visit the team members personal blogs!
Nikki - Challenge Blog Owner & Lovely Boss Lady
Hi I'm Nikki.... I love to try all things crafty but my favourite is stamping (this just lets me spend lots of time colouring in!)..... I live in Scotland with my son and 2 wonderful rescue springers... Dylan and Daisy....

Dawn - Admin & Design Team Leader 

Hi, I'm Dawn....I am a frustrated artist who can't draw but I love to colour in, always have since I was a little girl!....I also live in Scotland with my lovely husband who puts up with my crafty bits & pieces all over the house & always asks before he throws anything away!
As well as crafting, I love holidays, great food & spending time with family & friends

Marlene - Admin & Design Team Leader

Hi Everyone, I'm am thrilled to be on the Crafting Cafe Design Team. My name is Marlene, i live in Inverness, Scotland with my Husband David. I have one Daughter and 3 Grandchildren.  I am a retired Nurse through an industrial Injury. I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne. We came to Scotland 241/2 years ago for my Husbands job. I started making cards when he became seriously ill in 2010, I started to make cards in 2011 this helped to cope with the situation and I have become addicted to making them. I am so happy to be able to share them with you all.

Hi, I'm Amanda from Bedfordshire: wife to my college sweetheart Adam, Mummy to my toddler Bob, and tummy rubber to my little collie-sheltie cross Molly. I love the thrill of creating things, and particularly love papercrafting, cake decorating, jewellery making and cooking. I demo'd for do crafts for a few years, both in store and on Create and Craft, and have written for the do crafts magazine 'Creativity!'. I'm taking a break from demos while my little boy is young, as I can't imagine leaving him for a whole day! I love to learn new crafts, and top of my list to try are knitting, encaustic art, sewing and pottery. Like my non-crafty passions of walking, vintage aeroplanes, and geocaching, those plans are taking a bit of a back seat to becoming an expert on Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine though!

I’ve been crafting for over 12 years - happily my wife also crafts, but this does have the side effect of doubling the costs! I found fitting crafting round a 'proper' job a little restrictive, so I took an opportunity to change careers and enrolled to study an Extended Diploma in Art & Design at Leicester College in September 2011. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed developing skills in stamping, paper craft, scrapbooking, metal art, quilting, beading, making books and using ProMarkers. I now like all of them so much I combine them in mixed media designs and altered art projects. Ii am on the design team for Creative Expressions (2013/4) and WOW! Embossing Powders (2012/4). I use my blog to document all my creative endeavours, so feel free to pop over and browse, and perhaps leave a comment or two. I moved into my purpose built studio at the beginning of April 2013 and now work full time as a crafter/tutor.

Hi, Mags here. I live in the UK with my lovely hubby, two daughters and three cats.  When not at work (boo hoo) you can normally find me in my crafty room. I have always enjoyed creating and have done most things crafty - knitting, cross stitch, crotchet. I was introduced to cardmaking about 4 years ago by my Mum and I guess you could say I am now addicted. I am really into stamping at the moment but love trying different things. Now I am just waiting for that big lottery win so I can give up work and spend more time crafting :)

Hi. I think that I've been crafting forever. I'm passionate about card making and anything papercraft and inky and love making altered art projects.  I'm a freelance demonstrator and most weekends you can find me demonstrating at different stores for Docrafts, a job which I love. I am a qualified Learning Support Worker,  but at the moment, I am a stay at home mum, looking after my 3 boys and my hubby, which is a job in itself. I am so thrilled to be part of The Crafting Cafe DT and am looking forward to sharing my creations with you.

Hi. I am so pleased to be joining The Crafting Cafe Design Team! I've been making cards for a few years and love the opportunity to get creative – it’s so far removed from my day job that it’s great to get my craft supplies out and play whenever I get the chance! I'm terrible with self discipline and “need” most crafty bits I see. My pro-markers are my favourite tools at the moment – I think I could happily lose days just colouring. I used to design cards for a magazine a few years ago and have only started my blog this year, as a way to share ideas. Outside craft, I love travelling and have a never ending list of places I want to go and see.

My name's Sammy and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children.I started card making last summer when I bought a Docrafts goodie bag on a whim for the kids to make fathers day cards with. Then, as there was so much in the bag and hubby’s birthday only a couple of days later we made birthday cards too!  I enjoyed it so much, I soon started getting more and more bits to play with. Well, you can all relate to the slippery slope that becomes! I started my blog in July this year, and not long after I took the plunge to start stamping and colouring images, rather than use pre-made toppers.  My addiction has now gone to a whole new level and with the recent addition of a die cutting machine, I don’t  think life will ever be the same…My main obsessions are LOTV stamps and designer papers and I LOVE making boys cards, but will pretty much try anything twice! xxx

Hi, my name is Janet. I have been a crafter since I was a little girl when my mum taught me how to knit clothes for my dolls. I have tried most crafts but now spend most of my time card making, unfortunately I have to work to pay for my addiction to crafting. I love stamping and colouring most of all. It's been said I have more stock in my craft room than in many a shop, but I think they are exaggerating. I'm married to Ted and we live in the West Midlands. 


Hello, I am Janna Gay & I live in Hampshire with my husband Adrian.
I am retired from my full time job & at last can concentrate on all things crafty !!
I was lucky enough to have the whole of the attic converted into my studio.
Just now working on proper stairs (pull down at moment!) & a nice dormer window !
I have a married daughter Rebecca who has 4 young children (one set of twins)
So I help as much as I can with those cutie pies .
Rebecca has two tattoo shops & is incredibly arty.
I love to stamp, distress, ink , alter etc. Tim Holtz is my hero.
love scrapbooking , knitting,crochet ,cross stitch, sewing, painting (botanical style mostly)
I just wish there were more hours in the day to do it all !


  1. Yay - and what a fab team you are!
    Thank you all for agreeing to be on my design team - I am really looking forward to seeing all the yummy things you create over the coming year! xxx

  2. Looks good! Thanks Nikki for the opportunity and the challenge!

    You are invited to join the World Wide Open Design Team Monthly Challenges.
    Here is the Link: