MCS Design Team
Carol Held - Canada
Greetings from Ontario, Canada where I was born and currently living on our 3 generation farm. My creative journey began early on in life with sketching outdoor scenes, cartooning and watercoloring, which brings me great joy to this very day. I retired from Orthodontics 6 years ago when I turned 60. Viewing ART tutorials sparked my desire to inspire leading me to begin my very own YouTube Channel in 2005. Mixed Media and Shabby Chic tutorials led me to Clare’s Channel 'My Creative Spirit '. The rest is history. smiles My supportive husband of 46 years, our 3 sons, there wives and our beautiful 12 grandchildren motivate me continually. My husband designed my craft room a few years ago to house my ever growing supplies to make it an enjoyable space to create in. Recently I submitted a Design Team Call for “ My Creative Spirit “ and to my surprise was accepted to join the amazing team of creators. What a Blessing to say the least! I would love to have you join me on my Channel
Jeanette Wilde - Germany
I am an US expat living in Germany with my husband and two cats who love to help me craft (this means they steal my supplies). I have been crafting since I was a little kid learning from my grandmothers. Fell in love with scrapbooking while making albums to capture my high school memories and have been paper crafting ever since. My favourite crafts are junk journals and mini albums but I love to do tatting, pergamano, kumihimo, quilling, and to learn new skills as often as I can. I hope to inspire others with my creations and share my love of the paper craft.
Judith Prendergast - UK
Hello. My name is Judith Prendergast. I was so lucky to have a Mum, Nan and Aunts who all crafted. They sewed, crocheted, knitted and embroidered. I was encouraged to try all these amazing crafts.
Patti Senter - USA
Hello everyone! For those of you that don’t know me my name is Patti Senter. You’ll find me around the Internet usually as A Soul’s Heartbeat or nwlady. I’ve been bumping around the Internet since 2006 when I started my first blog, Reflections of NW Lady, a place to house all my Digital Scrapbook Layouts.
As time went on and I began to explore, play and experiment more with physical items instead of digital. I found YouTubers that were doing all sorts of fun things with paper, scissors and glue. In 2009 my YouTube Channel, A Soul’s Heartbeat (many of you knew me in the beginning as nwlady1949), was born.
The rest is an evolution of gleaning ideas and learning techniques from my family of crafters online.
My earliest introduction to crafting/sewing was my dear sweet Momma who taught me to sew on a Singer Treadle sewing machine. That’s peddle activated for any of you that are too young to have seen one up close and personal. I was about six at the time. I sewed forever, making most of my kids clothes, prom dresses, and bridal attire throughout the years.
About the time Momma was teaching me to sew my Grandma was teaching me how to do embroidery and make a kitchen sampler of stitches. Grandma lived next door to us and she spent hours doing filet crochet. She taught me embroidery so I could work beside her as she created the most gorgeous, labor of love, tablecloths. It was the best moments of my young life. I miss these two women so much they formed my childhood and still live with me in my memories.
In the late 70’s I worked for a company that sold and taught stitchery in home. That was so fun, introducing people to all types of needle and thread projects. I moved on from that to working in a large retail sewing store. I made numerous clothes and craft projects for them to share in the store. I always loved sharing my knowledge of how to do things with others, I think that’s why I enjoy my online presence with all of you, I’m able to share what I’ve learned with any of you that are interested.
Through the years I’ve been very fortunate to work with numerous stores and design teams sharing their products and kits by adding my creativity. Then in turn sharing it with all of you. You’ll find several hundred projects on my YouTube and blogs.
My biggest love is making mini albums and cards and finding creative ways to use up my scraps. Lately I’ve been creating bits and pieces with an old-world Victorian/Vintage look to them. But, through the years I’ve kept my options open, experimenting with all types of papers and styles. I love learning, I love
sharing and most of all I love gifting many of my projects. My greatest enjoyment is learning something new and sharing it with others.
Sue Tossell - UK
Hi my name is Sue Tossell and I live in the south of the UK. I have crafted since I was a young child learning to knit, sew and crochet from my Mother and Grandmother. I was always making clothes for my dolls and when I got older I made clothes for myself and then later my own family.
I’ve tried all sorts of crafts over the years from jewellery making, cross stitch and machine knitting (at one stage I owned seven machines). I then bought an embroidery sewing machine to embroider onto my knitwear and that took over. From there I got into making cards using the embroidery and personalising them.
It didn’t take long for me to discover there was so much more and I found myself spending all my spare cash on stamps, inks, card stock etc. That was nearly twenty years ago now. Several years ago I joined a great group of people, The UK Stampers Network, which has members from all corners of the UK. We exchange ATC’s, Birthday Cards, Inchies, RAK and several more lists of things easy to post. We hold two retreats a year, one a residential retreat and one that is called our cheap as chips retreat, where you have to sort your own accommodation. There are three of us that teach a class at the residential retreat. Mine have been Mixed Media, different ways to make backgrounds and this year I ran one on Album making. Five years ago I discovered Graphic 45 and started a love of scrapbook papers. About three and a half years ago I found Clare with her retreats and workshops. Now I like nothing more that sitting down with a new pad of designs and imagining what I can make with it.