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Introducing The Merry Little Girls...

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Hi, my name is Amy. I am a stay at home mother to three amazing children. My daughter is 18 and my two boys are 17 and 13, they keep me full of life and very busy at times. We live in Georgetown, Texas which is right outside of Austin, TX. After growing up in a military family it is nice to stay in one place for awhile. I love to travel and of course craft. I started scrapbooking 16 years ago and have been making cards for 7, I love both but right now card making is my favorite. My style is more CAS than anything but I love trying new techniques. 

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Brenda
Hello everyone!  My name is Brenda and I love everything Christmas!  I’ve been a crafter most of my life, from sewing and quilting to scrapbooking and cardmaking.   The most fun is combining this love of crafts with my love of Christmas, so I am really looking to being a part of the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog and seeing everyone’s projects!

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Cindy

My name is Cindy Messer and I live in TX with my wonderful husband of 15 years and my two beautiful kids. I'm blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. Before becoming a mom I worked for JPMorgan as a staff accountant.

I've been crafting in one form or another since I was little. My mom taught me to sew, crochet, embroider and counted cross stitch. My true love has got to be paper crafting though. I was invited to a friend's Stampin' Up party about 20 years ago and that is where my love of paper crafts began. I love to make cards, mini albums and home decor projects.

I'm super excited to be joining the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog design team. You can visit my blog at http://inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/

Crafty hugs,
Cindy

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Hi! I’m Darlene Pavlick from Akron, Ohio, USA. My husband, Mark & I are originally from Pittsburgh, PA and that is where our families reside. We have one daughter who is married with two children, Morgan (26) and Jonathan (21) and has her own accounting business. She is the one who got me started in paper crafting about 14 years ago. To make a long story short, once she introduced me to scrapbooking/card making, I’ve been paper crafting every day since. It is my passion and mental therapy! I am retired, have the basement of our home set up as my ‘crafting cave’ and spend lots of time there spreading my creative wings! I’ve been blessed to meet so many wonderfully talented people from around the world through this craft and many have become personal friends! 

I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years and I am very excited to join the Merry Little Christmas team! I hope you’ll come visit my blog: Dar’s Crafty Creations

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My name is Helen and I live in the north west of Britain on the Wirral peninsula.  I'm a full time Activities Coordinator for a charity which provides care for older people.  I spend my time organising activities, entertainment, trips out etc and can often be found calling bingo, leading chair exercises, singing or playing dominoes!  I also work part time for a local stamping firm teaching regular workshops for them.  In my spare time I'm a card maker and I love my Promarkers and patterned papers.  Christmas is my favourite card making time and I love making cards for Christmas all through the year!

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Leslie
Owner/DT Coordinator
My name is Leslie, I'm married with two grown children and one granddaughter, and I live in beautiful Colorado. I began scrapbooking about 40 years ago, way back when scrapbooks were really bland - before all the fun papers and embellishments came about. For the last 20 years or so, my paper passion has been card making. I started out making computer-generated cards, graduated to card kits, then quickly realized that having my own stash of stuff was the way to go! The rest is history, as they say! I'm addicted to rubber stamping and also enjoy making 3-D paper projects and altered items, and I've been bitten by the mixed media and art journal bugs! I started blogging and entering challenges a number of years ago, and loved it so much that I started the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog in early 2013. It's been an awesome journey... so awesome and so much fun that she now has three sister blogs - Love To Craft Challenge Blog, Mix It Up Challenge Blog and Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog! Looking forward to crafting with these amazing designers! :) 

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Mandy

Hello, my name is Mandy (also known as mandysea).

I live in a vintage house near the sea with my camera-elusive dear husband. My work just about always features my gorgeous daughters - our family life or nature. I enjoy a variety of genres - LO's, cards, OTP, journal work and Project Life, sketching, painting, photography and quilting. My most favourite time of year is December and Christmas! For us here in Australia, it means a long holiday break and Summer! My personal blog is Teacup of Scrapisms and I also run Let’s December Daily which is a seasonal blog for more inspiration! Christmas can never come soon enough and I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

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My name is Monica and I live in IL with my husband and 3 boys. To pay the bills and support my hobby I work at a bank as a part time teller. I like to say “What’s better than bankers hours? Part time banks hours.” I love to be able to play in my craft room and create when I get a chance. I began making cards in 2010, after a little hiatus and enjoyed the smaller project size (which slowly helped me get back into scrapping). I love making cards mostly, but do enjoy making other crafty items as well!

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Hey y’all! I’m Niki, the chicky behind Cardstoq.com. I moved to sunny San Antonio, TX from St. John’s, Newfoundland ten years ago and I tell ya, I don’t miss the snow! My husband and I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and I have two stepkiddos - one is a sailor in the U.S. Navy and the other is a budding musician. I always love a good crafty challenge - to create cards from inspiration photos and projects, or designing my own card layouts with just a few supplies. My favorite techniques are ink blending and emboss resist!

On the weekends you’ll find me in the backyard with my laptop and a ruby red margarita, or reading up the latest crafty trends and stuffing ideas into my trusty planner. I am so excited to be a part of the challenge team, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone creates!

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Hi I’m Renee Hamilton, from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I am the mother of an adult son who shares a little of my crafty side as he makes the envelopes for me and I am also in a committed relationship with my wonderful partner, Raoul.

I have been making cards for a long time and it started with one of my older sisters, Gillian (who is deceased). She suffered with rheumatoid arthritis from very young and it progressively got worse. She found sanctuary in her art and began making cards and painting in the late 80’s and I would help whenever the pain got really bad, as we had similar styles, but we both had been doing art as young children.

She taught me to really love Christmas as she would make these beautiful Christmas cards, sing carols etc …her favourite song being-‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year’. And as the disease progressed we started celebrating Christmas earlier and earlier until the time she died. But it is still my ‘most wonderful time of the year’.

Besides my crafting, my background includes corporate communications and graphic arts. I love to make CAS cards but I can also get a bit more dramatic at times! I was previously a design team member of Tiddlyinks for a year and I had a fabulous time there.

A little secret about me is… I begin my Christmas card making in July every year as I do a lot of sales for Christmas. Happy crafting all!

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Hi, I'm Tina DeMarche, the Domestic Engineer of my home of four boys. I homeschool my youngest son and enjoy learning with him. I started cross-stitching at age 6 and have loved keeping my hands busy ever since. Cooking is another one of my favorite things I like to do and it keeps my hungry boys happy. 

I took a calligraphy class in 2001 and we would make Christmas cards to swap amongst ourselves. Thus began my love for card making, but I really didn't get into stamping until years later. I guess I have been stamping for 9 years now, but over the last 5 I have started to collect stamps and they have taken over my crafting closet. I'm excited to be joining Leslie on another Design Team adventure :o) 

Let's start this next adventure.... 

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My name is Valerie, my blog is ValByDesign, and I'm excited to be joining the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog Design Team! I have been crafting (scrapbooking and cards) basically all my life (yes, I have scrapbooks from my childhood!), but I started my blog in 2011. I have 4 teenage sons and a 20 year old daughter, a fantastic husband (we met in college), and I work in a great dental/orthodontic office in the administrative department. I have a beautiful craft room that I escape into whenever I have a free moment, and I will definitely be using it a lot more now that I’m on this fun new team!

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