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Well hi!!! First of all I'll share a bit about me... My name is Jo and I live in the beautiful South Wales Valleys here in the UK Im Avery young 58 year old - so young that I usually forget the 8 and claim to be 5!!! I've been married to the most amazing man for 38 years (poor Phil!). He has been my rock for a total of 42 years and we have two fab children Jess and Steve 33 and 35. They and their families are quite artycrafty and of course, we encourage that! We also foster dogs for a rescue charity - life is never dull! I began my crafty journey when the kids were little and I needed to find ways to keep some very busy little people occupied on a budget. From there I progressed to using art and craft in my work with children with additional needs. I carried this on in many areas of work both in schools and in the wider communities - encouraging others to express themselves through art and craft isnt just rewarding but can lead to great learning and self development too! I reached the age if 50 and realised I wanted to be able to offer people the opportunity to use art and craft as their own therapy as well as encourage people to grow and learn via a myriad of mediums. So began Craft of Hearts. A social enterprise developed just for that purpose. We are not for profit and never seem to make enough money for salaries as it goes back in to keep the business going... but who needs money right? Fast forward 8 years and I hapoen across some if the mist amazing designs on rice paper I have ever seen.... Yup you got it. Our very own Decoupage Queen. I saw some and did something I don't usually do..I contacted Teresa. I was very nervous about this (yes really), but didn't have long to wait before a lovley answer pinged into my inbox! And the rest as they say, is history. I have been blessed to be able to take these beautiful rice papers onto the craft channel The Craft Store as well as now being part of the a brilliant and talented DT! The other DT members are all so enthusiastic about rice but also about art and craft and life..... What a great place to be! Xj



Hi Crea Red here, which is my artist name because I am a redhead and creative 😁.

My own name is Karin Boreas, I am 50 years young and just discovered my creativity 3 years ago after therapy for burn-out.

I worked as a Police woman for many years, but now my world is all about crafting.

I’ve been married for 27 years to my best friend and Soulmate Roy. We have 2 sons Kay 22 and Bryan 25 years old. We are all Dutch but live just 1km over the border in Germany. We have a small dog named Gipsy. I love 3D mixed media and steampunk style.

I also love working with Rice papers too, they can be used in so many ways. I think I can be a bold crafter but also with a soft touch sometimes.

My favourite piece I ever made? Difficult, I like several very much, but I think it has to be  my steampunk torso. Usually my inspiration comes from how I feel that day. Emotions are very often the reasonbehind why  I make art. But it can also be a chipboard or an image. If I have no inspiration, I do not panic. I just go and take a walk, do other things and try it again in a few days. Pinterest is great for ideas too.

Being in Design Teams is not always a fairytale, there are many differences. Decoupage Queen DT is really a team, we have a lot of contact and we laugh a lot.I love that, it feels like coming home. Teresa is so kind and is like a mom to us I guess. It feels like the family I always wanted, no competition but just helping and inspiring each other.

I love giving workshops, teaching, which I now do online and in my own group with Inge, called MIXED MEDIA SOULMATES.



A little bit about me..

My name is Iveta, I am a full time artist and mom to one 3 year old little person and 2 cats!

I am Latvian born living in U.K. but I like to think that I’m just a soul inside this body (or a sack of meat as I like to sometimes call it) that I was given and I currently reside on planet earth haha!

I create to live and live to create - I found my passion for handmade about 6 years ago and I have not looked back since!

I recently learned a phrase "Body in motion tends to stay in motion" and that's literally me, no time to stop, keep those creative gears churning, there will be plenty of time to rest. Eventually.

What inspires me the most I think is the process itself, it’s my meditation, my zen and my me time. Also, there’s nothing like the high of seeing your idea come to life!

I don’t really have “my own “ style I don’t think. I get inspired by everything so my display looks more like a shelf at a curiosity shop than a mini art exhibition at some fancy art gallery.

I love everything from soft and natural to bold and extravagant!

My favourite things about being a Design Team member for Decoupage Queen are: (in no particular order )

Amazing, beautiful papers that fuel my creativity & inspire me to create.

The team itself! Wonderful group of the most talented artists that are there for you any time of the day!

The Queen Bee herself, I met this wonderful lady less than a year ago, and I feel like I've known her forever. I don't think I've ever met such kind, smart, courageous and honest (in every possible meaning of this word) person.

It's an honour to be a part of this amazing team.

(I'm not crying, you're crying!!!)

Last little nugget of wisdom - if you feel stuck and you don’t want to create or don’t know what to create, take a break. Lay all your art supplies where you can see them and then force yourself not to create. Go do something else for a day or two, you probably won’t last much longer.

Trust me, it works!



I’ve called Sydney Australia home for almost 40 years, born and raised in the UK. In 1981 my then very new husband and I decided to have an adventure in Australia for a 12 month working holiday well 40 years later and we are still here (sorry Mum). This is where we call home, where we feel like we belong although we really enjoy our trips 'back home' we love our lives here.

I have 2 sons both in their mid 30's, both musical and creative, both dabbling in their own art journey, one of whom is currently living in the UK and working as a fire fighter, history repeats itself lol.

I spent my working years in the corporate world of Human Resources and then in my 40's I did a complete 180 and trained as a Remedial Massage therapist, kissed the suits and heels goodbye and opened up my own business as a therapist which I ran and worked in for about 10 years. I retired 4 years ago and last year I turned 60.

I have always been searching for a creative outlet but never felt like I had really found 'my thing'. I love interior design and have renovated/flipped several houses the last one being in 2017 and it was during this renovation that I decided to paint the kitchen cabinets. That was it I was hooked. I very quickly fell down the rabbit hole of flipping furniture and that in turn led to experimenting in all sorts of things including decoupage which I try to incorporate into my furniture finishes. This craft has kept me sane through a few of life's challenges and now it's part of who I am, it's what I do.

I have many favourite pieces and can't pick just one but there have been a few that have really challenged me and I see this as a positive, once I've worked out the solution of course. I consider my style to be eclectic. I like almost everything and I want to try almost everything, there just aren't enough hours in the day.

Being accepted to be part of the Decoupage Queen design team was an absolute delight and a privilege. This team both motivates and challenges me, provides support when needed and it's so lovely to have found 'my people'. It's also satisfying to think that I might be motivating or inspiring another artist on their journey, plus I get to play with all the lovely paper haha.

For fun I like to do crazy things like hiking up mountains carrying my home on my back but that's a whole other story.



About 6 years ago, my oldest son was leaving for college (my other one wouldn't be far behind) and I realized I'd have to do something to fill my days as I'd been a stay at home mom for 20 years.

My first endeavor was a flock of 12 chickens.

They, and my two dogs, were a hoot to hang out with, but I still needed something else to do.

I've always been a creative soul and when I saw people painting and selling furniture I thought I could give it a try.

Well, I was hooked!

I threw myself into it and soon started painting decor, frames, jewelry boxes and anything else I could get my hands on. Along the way I realized not only did I love painting, but I loved helping people when they had questions.

Becoming a Decoupage Queen design team member, has without a doubt, been the highlight of my creative endeavours! Not only do these papers spark my creativity but the other design team members do as well!

I've learned so much from them and they've inspired me to think outside the box with different mediums and styles. This was easy to do as my style can't be described in just a few words.

I love everything from old-world distressed to grunge and steampunk to sleek and sophisticated. And Decoupage Queen paper covers all the bases!

My only words of wisdom are that it's never too late to start something new! By venturing into the unknown, a new world has opened up leading to partnering with my mom and selling my creations in an antique booth in New Jersey as well as on-line, and now making tutorials to teach others and help spark their creativity. Who knows where it will lead you?



Hello all! My name is Heather, and I am 30 years old based out of Atlanta, Ga.

I do most of my work (both big and small) out of my tiny apartment while working a full-time job. You are almost always guaranteed to walk and find a drop cloth down with furniture in varying stages of completion laying around. Mixed in with the furniture and crafts you will find my dog, Annie, and my two cats, Pumpkin and Oliver. They are always looking to assist me in my endeavours, usually unsuccessfully.

I love being on the Decoupage Queen design team. It is a great outlet to be creative. My primary focus tends to be on larger furniture items. Whether I am using the paper as an accent to dress up some drawers or as a beautiful focal point there is always a place for some decoupage paper in every piece. Recently, I have started branching into some smaller mixed media type art pieces, but that will never take away from my love of the big stuff. Most of my pieces are bright and bold. I use a lot of floral transfers to create elaborate designs.

The person who has inspired me the most would be my stepmom, Teresa. She has brought me into this beautiful world of crafts and is my partner in our small side business, TH Décor. We transform dated old pieces and sell them at a shop in town. I could not and would not be able to do any of this without her support and the support of my dad (his is the muscles of the business). I can’t wait to see where this goes!



"A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep, in dreams you will lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep."

My creative journey began with a dream. I longed for something to do with my own hands and prayed hard about it. My mom is an artist, so it was already in my blood I just never got into it.

One day my mom showed me some furniture transformations online and I found an artist doing live videos, her hair was vibrant colors, she had on overalls and cowboy boots and something in that moment struck a chord in me.

My inner artist was born.

I am 53, I live in Oklahoma, I have never been married, I have a 30 year old son who is a firefighter and he recently married and has given me 3 wonderful grandbabies who rule my world. I work full time, clean homes for the elderly on weekends and paint in between.

I would be remiss not to mention my two little dogs who also help me along with life; Turbo & Wookie. My painting journey began 2 years ago.

I work on small furniture, chairs, tables, decor and any unique pieces I find. I also repurpose cigar boxes and luckily I have a carpenter a few doors down who makes wooden boxes for me as well.

My style would be best described as LOUD. I love vibrant colors, bold patterns, large florals, decoupage paper and mixing and matching all of those things together on one piece. My mom always teased me growing up saying I could never do 'plain vanilla' and it's true, What inspires me is nature, life, emotions, the sky, seeing beautiful works of other artists, sunsets & sunrises, the ocean.

Sometimes I see a piece and immediately know what all I want to do and other times a piece is rather shy and doesn't speak to me for a while.

I don't have a favorite piece I've created but a favorite pattern that is included in most of my work, the harlequin pattern. If ever I am waning in creative flow, other members of the Decoupage Queen Design Team lift me back up; we call each other art sisters and lean on each other for learning, creativity, inspiration and laughter. My art family means the world to me; for inspiration, for companionship and a connection to the world.



A little bit about me..
My name is Inge Im 51 years young or as I myself say 49 and a bit.
I live in a small town in the middle of the Netherlands with my hubby and my diva black cat called Brandy. In my daily life I work in law enforcement which can be stressfull every now and then.
A couple of years ago work became a bit too much so I needed to find something to relax and reset my mind after work. 

I found my passion for making of curiosity cabinets and crafting about 2 years ago. Curiosity cabinets are my guilty pleasure and I have a lot of fun creating them. For me its a monent of relaxing in my own little world and it puts away the preassure of daily live.
In time I met lovely people who insired me to go search for other forms of craft.
So these days I do art on canvas, decoupage, steampunk and I even make cards.
 
I do all of my crafting in my own little craftroom which is overloaded with too many craft supplies. Or as my hubby says craft items for at least 6 other lives. I just discovered that crafting and buying crafting supplies are two totally different hobbies.

My favourite things about being a Design Team member for Decoupage Queen are:
The absolutly lovely gorgeous papers who are unique in their own way. I have not seen papers like this anywhere else and it seems the papers are getting better and better. They inspire me and my creativity  a lot and I hope they will do for a very long time. 
Less then a year ago I met my fellow  team members or as we call each other - artsisters. Though we never met in real life I do believe we will some day. All of them inspire me and push my creativity. I really see them as my artsisters. The laughing we do its good for my health.
The Queen Bee herself, I met this wonderful lady less than a year ago, and I feel like I've known her forever. I don't think I've ever met such kind, smart, courageous and honest (in every possible meaning of this word) person. I stole this from Iveta, she describes perfectly what I wanted to say but better...lol.
It's an honour to be a part of this amazing team. 

Creating and Inspiring thats something I hope to do with my projects for Decoupage Queen.
I hope I inspire you to create..it doesnt matter what you create..just create...
 
Greetings Inge



Hi everyone, my name is Michelle but I call myself Crafty Michelle on social media which is where I share my craft projects.

Ever since I could hold a crayon and a pair of scissors I’ve been making ‘stuff’. My older sister and mother were both very skilled at anything arty or crafty so it felt very natural that I also enjoyed art and crafts from an early age. As an adult I’ve also exhibited and sold my artwork in London galleries. I’m most proud of having my artwork accepted and sold at the Royal Academy of Art in London, UK for their Summer Exhibition.

One of my favourite things to do is to take everyday items and turn them into pieces of art. For example I made a Halloween doll using a Marmite jar, a deep coffee jar lid and a doll’s head and arms. I also love to pop into junk shops to buy old books or bric a brac I can use in future projects and at home my family know never to throw an empty box or jar away without asking if I ‘need’ it first!

I’m so excited to join Decoupage Queen’s amazing team and have fun with all the gorgeous papers.



A little bit about me… my name is Iuliana, I am from Romania and I have moved in London 10 years ago. Moving here was a big challenge as I couldn’t speak or understand any single English word, and this made my start here difficult. However, I do like challenges, so here I am, after 10 years calling this country my home. 

In my daily life I am working as Commercial Director for a Training Facility in London. This job is keeping me very busy for the last 7 years. I have found my creativity about 4 years ago when I realised that I am missing something in my life…and I need a way to escape the busy London’s life and the 12 hours working days… I felt like my creative spirit woke up and told me I can create the pretty chic things I am passionate about.

I believe that there are many ways to express our feelings, thought and desires. We can use songs, words, images, motion. I do it in my own way…creating shabby chic items, upcycling, turning something plain in something ‘’one of a kind’’. Expressing my creativity is my meditation, my relaxation, my therapy.

I do all my crafting in a small corner of my living room and I dream of a large crafty room 😊

I am inspired by everything, but loving shabby chic and vintage style, the French and English cottages provide an endless source of inspiration. I think I am still on the journey to discover my own style…and while I love to try different styles, new techniques and colours, seems like I always come back to soft pink and floral designs 😊

I have many favourite pieces, but the closets to my soul is the ‘’ Antiques goddess Vintage Panel’’ 

I am grateful and happy to be part of Decoupage Queen Design Team! I love the beautiful papers which feed my creativity and inspire me. Although I have just started as a member of the DQ Design Team, I know the work of all the wonderful creative artists in this Team, and I feel motivated  and inspired by them.

 

With Love, Iuliana from Love Shabby Chic

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