MEET THE DESIGNER: NICOLE COURSEY
A fascination with paper that began in childhood has led designer Nicole Coursey to become a gifted quilling artist and card maker. After getting her start in scrapbooking, Nicole quickly began learning the art of quilling, a skill that has grown to include designing and teaching. Her clean and fresh designs have graced the pages of CardMaker, and she is a regular on the CardMaker Facebook page sharing demos on quilling and card making in live videos. She also sells her own quilling supplies along with a few small original projects in her Etsy shop (www.tealkat.com). To see more of Nicole’s work, visit her blog at www.cardstoq.com. We’re excited to feature Nicole in this issue and we hope you’ll enjoy learning more about this talented designer.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started creating cards: I’m originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, in Canada, but I moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2008. I don’t miss the snow much except at Christmastime; it’s hard to make snowmen with fallen oak leaves. I’m a stay-at-home, self-employed stepmom of two teen boys and my husband is a software developer. When I’m not running errands or a taxi service, I am working in my quilling shop on Etsy (www.tealkat.com), and on my blog (www.cardstoq.com).
All through life, I have loved making things with paper. When I was little, my favorite gift during the holidays was a box full of construction paper and pencils. There was a craft store next to my grandparents’ house in Port Union. I’m sure I made the owner crazy with how many times she would see me in the course of a day. I had so many bags of googly eyes and pompoms!
In my early twenties, I picked up scrapbooking, which quickly turned into a fascination with quilling. I used quilling to decorate my scrapbook pages. I started teaching quilling