MEET THE DE­SIGNER: NI­COLE COURSEY

CardMaker - - Contents - By Brooke Smith

Joy

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

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