Meet the Design Team


(Challenge Administrator)
Hi...My name is Nancy and I am over the top excited to be a DT member here at Seize the Birthday!  I live on the West Coast of the Sunshine State and my hubby and I both work in the school system. We have the most amazing son a parent could ever ask for, that is currently a Jr. at FSU!  When I am not making cards or scrapbooking (if there is anything better to do) you can find me either baking, blog surfing, or attending my Pinterest Addict meetings.  :)  


Senior Design Team
Hey there!  I'm Glenda and I'm really happy to be here at Seize the Birthday.  First off, I must confess, I am a big geek!  Science geek and crafty geek! I’m a marine geologist by day and a stamping addict by night.  I have a great group of crafty friends here, there and everywhere who keep me inspired, entertained and enabled.  I’m also lucky to have a supportive hubby, who never asks how much I spend on my addiction, I mean, hobby!  My paper crafting style is generally clean and simple, although I do stray off in random directions sometimes. Being on this team is perfect for me as I love playing with sketches (and have a hard time coming up with my own). I also love to play with funky patterned papers and fun & bold colour combinations.


Design Team


Hi! My name is Brenda and I live in Ottawa, Canada. I’ve been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for two years - I love it and am totally addicted to paper crafting! My husband and I have been happily married for 15 years and have two fabulous kids.  I am a stay-at-home mom and when I'm not crafting or volunteering at the kids' school, you can find me in the kitchen indulging in my other passion, cake decorating. I am super excited to be joining the Seize the Birthday Design Team and am looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you.



Hi Girl Friends!  I am Colleen and live in West Linn, Oregon, just south of Portland.  My husband and I just celebrated our 42 anniversary!  We have two grown daughters and between them have 3 girls and three boys ranging from 4 - 14!  My older daughter and her family live right next door to us!   I am so humbled to be asked to serve on this design team with you all...and Lesley, a million thanks for believing in me!


Hi, my name is Hannelie Bester and I was born in South-Africa.  I lived there my whole life until 6 years ago when we moved to the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) because of a job opportunity that was offered to my husband. I started blogging soon after we moved here... hence the title of my blog!  Living so far away from my loved ones made me realized how much I love them. Card making helps me cope with being far away from home, and challenges my right brain, since I am a left brained, logical, and analytical pharmacist at heart!  My card making style is CAS graphic most of the time!


Hello everyone! My name is Janet Zeppa and I live in St.Catharines Ontario Canada. That is close to Niagara Falls. My husband and I are proud parents of 3 grown children, 1 girl and 2 boys. We are now empty nesters and life is good! I love paper crafting and have been scrapbooking and card making for about 10 years. When my daughter became engaged I just knew that I wanted to do something special with all the wedding photos and that's how it all began.  I am super excited to be a part of the Seize The Birthday team and I look forward to meeting all of you fellow crafters out there. I'm sure that we will inspire each other.


Hi my name is JoAnn and I am so excited to be joining the Seize The Birthday Design Team.  I have been doing crafts of some sort for most of my life, hence the title of my blog.  I started scrapbooking and cardmaking in 1998 and it is definitely addictive.  I enjoy making cards for family and friends.  We live in Central Florida about 60 miles from the west coast.  My husband and I are both original Floridians and moved back here after he retired from the military. We are both retired now and I enjoy my crafts and spending time with the grandchildren.


Hi! My name is Jodene and I live in Perth, Australia and I am thrilled to be joining the Seize The Birthday Design Team! I've been stamping for 15 years and have been known to do a few scrapbook pages too. I have been married for almost 19 years, we have two gorgeous daughters who are 15 and 17 and two dogs and one cat complete our little family. When I'm not in my craft room, I'm either  playing chauffeur to the kids, at work (as a part time Office Manager) or volunteering at the RSPCA animal shelter one day a week. 



Hi there! My name is Marzena but known as "Macarena" and I am extremely happy about being the great STB Design Team Member!!!
I live in Poland with my teen son and a big british shotrhair :-) I am a full time working as an export manager girl and love to spend my evening on crafting. There is no more fun and relax as scrapping after a hard day at work. I've been crafting since almost 2 years now and I am completely addicted :-) Thank you Lesley so much for the chance to share my cards here and being one of you :-) 




Hi!  I'm Sharyn.  I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we will be celebrating our 41st Anniversary on January 20th.  We have two grown children and six grandchildren.  I have always loved crafty things, and enjoy card making, scrapbooking, quilting and counted cross-stitch.  I also love to read, cook, work in my flowers, travel with my husband, and spend time with my family.  I started stamping in the summer of 2012 and have been hooked ever since.  I am very excited to be a part of this very talented team.


Hi, I’m Shirley and I’m thrilled to be joining this talented team at Seize The Birthday because I love making birthday cards!  I’ve been crafting since I was a child and will try just about anything, but stamping is my obsession.  We live in a beautiful village in north-west England with our basket-case of a rescue dog (a surprise present from our two grown-up sons who have both de-camped to Australia).  We’ve both retired early, 
DH does all the cooking and I get to play all day.  Win/win!







Lesley Croghan 
(Creator/Sketch Designer/Administrator)

Hi! My name is Lesley. I love making cards and spending time with my wonderful husband. I am the creator of the Paper Players, the Freshly Made Sketchesthe Dynamic Duos and now the Seize the Birthday challenge blogs. I am the co-creator of FUSION with Jackie Rockwell. I also host a weekly Christmas Card Challenge on my blog called "Merry Monday" and I design for Whimsy and Stars Digital Stamps. My passion is card making and I am inspired by all the crafty people I meet!! I am thrilled to be working with these ladies! I hope you will get crafty with us and build your stash of birthday cards.


The PAST Team

Rose Miller 
(Sponsorship Coordinator)
Hi, my name is Rose and I am married to a wonderful man that not only supports my crafty obsession hobby but encourages it. We are empty nester's with just our two spoiled fur babies Precious and Q left at home.
I am thrilled that Lesley has asked me to join her DT on Seize the Birthday as I am always way behind on making birthday cards.


Deanna Dean 
Hi, My name is Deanna Dean. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Oregon and still call it home. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 22 years. We have one daughter and soon we will be adding a son-in-law to the family. I've been crafting as long as I can remember. My mom and I were always making something. I started scrapbooking several years ago and that led to card making and I've never looked back. I'm so excited to be part of the Seize the Birthday Design Team.



Stacey Schafer 
How exciting to be part of Seize the Birthday Challenge Team!  I am thrilled with the opportunity to design with the talented gals here at STB!  My husband, Greg, and I live on a small farm in the Midwest with our three children...Noah (12), Ben (10), and Hannah (8).  As a busy wife and mom, and full time teacher, I look forward to my therapeutic stamping time!  As many of you know, I'm also a sucker for a fabulous sketch challenge, and I can't wait to share our wonderful sketches and inspiration with you!

Hi, I'm Jen and I live just north of Manchester in the UK. I'm an accountant by day and a crafter by night... with a little help from my two furry friends.  My other half thinks I have way to much crafty stash... but it's an addiction what can I say, plus what would I use the spare room for if it wasn't my studio!! I can't wait to work with all these talented ladies on the DT!!!



Hello - I am so excited to be part of the Seize the Birthday Challenge Team, and work with such outstanding talent!  My name is Cathy Santie, and I live 25 miles West of the "Windy City" - Chicago, Illinois. I have two adult children; a daughter who graduated with her Masters in Forensics and will be getting married this June, and a son who gave me my first Grandson , January 2010. I have a wonderful, supportive husband who actually gave me a nudge in the direction of this wonderful world of paper! Seven years ago, after watching me for a few months dabble in card making, I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. He and my daughter had a bet going that this interest in paper wouldn't last for more than a few months. Well, as you can see, I received my sewing machine and after hundreds of cards later.....they lost! Thank you for visiting my blog, and for all your wonderful comments - they are greatly appreciated!



Hi, It's Amy! I'm so excited to be part of the Seize the Birthday team!  I live in Washington State. I'm the proud mother of two lovely kids and am engaged to "thee most spectacular guy" who supports my crafting obsession. I work full-time, have been blogging since 2007. I absolutely love being part of this crafting community!!



Past Design Team Members


Hi, I'm Lynn and live in an extremely small town in Texas.  I have two grown children, three lovely granddaughters, a wonderful husband, and a cute little doxie named Rambo.  After completing 24 years in the workforce, I decided to "hang up my heels" and retire.  This gave me more time to do the things I love like paper crafts, gardening, reading, and fishing.  I looking forward to working with all the very talented ladies on this DT.






Hi! I'm Kay Miller. I have been stamping for 17 years now, ever since I wandered into a little stamping store in Anacortes, Washington while I was visiting my Grandfather. I ended up spending every bit of my traveling money on stamps and got in trouble with my Grandfather for staying way too long in the stamp store. I am married to a wonderful guy who puts up with my obsessive hobby and we have two great kiddos that I home school. We live in the country in the middle of nowhere Missouri with lots of dogs, cats, horses and miscellaneous wild things. I am SO very thrilled to be part of the Seize The Birthday Design Team. I have only this year started blogging and posting my cards online and I have never had so much fun!



Hi there :) I'm super excited to be joining the Seize The Birthday Team! I've been stamping for about 8 years now and unlike all my other hobbies I haven't gotten bored of it. It's a good thing too since I've invested a lot of money into it. I'm a wife, mom and work full time for a major grocery chain here in Canada. Since I travel during the week I spend my weekends stamping away. I'm very lucky to have a supportive husband and daughter....lol
Over the years I've been lucky enough to be on several design teams and was a member of the Dirty Dozen on SCS back in 2008. Wow that seems so long ago now. I'm looking forward to playing along with all these talented ladies and seeing your creations too!


Hello, from sunny Singapore! I am Jenny. I usually go by "Wifey Cookie" across blog land. It has not been long since I got into card making (started in 2010) and I confess I am totally in love with it! I've amassed a stash of stamps and papers, and "Hubby Cookie" is my ultimate enabler. I am in I.T. by profession and I go to paper crafting to get away from work-related stress.  I am super excited to be part of the Seize the Birthday team and inspire fellow card makers in their quest to build a birthday card stash! :)


Hola!! Calypso here and I am overjoyed to be a part of the Seize the Birthday Design Team.  
I live in sunny, beach town California with my hubby, our 3 boys and a miniature Yorkie.  Being a SAHM, I have to always be on my toes and  be prepared for just about anything.  So at the end of the day, I love to unwind by blog hoping and making cards.  I am excited to share my birthday creations with you and I can't wait to see yours as well.


Hi everyone, my name is Sue and I live in Sussex which on the South Coast of England. I am happily married and have three wonderful teenage children who I'm so proud of and mean the world to me.
I have always enjoyed everything and anything crafty and now my children are a bit older I have more 'me' time to spend doing something I love. My main passion is card making but I'll try my hand at most things!
I'm thrilled and honoured to be part of such a wonderful Design Team.



Hello!  My name is Sheri Gilson and I'm SUPER excited to be joining the Seize the BirthdayDT!!  I live in Northern California with my husband of almost 20 years, our 14 year old son, and am currently a SAHM who loves to create.  I was first introduced to stamping just before the birth of my son by my Mom and close friend who were totally obsessed with it (at the time I couldn't figure out why...LOL).  I immediately fell in love with card making and now have an entire room dedicated to it to prove it.  I would like to thank Lesley for the wonderful opportunity...I can't wait to get started with this AMAZING design team!!


Hi, my name is Susie and I live near a small farming community in northern Illinois, USA with my wonderful husband!  When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family, walking and (of course) stamping.  Cards are my favorite, but I also enjoy creating photo layouts, altered projects, etc.  Just about anything involving paper crafting. I’ve been stamping for many years, but my hobby became even more fun when I started blogging in 2009.  I found challenge blogs!!!   It’s so much fun to be inspired by, and learn from, other crafters.  As a member of this super-talented design team, I hope that I’ll be able to inspire you!

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