Meet the DT

The Colour Me... Co-Creators! 

Hayley Kew

Hello! My name is Hayley and I live in Ontario, Canada. I have been paper crating for about 10 years now and 3 years ago I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I have made some fabulous friends over the past 3 years sharing what I love with people through my classes and blogging. I am the very proud mother of two fabulous kiddos and have a beyond amazing husband who helps me to do the things in life which make me happy! When I'm not spending time with my beautiful family or tucked away in my craft room, I have the privilege of being a birth and postpartum doula. 

Tara and I have been talking about creating a blog for some time now. I am so very excited that we have finally had a chance to put our ideas in motion! Looking forward to the FABulous projects you will be sharing with us as we "get to know" each other along the way!

Tara Bourgoin

Hello! My name is Tara and I live in Ontario, Canada. I've been crafting for as long as I can remember, but only recently discovered Stampin' Up! (about 3 years ago). I love anything to do with colours and design, and I love sharing with and learning from all the talented people I come across on this journey. I have two young boys (2 and 5) and a wonderfully supportive husband. When I'm not crafting, I'm working my "day job" as a Product Manager, or spending time with my fabulous family.

I am SO thrilled to be co-creating Colour Me...! with my dear friend Hayley and can't wait to meet many more friends and be inspired by all of you! Welcome!!

Colour Me... Design Team Number 1!

Brenda Hofstatter

Hi! My name is Brenda and I live in Ottawa, Canada and 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 Colour Me…! Design Team and am looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you.

Katie Melhus

Hi! I'm Katie and I have been making cards since 2008. Having my daughter inspired me to try my hand at scrapbooking and soon it turned into a full-blown paper crafting obsession (we all know how easily that happens, right?) Luckily my wonderful husband Ken is super supportive of my "habit". We live in a small town in Washington state with our 3 year old little Ansley, and our spoiled cat, The Bean. I work in a medical laboratory, so after being in the lab I love to get creative and my favourite way to do that is with stamps, ink, and paper. I started blogging in 2012 and I'm amazed at the amount of talent and support for others that is out there, what an awesome community! 

I'm super excited to be a part of this brand new challenge and I can't wait to see what everyone out there creates! Keep it crafty!

Rosemary Dennis

Hi everyone! I’m Rosemary and I live in the beautiful state of Washington with my husband and two boys. I have been crafting in some form or another for longer than I care to remember, lol! But I started paper crafting serious in around 2008 when I found the online world of paper crafting. I did a lot of “lurking” before I started playing along in challenges and starting my blog in May of 2009. Over the last few years I have served on several different design teams and have been fortunate enough to have my work published in many different paper crafting publications. 

I’m super excited to be a part of the very first “Colour Me” design team! 

Sam Simpson

Hi my name is Sam, I live with my fantastic partner Jono and my mad cat, Patch, who thinks he's a dog. We live in the quaint, quirky and amazing ye old City of York - UK. I guess it should come as no surprise to you that I love card making. I started crafting about six years ago, when I fell in love with paper and stamps and I'm not afraid to say that it is a bit of an obsession really. I am also a bit of a photography geek and will mostly be seen with camera in hand if I'm not making cards. 

I am super excited to be a part of this new venture at Colour Me...! I can't wait to work with such a fab group of women!

Colour Me... Design Team Number 2!

Claire Broadwater

Hi! My name is Claire Broadwater. I live at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. It is a beautiful lake/golf community an hour east of Atlanta on Lake Oconee. My husband, Bill is my biggest supporter. I have twin sons and a bonus son and daughter. We have five Grandchildren and we are expecting two more in July. There is never a dull moment at our home.

I am a retired Elementary Educator. (27 years) I have been cutting and pasting paper for as long as I can remember. I was an avid Scrapbooker for years and was introduced to Stampin’ UP! two years ago. I became a Demonstrator the first day! I absolutely LOVE making cards and teaching others how to make them. Embossing paper, bling and ribbon make me happy! I started a blog last year to share my creations and have met so many fabulous people through challenges. 

I am THRILLED to be asked by Hayley and Tara to be on the Colour Me...! Design Team! I look forward to the challenge and meeting new friends! 

Joanne James

Hello I’m Joanne and live in Northampton in the UK, although I’m Welsh at heart! I have always been creative and enjoy lots of crafts and papercrafting and rubber stamping is my passion. I only discovered Stampin’ Up! relatively recently and became a demonstrator 2 years ago. I love that Stampin’ Up! enables me to share my passion and creativity with others through parties, classes and writing my daily blog, which is my therapy!

I am a busy Mum of a 9 year old daughter and 6 year old son and have an amazing husband who is as much of a whizz with the ironing board as he is an IT genius! I love both colour and sketch challenges and am thrilled to have been asked by Tara and Hayley to join the Colour Me…! Design Team. I am excited at the prospect of working with this group of super-talented ladies and look forward to sharing our creative ideas with you.

Julia Altermann

Hello! I'm Julia, and while I've always been interested in crafting & coloring, I've only gotten serious about it in the summer of 2013 when I created my dad's present for his 80th birthday. Since then, I've been hooked on stamps and dies and find card making a wonderful creative outlet. I'm originally from the wonderful city of Dresden, Germany, but have moved to Stuttgart a while ago to work the job my dreams: we make apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac and I love my small team and can't wait to go to work every single day. Seriously! 

At home, my (slightly crazy) cat Sissy demands my attention and isn't shy about sabotaging my crafting if she feels left out. I've explained to her that my responsibilities are a bit more serious now that I've joined the Colour Me…! Design Team and that I'm tickled pink about it! I'm looking forward to work with these other wonderful ladies and to see what you make of our challenges.

Sherrie Mannion

Hello! My name is Sherrie and I’m from New Jersey. I’m blessed with a wonderful husband and three daughters that are very supportive of my crafty pursuits. I discovered pretty patterned paper and scrapbooking back in 2003 when my first daughter was born and have delved deeper into the world of paper crafting ever since. I started making cards 3 years ago out of necessity but once I started playing around with stamps and inks I couldn’t stop. Nothing makes me happier than to see my girls pull out the scrapbooks on their own just to see their photos and read their stories or to put a pretty handmade card in the mail. I am thrilled to join the Colour Me…! team and look forward to stretching our creative muscles together. 

Colour Me... Design Team Number 3!

Angel Johns

My name is Angel Johns. I am a wife to Chris and a stay at home mom to my two boys (14 & 4). We live in north Georgia and love spending time together.I have been paper crafting for almost 20 years. Scrapbooking was my first passion but card making and stamping has taken over my life the past few years. I love in, stamps, paper, color, texture and trying out all the new trends. 

Being part of a design team helps push me out of my comfort zone and I can't wait to join this Colour Me...! team every week to create for you. I am very honored to be a part of this team! Happy Crafting!

Jenny Engelke

Hi! My name is Jenny Engelke and I'm from a small community in the NE corner of Montana. I'm a mom to three boys (18, 16, and 19( and have been married to my amazing husband, Alan, for almost 21 years. I was introduced to Stampin' Up when I was pregnant with my oldest son, and decided to make my own baby announcements and I was hooked from there. I've dabbled in scrapbooking, and other forms of crafting, but card making has been my passion. I became a Stampin' Up Demonstrator two years ago and have enjoyed it tremendously!

Julia Wilson

Hi, it's Julia! I'm the crafter behind a little project I like to call 'z2 crafts' I am a self proclaimed member of Hogwarts' Hufflepuff House, reality TV junkie, and guacamole enthusiast. For the first eighteen years of my life, I thrived on the pursuit of my very own KitchenAid stand mixer. Once I crossed that milestone off my list, I did some wandering, a little soul searching, and stumbled upon card making when I crafted baby shower invitations for my sister. I was immediately hooked and the rest is history. 

I'm thrilled to be joining the Colour Me...! Design Team! I can't wait to pay it forward by spreading the challenge's positive energy and encouraging other paper crafters.

Katie Brooks

Hiya! I'm Katie Brooks (aka kbstamps) from Seattle, WA. I am a mom to a beautiful 7 year old girl name Sophie and have a wonderful husband named Jeremy. I work full time in the HR field. I have had a love for arts/crafts all of my life, it was passed to me by my parents. I've tried so many things, but making cards is my fave as I can easily share it with those I love! 

I really enjoy playing in challenges, it's a fun way to be inspired and see through the eyes of others, which is why I'm thrilled to be a part of the Colour Me...! Design Team! So lucky to be here with all these talented folks!

Sandy Mathis

Hi everyone! My name is Sandy Mathis. I live on beautiful Long Island, New York, which is known for it's gorgeous parks and beaches. I'm a wife and mom to three adult kids and one fur child, a kitten named Oliver. I've always loved crafts of all sorts by I am totally addicted to paper crafting. I love blogging and participating in challenges and feel so fortunate to have made so many amazing friends along the way who share the same passion. When I have time, some of my other interests include cooking, jewelry making, gardening, reading and biking.

I am so excited to be one of the newest designers at Colour Me...!

Tanja Kabel

Hi there, my name is Tanja and I live in Germany with my wonderful husband, two children - Finn (7) and Emily (4) - and four cats: Tapldi, Simba, Finnja and Cookie. I am addicted to stamping and paper crafting for a while now and I decided to start my own blog in February 2014. I love to try new techniques and to create little scenes. My favourite colouring mediums are pencils and watercolors and I also adore the whole range of Distress products. 

I am delighted to join this fantastic challenge as a Design Team Member and I really hope that you will get inspired by my projects. 


  1. Good luck with your new blog challenge adventure! It looks like fun! Are color substitutions allowed or must all projects be made with SU products? Happy New Year everyone and happy crafting!
    :) Marie

    1. Marie, yes you can substitute for other products! Some of the design team are Stampin' Up! demonstrators, but others are not. Please use whatever products you have :)