Hello! I’m Niki. A stepmom to two, petmom to five, and wife to one heckuva great guy. I love all things paper and some things fabric. Tea is my beverage of choice, and I’ll take it hot or cold. I ink blend, die cut, and color every day. Welcome to my online happy place :)
My favorite techniques include stamping, watercolor, die-cut design, and paper sculpture. I love to find new ideas, tech tools, and creative products to share with you through my blog and social media.
My first paper obsession started out with quilling. It has been one of my favorite paper art techniques since 2004. Back in Canada, I taught
My card making started as a scrapbooking hobby, but completing full layouts proved to be a challenge (I have the attention span of a goldfish). So, I tried making cards out of paper scraps… and found that techniques and design on a smaller scale helped me expand my creativity in bite-sized pieces :)
In 2014, I started cardstoq (previously Tealkat’s Blog) to share my projects and ideas so I could hopefully inspire others to find something they love to do and run with it!
I live in sunny San Antonio, Texas with my husband, Scott and younger kiddo Joseph, three cats, and a pair of playful boxers. Our eldest kiddo, Kevin, is married and in the US Navy.
I run on caffeine and cardstock.
Current Design Team
- October 2018 – Tonic Studios USA Design Team
- Sept 2018 – The Hedgehog Hollow Design Team
- July 2018 – The Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog Design Team
Past Design Teams
- March 2018/19 – CutCardstock Design Team
- July 2018 – December 2018 – Whimsy Stamps Creative Team
- March 2017/18 – CutCardstock Design Team
- July – December 2017 – CardMaker Magazine Blog Team
- March 2017/18 – Silhouette America Creative Design Team
- March 2016/17 – Silhouette America Creative Design Team
Guest Design Work
- February 2019 – Spellbinders Just Add Color Collection by Stephanie Low, “Large Peonies”
- January 2019 – Spellbinders January 2019 Small Die of the Month, “First Crush”
- April 2017 – Facebook LIVE Event with CardMaker Magazine, “Be Amazing”
- February 2017 – Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge, “Simply Beautiful”
- February 2017 – Facebook LIVE Event with CardMaker Magazine, “Glad We Met”
- January 2016 – Challenge #38 at Tag You’re It! Challenge Blog
- July 2015 – Challenge #28 at Tag You’re It! Challenge Blog
- December 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, Designer Spotlight, “Joy”
- December 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, Quick Cards Trio Feature, “Christmas Blush”
- December 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, The Last Word Feature, “Framed Wishes”
- April 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, Quill It Easy Feature, “Beautiful Day”
- April 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, All Occasions Feature, “Birthday Swirls”
- April 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, The Last Word Feature, “Be Amazing”
- January 2017 – Cardmaker Magazine, Quill It Easy Feature, “Glad We Met”