Crafty Neighbor is proud to bring you some of the most talented and creative instructors in the Metroplex and beyond. We chose instructors with a wide variety of expertise, training, and creative style in order to provide you with the best possible combination of classes and workshops. All of our instructors are fun, friendly, and will give you a remarkable crafting and cruising experience!  

Karrie Allen (2015 - 2017)

Karrie Allen has been crafting for many years.  Her interests in crafting range from woodcrafts, sewing, quilting, and jewelry-making, to paper crafts.  She became involved in scrapbooking through her brother Doug Jones, the founder of Bazzill Basic Papers, in 2000.  Karrie worked for Bazzill at trade shows and her brother would spoil her with classes from the Bazzill design team. Karrie loves Bazzill Basic cardstock because the texture, weight, and strength of Bazzill paper works perfectly on interactive pages that spin, flip, twirl, and pop.  Karrie says she tends to use her interactive elements to hide her journaling due to her terrible handwriting and to add more pictures to a layout without losing an artistic flair.

Next to creating, teaching is Karrie’s favorite part of crafting. She has taught classes for Mari Dawn’s Scrapbooking in Katy, Texas, Lonestar Scrapbooking in Woodlands, Texas, and in her home before opening her own store Scrapp’n Savvy, (the happiest place in Houston, according to her customers) in Spring, Texas.

Karrie has lived in California, Arizona, Utah, Tennessee, and Virginia but she currently hangs her hat in Texas with Mike and 2 of her 6 boys. She is the proud grandma of 6 adorable grandchildren. 

Shelley Cox (2016 - 2019)

Shelley has been a “cutter and paster” all her life -- so much so that her family gave her that nickname.  She took any scrap of paper, colored, doodled, cut and pasted it to something else to make art.  She became a commercial artist in Running Springs, California (the mountain area by Big Bear Lake) designing, painting, and screen-printing signs, menus and other items.  

Shelley went back to school to get an accounting degree with a minor in art.  She now has her own bookkeeping business and also teaches painting and Zentangle®, as well as hosting coloring parties and more through her Sassafras Arts N Crafts Studio.  Shelley became a CZT, (Certified Zentangle Teacher) in 2015 after realizing she was doing all the tangles anyway and on everything!  She is also a Fun Stampers Journey Coach and a Certified Copic Instructor. Shelley loves all sorts of crafts: card making, painting, tangling, drawing: you name it and she probably has done it!

Shelley and her husband, Dave, have 5 boys: His, Hers, and Theirs! Dave and Shelley have lived in California, Tennessee and currently live in Watauga, Texas (by Fort Worth) with their youngest son and two strange cats.  A long way for a girl born in Detroit! 

Kim Sorensen-Nielsen (October 2016)

Kim has been scrapbooking in some form or fashion since she was a child. She collected photos of family members by either taking them herself or obtaining them for others. She had albums of photos, stickers and journaling. Life got in the way and she dropped the hobby until she became pregnant with her first child. 

While pregnant, Kim's happy place was the local scrapbook store. She says she craved the smell of paper and adhesives! She would often visit The Scrapbook Barn and wander around touching product and dreaming of pretty layouts. She began working part-time creating articles and samples for their newsletter and moved on to working weekends and hosting the weekend crops. One of her favorite tasks was creating free make and take projects for the customers to try new things during those crops.

When a friend won a spot at a Copic Certification class and invited her along, she gladly jumped at the chance. Kim had tried Copics and wasn't very impressed. The hype surrounding them had her believing there had to be more to it! She drove to New Orleans, took the class and has been addicted ever since.  Kim looks forward to meeting each of you during the cruise and sharing her love of Copics with you!

Linda Watkins (2017 - 2019)

Linda Watkins is a native of Albany, New York, and moved to the Dallas area in 2015. Linda has done crafts for many years, including ceramics, making homemade candy, sewing, crochet, greeting cards, and scrapbooking. After working 33 years for the State of New York, Linda retired to take care of her grandsons.  She also worked part-time in a stamp store called Block Heads where she taught make-n-takes. Linda's card-making skills helped her start a greeting card business in New York state selling cards and homemade albums in three different shops. Linda has been a helper on a previous cruise and is looking forward to sharing some of the many projects and techniques she has learned over the years.

Debby Worthington (2015 - 2017)

Debby Worthington started scrapbooking in 1998 and stamping in 2007. She now designs and teaches scrapbook and card classes, having designed pages and taught scrapbooking classes for four years as a Creative Memories consultant. She also designed and taught card making and scrapbook classes as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for six years. Debby currently teaches alcohol ink marker classes and memoir/journaling writing classes in the Seniors Active In Learning program at Collin College.

Debby holds both Copic certifications (standard and immediate). She has attended Copic’s recent Whimsical Faces and Hair workshop as well as classes in Spectrum Noir, Tim Holtz distressed markers and watercolor markers.

Debby calls New Hampshire home but married a career Army man in 1971, so she’s lived in many places including six years in Augsburg, Germany. Debby and Bob have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. They currently reside in Allen, TX. Upon retiring as a paralegal, Debby began fostering dogs, and to date has cared for 131 rescue dogs. In addition to crafting and fostering, Debby enjoys writing and has published articles in the National Paralegal Journal, Forces (the literary journal for Collin College), and several anthologies published by the Telling Our Stories project of Austin College.


Cindy Murray -- Hostess and Organizer

Cindy took her first amateur photography class in 1985 and was thrilled to discover that it went hand-in-hand with another favorite hobby – genealogy. Preserving her family memories eventually evolved into scrapbooking and the rest is history.

Cindy began teaching photography merit badges to Girl and Boy Scouts and added scrapbooking classes several years later in an effort to promote preservation of photos and memorabilia in her son’s Boy Scout troop.

Cindy has been a member of the Scrappin' Goodtime design team (2010) and has taught many classes in the North Texas area. Her work can be seen on the Crafty Neighbor Website, her Crafty Neighborhood Gossip blog, as well as the Crafty Neighbor Facebook page and Instagram.

Cindy is married to Mark and lives in Carrollton, Texas. They have two grown children, Christen and Steven, and a Great Pyrenees rescue named Sophie. Cindy has been involved with scrapbooking cruises since 2007 and would cruise once a month if she could.  She looks forward to serving as your hostess and organizer, and hopes her enthusiasm will influence others to love our scrapbooking cruises as much as she does.