Doncaster Celebrity Guests
"Bringing people together for a fabulous crafting show is something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted something that crafters of all disciplines can come and enjoy, and provide something for everybody whether they’re a professional or a beginner. I knew that there was room for bigger shows that could provide more for crafters, with exhibitors and activities, so we went ahead and started it!"
What do you think brings so many people to Crafting Live?
"I think people love the atmosphere and the community spirit that surrounds a Crafting Live show, I know Nancy and I certainly do. It’s just the perfect place to do a spot of shopping, meet new people, catch up with other crafters and learn something new, all under one roof. I think anybody can find a reason to come and enjoy themselves!"
What is your favourite part of a show?
"I relish the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with other crafters. Education is really important to me, and I’m proud of all the workshops, masterclasses and free make and takes that we provide so everybody has the chance to try something new and take away new ideas and inspiration!"
"I just love the atmosphere at Crafting Live! There’s a buzz about the place. I love getting to meet all our crafty community members, and I know Stephanie does too. It’s nice to get feedback from the readers of Tattered Lace Magazine, but it doesn’t beat being able to chat with our crafters face to face. My husband and daughters even come to join in too! It’s just a brilliant day out with a great community."
What’s your favourite part of a typical day at Crafting Live?
"Oh it’s so hard to choose. I really enjoy the workshops like the one at Doncaster, it gives Stephanie and me a chance to speak to so many people and answer their questions, share some tips with them, and see what other creative minds can come up with! I also like to have a little browse of the exhibitors once everything has calmed down. There’s so much choice, it’s almost impossible to properly see it all in time."
What would you say to someone who’s unsure about grabbing a ticket?
"Come along and see us! It’s a great day out and it really is so much fun. I see people making friends all the time, and of course it’s so easy when you’re surrounded by likeminded people who all share similar passions. You might even discover a new craft you’ve never tried or that you never knew existed! Whether you want to shop, meet people, or learn more about crafting, there really is something for everyone."
Andy was born in Scotland, not too long ago, and has since lived in Yorkshire, Manchester, Leicestershire, ‘The South East’ and London. He is now settled in the Midlands. After gaining a BA (Hons) at Loughborough University and a Postgraduate Diploma at London’s Drama Studio, Andy took on various theatrical, television and commercial jobs.
An award-winning scriptwriter and editor, Andy’s short film works have been shown all over the world, winning international film festival awards, and culminating in his first feature film released in October 2013.
Andy is also an experienced stand-up comic, having toured on the National Student Comedy Network and performed at some of the top venues in the UK, including The Comedy Store in London and The Glee Club in Birmingham.
As a presenter on Ideal World for almost 10 years now, Andy has developed a style that is informative, but fun. He particularly enjoys technology, leisure, craft and kitchen shows.
Dan Bancroft (Sunday only)
Dan got his first job in TV in 2001 as a runner on talk shows and since then has held a number of roles behind the scenes – right up to Senior Producer on Create and Craft and Ideal World! There’s nothing like the excitement and preparation of live TV, so when the opportunity to step in front of camera came up, he jumped at the chance!
He also presents for a local TV channel back home and gets to meet interesting characters and try new activities around Norfolk. Between that and the fun and games at Create and Craft, life is never dull!
Away from the studio, Dan likes to get out and about in the countryside, whether it’s walking his cocker spaniel Pepper, trekking up hills, or running around a rugby pitch – “I’d much rather be outside come rain or shine (ideally shine!)”
Dave Bradford (Sunday only)
Dave has been a familiar face on TV home shopping for nearly 20 years, 13 of which have been with us. He recently calculated that he’s presented in excess of 14,000 live and unscripted hours of TV!
Dave started working for the local hospital radio station and went on to carve out a career as a radio broadcaster, working on Southern FM and Wave 105, to name just two! He’s also had the joy of acting in pantomimes… oh, yes he has!
He loves the buzz of presenting TV shopping and getting to do it alongside colleagues that are like one big family.
Two of his most memorable moments are sitting next to Michael and Shakira Caine on a flight from New York to London, and presenting an hour of Jewellery with Joan Collins.
Jenny Cleary (Saturday only)
Jenny's been working in shopping TV for 16 years, all over the world - the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan, to name a few. She used to own a beauty salon in Cheltenham, but realised her love was in TV so decided to pack up the beauty business and present full time. She have been GiA certified, which means she has lots of knowledge on gemstones; this lead her to start making jewellery on a shopping channel in the UK. Jenny absolutely loves to make jewellery, but after six years decided it would be lovely to try her hand at other crafts. This is where Create and Craft comes in. Having made lots of friends in the land of TV shopping, she got in contact with some of the lovelies at Create and Craft - and here she is!
Jenny lives at home in Hertfordshire with my children, Mia and Maximus. They love animals and have horses and a cat called Purdy who is a massive attention seeker. "I'm a home bunny and love to be in the kitchen, cooking for lots of friends and family. I'm a proud aunty to my nephews, Frankie and Woody, and my beautiful niece Shannon; I wish we all lived in a big house together. In my head, that looks like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with me singing and covered in wildlife whilst cooking and cleaning. In reality, we would look more like the Osbournes!"
For those of you who watch Create and Craft TV, an introduction to Mel Heaton is really not needed. In fact, as quoted from the Create and Craft Magazine and Blog, Mel ‘is a crafting goddess!’ As well as being a goddess, she is a huge favourite and much on the channel. Mel represents the Disney paper crafting brand. She is also the ‘Guru’ for the following brands, Scan ’n’ Cut, Tattered Lace USB, Cutterpillar and Todo. Mel has been published in most of the craft titles and is absolutely thrilled to be a Co-Editor of the Cutting Craftorium magazine. Mel is a dedicated crafter, and after working for well over 25 years in the craft industry, she is still loving her job! She thanks her lucky stars every day that she has a job that she absolutely adores. Her work has taken her to the USA and Europe, and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry as a Product Developer, in Sales and of course as a Demonstrator. She has a plethora of knowledge of textiles, stamping, paper crafting and has been to the Scrapbook University! In her spare time she loves to attend the Crafting Live shows and meet crafters in ‘the flesh’.
Nigel May (Saturday only)
Nigel has been involved in TV for well over fifteen years, working for a variety of different channels. As well as being a long-term shopping TV presenter hosting on a range of different channels, he has featured on youth programs, anchoring live entertainment shows. He also worked as an on-screen caller for the UK's premier bingo channel, where he was famed for his fun approach and cheeky catchphrases. One of his biggest on-air 'fans' was DJ Chris Moyles, who considered Nigel to be 'a legend'.
Nigel is also an avid writer and worked as a celebrity journalist for many years, interviewing stars of stage and screen all over the world. He was one of the first journalists in the UK to interview Take That and his list of celebrity credits includes household names like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, through to Richard and Judy. He was also the Celebrity Editor at More! Magazine and has written for titles including New Woman, Bafta Magazine, and Sunday Magazine.
Nigel has written six successful action-packed glam fiction novels and has launched his own craft range, A-May-Zing. One of his finest moments was appearing on The Weakest Link and managing to make it into the final... where he promptly lost! He has also appeared on Pointless where, again, he reached the final – but lost!
He lives in Brighton with his partner and his cat, Oscar, playing granddad to his granddaughter, Elia, and heading down to the beach whenever possible. He enjoys going to the gym, swimming, and heads to the theatre when he can – especially if there’s a good musical on to sing along to! He has also hosted nearly all of the Ideal World/Create and Craft pub quizzes.