Meet the Team at The Happy Academy

Who We Are

Dena Rekow

I have been teaching people how to stamp since 1999 and I couldn’t love what I do more!  I have a sweet husband whom I adore, and 2 amazing kids!  Sharing my passion for stamping has been amazing and seeing how stamping changes lives (especially my own) is the most unexpected part of my journey! It may sound a little corny but I’ve seen it over and over throughout my career with Stampin Up!  I love sharing my love for stamping and I love having fun--it has helped me through some of the most challenging parts of my life--and I know it has done the same for others!  I hope I will inspire you as much as I have been inspired by you!

Kelly Acheson

Hi my name is Kelly Acheson and I have a problem. I’m in LOVE with paper crafts!!! I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator since 2004. That was the year that I decided I needed a discount on all the fabulous products I was ordering on a monthly basis. So I took the plunge and purchased my starter kit. I thought... hmmmm....maybe I could share my passion for paper crafting with some of my friends. Teach them some fabulous techniques, fun folds, new card layouts and get some great training from the masters at Stampin’ Up! to share with them too. This would be a good way to help me fund my habit if they placed orders...right??? So it began!

I live in Northeast Wisconsin and I'm married to a Steamfitter for 20 something years. I have one daughter,three step-children and several grands. I am very blessed! In my time away from paper and ink I enjoy spending time with my mom and family, in the outdoors of northern and central Wisconsin. I also enjoy traveling to anyplace tropical!!!

Barb Mullikin

My name is Barb Mullikin and I am addicted to all things Stampin' Up! I have been a demonstrator since 2003 when I purchased the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit to get a discount on my favorite products. I had a few crafty friends and they wanted me to teach them how to make cards. I did and those friends had some friends and so on. I have been teaching stamping and paper crafting ever since. I have a Blog, Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube Channel where I post projects for you to copy and share while teaching you techniques, fancy folds, coloring tips, etc. I want to help you be the most amazing paper crafter ever!!

I live in the northwest corner of Wyoming and have been married to my husband for nearly 25 years. He is in Public Relations (read that as law enforcement, hahahaha!!) We have two children a son and daughter. Since I have been a demonstrator for so long, they have both grown up with Stampin' Up! and are used to the UPS truck stopping here and the many paper crafters coming and going. When I'm not stamping, I like to read and spend time with my family.