Saturday, June 12, 2010

Our Design Team!

Without the support of these fabulously talented ladies, the Passionately Artistic site  would not be what it is today! The amount of talent these girls possess is astounding! So prepared to be amazed as you visit their creations. Don’t forget to show your appreciate and leave some love for this inspiring group of women!!

This blog was started when we found the Cuttlebug back in July and fell in love with the Cuttlebug. There were no central location to find inspirations, or challenges. We decided to create a central location where all crafters from beginners to advance, can come and learn, share, and explore the possibilities.

After creating this blog and the wonderful success from your support, we've had a blast bringing you wonderful tutorials, challenges that are out of the box.

We are very happy and proud to have been the fi challenge blog and remained the # 1 challenge blog, you have made us your home on the internet for tutorials, challenges, inspirations and videos.
Our Wonderful Design team comprise past and present, Creating Keepsake Hall of Famer, Published artists that are found every month in magazines. Several top manufacturer in the industry contest winners. Our International design team gives you different perspectives from England to Dominican Republic.
You will agree with me these talented ladies are passionate about crafting and inspiring you.
Our only goal on the Passionately Artistic is to inspire you!

It is with pride and great pleasure that we introduce to you our FABULOUS Senior Design Team. These ladies are so full of talent and inspiration, they will take your creativity to new heights each month! You DO NOT want to miss seeing their creations! Mark your calendars and remember to check back often so you don’t miss out on what these incredibly talented woman are working on!

Maggie Lamarre: Owner

I am an avid scrapper and reader who very much enjoys creating and sharing the knowledge I've acquired. After several years of scrapping, I fell in love with scrapbooking when I was searching for a tutorial to make a signature and stumbled upon Scrapbookbytes: the only digital site teaching and inspiring digital artists. Thus began my love affair with scrapbooking and digital. I've been fortunate enough to be published in several magazine and have participated on several well known design teams such as Holly McCaig and Ronee Pearson. When I am not spending time with family, or scrapping, you can find me reading or surfing various blogs.

Maggie’s blog: MLamarre Designs


Betty Brett: Design Team Member


My real name is Betty Brett but I've been called BettyBee or Queen Bee since 150 teenage girls called me that at camp years ago, and it seems to fit me. I've been crafting all my life and my true passion is teaching. I'm pleased to have recently opened Studio Bee to teach locally as well as produce instructional videos. I'm delighted to have been part of the Cuttlebug Design Team since October of 2008. I began scrapbooking and designing 12 years ago and became an avid card maker about two years ago. I've been married to Bob for over 35 years, have three children and five grandchildren. We live on the west coast of sunny Florida.
Betty’s blog: Betty Bee’s Buzz



Meda Halmaciu: Blog Administrator

Meda is 26, happily married for 4 years and lives in Romania. She has always done some kind of craft/art for as long as she can remember. When finished middle school, her art teacher told her: "Meda, never stop drawing". She never did. Meda dreams of becoming a full time self employed artist and she currently studies painting at a local art school. She knew she wanted a Cuttlebug the moment she first saw a card made with the Textile embossing folder which is still her favorite. It would give her elegant embossed paper for her invitations in a country where embossed paper was not available in shops. This will be a Cuttlebug wedding invitation year for her so come back every month to see new wedding projects.

Meda’s blog: Handmade by Meda

Ellen Sosnoski : Design Team Member

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My name is Ellen Sosnoski and I am 33 years old. I work as a PT Mobile Therapist with children with disabilities and PT as an instructor at a local community college. I am a mom to two loving boys Owen(6) and Henry(1.5).I have been married to Brian for 7 years. We have two dogs Max (a chocolate lab) and Chase (our crazy boxer). Brian is super supportive of everything I do, including scrapbooking. It is hard for me to remember what my life was like before patterned paper.  I have been scrapping for 5+ years now and I love to make cards, layouts and altered items. I also love to stamp color and buttons are my favorite embellishment.  I have been published several times in Scrapbook Trends and Cards magazines. I have also had projects in Stampington, Take 10, Blue Media and Memory Makers Magazine. Ellen’s blog is Closeyourears


Sandee Shanabrough: Design Team Member

My name is Sandee and I am so excited to be here!  WOW!!!  I live in Snellville, Georgia and have lived in Georgia my whole life! I have been married to the most wonderful man for thirty years and we have two children.  Our daughter has blessed us with three grandchildren so far and they plan to have more! I love being a Grammie!!!  About 11 years ago, I was invited to a StampinUp! party and I have literally been obsessed with card-making since!  My little green bug is probably one of my most used tools!!!  I love embossing and cutting paper for my creations!  I am very thankful for this opportunity and I hope that you will find some inspiration from the things I create while I am here!!Sandee blog



Tammy Skinner: Design Team Member

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Hello there!  I can't tell you how excited and blessed I am to be a part of this team!  I have been scrapbooking for over 12 years... I am a Christian mom to three by birth, and countless others by choice, married to my best friend for 24 years and am very fortunate to have my mom living with us.  We like to say we are a 'combined family', lol!  She is a scrapbooker, too, and the fact that we have not one, but TWO scrapbook rooms in our home, is true testament to how wonderfully tolerant my husband is!  My oldest son is a Combat Medic in the Army, my daughter is an Army wife living with her husband in Alaska and my youngest is a junior in high school, and they are my true inspirations for crafting of all kinds.  I own a little business called Ladybug & Co. that allows me to shop for scrapbooking supplies all I want, because I can tell dh that it's a 'business expense'!  I look forward to sharing some of those 'outside the box' ideas with you and hope you find even just a bit of inspiration for your own projects. Tammy’s blog

Kathy Files: Design Team Member


Hi Everyone-- My name is Kathy Files (formally Orta) and I live in Sunny FL.  I am married to a wonderful man and have an awesome 16 year old son.  I've been crafting since 2005.  I am totally in love with this hobby.  I have a daytime job which limits me from doing what I love, but when I get in my crafting room, there is no stopping me.
Kathy’s blog


Tracy Pounds: Design Team Member

Hello name is Tracy Pounds and creating is my passion! I am the proud owner of 1 awesome hubby, 5 wonderful kiddos, 1 super-cute grandboy, and more paper than I could ever possibly use in a lifetime...ha! I have the great privilege of being the owner of The Little Blue House a Creative Arts Studio in keller, TX where ALL things creative can AND will happen! I truly feel that Creativity is good for the Soul and I'm so happy to be a part of the Cuttlebug Challenge DT! I hope that my designs will inpire you to new levels of creativity! Check out my blogs at and

Courtney Lee: Design Team Member

Hi I’m Court (also known as CuttlebugCourt) and I LOVE to craft. I’m a
housewife to the most incredible man I have ever met, Hans, and we 
live in San Francisco, California. When I started crafting with the 
Cuttlebug, I knew I was born to emboss.
Now I know I can do so much
more and am enjoying the process and wherever God takes me on this 
adventure.I hope I can provide you with inspiration as well. Ask me
anything - I’m an open card! :) Have a beautiful day! Court blog

Terrie Bailey : Design Team Member


Hi I’m Terrie `Wow` I am absolutely delighted and truly honored to be a part of the fabulous Cuttlebug Challenge Blog team. I have been crafting for three years now. I love anything craft related.  My main passion is my cards but I love trying new techniques and styles. I’m so glad I found CB.
Terrie’s Blog: Terrie Bailey’s Blog



Cassie Larson: Design Team Member

Cassie lives in the Texas Panhandle with her sweet hubby and darling 2 year old son. She taught high school for 11 years before quitting when the baby was born to sell lia sophia from home along with raising her son. She discovered paper crafting over 8 years ago as a punch artist. Her friend's laugh because she said "I'm not a stamper" when she first discovered her local stamp store. Oh have times have changed! Today she enjoys many paper crafts but stamping is her main passion. The embossing folders are her favorite items. Cassie is honored to be part of the team and looks forward to sharing love of the *cbug* with all of you. The friendships she's made through stamping and the blog world are treasures and includes each one of you.

Cassie’s Blog: For the Art of It

Friday, June 11, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact you?


When do I get my winnings?
Most prizes come directly from the sponsor so please allow at least 4 weeks to receive them. If after this time you have not received your prize or an email of explanation, please contact us using the email above.

Winners are chosen thru Random.ORG
We are not responsible for Customs fees. Certain prizes will require the winner to pay the shipping fee, winner will be notified in advanced.

Can I comment?

Please do so we can get to know you, we luv luv comments so comment away :)

You can also leave suggestions or ideas in the comment box too or send an email to the above email address.

When Are the Challenges?

To enter our Challenges couldn't be more simple, all you need to do is follow the prompts of the challenge, Use at least one Cuttlebug folder  from  Provo Craft using any machine from big shot, revolution, pasta machine, rolling pin etc.. and leave  us a link of your creation :), kewl eh!

The site challenges are announced every  Wednesdays.. they ran from Wedn to Tuesday.

When Do you have Celebrity Guest?

Our Celebrity guest are on when the schedule permits.

Do you have a newsletter?

Not yet!

How do I get to be a guest designer?
Our guest designers are chosen from our participants in the weekly challenges. The more challenges you participates in the better are your chances :)

How Do I enter the challenges?

You can enter the challenges anytime but to be selected as the top ten on the site, we have to receive your beautiful project before the deadline which is Tuesday before 19:00 EST..

what can you create?

Make a creation (card, scrapbook page, altered project,  anything you want based on the prompts provided) The challenges are open to International as well.  Upload your creation to your blog or any online gallery, or flickr.
Leave a link to your creation on the challenge entry in Mister Linky
. Kewl?

Link the post of the challenge to your blog :)

How to Use Mr Linky?

To get the correct link:
1.Access your blog/gallery entry, click on your post's title.

2.On the address bar you should see the link similar to below.

3.For example, notice it's a long address.

4. Paste your code that you have copied from the URL on your blog post, into the box that says your your address similar to above.

Please DO NOT post

Why Is my Card Not Featured?

If your link is not featured, it may have been for the following reason

* An incorrectly linked post. Please link directly to your blog post about the
   submission you have created and not a blog in general.

* It was linked to a creation that was already featured previously on the blog. Or it was  
    created months and months prior to the challenge.

Thank you so much,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Giveaways on Cuttlebug Challenge

Hello Ladies,
It's always fun to give away prizes. Thanks to our generous sponsors Provo Craft, and others we have been able to give such amazing prizes.
Please help us spread the word by telling your friends on twitter, Facebook, forums about our awesome prizes

Things to remember 90% of the prizes are coming directly from the mfg..If there's a delay please contact us at, that way we can do follow up.

Here are the current prizes on Cuttlebug Challenge..

Don't forget to leave comments and become a follower!

Have a fabulous inspiring week!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Our Goals!

Our goal is simple: To Inspire You! We are a community of Crafters that enjoys Inspiring and sharing.

Each week our Design Team will bring you exciting ideas, challenges, tutorials, videos & fantastic Prizes from well known Mfg and our Sponsor Provo Craft!!

So dust off your  Cuttlebug, Revolution, Big Shot,Sizzix, rolling pin, grab a cupa or joe, stay a while and be Inspired.

We invite you to check the archives for awesome tutorials and Fab TV with easy to follow step by step instructions.

Need to teach a class need ideas, Email us we will help you:) If you are a store in our Area, looking for awesome instructors email

Our Schedule is as follows:

Mondays           Rendezvous with the Design Team to start your mojo.

Wednesdays     Be Inspired Inspiration

Let us Inspire you!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our Celebrity Guest

Welcome, we thank our Celebrity Guest for being with us.

Jennifer Mcguire


Valerie Salmon


Becky Fleck


Thank you so much