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