Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cutting Above Announces New Design Team!

We are without a doubt so very proud to introduce to you our Cutting Above Designers and Design Team!! This talented group of women are extremely excited to be a part of a one-stop portal for all your scrapbooking, altered items, home decor and card making projects featuring all die cutting machines! Cutting Above is the first site to encompass tutorials, projects, design team project, downloadable files etc. all in one place! Our only goal on the Cutting Above blog is to teach, inspire and inform you! So come with us and enjoy our journey as we explore what awaits us!

Maggie Lamarre: Owner
maggieI 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.

Visit Maggie at her blog: MLamarre Designs


Betty Brett: Design Team Coordinator

betty My name is Betty Brett, also known as BettyBee, and I have been a crafter all of my life. My education was in the Arts and now I teach at a 6 - 12 grade charter school for the Arts. I began scrapbooking about 12 years ago and have evolved from cutting my photos and putting stickers on the pages to creating books to be published. About two years ago, I became an avid card maker, stamper and illustrator. I have had my Cricuts for several years, and now teach classes about the Cricut, Cuttlebug, and Copics. I host several large Cricut swarms each year. It has been my pleasure to also be on the Cuttlebug Challenge Design Team for the past year. I live on the sunny west coast of Florida with my hubby and two big kitties. We have three married children and love to travel to see our 5 grandchildren.

Visit Betty at her blog: Betty Bee’s Buzz


Carol Gough Lust
carol Hi … My name is ♥Carol♥. I am happily married with 2 grown children that have blessed me with 5 fabulous grandsons. I enjoy two fun hobbies, crafting (in a wide variety of mediums) and writing (short stories, poetry, and card verses, some of which have been published and/or sold). What a natural transition it has been to blend these two hobbies together with creative card crafting. With the help of my Cricut and Design Studio, I’ve found endless creative possibilities. It’s my pleasure to join the other talented Design Team members here on the Cutting Above blog to share some of my creations, as well as a few tips and techniques. I hope you will find what I have to offer helpful and inspiring. Happy Crafting!

Visit Carol at her blog: Little Creation Corner

Diane Campbell Payne (Capadia)
Hi, I am Diane. I have enjoyed paper and paper crafting since my childhood. My fascination with paper began with trips to the stationers with my mother and continued with a grade school report on origami. I have two sons, ages 20 and 24, and I share an “empty nest” with my husband of 28 years, who is very patient with my paper obsession. We currently live in the Boston area, but we lived overseas for eight years in Germany and England. I retired from practicing law when we moved overseas.

I am always happy when I am designing and I find the process of creating a scrapbook page or a card, by using various elements in new and different ways, to be rewarding and relaxing. Over the years, I have done cross stitch, needlepoint and quilting and I find that some of these interests have influenced my designs and paper crafting projects. I particularly enjoy designing .cut files for the Cricut electronic cutter.

Visit Diane(Capadia) at her blogs: Capadia Designs, Let Me Show You How to do That

Linda Scott
linda Hi, my name is Linda. Some of you may already know the scrapbooking side of me from my blog, Just A Scrappin' or the Cricut Cheat Sheets. Both of which were birthed out of my love for scrapbooking. Like most of you, I wear many hats and really do have a life outside of scrapbooking...really, I do...really. I am wife to Ronnie, mother to Kevin and Lauren and their spouses Samantha and Shawn, and Nana to Regan, Caitlyn, Millie and Taylor. I am also a professional photographer with my own studio. Finding time to scrapbook is my biggest challenge here lately, as I'm sure it is with so many of you. Hopefully, together, we'll be able to figure this issue out and actually get some scrappin' done!

Visit Linda at her blog: Just a Scrappin'

Joy Tracey
joy I have truly been obsessed with scrapbooking since 2002! There is not one aspect of it that I haven't tried and explored! How did the passionate scrapbooking affair begin? Well, like most people, it all started at one of those Creative Memories parties a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Quickly, I discovered that there were tons of options in the scrapbooking world, including a myriad of paper manufacturers, classes, conventions, die cutters, album designs, digital scrapbooking; you name it. I wanted to know about it and try it! I decided to bring my passionate talk about scrapping to the internet in the form of my first blog: Obsessed with Scrapbooking. Then, this past July, I launched the Christmas with the Cricut blog along with two fabulous scrappers: Tammy Skinner and Melanie Brown. We are having a great time counting down to Christmas! I started my grown-up life as a civil engineer, overseeing all aspects of gas station and convenience store construction for Mobil and Circle K. Now, I am an at-home domestic engineer having fun creating with my Cricut day and night. Currently, I live in Plano, Texas with my husband Brian, two wonderful exciting kids as well as two cats.

Visit Joy at her blogs: Obsessed with Scrapbooking, Cricut Christmas



Rheba/DazyCutr said...

Wow this looks like a fabulous new blog !!!!

Thanks for sharing your talents ladies, I see familar faces on the DT


Anonymous said...

Now that's some wonderful talent!!! So glad I found your blog, can't wait to follow you all more.

Sammye Jo said...

WoW! Can't wait to see what all you guys come up with!!!! Congrats!

FitterTwit said...

I may be bias (I'm so totally bias), but this line up just confirms that Cutting Above is the place to be! Love it!!! :)

Gloria Stengel said...

Hey girlie. Belated congrats! Look forward to seeing the creative projects here. I just blew the layer of dust off my Cricut Expression and am ready to play.