CWC Fall 2011 Design Team

We want to take a moment to share with you all the wonderful talent on our Fall 2011 Design Team. Without further Adieu…
Warning: This is a little lengthy, but there is a nice little something at the end :-)


adrian allenAdrian Allen
I started scrapbooking November 2008. Along came the Cricut in January 2010, the point of no return. I have not done any scrapbooking since, only card making, I created a blog and have a challenge blog, who knew!! I love making cards. I like trying new techniques and using all my different tools and products. I recently started with digi images and colored pencil and OMS, which lead to Copics. I love checking out YouTube and the blog world to see what great projects everyone is creating. An E2 and an Imagine have been added to the family. I truly know I am addicted, especially to paper. No matter what happens, I am definitely enjoying the ride!!

Be sure to visit Adrian at her blog: http://www.byadrian4u.blogspot.com

celeste rr-bwCeleste Lombas
My name is Celeste Lombas. I have been crafting since 2008. I have 3 wonderful children. I have the most wonderful fiancé that allows me to be a stay at home mom.
I am mainly a paper crafter, but I do dabble in other mediums of art. I love just creating. It is always fun to take a piece of paper and make it into something beautiful.
I am always looking for new techniques to learn….
My passion is making Journals of Love for Cancer patients.
Be sure to visit Celeste at her blog: http://www.touchedbyabutterfly.com

charlotte wilsonCharlotte Wilson
I live in Alabama and have been teaching kindergarten for 30+ years.  I have a B.S. in music education from Lipscomb University in Nashville TN. and I also hold an MA in early childhood education from The University of Alabama in Birmingham.  I serve on the Alabama Education Association Board of Directors, and am a past member of the National Education Association Board of Directors. I enjoy lobbying for public school employees and the children we teach.
I have a need to be creative and have been this way my entire life.  I guess it goes with being left--handed.  I have spent my life performing.  It began in  childhood with talent shows, singing and dancing.  It continued through high school and college with theater and musical productions.  And then as an adult in church and community theater.  I feel very blessed with the opportunities I have had in life using my talent.  I have performed throughout Europe and many places in the US.  Probably the most interesting is that I was performing at the Kennedy Center For Performing Arts the night of the Watergate break-in.  The Watergate Hotel is located across the street from the Kennedy Center. And I also performed with the Temps and the Tops, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Fabian, in a salute to Rock and Roll at the closing ceremonies of the Bicentennial of the Stature of Liberty.  That was a blast.
Now, as for paper crafting, I guess I have made a career out of it as a kindergarten teacher.  I love using all kinds of medium and experimenting with different styles.  I also love sewing, hand and machine and enjoy incorporating it in my paper crafts.  I know that being on the Cooking With Cricut design team will push me to try all kinds of new things and for that I am truly excited.
Be sure to visit Charlotte at her blog: http://www.alittlebitofdetail.blogspot.com

court chambersCourt Chambers
My name is Court and I thoroughly enjoy crafting every chance I get. I love participating in challenges. I  started scrapbooking a little over 2 years ago and bought a baby bug for that purpose. However as soon as I got my Cricut I fell in love with card making. I have now upgraded to the expression, and am so glad I did. I have had a blog for about 6 months now and love hopping around to see everyone else’s creations. My creative style is cute and simple.

Be sure to visit Court at her blog: http://www.courtscraftcorner.blogspot.com

debbie butcher rr bw2Debbie Butcher 
I am a full time working mother of 4 (two boys and two girls). I started paper crafting with scrapbooking about 10 years ago but really only started focusing on it for cards and gifts about 2-3 years ago when I purchased my first Cricut.  I love making little gifts for the staff at my boys small Catholic School, they are ALWAYS so appreciative and that makes it all worth it.  My wonderful hubby is very supportive (we just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary) and he even buys me crafting items every once in a while when I drop BIG enough hints!  Although it is hard working, taking care of the kids, making time for family and finding time for myself I rely on paper crafts as my release and it allows me to have some Mommy time after everyone is sound asleep. I also love reading crafting blogs, reality TV and baking when I get a chance (I loved cupcakes even before they were popular, LOL). 
Be sure to visit Debbie at her blog: http://www.workinscrappinmomof4.blogspot.com

elizabeth mindemann rr bwElizabeth Mindemann
I am the wife to my best friend who happens to be a youth pastor and Mama to three little children.  I have been scrapbooking since I was in high school and love to do anything that involves creating from paper to yarn to paint!  I recently signed on as an independent consultant with Close To My Heart and since then have gotten much more involved in card making and paper crafting.  My favorite things to create involve my children.
Be sure to visit Elizabeth at her blog: http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com

feliciaFELICIA MCRae
Warm Greetings My Friends, my name is Felicia. I'm just a Scrapper In The Making (aka Frank-Lee Speaking...) scrapping my way through this thing called "Life". I love crafting and have an Insane "Paper Passion". 
I'm married to my handsome husband, Fred of 7 years and looking forward to many more. I'm a first time mom to our beautiful little 2yr old girl and a step-mother to 4 wonderful children (2-boys, 2-girls). I work full time and when I'm not enchanted with my little one and family, I'm scrapping 'til the weeee, weeee hours :-). My DH bought me my Cricut Expression for Christmas in 2009. When I finally opened it, I was hooked at first cut. That's when my inner Scrap-Beast was unleashed (LOL).
I'm not sure what represents my crafting style as yet, but I Love, Love, Love trying various techniques that I find on different Blogs, Youtube, StampTV and now... My Craft Channel! (This channel is sooo amazing, you gotta check it out). I look forward to sharing some of those techniques here as a Design Team member with the "Cooking with Cricut" Crew. Come grow and learn with me on this Scrapping Journey. Have a Super Scrapping Day!
Be sure to visit Felicia at her blog: http://www.scrapperinthemaking.blogspot.com

HeatherPHeather Peterson
Hello, my name is Heather Peterson. I live in Midvale, Utah with my supportive husband and our 2 fur kids. I actually started scrapbooking about 12 years ago when decorative scissors and stickers were the height of technology. I took a little hiatus from scrapping and then picked it up again after my wedding 3 1/2 years ago and have never looked back. I love being able to express my creativity and preserve all my precious memories at the same time. I love to experiment with new styles and techniques. And I LOVE my Cricut! I don't think I could make a scrapbook page or project without it!
I mostly do scrapbook layouts, but I do enjoy making cards, home decor items and wood crafts as well. As long as I am creating, then I am happy! And I am looking so forward to getting to know all of you!
Be sure to visit Heather at her blog: http://www.heather-p.blogspot.com

holly g 2Holly Gagnon
I live in Las Vegas, NV and I've been SAHM for the past 5 years.  I started scrapbooking 8 years ago then discovered the world of Cricut, 2 years ago.  I absolutely LOVE, LOVE to paper craft!    My most favorite part of crafting is being able to make something special and unique for someone else.  I've given many albums, shadow boxes, framed invitations, decorations and other paper craft gifts over the years and now I'm excited to be able to share my passion with others.
Be sure to visit Holly at her blog: http://www.ribbonsandglue.blogspot.com

jazmin mcghee-rr bwJazmin McGhee
I have been paper crafting for a little more than two years, mainly focusing on cards, but as of lately my projects have included layouts and altered projects. Blogging is also something that is new to me, but I love this "world" and all the people that I've met in it. My Cricut is my favorite tool, and I very rarely do any project without it. I love that I get to be a SAHM because it gives me lots of time to hang out with my two-year old son and craft.
Be sure to visit Jazmin at her blog: http://www.JazzysCards.Blogspot.com

jenny richardsJenny Richards
I started to scrapbook around nine years ago. My hubby worked out of town in Fort McMurray and I was very lonely and bored when I saw a add for a beginners scrapbook class at a local scrap booking store so I called my daughter and asked if she was interested and we decided to sign up for it and we have both been hooked ever since! I enjoy making all paper projects but my favorite by far is a good two page layout. I love to be able to put my memories down on paper. It is wonderful to be able to look back and remember those wonderful special times and have it down on paper and not have to rely on my memory. Last time I counted I had 118 Cricut cartridges and if I had to pick my favorite I would say it would have to be Storybook. It is used in just about every layout.
I have been married for 41 years, have two children and 6 grandchildren. I live in Canada and when I am not scrapbooking I am spoiling the family, playing Bingo or planning a vacation.
Be sure to visit Jenny R. at her blog: http://www.jennyplace26.blogspot.com

jill lebbinJill Lebbin
This will be my first time on a design team! I'm so excited and feel so blessed to be given this opportunity! My whole life I've loved crafting, I know I get that from my talented mom. My wonderful husband and I have been married for four years.  We have a 2 year old son, 5 month old daughter, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, named Leo. My paper crafting style is very simple and crisp.  I enjoy fun patterns and colors. 
Be sure to visit Jill at her blog: http://www.jaihartjustlovelydesigns.blogspot.com

kemma allenKim (Kemma) Allen
I have been doing crafts all of my life but have really found my passion in paper crafts.  I enjoy any time I get at my craft table, which has recently expanded to include the Imagine and Expression 2.  I even had to get another table!  I look forward to my journey in discovering the intricacies of these two!!   I would have to say my favorite thing to make are cards.  Any kind of cards, little gift cards, or occasion cards, or just because cards are great fun.  I am still developing my style.
Be sure to visit Kemma at her blog: http://www.mykemmacards.blogspot.com

larelyn SartiniLarelyn Sartini
Happy Crafting, everyone.  I'm Larelyn and I began paper crafting after I retired.  I purchased a Cricut in late 2008 so that I could make albums to commemorate my daughters' collegiate sport and academic careers.  I loved creating the albums, but after spending time on the message boards, I discovered the world of card making and blogging. Woohoo!  The guest bedroom quickly turned into a craft room and the true journey began.
When I first began, I joined Cricut Card Fairies.  We've sent cards to hundreds of people over the last 2 years, trying to bring joy, comfort, and encouragement into the lives of others.  It's a wonderful group of crafters and I'm still very involved.   It gives added purpose to the joy I feel as a paper crafter.
I'm so excited to be a part of Cooking with Cricut.  I truly believe that entering challenges and striving to become a design team member pushes you to become a more skilled crafter and helps you find your personal style.  My style, although I experiment with different ideas and techniques, is quite straightforward.  I love clean lines and finding the perfect papers to accentuate my design.  I love adding dimension - more through layering papers than adding embellishments.  But, I do love ribbon and adding a little bling here and there.
It's wonderful to share my designs with others.  I hope you find inspiration in our challenges.  May you find joy in your creative journey.
Visit Larelyn  at her blog:http://handmadefromtheheart-designsbylarelyn.blogspot.com

Linda TherrienLinda Therrien
My name is Linda Therrien and I live in Maine where I work full time for a company for 25 years. I'm also a mother of a 22 year old son who makes me proud to be his mother!  I have been crafting for over 30 years dabbling in card making and scrapbooking. I love photography and had a photography business on the side, taking senior pictures.  Two years ago I received my baby Cricut and I fell in love with a whole new way of paper crafting.  Last year I received my Expression and I LOVE IT!!  Currently I have over 30 cartridges and my library is always growing.  It has been so nice to meet people with the same passion for paper crafting, even though we have never really met in person, they have become very special friends.   My style of paper crafting I think is cute and simple.  I love to make projects that make me smile and I usually only add a few embellishments to compliment the image I am working with.   I am so excited and honored to be on Cooking with the Cricut design team, and I look forward to meeting and learning from new friends.
Be sure to visit Linda at her blog: http://www.lindascreativity.blogspot.com

michelle rossignol rr bwMichelle Rossignol
My name is Michelle.  I am happily married to my best friend for almost 19 years.  We have three pretty awesome kids.  Our eldest son just graduated high school and is attending college.  I have a 17 year old son and 13 soon to be 14 year old daughter.  I was an elementary teacher for 7 years and have recently stepped down to homeschool.   I love being a wife and mom. 
My love of paper crafting began back in the days of Creative Memories.  It introduced me into the world of scrapbooking and I have been hooked ever since.  Then I was invited to a Stampin Up party and my love of making cards grew.  I just LOVE stamps!  Gone were the days of Hallmark solutions on my PC to make tri-fold cards.  As a teacher, I heard of this machine called a Cricut and how many neat things it could do.  I saw the infomercial on tv, and instantly knew I needed one.  It would save so much money on making class room decorations and letters rather than buy them.  I told my husband and he bought me one.  I learned so much about this Cricut and how it works from the Cricut message boards.  I joined them and learned to make my cards even better and was introduced to all sorts of paper crafting.  I watch you tube videos for new techniques and am always searching and trying out new ideas.  I recently got into blogging this January.  I find myself searching blogs, entering challenges, and meeting some pretty inspiring crafters. (I would say ladies, but I don't want to leave those men out there that craft too)  I love to make cards, scrapbook, alter anything, and quilt.  
Be sure to visit Michelle at her blog: http://www.michelles-crafty-creations.blogspot.com

nita turner rr bwNita Turner
I am a Jesus-Follower, a Wife to my best friend, and a Stay-at-Home Mom to two wonderful children (and one very spoiled puppy). I have always been crafty, and often use painting, sketching, and cross-stitching as a way to relax. I purchased my Cricut in March of this year mainly to help me with throwing fabulous Birthday parties for my kids, and to make teaching Sunday School a little easier. I began searching the internet for Cricut-tips, and discovered the wonderful world of card-making. :)
Be sure to visit Nita at her blog: http://www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

justyolieYolie Burke
Hi my name is Yolanda, AKA Yolie, {JustYolie}. I live Southern California. I’ve been married to Michael for over 8 years and I’m blessed to have him in my life. He’s also very supportive in my scrappy adventures. We don’t have children of our own, but we have four nieces and nephews. If you frequent my blog, you know that my Goddaughter, Dulce, is the inspiration of most of my pages.
I’ve been scrapbooking for almost 6 years and making cards for about 2 years. I don’t think I have particular “style”, I just love it all and I’m totally addicted! I started my blog almost two years ago and that opened up a completely new crafting world for me. I love playing with paper, it’s relaxing and it brings me so much joy.
Be sure to visit Yolie at her blog: http://www.justyolie.com

mindy rMindy Rapp
My name is Mindy and I love papercrafting.  I started off as a scrapbooker, but card making has gradually taken over.  My favorite papercrafting tools are my cricuts.  I love them and can't get enough of them.  Stamps and my copic markers come in at a close second. I have one very busy daughter that is a competitive gymnast, two crazy dogs, and two lazy cats.
Be sure to visit Mindy at her blog: http://scrappyandpiggy.blogspot.com

CWC Senior Designers

jen b-wJen Hudson
I am a third generation native of Gainesville, Florida and the mother of four children.  I come from a long line of very talented women artists, seamstresses, and cooks.   In my "previous life" I worked for a 3600+ member United Methodist Church as the Facilities & Event Coordinator, Web Designer and go-to gal for 17 years.  Most recently I have worked for a local funeral home, a chef and various other clients creating web sites, marketing materials and other printed materials.

I live to create -- if I'm not engaged in the physical act of making something, I'm thinking about my next project!  I enjoy paper crafting, photography, reading, cooking and spending time with my family.  I purchased my first Cricut (a baby bug) in 2007 and was given an Expression for Christmas 2009 (thanks, Mom!). A Cricut Cake just joined the "bug" family at my house and I can't wait to put it to use.

I am a perfectionist by nature and am very detail-oriented.   I have a wicked sense of humor! ;)  I love to throw a good party and have put those talents to use coordinating weddings and other celebrations.  It is my hope to have an Etsy store up soon to sell custom invitations and party decorations; as well as baby onesies, tutus, and other apparel for the little ones.  It has been my honor to serve on Melin's Cooking With Cricut Design Team since October 2010.  I have been blessed beyond measure from the experience and in having found such a wonderful friend as Melin!

Melin Says: There are truly no words to accurately describe what a gift Jen is to the CWC team. Truthfully….she is the “Power Behind The Throne” She is responsible for so many behind the scenes task that keep CWC and it’s Designers on track that we are forever grateful for her presence here. When not “cracking the whip” on us…lol, she is busy designing for her party-catering company. Please be sure to keep track of all the wonderful things she will be doing very soon!
Be sure to visit Jen’s Blog: Musings of A Crafty Mom

madison b-wMadison Womack
My name is Madison and I am 16 years old.  I love to design! I enjoy working with paper, material, and paint.  If there is a project that needs to be done around the house, than it has my name on it!  When I am not busy creating my next project, you can find me hanging out with my friends, working at Michael's or attending youth group. I started a project called the "I Feel the Love Project" and I hope everyone will check it out!  Happy crafting ~Madison
Melin Says: Madison is one of the central core figures here at CookingWithCricut.com. She generously donates her time to keeping our winners and challenge picks up to “snuff”.  When not working on CWC, she is a High School Volleyball Standout as well as lovingly spearheads the “I Feel The Love” Monthly Card Project. This is such an amazing opportunity for you to truly share your Craftiness. Please visit her blog for details.
Be sure to visit Madison at her Blog: FunkyCards.Blogspot.com

robertab-wRoberta Lima
Melin Says: We are humbled to have Roberta continue with us here at CookingWithCricut.com. Her clean and sophisticated style of paper crafting is a reader favorite. When not busy designing for her next CWC challenge, she is mommy to one of the cutest little boys in the Lone Star State!
Be sure to visit Roberta’s Blog: TXScrapperMom.Blogspot.com

Dalis_bw croppedAlidalis Acevedo
Hi! I am Dalis, born and raised in the Caribbean.  I moved to the Midwest about 15 years ago and love every minute of it.  I have a wonderful family of: pre-schooler daughter, 2 wonderful doggies and my hubby.  I started scrapbooking and card making eons ago, thanks to my big sister.  I just love the creativity part of this hobby.
Melin Says: Dalis is also the amazingly talented brains behind the Pile It On Challenge Blog. It was one of the first blogs that I was blessed to be a Designer for. Here at CookingWithCricut.com we love to try and Pile It On!!! Be sure to check it out!
Be sure to visit Dalis at her blog: StamperGirl.com

jenny jbwJenny Johnson
Melin says: If you are into anything relating to the Cricut, inevitably you will find Jenny there. She is always encouraging, designing, posting and messaging about paper crafting. She also takes the time to run her own design challenges on her blog. She is truly a “Cricutting” Dynamo! We are so proud to have her and her talents here with us!
Be sure to visit Jenny J’s Blog: CrazyAboutCricut.Blogspot.com

maria elena5Maria Elena Morales
I'm SAHM with 2 kids, I'm originally from Venezuela but I'm living in North Georgia since 2003,  I Have been crafting since I was a child, my grandmothers and aunts introduced me in this world, they made a lot craft ! In my home I have some projects made by them.  I also love crafting activities because is a therapy for my daily life !!!! 
Melin Says: Maria is one of the hands down sweetest blog buddies you can find! Her work truly reflects her beautifully uplifting and encouraging personality. We are fortunate to have her as a Senior Designer here at CookingWithCricut.com.
Be sure to visit Maria’s Blog: Maria Elena Happy World

Now for a little something sweet!
cricut cupcake idea digital clipart scallop paper craft-500
cricut cupcake idea digital clipart scallop paper craft close up
Okay, I wish you were all here so I could actually give you a cupcake, so giving you the little printable stamp is the next best thing.

Here is what the sheet looks like. They are pre-sized to fit perfectly in a 2” circle punch (larger ones) and a 1” circle punch. It is a pdf file so you can download and print it out and away you go :-) These cupcake picks were made in a snap. I just punched out the cupcake sentiments from a 1" circle punch and then I punched out a regular circle in 1.25" and then a Scallop in 1.75" and 2".

Here is what the pdf file looks like. There is also one image that is in jpg format for those that prefer it.
pcw cupcake printables pdf-500

Here is a close up of one of them. They are pre-colored and black and white for coloring.
you make life sweet circle two-300
Be sure to download this while you can. It will be available for free through Wednesday, Oct. 19th 2011.

FREE Cupcake Sentiment Printables Digital Stamp


  1. So excited to be on the DT! What a cute cupcake design! Thanks Melin!

  2. Thanks so much! I am feeling the love!!!

  3. Tried to get the freebie but was told I had to enter a credit card and if free I'm not entering a credit card so what's up with that? Please respond.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  4. @ Melissa, Thank you for letting me know there was an issue with the cart. I guess certain browsers were having a problem with a setting I had it on. But it is all fixed now and you should be good to go :-) Thank you again!!!!



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