Design Team

Design Team

in alphabetical order:

I am Esther Porter, wife, mother of 2 beautiful daughters, and grandmother to 2 amazing grandchildren. I live in Reno, Nevada, which I moved to 6 years ago after living in Truckee Ca for nearly 20 years. I grew up in the bay area of CA. I have been a crafter my whole life, but got into paper crafting about 20 years ago and it has become my passion. I started my blog about 6 years ago to share my creations with family and friends. Since that time I have been on several design teams. I am thrilled to be a part of Cut It Up’s design team and am looking forward to sharing my creations with you!

I’ve always been crafty.  I knit, was into counted cross-stitch for a few years, made beaded Christmas tree ornaments.  I’ve kept a scrapbook since I was a girl.  It included grainy, out of focus black and white photos taken on school field trips and around my home, locks of hair from when I got it cut, and paint samples from when I painted my bedroom walls (pink and yellow.)  When I discovered scrapbooking, I took that old scrapbook apart and re-made it using all acid-free materials.  I got frustrated with alphabet stickers, though, because I was always running out of the letters I needed.  I wanted the Quickutz, then the Sizzix.  While I was saving my money to buy one, I found out about the Cricut.  The rest, as they say, is history!  I now have two Cricut Expressions, a Gypsy, a Cameo and a Portrait, and use all of them to make scrapbook layouts, cards, and other paper items as well.  I'm honored and excited to be managing the Cut it Up Challenge Blog!

My name is Gerda and live in the Netherlands, a city called Maastricht. I'm married with a wunderful guy for almost 28 years. Together we have one daughter. I'm crafting now for many years. A few years ago I bought my first Cricut Expression and my Cuttlebug and started to explore. It's wunderful to craft with it. There are so many possibilities and combinations with all the cartridges. Some projects I make together with my daughter for her school. In 2014 I bought my first Silhouette Cameo. All my crafting projects now are based on the Cricut or the Silhouette.

In 2011 I started my crafting blog "CardsCreations" to share my creations with other crafting people. I'am not a computer freak so my hubby assists me with my blog and the photos. He loves my hobby.

Hello, my name Katie and I am Katie Sr. from the blog 2CraftyKaties.  I am married to my best friend and we have two amazing kids and two adorable furbabies.  I have been crafting for many years, starting with rubber stamping, moving to scrapbooking, then on to 3D paper crafts and now coloring.

I am so excited to be a part of the Cut It Up Design Team!  I am excited to share some of my “scrappy” ideas with you as so many share with me! 

“Research,” as my son and husband call it, is one of my favorite pastimes; I am entertained and inspired by crafting videos.  I enjoy making scrapbooking layouts, cards, mixed medium projects, sewing, home decor, etc.

My photos come from my “real life” as a mother of two grown children, therapeutic horsemanship instructor of several beautiful kids, and a nana of a lovely little girl named Lucy!  I am blessed with a supportive husband of almost 30 years.  I work as a freelance oboist and private instructor as well as in the therapeutic horsemanship field.  

I adore my family, friends, photography, horses, music, and paper!  When I can combine two or more from that list, I’m ecstatic! 

My favs:  periwinkle, bread, ice cream, coffee, flip flops, jeans, Brahms, Donny Osmond, and a day without a clock———you can fill in the categories!  

I cant wait to get to know all of you through your blogs, photos, and projects!

I've always loved crafts - sewing, knitting, tole painting, etc. but paper crafting became an obsession a year after I retired.  I started by making a scrapbook using all the old-fashioned tools; stickers, fiskars cutting templates, shaped scissors, and jelly roll pens.   Then I bought a Cricut and this amazing journey truly began.  I joined the blogging world in July 2010 and really got into card making and entering card challenges.  I've been on a number of design teams which has helped me grow as a crafter and explore new techniques and crafty tools.  I am a Copic colorist and have taught Copic coloring at a local scrapbook store for 4 years.  But I love my cutting machines (Cuttlebug, eBosser, Cricut, and Silhouette) and also teach classes using the Silhouette.  I'm happiest when I can combine my coloring skills with wonderful papers and fabulous cut files or die cuts to create fun and inspirational projects.  Being on the Cut it Up team is so exciting, especially being able to share the crafts that make me so happy to create.


Daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend who loves to document memories.  Scrapbooking is my first love but card making seems to be taking over.  My style is clean and simple; I believe less is better.  I am a hoarder of many scrapbooking tools and supplies.  I try to do something craft related everyday but my play time is limited due to work and family obligations.


Hello, I am Vinita from New Creations a retired Kindergarten Teacher by profession and live in India. I am crafting since Dec 2013. I am very passionate about cardmaking. After retirement soon discovered the card making and I hooked. I really love various styles and still learning new techniques for improving mine skills. I also love mixed media and altered art. Card making is how I take some time out from the world, giving me much needed mental relaxation while I consider color, texture and design!
I feel very honored and excited to place in this amazing DT and I hope to inspire others with my creations!

Former Design Team Members
Don't forget the former members of the Cut it Up Challenge Blog Design Team!
Here they are, also in alphabetical order.  Members of the original team are in ALL CAPS.




Design Team Founders
And, most importantly, the founders:


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1 comment:

  1. Way to go girls!!!! Can't wait for this to get started!!!