Contributors to our Store
We are excited to announce we have added a few additional designers to our store. We hope you find them at the forum, at their blogs/sites and in our store.
Hi! My name is Lori McDonald and I am the creative force behind “Beloved Keepsakes”.
I was very blessed to be born and raised by a very talented and creative mother who, as long as I can remember, ran some kind of craft business from our home. Our weekends were spent going to arts and craft shows selling whatever crafty stuff we happened to be creating at the time.
During college and for a few years afterwards, cross-stitching and jewelry making was my passion. Then in 2001, I met this wonderful guy (who is now my husband) and I was faced with the dilemma of what to give the soon to be in-laws (whom I had never met) for Christmas. Hence, my first scrapbook was born!
It was an amazing feeling, to create this “book’ that had the ability to share a part of our lives with my soon to be in-laws who lived many, many states over. It was even more inspiring how touched they were to receive such a gift. Next thing you know – I was bitten by the scrapbooking bug!
In 2006 while my wonderful and extremely supportive husband was getting ready to deploy overseas (yet once again), he convinced me that I should purchase a Wishblade and make my own embellishments. Who would have thought that that purchase would lead to me become a electronic cutter file designer?
Many moons later, I now have my own “scrapbooking room”; I’ve been on several design teams; and I traded my Wishblade in KNK!
When I am not busily working on new cutter designs, I can be found filling orders from my Internet business (www.belovedkeepsakes.com) where I make custom photo bracelets/pins, photo stars and precut/preassemble scrapbooking titles and die cuts. Or I am scrapping away, preserving the memories of our family.
I’m an extremely proud military wife, I love to read, watch reality TV and jetski! Well, there you have it... just a little about me.
Thank you so much for your business! I hope you enjoy cutting your files as much as I have enjoyed creating them for you! Please remember to pray for our troops and their families!
God Bless ~
Lori McDonald aka Beloved Keepsakes
Cuttin' up Designs - Michele Harvey
Hello there! Thank you for being interested in me and my designs. I can't say I'm from anywhere in particular, since I've lived in seven states now, but I definitely consider Southwest Michigan my home. My mom, brother, sister, and their families all reside there. I currently live near the Quad Cities, in Illinois. I have been married to Jeff for 22 years and we have 2 wonderful children; Travis, 17 and Amanda, 14. I would have had more children, but it wasn't an option. We share our homestead with four dogs, four chickens, six cats, and six horses. I am involved in 4-H as a Dog Club Leader and a Horse & Pony Club Committee Member, the United States Pony Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
I have been Crafting in some form or another for as long as I can remember. Besides caring for and riding our horses, Crafting is my favorite relaxation (especially during the cold, northern winters!). I prefer to create and give homemade items for new babies, birthdays, housewarmings, etc. and extensively for Christmas. I come from an artistic family, but didn't discover my particular niche until my job pushed me into creating/authoring marketing information and maintaining a website. Then it was BAM! - I love, love, love digitally designing things! I researched extensively and agonized at length over the purchase of my first digital cutter - but, oh, it was well worth the wait. I'm kind of a technigeek so going digital was right up my alley.
I think Crafting balances out my life. Need your brakes replaced? Need a new fuel injector? Need your engine or transmission rebuilt? I've worked on cars, tractors, combines, skidsteer loaders, washing machines, dishwashers and lots of other mechanical things I can't think of right now. Need a computer built, I've done that too. Crafting allows me to be 'girly', no matter how much time I spend as a grease monkey or technigeek.
Do you have a favorite photo you would like to use in your crafts? They look great in vinyl! Check out the conversions of photos of my daughter riding on my blog. Would you like a particular graphic you can't seem to find anywhere? I love to do custom work, so send me a request. Designs will be uploaded to www.visualdesignsbychris.com.
Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!
Darcy's Designs - Darcy Dawson
Hi, I'm Darcy and I live in Illinois just a jump from Chicago. I've been married to my hubby Joe for almost 16 years. We have been blessed with four amazing children, Jessica & Ryan are 13, Christopher is 7 and Nicholas is 2. I love, love all things creative & crafty. I've been scrapbooking for 11 years. I love to stamp, make cards, make my own jewelry, do paper crafts, do photography & have even dabbled in mosaics a bit. I started designing digital files when I got my Klic-N-Kut Element, and ran with it because I loved doing it so much. It really combines creativity with modern technology. A little more than a year later I upgraded from my Element to the new KNK Groove so I could cut bigger files. I am so excited & feel so blessed to be joining the Visual Designs team. I look forward to working with such a talented group of people.
Lisa - Quilling Patch
I have been scrapbooking for 8 years and was introduced to it via Creative Memories. In the last few years I have come out the CM cloud and very excited to try new products and tools. By far the most fun I am having is with my cutters and designing files.
I was in a car accident last Summer which left me unable to spend much time scrapbooking or doing paper quilling and have channeled some of my passion into creating files.
As for my design background I was a floral designer for many years and sold by design studio when pregnant with my daughter 13 (GULP!) years ago.
I homeschool both my kids- I now have a VERY busy 5 year old son as well as DH and now that he is bit older I have actually been able to have some fun and haul out my tools again.
I tend to offer many freebies and have a popular craft web site.