My name is Melody Lane. I have 3 crafty rooms in my home, a sewing room, an art (painting) room and my paper/clay craft room.
I live in Kankakee, IL — an hour south of Chicago.
I got started in paper crafting when I bought my first Cricut at JoAnns because I was quilting and bought it to cut fabric. I no longer sew much because I found I enjoy paper crafting more. I do not scrapbook, but enjoy making cards and decor items. I love making 3d items with my Cricut.
I have 4 Cricuts, including the original Cricut, the Cricut Expression 2, the Mini and the Cricut Cake, that I now use to cut polymer clay.
I am very happy to be joining the Cricut Diva Design Team. I am excited to be sharing all the wonderful things I do with my Cricut Expressions machine with all of you.
I live in central Florida with my two sons and wonderful boyfriend. We recently moved to the home we are now in. I made sure that I would have a craft room when we moved. I have spent the past couple of months reorganizing and purging so I could fit into my nice new space. I will be sharing photos of my new space on my blog during the month of May. I homeschooled my children for 15 years. But my youngest decided he wanted to go to public school when we moved. He is now in high school and doing FANTASTIC! He is in honors classes and getting all A’s and B’s.
I have been crafting all my life. My mother was into dabbling in all kinds of crafts, so I come by it genetically! I invented and manufactured a line of crafting organizational products named ScrapCessories. During these years, I got involved in several Design Teams and fell in love with several wonderful products. I was involved with Above Rubies Studio during her early years and was included on the 123 Cards and A to Z Imagine DVDs.
Two years ago my life went through a major change and I had no inspiration to do any crafting. Then a year ago I met the wonderful man that I now live with. He has brought back to my life things I had pushed aside in the 25 years before him. We get out and kayak, hike and enjoy nature. My boyfriend is an amazing amateur photographer. I enjoy making layouts and wall decor using his amazing photography. My new life has re-inspired me to get back into all the crafting that I love to do! I hope I will inspire you in some way to get out there, enjoy life and get crafty!
My name is Brenda Halstead and I live in Toledo, Ohio. I have two wonderful children – a 24 year old daughter Beth and a 19 year old son Andy. I also have two wonderful grandsons – Ethan who is 5 and Benjamin who is 8 months old. I also have a granddaughter due August 3rd. I am employed full-time as an Office Manager for an insurance consulting firm.
I got started in scrapbooking in August 2000 after attending a Creative Memories class. I bought the biggest kit available and have been hooked ever since! My scrapbooking style sure has evolved since then, especially after the Cricut came into my life. A couple of years ago I was introduced to Close To My Heart, and I liked it so much I became an Independent Consultant.
My favorite paper crafting projects are scrapbook layouts, cards and invitations. I used to be intimated by the entire card-making process, but once I started, I wasn’t able to stop!
I own a personal Cricut, Cricut Expression, Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition, Gypsy and Cuttlebug, as well as a Cricut Cake, Yudu, Yudu Card Maker and YourStory (which have all been sitting in their boxes waiting for me to learn to use them).
I used to do a lot of cross stitching and crocheting, but since scrapbooking came in my life, they have been put on the back burner. I also enjoy reading, cooking and baking.
I’m excited to be part of the CricutDIVA Design Team!
Please visit my blog at https://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/
Hello! My name is Michele Green from and I am very excited to be joining the CricutDIVAs! I am married and have two daughters, ages 10 and 4. Our family is an inseparable unit who even does the boring stuff together, like grocery shopping. We live in Eastern Wisconsin and enjoy many outdoor activities, such as fishing, four-wheeling, softball, soccer and more. I am an Instructional Resource Coach by day (think librarian and technology coach mixed in to one job) at the elementary level. I absolutely love to read and to help teachers and students integrate technology into their learning so it’s the perfect job for me!
I began using Cricut for my school bulletin boards in 2008. My husband bought me a Cricut Expression for my birthday that year and it is still my favorite machine! I also have the Imagine, as well as the Cuttlebug, YourStory Photo, and Yudu (still in the box – yikes!).
My absolute favorite crafty thing to do is to make layouts that tell my family’s story. I also make cards, projects for school, gifts, etc., and I dabble in altering things. I enjoy the time I get to spend crafting, as it is very relaxing for me and truly cheaper than I imagine therapy is! My style is what I call “basic”. To me that means I stay pretty middle of the road with my scrapping. I don’t venture off into grunge or vintage or steam punk. I don’t use a ton of one certain thing and hang my hat on it. I am certainly not a professional but I do my best and love to share it with others! I hope you will enjoy the creations that I share here on the CricutDIVA Design Team!
Please visit my blog at http://www.michelegreen.com/