Meet Our Team
My name is Angela and I live in North East Scotland with my wonderful husband Roddie and our 2 (mostly) great boys Grant and Phillip, 2 cats and now a dog too. Gina and I have been best friends for a long time, we met through a digital scrapbook site and clicked pretty much immediately. Although we only met up physically in 2016 we skype with each other every day and I look after anything computer related to do with the business.
My main hobbies include digital scrapbooking, cardmaking, papercraft, mixed media and photography. I also help a local charity called Friendly Access.
Dianna Bartles - Marketing Coordinator
I'm from the St. Louis, Missouri area but spent summers as a child at the family farm which is 150 miles south of St. Louis. My family includes a husband, 21 yr old daughter, 16 yr old son. I'm an avid reader and it comes through in my projects. My style is eclectic with art deco, steampunk thrown in the mix. I have been scrapbooking for 15 yrs with the last two focused on cards and mixed media. I love trying out new ideas and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts are a perfect blend for my crafts. Dianna's Blog
My daughter (Angela Drummond) came to stay with me about 7 years ago and brought her card making "ingredients" with her. I said that I would make just ONE because I couldn't be bothered to "mess around like that". and the rest they say is history.
I love making cards, and give most of them away to a charity here in England where I live, in a small village called Hurstpierpoint which is about 8 miles North of Brighton on the South coast. I love making things with Gina's designs chipboard too which takes my crafting in a different direction to cards sometimes.
There are very few pictures of me in existance as I, like Gina, hate having my picture taken so the picture here is of my garden
My name is Ann Barnes. I am a wife and mother of two wonderful children. I live in Pennsylvania. Originally trained and licensed in architecture, I have a love for design and creating. My passion for crafting started as a child and has only grown over time. When the care of my children took precedence over my career, I began creating with my son. We started with stamping and it evolved from there. I love working with inks and paper, fibers, and mixed medias, as well as making cards and creating assemblage. I also love spending time with my family and creating in my craft space with my daughter; when I am not there I can be usually be found taking a walk outside appreciating and gaining inspiration from the beauty that nature has provided, admiring old historic buildings, or simply tucked into a chair reading a good book.
I am so grateful to be a part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts team. I look forward to creating with their awesome products, being inspired by these talented artists and, hopefully, inspiring others to create as well.
Betsy Skagen is the paper crafter, altered art artist, writer and graphic designer behind Paper Calliope.
She built her eclectic style upon a foundation of good design principles, forged from years as a marketing communications professional. “Having a strong sense of design allows me to explore new techniques and trends without forgoing excellence,” Betsy explains. A few of Betsy’s favorite artistic subject matters include anything circus related, mid-century graphics, and vintage ephemera.
Betsy has long used paper crafting and mixed media arts to balance the hectic lifestyle of her ADHD, unicycling, tightrope walking and counter-surfing family. Betsy lives with her husband, son, daughter and two extra-large dogs (some of whom really do walk the high wire and unicycle) in the arctic circle of Minnesota, where long winters allow plenty of time for crafting.
I'm a retired engineer who lives on a small farm in the mountains of Virginia way too far from the nearest craft store. My husband of 30 years is an enthusiastic supporter of my crafty habits. We have a small flock of sheep, a handful of chickens and a hairless cat. I love travel, cooking, geeky stuff and making tiny things.
Please take a moment to visit my Facebook page
Hi everyone! I'm Elle, currently living in the wilds of Scotland, UK. There has always been paint and paper in my life for as long as I can remember. I am a mixed media style artist, cardmaker, and art journalist. I'm inspired by many things and I don't feel like I have a particular style but it can get messy and I definitely love mixing my mediums! I love colour, vintage, watercolour, flowers, texture, layers, stamps, dies, stencils, paint, ink and paper. I am drawn to purple and turquoise and teal, and quite often pink... although I am definitely not a "pink" person... there is something about that colour in art that is very appealing... and of course black goes with everything! I am very messy and usually covered in some kind of paint or ink. I also like reading, nature, cats, travelling, baking, sewing, crochet and listening to audiobooks while I craft. I have been blogging since 2005 and you can find me at Empire of the Cat, where I share my crafty adventures.
My name is Jon David Lowe, I am new to the world of mixed media. By day I am a sixth grade Math and Science Teacher but my evenings and weekends belong to my creative creations. I am a messy artist. I am a bull in a china shop and need to be bubble wrapped when it comes to my clumsiness. At any given time in my studio there are open bottles of paint, next to packets of metals embellishments, a tube of Weldbond my go-to universal adhesive, a stack of brushes both wet and dry depending on the technique I am trying, jars of gels, and a menagerie of other necessities. A cyclone of creativity, a thunderstorm of thought, a tsunami of techniques, an earthquake of expectations, a hurricane of hope, all these natural disasters may be found in my studio at any time. From the beginning of my mixed media journey I tried to do pretty and pristine but that is not what excited my clients. They were more intrigued by the messier more chaotic creations of my artistic aesthetic...which I sometimes describe as controlled chaos or eclectic enchantment. My art is a perfect union of form and function. From the madness that is me has escaped some outstanding pieces of art. I am thrilled to bring my perspective to the design team of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
I was absolutely thrilled to have one of my projects published in the Somerset Studio magazine in 2019 and hope to replicate this in 2020
My website http://crooked-tree-creations.com/index.html has many more wonderful examples of my work.
My Facebook Page https://wwwhttps://www.facebook.com/Crooked-Tree-Cottage-Creations- is updated more frequently with current items I am working on.
My personal blog https://crookedtreecreations.blogspot.com/ shares my artistic journey thus far where I am sharing Tried and True Technique Tutorials and the Peek-a-Boo Project Tutorials about the intricate details that go into designing one of my Treasure Books or Houdini-Hideaway Boxes that will also be featured simultaneously on this blog.
Lora Mahaffey happily lives in her own world of paper, paints and lots and lots of sparkly bits and pieces. She is an artist and teacher of arty things, a haphazard gardener and reader of many books. Lora lives in a big old friendly house full of life with a 'MacGyver' husband and an old Maine Coon cat who thinks she rules the known universe.
Take a look at Lora's blog Cackle and Hoot
or her Facebook Page
I started crafting when I retired in 2006 - first taking classes at our locally owned craft store and with our local stamp club. Both asked me to teach classes and I did until the local store closed and the club disbanded. In 2016 a friend suggested applying to teach at Stampaway and my class/project was chosen! I taught in 2017 and 2018 but not in 2019 as I opted to teach at Nancy Wethington's "Meet Me in St. Louis" weekend. I have an ETSY store - DelMarDesigns/etsy.com and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DelMarDesigns2. My class features detailed instructions with pictures and every piece of paper is cut and labeled, allowing everyone to work at their own pace. I generally use Graphic 45 paper on mini albums and boxes but after meeting Gina last September, I found a whole new world!
My name is Nancy Wethington and I’m from St. Louis, a hop-skip-and-jump from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. I am also a current member of Prima Marketing Education Team, Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog DT as well as an alumni of Graphic 45 Design Team. I have been creating with Gina (the owner of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts) for quite some time, writing directions and playing with this amazing product for a number of years. My husband and I have been married for 42 years and have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, 2 dogs of our own and a grand-puppy-mom to 3 loving pit bull mixes. Our son named my craft room *Nancyland* years ago and it is definitely my happy place. Our home is decorated in a mix of antiques and traditional and you’ll find that same mix in my crafting projects. With an obsession for mini-books, cards and tags I love adding rubber stamps, mediums and flowers to any of my projects. You can find my work on my blog, Art-From-The-Heart. I also teach throughout the Midwest region: Art-From-The-Heart Workshop Schedule and produce Girlfriend Getaways weekend crops, where you’ll sometimes find Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts on-site store. Looking forward to a very creative year with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and you.
Maker of messes, believer in faeries... that just about sums it up. I am an absolutely passionate crafter and artist who dabbles in just about every medium. My goal as a maker is to create with enthusiasm and without an ounce of pretention. Hopefully I can encourage others to join in too. Nichola's Blog & YouTube Channel
Susan Killam calls North Carolina home. She makes mixed media assemblages using found objects and assorted paper whimsies, as well as jewelry with vintage components. She admits to being a chronic hoarder of scrapbook paper. Sometimes she uses it to alter tins, boxes and thrift store finds and has been known to over-embellish greeting cards, mini books and most things that aren't moving too fast. She is an antique and vintage jewelry dealer by day and haunts estate sales, yard sales, and auctions. She’s probably wearing something old and sparkly right now!