2016 Prima Ribbonistas

January 8 2016. Posted in , / With 8 Comments - Join the Conversation


Amy Rysavy

Mother of 4 amazing munchkins, coffee addict, and addicted to all things organization. I’ve been stamping and making cards for over 12 years and find that crafting really is “therapy”!



Christina Colón

My name is Chrissy and I am a stay at home mom,a student, and a huge geek.  I have been crafting for almost 10 years now and started in scrapbooking.  My first love is anything off the page and home decor.  My style can best be described as eclectic and a bit off the wall.  I love mixing colors and patterns in unique ways and don’t like being boxed in with one particular style.  




My name is DeeDee. With a background in fine arts and a foreground in design, I am a mixed media artist, instructor and product designer. I dabble in all things art and design including fibers, paper, acrylic, watercolor, ink, resin, graphite, pastel, chipboard, plaster, wax, wood, metals and more. 

My name is Jen Shears and I’m so happy to be returning as a Prima Ribbonista on the May Arts blog team!!! Working on the May Arts blog has been an amazing experience; I love having the opportunity to play with all the gorgeous ribbon May Arts carries!

I’ve been ‘crafty’ as long as I can remember- card making, scrapbooking, sewing- a little bit of everything. 

I’m married to a wonderfully supportive man, Cory, who encourages me in my creative outlets. I have a 9 year old daughter, Hadley, who enjoys creating right alongside me! 

I am mainly a stay-at-home-mom; although I do work one day/week as a dental hygienist and spend LOTS of time at my daughter’s school!  Besides crafting I enjoy gardening, photography, boating and skiing- anything resembling play!

It is always so fun to look through the last year’s ribbon projects- it’s hard to pick favorites, but it is easy to see that my favorite projects always have ribbon!! 


My name is Jenifer Cowles and I live in a small town in Idaho.  I work in an IT Department by day and Scrap and Sew after the kiddos go to sleep by night.  I have 3 cutie pies who give me tons to scrap about ages 14-8.  I have been doing some sort of crafting my entire life and my day just doesn’t feel complete without making something, especially something that has ribbon on it.  I love a challenge and can make just about anything.



Jennifer Davey

There once was a girl named Jennifer who loved to craft and sew. One day she realized that her love for creating needed to be shared with other to help inspire them to explore their creative side. As a stay at home working mom she has the joy of sharing her talents with others through working as a writer for several publications like Sew News, Sew it All and Crafts n’ things as well as working with great companies like May Arts, Elna, Riley Blake, Accuquilt and many more. 



Karen Baker

I’m a graphic designer by trade and mama of two energetic boys who spends weekdays at work and late evenings crafting. I’m drawn to clean and simple style, yet like to dabble in shabby and chic, elegant and fun and cute too! I really enjoy card making, stamp illustrating and interior design. Anything that will stretch my boundaries, challenge me and make me a better designer is what I strive for! Oh, and I LOVE working with May Arts Ribbon.



Karen Hanson

My name is Karen Hanson, and I am a crafter from Calgary, Alberta (about 3 hours north of Montana along the beautiful Rocky Mountains).  First and foremost, I am a mom of two adorable little girls and wife to an equally cute (and creative,) hubby! I originally started my blogging about my crafty adventures as a way of keeping myself “honest” about creating!  I had received a Cricut as a Mother’s Day gift, and wanted to make sure that I actually used it.  I was hoping my online scrapping friends could help encourage me to “keep on crafting, just keep crafting!”  Things grew from there, as did my scrapping and crafting.  I now love creating everything from cards, to scrapbooking layouts to home decor projects, and even throw in a bit of sewing now and again.  I have been a huge fan of May Arts ribbon since I first discovered the product through a joint challenge with DCWV.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to share ideas, tips and tricks and even a few lessons I learn along the way as part of this great design team! 



Latrice Murphy

Hey I’m Latrice a 34 year old mom to three awesome kids. Wife to my best friend for 12 years. I’m a natural light photographer, Lifestyle blogger, furniture painting, DIY’er with a major love for all things crafty. You can find me blogging over on my website Latrice Murphy Design.com. There you will find anything from photography tips, DIY ribbon projects to recipes and lunch making ideas. I also design for Blitsy Crafts, Tombow USA and Scrapbook Generations CREATE magazine. I am very excited to be back on the May Arts Design team and cannot wait to share my ribbon inspiration with you. 


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Lori Williams

My name is Lori Williams and I’m a happy fun loving southern girl from Western North Carolina, USA.  My sister and I got into scrapbooking with the birth of my first born and I’m happy to say we have come a long way since those early days. I’m blessed that my sister lives next door as we share, encourage and enable each other in everything we do.

My background is in Metals/Production Crafts but I’ve always worked with various forms of mediums.   My style is one that is clean yet very detailed and I love to create handmade flowers. Who doesn’t love ribbon, it’s great for adorning anything and everything and blends with any medium, so I’d love to work with the May Arts design team and push myself and followers to use ribbon in your everyday life. It’s so much more than just a bow on a card.  

I have two adorable little boys, Cole and Will, that have stolen my heart, along with our Wheaten Terrier, Finley.  There is never a dull moment in our household, that’s for sure.  My oldest son Will is disable so I really enjoy being able to share my creations with the world even though I may be home with my kids.  I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with family and believe it or not…. pushing myself in Crossfit.  My goal in life is to be better today than I was yesterday and to make sure I pay it forward.  


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Michele Kosciolek

Born and raised in the mid-west, lived in California for 18 years and now I am back where I started.  I have always loved creating, started with cards back when I could barely spell and now I have my fingers into everything crafty.  I am so excited and honored to be on the May Arts design team, being a Ribbonista was on my crafty bucket list!


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Rebecca VanDeMark

Rebecca’s first memory as a child is of coloring with her mom and she has been creating ever since.  She is the writer behind the blog Caravan Sonnet which focuses on celebrating a creative and artistic life, is an author, and owns December Caravan, an Etsy shop, which donates a portion of its proceeds to charity. Her passion is to create unique & beautiful paper art to inspire joy and hope and encourage others! She is a former High School teacher who loves finding beauty in everyday as she fights Lyme Disease & Cancer. Rebecca splits her time living in the sweet south and upstate New York. She is honored and thrilled to be apart of the May Arts Design Team! 



Rhea Weigand

I’ve always been creative, from woodworking, painting, and crocheting to paper arts; with many other crafts in between.  I try not having a particular “Style” although a few of my students will call it “fussy” due to all the details I love Copic Markers, making all things pretty with Ribbon, Mixed Media and anything Vintage or Shabby Chic, oh yes…and Buttons!!! Just recently moving to the Finger Lakes Region of New York, I am now addicted to antiquing.



Tami Mayberry

My name is Tami Mayberry- wife, mom of five and grandma. While specializing in paper-based projects such as cards and scrapbooks, I also enjoy a variety of other crafts including making jewelry, sewing, home décor and DIY. I strive to design and share projects that can be made quickly and easily be recreated by others. In addition to being a Ribbonista, I am also a designer, writer and technical editor for CardMaker magazine, Sizzix designer and Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator. When not crafting, I enjoy finding new ideas on Pinterest, bargain shopping and spending time with my friends and family. I love Jesus, color, coffee, desserts, Americana, antiques and snowmen. You can find more of my work on my website: www.createitsimply.com



Terri Burson 

I’m a long-time crafter who grew up surrounded by art and music, endeavoring in school art classes, while pursuing piano and voice instruction.  A few years ago, I took up scrapbooking, which led to cardmaking, and subsequently, the start of Waving My Wand.  In the few short years that I’ve been craft blogging, I co-founded Mountain Plains Crafters, a craft challenge site and am the social media expert, a.k.a, jack of all trades!  I’m a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program and have guest designed and/or been featured at the Unity Stamp Co, So Suzy Stamps and Bella Crafts Quarterly.  Currently, I’m also on the design team for the DoubleClick Skittles embellishment line.  In the summer of 2014, I was the Guest Blogger and Show Photographer for the Craft & Hobby Association’s Inaugural Paper Arts Trade Show.  I’ve also participated in some joint craft projects with Laura Kelly Designs and Tanner Bell.  I love to write as well, and occasionally write craft articles about my observations in addition to doing product reviews.  Personally, I’ve been married for 30 something years (yes, it’s true!), and have a 13 year old son.  I work for an agency that serves children with disabilities and am the pianist at our church where you can also find me singing on occasion.



Tracy McLennon

I live my crafty life in Truro, Nova Scotia Canada with my sweet and talented husband who is a music teacher, our 2 beautiful teenage daughters and our crazy pooch Kya.

I have been a scrapbooker for about 16 years now. My love and obsession for it began when I was working at a pro photographic shop and they began to bring in scrapbooking product. I gravitated towards it as I have always been crafty and enjoyed the arts. Shortly after that I began teaching classes at the store and I have been teaching ever since. My passion is for scrapbooking. I also have a background in photography, calligraphy and graphic design. Some of my other interests are geocaching and I play the french horn.

I love to share my crafty passion whether it’s through social media, publications or teaching at classes and events in my area.

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  1. maryannlaursen@gmail.com' Maryann says:

    WAUW what an awesome team of talented ladies here, so it can only be an amazing year craftwise, that´s for sure. I soooo look forward to see, what all of you ladies have to share with us in the comming months here, but I´m sure, it´ll be great no matter what.

  2. Carlypool80@gmail.com' Carly says:

    Congratulations to all the new ladies and to the ones returning! I can’t wait to see all your beautiful creations! Congrats Terri

  3. alison.c.bergman@gmail.com' alison says:

    Welcome to my world crafty ribbon ladies! I await your inspirational projects and with any luck they will be primers for the creative journey I go on in 2016! Enjoy the playing because I surely will!

  4. Everyone looks very friendly, cheerful and all of your ribbons are so beautiful.

  5. tmell962@aol.com' Teresa Melling says:

    What a fun group of crafters! Everyone looks wonderful.

  6. Ebertd@yahoo.com' Deborah Long says:

    What a diverse and accomplished DT! Can’t wait to see what they create and inspire us with.

  7. Katrinaburbank@yahoo.com' Katrina says:

    Welcome! I can’t wait to see new pretties!

  8. I recognize so many talented ladies and am looking forward to getting to know the new ones!! Congratulations to all!!

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