Our Sweeties

Amy Ottmers from AO Creations

Amy is a stay at home mother to three amazing children - a 17 year old daughter and boys age 15 and 12 - who keep her full of life and busy at times. They live in Georgetown, Texas, which is right outside of Austin. After growing up in a military family, Amy finds it nice to stay in one place for a while. She loves to travel, and of course, craft. She has been been scrapbooking for 16 years and making cards for 6. With a style that is more CAS than anything, card making is her favorite paper craft fight now. Amy loves trying new techniques and learning all styles.   Sweetie since 2015

Birgit Norton from Crafting While I Wait

My name is Birgit Norton and I live in a small town in the beautiful state of Maine and am married to my high school sweetie.  We've been married for 27 years and have two grown children, both married but no grands as yet.  We also have three cats and a rescue dog who is completely a mama's boy.  Being empty nesters allows me time to do all the things I love.  My passion is paper crafts, mostly making cards for friends and family, and I sell a few on the side as well.  I have a very eclectic style and like to try different things.  Cupcake Inspiration challenges have been a long time favorite of mine and I'm so happy to be joining the team for another season!   Sweetie since 2017

Carol Mayne from Just Me: C

Carol (aka *c*) joins us from Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Her journey into cards began 3 years ago when she decided to make and send Happy Month Old cards to her 2 year old niece. She's 5 now and her nephew is 3, and yes, the card 'tradition' continues. The ‘mess’ of her first attempt sent her searching the internet for ideas which sparked a ‘passion’ and here she is, thoroughly immersed in crafting with paper, stamps, inks and dies. When she’s not at her ‘craft counter’ or at work, you’ll find her at road, mountain or cyclocross bike races throughout the province as a racing official, or as #1 fan and support for her husband, cheering when he competes.  Sweetie since 2015

Danijela Ralovic from Danijela’s Card

Hello everyone! My name is Danijela and I live in Serbia,a small country located in the southeast of Europe know afar for Nikola Tesla and Novak
Djokovic.I work as an elementary school teacher. Wherever I go, I am surround with children at home. I have three boys; at school, there are 30 children in my classroom. This may be the very reason why I love to play and create, and why I view life as one big game. Every minute of my free time I do craft, play with stamps, papers, markers, brushes... I love to create scenes because each new card allows me to tell a new story. I strive to learn new techniques because this hobby of ours represents a great challenge. Thanks to this artistic pursuit, I was able to connect with some amazing people around the world.   Sweetie since 2017

 Debbie “Indy” Owens from Indy’s Designs

Hi, my name is Debbie, but my nickname is Indy since I was born and raised in Indiana. I currently live in Utah with my hubby and two cats. I have several passions in live--cats, coffee, card making, chocolate, cupcakes, and camping!  I began card making back in 2010 and reached out to the Internet for inspiration and ideas! I love the card making blogging world where there are so many amazing and talented people!  To support my crafting passion, I do have to work outside the craft room.  I am now in my 19th year of teaching, and I still adore the challenge and rewards of teaching nine-year olds! I joined the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge team in 2012 and am now working behind the scenes to ensure the tradition of CIC continues!  Sweetie since 2012

EK Gorman from ekgorman designs
 EK Gorman is a self-taught mixed media artist who ventured into the addicting world of paper crafting a few short years ago.  Quickly she discovered building small pieces of art inside the frame of a card to be ridiculously satisfying.  When not locked into her desk designing or painting, EK is busy raising her three little kiddos and doting love onto her husband and family dog.  Sweetie since 2016

Eva Ng from Yan’s Crafty Idea

Eva lives at K.L., Malaysia. She works for a corporate company but is passionate in arts stamp; crafts – painting, paper crafts, jewelry making, etc. She started paper crafting in 2008 and does her crafting activities during the weekend & holidays. She has conducted several craft workshops and participated in several handmade craft bazaars. Eva also teaches at an art center part time. She loves and enjoys crafts. She especially enjoys get together sessions with crafters where she can learn more crafts and other art skills from others. Sharing is caring! Sweetie since 2014

Jen Carter from Jen’s Ink Spot        

Jen resides in Kansas and is a wife to Dwight and mom to Mason and Sadie. She works part-time as a secretary at the local elementary school.  She can't remember a time in her life when she hasn't been interested in some sort of crafting.  Jen started scrapbooking in Junior High School and then later in life transitioned into stamping and card making.  It is such a joy for her to be able to spend time with her papers, inks, stamps & dies!   Sweetie since 2016

Kim Heggins from Cupcakes, Cards and Kim

Hello….my name is Kim Heggins, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my hubby of almost 26 years and 24 year old daughter.  I am a preschool program director/teacher and love sharing my crafts with my students and co-teachers. I started making cards when my daughter was born, I made her birth announcements and have not looked back. I love to sew, bake, scrapbook, quilt, cross stitch and making cards. I have a very supportive hubby and spend most of my free time in my Mickey Mouse themed craft room, I love everything Disney. My style is pretty much CAS with a twist, I love bright colors and just started using Copics. I am so excited to be creating with this team at Cupcake Inspirations.   Sweetie since 2017


Naki Rager from Notes from Naki
I live in Upstate NY with my husband and our 4 beautiful, very smart, and full of life children. A 1st grader boy, 3 year old boy/girl twins, and a 2 year old autistic girl. I stay home with the twins and the baby girl, and when they nap, that's my craft time! I have never been able to keep one hobby until I met stamping, it is truly my passion, my personality, and my anti-psychotic therapy! I love the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge because I get to meet new companies, make new virtual friends, love seeing the work of so many talented people and get inspired, and the challenge itself is just pure fun!"  Sweetie since 2015
 Sandy Gordon from Inking of You Too

Sandy is married and has two wonderful sons and a cat. She discovered stamping from a small little stamping store many years ago and hasn't stopped. Sandy loves that there are always new techniques, layouts and projects to learn and try. She previously sold for The Angel Company for 5 years until they went out of business and then discovered digital stamping to go along with her rubber stamps. In her spare time, Sandy also loves to read and crochet.  Sweetie since 2014

Saskia Pullen from Stamps and Papers
Hello everyone,

My name is Saskia Pullen and I was born on 4th of January 1981, with a heart failure called Tetralogy of Fallot, next to that I have COPD as well, through this I am unable to go out to a cinema or disco.  So I’ll fill my time to make cards and a sketchbook, which I started 1st of January 2017 for the first time, for the last I am still learning, how and which products I can use. I make cards since my open heart operation in September 1997. I started with teabags, later 3d cards and since a year or 6 with stamps as well. I love to bake pies and (cup)cakes as well. I find it more personal to make own cards, and my family appreciates it.  Sweetie since 2017

Wendy Bellino from Made by Wendy Bellino
I've always enjoyed working with my hands. Growing up, art class was my favorite time of day! Painting, drawing, cutting, gluing-it was the only time I liked getting dirty.  When I wasn't being artistic, I was writing. I was introduced to creative writing in middle school and fell in love with the magic of storytelling.  Most of my writing consisted of short stories about my childhood and family and, if you read my blog, you'll see that is still a favorite topic! I also still work with my hands. I've practiced dental hygiene for 21 years, but I find time for my creativity to flourish! 

    My family is a huge inspiration for my work. I'm the oldest of five siblings, was the first to get married (26 years ago!) and have children, and my husband and two sons are my life. Everything I do revolves around my family. My youngest just graduated from high school last spring and I've found that my creative outlets keep me balanced with the chaos of change! 
     I have a knack for making people feel comfortable (it's all that practice of being a big sister!) I never meet a stranger and I love being told, " I feel like we're old friends," after meeting someone new. So, I invite you to follow my blog, find me onFacebook and Instagram or drop me a line at wendy.bellino@gmail.com so we won't be strangers!   Sweetie since 2017