Come to the 2018 Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon

Get to Know the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon Teachers

June 7th, 2018 • Cricut Events

We are so excited to announce our amazing Mountain Make-A-Thon teachers! The following will provide you just a snapshot of all the amazing DIY categories and creativity these teachers will bring to the classes at Mountain Make-A-Thon this year. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experts across numerous craft categories, from sewing to paper to iron-on, and so much more.

Make sure you get signed up for your classes by following this link. We're so excited to see you in the coming weeks. If you have any issues with the scheduling tool, here is a link for technical support.

We can't wait for you to meet everyone in July!

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By day, he’s a Digital Marketing Manager. But by night, he’s the creative force behind the multi-award-nominated blog, The Crafty Gentleman. Mike Aspinall started blogging in 2013, after becoming frustrated with the lack of craft content for men. Since then, he’s collaborated with everyone from Etsy and Mollie Makes, to Channel 4 and the BBC. Most recently, he was appointed as the UK Brand Ambassador for Singer Sewing Company. A typical weekend sees him buys in his craft studio probably designing something new on his Cricut Maker or sketching ideas for his next craft project.

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When Sydney Andersen isn’t busy running around with her 3 kids, she’s making tees and crafts for them, family and friends. She has been using Cricut products for over 3 years and there is hardly a day that goes by that she doesn’t use her Maker. She also spends her time sharing lots of Cricut crafts over on her blog, Tastefully Frugal.  She is also the Shopowner at Mahle’s Market.

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Jessica Bailey and Sarah Skaggs are BFF’s who share their favorite crafts, tips and recipes on their blog, Their favorite thing to make with the Cricut is custom t-shirts! Whether you're interested in making gifts for those you love, funny personalized shirts to wear yourself, or matching t-shirts for a family vacation, they've done it all and they want to pass their know-how on to you!

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Brooke Berry is a Design Blogger with three boys. For the most part, she is self-taught Cricut user, and have mostly picked things up with experimenting and trial and error.   However, when the Cricut Maker was released she got to attend the launch event and learn tricks and tips from the designers and top crafters who are the pros.

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When she isn’t doting on her 12-year-old son MO or her beloved corgi Ted E. Bear, Rita Cavicchio is busy saving the world on her blog “Miss Rita to the Rescue”. A devoted Cricut user for many years, she is also the founder of the Facebook groups “Cricut Newbies & Pros”, with membership of over 250 thousand Cricut users. Crafting has been a part of Rita’s life forever and she enjoys sewing, knitting, scrapbooking and even soap making! However her “medium of choice” has always been paper and she especially loves to make 3D projects with her substantial paper collection. She particularly enjoys making floral home decor such as wreaths and centerpieces, but has a soft spot for dimensional cards.

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Amy Chappell is a designer, teacher, and creator. She thrives on bringing creativity into her life and into the lives of others. She has created video instruction content for Riley Blake Designs, Adornit Fabric and My Craft Channel in addition to teaching live classes in stores and in her home. She teaches everything from embroidery to sewing and felt flowers. When she isn’t teaching or designing projects and patterns for her blog or others, she can be found in her garden or with her 6 children- hiking and having fun.

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Kimberly Coffin is a mother to a 2,3 and 4-year-old by day, seamstress and blogger by night. Kimberly has a passion for fashion and loves teaching others how to develop their own unique designs with the help of a needle and thread!

Her life motto, “I can make that,” used to keep her busy into the wee hours of the morning, but with her Cricut Maker Kimberly is a quick-stitching force to be reckoned with.

With three toddlers and little time to spare, Kimberly is the queen of efficiency! Learn her best-kept, time-saving secrets while you fearlessly stitch up and adorable Pot Holder & Oven Mitt set that will put a smile on your face every time you cook!

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Pam Dana - a wife and mom that loves sharing her families’ adventures through all phases of life! On Over the Big Moon she shares gift ideas, organization tips, recipes, products she loves, printables, DIY and crafting with her cute kids! She’s been crafting with with a Cricut since the Explore and use it multiple times a week.

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You could say Sarah Desjardins was born an educator. When she isn’t teaching Kindergarten, she writes educational and how-to posts on her DIY blog, The Simple Crafted Life.  Somewhere between her two teaching gigs, she finds a way to be a great (okay decent) army wife and mother to two girls that need constant Chauffeuring. Since the great unicorn trend of 2017, she is usually found at her Cricut machines, where she has been enlisted to “unicorn all. the. things.”

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Erica Dietz lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and 6 children. A crafter since childhood and a Cricut user for about 3 years, Erica loves that Cricut allows her to design and create unique projects in no time at all. When she is not crafting with her Cricut Erica enjoys crocheting, sewing, and spending time with her family. You can find lots of fun craft ideas, including many Cricut projects on her blog, 5 Little Monsters.

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When she’s not chasing after her four children, Lindsay Fekitoa is making anything and everything with her Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore and Cricut EasyPress. Her favorite things to make are custom gifts for others. The new Knife Blade has elevated her crafting from being a hobby into professional blogging full-time.

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In between loads of laundry, Audrey Fixation blogs at and runs Project Run & Play. She suffered 27 interruptions while writing this bio from her angelic 8 children (ages 1 to 19) with emergencies like “he stuck his tongue out at me!” She proudly wears a handmade wardrobe (which is more than the 4-year-old in the front yard waving to passing cars wearing only a pirate hat she made using her Cricut Maker.) In her “spare” time she designs sewing patterns and DIY projects.

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Cori George is the creative mind behind the website and digital shop Hey, Let's Make Stuff. Based in Northern California, she loves inspiring more than 300,000 women every month to make their lives more fun with Cricut crafts, SVG downloads, and simple DIY tutorials. You’ll find her debut paper-crafting book, Paper Party, in craft stores this fall. When she's not creating, she loves traveling, sarcasm, strong coffee, and spending quality time with her husband, adorable twin boys, and enormous dog.

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For Julia Groves, life is an adventure: a craftaholic homeschooling mom of 3 crazy awesome kids, graphic designer & full time blogger. Even though she is busy with work, family and traveling, Julia loves to take the time to celebrate life by making custom decorations, gifts and more using her Cricut, Cuttlebug, and Easy Press.

She has been in love with Cricut since she got her first Cricut machine over 9 years ago. Which love has only grown over the years with all the new amazing Cricut products that have been released.

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Jordan Hanson is the blogger behind Jordan's Easy Entertaining, a blog devoted to helping busy moms with easy to follow party plans. She has been a huge Cricut fan since purchasing her first machine in 2014. Every party since then has utilized either her Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker to create a variety of fun projects.

When she isn’t drowning in a pile of never-ending laundry or picking up Legos, Jesica Helgren is busy building her brand and helping others to do the same.

Jesica owns the successful blog, The Mommy Bunch, where she talks about all things parenting, food and DIY. Her Cricut tutorials are the most popular articles on her blog and are what sparked her passion for helping others build a business of their own.

In her Facebook group, Rock Your Craft Biz, Jesica teaches other entrepreneurs how to take their craft business to the next level by building their brand, targeting the right customers and utilizing smart social media strategies.

Angie Holden is a successful author and blogger at The Country Chic Cottage where she creates fun crafts daily! You might find her experimenting with the knife blade for the Cricut Maker or cutting vinyl with the Explore. She also creates educational YouTube videos for everyone from the Cricut newbie to the most seasoned crafter. Angie lives in rural Tennessee on a farm with her husband and three kids.

Tisa Jackson has lots of fun and is always laughing, creating stationery and blogging in her small studio in Texas. She blogs about life at Just My Little Mess. She loves color and to create DIY projects. She loves anything and everything paper and also finding ways to make someone’s day brighter. When she’s not making a huge mess crafting, she loves to hang out in cute local shops and travel. Tisa loves coffee and is 100% sure it loves her back. Tisa is married to her best friend and is the mother of two.

Kristen Johnson always says that the bigger, the better, is the name of this crafter’s game. Kristen is a designer who is known for her over the top creations and uses her Cricut to achieve those goals. Always one for thinking outside the box, her goal is to inspire others through events and everyday life using a larger lens. With a background in Event Design and Production, Kristen brings you the skills you need to create like a professional. Most days you
can find her at home with her adoring husband and three kids, loving that Mom life and everything that comes with it.

Stephanie Kendron started really seriously sewing when she had my first child in 2007. She was a stay at home mom and wanted to learn to sew. She grew up watching my mom and grandma sew. They were always making clothes and quilts, some of which she still has and cherishes today. She wanted her daughter to have these things as well. She purchased her first sewing machine and went to work. She started out making clothes, quilts, and bags and really just had fun with it. She didn’t know any rules so she just did the best that she could. Sometimes things turned out great, and other times some were a flop. She was learning a new skill and quickly falling in love.

As a Craft Expert on HSN Beth Kingston has been an on-air influencer since 2009, selling over $20 million in products to customers across the US. Beth has the unique perspective of being part of the craft industry as a customer, manufacturer, entrepreneur and influencer and knows she is the luckiest girl in the world!

Beth is a proud Army wife, owned by two Great Danes, thinks “Makeup-Free Monday” should be a thing, uses her Maker every dang day, loves a good glass of wine, and would eat cheese at every meal if her husband would let her.

Heidi Kundin of Happiness is Homemade and Cheryl Spangenberg of That’s What Che Said have 15 years of creative blogging experience between them, and together, they reach a combined audience of over 1.5 million unique readers each month. Cheryl and Heidi are both #boymoms (three energetic boys each!), and when they’re not busy chasing their kids around or driving to countless sports practices, they love spending time in their rainbow-organized craft rooms with a glass of wine and a Cricut project! They love that Cricut has made it super easy to get crafty even when you have limited time!

Melody Lane has taught Design Space classes in person and through YouTube since Design Space was released in 2014. She spends the majority of her days in her Facebook group, Cricut Design Space with Melody Lane, inspiring and teaching others to use their Cricut machines. When she is not helping people learn Design Space, you can find her driving around in her golf cart in The Villages, Fl.

Considered an enthusiastic entrepreneur and creator in the wedding industry since 2009, Chelsea LaVere is a retired wedding photographer of 8 years and is the founder/editor-in-chief of Virginia’s #1 wedding online publication and media brand, Tidewater and Tulle. Before her photographer days, Chelsea was a classroom art teacher and adheres to the mantra of “making life more beautiful” in all she does, especially with wedding-related Cricut projects. When she’s away from the office, she loves to travel and quietly relax at home with her husband Rusty and their three cats: Pickles Barrington, Marmalade O’Hoolihan, and Anchovy Evans.

Anna McNamara started her DIY blog, Practical and Pretty, October 2016 but has enjoyed the creative process all her life! Her Etsy store began because she wanted to keep dyeing fabric over and over again, not just once for a blog post. She opened her store and has really enjoyed having a product to sell and learning the ins and outs of Etsy as she shares a product she loves creating and talking about. She’s done a few things right and even more things wrong. She is excited to share what she has learned.

After being introduced to the Cricut Maker at the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon in 2017, Carolina Moore designed the Cricut Maker Block of the Week. A 12-week, 14 video series that shows new quilters how to create 9 different quilt blocks with the Cricut Maker, then shows how to stitch them together to make a small sampler quilt. Carolina is an experienced teacher, quilt book author and award-winning quilter. With over 25 years of quilting experience, including at Quilt Shops, Quilt Guilds, and at Quilt Market, Carolina loves sharing her quilting experience.

Lorrie Nunemaker has been a part of the Cricut Product Expert Team since 2014. She enjoys using the Cricut to create everything from cards, scrapbooks and printables to wallets, t-shirts and home décor. She has her own YouTube educational channel featuring over 400 crafting tutorials and over 80,000 subscribers. When she is not on her YouTube channel you can find her in one of the Cricut Facebook Groups and on her Facebook page.

Debbie O’Neal was lucky enough to turn her part-time passion, into a full-time dream job over at Scrap Me Quick Designs. Debbie now spends her days creating DIY projects and teaching others how to bring their creative vision to life using Cricut through online education and her Diva Days Online Crop Events. Fun loving, crown wearing, die-hard DIYer, she believes anyone can “Learn to Create like a Diva”. They just need a little nudge in the right direction. When she is not in her craft studio, you will likely find her traveling with her hubby, spoiling her grandkids, entertaining friends and definitely at the craft store buying more supplies to create the next new thing.

Charynn Olsheshki is the creative blogger behind Pineapple Paper Co., where she designs party and social stationery and plans awesome parties full of DIY crafts with her Cricut. She loves finding ways for the modern crafter to design parties that are gorgeous and detail-oriented. When not crafting with her Cricut or writing blog posts, she spends time driving her 4 kids to their activities (or making crafts with them!) and planning her next trip to Disney.

Heather Paulsen is a Wife, Mother, and Seamstress. She sews, blogs, thrifts, upcycles, design fabrics, and teaches sewing classes. She’s also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She studied clothing construction in college while working at a tailor shop. She loves sewing for herself, her kids, and occasionally her husband. Sewing gives her something different every day that can’t be undone. She’s currently working on a minimalist and handmade wardrobe.

Emily Pettiford and Jessica Turley are founders of Bespoke Bride, a wedding website dedicated to inspiring brides to DIY their way to the big day. Originally starting their business as a blog, Bespoke Bride now offers a range of handmade products for parties and events, using the Cricut. Emily and Jessica are brand ambassadors for Cricut and have traveled to a number of events with the Cricut team to help launch new products and teach users how to use the machine. And they want to share their expertise with you!

Stephanie Paxman’s craft table is often spilling over with vinyl, paper, iron-on, faux leather, and thanks to her new Cricut Maker, felt and fabric. Cricut has helped her discover new hobbies and rekindle old ones for everything from home decor, apparel, school projects, and gifts.

Stephanie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their three kids. Her love for creating and designing inspired her to go back to school and she recently graduated with a degree in Web Design.

Carole Prevost is a Canadian living in Montreal, Quebec. Mother, Grandmother and fortunate to have taken an early retirement from a successful career as a Business Development Leader. Carole’s Cricut Crafts – blog, Facebook Group & YouTube channel is an exciting way for her to express her love of making things. Crafting is her passion, and she wants to inspire others to enjoy it as well. She also loves to travel and spend time with her grandchildren.

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Natalie has been crafting and creating her whole life and blogging it for the last 7 years.

She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget-conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid-friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun 5 days a week at

Alicia Steele is the owner of Sew What Alicia where she teaches all things sewing for beginners. She frequently uses her Cricut to cut fabric to create amazing sewing tutorials. She has been sewing for over 15 years and loves to spread her knowledge and love for sewing with the Cricut Maker to the current and next generation of sewists. When she isn’t sewing she is fielding one of many requests from her two young sons to cut ninjas, baseball logos, and stuffed animals.

Paulette Trent. A life-long crafter of different media, Paulette has been a Cricut crafter and teacher since 2007. She lives north of Atlanta Georgia and has taught classes privately, at local craft stores and at the Cricut Mania weekend events she hosts. She was active on the old Cricut Message Board and was chosen to be a moderator {Bug Guide}. She has also been a Cricut Brand Advocate and is currently a Cricut Product Expert. She leads an active Facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space and was recognized by FB as a Power Admin.

Sarah Unthank. Sarah is an avid sewist, blogger, and crafter. She spends her spare time sewing for herself and her 2 daughters and crafting projects for her home. Sarah started sewing while working at a fabric store during college and has sewn everything from curtains to her sister’s wedding dress.

Starting with the original Cricut, Sarah has made sure that no party is complete without personalized crafts for years! But, with her first love being sewing, her Cricut Maker is getting all the attention these days. When she isn’t sewing, blogging or embarrassing her kids, she spends time with her Great Dane.

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Karley Hall moved to Utah from California to become a full-time crafter! She landed a job at Cricut a year later and has created over 200 projects for us. She works as one of Cricut’s in-house Project Designers crafting for Design Space, the Cricut Blog, and other marketing initiatives. Karley has traveled the U.S. teaching tips on tricks on how to craft, even if you think you’re not creative. When she isn’t at Cricut, Karley is busy building in her woodshop. She is currently enrolled in carpentry school and one day hopes to be a master builder. She loves combining her crafting background and can-do, built-it attitude to create one of a kind pieces. You can see what she is up to over at Apartment 413.

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