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Creative Circle Ambassadors
Cousin Corporation of America, a premier manufacturer of jewelry making components, has chosen eight talented jewelry makers to be brand ambassadors. The ambassadors were chosen based on their unique contributions to the program, commitment to jewelry making and social media and networking influence.
The 2015 Creative Circle ambassadors are: Allison Cooling, Dawn Doucette, Rebecca Utermohlen, Shelly Owen, Lisa Crone, Rachel Nielsen and Jennifer Priest. As Cousin Ambassadors they will have a platform to share ideas with the product development team, create projects for publications in magazines and on various social media platforms, preview upcoming programs and provide feedback about products before they go to market.
"Our Creative Circle program has absolutely surpassed our expectations," said Jeff Cousin, President. “We want to keep the craft of jewelry making relevant and maintain it as a growing art. We are excited to expand the program so we can show even more people that jewelry making is accessible and rewarding, and also introduce them to the Cousin brand.”
Jennifer's crafting journey started with beading and jewelry when she was 9 years old. She's always had an entrepreneurial spirit, selling earrings at craft fairs and running a pony ride stand with her pet pony Charlie during elementary school and into high school. In a rural town, kids could do those kinds of things! Jennifer started scrapbooking in 1998 before the birth of her daughter, Katie. In 2003, Jennifer dove head first into the craft industry, starting a business teaching craft classes across the US. These days Jennifer shares her love of creativity, DIY, and practical living at Hydrangea Hippo. Jennifer also runs the consulting firm Rainmaker Media Works, providing social media management services and blogger outreach for craft product manufacturers as well as coaching services to artists and makers.
Dawn has been designing jewelry since she was a little girl. What began as loomed friendship bracelets evolved into a business of creating couture jewelry in her business, Bella Amore Legacy Jewelry. Dawn designs with gemstones, crystals, pearls and seed beads to create one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Her designs have been published in Beadwork Magazine; winning design contests and modeled by distinguished public speakers.
Bella Amore Legacy Jewelry celebrates the creation of that legacy with one-of-a-kind artisan pieces designed to reflect and symbolize the uniqueness that is every woman. Dawn works closely with each client to understand personal style and taste to create custom jewelry pieces that are the perfect expression of each individual.
Whether it is a gift to commemorate a special occasion or a piece of jewelry to be handed down through the generations, Dawn creates her Bella Amore Legacy Jewelry to withstand the test of time and to be a window to wonderful memories created in a family over many lifetimes
Lisa has been designing beaded jewelry for over 20 years. She is a self-professed bead fanatic and enjoys learning new techniques from other bead enthusiasts through books, magazines and classes or improvising as she goes.
In her book A Bead in Time Lisa shares her journey of finding design inspiration in nature, artwork, vacations and the craft store. She currently maintains a daily beading blog at
where the tagline reads, “appreciating the individual beauty of beads and the unique works of art they are used to create.”
Lisa blogs to share in the fun of the online beading community. She regularly showcases beads, techniques, projects, bead artists, designers and crafters.
Rebecca started making jewelry as a 12-year-old kid who was bored one summer and needed a hobby. As the years have passed, jewelry making became more than just a hobby; it developed into a true passion. Rebecca dabbles in all types of different crafts, but jewelry making remains her favorite.
Rebecca manages a craft blog, My Girlish Whims, which is all about her crafty adventures and general life as a big girly girl. In the past two years Rebecca has graduated college, bought a house, got married, and started working full time. Now that things have settled down, Rebecca enjoys living in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband Shawn and their golden doodle puppy, Jefferson.
Rachel loves to create. Some of her passions include baking, building stuff, sewing, gardening, crafting and, of course, making jewelry. Rachel loves to try new things and a few years ago decided to give jewelry making a shot. Her sister showed her a few basic skills and she was hooked. She enjoys the process of creating a piece of jewelry and learning new techniques. Rachel shares what she creates with the readers of her blog, Adventures of a DIY Mom, in the form of step-by-step tutorials. Rachel is a wife and stay-at-mom to four kids, three girls and a boy.
Shelly began creating jewelry in the early 1990s after being inspired by a high school project on recycling. She started out by recycling old broken jewelry and repairing a favorite piece. She then created pieces to give away as gifts, which later turned into requests for handmade items for friends, family and special occasions.
With over 10 years of experience as a graphic designer, Shelly merges the technical with the artistic. Shelly is self-taught. She has tried many different techniques and materials over the years and she is not afraid to try something new at least once- sometimes twice.
Shelly is a stay-at-home mom to two young boys and volunteers as the director of Women’s Ministries for Trinity Gospel Fellowship in Richland, MS.
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