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Sunday 2 October 2011

Crafty Cardmarkers Design Team Call

Crafty Cardmakers are having a change of Design Team, and I have been pondering whether to apply.  The deadline is 2nd October, so I am really leaving it up to the last minute to enter!.  Having said that, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

It will be interesting to take on new challenges and perhaps develop my crafting if I am lucky enough to be picked.

We were asked to highlight three projects that showed off our style.  My style actually varies with my mood, but rarely (unless we are talking butterflies or flowers) includes lots of embellishments.  I'm currently into stamping and colouring, and using images from the various CDs I have bought.

I like to personalise my cards so they fit the person they are being sent to, and I do like to make cards that double up as something else.   Ideally, they also work as a gift.  So, without further ado, here are my three choices that showcase what I like to do.

My first choice is an easel card that has a box for recipe cards.  As this one was a Christmas Card, I included four specific recipes - Christmas mulled wine, Orange pastry, Traditional Mincemeat, and Mince Pies.

The Art Deco image was from a Debbie Moore CD and the recipes were from a Josceline Dimbleby book I've owned (and loved) for many years.
 My second choice is a really versatile card - you can use it for all occasions. Inspiration for it came from a very talented crafter called Marianne.

I have made one for a new baby, where the gift inside was a pair of baby socks, I have also made one for a wedding, and in that case the gift inside was a horseshoe with confetti.

This photograph is one that was a more general birthday card, and contains tealights.

The front decoration was created using some background paper from my stash.  The butterflies were stamped and embossed onto the same paper and then cut out and sprayed  with crafters companion spray and sparkle.  I made the roses using promarkered paper and punches - I love making my own flowers - and they were then glazed.

 My third choice is to show a more straightforward style of card, and is a birthday card.  The main topper was in fact the sentiment and the interest really came from the patterned background paper and the paper flowers.  There were very few fiddly bits on this card - simple matting and layering, only.  I often make cards where the sentiment you would normally expect to find inside appears on the front as a focal point.  I love my nesties for their versatility in doing this.

 Finally, the last item was a challenge - a card with the theme "New Beginnings".  I have some new baby cards I could use, but as I have just made a card for someone who has just left their job, I thought that was very appropriate too.

Nothing like changing jobs to make you feel life is starting over... so yes, New Beginnings.

I've never been part of a design team before, and honestly, have no expectations for this application - there are so many very talented crafters out there and I have no delusions about my own abilities!  But as stated before, nothing ventured - nothing gained, and you never know, I may just be picked!!  And if I am, I will do my very best.


  1. I love how "interactive" your cards are….or maybe it is multi-function? I"m not sure what to call them but I like the uniqueness of adding a functional portion in unexpected ways. We've all seen the shaker cards, the candy or tea bag inserts, bookmarks….etc but adding tea lights? Never seen that….adding the recipe cards and then having 4 standard recipes….that is fresh and clever. I just popped over to see who was trying the DT call so I haven't cruised the rest of your blog but I really enjoy this post.

  2. I love the cards you've made. The tealight one is my favourite. I love the roses you made for it. Cxx

  3. Wow, some gorgeous creations here. Thanks for entering and Good Luck!

    Lin xx

  4. Great cards!! Good luck with the design team - they'd be lucky to have you.

  5. Stunning set of cards, they are all absolutely gorgeous xx

  6. These are totally amazing! Good luck with the DT call. Beth. xxx

  7. Gorgeous array of crafty projects, could luck with your design team call at Crafty Cardmakers. x

  8. Well done to you, What fun we are going to have!!xx