We are blessed to have several designers from throughout the Crafting Community! They have each written a little about themselves here, so please take the time to get to know each of them!
Oh my, where do I begin?
It's really hard to nail down when I started paper crafting, as I’ve been crafting since I was a child. I wouldn’t describe myself specifically as a paper crafter. My mother allowed me to try almost every craft I asked her to get me stuff for. For paper crafts, I tend to walk the edge of digital to traditional. I like trying to use different things that you wouldn’t necessarily think of using together – for example, I did a shadowbox picture once using bits and pieces of driftwood and items from the beach (including sand), with quilling paper and techniques to create a landscape theme.
I started focusing on the digital side of paper crafts when I was soap making, designing labels, boxes and such. I do a fair bit of poster making for events at work (potluck lunches, birthday calendars etc.). I’ve made our family Christmas cards for the past 10 years. I bought a Silhouette cutter 4 years ago, and don’t use it to the fullest, so if I had a list of things to do, it would be to incorporate cut files in my cards more often.
Techniques: I plan to incorporate in my cards this year: Iris folding, stenciling, using resists, watercolors (acrylics actually), yarn and fabric (still thinking about how I’ll incorporate them). I want to do a quilted card for my sister’s birthday this year, as she is a quilter, and has involved me in her quilting guild.
Styles I want to develop: Nothing traditional, more a montage of techniques and items. I love the Group of Seven, and Haida art. If I could create something with the color flow and movement of the Group of Seven, and with the simplicity and symmetry of the Haida, I would be happy. This year I am going outside my comfort zone by committing to do so many different cards... card making for me has usually only been an October thru December thing. I’m so happy to be involved in the Card a Day Blog for the inspiration you all give me!
I just started blogging this year, and have not followed any blogs before that. I do enjoy watching youtube videos and series on youtube: Finally Friday with Kandis Smith, starofmay (she does a 25 days of Christmas card series) her blog is http://www.kwernerdesign.com and Splitcoast stampers.
My blog is more of a digital journal of things I’ve been up to... so there will be seasonal things on my blog that intersperse with my Card a Day Blog posts... I love gardening, seeding and propagating, woodworking, fabric arts, cooking and preserving, camping, hiking, photography. So much to do! My real full time job is being a sterile supply technician at the hospital. I love it as I get to work with tools, and learn how they are used. There is rarely a day at work that I don’t learn something new!
Designer for the Card a Day Blog at http://cardadayblog.blogspot.com
Jan Bryson: Sam & Hailey Designs
Bio to come soon!
Tina from PA
my blog: http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com/
designer for: http://cardadayblog.blogspot.com/
Chris Durnan: Visual Designs by Chris
Bio To come soon!!
my blog: http://www.visualdesignsbychris.blogspot.com
Jill Figley: Created by Jill
For me, this all started when I discovered scrapbooking. I was never really interested in scrapbooking, or any other paper crafts for that matter, until I started taking lots of photos of my grand sons, and I wasn't doing anything with them but just leaving them in files on my computer. So, I decided to try my hand at scrapbooking. I was instantly hooked. I joined a few Yahoo groups on the subject, which led to my discovery of the Cricut, and Sure Cuts A lot. I decided to join a few groups on the Cricut, and from there, I started seeing other things that others where creating, including cards, and I decided maybe I would try my hand at making cards too. I made a few here and there, but never really had many occasions I needed cards for, since I was never into sending cards much, and then, about a year ago, I found out about Operation Write Home. It sounded like a wonderful cause, and that's when card making for me really took off.
I have since made a few hundred cards for Operation Write home, and have gotten into making my own Christmas cards, and for other occasions. I also enjoy making other paper crafts, such as gift boxes, bags, paper bag albums, and pretty much anything else that catches my interest. I have also found that I am a hoarder, but that's a whole different story...lol!
I love to create things. I owe much of this to my mom and my grandmothers; they would be found crocheting, sewing or working some new project. They encouraged me to make things even when they didn't turn out perfect. I have been scrapbooking in some form or another since I was a child. I started traditional scrapbooking when my guys were in school to preserve their memories, then I had to take a calligraphy class with a friend and that started the card making with the yearly Christmas cards, then birthdays and now the list just never stops. I normally have several projects going at one time, a quilt or afghan, maybe a new beading project and of course some form of a paper craft.
Bio To come soon!!
Cindy Pointe: Creative Pointe
"Up In Northern Michigan"
Shirley Ross: Mom 'n Me Scraps
In 2000, I found myself drawn toward a new creative outlet, scrapbooking. My sister-in-law introduced me to this art medium and I soon found myself in love. In love with the feel of the paper, the colors, the photos, the memories, and most importantly, how it made me feel – happy.
I could spend hours creating a layout, blocking out the world around me, even if just for a while. The coolest benefit, my Mom and I scrapped together, thus my blog name Mom ‘n Me Scrap.
The best part of being a ‘papercrafter’, is the friends. Just as in the quilting bee days of yesteryear, papercrafting brings women together with a common thread, a place to share, fellowship, and feel welcome.
This journey has led to my adventure in running my own stamping and scrapbooking business. The old adage is true ‘when you find your passion, make it your career’. It has worked for me.
My favorite product line, Close To My Heart; my style ‘the blinger the better’; where I want to go next, I love learning and teaching new techniques especially stamping techniques.
I hold a BAA in Interior Design and have worked in various aspects of the home furnishings industry since 1998. Born and raised in mid-Michigan, I now live in southeast Michigan with my "boys"… two crazy cats that keep me laughing (and sighing) -- Oliver, my cranky 12 year old grey shorthair and Dodger, my one year old orange tabby.
Laury Vaden: Just Laury
I am a mom of 6 (including a son in law and daughter in law to be!), Nana to 1 and wife for 33 years! We live in New Jersey (not the shore).
I have always been surrounded by art, and it was an influence in my formative years. I grew up in a home where the walls were filled with paintings and the shelves filled with beautiful objects. Some of my parents’ closest friends were artists.
I am a painter, quilter, weaver, spinner, computer artist, tatter, knitter, fabric designer, jewelry designer etc. My work is as diverse as the media I work in. I love to learn new techniques and new ways of creating beauty. I am entranced and amazed by the uniqueness of each media/technique. I love texture and color.
Most of my structured art training happened after high school. While my degrees are in computer science, I focused on art in both my undergraduate and graduate work. Throughout my adult life, I have continued to take classes in various techniques to enlarge my portfolio. My work has also been part of juried gallery shows and festivals here in NJ.
Previous Design Team Members that have helped to make this blog a success:
- Karing Adamczyk
- Janet White
- Adele Robletz
- Diana Weber
- Laura Davidson
- Kelly George
- Patrica Logan
- Terri Wright