New Design Team Members – meet the successful applicants

11 Mar LAURA BRADLEY

Afternoon all

So after much deliberation, tea, cake, tears and frustration the design team selection panel have finally agreed on who our new Design Team Members will be.  Before I get around to sharing with you everyone’s names, what I do want to do first is say a massive and extremely heart-felt thank you to each and every one of you who applied to be part of our Design Teams.  The quality of the applications, wealth and breadth of talent simply was outstanding and made the job of choosing a very very difficult one for the selection panel.  It has taken them so long to reach a decision because it was very hard to separate you all, it was such a close run thing, eventually we had to run a silent ballot – a bit like the elections to keep it fair and unbiased, it took us longer than hoped to do all the counting, and double-checking, but the result we can be very proud to say was those with the most votes were selected.

So, the new teamies will join some of well established members, whom I am sure you already know and follow, step forward and take a bow: Margaret Brown, Pam Leng, Caroline Weir, Donna Ferguson, Debbie Fisher, Bianca Shervington, Linda Hill, Laura Williams, Mandy Taylor, Tracey Branscombe and Claire Simpson.

So here we go, drum roll please, join me in welcoming the following very talented crafters to the Crafter’s Companion Design Team:

  • Angela Blaney
  • Debbie James
  • Joey McKelvey
  • Carole Davis
  • Donna Marie Attwood
  • Karen Foy
  • Kay Carley
  • Kitty Frampton
  • Laura Bradley
  • Liz Jones
  • Lyndsey Turner
  • Marie Jones
  • Nicole Bretherick
  • Rachel Webber
  • Sarah Jayne Brown
  • Tracy Freeman
  • Victoria Plowman Render
  • Zuzanna Obert

Die’sire:

Joining our super talented Die’sire team members – take a bow: Tina Theis, Donna Ferguson, Kathy Black Debbie Fisher and Sharon Callis, are:

  • Becky Skinner
  • Claire Murphy
  • Debbie Sheridan Wood
  • Jane Ayres
  • Liz Walker
  • Mel Jess

Welcome aboard ladies we can’t wait so see all the fabulous inspiration you provide with you products.  A large number of our followers asked if we would share an example of the winning entries from all the new DT peeps.  I thought that was an excellent idea and have included a slide show below for you.

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I would really like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at Crafter’s Companion to thank you all for your time in submitting an application, the standard was exceptional, and we would like to wish everyone all the best in their future DT applications. till next time …

Crafty thanks and hugs

Leann x

Finally finished Oliver’s Knitted Bunny

2 Mar

Evening all

I’ve had a very busy few days and have finally gotten round to sharing the finished results of the baby gift I was Knitting for Sara. I really wanted it to be ready for Oliver being born but I ran out of wool half way up his head and had to order another ball! The only place I could get it was the USA so I had to wait a while for it to arrive!

So here he is, 10 weeks late! But better late than never!

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He was a labour of love…. It’s knit with Sirdar snuggly snowflake yarn, which is, in order to achieve this fluffy effect, very fibrous, and very difficult to knit! I’ve been knitting since 5 years of age, and I’ve never knit with a yarn as temperamental as this! It’s has no stretch or give, and really makes your hands ache when knitting it, or it did mine… But….. As with most things the effort was worth it, the lovely fluffy super baby soft result is perfect for a handmade cuddly toy and he is super super soft and snuggly….perfect for little hands to explore and because his face is hand sewn there are no nasty little hard bits that can be pulled or fall off.

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I am really pleased with the result, and Sara absolutely loved it, which made me very happy, of course :)

Will I ever knit with this yarn again? Not for a very long time and only for someone very special like a grandchild maybe? One day!

Hope you like him too :)

Crafty hugs

Leann x

My first attempt at quilting ….

24 Feb

Morning all

So I’ve procrastinated long enough …. I attended a beginners ribbon ring class at my local quilting store, The Quilters Cupboard in Durham (which by the way if you are local is owned by one of the nicest and funniest people I have ever met, Rita Walker, there are rooms full of fabric floor to ceiling!) I had a fab day with my mam learning how to make a ribbon ring …. And promptly bought the fabric to make another 3 and into a lap quilt! I’ve been so scared to go it alone that it’s sat very forlornly at the bottom of my UFO box for months …. This weekend I plucked up the courage and started cutting :) you can see my progress thus far and thankfully nothing has gone wrong yet !

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I am hoping to have it all finished next weekend ready to pop in the caravan for our first trip of 2014, when it may be a little chilly on a night :) I think this quilting malarkey could become addictive!

Happy Monday everyone

Crafty love

Leann x

Crafter’s Companion Design Team Calls….

18 Feb

This may be my final reminder of our DT call so …

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity – TWO DT Calls – this doesn’t

happen very often remember you have to be in it to win it….. you never know

it really could be YOU!

 

Good Evening

I am announcing two exciting DT calls, for our dedicated Crafter’s Companion and Die’sire Design Teams.

So if you have an eye for design and it shows in all of your crafty projects! (Admit it  you are very proud of what you create.) It’s okay to be proud of your talent because now your design skills can get the spotlight they deserve. You will be part of a select group of people who will work closely with me on producing the highest quality samples for TV, Trade and Retail shows.

I am looking for several, UK (and Ireland) based  individuals who will be able to think outside of the box and create samples, projects, and inspiration using all of our products to create, elegant, stylish and unique creations which will inspire our customers and viewers.  All individual craft styles are welcome, Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary and everything else in between – all are welcome.  The term will be for 12 months and is very fast paced so we need dedicated individuals who can work to strict deadlines and allocations set by the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis.

What you need to do:

Specify in your application  if you are applying for the Main Crafter’s Companion Team, Die’sire Team or Both!, yes you can apply for both.

  • Send me a minimum of three  images of your favourite projects:
    • For the Die’sire DT applications – include dies and/or embossing folders. The ones that really highlight your exceptional design skills. Projects can include any products but, of course, we’d love to see your use of Crafter’s Companion products too.
    • For the Main Crafter’s Companion DT – include, if possible, examples of any crafter’s companion products you have used such as The Ultimate Pro, Our CD’s or rubber stamps, Die’s or embossing folders – if you don’t have any of these to show us, just show us your very best work, the stuff you are most proud of.

If you are applying for both – you will need to send 6 examples 3 for each.

  • The one hard and fast rule is that they have to be your own original creations.
  • Include a list of past and Current Design Team memberships (DT experience not essential)

The deadline for submission is Monday 24th February 2014.

If you’re chosen as one of my new DT Members, you’ll hear from the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis no later than 5pm Friday 28th February 2014.

As a new DT Member, you’ll receive a starter kit relevant to the team you join, with regular top ups throughout your 12 month term.

When you submit your projects, please include:

(If you do not include all of the below, I will be unable to consider your application)

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Blog address
  • Full details of the products used in your projects
  • Any specific technique used in the projects
  • Number of years crafting
  • Favourite style – Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary or anything else?
  • Other design teams you’re part of or have been part of (provide links to project galleries, if available)
  • Your current capacity to create projects
  • Why you think you should be selected as a member of this prestigious team in no more than 50 words

Please email your submissions to:

ccdtcallsubmission@btinternet.com

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous projects

Good Luck

Leann x

Sara’s Christmas Presents – hand sewn with love …

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Evening all

So, I made the majority of my. Christmas presents this year, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a minute to share them with you !

First up is the set I made for Sara – when she visits me at home she always admires my matching set in the kitchen so I thought it would be great to make her a set of her own … I used Debbie Shores fabulous. No.1 craft book Half Yard Heaven …. Made a full apron, cute chicken doorstop and a heart door hanger. I was thrilled with the end results, but they would not have been possible without Debbie’s fantastic book, if your new to sewing you need this book it’s a fabulous introduction …. Actually experienced sewists need it too just for the fab projects

Sara loved them and they look fabulous in her kitchen !

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Crafter’s Companion Design Team Calls….

14 Feb

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity – TWO DT Calls – this doesn’t happen very often –

remember you have to be in it to win it….. you never know it really could be YOU!

Good Evening

I am announcing two exciting DT calls, for our dedicated Crafter’s Companion and Die’sire Design Teams.

So if you have an eye for design and it shows in all of your crafty projects! (Admit it  you are very proud of what you create.) It’s okay to be proud of your talent because now your design skills can get the spotlight they deserve. You will be part of a select group of people who will work closely with me on producing the highest quality samples for TV, Trade and Retail shows.

I am looking for several, UK (and Ireland) based  individuals who will be able to think outside of the box and create samples, projects, and inspiration using all of our products to create, elegant, stylish and unique creations which will inspire our customers and viewers.  All individual craft styles are welcome, Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary and everything else in between – all are welcome.  The term will be for 12 months and is very fast paced so we need dedicated individuals who can work to strict deadlines and allocations set by the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis.

What you need to do:

Specify in your application  if you are applying for the Main Crafter’s Companion Team, Die’sire Team or Both!, yes you can apply for both.

  • Send me a minimum of three  images of your favourite projects:
    • For the Die’sire DT applications – include dies and/or embossing folders. The ones that really highlight your exceptional design skills. Projects can include any products but, of course, we’d love to see your use of Crafter’s Companion products too.
    • For the Main Crafter’s Companion DT – include, if possible, examples of any crafter’s companion products you have used such as The Ultimate Pro, Our CD’s or rubber stamps, Die’s or embossing folders – if you don’t have any of these to show us, just show us your very best work, the stuff you are most proud of.

If you are applying for both – you will need to send 6 examples 3 for each.

  • The one hard and fast rule is that they have to be your own original creations.
  • Include a list of past and Current Design Team memberships (DT experience not essential)

The deadline for submission is Monday 24th February 2014.

If you’re chosen as one of my new DT Members, you’ll hear from the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis no later than 5pm Friday 28th February 2014.

As a new DT Member, you’ll receive a starter kit relevant to the team you join, with regular top ups throughout your 12 month term.

When you submit your projects, please include:

(If you do not include all of the below, I will be unable to consider your application)

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Blog address
  • Full details of the products used in your projects
  • Any specific technique used in the projects
  • Number of years crafting
  • Favourite style – Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary or anything else?
  • Other design teams you’re part of or have been part of (provide links to project galleries, if available)
  • Your current capacity to create projects
  • Why you think you should be selected as a member of this prestigious team in no more than 50 words

Please email your submissions to:

ccdtcallsubmission@btinternet.com

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous projects

Good Luck

Leann x

Crafter’s Companion Design Team Calls….

12 Feb

Good Evening

I am announcing two exciting DT calls, for our dedicated Crafter’s Companion and Die’sire Design Teams.

So if you have an eye for design and it shows in all of your crafty projects! (Admit it  you are very proud of what you create.) It’s okay to be proud of your talent because now your design skills can get the spotlight they deserve. You will be part of a select group of people who will work closely with me on producing the highest quality samples for TV, Trade and Retail shows.

I am looking for several, UK (and Ireland) based  individuals who will be able to think outside of the box and create samples, projects, and inspiration using all of our products to create, elegant, stylish and unique creations which will inspire our customers and viewers.  All individual craft styles are welcome, Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary and everything else in between – all are welcome.  The term will be for 12 months and is very fast paced so we need dedicated individuals who can work to strict deadlines and allocations set by the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis.

What you need to do:

Specify in your application  if you are applying for the Main Crafter’s Companion Team, Die’sire Team or Both!, yes you can apply for both.

  • Send me a minimum of three  images of your favourite projects:
    • For the Die’sire DT applications – include dies and/or embossing folders. The ones that really highlight your exceptional design skills. Projects can include any products but, of course, we’d love to see your use of Crafter’s Companion products too.
    • For the Main Crafter’s Companion DT – include, if possible, examples of any crafter’s companion products you have used such as The Ultimate Pro, Our CD’s or rubber stamps, Die’s or embossing folders – if you don’t have any of these to show us, just show us your very best work, the stuff you are most proud of.

If you are applying for both – you will need to send 6 examples 3 for each.

  • The one hard and fast rule is that they have to be your own original creations.
  • Include a list of past and Current Design Team memberships (DT experience not essential)

The deadline for submission is Monday 24th February 2014.

If you’re chosen as one of my new DT Members, you’ll hear from the Design Team Manager Sharon Callis no later than 5pm Friday 28th February 2014.

As a new DT Member, you’ll receive a starter kit relevant to the team you join, with regular top ups throughout your 12 month term.

When you submit your projects, please include:

(If you do not include all of the below, I will be unable to consider your application)

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Blog address
  • Full details of the products used in your projects
  • Any specific technique used in the projects
  • Number of years crafting
  • Favourite style – Fun, Fresh, Unique, Vintage, Grunge, Shabby Chic, Contemporary or anything else?
  • Other design teams you’re part of or have been part of (provide links to project galleries, if available)
  • Your current capacity to create projects
  • Why you think you should be selected as a member of this prestigious team in no more than 50 words

Please email your submissions to:

ccdtcallsubmission@btinternet.com

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your fabulous projects

Good Luck

Leann x

Anaheim Day 7 – Homeward bound..

14 Jan

I had a wonderful final day at the show yesterday… Dinner out with my American family was wonderful last night, we kept up the Anaheim show tradition of going to Mortons the food was amazing and there were a couple of little surprises too …

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I received wonderful birthday presents of Godiva chocolate and a beautiful Brighton necklace all wrapped up in a del taco bag, which was so funny … Seen as I had proclaimed that essence of chicken tacos “sucked butt” earlier in the week :) … Rand had recommended it as good food and it was truly terrible!

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The restaurant staff took a fab group photo and printed it for me … How fab :)

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So it’s with a mixture of sad to be leaving, and glad to be going home, I post my final daily Anaheim Blog post see you on the other side ….

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Crafty hugs

Leann x

CHA Anaheim day 6 – sooo much to show you! and a very embarrassing moment!

13 Jan

So yesterday was crammed with exciting stuff, I spent some time talking to Michelle about my favourite subject! how Collall is the best glue in the world!

She decided she need a photo of my and my favourite :)

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Then we got some official booth photo’s

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Andy Love popped by the Booth with his roving reporting crew which was fab fun…

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I then had a very busy walking around the show rest of he day……

So we went to one of my favourite places for dinner Bubba Gump’s

One of favourite bits is when Simon gets all the quiz questions correct! Here he is deep in thought….

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I had Alabama Southern punch a disarono cocktail! Delicious, and Forrest’s seafood feast yum … The boys gad a coronahito and Michele had a fabulous flashing glass!

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Then came the very embarrassing moment of my surprise Birthday song where all the waiters come and sing and clap loudly make you stand up and generally humiliate you by asking you to “go banana’s” needless to say the rest of the gang found it hilarious!

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We had a great night here are some more photos of me and the gang ….

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Desert was DELICIOUS …. key lime pie but Simon and I both agreed hat Sara’s is sooo much better :)

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Finally a little bit of retail therapy and also a lovely present from Michelle for my Birthday of a flashy pen and a flashy glass I adore them :)

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See you tomorrow, crafty hugs

Leann x

CHA Day 5 …… The best day ever

12 Jan

I had an amazing day yesterday what a privilege to be one of the first companies to air to the UK live from Anaheim being with the lovely Leonie was the icing on the cake… And my the show was super busy….. The pencils flew and they’ve all gone I really hope you were one of the lucky ones :)

The booth was super busy yesterday too so I’m not going to waffle for ages today but simply let the pictures do the talking …..

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