WOW! It's an exciting day for us at Artfull Crafts.
We get to announce the new Artfull Crafts Design Team. We want to THANK
all the applicants. You made the job very difficult this year because
there is so much talent out there! We have selected a team with a great
mix of styles and interests to satisfy the range of crafty followers we
have. We are sure you'll love the new team.
are $150 worth of prizes to be won this week, so keep reading right to
the end! Over the next 2 weeks, you'll find out more about these ladies -
so keep stopping by.
Whose faces are hanging on our wall this year?!
Congratulations to these ladies:
McArthur lives in Mosgiel, NZ with her husband and two children.
Between working as an Accountant for a nationwide gift store, helping
with school activities and assisting in coaching the children’s sports
teams – life is anything but boring! She
enjoys creating layouts, recording her family’s day to day life in
Project Life style albums, and creating beyond the page projects with
her scrap supplies.
Michelle’s other interests include iphonography, sewing, travel and researching her family history.
Shirl is a married mum of 2 and lives in Geelong Australia (The home of
Kaisercraft). She has been a scrapper for many years and is lucky enough
to work at the Kaisercraft retail outlet, where she teaches classes
Her scrapping style is essentially vintage but she can adapt to any
style! This is Shirl's second stint as a Design Team member for Artfull
Crafts after being on the team during 2011. She is looking forward to
all the challenges (and fun) that being a DT member will bring.
Lydia Wiley lived in Dunedin, NZ for almost three years before moving
back to her home country - The United States. She resides in Longmont,
Colorado with her husband of 19 years and three boys. Lydia keeps busy
with her boys and their school and sport activities.
She has been paper crafting for over 17 years yet has loved paper, pens,
and crayons since she was a little girl. Scrapbooking is her main paper
love but she also plays with paints, canvas, mini albums, and art
journaling. Lydia is also an avid photographer, junk/vintage collector,
and enjoys being outdoors either walking or in the garden.
from Southland, Sharon is dairy farming with her husband near Gore.
They have four fantastic kids, whose exploits fill the family scrapbook
Sharon discovered scrapbooking back in the 90s , and has been collecting scrap supplies, and other craft supplies destined for projects ever since. Sharon
has worked in the craft industry for the last ten years, regularly teaching
scrapbooking classes when they were farming in Hamilton, and for the
last six years in Southland. Sharon is a current DT member for the
challenge blog www.southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.co.nz.
has a love for mixed media products, flowers and layering. She loves
nothing better than altering papers and products to use on her pages and
BTP projects. She loves to add tiny details to the pages she creates to
create depth and dimension.
Melissa lives in Queenstown New Zealand with her husband and two young
children. She is self employed as a Town Planning Consultant, and along
with her husband leads the children's ministry at her church.
Melissa has been scrapbooking seriously since discovering the online
crafting world in Summer of 2012. Her style is contemporary, clean,
influenced by trends and always includes journaling.
Robbi comes from Dunedin, she married her High School sweetheart and they have 3 amazing kids (all over 21) and a beagle Pippa. You will see a lot of these guys over the next year as
they are her main focus for scrapping. She has been scrapping for about the last 9 years and loves every minute of it.
Robbi has been on other DT's and has worked in a local scrapbook shop.
She's kept in close contact with a lot of the ladies she's met over the
years and currently teaches classes in Dunedin, Balclutha and sometimes
Robbi loves flowers and has a beautiful eye for detail. Her work is
exquisite and we're looking forward to another year of creativity with
Robbi. Robbi has been on the Artfull Crafts Design Team since 2012.
Valou (Valerie) lives in Belgium with her 5 children who are her main inspiration.
She caught the virus of scrapbooking in April, 2006 by looking for
ideas on the Internet to create an album of holidays.
She adores creating pages and especially home decorations. Valou also
creates mini-albums and cards for any occasion. Her style of
scrapbooking is "Shabby Chic" and we find numerous flowers, laces,
pearls, cuts on all her projects.
Hot embossing is one of her favorite techniques as well as the use of
the glitter. Her advice is to always to scrap with pleasure and to
follow its ideas! The sharing of ideas is the best way of learning and
of progressing in the scrapbooking world. Besides, it is a real
Crafts is fortunate to have a local team of crafters who are willing to
help spread the word of papercrafting in our corner of the world! These
team members will blog as well as be involved in events and classes at
Christine Bonifacio (DT Assistant)
Christine comes from a dairy farm in Temuka, NZ and has a grown up
family. She's been a keen crafter for many years and enjoy
cards and scrapbooking. Christine loves using dies,
and stamps and she pays careful attention to the details on
creations. She loves to check out the blogs and is always
the new items that come to the market.
lives locally - and so we enjoy working closely with her. She has taken
on the role of Design Team assistant this year. Christine has been on
the Artfull Crafts Design Team since 2011.
Betsy Clark lives in Geraldine, NZ with her husband. She has grown-up
children and enjoys being a grandmother. She's a respected member of
the South Canterbury community - involved in her local church and in
teaching craft classes. We call her the Team's Grandma!
Betsy's cards are exquisite and much-admired. She is published
monthly in the Kaisercraft Workshop magazine (under the name Miss
Betsy!) and she generously puts her cards on display in the Artfull
Crafts Store. She loves using Martha
Stewart Punches, Spellbinders, Magnolia stamps and enjoys searching the
Internet for the newest products. Betsy has been on the Artfull Crafts
Design Team since 2011.
Lisa was born in Timaru and still lives here with her husband, Ivan,
and daughter, Lauren. She has been crafting for well over 15 years, and
loves creating with paper, paint and photos - with a recently-developed
obsession when it comes to
washi tape. Her style is best described as eclectic, with a love of
mini-albums, hand-crafted home decor items, and BTP projects.
a photography buff, especially when it comes to the Instagram style of
picture-taking. Other loves include: reading, music, vintage and
thrifted treasures, birds, buddhas, typography, wooden letterpress type
and a really great cup of coffee.
Becks is a local gal, living here in Timaru with her hubby of 17 years Darryl, and their 9 year old son Jacob. She
started scrapbooking in earnest 13 years ago, after a trip to Aussie
left her with a mountain of photos, brochures and ticket stubs, and an
incredible urge to re-tell the stories they held..... And so the
crafting style changes with her mood, and varies from fiddly/fussy
cutting with lots of layers and details, to white space with clean
lines. And of course there are always lots of 'boy' pages. She also
dabbles in the odd bit of cardmaking, copic colouring, and a few beyond
the page projects every now and again.
she's not scrapping in the super-cool scrap room her hubby created, she
can be found spending time with family and friends, baking, listening
to music, or curled up with a good book on her iPad.
Crafts has a lot of talented friends who have expertise to share. You
won't necessarily find the experts regularly blogging, but they will be
active and available on our Facebook Page for Q & A sessions and they will load up into the Gallery when inspiration strikes!
Lowri McNabb - Beyond the Page Expert
is a busy mother to three small children and lives on a vineyard in
Blenheim, NZ. She enjoys many types of papercrafting and loves making
BTP projects, mini albums and other gifts to give away. She's also recently
started importing crafting products and selling them.
has a clean style of crafting and has previously served on the In-House
Design Team for Echo Park Paper. She has also designed for October
Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Cosmo Cricket, Kaisercraft, Making Memories,
Teresa Collins, Little Yellow Bicycle and Ruby Rock-It.
Viv lives in Timaru with her husband Marc and their precious daughter
Genevieve. She's a professional photographer and graphic designer and
enjoys scrabooking and cardmaking. Her style is a mix of clean lines
with a touch of vintage thrown in.
She was 12 years old when her Grandparents gave her a camera for
Christmas. That was the beginning of a whole other world for Viv, from
drawing toadstool houses, to eventually studying both photography and
graphic design resulting in over sixteen years of experience in
Advertising, Photography and Design.
Viv loves gardens full of English roses, gorgeous fabrics, family
heirlooms & antiques, mountain vistas, delicate newborns, children's
smiles and most of all, Christ.
Juanita comes from sunny California and moved to New Zealand 24 years
ago. She now lives in Temuka with her prince charming Calvin, dog , cat
and six chooks.
Juanita loves Scrapbooking, card making and she loves coloring with her Copics!!!! She works at Artfull Crafts and insist that her wages fund
her hobby! Juanita is going to be sharing with us her tips on colouring
images this year.
Diana lives in Timaru and is a busy mum of 5 school aged children. She
is an illustrative artist who loves using copic markers to add vibrant
colour to her delightful images of people and animals.
Acting and singing are Diana’s other creative hobbies, and she is a
proud member of Christchurch City Chorus Sweet Adelines. Recently Diana
started studying for a diploma with plans to work as a freelance editor.
Locally, Diana is known for her ‘Gingerbread Christmas House’ (at last
count twelve themed trees) which she opens to the public every December.
Vicki hails from Auckland New Zealand. She is married to Jase and has 3
children - Natasja (13), Mikayla (10) and Jadeyn (7). She loves taking
scrapping them (in between her real jobs of
being a mum and doing accounting work from home). Vicki was on the
Kaisercraft Design Team for 2 years and has spent the last year on
Artfull Craft's Team.
Vicki is going to be serving in an Expert role on the team this year.
She won't be a blogging member - but she's going to be our Kit
specialist. Vicki's is an extremely talented scrapbooker and her layout
kits are super popular!
All competitions below close on midnight Satuday 24th August.
Head to our Gallery,
scroll along the hallway, click on the portraits and welcome the girls.
Comment on any projects that you LOVE! (Each comment puts you in a draw
to win a $50 prize pack).
Follow the Artfull Crafts Blog
and follow the girls on their personal blogs. Leave us a message (on
Facebook or email) letting us know you've started following, and we'll
put you in a draw to win a $20 gift voucher).
Answer the 3 questions below on our Facebook Page
to go in the draw a $30 prize pack. We will post this question as a
separate post on Facebook so you can leave your answers on there.
1) How many cats are lazing around down the Gallery?
2) Name someone who was on last year's team, who is staying on for another year.
3) Name the person whose style most closely matches yours.
Finally, head to Saturday's blogpost and say goodbye to the team we are farewelling. (Each comment put you in a draw to win another $50 prize pack.)
Have a fun time checking out the new team, and don't forget to share the New Design Team blog link on your Facebook Page!