Monday 14 January 2013

Our brand new Design Team

Hello all, thank you so much for the great response we received to join our team, it was extremely hard to chose but chose we did and here are the lucky ladies. 

I live in Buckinghamshire with my family, ....husband, 17 yrs old twins, dog, chichens, several gerbils and probably more animals to come!!!

I was a teacher for many years, giving up when the twins were born, due to the fact that my son was born with severe cerebral palsy and requires 24/7 care. He is away at school for part of the week, so I blitz the house in order to 'play' Crafting has been part of my life for ever it seems. Even at a young age I made pictures with nails and metal .

Over the years have dabbled in cross stitch, all sorts of paper crafts and knitting, and several years ago got the card making bug. Since then have enjoyed taking a few classes and learning new techniques, using many different mediums, which I now love to include in my projects. I really enjoy thinking outside the box a little and love altered art and upcycling items for home decor. I am always happiest when am covered in inks and paints and trying new ideas, many of which end up in the bin, but always something is learnt from the mistake. I should admit now that I have to buy almost every craft magazine on the market!!!!! I find a lot of inspiration in their pages as classes are difficult to attend now. One day I threaten to organize them. LOL.

By day a mild mannered Civil Servant BUT by night I’m an inky crafting demon – lol

I’m Judy [Jude to most people] and I’m honoured to be a member of the DT here at the Anything Goes Challenge Blog. I live in Sheffield, have 3 grown children, the last of whom is about to leave home, and a granddaughter. Alongside my day job I’ve been my son’s carer for the past 18 years as he has profound special needs due to meningitis. Crafting has been my refuge and helped keep me 

sane. With all the extra hours I’ll have when I’m no longer caring, I plan to have a fine old time with

my inks, glue and paper. Hopefully you’ll like what I create.

I’ve tried my hand at lots of different crafty/arty things over the years from oil painting to knitting, and love getting messy in my craft cave. There’s usually several projects on the go at any one time[some of which will never be seen by human eyes] and my 2 cats love to help or have a nosey at them. They get quite upset when I make them move out of my chair or off my table.

I got more serious about my crafting last year thanks to my sister, Jen. We have a blog at where we show the things we’ve been playing with and share a little about our life's 

My name is Nikki aka xxCalamityxx

I live in Lincoln with my 2 daughters JoJo who's 21 and Emma who keeps reminding me that she's 18 in April, oh how time flies !! (I just celebrated my 43rd birthday on Dec 29th) !!

We live just outside Lincoln although I'm a Yorkshire lass at heart as I was born in Skipton and and raised in Barnsley before we moved down south many moons ago. 

I work as a ward sister on a busy acute psychiatric ward and crafting truly is my therapy !!

Although I have always enjoyed cross stitch and sewing l didn't discover paper craft until 4 years ago.

I had a brainwave to make a scrapbook for JoJo's eighteenth and started off with a little box of 

goodies found on e-bay, said scrapbook is still a work in progress as card making soon took over and now I have crafty chaos everywhere !!

I absolutely love the look on peoples faces when they realise their card really was made just for them. 

I started my "baby blog" just over a year ago and love meeting new crafty people, I DT for Cricut inspired challenge blog FCCB based in the USA and I am really looking forward to working with the lovely ladies at The Anything Goes Challenge blog too. 


Hi I'm Janine. I live in North Yorkshire with my very understanding and supportive husband and our 3 wonderful teenage children, Leonie, Brandon and Frazer. 

I'm a very practical hands on kind of person, from crochet and dressmaking in my younger years to my job as a primary school cook, DIY and a love of card making today.

About 2 years ago I discovered Blogger and all the wonderful card making blogs out there. In Feb 2012 I finally plucked up the courage to start my own blog, sharing my cards and entering competitions. I love working with both rubber stamps and digital images. My images are mainly coloured with Copics and I'm working hard to improve my shading.

I'm really looking forward to being part of the Anything Goes Design Team where I can challenge myself with new skills and creations, and hopefully inspire a few people along the way.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Bye for now,

Janine x

Hi my names Kerry and I live with my OH (Adrian) and my two kids Shannon (16) and Bradley (13) and not forgetting the dog Jasmine who is 11. I work as an accountant, mostly from home part time due to a back injury but I do spend some mornings in the work place. 

I always believed when the kids got older it would be easier!!!!! that was a myth, with their social life (I'm sure I never had as much as they have) and all their activities keep me busy and I always imagined they would be best mates, nope!!! they fight like cat and dogs, when doing the dishes I spend my time being referee!!!! Anyway as you may notice I waffle a lot and I really am trying to keep it short and sweet, even the dog covers her ears after spending the morning with me in the office!!! 

OK I started crafting in 2006 when I had a break down (not to worry I'm now sane most of the time :-)), I asked my OH to grab some bits to do Easter cards with the kids, of course in my mind I was thinking lollypop sticks and card, but he came back with such beautiful embellishments, and while the kids were not over interested but there I was, tongue sticking out (OH always knows when I'm really creating as my tongue sticks out like the dog!!) creating some wonderful cards, well I thought so lol, I look at the pics now and laugh!!!. 

Next I scored the internet and was wowed and amazed what you can do, so it all started from there. I love all types of craft, I have a huge addiction to buttons, ribbons and more recently papers. I love to stamp and have well over a thousand stamps, I stopped counting after that. My problem is I bought them as I liked them, but as I grew into stamping I found out that quality in rubber is better than quantity. I'm afraid I haven't got a type yet, I really love dabbling into grungy, inky, shabby chic, vintage and cute. I love colouring and think it's great stress reliever and have all the flexmarker and promarker range, but I do wish I had gone for copics, but by the time you have invested in over a 100 of them I didn't want to change my mind lol, I can see me in the future buying a few to have a go, I also have recently (crimbo) got all the distress markers, and I also bought the whole set of polychromas pencils when I went through a time of doing parchment but now I'm learning to use them for colouring.  

I love playing, it's great to learn techniques from amazing artists in blog world and I then like to play play play so I can then pass on what I have learnt :-). I am really really lucky to have my own craft room which is also my office, mind you the times I have to remove craft off my work desk as I tend to like to spread. I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to work with this Design Team and I can't wait to play with challenges, see all your wonderful creations and also do some tutorials and sharing along the way. Happy Crafting :-)

So that's our fabulous new team. They are joined by our resident design team 
Annette, Cheryl, Christine, Emma, Joanie, Lynne (the big boss) and me Tamara read all about us on the meet the team page. 

Here's looking forward to a brilliant crafting 2013. 
Please join us tomorrow for our next challenge 

Love and Hugs 

Lynne, Tamara and Team 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carol, I am so excited for you - congratulations on being picked for the team. Looks like you have lovely friendly team members too. I love the DT cards and tags for this challenge. sam