Saturday, February 28, 2009

One more day...

...and you will see our first challenge. For now, here is how it works at 365 Cards:

Each day we post a new challenge, and you will see a Design Team member's take on that challenge. You have until the end of the week - Saturday at midnight EST - to post a link to all your submissions for the week. We will announce a winner for card of the week on Sunday at the same time we post a new challenge. There will be winners for the card of the week, and there will be one winner at the end of the month - and that goes to the person who completes the most challenges. That person will win a sweet RAK just for getting so much accomplished. After all, the goal is to make as many cards as possible right? There will be prizes awarded throughout the month for participating in various challenges, but I'll tell you more about that later. Are you ready to play?

See you in the morning!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Welcome Tammy Wark!

Introducing


*****Tammy Wark*****






Tammy's creations are always warm and inviting, and one of her greatest talents in card making is the way she captures emotions so beautifully. Her altered art is jaw-dropping fabulous, too!

Here is Tammy in her own words:

My name is Tammy Wark and I am a stay at home mom of three, who is hopelessly addicted to Scrapbooking, Card Making and Paper Crafting! I live in Northern Ontario Canada with my supportive husband Jeff and three children Kaila, Julia and Jacob. When I am not scrapping I am usually with my kids, playing games, making crafts or hanging out at our local playgroup.
I started scrapbooking 6 years ago to make an album for my daughter and my love of the craft escalated. Just over a year ago I began adding paper to everything I could get my hands on. I enjoy altering items and creating unique creations from scratch. My newest passion is Cards and I can't seem to get enough! I am really looking forward to this venture with 365 cards and getting to know all of you and seeing your amazing creations.


Here is her card box:





Look closely, because this is not an altered box - she made it from scratch with cardstock - how brilliant is that?
You can find more of Tammy's creations at Addicted to Paper, and come back Sunday for our first official challenge and some stunning cards by the DT!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Welcome Amy Tsuruta!

Introducing
*****Amy Tsuruta*****



If I had to describe Amy's overall style, I would have to say "fun and funky", but that only begins to cover what she can do with a card. She has me looking at her cards saying "how did she do that?" Lucky for all of us, she's good about sharing the details ;)

Here is Amy in her own words:

I have always been creative but it all really started when I volunteered to be my son's preschool scrapbook coordinator. I tend to jump in with both feet..with my eyes closed..lol. It was my introduction into the world of scrapbooking. I was then invited to my 1st Stampin' Up party in 2002. I decided I preferred the instant gratification of card design but still love to create mini albums. I have since discovered tons of magnificent stamp and paper lines. I have a full-time job in Finance and I live in the fabulous state of Washington with my 2 gorgeous kids.


Here are some of my favorites:

Tool: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Adhesives: 3m double stick tape, Quickie Glue Pen

Paper Manufacturers: Sassafras Lass, Making Memories, and Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Bling and glitter

Here is Amy's 'fun and funky' card basket:










Is this cool or what? Amy can definitely think outside the 'box'!!

Check out more of her amazing creations at Tsuruta Designs.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Welcome Gloria Stengel!

Introducing

*****Gloria Stengel*****

Gloria is a true paper artist. She does a little of everything: cards, mini albums, scrapbooks, etc., and her altered projects are gorgeous!

Here is Gloria in her own words:


My name is Gloria Stengel and I live in Oceanside, CA, a northern suburb of San Diego. We’ve been in CA for the past 4 years, but I’ve lived in 5 states since my marriage. I have been married to Matthew for over 21 years and we have three children, and a very fat cat named Simon. I homeschool the kids; Nathan is 17, Laura is 13, and Jonah is 8. This is our 10th year of homeschooling.

I discovered rubber stamping about 18 years ago and scrapbooking about 12 years ago. I am seriously addicted to paper crafting, and have the supplies to prove it! I am currently on a number of design teams, which you can read about on my blog:
http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/.

I’m very excited to be part of 365 Cards and hope to inspire and be inspired!



Here is her card holder:






Stop by Gloria's blog, Scraps of Life to check out her many other projects!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Welcome Sophie Schoenhentz-Jégo!

Introducing

*****Sophie Schoenhentz-Jégo*****




Sophie amazes me with her ability to take just a few simple elements and bring them together in such a beautiful way. She always has clean lines and perfect placement of her embellishments.

Here is Sophie in her own words:

My name's Sophie Schoenhentz-Jégo. My husband and I have 3 children and we live near Paris, France. I've been a passionate card maker for many years. My style is definitely clean & simple. I love dots and stripes and papers with graphic designs. My favorite products are stamps and brads, I find it very hard to work without them! I'm very honored to be on 365 cards' DT and hope we will have good times together!



And here's her card box:







This is so pretty and one of my favorite color combos!!!

Check out more of Sophie's creations on her blog La carterie de Sophie and be inspired!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Welcome Kristie Larsen!

Introducing



*****Kristie Larsen*****





Kristie really knows how to use bold colors and patterns to make a stunning card. She also challenges herself on a regular basis to use ad inspired trends and translate them to cards, and the result is amazing every time! Here is Kristie in her own words:

I have been stamping/cardmaking for a little over a year. I really enjoy the instant gratification the size of a card can give. Plus I really enjoy making things with my loved ones in mind. I find inspiration in just about everything; nature, fashion, furniture design and even blog surfing! I enjoy learning new techniques and sharing with others to gain more knowledge. The items I have in my card making caddy that I just can't seem to put away are my corner rounder, and Ad Tech Adhesive (that stuff really sticks!). I also really love my SU! Scalloped line Punch, Score Pal and of course my Fiskars cutter.

My favorite manufacturer right now is Papertrey Ink. I love their coordinating colors, and their clean and simple stamp designs. I am almost exclusively a clear stamp user. They are easy to clean, line up and I even love the smell of them! Some companies products that you can find on my shelves are Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras Lass, American Craft and K&Co. I am excited for the opportunity to be on the 365 Cards DT and look forward to meeting more stampers/crafters out there in the blogosphere!


Here is Kristie's card holder:




I love that patterned paper ~

To see more of Kristie's work, stop over at The Kristie Sessions, and enjoy some serious eye candy!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Welcome Vicky Cook!

Introducing

*****Vicky Cook *****




Vicky has a clean fresh style in her card making. She has a wonderful sense of which colors go well together and always finishes her cards with just the right embellishments - not to mention what this woman can do with a stamp!! Here is Vicky in her own words:

I’m Vicky and I’ve been living in Connecticut for the past 10 years. I originally hail from Atlanta, so I’m actually a southern girl at heart! I’ve been crafting pretty much as long as I can remember, but I found card making and paper crafts about 5 years ago and it’s become my true love of expressing creativity. Since I work during the day, I only get to be crafty at nights and on weekends, so I try to make the most of that time!

I have quite a few favorites for tools, manufacturers, etc. and I’m sure you’ll see a lot of these items popping up in my projects. Some of my favorite scrappy tools are my Scor-Pal, Copic Markers, Red Line adhesive (that really sticky kind!), Tack ‘n Peel (for unmounted stamps – this is the BEST stuff), and Stampin’ Up Dimensionals (I refuse to use any other kind). I have a lot of stamping companies I like, but I think my favorites are Papertrey Ink and Stampin’ Up (almost all of my projects incorporate products from one of these 2 companies). And last, but definitely not least, my personal pick for general adhesive is the Tape ‘n’ Roller Plus by Kokuyo.

I’m very excited to be a part of the 365 Cards design team! Hopefully, you’ll find a ton of inspiration and ideas to help you in your crafting endeavors.


And now for her card basket:






Is this gorgeous or what? This makes me want to run right over to Michael's to pick up a basket and make another one!!

To see more of Vicky's work, check out her blog Paper Girl

Friday, February 20, 2009

Introducing.......

.....Your 365 Cards Design Team:



Vicky Cook

Kristie Larsen

Sophie Schoenhentz-Jégo

Gloria Stengel

Amy Tsuruta

Tammy Wark


I'm so honored and excited to be working with these ladies!! Beginning tomorrow, I will introduce them so you can get to know them better. I also have several talented card makers who have agreed to be guest designers, and you will meet them throughout the next few months!


Are you ready for your kick-0ff challenge? If you make lots of cards, you need a place to store them. So we challenge YOU to make a card box!! Anything goes for this, and if you've already made one, snap a photo and share the link here. Here is mine:







I challenged myself not to buy anything new for this - and let me tell you, it was tough! I made the dividers using my Cricut Expression, used stamps and rub-ons to label them and -TA-DA!

The design team has created some fabulous card boxes of their own, and you'll see those over the next week. So stick around, we're just getting warmed up ;)
Share your link here:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kick-off Challenge Sneak Peek

On February 21st, when I announce the design team, I will also announce the kick-off challenge to get us all warmed up for the first challenge in March. Here's a little sneak peek of what your 365 DT has planned...



Hmmmmm....makes you wonder what it could be, huh? See you back here on Saturday for all the details!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A big announcement is coming soon...

...the DT and guest designers have been chosen. I will be contacting everyone over the next few days. The official announcement of the design team will be made on the 21st. I will also announce a fun challenge to get you warmed up for the first card challenge!! Thanks to all who have applied and I hope you'll all stick around for the challenges!

If you're wondering what kinds of challenges we have in store for you, I can tell you that there will be some sketches, color challenges, and different techniques, to name a few. I'll be back with that exciting announcement in less than a week!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Almost Time!

Okay 365ers, less than two days to go before the DT app window closes!! For those who are planning on playing along with the challenges, I hope that starting March 1st you are able to turn to 365 Cards for inspiration when you most need it. All the cards will be labeled so that when you need a quick card idea, you can immediately find samples from our designers and the other card makers who play along. Think of it as a library of cards.

Also, I've got plans for an extra special challenge that will be announced soon :)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Be a Guest Designer

Yes, I have gotten too many wonderul applications not to add some guest designers to the team. That means if you apply to be one of the primary 6 designers, you'll also get a chance at a Guest DT spot. As a guest designer, your card for a future challenge will be posted on this blog, as well as a link to your blog, so that all the 365ers out there can get to know you better.

Only six days left to get those applications in...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

One Week Left

One week to go before I close the application window on the DT search, so get those apps to me by midnight EST on the 14th! I've already received several fabulous applications - wow, there is some serious talent out there!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Welcome, Mr. Linky!

I am very excited to introduce Mr. Linky to 365 Cards. This will make it very easy to share your wonderful creations, since we will have a post for every day of the week. You'll see a sample link to my personal blog in case you are not familiar with this fabulous new feature!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Blinkie

Over on the sidebar you will see a fabulous little blinkie designed by Ragan at Blogger Boutique. If you would like to add it to your blog, just grab the html code underneath it. 25 days to go until I post the first challenge. Until then, happy scrapping!