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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Please Welcome The NEW Crafty Pad Team

Hello There !
Here comes the news you have all been waiting for! 

We would like to thank all the wonderful applicants who applied to our DT call.   With each and every submission it was very hard to choose between all your wonderfully and talented crafty applications  but in the end these 6 ladies stood out to us and we are very happy and proud to welcome to the team .....

Venus from
And here is a little about Venus :)
Crafting is one on my many hobbies.  I love everything about it. I am also into Philately and a few sports like snorkeling and SCUBA diving. I'm a fan of the Twilight Saga. I am gaga over Photoshop. I work as a public health doctor and also manage a small business creating invitations for all occasions. My life's biggest inspiration is my family - my husband and my son. Thank you for accepting me to be part of The Crafty Pad design team. It's another beautiful feather to my cap! God Bless!

Katrina from 
Hi!!! Im Katrina! Wife, mum, slave and crafter! I live in the UK near Windsor and have been crafting for just over 5 years, I mainly craft when my husband goes out mum and I get together and have a 'session' as we call it!  It all started when I had my eldest daughter and made her birth announcements and has spiraled from there!  I have always had a 'creative' background, I was quite young when I learnt to knit and used to do a bit of x-stitch but now I am mainly into card making and will occasionally do a bit of scrapbooking! 
Im so excited to be a part of this team and can't wait for the adventure to start!

Joan from 
Joanie's Classy Corner
 Hi, I am Joan and I am 71 years young.  I started scrapbooking a few years ago doing layouts and cards, but sort of part time.  Since I retired a couple of years ago I have really gotten into it and am enjoying every moment.  Cards have taken over my hobby as I love sending them to friends and family and brightening their day.  What a wonderful way to express your feelings, thoughts, and ideas. I hope my creations here put a smile on your face too.
 Angela from 
Hi my name is Angela, I am married to Patrick and I live in Southern Germany and I've been  seriously crafting for 8 years now.  I've always been crafty but now I have more time to devote to my main crafty pursuits which are card-making and scrapbooking. I love learning new things and trying new techniques and I am fully supported in this madness by my family. Looking forward to being part of this very talented Design Team and can't wait to get started on some projects.

Debbi from 
My name is Debbi and at the moment I am a stay at home mum on a career break from my role as a Business Lending Consultant at a bank. I have a very supportive husband and two beautiful boys who are 6 and 3. At the moment I am loving my crafting and it is a very exciting time! I have been crafting about 6 years - all started by my friend over the road Sam when we went to classes together and created cards on our dining tables! When I decided to start my blog the obvious choice for me was to call it taylor-made cards as that is what my surname is and I love the play on words... I love any kind of paper-craft and love to try new techniques and see the difference that this can make to your cards. I am really looking forward to being part of this design time as I am amongst some wonderful crafters who share the same love for people as me...

Estelle from 
Hi, I'm Estelle. I am a happily married stay at home mum to 3 wonderful children. I have crafted in one form or another all my life, I really love paper crafting and working with ribbons but try my hand at mostly anything. I also love creating wonderful pieces of home and party decor! When I'm not crafting I can either be found with my nose in a book or just spending time with my family. I am so excited to be part of Crafty Pad's Design Team and look forward to creating some fun and inspiring projects!

And still with us is 

Ali from

Diane from 

 Me-  Leesa aka The Navy Wife from 

And the gorgeous and talented lady behind 
Debbie Moore from

We hope you will give them all a warm welcome and drop by and visit their stunning blogs. 

And just a  friendly reminder to you all, we still have a Guest Design Team call with this weeks challenge HERE.  There is still plenty of time to play along for the opportunity of joining us as a guest!

xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Challenge #159 - Recycle It and a GDT CALL!

As Sunday rolls around once again we have another new challenge for you all.
Not many of you liked the color challenge last week but we are sure you will love the challenge this week!

Challenge #159 -  Recycle It!
This week we want to see you save something that was once headed to the trash can.  Can you also please mention in your post what it is that you very fortunately and green thumb-ly saved from becoming land fill.

We also are putting out a Guest Design Team Call! 
Open with this challenge only. 
As a guest, we ask that you play along with both our teams every week, for 4 weeks.
And help us to share the love with commenting on 2 entry numbers.
We are taking applications for the next coming 4 months so please do not feel discouraged to apply, the more the merrier we think here at TCP and we would love to have you gorgeously talented folks along for the ride!
If you would like to join us, please add GDT to your entry name when you play along with us this week :)

Once again, the very lovely
has sponsored us this week!
For one lucky random winner, they will be receiving a
£10 voucher to spend in the online store!
Thank you very much Joanna Sheen

Now it is time to hang onto your hats! The DT are going to blow you away with their inspiration for you all this week! They really have outdone themselves and gone above and beyond the call of duty with their imagination and recycled bits and pieces.

 Deonne, our GDT is joining us again this week :)
She craftyingly rescued lots of stuff this week for her piece - A toilet paper roll, egg shells-colored with Copic markers and a piece of cardboard which was a fitness flyer that she recycled for the flower, leaves and sentiment base! WOW!
Image used - The Crafty Pad Designs - Roshell Ducky with Chickie available from HERE

Dawn took up the challenge by using part of a box her hubbys new shirt came in! The card, the image & ticket were printed on scraps from her scrap box & has a dp printed on the other side!  The beanstalk layer was once part of a room spray box, and the button was recycled from a jacket.  Well done Dawn! This card looks amazing!
Image used - The Crafty Pad Designs -Sammy Scarecrow available from HERE

And I (Leesa aka The Navy Wife) scavenged around and went head on by recycling the dress made from crape paper from one of the kids birthday parties. All the matting on this and what I printed the images onto is all book covers and old manilla folders from Dylans' books and school stuff last year that I just distressed with my inks.  And the ribbon on the skirt waist came from a birthday pressie wrapping.
Images used - The Crafty Pad Designs - Dress Form Trio and Sewing Machine and Elements Set both available from HERE 

Wow Girls! Amazing works this week!

We will see all you fabulous folks Thursday for the posting of the
Top 5 and winners from last weeks Blue, Red & Green challenge.
And the exciting launch of our additional side challenge  
and 1st 
Monthly Crafty Pad Showcase Challenge!

Want to know more on this new side challenge ???
Both the regular Sunday Challenge rules
and the new additional monthly challenge rules
can be found together HERE.  :))
(The rules for the regular Sunday Challenge are all still the same)
Rules do apply however for the additional Monthly Challenge so please do take the time to read them over. We would be sad to have to disqualify anyone for not following the rules :(

 Good Luck everyone and we look forward to seeing what you all save this week in the Recycle It challenge.
xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

DT Call

Hello every one and welcome to The Crafty Pad challenge blog! 

We have a design team call for
The Crafty Pad!

2012 is bringing new changes to The Crafty Pad and we would like to add six, yes that was six (6) new members to our team. Sadly we are losing a few of our dear members and we have to replace them and we are looking to expand our Design Team to incorporate the changes we have in store.

This call is up for three weeks and ends on Saturday the 25th of February 2012.   
You don’t need to have any experience being on a team and we are looking for all kinds of crafters that can incorporate digital images into their crafting.  

Requirements if you think you would like to be part of our very friendly team :)
  * We are looking for crafters who love to work with digital images.  Especially The Crafty Pad Design images.
     *You must have an active blog and the ability to take quality pictures and upload them to our team blog, and you need to be able to post your card in time on both the DT blog and on your own. (Yes, you do need to have your own blog and post on it regularly, at least once per week).
  *  We require 2-3 projects per month as follows:
    * We require 2 projects per month (one item per fortnight) using a TCP image for the Sunday Challenge.
      * We ask that in your 3 month term that you submit 1 tutorial.  Never done a tutorial before?  Don’t worry we can help you with that and some ideas!
  * You will be required to assist us in commenting on The Crafty Pad challenge entries.  
       * We ask that you commit to a 3 month term from March 2012 through to end of May 2012 with the possibility to stay on.

Benefits and Rewards For You!
      * You will receive all new release images during your term as well as access to past released images (for use in challenge inspiration samples, sales and tutorials).
    * You will receive a badge to display on your blog stating that you are a Crafty Pad design team member.
      * You will have access to our group blog where the design team can network and support each other on TCP projects and other design team work.

How do you apply?
Please email me at
Provide a link to your blog and also 2 links to your favorite projects
And tell us a little bit about yourself

Successful applicants will be notified by email on Monday the 27th of February and you will be required to have your first challenge sample posted to the team blog by Saturday the 3rd of March or Saturday the 11th of March (depending on which team you are on).

Now I leave it to you! 
Don’t be afraid to try and if you really want something you have to try!   
You never know when it’s your turn.   
I wish you all good luck and don’t be afraid to ask if you have any questions.

Don't forget, you have till Saturday the 25th of February 2012 to apply.   

Once again, Good Luck! 
We look forward to hearing from you and we can't wait to see your application!
xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Top 5 And Winners - Challenge #157 The Letter 'B'

Thursday Morning and time for.... 
some TOP 5's and a Winner!
I hope the week has been good to you all. 

Today I have the Top 5 and winner from

Again this was so not easy! 
You all show us such amazing talent each and every week!

And the winner of the Crafty Emma's Store Prize!
(£10 voucher to spend in the online store)
drawn by Mr Random is ....
A very Lucky ..... 
#24 Tameko

Girls, please grab your Top 5 & winners badges.
And if Tameko can also please email Debbie at or through the 
CONTACT button so she can organize your prize for you.

A reminder that there is still plenty of time to get your entries into this weeks challenge 
We would love it if you played along with us!

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday for the next challenge! 
Take care till then :)
xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Challenge #158 - Blue , Red and Green

You all love your things beginning with 'B' don't you!
We had a fantastic turnout last week with so many amazingly creative entries.  You guys don't make it easier on us to pick the Top 5 now do you?
Remember, the Top 5 and winners are now posted the following 
Thursday after the challenge has closed so pop back then to see if you have won!

 This week we have a color challenge for you! 
#Challenge 158 -  Blue, Red & Green
We would love to see your creations using ALL 3 of these colors.  

For all of you playing along,
we have another lovely sponsor this week!
My Memories Suite! 

For one very lucky winner they are giving a
My Memories Suite is the number 1 rated scrap-booking software!
It is a complete digital scrap-booking program and it features creative tools thatNO OTHER program has.  It has great time saving features and is great for the beginner to the advanced! 

For all our followers we also have a very special CODE for you to receive $10 off! The CODE is- STMMMS40112
Write that code down and pop on over for a look!

Need some inspiration for this weeks color challenge?  
Well never fear! 
The DT  and GDT have come to the rescue this week 
with some amazingly colorful inspirations to help you all along! 
The DT have all played along this week with the newly released
Oliver Fishing!   You can purchase him
HERE from The Crafty Pad Designs Store! 

First off we have the lovely Deonne, our GDT for February!
Again she has truly outdone herself and it is such a pleasure having her on the team with us. 

Next up we have the delightful Dawn.
Love how she has taken the fish from the DP and added it into the image to bring the whole card together!

Following is darling Diane.
Just look at the perfect paper piercing on Oliver wand his funky pants!
Wow! That is some perfect cutting with paper piercing Mr Worm!

And I (Leesa aka The Navy Wife) have used the 
colored version of Oliver Fishing and you can find  him

Debbie has made this card which is completely digital
using the fabulous My Memories Suite Software which is our prize this week.
The elements could be printed off as many times as you liked to decoupage with -
other elements could be added from your stash too. :)

To play along with us, the rules are as per usual.
If you need to refresh yourself, they can be found HERE or
along the top Menu Bar under the tab Challenge Rules.

There is still plenty of time to get those DT applications in too!
If you haven't already, and if it's on your to-do list,
send that application in!

Good Luck everyone and we look forward to you wowing us this week with your Blue, Red & Green creations.

See you all Thursday for the posting of the
Top 5 and winners from last weeks Letter 'B' challenge :)

xxThe Crafty Pad Teamxx