I started making my own cards some 15 years ago but it’s not until I got hold of my first stamp, a random buy in a bargain bin, that my crafting took off in earnest. Now a confirmed stamp-a-holic, I use stamps both as focal points and to make backgrounds on cards and scrapbook pages. With a mix of inks and techniques the possibilities are endless!
Style wise… I love and try everything from CAS to grungy and I am particularly attracted to vintage images. Mixed media is a more recent development but I love using paint to recycle household items.
I have been crafting all my life. I tried many techniques, from working with fabric and wool to working with wood and clay to altering furniture and drawing.
I found the beautiful common of talented people here in the world wide web and started my own blog. I´m addicted to stencils and I love colours in all it´s versions. I always want to try something new and love to try out new mediums and to experiment with them. Now I´m looking forward to the new adventure as a member of the Design Team here at Country View Challenges!
Gabrielle of Crafty Thoughts
"I am really lucky, I have lots that I do that I enjoy, but if I could craft full time (from a beach in the Maldives!) I would be very happy! I am easily influenced and love nothing more than to add Vintage Photo Distress Ink to every project!"Permanent DTM
My name is Monika, I am Hungarian living in Luxembourg. Being a full time crafter is a far cry from my first profession and my first job. But on becoming an expat wife I had to figure out what to do with myself and I had to find some activity I could do without knowing the French, German or Luxembourgish languages. So I brought out my creative being I’ve always been and I started to make decoupage boxes, embroidered felt decorations, salt dough decorations etc.
But when I bought my Sizzix Big Shot everything has changed. I learned a lot of new techniques and my interest turned to papers and canvases. I have been making nice decorations for my daughter’s birthday and other celebrations, I have been making greeting cards and now I got a new obsession: making mixed media canvases.
Rachel of Fisher's Cards and Crafts
Sue D of Sue The Iron
"Hi, I'm Sue, and like many others I discovered crafting through Dawn Bibby. I bought a kit that fit in it's own A4 box. Mmm things have changed a little now... My true obsessions are rubber stamping and colour - the brighter the better. I love inks and paints and anything that gives me colour - oh yes, and sparkle, and maybe a bit of glitter.... I admire Clean and Simple, but white space scares me. I'm thrilled to have joined the design team, and look forward to sharing my 'bits of paper' as my other half calls them with you."
Teresa of The Fat Cactus
through my crafting, and it is lovely to be working alongside some of them
in this team!
YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest): www.thefatcactus.co.uk
Trace of inkypinkycraft
"Hi, I am Trace, wife to my best friend and mum to 3 beautiful children, who make my life full. I love all things distress and have found much inspiration in Vintage, distress and steampunk styles. I am very inspired by Tim Holtz and love his products. my style seems to evolve and I am loving the journey ! I love playing with textures and anything inky and I am currently enjoying playing with paints and texture pastes. However, my distress inks are never far away!! I have taught lots of classes in the past and this is something I hope to start again in the near future now my children are getting bigger."