Friday, April 30, 2010

Just For Fun Friday - Color Challenge #9

Good morning!  Can you believe it’s Friday already?  We have a great color combination for this week’s challenge.  Sherry has challenged the Design Team and you, to use the following colors:

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We encourage you to play along with us and post a direct link to your card using Mr. Linky below.  We will be giving away another 25% Discount to one lucky participant!

We do have an announcement about the new website.  As you may have noticed we didn’t make the April 15 deadline due to some unforeseen issues.  However, the new site will be up and running on May 15.  You’ll hear more about his later!

CONGRATULATIONS to Deena, the winner of the 25% Discount from Color Challenge #8.  Deena please email Sherry to find out how you can claim your discount.



For inspiration using this week's challenge colors, don't forget to visit the blogs of the Designers participating this week:







Monday, April 26, 2010

Introducing 5 New Designers!

Our recent Design Team Call was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who sent in an application.  The process of picking new designers was a difficult one, as there were so many fabulous applicants.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the following Designers who will be working alongside our Senior Design Team.

Please stop by their blogs and give them a big welcome to the team! 


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MARGARITA YBARRA

I am a WFHM (work from home mom) living in Western Colorado with my family; husband, Greg, son Caden 7, and daughter Deianeira 3.  I have sold AVON for 6 years now, so that I could stay at home with my kids while they were little.  (And as a bonus it helps to fund my "craft habit," so that I won't go completely crazy from always being at home).  Crafts keep me sane.

I have always loved making crafty things, from cross-stitch to decorative cakes.  I know that’s a pretty broad category, but I really do like making a ton of different things.  Last year I started teaching a craft class at Hobby Lobby twice a month.  We've made cards, layouts, altered projects----pretty much whatever people have stated an interest in I try to do, while keeping it simple for the beginners as well.  We have a lot of fun making stuff together---at least I do!

I am so excited to be a part of Just For Fun's design team!!!  It's an honor to work with such awesome designers----I just hope I'm worthy.

Blog:  My Creations by M.Y.


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RUSSELL WHITE

My name is Russell White.  Currently I am living in Sandpoint, Idaho, which is located in the Panhandle of the state.  We are about 69 miles from the Canadian border and the town is located on Lake Pend Orielle, which is the fifth largest glacier lake in the USA and sits at the base of Schweitzer Ski Resort.  We are surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains and the scenery here is incredible.

I am a paper craft, collage and altered artist. I use various items in my work including mixed media, found objects, vintage elements and rubberstamping.  As the world has moved from creating art by hand (which I still do) to creating art with the computer (which I am still learning) my interest in the designing and working with a computer has increased.  It seems like every day my Photoshop and Illustrator skills get better.

Due to health issues (I have RSDS, lumbar spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes) I had to retire early.  My entire career I spent as a Fashion Designer and I have worked in the garment industry since 1972. I have designed clothes for Levi Strauss, Janzten, Catalina, Tomboy, International Male, Balboa Sportswear, Lavon Sportswear, The GAME, Russell Corporation, Structure/Express, Coldwater Creek and Blair. Received my BFA in art from San Francisco State and have taken design courses from Otis Parson's in Los Angeles. Travel is very important to me, as it opens up your visual senses to the elements and textures that surround our lives. At the last count I have been to over 100 countries around the world. I love to share information and experiences and have taught fashion design classes at Woodbury University in Burbank, California and at the Learning Tree University in Chatsworth, California. In addition, I have done many paper craft workshops. Volunteering is also very import to me and I have worked with children in our local school reading programs, worked with local AIDS organizations in support groups, fundraising and education projects at the high schools, assisted with community leadership programs sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and I have been the co-president of the Warren Art League and have organize several art shows an events for local artists. My partner, Stan, and I have our own business called TwistedPapers.com and we share a home with our "collections" of art and antiques as well as our two dogs: Christopher a cockapoo and Beauregard a toy poodle.

My passions are collage, book making, altered art and art stamping. I have been in several art shows in Warren, PA and have had work published. I am also a member of ISABA and I was on the ZNE Design Team.  I have been teaching rubberstamping, collage and altered arts for the last ten years at various venues across the country.

Russell’s Art Gallery:  Russell on TwistedPapers.com


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RONI JOHNSON

Veronica (Roni) Johnson (Albion, Indiana), a life long artist is the author of the daily rubber stamping and altered arts blog - InkStainswithRoni.  Ink Stains is a technique and project oriented blog with something new going on all the time. Any given day you might find cards, altered arts or collage projects, incorporating a variety of inks, paints and glue with a little experimentation thrown in for good measure.

Roni is also the author of “Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Arts”. A technique oriented book that encompasses a wide variety of projects, mediums and artistic genre including: Aging Techniques, Paper & Paint Collage Techniques, Image Transfers, Creating your own Altered Charms and much more. Her art work can also be seeing in two previously published in TYV publications - Teach Yourself Visually - Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts Visually Quick Tips.

In addition to the blog and collage book Roni also designs for various manufactures and retail companies in the rubber stamping and altered arts fields including Ranger Industries, Streuter Technologies, Queen Kat Designs, and Hannah Grey Curiosities & Drygoods.  Her works have been published in several rubber stamping and altered arts magazines such as Stampers Sampler; SS Take Ten; Paper Crafts; Paper Crafts – Stamp It!; Altered Arts Magazine; Vamp Stamp News and most recently in the Publications International book – Christmas Crafts 2009. Roni’s projects have also been used in product advertisements; as on-line projects and placed on display at national craft and hobby conventions. 

When she isn't creating Roni enjoys spending time with her family on their small farm in rural Indiana, scouring various flea markets or antique malls for unique vintage finds, reading and pursuing her love of photography.

Blog:  Ink Stains


Glenda

GLENDA BROOKS

I live in East Tennessee, about 35 minutes from Knoxville.  We are a rural community and you can see the Great Smokey Mountains from my deck.  I have always loved to craft.  For many years I did crochet and when my shoulder started bothering me, I started scrapbooking which turned into card making.  I remember buying my first stamp and coming home and wondering "Now what do I do with it?"  I stumbled onto the card making blogs and I have never looked back!  Everything has been self taught for me; there are not many opportunities for classes in my neck of the woods.  I purchase most supplies on-line and check out the blogs to see what is new and different.  I am happiest when I have quiet time to create.

Blog:  Magpie’s Corner


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BETH MOORE

I am a paper-loving mother of three daughters and "Nanie" (pronounced Na-Knee) to two gorgeous pre-school age grandsons who I provide daycare for. I am a partner to one darling, loving and supportive man and a slave to one home, 4 canines, 7 felines, two sweet goats and all that paper, Cricut, stamping and embellishing supplies in my craft room!

Our recent Design Team Call was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who sent in an application.  The process of picking new designers was a difficult one, as there were so many fabulous applicants.

Blog:  Runs With Scraps



Friday, April 23, 2010

Just For Fun Friday Color Challenge #8!

Good morning!  First thing first . . . CONGRATULATIONS to Sylvia from Little Treasures!  You are the winner of last weeks’ 25% Discount.  Please email Sherry Cheever in order to find out what you need to do to claim your prize!


The Design Team Call has ended, and new Designers are being picked.  We have had a fabulous response and the decision is difficult based on the applications.  New Designers will be announced here on Monday, April 26th.


Broni challenged the team to use use the following colors this week.

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We hope you will play along with us this week!  If you do, please come back and post a direct link to your project using Mr. Linky below.  We will be giving away another 25% Discount to one lucky participant this week.


For inspiration and to see what the Design Team has been up to this week, please make sure to visit their blogs:

Kat Tucker

Terre Fry

Starla Nelson

Sandy Sandrus

Broni Holcombe

Sherry Cheever





Friday, April 16, 2010

Just for Fun Friday Color Challenge #7

Good morning and welcome to our 7th Color Challenge.    Kat has challenged the Designers to use Pink, Blue and a Neutral of their choice this week.

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We are throwing something new into the mix this week.  One lucky participant in the challenge will receive a 25% Discount on their next purchase at Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps.  All you need to do to be eligible is to play along with us, and then post a direct link to your project using Mr. Linky below.

The Designers participating this week are:

Broni Holcombe
Kat Tucker
Sandy Sandrus
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry

Sherry Cheever



You’ll want to visit their blogs to see what they were inspired to make this week.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the Design Team Call is April 22, 2010.  You still have one week to send in your application!





Friday, April 9, 2010

Just for Fun Friday Color Challenge #6

We’ve had another change in the Design Team this week, being Heidi Blankenship has stepped down.  We’ll miss Heidi and her wonderful creations and wish her well in the future!

This week’s colors are a big challenge for some on the Design Team and we can’t wait to see what they do with them!

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The Designers would love for you to play along with them, and post a direct link using Mr. Linky below.  They love to see what you create!  For your inspiration, the Designers participating this week are:

Sherry Cheever
Kat Tucker
Sandy Sandrus
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry

(Broni is spending time at the beach)

We can’t wait to see what you create with these colors!





Thursday, April 8, 2010

Design Team Call!

Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps is looking for new Designers to work with their images and products.  If you are interested in applying, please email the following to Sherry Cheever, Design Team Coordinator:

  • Your name and contact information

  • 4 pictures of your best work (cards, layouts or altered projects)  It is not necessary that these projects use Just For Fun images.

  • Link to your blog and online gallery

  • A list of Design Teams you are currently on


This call will remain open until 12:00 Noon EST, Thursday, April 22, 2010.  New Designers will be chosen by April 26, 2010.  



DESIGN TEAM
REQUIREMENTS





Design Team Members will commit to a term of six
months.  At the end of the six months, a review will be made by the Design
Team Coordinator with the Designer.





 A minimum of six projects are to be posted on your blog
and/or online gallery by the end of each month. 
Four/five of these projects will be for the weekly challenges hosted on
the Just For Fun® Blog.  All projects must include a products list,
simple directions and use 100% Just For Fun® images.  Periodically,
there will be a call for your projects to be used as samples in stores, the
booth and/or at shows.  All projects will
be mailed to Just For Fun®
within one week of the call (unless otherwise noted. 





Design Team Members will receive:




  • A Starter Package of Images

  • Monthly and/or Quarterly Images, depending upon Designer’s
    need and team requirements

  • New Releases when produced

  • Discount on Product Available on the Site











 Designers will be given access to the Design Team Group and
are asked to upload all projects to an album in the Group.  This is where Just
For Fun® reviews the images to
prepare for shows.





All requests for stamps will be made through the Design Team
Coordinator via email.



 Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps is a family
business and our goal is to make the Design Team feel like a family as
well.  Communication is highly encouraged between the team and all
concerns and/or questions should be addressed immediately with the Design Team
Coordinator.



 



Friday, April 2, 2010

Just for Fun Friday Color Challenge #5

Before we begin with the challenge this week, it's with great sadness that we announce Linda Duke has resigned from the team.  We will miss her very much and wish her continued success.



This week's challenge colors are brought to you by Sherry.  She has challenged the team and you to use the following colors:



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We encourage you to play along with the Designers, and it's not required that you use Just For Fun images.  Please post a direct link using Mr. Linky below.



For inspiration, please visit the Designers' blogs:

We look forward to seeing what you create!