Sunday, 31 May 2009

Our May winner is.....

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to thank everyone for all the gorgeous LO's we received this month. So here is this months winner picked at random.org:

Here are your random numbers:

11

Timestamp: 2009-05-31 13:46:17 UTC

So the winner is.............................................

Lynnette

Congratulations Lynnette!! (please e-mail me at Butterflycrafts1@aol.com so we can get you your prize from our May sponsor Jan. Thanks again to everyone who took part in this months challenges. Challenge 13 will be with you tomorrow.

Karen xx

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Reminder....

You only have today left to enter your LO's for challenge 11 and 12 - so be quick....

Karen xxx

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Meet our 15th of the Month Team......

Please say Hello to our 15th of the month DT:
Vicki - Assistant DT Coordinator: Hello! I’m Victoria Murray, although no one ever calls me Victoria (except my Mom, when I was four and in trouble!)…so call me Vicki, please! I’ve always been a creative person; I even had my own jewellery studio until my daughter was born. I’ve recently started working part time a jewellery boutique. I live in Toronto with my husband, five year old daughter and our guinea pig.I discovered scrapbooking almost four years ago at a home party and it felt like a match made in heaven. Scrapbooking is now my passion and my family is my inspiration. I love experimenting with new techniques and ideas. I work in traditional, digital and hybrid methods. I've been lucky enough to have been published a few times and have made some great friends, all thanks to this hobby. I’m so excited to be on the design team here!
Adeline: I am Singaporean and a stay home mum to 2 beautiful ‘monsters’. I had resigned from my job when I was expecting baby number 2 so that I can be with my kids through their early growing years and I have not regretted my decision. Shortly after our second child was born in 2006, my husband was posted to work in Shanghai and we re-located with him.
I have always had a strong interest in scrapbooking but I started the hobby seriously when we moved to Shanghai. I needed something to keep myself occupied and distracted from the frustrations of adjusting to an entirely new culture. It has been very therapeutic for me and now I am happily scrappin’ whenever I have some free time from the kids. I usually scrap in the nights and despite the tiredness of chasing after 2 very active kids, I actually find much inspiration in these wee hours. I do not have a fixed style of scrappin’, but I like the distressed look a lot and tend to incorporate that into my layout. I have been scrapbooking for 1.5 years now but am still exploring and learning new techniques all the time!
We visit Singapore regularly where I get to restock on my supplies and now we are planning to re-locate back home for good as we hope to let the children pursue their primary education back home.

Georgina: Hi, my name is Georgina and I'm 29 years old. I live in Surrey in England and have been scrapping since about 2005. I stumbled upon it one day when I saw it on an American TV show and being curious I surfed the net to see what I could find out. Thats when I discovered a whole new world - the wonderful world of scrapbooking. I just love looking at other peoples photos and hearing the stories behind them on layouts that have been lovingly slaved over. I have always loved taking photos and creating things from paper and putting the two together seemed like a natural progression. During the day I work in the insurance claims industry as a technical expert and in the evenings I teach line dancing a couple of nights a week - thats another of my passions! I am so excited to be invited to join the Butterfly Crafts DT and am looking forward to future challenges.

Guiseppa: Hi! I am Guiseppa. I am a 33 year old Mom of three and have been married to the man of my dreams for almost 12 years. I live in the scrappy state of Utah (a very talented state, might I add). I love the outdoors and spending time camping with my family. I have been scrapbooking for over 13 years and in that time have created over 60 albums. So, I guess you could say that I am obsessed! I have recently taken an interest in publishing my work and have had some success. Becoming a member of a design team was on my list for my next adventure! I am so excited to have this opportunity to inspire and created with my fellow scrappers. Happy scrapping everyone! http://guiseppagubler.blogspot.com/

Jocelyn: I am married to a wonderful man who supports me in every endeavour of my life!!!! I have a daughter and son in law who have given me the most wonderful gift..... two Grandsons!!! Evan Matthew is 6 years old and Gavin Joseph is 20 months old!!! These two boys are my inspiration to scrapbook!!! I started this wonderful craft when Evan was born, and I have never looked back!!!
Paper Crafting is so very rewarding!!! When I enter my scrapbook room, the world goes away, and I can take time to sort through photos, create pages, bring back memories, make a card for a friend and alter anything that I can get my little hands on!!! It brings a smile to my face and a sense of accomplishment!!!!
I have met so many wonderful friends through this craft!!!! I have several very close friends that I meet with once a month to socialize and create together. I cannot tell you how many wonderful friends I have met through my Blog!!!! Some of us call one another once a week, just to check in and see how life is going!!! I plan on making some trips to visit them and they to visit me!!!!
I am so excited about this endeavour. I look forward to working with the team and meeting all of you!!!! This is such an honour and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now let's get busy and so some creating!!!

Leanne L: My name is Leanne and I live on the beautiful Gold Coast in sunny Queensland (Australia). I am married to my best friend Stuart and we have been married for 14 years. We’ve been blessed with three children, Mishae 21yrs, Jacob 11yrs (who is obsessed with pulling electrical items apart!!) and Emma 9 yrs (going on 18). We all enjoy spending our spare time camping and 4 Wheel Driving or just having fun. I have been scrapbooking now for a period of about 5 years. My styles have changed considerably over that time but generally I would say that I tend to lean more towards classical, straight lines. I love that I am recording my thoughts for my children to read and share with their families long after I have gone. I am lucky enough to have children who love to be in front of the camera so am never short of a subject to photograph.
Lou: 'Hi, I am Lou. I am a twenty something, married with 2 gorgeous little ones and 2 older stepkids.I started Scrapbooking in October 2008 after reading a scrapping magazine on holiday when the local shop had no card-making mags available. I have since progressed to trying to scrap every day, and 99% of my pages are about my children! My style has been changing and developing as I am still finding my own personal style, but at the moment I love clean lines and bold colours. I seem to be very drawn to cute animal embellies too!?!I am thrilled to be accepted as part of the Butterfly Crafts DT, and along with this I am part of JAD's Team, the Inspirational Team, and Scrappers Block Challenge Blog.I have had a few pages featured in Readers Galleries, and more recently have done quite a few pieces of paid work for UK magazines. More of my work can be seen on my blog Scrapprentice'

Marlene: Hello, I’m Marlene. I have two awesome boys and I work full time. I really got into scrapping a little over two years ago and I absolutely love it. I also love altering items, working on my art journal, doodling and drawing, anything crafty and artsy! I love being creative and making things that are pretty to look at. I’m also a scrapbook supply addict LOL I really like checking out fellow scrappers blogs, there is so much great work and inspiration out there. I’m always working on my never ending pile of old pictures and I love to scrap everyday moments also. Happy scrapping!



Sandra: I am a mum of 2 kids (aged 5 and 3) and live in Brisbane, Australia. With my corporate life in on-hold since having kids (and maybe even permanently J) I discovered scrapping at the beginning of 2008, and haven’t looked back. I also love to make cards and OTPs (albums as well as making things from scratch). As I find myself loving scrapping more and more, I don’t think I’ve got time to go back to work – he,he,he!!).
Aside from my love of scrapbooking, I also enjoy making beaded jewellery, learning languages (Italian and German presently), travelling (need more time and money though – LOL – don’t we all??), crosswords and Sudoku, and going to the beach, bushwalking and BBQs or picnics with my family.
You’ll find me on forums as Sandra D or on my blog at http://www.buttonsandbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

Tara: I fell into scrapbooking last fall while trying to write & design a personalized book for my son's 4th birthday gift. After visiting my first real scrapbooking store I was in awe and completely overwhelmed with the amount of different papers, embellishments and products to choose from. I completed my first layout in November of 2008 and have been addicted ever since. I would describe my current design style as rustic-grunge with earthy colours that pop. I love my edge distresser - maybe a little too much! I am inspired by wonderful photos (of my kids mostly) and awesome paper. I am honoured to be working on the Design Team for Scrapbook Star beginning in July 2009. I have been fortunate enough to have several of my layouts published as well as having my blog featured as well. To view more of my work, please visit my BLOG at: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
You will be able to see the ladies first DT Lay-out's on 15th June - Challenge 14....
Karen xxx

Meet our 1st of the month Team......

Please say Hello to our 1st of the month DT members......

Frances: Hello my name is Frances Sylvia and I am from Natchitoches, Louisiana. I am a lucky wife of 8 years, mother of 4, Junior High English teacher, and a totally addicted scrapbooker. I have been scrapbooking since high school, but became serious after my 1st child was born. Twenty-five scrapbooks later, it is not just a hobby, but a way for me to stay sane.
My greatest inspiration comes from my family and friends in the photos, but I am also inspired by sketches, challenges, patterned paper, and what I bought that week from the scrapbook store. I truly believe that I do not have a set style, yet there are some elements I can not leave off a layout these days, such as, hand stitching, distressing, inking, and layering…and more layering. Since my time is mostly devoted to being a wife and mother, I believe that scrapbooking should be FUN!! There is no greater pleasure for me than to enjoy my family, put the kids to bed, and relive the memories that we created once again.You can visit my blog at http://www.francessylvia.blogspot.com/

Jodi:My name is Jodi Wilton, and I live in Welland, Ontario, Canada. I have been married to my husband for 5 years, and have two wonderful kids (my main scrappy subjects!). I have the pleasure of running my own daycare from my home, and have been doing this for over 2 years. Some of my favorite things to do is scrapbooking (of course!), going to the movies, and when time and energy permits- going to the gym!
I first got interested in scrapping when I worked on a cruise ship. I wanted a way to document my travels, and the millions of photos that I was taking! I didn’t become a serious scrapper though, until my sister passed away tragically in a car accident. I wanted to create an album for me and my kids to remember her by. From that point on, I have been scrapping every moment I can get!
I am so excited to part of the DT .... and I can't wait to get started! Happy Scrapping!

Krista: My name is Krista Hanna and I am a work at home mom who loves to scrap! My husband and I have two children who are my ultimate scrapbook inspiration. During the day I provide childcare in my home- and at night I sneak away to my craft room to create! I have always been crafty and I am always looking for new fun things to try. I have been scrapbooking for 5 years and would describe my style as decorative. I don't follow any written rule when it comes to creating; I do what feels right and looks great! My blog is www.decorativememories.blogspot.com/.




Leanne I: Hi, I'm Leanne. I'm 25 and live with my partner Kevin in Carshlaton, Surrey. I started scrapbooking about 3 years ago and I love it. But I also enjoy other crafty pursuits like crochet, knitting. I love the colour pink, cups of tea and watching CSI.





Louise: I'm Louise I'm 29 from County Durham and live with my scooter mad fiance and my 2 children Dylan5 and Eve 2. I'm currently a SAHM which allows me plenty of time to scrap. When Im not scrapping Im usually outdoors with the kids geo caching and at night going to scooter rallies or northern soul nights(when I can get a babysitter) My scrapbooking style is varied I like to learn new techniques and love anything bright hence my slight obbsession with sasafrass.





Maria: My name is Maria I'm a military wife with 8 children, two naughty dogs who have way too many issues and I am a mad hat scrapper, I've been scrapping for about three years now.I have to say that scrapping has become an addiction for me, it also keeps me sane but has also introduced me to some amazing online friends and scrapper's In the last year I have evolved kind of like a butterfly and I really enjoy experimenting with different elements, I do have a thing for vintage and distressed looking layouts but I enjoy the challenge of being challenged and like to try something new, especially learning new techniques..I look forward to being part of the design team here at Butterfly Crafts and getting to know you all..

Roberta: Konnichiwa! I'm Roberta, I'm 27 but I look like a 16 years old girl ;PI live in Italy with my lovely Boy Gianluca!I really love everything that comes from Japan and one of my dream is to visit it one day!I adore TATTOOS, I really think is an amazing ART!I'd like to learn more about photography, tattoos, scrapbooking and everything's artsy ^_*I am vegan 'cause i love animals. I live into a magical world full of kawaii plushes, cupcakes and rainbows. I really hope you'll enjoy my scrapbook pages xoxo Say┼Źnara, Roberta




Sarah: Hi, My name is Sarah. I am from Chicago, Illinois USA and have been scrapbooking for the last seven years. I have been married to my DH Ron for 4 years and we have a five month old daughter Frances who was born last Christmas. I love scrapbooking Frances and she is the subject of most of my layouts. I love learning new techniques and trying new things on my LOs, but I try to keep things simple because I don't have the time to spend hours on one page with a five month old! Besides scrapbooking I love spending time with my family, running, cooking and being outdoors. I am so thrilled to be part of the Butterfly Crafts design team and can't wait to be inspired by all the talent here!

Tina: My name is Tina Guigui and I am a graphic artist/designer. I am a mother to a son who turns 20 this month and a stepmother to 3 children ages 16, 13 & 9. Needless to say life can get very busy but that didn't stop me from finding out I have a passion for scrapbooking. Last Sept. I decided I would finally try it out and I have never looked back. I love the feeling of cutting out my shapes with my hands and pasting. I work mostly on the computer so I am happy I found a way to use my hands and get more involved with my creations. I am really excited to be here and I look forward to the upcoming months and getting to know you all!


You can see the Ladies first DT lay-out's on 1st June - Challenge 13.....

Karen xxx

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Introducing Our New DT....

I have had the hardest job over the last couple of days to try to decide on a new DT from all the wonderful and talented applications we received. It was just too hard to get down to 10 DT members so I decided to double up to 20 DT members lol.

Here are our new DT members:

Vicki Murray - Assistant DT Coordinator
Leanne Inkpen
Louise Hickey
Jodi Wilton
Roberta Gallotti
Maria Delo
Frances Sylvia
Sarah Eclavea
Krista Hanna
Tina Guigui
Leanne Love
Lou Collins
Tara Orr
Adeline Lim
Sandra Wilkinson
Guiseppa Gubler
Jocelyn Petcholan
Georgina Hefferman
Marlene Filipiuk

Please come back tomorrow to 'meet' our new DT.

Karen xxx

Thursday, 21 May 2009

DT call is now closed - Thank you....

The summer DT call is now closed - Thank you so much to everyone who applied (I have had over 50 applications). I'll be spending today going through them and will start letting everyone know tomorrow.

So please check back here on Sunday 24th May to meet our new DT!!!!

Karen xxx

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Last day of DT call.....

Remember you only have until the end of today to get your applications in to be on our next DT. More details can be found here - http://butterfly-crafts.blogspot.com/2009/04/butterfly-crafts-summer-dt-call.html

Karen xxx

Friday, 15 May 2009

Challenge 12......

It's time for challenge 12, so here it is:

Create a Lay-out using only your favourite colour. (you can also use white and black)

Please upload your LO's to our gallery, leave us a link in the comments or e-mail them to Butterflycrafts1@aol.com by 30th May to be in with a chance of becoming our June guest designer and this month the winner will also receive this gorgeous RAK from our May Sponsor Jan Hennings - A big thank you to Jan for sponsoring us this month xx



Here's what our fantastic DT came up with:


Michelle
One of my favourite colours to scrap with is... GREEN ! Usually limes to olives, but any shade is good. I find it works well with so many colours, and is great for scrapping boys !


Veronica


I actually have a few favourite colors but I guess I have a tendency to sway towards pink in my layouts. And how pink can you get!


Samantha


My favorite color, without a doubt is pink! Here is my niece making a giant mess at her 1st birthday!

Zizi



Green is my current fav color. Well, lime actually to be exact. Fell in love with this color when I saw Zan's, my colleague's hp. It was his birthday and he's a poet. Thus I decided to alter a book for him to 'be creative'. Oh, I also bought green fabrics and a new lime hp casing recently!


Leanne



I just love pink so knew that I had to do a layout using that .


May Guest Designer - Liz


This is the last challenge for our '15th of the month' DT so I just want to take this opportunity to thank Michelle, Veronica, Samantha and Zizi for all their hard work at Butterfly Crafts - I will miss working with you all. Thank you so much Ladies xxx
If you would like to try-out to be on our next DT you only have 5 days left so please hurry -the detail can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you creations.


Karen xxx

Monday, 4 May 2009

Meet our May GD - Liz


Hello. My name is Liz and I'm a scrapoholic.LOL! I've been scrapping for 10+years and loving it! I can honestly say scrapbooking is a part of who I am. I originally started scrapbooking after my first child was born. I needed a place to put all of the new pics I was constantly taking of her. Now 4 kids later, I have filled many scrapbooks. I love this hobby because it’s a wonderful creative outlet for me but more importantly, I love to see my kids look through my albums, giggling and talking about "remember when". That's success enough for me.

Visit Liz's Blog here - http://thescrappiest.blogspot.com/ and you can see Liz's GD lay-out on May 15th - Challenge 12.

Karen xxx

Friday, 1 May 2009

Challenge 11....

It's time for our first challenge of May, so here it is:

Create a Lay-out using your favourite Disney character as inspiration.
Please upload your LO's to our gallery, leave us a link in the comments or e-mail them to Butterflycrafts1@aol.com by 30th May to be in with a chance of becoming our June guest designer and this month the winner will also receive this gorgeous RAK from our May Sponsor Jan Hennings - A big thank you to Jan for sponsoring us this month xx


Here's what our fantastic DT came up with:
Vicki

When I received this challenge I realized that my daughter is no longer dressing up like she used to. Princesses were the subject of all her make believe until very recently. I'm a little sad to see this era end, so it seemed fitting to make a little catalog of the princesses she emulated the past few years. Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Aurora; I will miss you guys!

Nina

My favorite Disney character is Donald Duck. It's easy to see why as I have an awful temper. But I'm hopeful that, as time goes by, I can learn patience and deal with things a lot more calmly than I do.

Sue Em

Inspired by the Cinderella song - So this is love..

Sarah

Karen (Me)

I used my fav Disney Princess Snow White as inspiration for this LO.

This is the last challenge for our '1st of the month' DT so I just want to take this opportunity to thank Vicki, Nina, Sarah and Sue for all their hard work at Butterfly Crafts - I will miss working with you all. Thank you so much Ladies xxx

If you would like to try-out to be on our next DT the detail can be found here.

We can't wait to see your creations.

Karen xxx

April Winner.....

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to thank everyone for all the gorgeous LO's we received this month.

So here is this months winner picked at random.org:

Here are your random numbers:

3

Timestamp: 2009-05-01 07:34:42 UTC

So the winner is.............................................

Liz

Congratulations Liz!! (please e-mail me at Butterflycrafts1@aol.com so we can get you your prize from our April sponsor Scrapbook Star) Thanks again to everyone who took part in this months challenges - challenge 11 is coming ASAP.....

Karen xx