As it is now August, it’s time for the start of a new Design Team. Our Design Team is a little unusual as they help us extend on the techniques we show rather than promoting specific items. To get them started gently, we asked each member for a photo and a bio…
In no particular order… 🙂
Design team member 1: Tracy Stephens-Wood
“I blame you, Natalie LOL! I’ve never been hands on crafty type of person till I came along and started watching your channel. I have always been digitally creative; then went on to sublimation, making shirts and mugs and other things for family and friends. Also I took on a few paid things for friends who wanted projects done.
I think my love of creation of any kind once again, as most of you, comes from my mother . My mother is an artist with different types of paint and multimedia items as well. I used to watch her as a kid; I remember she would describe the colours to me and explain the effect she was going for. Then, on sunday drives with the family; I started to notice the different colours that were in the tree, the surrounds; Then I could start to see what I assume my Mum saw.
Afterwards I never really did anything about it when I was younger and still at school. Instead, I turned to cooking as my creative outlet; I only had to taste a meal that I liked at a restaurant; then go home and recreate it myself. Then time went on and I started to figure technology was a passion of mine.
So, I went to TAFE which stands for technical and further education; I did quite a few bachelor’s degrees that were events management to special cooking classes. The last one I did, which I must say was the hardest I had ever done; brought back all the creativity with colours I had learnt as a kid from my mum,
The course was a bachelors diploma in building a website from nothing to something. This included creating your own pictures which is where I first learned photoshop, and absolutely loved, it.
The rest of the course I think I could have skipped lol! Coding of websites was not a joy of mine; I admit, and I will never do again, I made so many mistakes with it; it’s a wonder I even passed but I did,
Then life goes on as normal didn’t end up using my degree in a job; it definitely wasn’t the field for me; but my love of digital work was still there and photoshop at the time to…
Electronic cutters and more…
Then my mother had someone show her a Cricut machine ; all the things she could do with it about 3 years ago, so my mother had to have it LOL. So, I went over to mums house one day; she showed me her Cricut and she said “I have no idea what to do, Tracy can you show me?”. This led to learning design space so I could show my mum, who till this day doesn’t understand it; and would only ever do anything if I was there with her.
Anyway I was looking at YouTube videos of different things I could do with design space; that I hadn’t thought of yet… and came across the scan and cut machine. I kept looking every day for months at different videos; and I fell more in love with the scan and cut every day. Eventually, I convinced my husband (no idea how) and he brought it for me. This led to me buying all the stuff for sublimation as well, and then I found Natalie’s classes online. Now I have been invited to her design team with all the other lovely people below.
So now my kitchen dining table is now my (Head office) craft room; with an epson WF-7720 sublimation printer and continuous ink supply; a scan and cut sdx 1200, my iMac computer and accessories; 7 huge tubs of crafting things and accessories and the last addition to this crafting table is mum’s Cricut machine. I just bought it off her she gave up with it; so now I just make things for her like my last creation, I will include pics.
Design team member 2: Sarah Lou
Hi I’m Sarah a mum of twin girls who are almost 21. Both are trainee accountants and they’ve followed in their dad’s/my husbands footsteps. He’s a Finance Director for a School Academy group.
I also have two retired greyhounds Choco and Rodney. We all live in Rochester in Kent, UK.
In my spare time I am a Brownie and Guide Leader and invigilate all exams in a Secondary School.
I love crafting, but especially my Scan n cuts. I had my first one when they were first released 6 ish years ago, but I had the American CM250. Then I upgraded to a CM900 3 years later and I also have the SDX1200. I really enjoy all aspects of the machine but especially vinyl and htv. Additionally I love all papercraft from stamping, to inking and blending, stencilling, mixed media …….
So that’s me. I look forward to working with you all and can’t wait to see your designs.
Design team member 3: Deb Hallett
I started making a few birthday cards for my family about 10 years ago. Over the years this evolved into a craft room instead of a spare bedroom and making cards for friends, family and anyone else who needed a card to send.
When I retired a couple of years ago; which has allowed me more time to spend crafting. Also I have also created mixed media canvases and altered art projects. I love to learn new things, I purchased my first ScanNCut a couple of months ago, and have recently started working on digital art; mainly creating pictures of my dogs and my friends dogs.
My card making style is very eclectic ranging from really grungy to clean and simple. I make a lot of my cards to suit the recipients so I produce various styles. Some examples of my cards can be seen on Pinterest.
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