Wednesday, November 15, 2017


I am so happy to introduce
Crafter's Castle Challenges
Design Team!!!

When I did the design team call for Crafter's Castle Challenges that will be staring in January, I didn't know what to expect....but I got lucky with these ladies!


Bev Code
I was new to online scrapping since Apr 2009. There were so many amazing sites that were my learning curve to this amazing world of scrapbooking. My name is Bev Code and I have been scrapping 8 years. I am a wife, mother and gramma that loves being retired and now have time to scrap to my heart's content. I love scrapbooking along with fun things it entails with online friends, forums and FB. The learning process has been interesting and creative also. Other crafts I love also are needlepoint, sewing, knitting, crochet and taking lots of photos.
Family and friends are the subjects of my scrapping along with nature, ancestry and vacation sites. I live in Kitchener, Ontario with my mom while we are building our new home in Listowel, Ontario for May occupancy. We are now in Canada for Christmas but fly back to Florida Jan 5th where I take my scrapping with me for the extended time. I am super excited to be here and am looking forward to sharing all aspects of scrapbooking and learning from everyone too. I love layouts for preserving memories for my whole family who all get the pages I create. Cards, mini albums, tags and any other projects are for fun to experiment with and learn new techniques as I go along. Crafting is fun and allows me to relax and enjoy some time just for me.

Carolyn Akkerman Smith

My crafting started with. learning how to knit in night school classes when I was 19, and from there it was crocheting and sewing. About 2005 I went to my first stamping class and from than on I was hooked or addicted! I have learned so much about stamping and the tools that can be used for stamping projects. Scrapbooking, mini-albums, stamping, coloring for adults is what I go to to relieve stress.

Pinterest:  Carolyn Smith
Twitter page: cmsmith60

Jana Melton

Hello crafty friends! So to tell you a bit about me, I am a born and raised Long Islander (Long Island, New York). I am married to a loving, wonderful and supportive husband of 15 years and we have three beautiful children: our two daughters ages 13 and 9 and our son who is 4. We also have 3 fur babies: Izzy our Pomeranian and Thor and Loki who are our two Shih-tzus. I became a stay at home mom after my son was born. My children definitely keep me busy and on my toes with school and all of their extra-curricular activities. When I am not busy running around after the kids, you can almost always find me in my Happy Place, My Craft Room!! I have enjoyed crafting since childhood. I love all crafts including cardmaking, scrapbooking, paper piecing, stamping, coloring, wreath making and planning, just to name a few. I will dive into and try any craft or craft tool at least once (and most of the time I become addicted, LOL). I have been on several different Design Teams since 2015 and love to share projects and ideas to inspire others!

Jeanie Ellis

A little bit about me....Well, first and foremost, I am a Christian. I love the Lord, who gave me a wonderful husband of soon-to-be 46 years, 2 children: Amy and Keith, and 3 grandchildren: Caleb-20, Isaac-almost 13, and Moriah-almost 12. When the doctors said I couldn't have children, I had 2! I have 1 furbaby, Mittens, and 2 grandfurbabies, Peaches a big loveable dog and Pumpkin, a kitty. My love of scrapbooking came about in 1997, when my daughter had her first child. I was a consultant for a few years, but then just about 3 or 4 years ago, I was introduced to papercrafting and became addicted! My craft room is my place to “get my craft on” and get lost in the world of crafting! I love doing mixed media, making tags and cards, stencils, texture paste, coloring, etc. I have been on a few design teams, plus on a few now, but a couple will end about the time this one starts.

Priya Satish

Helen Keller said, "The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." To me that is art!

A graduate in Chemistry, a passionate Bharathanatyam dancer, allured toward the alchemy of art for the past 15 years. I run my Dance School under the name Auromira Arts and have been training students for over a decade. Dance has taught me that any sense of direction to my future should come out of my own hands. This reflection contributed to engaging my wishes in sketching. I wanted my strokes to speak in this pursuit with a firm belief that Art breathes life into space. The blending of colours in creating works of art has always fascinated me. This curiosity and fascination led me to learn the art of painting. My exposure and training in the field of art and painting has instilled confidence in me to try out many things in life. I aim to spread positivity, happiness and encourage my viewers to believe in themselves. I am responsible, passionate about learning, work well in groups/teams and maintain a healthy environment, love to share my work and quintessentially experiment with new products and projects. I believe that Life isn't about finding yourself; Life is about creating yourself. Whatever work I do, I put my heart and soul into it. In most of my works, you can see a positive quote that encourages one to believe in oneself. Every element that I use in my works, I intend for them to stand out, to retain their beauty. I prefer to leave my works immaculate, possibly because of my traditional background. I leave my roots unearthed... that is, I try to retain the background as much as I can, in my works too (pun intended).

And lastly...ME

Janie Rinta - Craft Princess, Blog Admin, & Team Coordinator

Hi everyone!  The most important thing about me is that I am a Christian.....and I am blessed with a wonderful loving family that consists of my amazing, loving, supportive husband, 5 fantastic children, and 3 fur babies.  So I guess all of that makes me the luckiest girl in the world. 

My craft interests are quite diverse.  Cardmaking, papercrafting, mixed media, altering things, upcycling.....the list could go on and on.  If you visit my YouTube channel, jjgz4ever, you will get an idea of what I do.

My creativity has given me the opportunity to be on some wonderful design teams....My Besties, Sunsational Stamps, Scrapbook Blessings Club (co-admin and sponsor coordinator), and Creating With Details, as well as being a Guest Designer on a few others such as MHK Designs.  And now I finally have my own desigin team for my Crafter's Castle Challenges!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

*NEW* Distress Ink Technique!!!

NEW Distress Ink Techniques!!! A few people said it wouldn't work....but I already did it...and now I made a video just to show YOU how! 

A great way to add texture or even create a scene!

Want to see how to get even MORE CREATIVE with your Distress Inks?  
CLICK HERE to watch my video!

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