While looking after poorly babies today, I was blog surfing and net hopping and exploring the blogs/lives of fellow crafty folks and came across a brand spanking new black and pinky purple challenge blog called PunkyouGirl! This is a dark themed monthly challenge which, when I saw it, I knew I had to enter the current challenge! And then... when I saw they had a Design Team Call in progress I knew I wanted to try out for it!
Of course, i'm cutting it very fine in that the deadline for applying is now less than 2 hours away.... and I made the mistake of visiting the blogs of those who've already applied... and I feel completely inadequate - the entries so far are stunning and far darker and more appropriate than I think many of my blog posts are...
However, I will submit my work and hope for the best!
here's what i've to do - hopefully it will explain this slightly different blog post than my normal!
How to apply
Write a post on your blog with a brief bio about yourself including any design teams you are already on and 3 of your favourite makes
Put a link to this blog in your post and help spread the word about our arrival
link your post in the linky thing at bottom of this post making sure there is way of contacting you on your blog I will not just leave you a comment
you do not have to be on any Design teams at present we all have to start somewhere
the DT call is open until Saturday May 11th and I will contact all chosen with in a week (I hope)
so if you enjoy playing on the dark side and can commit to all the above then please have a go
Thank you and good luck
Well, I'm Maureen, I'm a stay at home mum to 4 kids - 18months, 3yo, 7yo and 12yo - and I have been crafting in one form or another for years. I have always drawn but after having my first child discovered card making. This went on the back burner for a bit after having my now 3 year old but now that the younger ones are up a bit, I'm finding more me time and loving crafting again. I like to think I can turn my hand at anything crafty - I like to challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone and joining my first Design Team has really pushed these boundaries! I used to be very much a 'clean and simple' card maker but working with the Tsunami Rose Designs DT has allowed me to play with and develop new techniques and styles - I am now in my second month working within this team.
This first project that I've chosen to show you, I said on the blog at the time that I was 'harnessing my inner goth'!!! This was a door hanger using a printable paper pack from Tsunami Rose and was a DT project for them at the start of April. I loved the colour combinations on the papers and chose the pink feather to help highlight the pink in the papers. The full blog post can be found here.
My next project is an altered mini board book! I have discovered that I love to 'alter' things - I cannot go shopping any more without imagining how an item would look with certain papers or colours or embellishments adorning it.... this has led to some questionable charity shop purchases recently... but I digress! I love Gorjuss - have been a follower of the Artist Suzanne Woolcott for a number of years now and I'm delighted that I can now use her images in my paper projects. As I mentioned, I like to try out new techniquesand this experiment came from seeing a youtube tutorial.
This final peice was my first steampunk style project. I love the romance and decadence that comes through in this genre. Mixing the mechanical elements - cogs and clocks and wheels - with roses and velvet and sumptious reds and purples - taking the vintage browns and the splash of colour. Distressed edges and soft ribbons and lace, dyes and inks and stamps and masks... pretty but edgy, dark but with the element of beauty.
I look forward to participating in the PunkyouGirl Monthly Challenge Blog - I would love the chance to work with the design team, creating inspiration and further developing my own skills.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, if you have the time, there are so many other projects I would love to have shown you. I can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from PunkyouGirl!