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Saturday, 18 October 2014

DT Call at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge


I have decided to apply for the DT call over at the fantastic C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog.  I recently took up my first ever DT post and I love it.  As well as the enjoyment from making projects for the monthly theme I am also enjoying visiting all the blogs to leave comments and pick out winners and top spots.  I think I like that side of it just about as much as the crafting itself as it's given me a chance to visit blogs I hadn't come across before and I love to take inspiration from all the tremendous talent that is out there.  I am also enjoying discovering new digi designers through the sponsors of the challenges as well as the support and friendship from the rest of the DT.  As my existing DT post has recently gone from fortnightly to monthly I'd love to become part of another team, as I'm really enjoying it.

For the C.R.A.F.T. DT but also my lovely followers, who probably won't know my crafting background, here's a little bit about me:

I'm forty-something, married and mum of one and I live in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.  I work for the NHS and also care for my 88 year old Aunt who we share a house with.  I've turned into a bit of a craftaholic!  I blame my mum, she instilled my love of crafting in me from a very early age!  Mum, my Aunt and Gran were always making something or other.  One of my earliest crafting memories was of Mum collecting the 'Golden Hands' magazines back in the early 1970s.  She taught me how to knit, crochet, embroider, do tapestry, latch hook and lots more.  Sadly I lost my mum in my early teens but I've never lost my love of crafting, there's never been a time that I haven't had several different projects on the go at once.  I eventually got into papercrafting about 5 years ago when my husband started working in a Garden Centre that has it's own Craft Shop.  I started going to a few demos there and became hooked.  When I first started papercrafting I never ever thought I'd be able to stamp and colour in images, it took me all my time to stamp a simple sentiment.  After a while I got curious about stamping so I bought a magazine with a free stamp set and about half a dozen Promarkers and that was me, hooked again!  I think as crafters we are always learning, there are always new products and techniques to try out.  My crafting ambitions are to have a proper craft room, to see something I've made in a magazine and to have a go at scrapbooking.

I enjoy blogging and as well as my crafting blog I also now have a cookery blog and I'm in the process of setting one up for my 9 year old daughter as she is keen to take part in some challenges and possibly this DT call too!!!  She is definitely following in her Mum and Gran's footsteps!  I also absolutely adore Pinterest and love looking there for inspiration as well as to showcase my own work.

Ok, on to my card.  This is the bit I've found the hardest - what to choose.  I've eventually gone for this one from earlier in the year as it's one of my favourites.  I just love this Summer Fairy stamp designed by Sylvia Zet for Wee Stamps and these My Minds Eye papers.  I think my colouring is a little better now but I like the layout and colours of this card.  The link to the original post is here if you would like to know more about any of the products I have used.

As they say nothing ventured nothing gained but it's a fantastic opportunity so definitely worth a try!

Fingers crossed,
Shona xx


  1. Good luck with the DT call Shona, loved reading 'your story' is the garden centre the one just down from \Tesco's? we have been up to Nairn (Culcharry - a mile from Cawdor) for the last two years and pop into the shop. We love the highlands and wish we lived up there x Susan x

    1. Thank you Susan. Yes it's Howdens just by Tesco/Retail Park. It's lovely on the back road to Nairn by Cawdor. It's a really nice part of the world, although we don't always say that if it's a bad winter! Shona xx

  2. Good Luck with the DT call, we are having a DT call at Dream Valley if your interested Shona. Marlene

    1. Thank you Marlene, I've applied for 2 in the last day so I'd better not push my luck! Really enjoying doing the one I'm on and keen to do a little bit more but don't want to take on too much if that makes sense. Shona xx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Shona, love the colours and fabulous layout.
    Good luck with the DT call.
    Wendy xx

  4. Thank you so much for applying for our DT at CRAFT Challenge. It is great to see some people applying for the post. Good luck, love your work!

    Jo and the CRAFT Team.

  5. Hi Shona, this is a gorgeous card, lovely image and colours, love the gingham ribbon too.
    Good luck on the DT call. Loved reading your story too, it's always so interesting to hear of how folk began to craft, hugs Kate x