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Thursday 31 October 2013

Design Team Call

Now that you know me a little better, let me tell you more about the new blog. 

The first challenge will go live on 

Saturday 4th January 2014

This will initially be a non-prize giving blog, but the Design Team will choose a ‘Top 3’ who will all receive a ‘Winner’s badge’ to proudly display on their own blog.

So, my very first challenge is to find a brand new Design Team to join me in my new venture. I will head up the team, together with one of my best crafty friends (who I will introduce later).

I am looking for 4 more enthusiastic crafters 
to join my team. 

The challenge rules can be found on the tab 
at the top of the page. 

The term will be for six months initially 
with a view to extend.

You will need to be an active blogger and 
social networker, and be able to make and post 
1 project every two weeks on Saturdays 
to meet challenge deadlines.

Each team member will be required to 
comment on challenge entries 
and will be allocated commenting numbers.

I have no fancy DT incentives to offer, I am simply looking for people who are as passionate about stamping as I am.  No previous design team experience is necessary – as this is a brand new challenge blog, I would love to consider someone who is trying to get started in the DT world.

If you would like to apply please send me an e-mail at and tell me a bit about yourself, why you would like to join me, include photos of 3 pieces of your work that showcase your style and your blog address.

The DT call is open until the 20th November and I will announce the new team shortly after.

Good Luck, Jan xx


Welcome to the Fantasy Stampers Challenge blog – I am glad you could join me at the beginning of my journey. 

Let me to introduce myself … 

My name is Jan (and some of you might know me as Jaybe).  I reached the magical age of ‘50’ earlier this year and declared that I would try something new – so here I am with my brand new challenge blog for you to enjoy.

I live in South Yorkshire and am married with two grown-up daughters and my two gorgeous fur babies who are never very far away from my feet.

I have always enjoyed making things and started out like many others, learning to knit and crochet with my nan and learning to sew with my mum (who was a qualified seamstress).  I later discovered cross-stitching and have more finished samples than I could ever possibly hang in my house!

I have been paper crafting for over ten years now, after receiving a handmade card from a friend. I went out and bought a card making kit for myself and the rest is history – you know the story! After very quickly filling the dining room table and all the space around it, I now have my very own craft space in my conservatory.

Crafting has now become an addiction and I would love to craft full-time (maybe one day!)  My first love is making cards and would describe my style as mainly cute, with lots of embellishments – I often have to tell myself to ‘step away from the card’! I also love making home d├ęcor projects as gifts and for my home.  I have dabbled in all kinds of crafts, including art journaling, scrapbooking, altered art, ATCs, zentangle and am willing to give ‘anything a go’. I also sell some of my cards and gifts. If you would like to check out my work, you can find my personal blog at: 

My favourite technique has to be stamping, hence the nature of my new challenge blog and my favourite craft tool has to be my Grand Calibur which my hubby bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago (and I think I use it every time I craft!)

I am also a member of the Polkadoodles design team and have been for nearly two years now – so have an understanding of how this all works and the commitment required.

When I’m not crafting you can usually find me with my nose in a book - my second passion! Anyone who knows me will tell you that I can’t walk past a book shop without buying some new books.  I love fantasy fiction and am addicted to all things vampire related.  

Well, that’s me – I would love you to follow my new blog and spread the word about the exciting times ahead. I would be honoured if any of you would like to display my new snazzy blog badge on your blogs too.

Details of my DT call are coming up on the next post.

Bye for now, Jan xx