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November 18, 2011


Hi Everyone:
I recently mentioned that I had some BIG NEWS to share and that I would be sharing with you soon! Well today is the day that I share this with you all! I am so excited about this and really do feel that this is a answer to prayer. We all work so hard on our card & layout creations, and we all want to have our work noticed by a big company name. Well I am extremely excited to say that my big break as come and I am feeling so blessed right now! So without further ado, my news is that I am officially a member of the STAEDTLER Design Team!!! Yay!!   ................................ Read about it on our Face Book page.

Isn't this cool! STAEDTLER company is known world wide and is now making a break through within the paper crafting world. I am so excited because my STAEDTLER  water colour pencils have been one of my coloring mediums/staples since I can remember. You can see some samples of my work using these mediums here and here. To see others just scroll through my blog post because there are many. Being a part of this team is a dream come true and so exciting. It is my goal to inspire, inform and encourage you in your creative journey and to show you the endless possibilities that STAEDTLER products can provide. Make sure to come back from more inspiration using these products. 

Today I want to share this card that I made for today's announcement using Hero Arts Digital Kit from 2Peas. I love this digital kit and thought that I would use it to make a "Thinking of You" sort of card.

Close Up of Coloring.

Inside of Card.

Card Instructions:
A 5x5 piece of white cardstock was used for the card base. Then a 4x4 piece of navy polka dot patterned paper was adhered to the card front. Once this was completed, a circle was cut out of the card front thus providing a "Peek A Boo" hole to see the inside of the card. Once the circle was cut from card front, ribbon was glued around the circle opening in a pleated fashion. Colored digital image was added to lower portion of card using pop dots. For additional whimsy a cloud, a paper pieced sun and sentiment was added to the upper left corner of card. To complete the scene, cloud paper was added to the inside of the card, along with a stamped sentiment and sun. To provide texture and depth to this card, the digital image was covered in Glossy Accents and left to dry. To complete the card, hi-lights were added randomly to add a more fun feel. Voila! A fun cute Peek A Boo Card.

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I am submitting this card for the Digital Contest at Hero Arts. I am not sure if it will qualify because it doesn't fit in with their themes but it is Digital. So hopefully it will be okay. 

Lily Pad Challenge
Image curtsy of Lily Pad Blog
Simon Says Stamp Presents....A Texture Challenge
This card is also being submitted to the Lily Pad Texture Challenge. 

I so loved making this card and it was indeed my first time creating one of this nature. It was a lot of fun. 

I also want to take this time to say a Big Thank You to STAEDTLER for having me join your team of wonderful ladies and can't wait to share more projects featuring your products. To see more inspiration please check out the Design Team blogs.  They are as follows:

April Derrick: Create ART Design
Tina Guigui: Finding Your Niche
Linda Abadie: The Craft of Caring
Dawn Knight: Rubber Room
Lisa Somervillee: Splendiferious Creations
Kellie Mowat:  Make It With Me

Card Supplies:

Thanks for sharing in my Big News! 
Blessings & Hugs


April said...


April D said...

I am thrilled about our new team and super excited to be working with you!! Love the card and looking forward to all your new STAEDTLER creations!

NickelNook said...

WOOHOO for you! Congratulations on your exciting news! I can't wait to see more colouring!...Nancy :o)

Barb said...

Dana, what fun news! Big congrats to you! Love that adorable card with the otters - your coloring is always so beautiful, and what a neat way to add the ribbon so it frames that darling image! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your design team work!

Virginia L. said...

Huge congrats to you on your awesome news! Hope you have fun with the new DT. Beautiful coloring and the new DT is a great fit for you! Staedtler is lucky to have you on board! Way to go, Dana!

Jingle said...

Congratulations! Your card is so cute, too!

Dorcas said...


Judy1223 said...

Oh my goodness, Dana, I am SO So SO HAPPY for you! You must have been over-the-top excited when they asked you to join the design team!!!!! Well, they are lucky to have you and your amazing talents...as evidenced by your gorgeous coloring on this card! Congratulations!!!

Mariƫtte said...

Woohoo!!! Congrats, I am so happy for you!

Barb said...

YAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! What an amazing fit you will be with this wonderful company. Staedtler makes an awesome product and their watercolor and drawing pencils are my faves...i can't wait to see what you make. These cards are wonderful Dana. Beautiful coloring and perfect designs. SOOO happy for you!!! xox

MarcyK924 said...

How awesome Dana - SO well deserved! Looks like it's going to be a win-win for everyone! Hugs, Marcy

Brenda said...

Oh how awesome is this BIG news Dana! I am so totally thrilled for you my friend! They certainly found a gem in you! And I love your cards today! Love the coloring. And I adore the Polar Bear card!

Trinh said...

YAY, Dana! I'm so excited and happy for you. Can't wait to see all of your creations with the staedtler products!

paula said...

Congratulations Dana :D. I am so very happy for you. Your cards are always so beautiful & Staedtler are so very lucky to have you xoxoxoxo

AnitaRex said...

That is FANTASTIC news Dana! I am so happy for you! I know you will be amazing on this team and will make them proud! :> Can't wait to see what you create!

jintyoo7 said...

Eeeeeek - what terrific news, Dana - I am so very happy for you. Your colouring is amazing and I Staedtler will be so proud to have you on their team. Wishing you lots os fun and success with your new adventure :O)

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful coloring - love how you framed your images! Glad to be working with you on the Staedtler DT!

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, Dana! I am so happy for you! Such fun news. I can't wait to see all the gorgeous project you will create. And I am glad I found my way to your blog finally. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog yesterday.


Sharon D from Canada said...

HOORAY!!! What absolutely fantastic news, Dana!!! HUGE congrats to you!!! And what a cute announcement card you made too! I hope you have a terrific time on their DT!

kath said...

woohoo what wonderful news...big congrats...they are so lucky to have you on their DT...big hugs kath xxx

Lisa said...

Dana this is wonderful news! I am so happy for you- big congrats :) Your work is superb and deserves to shine! Best wishes XXX

Maureen Morton said...

I am sooo proud of you! I have been on pins on needles waiting for your big news and this IS big! This card is an amazing work of love - so detailed, complex and adorable. Very special (like you!). Can't wait to see what this wonderful recognition brings....all my love!

Nona said...

Yay, Dana! A BIG congrats to you! I am absolutely thrilled for you, and they are so lucky to have you as part of their DT. Looking forward to seeing your creations with their products. Your peek a boo card is so adorable. Beautiful coloring and texture :)

Clare said...

SUPER DUPER AWESOME!!!! BIG congrats Dana!!!! Love your projects, and they are SO lucky to have you!! :)

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations Dana!!! I am so excited for you but truthfully not in the least surprised when I see your work and the beautiful job you do. No wonder you have been asked to join.
I love using my water colour pencils and am very inspired by your projects.
Thanks for sharing and can't wait to come back and see more of your beautiful work! :)

Nona said...

You are so silly, Dana! And you sure know how to make a girl blush. Thank you, really, for your kind words on my blog. I truly appreciate it more than I can ever say. I love the creative and fun card designs you create, and your stunning coloring — seriously blows me away. It's no surprise you were chosen to be part of the Staedtler DT :) Can you also send me some of that magic of yours here in Cali? LOL Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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