Monday, March 28, 2011


NEW CALL: Fiskars Open Design Team Call

Deadline: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the first time, we are opening up the Fiskars Craft Design Team to an open public call. We want to see your innovative, inspirational, and amazing projects – sewing and paper crafting.
What we are looking for:
Crisp, clean, bold and innovative projects that reflect our core design aesthetic.
Creative and innovative uses for our tools – show us things we had no idea a punch or rotary cutter could create.
Passionate storytellers and excellent writing skills. You will be writing project directions, as well as articles.
Sophisticated photography skills – we need high resolution photos at no less than 1000 pixels wide that are on clean backgrounds, crisp, and well-lit for proper displaying on our website.
People who are paper crafters, as well as sewers and quilters, and invite you to respond with submissions of your best work in your medium.

Design Team Expectations:

Designers are expected to:
Create content for the Fiskars website monthly
Use only Fiskars tools
Provide all directions and high resolution step-out photos
Provide class project ideas for events. Include directions, photos, and project sample(s) (Approximately 1-2 times per year max.)
Refrain from participating on other design teams or work for any other tool manufacturer that is in direct competition with Fiskars Brands, Inc. (If you have questions or concerns about this, please ask for clarification)
Provide display items for trade and consumer show booths as needed
Provide projects for customer-specific requests (ie, Jo-Ann Fabrics)
Create projects for new product packaging upon request

Other duties:

As appropriate, and within FTC guidelines, we encourage you to post on your personal blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts sharing news about Fiskars products along with your projects.
Designers are paid per project. Compensation information will be provided to those in the final running for placement on our team.
This term will run from June 1, 2011-May 30, 2012 (A one-year contract will be sent for signature to those selected for the team.)

How to Apply:

Fill out the application below completely
Provide 3 samples of your work through high-res photos, with multiple angles if needed to capture all aspects of the projects. These can either be all fabric, all paper, or a mix of the two if you are proficient in both.
Provide written directions, with step-outs, including photo step-outs (again high-res) of one of the sample projects. (See project gallery on for examples)
Write an article about the creation of, story behind, importance of… one of the other 2 sample items. (See article section on for examples)
Use the third project to show us a unique and innovative tool use – paper piecing, appliqué, etc… Please describe, but specific directions are not needed for this piece.
All 3 samples and application are due by April 19th, 2011 noon CST.
The three samples should be saved as one .PDF document, and labeled as parts 1, 2, and 3, no larger than 10MB and send to or post them to your blog or website and send the link for each part to for review.
If you become a finalist, you will receive communication as to your status and further interviewing could potentially follow.
Final design team members will be announced on or around the week of May 24, 2011th.
Click this link to begin the application:

NEW CALL: Paper Secrets Design Team Call

Deadline:  Thursday, March 31, 2011

Paper Secrets Design Team Call …
• closes March 31st
• Our Design Team will be asked to do the following...
Add the DT blinkie (coming soon) to your blog
Blog your challenge projects with links to Paper Secrets
Complete at least 2 of the 4 challenges posted each month. (I will give you our monthly challenge details at least 2 weeks in advance)
Be active in the forum & gallery (you won't get busted for missing days when family needs to be your #1 priority, but I will ask that you do your best to let me know you will be MIA)
Participate in any blog hops or online events we may plan during your term
DT term will be 3 months but you can always apply for the following term. Your term will begin May 1st.

Selection Process...
complete at least 2 of the 4 March challenges posted
participate in the forum & gallery as you would if you were to be chosen as a DT member
A poll will go up in April asking our members to decide who should be chosen based on their participation & their March challenge entries.

3 members will be chosen to join the team. There will not be an official compensation, but you will get some fun packages in the mail each month. I will also feature you on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
• international submissions are welcome{Exposing the Artist in You}

NEW CALL: db Designs Layout Contest

Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Place
Best Overall Design
Wacom Bamboo Craft Tablet
Adobe Photoshop Elemements 8.0
Corel Painter Essentials 4.0
Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0
26 software training lessons
Library of craft embellishments

Second Place
Best Overall Design
Fifty Dollars (US)

Third Place
Best Overall Design
$25 Gift Certificate to my Digitals Store

Additional Prizes
Katie Mann Design:

P'tit Studio Katia:…

Glenda Ketcham:…

Kathryn Estry:…

Nini's Notions:…

Karla Kellum:…

Dreamer Paula:

Contest Rules
Enter as often as you like. For the sake of simplicity, please use the same user name for all of your entries.

See website for further rules about product usage requirements:

Layouts will be judged on creativity, originality, and overall design. The decision of the judges will be final.
The contest will run for ninety (90) days—January 1 through March 31, 2011. Winners will be announced within thirty (30) days of the contest end date.

Layout entries must be 600 x 600, 72 ppi. File size not to exceed 200kb.
Participants must upload their layout(s) to the contest gallery no later than 11:59 EST March 31, 2011. Include a layout title, a user name, and the kit you used (to be used in the contest gallery), along with your real name, a valid email address, and a phone number. This information will be used only as contact information in the event you are a prize winner, at which time a valid mailing address will be required from any winner that we need to ship a prize to. The Fifty dollar cash prize will be paid through the mail with a cashier's check, VISA gift card, or through PAYPAL at the winners discretion. All other prizes will be delivered electronically through email.
Layouts will be placed in the contest gallery in the order they are received. db Designs is not responsible for any layouts that do not make it into the contest gallery for whatever reason. If you have technical difficulties when uploading your layout please email me at
Please put "Entry" in the subject line.
Any questions or comments should be directed by email to
Have fun!

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