Sunday, April 3, 2011


REMINDER 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: Crafty Sketches DT Call

Crafty Sketches is looking for 5 new designers to join the team for a 9 month term.

To apply please email: with your name, blog address, any other DTs you are a part of, and attach 3-4 of your favorite projects. All experience levels are encouraged to apply!
Please write DT application in the subject line.
Applications will close at midnight April 15th, notification to successful applicants will be on April 18th, your first LO after selection will be due on April 25th.
As a team member you will be required to:
1. Personally design a sketch either digitally or hand drawn on a roster basis.
2. On the month of your sketch you will assist in selecting the winner from the LOs submitted.
3. Promote Crafty Sketches on your blog & attach the blinkie supplied.
4. email to Crafty Sketches your take on the sketch by the 25th of the month.
5. Visit the personal blogs of all who participate in the challenge &leave some loving ..�.. who doesn't love a bit of lovin'.....

Crafty Sketches is a nonprofit blog where your designs will be published to inspire our readers to create.
I look forward to hearing from all who are interested in being a member of the team

This call is from now & closes at midnight on the 15th April

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