Sunday, November 20, 2011



It has been a long time since anyone sent me a call, and with it being the end of year and report writing time, I haven't tried to fight it. I think other social media has stepped in, almost making the blog redundant ?
Is it worthwhile to keep Just Calls and Crops going ? Remembering this is a totally free and voluntary site. You tell me ?

NEW CALL: Lynda's Craft Haven

Lynda's Craft Haven has recently opened it's doors at Merrimac on the Gold Coast.

We are local stockists for Kaisercraft, Twiddleybitz, Graphic 45 and Webster's Pages as well as many more brands and products.

We will be running weekly craft classes as well as mini crops to help get everyone's creative juices flowing.

So come on in and meet our staff, Lynda, Cindy and Karen.

Please check out our Facebook page at for further details with regards to store opening times and class details.

Hope to see you all soon.

NEW CALL: Spellbinders 2012 Design Team Contest

Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2011

Submit art piece(s) as described in Art Application below.

Retreat in Phoenix, AZ, USA, March 21-25, 2012. No exceptions.
Designer Term 4-1-2012 to 3-30-2013.
Complete all requirements, on time.
Submit images in JPEG electronically.
Submit paperwork w/Microsoft® Word in English.

Designers working for companies that make/sell dies or punches are not eligible.
Employees of Spellbinders Paper Arts, affiliates, and immediate families are not eligible.
Concurrent or overlapping membership in product or art design team of competitive (die cutting or punching) product companies, and guest designing for the same, is not permitted.


Monthly: Original artwork: 1 scrapbook page, 1 card, 1 mixed media project and a single die project, with paperwork for all. One magazine submission.

Yearly: Participate in 2 blog hops; 2-3 other projects.
Trade Shows: 6 or more assigned trade show projects.
Online Forums: Weekly Involvement on one or more craft related online forum.
Required: Active with your own personal blog.
Additional projects as desired.
Submit written instructions upon request.

The 2012 Designer Team receives

A Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Machine, a Spellbinders Presto Punch™ Machine w/electrical adapter!
A $700 Spellbinders Die/Punch Template Starter Kit!
An all-expense paid trip to Phoenix, AZ, USA.
Opportunities for major shows and magazine advertisements!
Financial reimbursement for published art in Spellbinders Paper Arts catalogs or used in a published advertisement campaign!
Product samples from leading craft companies for use in Design Team projects!
New die templates & surprise gifts!
A year-end bonus!

Art Application

We are looking for your ORIGINAL creative, innovative designs. It must not have been published online, in print or on display in public, and must be your original design.
You are not required to use Spellbinders products in your entries.

Spellbinders die templates are universal and may be used in most leading die cut systems, please download the Spellbinders Die Compatibility Chart or see the Spellbinders How-to Page for instructions and videos on how to use our dies.

The Final Round projects cannot be shown publicly until after the contest is over.
2012 Spellbinders Design Team Contest Winners' projects cannot be show publicly, will be shipped to and become the property of Spellbinders Paper Arts for use in marketing or promotional materials.
Submit your choice of a Card, Scrapbook Page or Mixed Media project.

How to Enter

Submit electronically to, with the subject line of “Design Team Entry: Your Name.” Attach project image in JPEG format. Label your file as: “YourNameFirstRound.jpg.”

Information Document, including your name, address, email address and Blog URL must be attached to your email in Microsoft Word format, labeled "YourNameInformation.doc."
Photos: Send clear, high quality photos or scans, insure that each attachment is under 1 MB.
Your information will not be shared, sold or used otherwise.

Submission Schedule

12-9-2011: First Round entries must be received by 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time. International designers welcome!

12-14-2011: We will contact designers invited to the Second Round. Names will be listed on the Spellbinders Blog.

Submit questions to with subject line “Design Team Contest Question.

See the Spellbinders Blog for more information.…


NEW CALL: Imaginarium Designs Design Team Call

Deadline: Monday, December 12, 2011

We are looking for Australian and International, talented Scrapbookers that can work magic with Imaginarium Designs chipboard.

We are looking for artists who create Scrapbook Pages, Cards, Mixed Media Projects, Off the Page Projects plus LOVE what they do!

Any styles are welcomed .... simple, arty, shabby chic, mainstream ..... we welcome it all!

The term will be running from January 2012 – December 2012

If you would like to apply and join our wonderful team we would love to receive your application.

What we would like from our Design Team:
- a personal style that shows the versatility of Imaginarium Designs chipboard
- a blog and online galleries to promote Imaginarium Designs
- the creation of a minimum of 2 projects a month
- one written tutorial every couple of months
- social media participation
- you may be asked to participite in Blog hops
- great photography skills to show off your projects
- supply projects to appear at promotional events such as fairs throughout the year.

What you can expect from Imaginarium Designs:
- a regular supply of Imaginarium Designs chipboard
- promotion of your projects on the ID blog, through social media and at fairs
- support from the fabulous team at Imaginarium Designs!

How to apply:
Please send your Design Team Application to:
with the following:
1. A link to your blog with the most recent post being 10 of your favourite projects featuring chipboard - you do not need to use Imaginarium Designs Chipboard but your projects MUST show a versatile use of chipboard. They do not need to be new or unseen projects - they need to be your favourites!
2. Tell us your favorite way to use chipboard
3. Tell us a little something about yourself including any design team history
4. A link to your online galleries
5. Your name, address, telephone number and email address

The Design Team Call is open as of Tuesday November 8th and will close end of day (Australian time) on Monday December 12th.

The new Design Team will be notified shortly after and start the new term January 1st 2012.

We can't wait to see our Inbox flooded with your applications and really do encourage everyone to have a go and send them in.

NEW CALL: Blue Bazaar Kit Designer

We are looking for one (1) layout designer for our kit program during 2012.

You can read about our kit program HERE and also see previous kit images to determine if our kits suit your style.


A minimum of 5 layouts and step by step photos and instructions for 9 kits throughout 2012.
You will be required to submit layouts and instructions for the following months:
January, February, April, May, July, August, September, November and December. Specific due dates will be provided to you.

Kits are usually provided to you 2-4 weeks prior to due date. We will endeavour to get kits to you as soon as possible once all products are received.

You should be able to scrapbook across a broad range of styles. You should also be able to scrapbook a broad range of themes - boys, girls, family, travel, events etc.

It is essential that you provide clear photographs and clearly written instructions. You are required to submit photos to us as individual images, and instructions should be typed in a Word document. We then collate the information into our Blue Bazaar instruction format.

If you wish to see an example of our instruction format, please download the following set of instructions from the store: DOWNLOAD

NOTE: You must add the instruction item to your cart and checkout as normal to receive the download link. There is no charge at all required when downloading this item. The item is available to download for free until the 30th November 2011.

This is not an exclusive arrangement and we have no issue if you currently work for other retailers or manufacturers.
You are not required to have a blog or perform any advertising for the kit program.


- Kit supplied
- Payment of $60.00 per completed kit either in cash (bank transfer) or store credit. (your choice).
- A 40% discount voucher for eack kit provided for you to use on any personal shopping in the Blue Bazaar store. This voucher cannot be used on any subscriptions or discounted/clearance items. We are happy to ship any personal orders with your kit to save on postage.
- The payment and voucher will be provided to you on submission of each kit.
- You will be credited in the instructions as being the designer of the layouts.


Please Email the following information to

- Your name
- A link to your blog and/or any online galleries you post to so that we can view your work.

If you have examples of layout instructions you have previously completed we would encourage you to provide them as a sample of your work.

If you can provide a blog address and/or online gallery link, you do not have to attach any layouts to your email.

If you do not have a blog or do not upload to online galleries, please attach at least 5 examples of your layouts.

Due to postage costs and time deadlines, this position is only open to Australian residents.

CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2011

The successful designer will be contacted prior to 15th December with an offer to accept the position. All unsuccessful applicants will also be notified via email once the position has been filled.
Thank you in advance for your submissions


Becci Sundberg said...

I tried to message you the other day about my GDT call but the email button wouldn't work.
Not sure if I'm the only one?

Tina Connolly said...

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