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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Noor! Designs UK ~ Design Team Call

Hello friends,

I am busting at the seams tonight with this project I am publishing. I feel like I have come full circle as an artist. I know my work will always be evolving, but this Noor! Designs U.K. Design Team Call really moved me. I loved the change of focus from focusing mostly on the image to focusing on showing off the actual dies. This was such a creative feeling. I was worried at first because I only own 3 Noor! Designs/Joy Craft Dies, but when I put a blank slate in front of me and focused on those 3 dies, magic began to happen! My thanks go out to the entire Noor! Designs Family for making such beautiful products for us to work with. 

I started this project by choosing a shaped base card and used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out the
4 shaped pieces. From there I added the beautiful Noor! Designs "Butterfly Edge" using two layers to give a shadow effect. 
 Here is a close up of the Noor! Designs "Butterfly Edge". I added pretty pearls to the butterflies.
 In this photo you can see a close up of my coloring. I have used Magnolia's Rubber Stamp named "Tilda with cross Necklace" She was a joy to work with and design around. I have colored her using Copic Markers in the following colors: 
B91,B93,B97,YR12,YR14,YG93, & YG95
This is where the fun began. Utilizing the Noor!/Joy Craft French Lily Oval set I have used the frame to die cut my image and have used a background trace to add a frame behind that showcasing the beautiful lattice corners of the Lily Oval Die. This Die set also comes with matching vines and fleur de lis which I have also used to add even more interest. The background lattice behind the image in the corners is from the "Square Frame" Die from Noor!/ JoyCraft and I have both inked as well as fussy cut it to fit perfectly within my shaped card layers. Below are the actual pictures of these amazing dies.
Butterfly Edge
French Lily Oval

Square Frame

 Now for the actual entry requirements for this Noor! Designs U.K. Design Team Call. 

A Little Bit About Myself

 I am 41 years old, married to my soul mate, and have 3 amazing children. Two of my children are in college out of state and one is a junior in high school. I am a stay at home mom and live to be crafty. My new year’s resolution for 2014 was to stay focused and learn all I could so I could eventually join design teams. I started my first team in April 2014 and have been learning and evolving as an artist every since. I am focused and driven to be the best I can be, and am always up for a challenge. I think that is why this design team call has been so rewarding. I feel like I have found myself with this card. 

Why should I be chosen for this position??? 

When I set my mind to something, the sky is the limit, but I am also very much a team player and love teams which support each other. I am very organized when it comes to posting to blogs and having my projects completed by the required date. I am a positive person who focuses on growth and love supporting everyone around me. If I was chosen for this team I would be honored to work with the current design team.

what media sites you belong to???

I absolutely love Facebook and am online numerous times a day. I have started playing around with Pinterest and Twitter as well. One thing I am setting my goal on for 2015 is to begin a
YouTube channel. My 16 year old has one and I think I would love to share with other crafters the way they have shared with me. I have spent many hours learning from you tube as well as Kit & Clowder which I am a member of. I am currently signed up for the Hair & Skin class, Clothing Class, and numerous project classes. .

I believe this completes my Design Team Entry, the only thing left is posting this post and adding myself to the Inlinkz information and the Noor! Designs DT Call Blog. Click HERE if you would like to also try out for this amazing team. Thank you Noor! Designs for such an rewarding opportunity.


  1. Lovely entire post Melanie! All my fingers are crossed! Good luck!
    Tammy Louise

  2. your card is beautiful Melanie and you've used the dies to the fullest indeed. good luck with the call!