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Friday, October 08, 2010

Announcing My Creative Crafters Team!

I am thrilled to announce my 2011 Creative Crafters Team!  They are going to blow your socks off! They did me!

Honestly, my socks were blown away by the entire list of 132 passionate crafters who applied either through my FB page, my blog or e-mails. You guys are truly amazing! You share your heart and soul through your art, crafting and writing and should be proud of yourselves for creating such beautiful legacies for your generations to come. Your families will pass down your quilts, your scrapbooks, your little creations and cherish them as the precious heirlooms that they are. You are doing a beautiful thing. Please keep creating!

The fact that art and crafting are so personal--literally a piece of you...made it that much more agonizing. It is impossible to compare and contrast one persons creations to the next. How does one do that? Crafting is your outward expression of your personal journey and life experience--it's all good! The colors you choose, the depth of detail or boldness...or subtle simplicity all expose a little bit of who you are. I am so impressed that you would put yourself out there to share some of that with others. What you do, inspires others to seek inside themselves to create too! It certainly inspired me.

As I put my team together, I wanted to make sure of one thing in particular...and that is that many styles were represented in my team. We all know that it takes different kinds of people to create an exciting world. What inspires one may not be what drives another. I felt that my team should represent that...so I chose a wide variety of crafters....from simple practical crafters who have great unexpected ideas that any crafter could apply to their designs...to more elaborate crafters that are technique oriented, to altered artists, and much more...You'll see!


I want you to know that I was truly overwhelmed with the response to this team call. I looked over all of your blogs and several of them multiple times. Each and every one of you touched me or inspired me in one way or another...from your stories, to your personal style. I kept many of your blogs up on my computer desk-top and looked again, and again.

By all means, making a decision did not come easy. I originally was looking for a team of 5 talented ladies...but soon found that task to be impossible from a list of over 130 incredibly talented applicants. I tried to whittle my list to 50, then down to 30, then down to 20 and got totally stuck. How in the world would I narrow it down to just 5.  So I didn't pick 5.  I picked 10...and that was incredibly hard!  I feel my decision of choosing more than 5, will be worth it, as I showcase these 10 fantabulous ladies and their ideas and creations. They are excited to get going, and I can't wait to see what the year brings.

As always...if you ever feel like sharing your creations to inspire others how my products can be used, feel free to post pictures of your projects on my facebook design update page at: www.facebook.com/samanthawalkerdesigns.  

In no particular order...I'd like to announce my 2011 Creative Crafters team!

Jennifer Ingle MA
Jennifer Beason FL
Guiseppa Gubler  UT
Karen Maldonldo CA
Julie Bonner MD
Eva Dobilas CA
AJ Otto WA
Cristal Hobbs TN
Nancy Doren CO
Katherine Bley IN


This team will be unique as it is not a single manufacturers Design Team...but rather a dream of mine, to put together a team that could showcase how to mix and match the products that I design for multiple manufacturers within one single group. Maybe you are familiar with the things I design for Creative Imaginations, OR Unity Stamps, OR Silhouette digital dies, OR Riley Blake fabrics...but how does it all work together?  That is my dream with this team...to share with you a few interpretations of that concept. We all have different ideas...I hope that the ladies on my team will resonate with the crafter in you!

33 comments:

  1. What an awesome line-up! Big congrats to you all! :D :D

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  2. Congrats! Such a great team and I can't wait to see all the creativity! :)

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  3. Congrats to this awesome team of crafters!! I can't wait to see all you do!

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  4. Whoo hooo...congrats everyone!!!!! Special shout out to AJ and Jingle!!!!!!

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  5. Oh I am sooo soo excited this is going to be an amazing opportunity!

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  6. Fabulous team! Congrats to all!

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  7. A HUGE THANK YOU to Samantha for choosing me to be part of this exciting adventure!!! So excited to be working with your products :)

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  8. What a fantastic line-up that is! Congratulations, girls!!! smiles...

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  9. Ohhh..finally I get to see the whole team!!! WOW, what an amazing line up! I am so honored to be on this team and can't wait to show off my creations with all your products, Samantha! Thanks again!

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  10. CONGRATS ladies!! woo hoo! Such a great group of ladies- cant wait to be inspired by you all!

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  11. WOW what an awesome team!!! Congrats to you all!!! Wow Pinky and Jingle yeahhhhhh!!!!

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  12. Congratulations to everyone! I am so excited to have been chosen as a part of this amazing team!!!

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  13. congrats Eva and Pinky. So excited for you

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  14. Congrats to the new team! Can't wait to see what they make!

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  15. looks like a great team! Congratulations to all 10 ladies!! :)

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  16. This is going to be an amazing team! I am so excited to have been picked! Thanks Samantha!

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  17. WOW...it's so cool that you really "exist" and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog today. It really means A LOT! Love your products through Unity. I'm really getting into them! :)

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS ladies!!! I especially want to shout out to my girls Pinky, Eva and Karen!!! WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! I can't wait to see what you bring to the mix!!!

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  19. I am so so thrilled to be a part of this creative team and look forward to working with the rest of the Team!!

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  21. Congrats to everyone who made the team - I'm very excited to get to work with you all! Thanks so much for this opportunity, Samantha!

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  22. What a Talented Team! Can't wait to see their creations:)

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  23. WOOHOO!!! Congrats Julie, Pinky and Seppa ... and all the other ladies of course ... *wink** ...

    Can't wait to see what you come up with ...

    Love, Tracy G

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  24. Congrats to all the DT! WOW! You have some amazing and inspiring crafters.

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  25. Abig shout out to my three lovelies
    I am so honored to be friends of theirs.
    Eva, Karen and Pinky wonderful designer choices as I know the rest are...
    Congrats to you all I can't wait to stalk the new things coming

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  26. congrats to this amazing team! i recognize a few of my very favourite crafters among them, and i'm SO pleased for them, and for YOU, samantha, because you're going to kick it off BIG! woo hoo!

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  27. Congrats all! Looks like a great team & I'm looking forward to see what everyone does;)

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  28. What an amazing team. congrats to everyone. I can't wait to see what you all create, I know that it will be awesome!!

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  29. rock on! congrats ladies I know 3 of you and can't wait to see what the others do! GREAT works to come, I'm sure of it!

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  30. holly smackers Seppa, good for you:-))

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  31. a special shout out to this special team it will be amazing looking forward to the projects.

    A big congrats to Karen, Eva and Cristal

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