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Designer Saturday: Margaret Brown

This weekend we are excited to give you the chance to get to know Margaret Brown!

"Hello my name is Margaret Brown, I am married to Roger my lovely husband who is so supportive of my crafty obsession.
I have been crafting for as long as I can remember,my first love was sewing which took me into the world of theatre and costume. I loved making individual garments especially wedding dresses. Then one day I was channel hopping and stumbled onto QVC , saw Dawn Bibby and the rest as they say is history. I wonder how many people owe their crafty addiction to Dawn, I know I do.
After my family, paper crafting is the love of my life, sad I know but there it is. I have met some really lovely people through crafting and was so proud to be asked to join the Crafter's Companion Design Team.

I don’t really have a favourite technique I like to try them all but if pushed I do like something with dimension to it.

We were asked to chose 3 of our favourite projects, for me the first was easy, it’s a card made using Jayne Nestorenko’s Adorable Range. To this day I still cannot believe I coloured that donkey."


"In the past I was always disappointed with my colouring in, then along came Leann Chivers with her Spectrum Noir Pens and my world changed. I love this system and get real satisfaction from the finished results. I’m still not an expert but I keep practising."

"My second project is a recent one from the Frou Frou range. I combined both my crafting loves when I made this Toilet Bag for Leann, I printed from the CD onto Fabric Transfer Paper then ironed onto cotton fabric. It was lovely to design something totally different from a CD."

"My final project features a style of card I love to make, this particular one was made using the first Paintbox Poppets CD, it’s a Popout Card with Insert section. I was so proud when Sara Davies used this card to demonstrate all the different sections available to use on the CD. She told me later that she even changed the sentiments and took it to Germany for her shows. I loved this image as it reminded me of the happy times I spent on Redcar beach with my younger sister, mind we didn’t dress like these two."

My crafty tips would be:-

-- Emboss a tumble dryer sheet with your dies before you use them, it makes them easier to release.
-- Try to incorporate a proper insert, it makes your cards look more professional.
-- If your not sure about a card leave it overnight, it’s amazing how a fix appears next day.
-- Most important, enjoy your crafting, it’s not a crisis if it goes wrong, it’s only card and paper.

We are so lucky to have Margaret share her crafty talents with us! Thank for everything you do for Crafter's Companion!

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