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Designer Saturday: Lynne Kontou

You may have seen our post last week, with a peek inside Lynne Kontou's fabulous craft space! It's her turn in the spotlight today, so cozy up and get to know her a bit better!

I am probably what you would call the novice on the Design Team as I have only been card making since October 2012. It all started with a scrapbook and a friend ‘’dragged’’ me along to a craft fair at the SECC in October, needless to say I was and am hooked. My craft ability does go back to when I was a child, I was naturally able to draw and loved nothing better than spending my pennies on pencils and paper. I still have my box of caren dash pencils my parents bought me when I was still in high school, all bar one, present and correct in their tin.

As with most crafters I think my style is eclectic, but as I get older my love of the country look along with shabby chic has definitely grown.

I like my projects to reflect the style, e.g. as with Faerie Poppets Poppy card I wanted the card to typical of the style of Faerie cards, I carry out some basic research on the www and find common themes that run through certain styles, especially if they are relevant to a certain era or period in time. If it’s Edwardian then I look for elements, styles and embellishments that compliment or would not look out of place together.

Top tips:
1.Never stick anything down until you are 100% happy. Once you have made all the elements of your card (die cuts, embellishments, matts and layers etc) start to build you card. Adding, taking away and moving the elements until you are happy with the final layout. Take a picture of your card from various different angles and review the pictures. Tweak if you need to and once happy, deconstruct you card. Use your photograph to re build the card, using your photo as a guide.

2.When I get a new die I cut one out of plain cream/white card and store with the die. When I want to use the die, rather than cut out a piece of your precious paper/card use the plain template. This means that if you don’t like how it looks then you haven’t wasted any of your ‘special’ papers/card.

3.Good storage is a must and personally I have to ‘clear as I go’. I can’t work in a mess and once I have completed one project I have to tidy the carnage left over away before starting the next.

We are so thrilled to have Lynne designing for us both on the Die'sire team and the Crafter's Companion team! You can see more of her work on her blog, Peony and Twine. And we are delighted to announce that Lynne will be joining our crafty team of Demonstrators, too! Her first Demo Day will be at Strikes Garden Centre, Kelso on Sat 21st September 2013 where she'll be showcasing the Snowman and Snowdog, along with the Father Christmas stamps. Watch this space (and our Facebook page) for more details!

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