Thursday, October 15, 2009

Getting To Know You...Part 3....Artful INKables Blog Hop Next Post Down

Again, I can't say enough about the response I have had to the upcoming Play Date Cafe Challenges that will be starting ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! The response has been wonderful. The first challenge colors have been distributed to the designers and 'word on the street is...' they are excited as all get out to share the first color combo with YOU!
Speaking of which, it is time to introduce our next designer.

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, Sarah may not be a stranger to you. She lives in the North of England and the way we met was quite us, anyway. If you are interested, you can read that story dated June 21, 2009 (for some odd reason, I can't link to it). Sarah has been published in a number of UK crafting magazines including a cover article of which I am the proud owner of an autographed copy.
I will let her fill you in on the rest.

Sarah writes: I grew up in a very creative household with a Mum who was always making things. We were popular at parties as we always took a homemade soft toy as a gift (LOL) and some of those friends still have them as treasured possessions to this day! I am very proud to have my Mum as one of my number one fans now. I studied art at secondary school and for a year at college (I had to choose between Maths and Art and chose Maths as you can always pick up Art in adult life!)

But...I then discovered rubber stamping on a trip to the states at age fifteen. I was fascinated, but it took a number of years for it to come over to the UK so it could become a favourite hobby. I describe myself as a frustrated machine embroiderist as I'd love to do textiles at college, but in actual fact, I enjoy the speed in which you can achieve texture in your work
with paper, paint and a bit of heat.

I met my handsome husband on the way to school at age sixteen and we are very happily married with three children aged 12, 13 and 14. By day I'm a teacher in a special school, a job I adore as it's so rewarding, and I'm challenged to teach creatively every day.

When my own children were younger and I taught part-time and was able to write for Crafts Beautiful magazine, one of Britain's leading magazines. I've had work published in Somerset Studio as well as Stampers Sampler. I've taught workshops at the Stampman in Yorkshire, and continue to teach workshops and demonstrate at HSNW for Paddy's Stamping Place.

Well...THAT's my Sarah!
Hope you feel like you know her just a little bit better.
Tomorrow...I will finish off the designer series
with a little of yours truly,
as I am designer #4.

BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY...Just a reminder! If you haven't grabbed your Play Date Cafe button yet, there is still plenty of time. You will find it to your right, the one that says 'I Play at the Play Date Cafe'. Copy and paste it to your sidebar, leave me a comment and let me know...that's it. The 'candy' is a surprise, but I promise, YOU WILL LOVE IT! Even more importantly, we hope you are planning to play along when the challenges start and PLEASE...share the news with your friends. Deadline for the blog candy is Wednesday, October 21st.

Back later with Julie Ranae's Thursday Night Favs! FINALLY!


CelticWoman said...

Oh Sarah, so glad to learn a little more about you and you bring that English Country flaire that you add a charming, elegant touch too, I am so excited to be able to work along with you. Hugs

*Alison* said...

Isn't she just AMAZING!! I am so excited to work with her also.. she is so talented.. :) I posted a little bio on my blog too.. :) hugs

1CardCreator said...

So nice to meet you Sarah, I can't wait to see your work. Sounds like this Play Date team is really gonna rock! ~Diane

Barb said...

Well I have your play date cafe button on my blog, thank you it is charming.

chris f said...

Hi Julie, lovely to meet you too and thanks for visiting my blog! Great to have Sarah as a mutual friend - she is just as talented as you say, I've been to her workshops! Her work is outstanding and she is brilliant at sharing. I shall bookmark your blog so as not to miss all the excitement. I also have that Aspects of Design sheet btw, which I bought from the Stamp man last weekend at HSNW. Not had much time to play with it yet...
Chris F

beedeebabee♥ said...

Julie...I really loved getting to know more about your dear friend. She's so very talented, I just love the artwork featured in this post! I'm off to visit her now!...
Hugs, Paulette ;)

Anonymous said...

Not sure about the 'sidebar' bit - will have to learn how to do that but I already follow Sarah's blog here in the UK - she is one talented lady

Little Moos and My Creative Pink. said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for coming to my blog and leaving such a lovely welcome to your blog. It brought me back to explore a bit more. I grabbed your button for the challenges and I look foward to participating!