Announcing our 2015 Creative Team…

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Winners of Digiplayground.com creative team call

Before we get to our announcement, we wanted to take a few moments to give a special “Thank You” to everyone that applied!  The applications were all so fabulous and we appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to submit to our call!  We hope you continue to share your creations using our files on our Facebook page as well as on our store!  We are very excited about our new team and can’t wait to share all their fabulous projects with you!

Please help us welcome our first-ever Digiplayground.com Creative Team!

 Agnes

Anita Mulcahey

Deb Rodgerson

Els Schutte

Tammy Malone

Melissa Craig

Nicole Stark

Rhonda Emery

Be sure to stop back in next week as we begin sharing the Creative Team Projects here on the blog!

Designer Spotlight: Jamie Cripps

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This week we are spotlighting artist Jamie Cripps.

Be sure to also visit her frequently on her blog here: Bits of Paper

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Hi guys, It’s Jamie!  Most of you recognize me from my cartoon-me (see, there I am…up there!).  I am a small town Kansas girl living in Michigan with my husband Ron and our two kiddos, Hannah and Gannon!  I have always had a love for art but it was contained to crayons and paper, sharpies and napkins, and scissors and glue for most of my life.  To be honest, it never occurred to me that I could take it any further than that.  My sister-in-law introduced me to Scrapbooking after I had Hannah and I really enjoyed buying all the items and organizing them…come on, you know collecting is half the fun of this hobby right?  :)  Unfortunately I did a lot more collecting than I did scrapbooking for several years!  In 2006 our little family decided to head to Disney and we had such a fabulous trip.  I knew it needed to be documented as the kids were so little and I wanted them to remember all the great things that we did and the things they said.  …And that’s really where it all started for me.  I fell in love with all of it at that point; scrapbooking, card making, stamping, coloring, and die cutting.

I began applying for design teams to push myself to create more and find others in this fabulous industry that I could connect with.  After working with several teams and manufacturers I eventually found a call for the ever-so-talented Samantha Walker.  I loved Samantha’s work and was ecstatic to even apply for her team…which in fact, I didn’t make. :)  I didn’t give up though, I kept creating and sharing my work using her items on her social media page as well as on my own and eventually a spot opened up and she kindly reached out to me and offered me the spot!  Eventually Samantha and I figured out that we worked really well together and my design team spot turned into a Social Media/Design Team lead job.

So, how did all of that turn into me designing my own cutting files?  Well, I had always owned Cricut die cutters and I really enjoyed welding their shapes in their software to make my own items as well as making my own SVG files, but after working with Samantha for several months and seeing what she could cut with her Silhouette, I knew I needed one and it wasn’t too long after that I realized I wanted to try selling my own files.  I started out selling my files on my own and then began selling them in Silhouette’s Online Store, and now I am here at Digiplayground.com selling my SVG’s!

So the real me, well it really isn’t much different than the cartoon-me…but here I am!

Jamie

Before I go, I wanted to share answers to some of my most frequently asked questions!

Q. Where did you get your cartoon drawing?  A. My amazing sister created it for me. She rocks, right!?

Q. What type of adhesive do you use? A. I use a variety.  My favorites thus far:  Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Dot Runner, Scotch ATG700, Ultra-Thin Glue Dots, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive and Beacon’s Zip Dry (I use these a lot with 3D items), and of course Hot Glue!

Q. What is your favorite card stock? A. I love heavier card stocks (which are around 80# weight) such as Carta Bella, American Crafts, Crate Paper, We R Memory Keepers, Bazzill, Stardream Metallics (I like these in 65# too), but my most favorite of all is still Basis Card stock.

Q. What do you use to curl your flowers? A. I use a skewer.  You know, the ones you buy for food.  Yep, those.  I have long ones and short ones and they are super cheap at your local grocery store!

Q. Do you have video tutorials? A. Not yet.  This is something that I try from time to time, but in all honesty I am just awkward in front (or behind/beside) a camera.  I ramble and giggle at myself and while I am sure they would be more than entertaining to watch, I haven’t made it through a complete one yet!  Some day I will conquer it!

Q. Do you take requests for cutting files? A. Of course, I think most of us designers do.  Don’t ever be afraid to email any of us or send in a suggestion through the Contact Us form!

Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU!  I have the best job and I get to continue to do it because I have the support of all of you!  Seeing my files used in your creations inspires me on a daily basis.  I love the creativity you all have and seeing how you utilize my files is one of the best things of my day.  Please keep sharing them and remember you can upload them to my cut files here on Digiplayground.com too!  You can see how to do that here!

<3, Jamie

 

Designer Spotlight: Rivka Wilkins

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This week we are spotlighting artist Rivka Wilkins. Be sure to also visit her frequently on her blog here: http://rivkasrenditions.blogspot.com 

My name is Rivka Wilkins and I’m a Graphic Designer living in Cedar Hills, Utah. I design and craft under the name Rivka’s Renditions.

I’ve been a lifelong maker, always busy with crafts, drawing, painting, crocheting, knitting, designing and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I continue to look for my next challenge and adventure. I have jumped from one artsy thing to another as inspiration guides me (or as inspiration bulldozes me over).

I really started to focus my attention on art in junior high. I began drawing comic book characters, funny enough. In High School my brother told me I should look into making my major Graphic Design. I asked my counselor about what a Graphic Designer does and he made it sound so boring. So I just kept dabbling in different fields trying to find one that clicked. Later on, an Art Director pulled me from my Customer Service job and onto his creative team. He showed me how diverse the Graphic Design world actually was.

I feel like my style is very fluid. It constantly is changing as I gain appreciation for new things I am introduced to. It is difficult to not have a “voice” that is as defined as some other artists, but I believe that this gives me the ability to be adventurous in my work. My wayward soul has not only led me to discover things, but also to challenge them.

I find inspiration in so many things; music, the creativity in others, charity, color, the weather and nature. I also find inspiration in the art of the everyday; I believe there’s beauty in the routine things that we so often take for granted. I have been lucky to travel considerably in my life and to be inspired by the places I have visited.

I’m so blessed to have a family who has supported and encouraged me to not be intimidated by the unknown and to always try. Even though life gets busy with 3 little boys and a wonderful husband, they give me so much motivation and inspiration in my work.

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-Rivka

We invite you to take advantage of the two freebies Rivka is offering to all of you this week. The doggy corner bookmark is our FREE SVG just for stopping by the store, and the Young Souls printable is yours when you spend $6 or more. Enjoy!

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Designers Assembly Instructions Link up

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This Link Up is for our digiplayground.com artists to share their project instructions with our community. If you have a tutorial on your blog that you’ve done using any of our products, we will have a special link up for those too. We’ll keep you posted.