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July 2, 2013

Reveal Week: Design Team Cycle 7

Welcome Back: Denise O'Connor!

We feel glad to have our original team member be back for another cycle! Read more about  Denise, below!

I'll never forget the day I discovered the world of paper crafting. For as long as I can remember, I was in search of a hobby that would allow me to be creative and to hold my interest. You see, I come from a long line of sewing enthusiasts and my mother is a magnificent quilter, but I can’t sew to save my life! I needed something, but could not find something that sparked that passion in me. One day, I decided to go to Michael’s to search for the elusive hobby. There I discovered a small area in the store for scrapbooking. There were a few kinds of 12x12 patterned paper (none of them very pretty), value packs of cardstock, paper trimmers, decorative scissors and stickers. That was it. But on display they had a scrapbook layout that instantly peeked my interest. I took the plunge and went home with my goodies and spent the day trying to do a scrapbook layout. It was horrible! But I was hooked! Our craft has really expanded since that day! As the years went on, my scrapbooking layouts got better, and I was able to find so many sources of inspiration. Eventually I discovered card making, and it became one of my favorite types of projects. There is nothing like giving a homemade card to someone who appreciates it! I also love that as a work from home mom of two rambunctious boys, I can make a card in a short amount of time in between work, the car pool, the meals, and tantrums. I have been doing paper crafts for over 15 years now, and I feel like I have not even come close to learning it all. There is always room to grow! 

Since I have gotten my eCraft, I feel like my crafting has really improved and it has revitalized my creativity. If you envision a time where you can cut anything that you want out of virtually anything…then the eCraft is most definitely a machine you should look at. If you are the type of person that accepts that the greatest rewards are worth working for…the eCraft just may be your dream come true. If you hate the thought of sticky mats…then the eCraft IS for you! Once you start cutting with the eCraft, you will start to learn the capabilities of this machine and you will quickly learn that this is not your average cutting machine. The options are endless. I have cut everything from vellum and vintage book print all the way up to heavy glitter paper, chipboard and Grunge paper. Learning about all the options can take some time, but it is worth it! The eBosser has once again revolutionized my crafting and I find that I rarely make something without using the eBosser. My 8 year old son has even used it, it is THAT easy! If you have ever messed with cranking a die through a machine, and wished for something better….the eBosser is better! It is the BEST! 
I feel very fortunate to have two amazing sons that gawk at my creations! My boys are the apples of my eye and they love to join Mommy for some arts and crafts time. I hope that you find some inspiration from me and the rest of the gals on the Craftwell Design Team. We are share a common passion and if we can spark a little creativity in you, then we have succeeded. 
 Denise O'Connor

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