Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Introducing the Design Team - Day 2

Good morning!

Wow, what an exciting week. Our Facebook-page is full of awesome cards created by YOU. I wish I could tell just how much I am exciting about seeing that you like my images and use them! I feel so honored! 

Today is day 2 of our Design Team Reveal - woohooo!

As I already said: We have the most talented girls on our team. And they're just as excited as I am - yay! We all can't wait to get the stamps and inspire you.

Today, we'd like to reveal.....


I guess this was not a surprise ;) Anni and I have been taking a crafty journey together for quite a while now. We started playing our "Lottie and Lisa" back in 2011, started the Keep it Simple-Challenge in 2012 and we kind of inspire each other all the time. Did you know Anni's card were the reason why I started cardmaking? I saw her work and thought "Oh my, I want to do this as well!". She has always been my cardmaking-idol, because her cards ROCK!!!

I am sure you all want to get to know her. 

Please give her a warm welcome to this new adventure!

Name, Age, Location: 
Anika Lerche, 38 years old, Berlin, Germany

Hi Anni,
glad you're here! Take a seat, get comfy. May I offer you something? Coffee or cookies?

Coffee please! With milk and sugar!

Okay, you know why you’re here: People want to know everything about you. Let’s start with something simple:
You’re a paper crafter. When did you start and how did it happen?

It happened in the year 2008. Back then my hobby was Fimo. I visited a stamp shop because they were selling Premo (something similar to Fimo but from another company, hard to get in Germany).  So I was in this shop with a lots and lots of stamps! I was totally flashed! At that day I bought my first stamp and never looked back at Fimo.

What kind of projects are your favorite? And why?

Most of the time I make cards. They are easy to send away and make people happy (and make them smile ☺ ). I’ve never tried scrapbooking, not really sure why! Sometimes I make a box or a bookmark but that’s not very often.

Is there one technique that you use more often than others?

At the moment I am totally addicted to watercolors but I think that's true for a lot of people! I love paper piecing (In my opinion it is very relaxing) and emboss resist! 

If you look at other people’s projects: What amazes you and what makes you frown?

I love one layer cards and always find them hard to make! So if I see a beautiful olc it always takes my breath away. As an addict to CAS cards I really don’t like cards with a lot on it! 

You’ve been paper crafting for quite a while. Is there a lesson you learned that you’d like to share with our readers?

Don’t be so hard on yourself! Most of the time I am my toughest critic and I have to remind me that it is a hobby and it is supposed to be fun! Just let it flow and try different things – it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Well said! Let’s get to something personal. You live in Berlin what’s your favorite spot there and why do you think people should visit this place?

My favorite spot in Berlin? Seriously? One spot? I could tell you about thousands of beautiful spots in Berlin. I LOVE Berlin! It is a fantastic city and I am so happy to live here! Ok, one spot you HAVE to visit when you are in Berlin: The Tempelhofer Feld. It is a former airport and now it is a park, a very, very big one (300 hectare)! There are so many different people, lots of culture, sports, animals…It is so big you can always find a place alone! But you can also watch people windsurfing on skateboards, urban gardening, fly a kite and so on and on!

What is a characteristic that describes you the best?

I am laughing a lot! And I like people that make me laugh! And I like to make people laugh!

What else should people know about you?

I am very proud to be a design team member for Create a Smile!
I have more stamps than I could use . (And paper… And sequins… And…)
My crafting place is always very tidy but my working place is chaotic!

Thanks for the interview Anni, I’m so glad and honored you joined out little team!

Anni made a card using our monster freebie. Don't you agree that she's amazingly talented and this card just ROCKS?! This girl wowes me all of the time. That bow! aaaw!

Anni has TONS of inspiration on her blog, so check it out and become her follower. 


  1. Ofcourse Anni has to be on the team she makes those stamps rock. I so love her work amazing every card leaves me in a WOW, this one is no exception.

  2. Loved reading about Anni and her card is ADORABLE.

  3. Congrats to Anni! She is going to be awesome with this DT! Love this adorable card!

  4. congrats to you surprise that you are on the DT. You and Christine create such wonderful projects together with all your challenges. Looking forward to more.