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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 129 - Christmas!!

Welcome to the last Crafty Cardmakers challenge of 2014!! And our theme this time is Christmas. If, like me, you always intend to make yours early - and never do, then this is a perfect one for you to get going. We have two sponsors this time. Firstly Sir Stampalot, and also we have a prize from our lovely team mate Kim Reygate, who is offering a wonderful array of goodies (check out the picture).

I have a group of friends who I always make cards for - and because we all meet up together, I tend to use the same theme for each of them - but with a twist. This year I fancied going for a really vintage gold feel to the cards.
For each card I used a different one of the many papers from Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas CD. 
I used CC Kraft card to matt and layer a large square piece of the paper for the base of the easel card (these are Craftwork Cards Scallop Circle Easel cards), and for the rectangle across the front.
I then cut a large Kraft circle, and two smaller ones, to use with similarly cut circles of the paper. I also cut out two pieces of holly using the smaller CC Holly die.
I embossed the holly and Kraft circles using either the A4 Embossalicious Holiday Holly or Let It Snow - depending on the paper design.
I inked over all the embossed pieces, and around the edges of all the Kraft pieces, with Old Paper DI.
All the wooden toppers come from the same box of Papermania Wooden Christmas shapes. I did nothing to them, apart from adding a piece of ribbon, and some pearls.
The stopper for each card is a CC Small Fringed Quilling Flower - this is fast becoming my favourite of all the quilling flowers. Some more ribbon and pearls were used as embellishments!

So, you have two weeks to join in with the challenge - plenty of time to get those last minute Christmas cards made. Pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to check out all the inspiration from the team - and to add your project!! 

I would like to enter this into:
Paper Creators - All About Christmas
We Do Doobadoo - Get Festive
Dragon's Lair - Christmas
Crafting By Designs - All Things Christmas

Take care!

More Animal Print!

Good morning!! Just a quick post this morning (my 300th - I can't believe it) and it's my last sneak peek for the Darice Embossing Folders. This one uses just the leopard print folder from the Animal Prints Border set.
I teamed it up with the leopard print paper from the Scruffy Little Cats CD, to make this little 5x5 card with matching box. I used Centura Pearl Hint of Silver for the base card and the box. I embossed more Centura with the folder to create the bottom panel on the card, the strip across the box, and also the strips to make the bows on the card and box.

A little Distress ink around the edges, along with ribbon, pearls and a sentiment from Sheena Only Words - Through the Rain - completed the card.

As I said - just a short post this morning!! Make sure you tune in at 12pm and 3pm to see the fabulous Fiona demonstrating these folders.

Will be back later with a new Crafty Cardmakers Challenge!! 


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Fun with Animal Print!!

Morning!! My cold has decided to come back with a vengeance - but of course it is not as bad as my OH's sore throat and cough that are confining him to bed!! So while he feels sorry for himself, I have another sneak peek for Fiona's Darice Embossing Folder shows on Create and Craft tomorrow.

This is an 8x8 card made using the Animal Print Embossing Border Folders. They come as a set of 3 - leopard, tiger and giraffe!! To get consistent block sizes, I used Die'sire Essentials Rectangle dies.
I decided that I would try to use a variety of different surfaces and techniques with this card. I used double sided sticky paper, sticky back cork, pre-gessoed canvas, and sticky back chalkboard vinyl. All except the double sided sticky have been bought from The Range in roll form. 
I then embossed the various pieces. I have to admit to changing my mind a few times about which pieces, which sizes and which pattern - so what you see here does not necessarily match up with the finished piece - but you get the idea.
With the double sided sticky paper, I decided to use the giraffe print with Mica Powders.I found it easier to use a very small brush, and cover the debossed parts, before the embossed parts. I stuck this onto white card. 
With the chalkboard vinyl, I used the lion print. I painted on some Pebeo Mixtion. Now, essentially, this is the same as the Mixtion paste that Sheena had on her show with the Mixed Media box of products - except that this is a liquid that you can paint on. I then used some gold foil over the top.
For the canvas, I chose the leopard print, and used the Direct to Paper method with my Black Soot DI. I didn't go over it too much, as I liked the the texture that shows through. I then used some Gold Acrylic paint in the debossed areas.
I forgot to take photos of the cork - but I used the giraffe print, with Direct to Paper with Rusty Hinge DI, and more Gold Acrylic Paint.
I mounted the pieces on a combination of Kraft, Matt Black, and Neenah Solar White card. The sentiment is Sheena - Only Words - From the Heart - on Neenah Solar White.

Make sure to tune in tomorrow to see what Fiona and the rest of the DT have been up to with these great embossing folders.

Take care,

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Embossing Folder - Wax Resist

Afternoon! Am back with another card to share. This one is the Darice Stars Border Embossing Folder that Fiona will have on the show on Monday on Create and Craft.
For this card, I used Sheena's Stamping Card, as I wanted to use Aquatints. I embossed the card down one edge the A4 card, then scored it to make an A5 card with the border at the bottom. I then coloured in some of the stars with #59 from the Pretty Pastels Aquatint collection.
I then took some wax paper (the kind you used with your dies), and embossed several strips, before sandwiching them between two more pieces of Sheena Stamping Card. I then ironed over the card. It is difficult to see the pattern transferred to the card - but it is there - on both pieces.
I then painted a wash over the cards with #59 from the Pretty Pastels Aquatints, and #56 from the Bright and Beautiful. Then, using my Die'sire Essentials Stars, I cut out several pieces. I did the same with another white piece, with coloured stars.
I then mounted them up with some pearls, and arranged them around the sentiment, which is Sheena's Only Words - From the Heart!!

Make sure to tune in on Monday to see Fiona with this and more Darice Folder.
Enjoy your evening!!

The Mirror Crack'd - Challenge #4 - Recycle/Upcycle OR Make a Gift

Hello - it's challenge time again at The Mirror Crack'd. This month we are looking for mixed media projects that recycle or upcycle something! Or if you don't fancy that, how about making a gift for someone? Or maybe even upcycle something to make a gift!! 

I decided to make a ribbon spool holder. When I'm making samples, I end up with lots of spools all over my crafting space, so thought that this would come in handy.
I started with an old coaster, an empty ribbon spool, and the ends of some kebab sticks from another project.
I started by sanding down the coaster.
Then I applied some DecoMache paper with Mod Podge to both the coaster and the old ribbon reel.
The next step was to add some Washi Tape for a bit more colour.
And then I stencilled over with some texture paste, using That Special Touch Polka Dots mask.
Using Wikipedia, I printed some definitions of ribbon onto parchment paper, scrumpled them up and inked them, before applying them to the coaster.
To the ribbon spool, I added an offcut of lace for decoration.
And these two pieces were glued together.
I then wrapped more Washi tape around the kebab sticks, before sticking it into the base with glue gel.
I have already used it - and it works like a dream!! Am really pleased with the way it turned out.
So, you have a whole month to join in with our Recycle/Upcyle chalenge. We would love to see what you come up with. Pop over to The Mirror Crack'd blog to check out all the other incredible inspiration.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Embossed Curly Wreath!

On Monday, Fiona will be back on Create and Craft showcasing some Darice Embossing Folders. One of the folders I had to work with was the 12.5" x 2.5" Stars Border. I decided to go all out and made this wreath!!
I decided to use a variety of techniques and materials to create my wreath. I got the basic idea for the curly wreath from here.
I used orange Core'dinations, run through the folder and sanded back. I printed some papers from the Halcyon Days, Sugar and Spice, and Scruffy Little Cat CDs onto Centura Pearl Hint of Gold - one double sided, and two just onto the back. The double sided one, I embossed and sanded back. For the other two, I inked the folder with Ripe Persimmon DI - I used the positive side for one, and the negative for the other. I also used Kraft card, again inking the folder - on the negative for some, and the positive for other. 
Finally, I embossed some vellum, then used a ball tool to add larger areas of white. On some of the vellum strips, I also used my Spectrum Noir pencils - 007, 024 - to add a little colour.
I used the handle of my quilling tool to curl the strips (cut to 1.5cm wide) from either end. If you use thinner paper it's easier to curl. To attach the curls to the polystyrene, I used pins, starting around the outside and building up.
Remember to tie some rbbon around the wreath before you cover the outside completely - otherwise it becomes very tricky. 

Make sure you tune in on Monday.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Very Big Thank You!!!

So, it's a been a week since I last blogged. Lots going on at the moment, so have had other things to focus on. But, am back tonight with my inspiration for Crafter's Companion December Challenge. The theme for the month is Thank You. Use it as your focal image, as an embellishment, on your patterned paper. Make a set of Thank You cards - or a gift to say Thank You!! However you want to interpret it, you can use any products - not just Crafter's Companion - and still be eligible for the £30 gift voucher.
I decided to do something a bit different - more of a gift than a card this time - even though I think it would still be called a Box Card. Now, it's not that obvious from the photo - but this is pretty large, and is made from A3 card. 
I used the double sided A3 Polka and Gingham card from Crafter's Companion, to make the box itself.
I used the Big Score board, with the A3 card landscape. Hopefully these instructions along with the above photo will explain how to make this.

Score (1) at 15cm, and (2) at 27cm. Turn the card to portrait, and score (3) at 15cm up to the first score line, then from the second score line to the edge (hopefully clearer on the picture). Then I do the same (4) at 25cm. Turn the card back to landscape and score (6) at 3cm to top score line. Turn 180 degrees and score (7) at 3cm in a similar way. Cut out the waste as shown on the picture. You will also need to cut along the (1) line from the (3) line to the (4) line. Then do the same on the (2) line. This will produce this:
This then folds to create:
The next step is to cut another piece of card 12cm x 25cm to create the front of the box including the flap. Place this landscape onto the scoring board, and score at 10cm. 
You then need 4 pieces, 15cm x 3cm. Score each one at 3cm and 13.5cm to create the struts for the inside of the box.
 Attach the front piece of the box and the struts.

The next step is to make the decoration. And that really is up to you. I decided I wanted to use the 3" Die'sire Alphabet Dies, along with lots of quilling flowers - Sunflower (large and small), Rose (large and small), Blossom and Petal - and the Stamen and Leaf 1 and 2. 
I printed a couple of papers from the Vintage Floral CD, and also from the Sweet Treats CD, along with some Core'dinations. Because all of this would be quite heavy, I attached them to kebab sticks, and then stuck them on another strip of card.
Once they were dry, I then attached them to the struts, using raffia and pearls to embellish. I am very pleased with the finished result. 
Before I sign off, I just want to say thank you to all of you who pop by my page. Please feel free to leave a comment. And if you like Pinterest or Facebook, you can find me on both under Papercraft By Carole.

Take care.