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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 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, 31 October 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #55 - Brown, Cream & Pink

This week's challenge is hosted by Vix, and is to make an item (card/tag/altered thingy) using ONLY the colours Brown/Cream/Pink. You can use other colours for faces but otherwise just brown, cream and pink.

We are sponsored today by ONE STOP CARD CRAFTS who are offering a £10 voucher for their store as a prize. Here's what they have to say:

"At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount making and card making craft supplies.

We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.

Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage, our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.

Our prices are very competitive and this makes us an ideal place to buy your card making supplies online. Some of our new products include Petaloo flower layers, Ranger Glitter Glue and Martha Stewart Punches. We also host a regular challenge at

Well, I loved this challenge!!! Having a 40th Birthday card to make for a friend, I decided to combine the two!! The resulting card is a bit of an homage to the wonderful Sue Wilson, as it is totally awash with nesties and edgeabilities!! It may be a bit over the top for some - but I love it!!!

I started by covering a base 8" card with plain cream card from my stash as I didn't have any cream blanks. I then used my edgeabilities to create Sue's "petticoat" effect - a combination of the Ric Rac, Triple Scallop and Bracket sets. Apart from the cream card, all the other pieces were from my off-cut and scrap boxes, but are mostly Bazzil card.

Not content with these fancy edges, I used one of the inserts on the pink grand scalloped square, whilst my Tim Holtz ruler had it's first outing for piercing the brown grand scalloped square. The scalloped circle was another grand nestie, embossed with my favourite  -That Special Touch Polka Dot mask. Lacy circles of pink and brown finished the layering.
I intended to cut the numbers on my Craft Robo, but the computer said "no" (couldn't find the driver!!), so for the '0' I used long scalloped oval dies, with the '4' cut with a craft knife to the same size. These were then glazed. The letters were from my usual XCut Roma DieLicious alphabet die, glazed and mounted onto the "waste" from the middle of the '0'.
For the flowers, I used various nesties to cut a variety of sizes of circles. The larger ones were cut into a spiral using a pair of decorative edge scissors, but I had to make do with straight edge ones for the smaller circles. These were then rolled and glued with silicone.

The wide band of brown velvet ribbon came from the box my favoruite perfume came in, while the organza is from my usual Celebrations stash. Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see how the other DT members interpreted this challenge. They are all lovely - and should inspire you to come up with your own creations.



  1. Just stunning honey!
    I love the layout you used and the card candi is perfect as a frame!
    Hugs M xxx

  2. I love this too - all those layers are brilliant. xx


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