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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, 3 October 2011

My first design team challenge!!

Well, I am so excited to have been invited to become a Design Team Member for Crafty Cardmakers!! Thank you for all the lovely comments that were left on my blog. I was rather gobsmacked to be chosen to say the least - but really pleased too. I hope that my style of projects and techniques will be varied enough to bring you a little inspiration. Congratulations to all the other new team members!!
So here it is!! The Challenge is "Anything Goes!", and I decided that I would see what I had lying around in the vastness that is my crafty stash, to see what would inspire me!!

What I came up with was a black and white patterned base card from an old deckle edge card and insert pack, and the wooden shoe and hearts embellishments.  The shoe is mounted on white card, cut with a Spellbinders beaded oval die, and lightly embossed with That Special Touch Dotty Mask. I cut the tag from the same white card and inked it up with Milled Lavender and Black Soot Distress Inks, before embossing with the same mask, and spraying with Iridescent Spray and Sparkle.The matching insert paper was cut using a Spellbinders rectangle die, with a scalloped rectangle cut from the white.
I then decided to have a play with something else I found whilst rummaging - Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powders. To begin with, I squished an  clear embossing ink pad all over a piece of white card, then dusted Violet Frost all over it. Not content with that, I spied a spray bottle of Pearlescent lurking in the box so intended to delicately spritz it over the top. Well, that was never going to happen as the bottle was totally clogged from being abandoned for so long!! So, I reached for the pipettes that were lying in the same box, and settled for a more splogged effect, blotted with kitchen towel. I then cut the card to the size I wanted, and edged it with more Black Soot, then embossed with That Special Touch Swirl Mask. This was mounted onto white card to make it pop a little more.

Having punched a hole in the tag, and attached an eyelet, I finished it off with lilac satin ribbon from my stash. The tag was raised off the card with foam tape to add more dimension.
I am really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with - so go on - have a rummage and see what you can find.
Make sure to pop over to the the Crafty Cardmakers Blog to see what the other DT Members have created.

See you soon.


  1. Congratulations Carole! It is very exciting to be part of the team.

    Brilliant card, I love the colours you've used.


  2. Well done to you too, What fun we are going to have!!xx

  3. congratulation to you too
    great - so exciting ,)

  4. Congrats and welcome to the team. Fab card, and at such short notice too! xx

  5. Welcome to the team! That's a gorgeous card - the tag give a really dimensional feel to it - gorgeous!

  6. I am thrilled to welcome you to the team. I am sure you will be a true asset and look foward to working with you.

    Lin xx

  7. Congratulations Carole hope you have lots of fun in the DT

  8. Congratulations, Carole! I'm looking forward to working with you and the rest of the DT.

    Beth. xxx

  9. Well done and congratulations from me. XX

  10. Hi Carole, a fab design & you certainly put a lot of thought into it & it shows. Congrats on the DT post & I look forward to working with you & all the other ladies.
    Sally x

  11. Beautiful card Carole and a gorgeous shoe tag you have created, very elegant colours and papers too :) Donna ♥ x


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