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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, 17 September 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 75 - Stitching & Lace

This week's host is our wonderful leader, Lin!! She would like to see stitching on your projects this time - hand, machine or faux, along with lace - this must be real NOT faux!!

We are sponsored by the wonderful Hobby Art stamps who are offering this wonderful set of stamps, and say: 
"As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain. Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries. Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X"

I have to admit that this one has been tough for me!! Not because of the subject - but because life seems to have just taken over. I have a teaching job for this term which came at short notice, along with all the planning and other things that come with it. I started on Monday having had a week's notice - and that week I was camping near Dartmoor so was not exactly conducive to planning and preparation for teaching. I literally came back on Sunday and went straight in on Monday. The picture is me on the zip wire over the Eden Project whilst on holiday - great fun!! My husband doesn't like heights so he took the photos from his vantage point safely on the ground. 
Anyway, all my plans for this challenge were put on hold whilst I frantically tried to get my head around what was happening. In the end I had to get up extra early on Saturday morning in order to find some time to do this. But, it did take my mind off everything else - and while it's not quite what I originally had in mind, I think it turned out OK.

At the end of my holiday, we did a slight detour to visit Crafty Devils in Barnstaple, and there I bought my new Sizzix Quilting dies. The 3" square (2.5" when finished), and the triangles which make a 3" square when sewn together. In this case, I didn't join them, just used them more like applique to make a background.

I sewed the two burgundy triangles onto a piece of the green floral quilting material (from a charm pack I bought - I think this one is from Pelenna Patchwork) using a decorative stitch on my machine. I used cream thread so that it showed up. I then stitched the square on top of this using burgundy thread (again so that it would show up). 

It was then stuck onto a piece of thick card to give it some rigidity. This, in turn, was mounted onto burgundy card, and green Bazzill. I covered an 8" card blank with burgundgy card, and stuck the mat onto it. I found the lace at a country fair craft stall - it came with the pearls already attached (probably why it caught my eye as I love pearls).

The glittery flowers have been in my box so long I cannot remember where I got them from, while the fabric one was from WH Smith (strange but true)!! 

Pop over the the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see what everyone else has been up to - and to welcome our new DT members! They have all created some stunning projects to inspire you!!

Will try to blog again soon - but won't promise anything.



  1. Beautiful card, love the materials you used.

  2. This is beautiful - I love the symmetry, and lovely textures.

  3. well how brave are you! love your photo looks exhilarating ! As for your card once again you have shown us how talented you . Such original and beautiful work. Wishing you a wonderfully productive and fruitful school year.


  4. I love the fabric - great idea to fit in with the theme this time! Hope life gets a little less hectic for you soon...


  5. Carol, this is so pretty! It looks like a quilt square!!! I adore the colors and the use of the lace and stitching is fabulous! :)

  6. I Love your detail stitching, it is perfect


  7. This is brilliant Carole I love the colours of the fabric you've used. It's such a different and original idea for a card.


  8. Wow Carole this is a fabulous project, the moreso because you put it together so last minute!

    You look great on that zipwire, but I'm with your hubby, safely on the ground!

    Sorry I haven't had a chance to get around the blogs lately, I am hoping that will change now I am finally sorted in my new bungalow.

    Lin xx

  9. A beautiful card Carole, I love your fancy stitching. Hope all goes well in your new job, great to be working alongside you at CCM. xx

  10. I 'nearly' went on the zip wire at the Eden Project, really wish I had!
    Such a pretty card, love your colour combo and mixture of textures.

  11. This is lovely! Your stitching and layout are superb xx

  12. Beautiful card. Love how much work you have put in it. Looking forward to working with you over at CCM. Hugs.xx


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