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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, 1 April 2013

CCM #88 - Humour

Our latest challenge is hosted by Suze, who has chosen the theme of Humour. It's April Fool's Day, a day for fun and trickery! Suze would therefore like to see some humour in your project. Perhaps a funny image or sentiment, or you might just want to add some googly eyes. Remember, laughter is the best medicine - so have fun! 

We are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a $10 gift voucher. And also by Hobby Art, who are offering two sets of their fabulous stamps - Mouse Power and Bubble Bath.  Pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see what they look like.

Having held out against buying any marker pens, I finally succumbed a few weeks ago. Not really sure why - but decided I would like to give Promarkers a try. I asked the rest of the DT for a bit of advice on a good card to use with them, and they came back with several suggestions. I have gone with Joanna Sheen's Elegance Satin 300gsm card, as I prefer a heavy weight card to play with. It has a lovely feel to it - even my husband commented on the quality of it and he's really not that interested in the weight or finish of cardstock!! 

I then needed a digi stamp to try them out with. After a lot of searching, I found the 'Margarita' digi stamp and sentiment in Whimsie Doodles Summer Fun collection. I chose this firstly because it looked like an easy image to colour in for my first attempt. And secondly because life is giving me lots of lemons at the moment, and I need to try to be more positive and see the lighter side of things. I mustn't let things get me down so much! Maybe I'll even try a Margarita - I had to look up what was in it before I coloured it, so I didn't get  it too wrong!! 

The image and the sentiment come separately  so I combined them in Publisher, before printing onto the card. I then set to and coloured in. I am sure the keen colourists amongst you will immediately notice the bleeding around the cherry. That is not the fault of the cardstock - it is mine! I oversaturated the card with the Blender pen to try to tone down the redness of the cherry - and it bled out!! I decided to continue with the card, as I felt pretty proud of how the rest had turned out!

The colours I used were: Primrose, Lemon, Cool Grey 1+2, Poppy, Orange

The base card is from Craftwork Cards (148mm square), and I scored and folded the top part to make the easel. I cut the image using a Spellbinder Grand Oval, and backed it with a light lemon coloured card (this doesn't show on the photo - obviously!!). I inked it whilst still in the die using Squeezed Lemonade DI. Once it was out of the die, I went around the edge with ink too.

The grey, bottom mat is Bazzill Bling,and the next is Ivory Centura Pearl. On the card front there is an extra, lighter lemon layer from my scrap box. The DP is from an old  Papermania pad - Ivory and Black Creative Tones. I used the light lemon card to cut another oval, and the  DP to cut a Grand Scalloped oval. These were cut up to form the basis of the mat on the card front, and the stopper on the base. The ribbon is from my stash, and the tiny pearls are from Kanban. I decided to use red ones, as well as yellow and grey, in order to pick up the colour of the cherry. The little detail on the stopper is made from the smallest dies from Spellbinders Decorative Labels 27 and Exquisite Circles.

To finish it off, I added glitter along the edge of the glass to represent the salt they put around the top of the glass!! 

Apart from the cherry, I am quite pleased about how this turned out. My husband is resigned to me now collecting the Promarkers (having only just finished with collecting the Distress Inks!!) - why is it that we need to have the whole set of something?

Anyway, I would like to enter this into the following:

Passion for ProMarkers - Bingo Board (Die Cut, Free, Glitter)
Opus Gluei - Where you haven't gone before (Promarkers)



  1. Great card carole, love the sentiment and you have done fab with the promarkers x

  2. Fabulous card, I love the image and colours and great sentiment! Thanks for joining us at PFP this week.

  3. Fabulous card - love the image and sentiment! And congratulations on your first outing with Promarkers!

  4. Well done with the promarkers! This is a fab card - love the image .. and like you think I need a few margaritas rather than lemons!

  5. Its a fabulous card, the margarita looks delicious.
    Yvonne x

  6. This is such a unique card and what a wonderful way you have chosen to showcase that awesome image! I love the colours you have sued. thanks so much for sharing your creation with us at Opus Gluei, it's really something special to see!

  7. Carole, this is a fabulous card. Love the design, the image and the sentiment (and it won't be long before you need to buy a big box to store your pro markers!) thanks for joining in the challenge. Xx

  8. My gosh, what a fun card and this is your first time with ProMarkers? Doesn't look it (and I didn't notice the bleed around the cherry until you mentioned it, I was taken with the other elements). You made a terrific card, and I love the sentiment (do try a margarita, they're delicious!). Thank you for creating a fun, lovely, really well done card that is perfect for our Opus Gluei theme. Glad you came out to play with us and hope you come back for more themes.


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