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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, 14 October 2013

CCM #102 - Shabby Chic!

Time for another challenge from Crafty Cardmakers. This time, Betty has chosen 'Shabby Chic' for her theme. She would like to see any project - scrapbook page, altered art, card - that is 'shabby chic'! Ours sponsors this time are Milk Coffee who are offering a prize of 5 digis from their store. And also Sir Stampalot.

I have chosen an image from Milk Coffee to use this week. I'm still getting used to my Promarkers, so have taken to doing little colour swatches before I start colouring in an image - just so I can check that they work together.
Hopefully you can read my writing and see which colours I ended up using. I cut her out using Spellbinders Marvellous squares. I have to say, this has not been one of my most favourite purchases because I felt you lost the detail on the outside of the largest die as it cut inside it. So, this time, after cutting the image out, and inking with Victorian Velvet DI, I then drew around the edge of the die, cut the decorative edging out, and re-attached it to the image.
I decided to create my own background. I started with a piece of thick card (it came as part of some packaging), and painted it with Eco Green Mulch paint. I covered this over with Orchid - using a very dry brush, which allowed the brown to still show through at the edges.
Using a spatula, I scraped white paint over the top of this making sure the pink showed through.
I then took a craft knife to the edges to distress them a bit, and remove a bit of the white around the edges.
I wrapped wide lace around the side, then added pink satin ribbon, and a thin decorative white one over the top. This was stuck onto a Craftwork Cards base card.  
The finishing touches include a large bow using the same lace, two Creative Expressions hat pins, a pearl and crystal embellishment from my local craft shop, and some pearls from my stash.

Make sure you pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to check out what they have been up to! Then get busy and post your creations!

I would like to enter this into:
A Creative Romance - Pink
CMC Copic Challenge Group - Anything Goes
Inkspirational - Anything Goes



  1. A stunning card, love how you layered up the super image.

  2. A beautiful feminine card -love the subtle colours and the background is great. Cindy

  3. Wow Carole what a lot of work has gone into this. It's gorgeous. Thanks for the detail on how you made the background. I think we miss out a lot when only seeing work in a one dimensional sphere (the internet) and this brought your card to life so beautifully.

    I love your little colour swatches. I do something similar. But usually it's a few scribbles along the edge of the card that I stamped or printed the image onto and invariably I forget to label the colours so have to do it again to check, lol


  4. This really is amazing-I love the background and such gorgeous colouring. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational

  5. Beautiful card,thank you for joining us at A Creative Romance.
    Hugs Louise xx

  6. beautiful work, thanks for joining CMC challenge!
    DT Shannon


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