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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.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Dancing Diva!!

Firstly a big, warm welcome to my newest followers - Donna E and Donna A. Thanks for joining me here - hope you like what you see and will become regular visitors!

Today is my niece's 10th birthday!! Popped round to see her this morning and to give her her present - the last two books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!! I loved reading them when I was younger (although not as young as she is) - and she has become interested in them since looking at The Hobbit at school. She has finished reading that - and has just started The Fellowship - and wanted to have the others ready and waiting!! 

One of her other loves is dancing - and she has recently been in a production at a local theatre! I was looking for a dancing image for her card. I really wanted a street dance style one - but struggled to find something I liked. So in the end I went for this lovely image I found from Anne Bodil

Her favourite colour is pink - so decided to mix that with aqua and brown for the overall colour scheme. The brown base card was embossed with Spellbinders Dainty Dots A4 folder, and I used Ovals, and Scalloped Rectangles to cut some of the papers for the matting and layering. The papers are all from my scrap box! 

The image is coloured with Spectrum Noirs. This is my first try with these markers - and I am fairly happy with the results. More practice is needed - but I'm getting there. The pens I used were:
Skin: FS1, FS2, FS3
Hair (and ground) : EB1, EB2
Clothes: CR2, PP3, PP5; BT2, BT3, BT4; EB5, EB6
I also used BG1 for a little shading around the image.
To tie the background in, I embossed another piece of white card with Crafter's Companion 8x8 Embossalicious Flower Power folder, and used PP3, BT3 and EB6 to colour in some of the flowers. 

I'd like to enter this into the following:
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute with Dies or Punches
Love to Create - Anything Goes for Kids

Having been working hard on a few things recently - watch this space for sneaky peaks coming soon!! And I shall be looking into adding Bloglovin to the ways in which you can follow the blog!! In the meantime, feel free to follow through Google or email - or even pop over to my Facebook page and give me a 'like'!! 

Back soon!! 



  1. Gorgeous make Carole, love the colours and that is one sweet image. Joey x

  2. What a beautiful card I'm sure your niece loved it. I think that folder just got added to my list of needs. xx

  3. Beautiful card ... and an equally beautiful story! Truly loved reading about your niece and how she inspired the card you created!
    Thank you for joining our Anything Goes for Kids Challenge at Love to Create this week.
    Ruza, LTC Admin/Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  4. LOVE the image and the pastel colors! Thanks for joining us this week at Love to Create!

    LTC DT
    Anyone for Anya DT
    Stampavie and More DT
    Creative Fingers DT 


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