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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.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New Beginnings!

This time of year always seems like the 'end' of things. The end of the school term, the end of the school year, the end of work for a while. And this year - a lady who I have known and worked with in different capacities for 10 years, has decided to 'end' her career and retire. 

But maybe I should all look on all this as the beginning of new things - and not the end. The beginning of the holidays - the start of working with a new group of children - and the start of a whole new phase in this lovely lady's life.

I was invited to her 'leaving do' - and the number of people there - and the lovely things that were said about her in various speeches - paid testament to what a wonderful teacher and leader she has been throughout her career.

I decided to make her a little card and gift as my way of saying thank you for the support she has given me. 
For the base card I folded an A4 piece of Crafter's Companion Kraft card in half, then cut it down to make a square card. The topper is from Kanban's Well Wishes and Celebrations collection - with the paper being from the co-ordinating paper pad. Everything is matted and layered with more Kraft card. I embossed one of the layers with Spellbinders Grand Dainty Dots folder. 

For the tag, I printed the message onto more Kraft card, then cut a tag shape around it. This was mounted on more of the paper and card. I used the paper to make the flower - with Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, and the leaves are from the same set. I finished off by inking the edges with Vintage Photo DI, and a little twine.

I found the quote for the frame on-line, and printed it onto Kraft card. I used the same paper to matt and layer, and make the flowers. The shop-bought box frame was made to look a little more vintage, by sanding down the edges.

Tuesday Throwdown - Handmade flowers
Craft My Life - All Crafts Challenge - Frame

Take care - and will be back soon.


  1. What a beautiful card. Love the flowers and I love the colors you chose. Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown challenge homemade flowers.
    Linda K. DT


  2. Love your beautiful creation, the soft monochromatic colors and the flowers really are wonderful :) So glad you shared with us at TT this week!

  3. This is lovely Carole, and I am sure it was much appreciated.



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