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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, 12 January 2015

Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 130 - Something Old, Something New

Afternoon!! It's time for the first challenge of the year from Crafty Cardmakers and More!! Leslie is our host - and she would like to see something new and something old on your project. It could be old or new stash - or techniques!! 
Now, I'm not a great purchaser of crafting magazines. I'll buy one every now and again - but don't have any subscriptions or the like. But just before Christmas, there was a lot of talk on Facebook about two magazines in particular - Simply Cards and Papercrafts (132) and Simply Homemade (51). The first came with a HOTP feather die, and the second with a coordinating feather stencil and stamp set. For some reason, the idea of feathers really appealed to me - so on 2nd January I popped along to the supermarket and bought both!!
So, these items, along with some Darice Seafoam White Embossing Powder and my Embellishment Attic Bow Maker, make up the new elements of my project.
For the old part, I dug out this Versamark Dazzle ink pad, and an old jar of clear embossing powder. I bought the ink pad a few years ago, used it once, didn't get the effect I was hoping for, and stuck it in a drawer. It's supposed to give a sparkly watermark - but I find it a little bit hit and miss. But, it's nice and sticky for a bit of heat embossing!!
I chose to use navy blue, white and pink for the card - and started by stamping some of the feathers onto a piece of navy blue card.
I used the second stamp over the top, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
I stamped more feathers onto some pink paper, and heat embossed them with Darice Seafoam White powder. I then cut them out with the matching die - which left hints of the pink paper around the white. The sentiment is also from the stamp set - and heat embossed with the Seafoam powder.  I finished off with a bow made using my new Bow Maker - topped with a Hobby House Sparkler!! 

Make sure you pop on over to Crafty Cardmakers & More to have a look at all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team. Then get creating!!

I would like to enter this into:
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes with Something New 
Stamping Sensations - Dies and Punches
Crafty Calendar Challenge - What's New?



  1. Gorgeous Carole love how you created the lovely design.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  2. Love what you have done with these feathers. I also bought Simply Cards and Papercraft but looking at your card I think I need to buy the other magazine as well

    1. I know what you mean! When I first heard about the die I knew I wanted it. And when I knew there was a matching stamp set - and a stencil too - I had to have it!! Thanks for your lovely comment. Cxx

  3. gorgeous card, love the effect with the embossing and die cuts
    Kim x

  4. A gorgeous card. I saw these stamps and dies the other day and fell in love with them too. I love the blue stamped background with the touches of pink from the feathers and the bow. Sally.x.

  5. I've just bought both magazines too! I love what you've done here with the stamps and die, your card is perfect for our Dies & Punches challenge. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  6. Wow, the background is fantastic love the embossing. The die and stamp set is very pretty. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  7. I just bought those magazines - such a bargain! I really like the way you have used them to make the background - I keep resolving to be more creative with backgrounds instead of relying on papers other people have made, and you have inspired me to put it nearer the top of the to do list!

  8. Lovely stamps and Dies Carole, and the card is nice too :O).
    Hugs Kimx

  9. Oh my this is gorgeous, feathers have never appealed to me but you may just have changed my mind.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar Challenge.
    Kim x

  10. This is so lovely! It's a beautiful design, and the feathers look wonderful.

  11. A fab creation, love the feathers. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations. Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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