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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, 21 September 2015

Crafty Cardmakers and More - #148 Make It Sparkle

Afternoon! It's time for a new challenge over at CCM&M. This fortnight Sally is hosting, and she wants you to 'Make It Sparkle'. Any form of sparkle will do - glitter, gems, pearls, shimmer sprays etc!!
Now, I struggle with glitter. I love the effect of it - but I really don't like the mess of it!! So I decided I would really challenge myself - and use loads of it!! 

I started by making a roughly 8x8 base card with Crafter's Companion Matt Black Card. I then took another piece of the card, taped down Sheena Douglass' 7x7 In the Forest stencil, and used Crystal (clear) texture paste that I got ages ago from Lidl. Once the stencil was removed, I tipped loads of black glitter over the top, tapped off the excess, and left to dry.

On another piece of Matt Black card, I used a sponge dabber with Pebeo Studio Acrylic Paints - 354 Iridescent Red Blue, 356 Iridescent Violet Blue and 356 Iridescent Blue Black. This created the background mat, and I also cut some of the flowers from the offcuts.
Despite the fact that I am not a glitter fan, I have a huge stash of glitter card from the early days of my crafting, so used a combination of black and lilac to create the mats. The corners are also cut from glitter card using Die'sire Essentials Lace Corner 1. The little branch and flowers were cut using Crafter's Companion Kimono Branch die.
The flowers are Die'sire Essentials Flowers for All Occasions 4, while the sentiment is Dies'sire Only Words. I finished it all off with some small pink gems, and ribbon.

Make sure you pop on over to the Crafty Cardmakers and More Blog to check out the inspiration from the rest of the team.

I would like to enter this into:
Allsorts Challenge - 329 Sparkle
Crafty Friends Challenge - 14 B is for ....... Black

Back soon,


  1. A fabulous card Carole. A wonderful use of Sheena's stencil with the texture paste and glitter. I love the purple and black colour combination and your flowers are very pretty. Sally.x.

  2. Gorgeous Carole love the sparkle very effective I too love the colour combo.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  3. Well done you for all of the glitter you used.
    I'm not a glitter girl either so this was a bit of a challenge for me too.
    Hugs Kimx

  4. Super creation, love the colours and all the glitter.
    Thank you for joining in our Sparkle challenge at Allsorts this week.

    Kath x

  5. What an amazing result you have achieved here. Simply stunning. Plenty of bling here LOL.

  6. This is a lovely card.
    Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)


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