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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 7 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.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Last call.......

I am still trying to trace Anne Daily - the winner of the Bebunni Celebration stamp from my blog giveaway. Unfortunately, if I don't hear by 3pm today, I will have to redraw. If you know Anne, please ask her to email me her address: mail@papercraftbycarole.co.uk. 

A quick post this morning. It's taken me a while to get round to sharing this card. Jed and I share a birthday - so it was a few weeks ago that I made this one!!
The image and papers are from Crafter's Companion Angelica and Adam CD. I used the tag to put Jed's name on. The letters were cut using CC 1" Alphabet Dies - as was the number for his age. 

A length of ribbon across the card, more of the same through the tags, and a few buttons finish the card off! 

Off to do busy things!!

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Am all crafted out for today, so decided to share with you my very last two cupcake boxes. Both of these were made with the absolutely gorgeous Elegance card that sold out before the templates even aired on TV. I just love this card - it lives up to it's name!!
Sara showed this first one on Create and Craft - and I have to say that it is one of my favourites. It's a single cupcake presentation box, and I decided to try something a little different with this one and put it through my Grand Calibur to cut the aperture with an Essentials Scalloped Rectangle. It did work - but is not without its problems. You have to fold the edges in to get it through - and you end up with the imprints of those folded over edges. But you can disguise them - it just depends whether you think it's worth the downside. 
I just love the colours of this card - the pale gold tones with the white. Just beautiful! I decided to add a little bucket filled with florist's oasis and paper flowers - and sit it in a wrapper cut with the Daisy die. The bow and sentiment are from the CD, and I used the Essentials dies to cut the hearts. 

The second box is made with the same card - this time it's a favour box. The rosette and heart motif are from the CD. I decide to use it for the topper as well. This time I used some soft gold pearl card from my stash to cut the wrapper - again with the Daisy die.
So, that's all my Birthday week makes. Am busy with a lot of other stuff at the moment - lots of great things coming up. But in the meantime, thanks for popping by. And if you do not already follow my blog - then please feel free to do so either directly on Blogger, through Bloglovin', via my Papercraft by Carole Facebook page, by email, or on Pinterest.

Be back soon,

And the winner is......

Good morning!! Had a busy few days of crafting so didn't blog yesterday!! But am back today with the winner of my Crafter's Companion Birthday Giveaway. Firstly, thanks for all the lovely comments - and hope you are enjoying using your new purchases!! it's also great to say hello to my new followers - thank you for joining me. And the number of people re-pinning my pins is going up too!! It's great to know that at least some of what I do is inspiring others.

So, without any further ado .......
..... the winner is Anne Daily. Anne, please email me your address (mail@papercraftbycarole.co.uk) so I can arrange for the stamp to be sent to you. 

While I am here, I have a couple of boxes to share that I didn't have time to over Birthday week. The first is a Takeway box made with the Sweet Treats card, and decorated with borders (Lace Border 1) cut from Core'dinations card, a bow and sentiment from the CD - and a little ribbon and pearls.
The cupcake wrapper is the Scallop, and I made a topper using two of the sentiments back to back.
The second box is a four cupcake presentation made with the polka dot and gingham card, with Centura Pearl Fresh White and Fresh Blue for the mats and layers. I used the Essential stars for decoration and to make the cupcake toppers.
The wrapper is the Scallop - and I used buttons and Baker's twine for embellishments.
So, it's back to work for me - lots to do again today, and tomorrow ........
Take care, 

Monday, 27 October 2014

CCM&M - Challenge 126 - Cut It Out!!

Good afternoon! It's Challenge time at Crafty Cardmakers and More, and this time the lovely Leslie is hosting. The theme is 'Cut It Out!' and she would like to see die cuts or punches used on your project.

We are sponsored by Hobbyart Stamps with this gorgeous Christmas stamp called Rodney the Reindeer.

My card is a twisted easel card, made from two 6x6 cards. The image is from Graphicals on Etsy, and is one of many vintage style images she has there. It's a fab little site.
I used Spellbinders Grand Oval dies to cut the image out, and inked the edges with Antique Linen DI. I mounted this onto a Grand Scalloped Oval of beige Bazzill card. The large green circle is Grand Decorative Circle, with a light blue Grand Circle. These two papers are from my stash and I can't remember where they are from. The bright blue card is Bazzill.

For the base,I used more of the same, this time with the original size Oval and Scalloped Ovals for the smaller parts of the mats. The whole thing is finished with ribbon, pearls and little flowers from my stash.

Be sure to pop by the Crafty Cardmakers and More blog to see all the inspiration from the rest of the team - and we look forward to seeing all your amazing creations.

Take care,

Crafter's Companion October Challenge - Still Time to Enter!!

There's still time to enter Crafter's Companion's October Challenge - Buttons and Bows. You don't have to use CC products to be in with a chance of winning the Random Prize draw - but you can always use the free monthly download from the website - like I have here.
It's a really fun and bright set of papers and embellishments - and can be used in so many ways. I printed the purple paper onto Centura Pearl Hint of Silver to make the base card, and covered it with one of the patterned papers. I used Die'sire Elegance Frame to cut a mat for the 'Happy Birthday' tags. The faux buttons are from the CD, as is the ribbon band across the bottom. added some gingham ribbon to the tags, and also under the circle  - and of course for the bow!!

So get your thinking caps on - we look forward to seeing your creations!!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A different kind of box!!

Good morning to you!! Welcome to my new followers from across the Internet!! Thank you so much for joining me - I hope you continue to enjoy my creations. 

I have been feeling a little ugh for a while, and the whole 'being ill' thing is slowly creeping up on me as half term gets into full swing. But I have been really cheered up seeing so many of my creations being shown on Create and Craft. My little favour box with the sewing kit, the single Elegance box with the bucket of flowers, my pink bucket with the red and white flowers on the cupcake stand, the pearly prom dress topper, the pearly scallop wrapper, and my 'four cupcake' purple box. To some, that may seem a little big-headed (and maybe it is) but it gives me a sense of pride in what I am doing. And also of being part of such a fantastic design team. 

And If you have been watching the shows, you may have noticed this little creation being wafted around once of twice!!! 

When I knew we were making cupcake boxes, I wanted to do something different as I knew so much of what we would be coming up with would be more feminine!! So this is what I came up with.

The box base is a Twin Presentation Box, made with the double sided Fresh White Centura Pearl. I then had a look back through all my CC stuff for something masculine to use for the decoration. Well, I found it in among my CC Monthly Download folder. This gorgeous cog paper is from the July 2009 download. It just goes to show that even older things can still be useful!! 

On the sides, I teamed it up with burlap, some gold pearl card, and silver textured paper from my stash!! As well as the paper, there were some tea bag folding squares. So I just had to have a go (has been a while - but I kept to a basic fold!!) - and came up with the gorgeously spiky creation.
The cogs and other bits (the spare bits from putting a box together - let's hope it doesn't fall apart now) have been sitting in my stash for a while - and finally I found the right project for them.

Inside are a couple of little craft buckets - one with washers and screws, and the other with mints. I used the Scallop wrapper for them to sit in, inside the box.

Don't forget that today is the last day of the fantastic offers on Crafter's Companion website - so pop on over and grab a bargain!! Will probably see you there as have a bit of last minute shopping to do .....

Take care

Friday, 24 October 2014

Elegant Cupcakes!!

Good morning!! Today is the launch of the fabulous Cupcake Box Templates. And I have saved one of my favourite makes for the occasion. 
This one is a Four Cupcake Presentation Box. I have use the Centura Pearl Fresh White double sided card to make and decorate this one!! I created an aperture - covered with acetate and a frame inside to cover the joins. 
For the inner part where the cupcakes sit, I cut out the four inserts. But rather than discarding them, I decided to emboss them with the Embossalicious Rose Vine folder and, after wrapping some ribbon round, attached them to each of the four sides of the box. A few pearls and flowers finished them off.

The wrapper is the plain Scallop and the little decorations are the Prom Dress. I cut two dresses for each and back to backed them on with 3D glue onto a kebab stick.

Back soon.