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Friday, 7 March 2014

Fabulous Shoes! - Friday 7th March 2014

Hello Friends,

Hope you are all well and enjoying some better weather than of late, wherever you are in the world!

I have next week off work  - just me, using up annual leave before the end of the month - well, Tom will be in work, but the hens will be very pleased with the extra free range time, especially if the rain holds off!  I am also sure that they will all get extra cuddles, except Lacey, our Speckled hen, who just refuses point blank to be cuddled (she much prefers to pull at my trousers and peck my legs!). So I will be crafting to my hearts content next week, getting ready for the craft fair - and I am so looking forward to it!

I am going into the office for a few hours this morning: one of my Friday volunteers recently left as she found a job, so I've been trying to pop in some Fridays to see my other lady, Kay, until we find a new colleague for her - well today, we  are welcoming new volunteer Diana to the team (hopefully)...great news!

Before I go on, I want to say a big welcome to my latest follower Vikki, - thank you so much for choosing to join me in my crafty journey! Also more news, almost as soon as I had posted my project for Fantastic Ribbons last week, all us DT members got the news that the Company had decided to close the blog as it wasn't getting enough 'traffic' to keep it going. They have recently been using Social Media in the form of Twitter etc a lot and found this more beneficial. I wasn't surprised, as to be honest, we had been creating projects and none of them had been posted for months, but it's a shame nevertheless.

Talking of Design Teams, we would love you to join in with our latest challenge at Emergency Crafters: the theme is Flowers and there are some prizes up for grabs, so head on over and enter! The challenge is monthly, so you still have a few weeks. All winners are chosen, not randomly..but fortunately I'm not involved in the judging, which is just as well because when I go through the entries I have to comment on, I love them all!

My card today is one I made a few weeks ago for one of my  cousins; she's in her 30's and loves shoes, so I thought this would be something that would make her smile!

I used a shaped card blank that was in my stash (not sure where they are from!) and folded it to make an easel. I then covered it with the paper (again from stash) and inked the edges with Worn Lipstick, distress ink.

 I made the topper using  double sided red card and Spellbinders Teardrop Circles die. I actually cut it twice and joined it in the centre  to make it larger.  The shoe is printed on glossy photo paper and is from the Katy Sue, Fabulous Shoes CD and die cut using Spellbinders Classic Circles Small. I only wanted a very small mat and layer for this, so I made a faux die cut, by drawing around the outer edge of the die and cutting freehand.

I then matted and layered on to the tear drop circles. The Happy Birthday sentiment is using  a die that was free with a magazine. I cut it using the same red card and backed it with silver mirri.

To finish off I made the paper bow - I was thumbing through some old magazines one evening (as you do) and came across these paper ribbon templates. I decided that for this card, it might actually work better than real ribbon. I love ribbons and adding them to cards and I tried both on this one and the paper ribbon seemed to work better - especially as at the back of my mind, whilst my cousin likes fashion and shoes, she's not a girly girl in the sense of ribbons and lace. I used a gemstone brad to hold the bow together.

Well that's it for today friends, have a lovely Friday!

Love and Hugs,
Carole Z X


  1. Morning Carole,
    Lovely fun card, I'm sure your cousin will love it.

  2. What a gorgeous card Carole and so perfect for a 30 something who loves shoes! Love the shape of the card too. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Very 'girly' card for a shoe lover! She will love it!x

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  5. You make the most beautiful cards!!! AND I had no idea that chickens liked cuddles, lol, I thought they were all like Lacey, goes to show you what I know about them! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  6. Wow what a fab card, she is sure to love it! Great paper bow too, love the look of that! Have a great weekend! ~Diane

  7. Hi Carole,
    beautiful card. Love your easel shape, and the papers used. What a fab paper bow.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  8. Love your gorgeous shoe card and such a fabulous shape


  9. I bet she loved this one Carole - the embellishments are just right, as is the paper bow. I think the image you printed from the CD is wonderful - just the thing for someone who loves shoes etc.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  10. Brilliant, beautiful and I am sure your friend will have loved it, I know I certainly would.
    You have reminded me I have that CD ........ somewhere!!
    Have a fantastic weekend

    Patricia xx

  11. Fabulous! Such a stylish card, I love the shoe - so different!
    Have a great weekend.

  12. Hi Carole

    A fabulous image and a great shape card too .. .. I bet your Cousin loved it.

    I hope your craft fayre goes well .. .. have fun with all the preparations this week.

    Love Jules xx

  13. Stunning card just love that shoe Image I like this CD but don`t use it often enough .Melanie

  14. This is such a pretty card and i love the colors that you used for it, and the shoe, well it is just the cutest thing :) I am sure that she is going to love it. Have lots of fun on your holiday and hope you get lots of cuddling in and lots of crafting. Thanks for visiting too....

  15. This card is lovely the shoe is so pretty, I also love the Zentangle one, I have been doing Zwntangle for a few months now, and always looking around for informations. xxx

  16. Oh wow this is so chic, elegant and colourful.
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  17. Hi Carole,

    I'm scratching my head!! I have begun to get a bit worried about you because I had not seen you post since your house mouse post. I popped in tonight and was really shocked to see I have missed not one but TWO posts from you!! I don't know how I missed them. I'm so glad to see you are still posting : )

    Your card is really beautiful. I love shoes too! This card is a winner in every way!!

    Hope your show was a success!