Tuesday 1 April 2014

A round thank you

I'm not much of a practical joker so there'll be no April Fools nonsense on my blog today although, come to think of it, I think my mind has been playing tricks on me! When I saw the challenge at Less is More this week, to use circles on your card, I certainly wasn't planning on going down this route. Maybe I was abducted by aliens? I don't know what happened, but when I'd finished crafting I ended up with this:

It reminds me of a powder compact but in fact it's a simple easel card! I used my Circles framelits to cut a round card base, folded the front in half and attached another circle to the half to make a new card front. The fabulous punchy 'thank you' from Simply Celebrate was stamped in the centre of the card front and embossed with clear embossing powder before it dried.

While I had the framelits out, I went a bit circle-tastic and made some frames! These beautiful flowers from So Very Grateful were stamped and coloured with markers before I attached the frame to the card front...

 ... and these were stamped and left uncoloured on the inside of the card, where you'd write your message. I wanted a CAS way of keeping the card propped open so I poked two holes with my piercing tool and joined them up with a couple of cuts of my craft knife to make a small slot.

The card folds flat for posting of course but nonetheless, I was well outside my comfort zone with this! Where is Craftingclare and what have you done with her?! *Twilight Zone music plays eerily*

I'll also be linking this card up with Crafty Cardmakers and More where the theme is You've Been Framed, and House of Cards where I was inspired colour-wise by this gorgeous photo:

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my shop) 
Click above to place an order any time, day or night,
but if you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm always happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I was probably put off practical jokes in primary school when one naughty boy daringly put a snowball on top of the door to fall off on our teacher when she came in. In fact when she opened the door the snowball stubbornly remained balanced on top of the door and there was an audible intake of breath from the class. When she closed the door, the snowball fell wetly onto her hand. She remained there, holding the door handle with the snowball on her hand for what seemed ages and when she turned to face us, she was rigid with anger. We were all punished for that boy's joke and although I can't remember the teacher's name or even her face, I have never forgotten the injustice. Could she really not share a joke with a group of small children? If not, could she not have used the situation as a chance to educate us sensibly about appropriate behaviour? What a poor role model she was!

See you tomorrow,


  1. What a lovely card - I love the shape and pretty flowers!

    I'm not great with practical jokes either!

  2. Gasp! I agree this is not the usual Crafty Clare style at all. Still amazing. It does look like a pretty powder compact. What a good idea to make a slit to hold it up. Would never have thought of that. Vx

  3. Cute card Vicky, pretty flower stamp. I'll be back when the aliens have returned you:)
    Val x

  4. Great card! Quickie visit as still on hols!x

  5. Very nice indeed. I like your comparison to a powder compact. xxx

  6. I see what you mean about a powder compact. Love the clever idea of the slot in the base so that the top can be a true circle and stand up beautifully still. A very pretty design, and a perfect frame

    Thank you for sharing with us

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  7. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... I really like the colours you have used for your card - nice to see a different shaped easel, too!


  8. LOVE! I adore these stamp images and I LOVE the fun circle shape and the graphic sentiment! This is awesome! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

  9. Lovely card and a beautiful colour combo. Thanks for sharing with us at CCM&M. Jules DT :)

  10. Hi Vicky me again just popping by to say thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More with this ever so elegant and stylish card. reminded me of a compact too but a very classy one. Sound like that teacher was a right horror , having said that i don't have many happy memories from school all girls catholic taught by nuns and my goodness were they vicious !,


  11. This is another late visit for me this week.
    What a lovely bunch of colours Vicky. Super card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  12. Oh, an easel card, what a nice idea! I love the beautiful flower stamp and this very well chosen graphic sentiment! Thank you Vicky, for sharing with us at House of Cards.
    Rosi x ...CAS-DT


Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x

(In line with new Data Protection legislation (GDPR) you comment in the knowledge that your name & comment are visible to all who visit this blog and consent to the use of that personal information for that specific purpose.)