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Monday, 13 December 2010

Crafty Cardmakers 36 Then & Now.

Hello everyone and thanks to everyone who joined us at Crafty Cardmakers for our White n' Splash challenge. I enjoyed looking at your entries and it was really difficult to choose my favourites.

This time our challenge is "First & Last". We'd like to see the first card you made and your latest or favourite card. I think you'll find, like me, a big difference lol!

The Rules:

You can enter up to 3 times but each must contain a picture of one of your first designs and must be different techniques or items e.g. first card, first stamped card, first scrapbook page, first tag etc.  They must also be separate posts.

You can enter your latest creations or your favourites previously published alongside your old design.  You can enter in as many other challenges as you wish but many challenges do not accept older creations so just be mindful of that.

Please link back to this blog and mention Crafty Cardmakers in your post.

The challenge runs for 4 weeks from 13th Dec and closes at 9am GMT on Monday 10th January

We are very proud to be sponsored by a number of very kind stores for this challenge with lots of winners for this one and the prizes on offer are...

£10 voucher from Joanna Sheen

£10 voucher from The Stampman

$10 voucher for Stitchy Bear Stamps

Pack of 5 promarkers from Letraset

£10 voucher for Crafts & Me

£10 worth of stamps of your choice from Stamping all day

I've always made things since I learned to knit and sew at primary school. Then I learned to crochet and do more advanced knitting. I used to love doing Aran knitting and when the kids were little picture patterns like Postman Pat and My Little Pony! I even had a knitting machine at one time. My first cards were, like a lot of people, cross stitch.

In 2006 I went to visit a papermill at Dyce near Aberdeen. They sold beautiful card and other goodies and we were fascinated to look in on a cardmaking class. The lady in charge said a couple of us could make a card so here it is.

This year I've made lots of cards for various challenges and DTs. At the moment I'm up to my ears in Christmas cards but I managed to make cards for my boss and her Mum who had become a Gran and Great-gran in September so wanted something special for baby Logan. The one I made for the proud Great-grandparents is this one.

Bit of a difference isn't there?

I used :-
Image :- Pink Gem.
Background :- Sizzix embossing folders - plaid and snowflakes.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Card candy :- Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake :- Martha Stewart punch.

If you can find time to join us we'd love to see your "first and last" cards. Do pop over to Crafty Cardmakers and see what my talented teamies have to show you. I'm sure you'll be impressed.

Please feel free to tell me what you think of my cards. Do you think I've improved at all? I think I've learned a lot since I started blogging in June 2009. I still love to enter challenges when I have time. Time is really short just now, I've still quite a few cards to make for Christmas!

Thanks for looking.


  1. how brave all you girls are showing your first card and wow how things have moved on....gorgeous sparkly card...big hugs kath xxx

  2. How fun to show "first" and "now" cards! I love the Great-Grandparent one--so pretty! And I think we all improve with practice, don't you?

  3. Your all being brave I must say, don't know if I could do this or not, but your first card is very good...compared to mine anyway...eeekkkkk..xx

  4. We all had to start somewhere didn't we? At lest we have got the crafty bug and our lives are so much more rewarding as a result. I couldn't bear to have not hobbies and just watch braindead TV all the time.

    Absolutely love the baby's 1st Christmas card, gorgeous colours and texture :)

    Have a great Christmas Kat

    Lots of love

    Mandy xxx

  5. Hi Kat

    They are both great but the baby one is adortable.

    How are those puppies, think I had better go for a nose round your blog as I bet I missed some news whilst I've not be able to sit at the computer.

    B x

  6. Hi Kat
    Oh you can see your love for sparkle on your 1st card! And now look at your lastest! Just stunning petal! I love it!
    Hows the puppies doing? Still got you running in circles??
    Sorry your leaving CCM, I'm going miss working with you!
    Hugs Melly xxx

  7. Hi Kat, love both of your cards. This is such a good idea for challenge.

    Donna x

  8. They're both lovely. The first has a simple elegance and the second is just beautifully glittery and fabulous.

  9. Yes, you've definitely improved Kat! I've just taken a look at the first card I posted on my blog and I'm very embarassed by it, lol!!!

  10. They are both creations to be proud of, the first has a simple elegance and the second, well just stunning!

    I love just those touches of blue, just perfect for a little one's first christmas card.

    If I don't get back before have a great Christmas teamie!!



  11. There is a difference, Kat, but both are beautiful! What a great idea to compare... Off to look at my first card too! Hugs Delphine xx

  12. Brilliant first card but that Baby's First Christmas card is just absolutely stunning. Love it. xx

  13. I think this challenge is such a brilliant one!!! Its just fab to see just how much everyone has progressed! Hugs Juls


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