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Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
I have been crafting since May 2008, when in desperation to find an unusual birthday card for my Mum, I gave up looking in the shops and decided to have a go at making my own. I soon realised that crafting is addictive and I haven't brought a card since. In 2011 I completed my certificate in papercrafting as a result of the work I did as part of the course I started entering challenges on line and in magazines. I applied for design teams and also started making samples for Ooh La La Creations for their shows on Create and Craft. I have now completed my Diploma in professional crafting and most recently been runner up in the Papercrafter of the Year 2013 a competition run by Papercraft essentials magazine, I don't have a particular style I like to use elements from lots of styles and techniques, although I do love all things vintage. In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic. I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.

Monday 3 December 2012

Pastel Christmas

Having three grandchildren of similar ages it is always a challenge to create their Christmas cards every year. They have to be different enough for them to feel that each card is specially for them, but similar enough to prevent any falling out. This year I decided that they are old enough to move away from pictures of Santa, which have formed the basis of their cards for the past couple of years, so I went with stockings.

I don't do much colouring but am trying to get to grips with my Spectrum Noir markers, so I used a digi stamp from Crafty Sentiments. It was sent to me last year when I took part in a blog hop at Craft Your Passion, it is a simple design but looks really effective. I also decided to go with a pastel palette for a change.  Here are the three cards I came up with

By using different papers from my stash I was able to create three designs.

 I went with lovely girlie pink for Chloe-Ann our granddaughter. I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Damien and Aaron got green and blue respectively. I added two tiny 'jingle bells' to each card on top of a snowflake glittered the appropriate colour using stickles glue and then added snowflakes which had been coated with iridescent stickles. I also added a thin layer of glossy accents too the candy canes to give then a shiny finish.

Finally I printed matching inserts for each card and added a die cut greeting panel with their names on.
I am entering the boys cards into the following challenges.
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk- Christmas sparkle - lots of stickles
http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ = pile on the embellishments, ribbons bells and snowflakes
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/ - snowflakes
http://simplycreatechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ -Anything goes
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ - Non traditional Christmas colours


  1. beautiful cards pretty colours thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

  2. Adorable cards in those soft tones...love them...thanks for joining Inky Impressions!
    xxx Margreet

  3. the green stocking is to die for! thanks for sharing and joining us at inky impressions, good luck in the draw and happy holidays!

  4. I love your pastel Christmas trio of cards. The stocking image is wonderful and love the embellies on these. :) With cards this pretty couldn't help but become a follower lol. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday!

  5. These are beautiful - such lovely pastel colours - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 101 - hope to see you again soon. x

  6. Beautiful card in pastel!!! Wow! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!


  7. Hi there Alli!
    I was SO blessed to happen upon your lovely blog today. You have so many delightful projects, and I was SO inspired. Thank you for that!
    I would like to let you know about Word Art Wednesday, and invite you to play along. We're always an Anything Goes challenge, and this week we have two awesome sponsors (Really Reasonable Ribbon and Paper Sweeties). I hope you will join us and play along.
    Have a great week, and I really hope you will join us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. love the soft colors on all of the projects, thanks for joining SC