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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.

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Spread your wings

I have been asked by my manager at work to  make card for a colleague who is leaving. I wanted something pretty and feminine and didn't want to go down the sorry you're leaving route. I had a hunt through my CD roms and came across one which had come free with a magazine and is titled My Craft Studio a little bit of everything.

I didn't use the toppers on the CD just the backing papers and added lots of embellishments.

I mounted the backing paper onto a lovely pearly white card from hunkydory which is holographic and it has a pink hue to it, I wrapped this with lace and the dark purple ribbon and then stuck it to an 8x8 base card. One of the tags in the top left was one I had left over in my stash from a pack by Melissa Frances and the other one is a freebie from a lets make cards kit which I bought purely for the Paris themed papers in it so this was a left over. 

I die cut two flourishes and a butterfly from the left over piece of the hunkydory card using a memory box die and a creative expressions die respectively. The bird cage is also a creative impressions die and I cut it twice using the matt copper card, and green paper I then snipped the leaves from the green die cut and stuck these down over the copper leaves. I also added 3 punched flower blossoms.
Having put a doily in the bottom right hand corner I set to work cutting the flowers using a s Szzix Tim Holtz Tattered flowers die and the trimmings from the backing paper and the papers inside the card. I then built up the flowers until I had what I wanted adding mother of pearl buttons and flat backed pearls for the centres. Once I had an arrangement I was happy with I stuck them down using pinflair glue gel and also pushed some fern leaves cut using a Kreate die and the purple feather into the back of the arrangement. 

The sentiment says 'Spread your wings and fly' and this was mounted on a disc of the backing card cut using a nestie plain circle die. I stuck this over the tags and added a metallic butterfly from my stash and another small 'tattered' flower. I then tied the top tag to the card using dusky lilac organza ribbon. The die cut butterfly had a body added using flat back pearls and the finishing touches was a line of tiny pink gems along the roof of the birdcage and the two tiny birds.

I lined the inside of the card with more of the backing paper and added a die cut panel with a message.

I am entering this card in the following challenges

http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://cdsundaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Hello Doily - Doily is in bottom right hand corner not sure if this will count as I only used the backing paper from the CD and then made my own embellishments
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/ Bling it on
http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ sparkle and bling
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ - linky party
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ - Pearls and Lace
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/ -Bling it on


  1. Wow Alli this looks amazing and so very beautiful the design and embellishments are stunning, awesome card
    lorraine x

  2. A very pretty card which I am sure the lucky recipient will treasure. Perfect for our challenge this week and thank you for joining us at CD Sunday.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  3. Wow. This is sooo gorgeous Ali. I bet there's never been such a beautiful leaving card. It doesn't matter how small the element from a CD is used - as long as it's there somewhere.
    Thank you for joining us this week.
    Beryl xx
    CD Sunday DT

  4. What a beauty, I'm sure your colleague will be delighted. Hugs x

  5. Oh my! This is just gorgeous...the details...wow! Thanks for joining our Bling It On challenge. We'd like to see you again next week. … x
    Asha - Tuesday Throwdown DT
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  6. Wow! this is gorgeous! what a fab layout and the embellishments are absolutely stunning! so many wonderful details and everything has come together beautifully… I love it!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  7. Hi Ali, lovely to see a new face joining in with us. Your card is gorgeous and I am sure it will be treasured by the recipient.
    Beautiful layout, I hope we see you again joining us at CD Sunday, thanks for this weeks entry.
    Christine xx
    CD Sunday DT

  8. what a fab card ,love the pretty colours and all your gorgeous embellies
    thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  9. So pretty...Thanks for playing along with us at DCD!! Lee-Ann :)

  10. Very pretty, love the bling. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  11. A lovely card and the open birdcage is a perfect and clever way to convey the sentiment.
    Thank you for joining in with us at Cd Sunday
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday DT

  12. just loving this beautiful creation Alli, thank you for joining us at CD Sunday and i do hope you will join us again to show your lovely creations.
    sue-b xx
    CD Sunday DT

  13. Beautiful card love the birdcage and all the details and embellishments-thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown
    carol DT x

  14. A beautiful card, with plenty of embelishments going on as well. Thanks for joining in at CD Sunday this week

    Sue x GDT CD Sunday

  15. Gorgeous card Alli, fancy seeing you here !! It doesn't matter how small the something from a CD is, as long as it's there, thanks for sharing at CD Sunday x

  16. Great card.

    Thanks for joining with us this week at OSCC.


  17. What a beautiful creation, I am sure it was well received. Lovely to see a new entry, hope to see you again. Thanks for sharing with us at CD Sunday Challenges. Caz