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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.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

A Little Bird told Us

One of my colleagues is leaving us to have a baby and I have been asked as the office 'Arty One' to come up with a leaving card for us all to sign. So after a bit of googling to find a digital stamp depicting an expectant mum I foud this delightful image called 'Precious Feeling' by  My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp, available at StitchyBear Digital Stamps.

I am still a bit of a learner when it comes to colouring but I felt that this image had just enough detail that it wasn't too plain, but also that it was simple enough for me to colour without too much trauma.

I didn't want to go down the route of pink or blue so went with soft green and peach for the colour scheme. The papers were some I had in my stash and were freebies from 'Making Cards' magazine.  I matted the main background paper onto thin green card and then onto silver mirror board. Th polka dot paper was matted onto silver mirror board. I cut the trellis using a Cheery Lynn die and the birds were cut using a crafty individuals die. The tag was just computer generated. from the off cuts of the thin green card I used as the mat for the main backing I cut two flowery flourishes using a Marianne die which I wound round the trellis before this was added to the card and I used the remainder of the green card to cut the fern leaves using a Kreative die.

To colour the image I used spectrum Noir pens in the following colours

Skin FS1, FS3, FS5, TN3, PP4
Hair GB1, GB2, GB3, GB4 I chose blonde hair as the lady leaving is blonde 
The Dress LG1, LG2, LG3 and for the trim CR1
The swing EB3 and EB5
The leaves DG1

I wasn't happy with the main part of the image the first time I coloured it so I coloured it again but I wasn't happy with the background on the second image so I fussy cut the second image from the background and mounted it over the first one using glue gel to add dimension and give a more 3D effect. I also punched out tiny flowers that I glued over the flowers on the image to add more dimension.

I then wrapped the panel with ribbon and then stuck it to an 8X8 base card. The final touches were the flowers on the trellis and the paper roses from Wild Orchid crafts.

I left the inside fairly plain as there are a number of signatures to go on it when I take it into work tomorrow.

I am entering this into the following challenge

http://wildorchidchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - anything goes
http://craftuscrazy.blogspot.co.uk/ - die cutting
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/ -Only girls allowed


  1. Aww this is really sweet… what a cute image and you've coloured her beautifully! Love the pretty papers and embellishments... the flowers are gorgeous and love the trellis! :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week!
    Hugs Sue xx

  2. Hi sweetie, what a stunning creation, thank you for joining us at Wild Orchid Craft's this time, hugs Pops x

  3. Wow Alli this is simply beautiful, that image is gorgeous i love the side panel with the little flowers.
    lorraine x