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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 20 February 2013

Mr and Mrs

Two of my work colleagues are soon to become Mr and Mrs. I have been privileged enough to have seen the romance between them develop over the past few years and everyone at work is currently being treated to a countdown of weeks days hours and minutes until the moment they tie the not. They really are a lovely young couple and I wanted to make them something special to remember their special day by. Here is what I came up with.

I knew the colour of the bridesmaids dresses so used this as the base colour scheme for the card. Knowing that Laura loves anything with flowers and a little bling made the design really easy. All the die cuts were made using Marianne dies and my trusty sizzix. I used card in two shades of pink, white and silver mirror card from hunky dory.because I was using an embossing board to create the book shape the adorable scoreable card they make is perfect because the lovely satin finish doesn't crack.

I started by making the box base and lid using a glitter girls embossing board and whilst that was drying I got to work with their bookatrix embossing board and their fanciful embossing board. Once the layers of the main book were cut I curved them slightly to add dimension and added silver peel offs just inside the embossed lines to add emphasis. The centre spine of the book was wrapped with pink satin ribbon. 

I wanted the book to stand up on a easel and using a piece of A4 card folded to form an A5 card blank I folded this to form the base of my easel. I then embossed and cut round the door plate shape from the fanciful embossing board to shape the front inside of the blank for the stopper. I then embossed the layers from the fanciful board to match the layering on the main book. I added the congratulations message and added a flower at each end to form the stopper for the easel card.
I added a white heart that I had trimmed with sticky flat backed pearls all added individually around the edge. The greeting had been printed on safmat and was die cut to match the heart before sticking it down to get a neat edge. I added the die cut wedding rings and champagne glasses using glue gel to add dimension. To add the finishing touches to the card I added floral arrangements to each corner.  On the top corners I added a cream rose with a pink centre and then graduated cream roses to frame the page adding die cut leaves and wire spirals. The spirals were made from the off cut of stems from the flowers used and I wrapped the wire around the handle of a paint brush to shape them. 

 On the bottom corners  I added a single large pink rose again from Wild Orchid with some die cut fern leaves and a pearl spray, I finished off by adding the little twisted spirals.

Whilst the elements on the card were drying I could return to the box

I cut a panel of the paler pink card and stuck this to the lid adding a plain white heart and the lord and lady die cut heads. This was again trimmed with sticky backed pearls. I made the lady a veil using plastic net from a chocolate coin bag that was in my recycling box and added the tiny flowers to the head dress. 

I added a floral arrangement to the top left of the box using roses from Wild Orchid crafts (ivory tea rose) and then added die cut foliage a seam binding bow and a silver heart charm from Mei Flowers. I added a similar arrangement to the top right hand corner, but this time without the bow. 
I finished the box lid by adding a large pearl flourish across the bottom.

A couple of friends at work have seen the finished card and box and they were both convinced that Laura and Andrew will love the card. I am safe in the knowledge that neither of them are into the delights of blogging so it is safe to share the design here ahead of their big day. All that remains now is for us all to hope that April 26th is gorgeously sunny for them.

I am entering the card into the following challenges

http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Love or Valentines
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bingo I chose Pearls/dies or punches and ribbon
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Flower Power
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ - Pop it up
http://littlescrappieces.blogspot.co.uk/ - Valentine or with a heart
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://crazychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - use Pink and gems
http://craftuscrazy.blogspot.co.uk/- Favourite things die cutting,and  embellishments


  1. how beautiful!!! I have a step niece getting married soon. Will have to remember this one!

    Thanks for sharing your favorites with us at Craft Us Crazy!!

  2. Really beautiful card I am sure it will be well appreciated, love all the gorgeous embellies. Thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky this week.

    Pat xx

  3. What a wonderful card ,love all the pretty details and the design is stunning ,I bet the happy couple will adore it
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  4. Wow this is gorgeous, love your use of colour and the embossing is gorgeous. This has inspired me to dig out my Glitter Girls boards which are sadly gathering dust!
    Thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week, hope we see you again soon.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  5. This is AWESOME! Love it! Thank you so much for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week! Good luck and I hope to see you back next time!
    Rene :D

  6. This is gorgeous and a wonderful keepsake for the happy couple. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  7. WOW!!! Such a stunning card and box. I love the design. beautiful detailing and gorgeous delicate colours. Certainly a special card for a special day which is sure to be treasured.

    Thank you for taking part in the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge this week

  8. WOW! This is absolutely stunning and so much detailing, gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac GDT

  9. Oh this is so pretty and a beautiful keepsake. Thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  10. love this card thanks for sharing it with us at CRAFTY CATZ hugs sassyxxxx

  11. Gorgeous and beautiful card fabulous colour's thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  12. Stunning card and box, such a beautiful keepsake...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  13. Thank you so very much for joining the lsp challenge this week with your enchanting romantic keepsake. I am sure they will treasure this.... karen

  14. Wow, what a fabulous keepsake for the lovey couple! You definitely have a beautiful masterpiece and I am sure they will love it! The details are fabulous and love that you used the colors they picked for their wedding! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Little Scrap Pieces!
    Sherrie K
    DT Member

  15. such a special bookatrix card - a real keepsake - beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative inspirations and good luck xx

  16. What a stunning keepsake for the lucky couple.

    There are so many beautiful details, and I hope that Laura and Andrew will realise how much loving care has gone into your creation.

    Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty, and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  17. Beautiful card thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week hugs Nikki & DT

  18. WOW! This is stunning, what a wonderful gift this will make!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky.

  19. Hi Alli before I tell you how much I love your creation I wanted to thank you for leaving me such a lovely message on my blog, it really meant so much to me. I am totally blown away by the beauty and attention to detail of this amazing project, I always give a sigh when I see something as spectacular as this as I wish I could do something as beautiful, this is such a special piece of work that is a keepsake and will surely be treasured for many years to come.
    lorraine x