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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 26 June 2013

Fab and Funky use of doilies

Well this will be my last post as Guest Designer for Fab 'n' Funky, as of next week I will  be joining the team full time. Thanks to Judith who has asked me to stay on with the lovely ladies of the team. i am really excited about working with some more of the great digis from the wonderful sponsors we have coming up over the next few months.

We had a wonderful response to last weeks challenge to include animals in the design and you can find out who the winners are over on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog  Whilst you are there take a look at the new challenge. This weeks theme is set by Pat and is to use a doily in your design.

I got to work with this wonderful little bird house digi called 'Welcome Home' from

I used some pretty papers from Lily Bimble, matted onto grey card and added faux stitching in white pen. I used the doily as a mat  behind the fussy cut stamp. I added two computer generated sentiments and some rhinestones and added a bow tied in vintage seam binding.

As a finishing touch I fussy cut some of the flowers from the digi to add to the corners of the card to complete. I then added a layer of stickles iridescent glitter glue to the flowers for a bit of sparkle.

I coloured the image using Spectrum Noir Markers in the following colours 
House - IB1, GT1 and then coloured over the whole house with a Sakura Gel glaze Pen in turquoise to give a sheen to it.
Roof - IG1, IG2, IG3
Flowers and Leaves - FS5 FS7, HB1, HB2, HB3, LG1, LG2

We have just had new neighbours move in and I popped the card through their door to welcome them to the street they were delighted with it. They are a lovely young couple and Megan and Richard and Megan was even more thrilled when my hubby told her I had made the card for them. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/  Recipe
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - In the Garden - I have a bird box in my garden
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Stitching Faux or real
http://digihaven.blogspot.co.uk/ - Flowers
http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Flowers and ribbon
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://hobbyhousechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://theribbonreelchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - candy colours including flowers ribbon and lace - I used paper lace in the form of a doily
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ - Flowers and bows
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/ - Glitz and glimmer, glitter gems and the glaze on the birdhouse


  1. Gorgeous card. Loving the colours and bling.


  2. Very pretty and summery Ali well done on joining the DT.

    B x

  3. So very pretty Alli with such wonderful detail. I'm so happy you're staying on with us at FnF. Pat K x

  4. Very pretty card with lovely pastel colours Alli, and welcome to the team on a permanent basis.

    Pat xx

  5. thank you so much for joining us for our very first challenge at the Hobby House
    Hugs Kate xx

  6. So pretty! Love the image and the sparkle. Thanks for joining us at SACC!

  7. I especially like the stickles you added to the flowers... nice detail! I am delighted you entered your project in the “In the Garden” Challenge - good luck!
    Design Team - Craft Your Passions
    RubberMAD (http://ggetty.blogspot.com/)

  8. Beautiful card love the sparkly flowers, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  9. Great news about being a full time fab'n'funky DT

    Zoe x

  10. Gorgeous card, i like the sweet image, Thanks for joining in with us at Digi Haven, Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

  11. What a lovely card to greet in a new home. Thank you for sharing your art with us at Delicious Doodles this week

  12. This is wonderful. Love all the flowers and soft colours. Thanks for joining us at Totally Ppaercrafts.
    Hugs Sue W.

  13. This is very cute. Love the sweet papers and the doilis.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

  14. Very pretty and I Love the doily. I am very glad you entered this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge.


    Tuesday Throwdown DT

  15. A beautiful card! Thank you for linking up at Tuesday Throwdown! Enjoy your week! Gail DT

  16. Such a pretty card, Alli. Love the soft colour combo. Thanks for sharing your beautiful project in our Glitz & Glamour challenge. We'd like to see you again next week. … x
    Asha - Tuesday Throwdown DT
    Sunny Summer Crafts

  17. Beautiful card. I love the papers.

  18. So very pretty. Love the glittery flowers. Thanks for joining us this week at Craft Your Passion for our "In the Garden" challenge.
    DT CYP

  19. Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

    Joan x

  20. Beautiful card, what a lovely image.
    Thanks for joining us at TRR!