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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, 5 June 2013

Feeling Fruity with Fab 'n' Funky

I have joined the DT at Fab 'n' Funky Challenges as a guest designer for the month of June. This weeks challenge is sponsored by The Stamp Fairy and we have been having fruity fun with the Lenny's Fruits range of digi stamps.

Here is my Card 

As soon as I saw this lovely little fellow I just knew I had to use gingham in the design. Maybe it's growing up in a small village but I always associate Strawberries with little gingham lid covers on pots of home made strawberry Jam at the annual Church Fete.

I mounted the green gingham card onto plain red card then added a strip of the same red card across the middle of the panel and layered this with a strip of green card which had been edged with a Martha Stewart edging punch. I added a strip of red gingham card over this then stuck the whole panel onto a 8x8 card base.


I printed the image onto white card and I also cropped the image just to the Strawberries so that I could add extra layers and I cropped the very front strawberry and printed it in various sizes to use as embellishments.
I coloured the image using Spectrum Noir markers - 
GB1, TN2 and TN3 for the bear
CR8,CR10 and DR1 for the strawberries 
LG1, LG3 for the leaves.
I then highlighted the strawberries with True Black to pick out the seeds
I added a little shadow under the bar using BG1

I cut the image out using the largest of my nestabilities plain circle dies, I also cut a plain red circle by drawing round the outside edge of the largest die and cutting this out to add a layer behind the image
I fussy cut the extra strawberries I had printed and layered them up to add dimension.

I used an Marianne 'Anja' oval die to cut the lace panel and added a plain red panel behind this and stuck it to the left of the card before adding a computer generated sentiment printed onto white card and layered onto green and red card.

The strawberry vine was made by using a holly branch die from Cheery Lynn this die has plain and holly type leaves on the branch so I snipped all the holly leaves off and snipped the branch and rejoined it to make a vine.  I stuck this to the right of the card and then added my image to cover teh join and to overlap the lace oval.

I added punched flowers with pearl centres, and strawberries created from the ones I had cropped and printed earlier and added them to the vine. Three punched flowers with pearl centres and three punched leaves were added to the left of the image.

The finishing touch were the square green gems and the have a wonderful birthday sentiment.

If you would like to see the whole range of the Lenny Fruits digi stamps click on the link  below and whilst there have a browse round the shop these images are lovely to colour.

I am entering this card into the following Challenges.
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.nl - Anything Goes
http://bearlymine-challenges.blogspot.nl - diecuts and punches
http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Colour wheel challenge (Red and Green)
http://craftyfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Sumemrtime
http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://hobbyhousechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Dies and Punches
http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.co.uk/ - Dies and Punches


  1. A card with a lovely fresh feel to it Ali, I always think gingham gives that effect and like the way you use the Marianne die as well.

    B x

  2. I love the gingham papers, such fresh colours too! A great start to your Guest DT with us :)

  3. Such a sweet card. Love all the die cuts you've used. Thanks for joining us at The Hobby House.
    Hugs, Janine xx

  4. thank you for joining us for the Hobby House first challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  5. Beautiful and cute:) Thanks for joining us at The Hobby House x
    Hugs Nikki x

  6. Gorgeous card. I love the strawberry vine. Thanks for joining us in our first challenge at Crafty Friends.

  7. Adorable and so gorgeous Alli, love the sweet little strawberry's and flowers....Thanks for being our GD for June.
    Wendy xx

  8. This is a gorgeous card Ali, I love your gingham papers.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

  9. Oh yummy strawberries. Great job. I love the die cut you used as well. Thanks for joining us at MayzyArt.

  10. Gorgeous. Love with you've done with those vines. Looks amazing.


  11. Super card - scrummy image and I love the die cuts.
    Thanks for playing along with us at AGOAC this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  12. Great card and papers. Cute image too
    Thanks for sharing with us at crafty friends
    Hugs Kelly

  13. Great card love the cute image and colours. Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew on our punches/dies challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

  14. Oh he is just too cute !!!
    Thank you for sharing with us at That Craft Place x

  15. This is so beautiful. Love how you've used plenty of embellies but allowed much of the card to remain CAS. It's so effective. Love the image too.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge. Good luck.

  16. lovely sweet card thanks for joining us at mayzy art

  17. What a great, energetic card. Thanks for playing with us at Creative Card Crew. Yvonne

  18. Oooooo! I love all the gingham you've used. Wonderful use of dies and punches too!
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew!
    ~ Crystal (DT)

  19. Hi Ali so glad to have you with us this month. Your card is stunning and I know just what you mean about thr gingham I remember the gingham being held on with elastic bands and decorated with a bit of lace!

  20. Hmmm just wrote a whole load and then I think I lost it on the ether somewhere! Oh we'll take two, glad your with us for the month of June your card is stunning. I remember the gingham on jam pots too, held on with elastic bands and sometimes a bit of lace.

  21. Lovely card! Thank you so much for joining our Bearly Mine Challenge. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  22. Gorgeous card....love all the strawberries
    Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge.
    Diane xx