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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.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Ooh La La - we've got buttons and bling ...

... before I talk about that I just have to say what gorgeous entries there were for our inspired by nature challenge. You can see the top three as chosen by Pauline over on the challenge blog now. The new theme as the title suggests is Buttons and Bling as chosen by Wendi so check out the blog to see what the DT have come up with and be sure to click on their names to go and see some of the other fabulous work they have done  Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

Here is my card for the challenge which again relies on the Yesterday's Memories CD. for the images and backing paper.

I am a huge fan of the Art Deco period and these ladies fit perfectly. I used a sheet of A4 white card which I scored and folded into a gate-fold card blank. Deco is all about clean lines and so I printed the ladies as a large panel that were matted and layered onto holographic silver card and then onto a lovely teal coloured card which matched their outfits really well. 

I added cut panels on the backing paper and matted and layered them onto silver mirror card and then teal card stock before sticking them to the front of the card. I then stuck the large panel to left hand front of the card. The buttons are from a selection of the vintage button range, which is now available from Ooh La La Creations 

On the right hand side of the card I added the happy birthday sentiment.

I cut another panel of holographic card and wrapped it with teal satin ribbon that had been threaded through a diamante buckle to add bling to the inside of the card. This was then stuck on the back of the main panel so that it shows when the card is opened. 

I wanted to keep the Deco feel going inside the card so cut a teal panel for each of the side panels and layered a silver panel on top before adding an image of each of the ladies one each side. The main image lends itself beautifully to being split and used in this way.

On the centre panel on the inside of the card I reversed the layers to be teal on silver and then added the  embossed Deco panel which was made using a Glitter Girls Embossing board.

So there you have it Buttons, bling and glamour all in one go.

I am entering the card into the following challenges.


  1. Stunning card, I love the teal color scheme

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Crafting!


  2. Such elegant fashion images Ali, oh to be able to carry them off like that.

    B x

  3. Gorgeous card! Colors are so pretty!
    (I found your card on MIM)

  4. Very Art Deco and Very Nicely Done! Nice interpretation of the Art Deco style. This would make a fabulous invitation to A South Beach Party! I spotted this at MIM! So glad I came over for a closer look!

  5. Fantastic fashion card Ali. I saw this on MIM..Loz