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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.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

S is for Steampunk

I have been trying to come up with an idea for my Brother-in-laws birthday card for a few days with no luck then yesterday whilst looking for something else entirely I came across a topper. It was an odd one I had left from a set by Kanban and I had a piece of patterned paper from their Alchemy paper pad left in my stash. Andrew used to ride motorbikes and even built his own trike but had to trade it in for a car when his family came along so the topper was perfect.

The piece of patterned paper also worked really well for him as he lives in London.

However one piece of paper and a topper do not a card make. I used a CD Rom from Crafty Catz called  'A Touch of Steampunk' to supplement the papers. I printed them onto pearlised paper so that they had a metallic feel to them. Once I had done this I decided that they would work well on the outside of the card

I made an A5 gatefold card blank from plain white card and then added panels of the paper from the CD which I mounted onto dark red Centura Pearl card, and trimmed to leave a narrow border. Then stuck these panels to either side of the card front.

I added some die cut cogs to the front of the card and then added the topper at an angle. I made my own embossed metal greeting panel  by embossing a piece of metal carft foil using the Papermania cogs triboss folder and then I embossed it again using a sizzix happy birthday folder. I cut it out and mounted it onto the dark red card and then trimmed to leave a border before sticking it to the front of the card. The screws are metal brads from the Papermania Chronology range I snipped the legs off and stuck one in each corner of the topper with gel glue.

inside the  card I used the Kanban patterned paper for the centre panel, which had been mounted on gold  mirri and then I cut a central frame from the panel - I cut a gold frame from mirri which had been embossed with the Cogs embossing folder in the Tim Holtz range. I added two cogs to decorate the frame and then added two panels of paper from the CD mounted on the dark red card before finishing with more cogs down the left hand panel. So that's all the family birthdays sorted now until November when everything goes a bit silly with, my Hubby, two brother-in-laws and a grandson all celebrating birthdays and two family wedding anniversaries to make cards for all in the space of the first 3 weeks in November.

I am entering this card into teh following Challenges
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Male Birthday with sentiment
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes and add some embossing - the greeting plate and the frame inside the card
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/  - Tic Tac Toe I chose use die cuts - the cogs, emboss it teh greeting panel and frame, use metal - the greeting panel and the screw brads
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Stempunk or vintage
http://cdsundaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - S is for ..... I chose Steampunk
http://hobbyhousechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.co.uk/ - Use metal


  1. What a fabulous card and perfect for male card which I always find more difficult to think of things for. Thank you for joining us this week at CD Sunday.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

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

  3. I have been waiting for 'S' for Steampunk Alli and this card is super. I hope your BIL appreciates how much work has gone into making it. Thanks for joining us this week at CD Sunday.
    Christine xx
    CD Sunday DT

    Strangely enough I have made a Steampunk card for my nephews birthday, great minds think alike xx

  4. Great card and top marks for being so creative with limited supplies!
    Thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge this week!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  5. Super card and I'm sure it will be well received, thanks for sharing ti with us at CD Sunday.
    CD Sunday DT

  6. Wow - what a fabulous card Alli. Lots of interest and a great design. I especially like your metal greetings tag.
    Thank you for joining us again this week.
    Beryl xx
    CD Sunday DT

  7. Wow what a lot of work has gone into making your card. I'm sure it'll be well received. Like you I've got lots of birthdays etc at the end of year ......December grrrrrr.....so you have my sympathy.

    Thank you for joining us at CD Sunday

    Wynn x
    Guest DT

  8. A fabulous use of Steampunk images. I love Steampunk and this is a great card. Thank you for joining in with us at CD Sunday.
    Carol x
    CD Sunday DT

  9. Fabulous card design. I love it. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  10. Great card! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz. Kim x

  11. Fab card and love all the metal thanks for joining us over at The Squirrel andThe Fox hugs Denise DT xx

  12. A fabulous card. Thank you for joining us at The Hobby House.
    Debbie x

  13. A very cool steampunk card,I have not done many but really like yours. So much detail. Thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel an the Fox,blessings Hilde

  14. Great card Alli, love the image, thanks for sharing at CD Sunday x

  15. What a stunning steampunk card, a perfect male card. Thanks for joining in at CD Sunday this week.

    Sue T x
    CD Sunday DT

  16. Fab card. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

    Hugs Helen xx