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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.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Four down Twenty to go

Thsi week at Through the Purple haze Challenge blog the theme is to use tags and or tickets and the sponsor is Crafty Sentiments. Not having any Crafty sentiments products in my stash nor any tags or tickets for that matter. I Made my own tag and came up with this creation

I have to admit to a certain amount of self indulgence in this card. I love black and white cards and have always fancied making a black and white wedding card. I am also  passionate about die cutting and dry embossing and having just bought the Tattered lace swan die I had to use it, and it cried out be used on a wedding card as swans mate for life.

The starting point for the card was the tag though and I made that by die cutting hearts from black and white Centura pearl card stock. I then covered the white heart with Angel hair paper in white to add texture and then glued the two die cuts together. I added the die cut sentiment words which had been cut from silver mirror card using tattered Lace sentiment dies and then punched a hole in the top of the tag and threaded it with cotton lace, white seam binding and white organza polka dot ribbon. I added a silk tassel to the bottom of the tag and ran the threads from the tassel up the back of the tag and through the hole with the ribbons and lace.

I then made a 8 inch square gate-fold card from white Centura pearl card and embossed two panels of the same card stock for the front of the card which I matted onto black Centura pearl and trimmed to leave a narrow border and stuck these to the front of the card.

I cut the two swans from silver card stock and then mounted these onto a black card stock that had been die cut and then embossed using a lovely rose design embossing folder. This was in turn matted onto white card stock and trimmed to leave a narrow border.

in the bottom right hand corner I added a floral arrangement using die cut flowers that had been cut from white, silver grey and black pearlised paper and added white die cut leaves a small piece of net and some pearl sprays. I finished off the flower centres using black gems and pearls.

Inside teh card I used a lovely black lace paper from the Femme Fatale CD by Ooh La La Creations which was printed onto peearlised card stock for the sides and then the centre panel was printed onot plain paper with a faded edge effect and an oval digital punch shape was 'cut' using My Craft Studio soft ware. This was printed at fifty percent opacity to give the faded look. The finishing touch was teh wedding rings cut from silver mirror card using a Marianne die.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

http://www.throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Tags and or tickets
http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/ - Gate fold
http://www.creativecreationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Monochromatic
http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Die cuts
http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bingo I chose lace, flowers and layers
http://fashionistachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Wings the swans have wings
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Monochromatic
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - anything Pearlescent


  1. Stunning. I love monochrome cards and this design is gorgeous.]

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  2. Hi Alli! Love, love, love this beautiful wedding card! Black and white is a fav of mine, too. So elegant and those swans are spectacular! Thanks for joining us again at Through the Purple Haze Challenges! I can see you are "in it to win it" LOL

    Darcy DT-TTPHC

  3. Lovely creation, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Don't forget to check back on Thursday to see if you have won or if you have been chosen in our Top3. Also don't miss out on challenges and freebies on my digistamp blog.


  4. What a gorgeous card, love black and white. Thank you for joining us at Artistic this week. Abbie xx

  5. beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Creations Challenges with our 'Monochromatic' challenge! Good Luck, remember you can enter upto three times and we have a DT call :) Hope to see you again soon xxx

  6. Fantastic use of die cuts and embossing on your card Ali. Great colour combo (B & W always looks chic) and design. Thanks for joining us at INCY WINCY this week. Hope we see you next week. Hugs Sheryl xx

  7. love love love it.

    Fiona DT
    Through the Purple Haze

  8. waooow gorgeous creation! superb, delicate and inspiring...you should definitely share your treasure on love to scrap! challenge blog ! it's monochrome this week so it definitely fits !
    big hugs

  9. I love those swans and the arrangement of flowers is so pretty. Love the inside of the card too. Thanks for joining us at Crafty boots Challenges this time.

  10. Beautiful, I love your flowers, thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge x

  11. Me again, this time from CRAFT - love this card the swans are so pretty. Great to have you with us at CRAFT this week.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  12. Great card, very classy,Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspiration with our Bingo challenge Hugs Txx DT :)

  13. Beautiful gatefold card love the dies and flowes and fantastic inside -thanks for joining us ay Incy Wincy-Carol GDT (Aug)x

  14. Oh Alli..This is a Stunning card so beautifully designed. xx

  15. This is just so elegant thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week hugs Nikki

  16. Fabulous
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges this time
    Kate xxx
    CCC DT

  17. Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Fashionista Challenge!
    Barbara GR