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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.

Saturday 25 June 2011

Making the most of my time.

Following another busy week at work, Saturday dawned and I realised that I have a huge amount to cram into my two days off. I am currently studying to bring my maths up to date.  I haven't used maths since leaving school so before I do my assessment I have three work books to plough through. I also have the paper work to complete for the first unit of my certificate in paper craft, which means that I am limited this weekend in the amount of time I have to devote to designing and making cards for the various blog challenges out there.

I have however noticed that as the week went on that there are a number of challenges that centre around the use of red white and blue in their designs so I had already decided on my colour scheme. Karita over at inky impressions had set the challenge of using lace in the design and having some white lace in my stash I figured I could work that into the red white and blue theme. You may have noticed a trend developing over the last couple of posts that I have enjoyed designing and creating using the sketches posted at Sketch Saturday so I had held off designing anything until I had seen this weeks sketch I checked the blog this morning and having done that set to making the card below.

As I was limited on time I used items that I already had in my stash. The die cut lady was left over from another project and the red and blue papers were off cuts from other projects. I wrapped the strip of blue paper in the lace and white sating ribbon and red ric-rac braid to add texture. The flowers I made by running  the red and blue papers through the sizzix bigshot using sizeabilities dies. Once I had the die cut flowers I stuck them to Parchment and then embossed through the die cuts from the back and then layered them up. I couldn't resist using the feather and the small flower to finish off the hat. The diecut image was then framed using some strips of diamente that I had left over from last years Christmas cards. I added three red and white gingham ribbon taps to the top of the image panel and assembled the whole thing on a pre folded hunkydory silk art card blank in dove white.

I have entered the card into the following challenges, and now it's back to my maths homework!!



  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Alli!! Thanks so much for joining in on our Red, White & Blue Challenge at Penny's. Good Luck!!


  2. WOW!
    Such an elegant card and awesome card design! :)

    Thank you for joining at Inky Impressions Challenges :)

  3. So beautiful! That feather is a perfect addition.
    Thank you for joining us at the Inky Impressions Challenges!!

  4. what a great detail the feather is! Thank you so much for joining us at the Die Cut Dreams challenge and good luck!

  5. Oh wow! I absolutely love the feather in her cap! Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

  6. What a beautiful card with the patriotic colos and lace! Thanks so much for playing along at Inky Impressions this week, we hope to see you back again!

  7. Great card! Love what you did! Thanks for playing with us @ Craft Us Crazy!