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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 24 August 2011


As I have mentioned before on my blog I am a huge admirer of the Beatles music, and every year the last weekend of August finds me partaking in Liverpool International Beatle Week. Normally I would be thinking about packing about now, but this year I'm not booked into one of the many hotels in Liverpool City Centre, as I actually live in 'the pool' I am saving money by commuting to the various events from home, everyday.

This left me some extra crafting time, and whilst playing about with my Sizzix bigshot and various dies last night I came up with the card above. Strangely since I have made it I have had The Beatles' song 'Blackbird' running through my head - I wonder why.

It was a really easy card to make I used Marrianne dies for the bird and the various swirls and leaves which were just cut from black card. I then used my Nestabilities plain circle dies to cut 1 circle out of black card and one slightly smaller out of white card, and a piece of very fine shimmery fabric which I had in my stash. As the fabric was so sheer I backed it with aslan film so I could stick it to the white circle. I then stuck this to the centre of the black circle and backed the panel with a paper doily. 

The bird was added to the centre of the white circle, and the black circle was edged in black gems.

Having completed this panel I took a A5 pre folded card blank in pure white and attached 2 black vinyl corners to the front of the card before adding the circle at the top right.

I then build up the design of the various swirls leaves and flowers, by placing them on the blank but not sticking them down until I was happy with the arrangement. They were then attached using a glue pen and the flowers were stuck using pin flair glue gel. 

A greeting with a black and white gingham bow was then added at the bottom right hand corner, and three black gems added in the corner to finish the design.

The flowers were just some I had in my stash which I embellished with stickles red glitter glue.

I am entering the card into the following blog challenges.

A thousand sheets of paper giveaway

I haven't posted for a while, due mainly having been working extra hours over the past few weeks. However when I saw this on the thousand sheets of paper blog I just had to share this with you. You can find out more by clicking on this link http://athousandsheetsofpaper.blogspot.com

Well I will be away for a few days now but when I come back I will hopefully have some photographs that I can use for a layout towards my paper craft qualification. I only have one more to do for the scrap book unit. 

See you all soon Alli xx