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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.

Friday 13 January 2012

Live, Love and Laugh ....

Something my husband and I have been doing for the last twenty two years since we first met as work colleagues. So when I came across this sentiment in my stash during a sort out last week I just knew it had to be incorporated into a wedding card. I had a search around a few blogs and found this wonderful inspirational photograph at http://foryourinspirationchallenges.blogspot.com

I felt that this would work well as the basis of inspiration for my card so here is what I came up with.

I found the backing paper lurking in my stash and it appears to have been one of those impulse purchases that I knew at the time would come in useful.
The sentiment is from the Kaisercraft Gypsy sisters range as is the peach panel which was embossed using an embossing folder from Coture creations called Victorian plumes but I thought the pattern reflected the arches in the photograph, to add a bit of glamour it has been highlighted by dabbing with a Dewdrop Brilliance - Galaxy Gold inkpad,

I knew I wanted a doily in the design to emulate that magnificent rose window in the picture and this one was cut using my e-craft which was a present from Santa (well my dad actually) once I had cut the shape I used antique linen distress ink from Tim Holtz to age it a bit.

The Cream and gold lace ribbons were in my stash but I know originally the cram ne came from Wild Orchid Crafts as did the flowers, which I 'glammed' up by edging with gold pearl paint following a tutorial I had watched on the Wild Orchid website Thank folks.

I knew from the start of the design I wanted to include a balcony and in the absence of a balcony die I used a Marianne bid cage die to cut two birdcages from gold card which I then snipped the tops off and used the bottom half only to form the balcony behind the bride and groom, the leaves are actually part of a length of ribbon that I rescued from being thrown in the rubbish and were originally part of a head band.

I was in a bit of a 'pickle' when it came to my bride and groom I had found the die cut in my stash but it was silver so the dew drop brilliance ink pad was employed with a liberal sprinkling of gold embossing powder to create the 'Midas touch' and turn them to gold.

I hope you like it and thanks for dropping by and reading my blog.

I am entering this card in the following challenges
http://foryourinspirationchallenges.blogspot.com - see photo above
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com - celebrations
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com - use something new (the e-craft and the embossing folder)
http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com  - something new - Wedding and the e-craft and embossing folder
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.com - recycle it - the green ribbon round the balcony


  1. A gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining in with our something new challenge this week at CCC.

    Liza x

  2. LOVE your take off the inspiration -- excellent job! Thanks for playing in FYI's challenge!

  3. lovely card, thanks for joining in with our SOMETHING NEW challenge at CRAFTY CATZ, good luck x carol

  4. Fabulous take on the inspiration photo! Lovely card. So glad you joined us at FYI!

  5. Fantastic card, beautifully embellished! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  6. Great use of the inspiration photo! This is a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at FYI! ;-)

  7. Hey Girl, what a beautiful card you made! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing it and playing along at CRAFT Challenge this week.
    Best wishes and a big hug from Austria, Elisa (GDT Jan.)

  8. Lovely card and thanks for sharing at CRAFT this week and good luck

  9. WOW! Great take on the inspiration photo! Thanks for playing with us at FYI!

  10. What a great scene you created with your card! Thanks for playing at FYI this week!

  11. Gorgeous wedding card! Love all the beautiful elements you added. The doily goes perfectly with the window in the photo. So glad you joined us at FYI.