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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 25 January 2012

Nuts about you

Well as Valentine's Day draws ever closer I have been looking for something for my husband which is a bit different. I thought about it long and hard before I cam up with the following design.

My husband is an engineer by trade so the gears and nuts and washers were rather fitting.

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to emboss the white card panel with the gears design, and then rubbed a distress ink pad over the surface before embossing with clear embossing powder to highlight the gears.

I coloured a tag using distress ink in Barn Door and stamped the image on it I can't remember who the stamp is by as I have had it for so long. The embellishments were made by cutting out the gear shapes using a Tim Holtz die and colouring using Barn Door, I embossed 2 of the dies with clear embossing powder and the third using black. The nuts and washers were chipboard shapes that were coloured using dew drop brilliance and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The ribbons and the buttons were from my stash and the sentiment was from the Tim Holtz Adage collection.

I printed an insert which reads 'I'm nuts about you, 'cause I think you're gear' - cheesy I know but hey that fits perfectly with hubby's sense of humour.

I am entering this card into the  following challenges
http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.com - use hearts in the design
http://thestampmanchallenges.blogspot.com/ use red
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - use embossing either wet or dry - this card uses both


  1. This is so pretty, love it. Thanks for playing along with us this week from Inky Impressions Challenges. Hugs, Anita

  2. what a delightful card, love the elements you have used

  3. Brilliant Allison, I'm sure your hubby will love it. Hugs x

  4. What a fantastic card for your husband. He will love it. Thank you so much for joining us for our “Heart You” Challenge over at Inky Impressions Challenges. I hope you have a wonderful week and good luck.


  5. Your card is wonderful. Love the colours. Your husband is going to love it. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  6. Perfect card for your husband. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  7. This is fantastic! gorgeous striking colours, love those gears and gadgets. thanks for joining us at inky impressions. Joey x

  8. WOW this is so beautiful! I LOVE everything about it especially the mixed media feel so beautiful. Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Inky Impressions.


  9. Black, red and white - prefect combo. And the idea of having nuts is just great.

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  10. Ooh, right up my street. Love this. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man challenge.

  11. I love the steampunk look and you are far better at it then I :) Such a fun card! Thank you for joining us this week at the Inky Impressions Challenge!

  12. love the card and that combination is one of my favorites. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions this week!

  13. Wow! Awesome card, I love it so much! Love your idea, the colors are bold and so amazing. Keep posting please. So far out!
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