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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.

Sunday 8 January 2012

The Stamp Man 3rd Annual awards

The Stamp Man are holding their third annual awards all you have to do is pick your favourite project of the year full details can be found  here .

My favourite has to be my very first attempt at a Stempunk style card. Made for a friend's birthday.

I didn't enter it in any challenges at the time but I did send a photograph to 'Simply Cards and Papercraft' magazine as I had followed instructions in an article in the magazine for making the 'pearl pins' for the card and  yesterday I discovered that it had been chosen as the star letter in this months magazine.

More importantly though my friend loved the card as it was so different from any others she had received.
For full details on the process for making the card click here.

This card really does sum up my card making in 2011, I have become more adventurous with my designs and been prepared to try new techniques and styles way outside my comfort zone. Thanks in no small part to joining the ranks of bloggers and seeing the wonderful designs that are out there, something I only did initially to find challenges to provide briefs for me to fulfil as part of my certificate in paper craft. Tomorrow all being well will see me submit the final units of the certificate for assessment and following the support and encouragement of my assessor and all the wonderful crafters who have so kindly commented on my blog in the past few months I have a new found confidence in my own abilities something I have always lacked because of  an art teacher telling me I didn't 'have an artistic bone in my body' many years ago when I admit I couldn't draw for toffee and if I am honest I still can't draw for toffee, but I have come to realise that just because I can't draw doesn't mean I am not artistic.

So huge thanks from me to everyone for your encouragement. I'm looking forward to continuing to develop in 2012 and find new techniques and inspiration out there in blog land. I hope you all have a wonderful 2012 and that your hopes and dreams are fulfilled.
Alli D  xx


  1. You have a wonderful blog hun! Good luck with our DT Call at Creative Inspirations! xxx

  2. I love our scrappy blogging community too!! There is just so much inspiration and encouragement out there! Love your steampunk card. Congrats on it's success!! And thanks for the sweet words on my blog today. I loved reading them. Stacy H-W

  3. what a fab card - there is so much to it!