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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.

Monday 20 February 2012

Inspiration OLL Design team

I have been a bit quiet on here of late - due to a faulty internet connection, which having reported and been passed back and forth from Orange to BT they finally managed to get fixed. The upside of this was it let me get ahead with some of the design team stuff, and at least I am back in time to post for the fortnightly challenge which starts today at Ooh La La creations challenge blog. We had a huge number of gorgeous entries for the 'Be My Valentine' Challenge congratulations if you were a winner. This week we are working with this photograph as inspiration.....

I just love the bold colours and interesting shapes of the flowers. I decided that the new 'Shoes in Bloom 2' CD had the perfect images and papers for this challenge and chose the Hellebores design. Not only do the colours work perfectly but Hellebores were my Mum's favourite flowers and I have a large patch of them in my garden which I am allowing to naturalise. So here is my card.

As you can see I have taken my colour scheme from the photograph - I decoupaged the shoe and then mounted it on orange card and bright pink miricard that I have had in my stash for ages and been unable to find a use for it. The frame was made by stamping around the edge of a piece of white card using Momento green ink and a lovely corner stamp that was free with a recent issue of  'Cardmaking and Papercraft' I coloured it in using promarkers and then I cut away the inside of the white card to form a frame. I used the card from the centre section to stamp and colour more flowers which I decoupaged at the corners and finished off by highlighting with glitter glue in neon pink and orange. The two butterflies are peel offs, which I stuck to white card and coloured with the promarkers before covering with a thin layer of glossy accents once this was dry I cut around the butterflies and stuck them to the sides of the frame. The tag was made from off cuts of the orange and Pink card and a pink ribbon and glittery peel off were added to make a sentiment. I added a organza ribbon bow to mirror the one in the photograph and two stick pins which I made using translucent orange beads.

Because the papers on the CD are so lovely I wanted to show those off too so this card has a bit of a twist - well it's actually a twisted easel card ......

I covered the base of the easel with a gorgeous basket weave design from the hellebores collection on the CD and made a stopper by embellishing a square of the orange and pink card with a single hellebore bloom from the decoupage sheet.

It is quite difficult to see the detail on the basket weave paper so here below is a close up it really is vibrant just like our inspiration photograph.

I hope you liek it and if it has inspired you then take a trip to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog and use the linky tool to enter your card in this weeks challenge.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/ - favourite things - The Hellebores, and ribbon and beaded pins
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com - Anything goes
http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com - ribbons flowers and glitter


  1. Morning Alli, gorgeous design on your card and the colours match the photo so well. Hugs x

  2. This is stunning lots of scrummy details, perfect take on the challenge

  3. what an incredible card! Your fussy cutting of the flowers is amazing! Just in awe1 Thank you for joining us at Penny's for our anything goes challenge! :-)Amy

  4. What a beautiful colourfull card thank you for joining us at crafty c atz linda x

  5. Oh my word Ali this is stunning, the image and colours as well as the design look fantastic.
    Lorraine x

  6. Beautiful creation

    thanks for joining us for our Bingo challenge over at Secret crafter Saturday challenge


  7. Wow a gorgeous creation and great take on our Bingo theme this week, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

  8. Beautiful creation and thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz with our favouites challenge. Hope to see you back next week. xx

  9. A lovely card Alli - the hellebores are fab. Kath x