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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.

Thursday 2 February 2012

Love is in the air

I was really sad to read this week that  http://diecutdreams.blogspot.com will be closing after the current challenge is over. This is one of my favourite Challenge blogs and one of the first I had enough confidence to enter. The members of the design team have always been really encouraging with their feedback and I will miss the interesting challenges they came up with. The last challenge they will host is to use red and pink and hearts and here is my creation for the challenge.

It is a little outside my comfort zone in that I have used a stamped image that I have coloured with promarkers, I am still very much a beginner when it comes to colouring and getting the shading right but I do have fun trying. The image is one from the Sarah Kay collection and is called first Kiss which I thought was entirely appropriate for a Valentine's Card. 

The backing paper was free with the latest edition of Making Cards Magazine and I love the patchwork feel to it. I simply mounted this onto red card stock and attached it to a base card. 

Once I had coloured the image I used an x-cut label die to cut out the shape and mounted this onto red card and then used very fine scissors to trim it to leave a very narrow border.

The doily is one from a pack from my local craft shop and the heart motif is plastic and started life as cream which I coloured with a pro-marker and then coloured the word Love in black to make it stand out.

The flowers are a mixture of white roses and red poppies from Wild Orchid Crafts and red roses from the Papermania range, the little heart charm is recycled from some old jewellery and the bow was tied using a glitter girls bow maker and some ribbon from a recent prize I won from simply cards and paper craft.

I finished off the card by adding some adhesive pearls to the corner. 

I would like to wish all the team at http://diecutdreams.blogspot.com good luck in the future and I will really miss them.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges.
http://diecutdreams.blogspot.com - Red pink and hearts
http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com - Check it out - I hope the patchwork counts 
http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com - Valentine's Day or Love


  1. Wow! this is stunning !! what a cute image and you've coloured it beautifully!! Gorgeous paper and embellishments! I love the delish heart and those fab pearls!!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  2. Look at all those lovely details! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  3. Love your card. Image is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  4. Beautiful card, love the details the flowers are gorgeous, thanks for joining us at inky impressions. Joey x

  5. Sweet card.
    Thanks for joining us at InkyImpressions this week.


  6. I love those Sarah Kay images. :-) Lovely job! Thanks so much for joining us at Inky Impressions!
    GD Inkette

  7. Beautiful card - love the sweet SK image.
    Thanks for 'Having a Heart' for us at MAWTT this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  8. FAb card - love your embellies! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week, Juliex

  9. FAb card, love your embellies! Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week, Juliex

  10. Thanks for joining us at our last challenge at DCD with this beautiful card.
    Chris x

  11. Such a pretty card, love all the different elements and texture. Thanks for joining in with us at MAWTT this week, good luck. Pami x

  12. Gorgeous card sweetie. Great use of embellies too
    Thanks for joining us on Inky Impressions this week
    Anne x

  13. Oh this is so pretty - thanks so much for getting Inky with us at Inky impressions xx

  14. Simply adorable, Alli, and I love your paper choices! How delightful that you joined us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. Hope to see you again next week -- we love regulars. :-D
    NanaConnie TT DT

  15. Super little card, I love the heart doily
    Thank for joining us at MAWTT this week and good luck with the Have A Heart challenge
    Laurie xx