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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 26 February 2012

Mother's Day

As regular readers of my blog will know I lost my Mum back in 2009. She always really encouraged my card making and when I brought some peel off verses recently there was one dedicated to 'Mother' in there. I decoded to make a Mother's card with it and decided to do one that I just know my Mum would have loved. here is the result

I started by sticking the peel off verse to a piece of white card and cutting round the border using decoupage snips I then used this as a template to draw and cut an aperture in a piece of A4 card which I then embossed using a flowers and swirls embossing folder from cArt.Us. Using the sentiment as a template again I found the centre of the front of an A5 card blank and cut a rectangular aperture slightly larger than the sentiment. Once this was done I turned my attention to the inside of the card and lined the inside with some beautiful Swedish Paper from the Vive Gade range I covered both the inside front and back and then working from the front of the card cut away the excess paper leaving a narrow border that could be folded through the rectangular aperture to give a neat finish. I then highlighted the corners of the aperture using just the corners from a Marianne frame die and adhered the sentiment panel to the inside back of the card to line up with the aperture as shown below.

I cut a rectangle of acetate slightly larger than the aperture which I stuck to the front of the card and then stuck the embossed panel over the front.

The embellishments were made from off cuts of white paper, white glitter paper and white velum with a silver script design, using a Tim Holtz tattered flowers die. I layered these up and added acrylic crystals as centres, all apart from the largest flower where I used a metallic and crystal flower as the centre. I used a Mariane die to cut some leaves from the scraps of white glitter paper I had left.

Using self adhesive clear crystals I ran a border along the bottom edge of the card, before arranging the flowers and leaves I allowed the leaves to over lap the acetate panel so they can bee seen when the card is opened.

I finished it off with a little net butterfly - on one of the very few visits my Mum ever made to a craft shop with me she spotted the butterflies and fell in love with them so whenever I see them on other peoples projects or use one on my own it reminds me of Mum.

The process of making this card was really calming and although I can't give it to my Mum I think she would have liked it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ - white on white ( I hope the touches of silver aren't too much)
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.com/ - Anything goes
http://paperplaychallenges.blogspot.com - For a Mother
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com - Something beginning with B - Butterfly and Blooms
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/ - Anything goes
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ Anything goes
http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.com/ - Bling it up
http://crazychallenge.blogspot.com/ - use a die or punch


  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love white on white, and the cut-out, embossing and flowers are all just gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us in the 2 Sisters Challenge this week!
    Leslie, DT

  2. Ali this card is so pretty,
    love the frame and flowers look very effective.

  3. what a gorgeous WOW!!! card and love the detail, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

  4. What a sweet card, love all the white :) Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge hugs Rebecca

  5. Wow Ali this is stunning I love how you have done the aperture with the sentiment showing out from inside, the flowers and embossing look fantastic.
    Lorraine x

  6. Stunning project, thank you for joining us at SCSC this week

  7. Beautiful card!!! Love all the white and it's so elegant! Thanks for joining us at PaperPlay Challenges and good luck!
    hugs, Sharon

  8. Hello...ooh pretty card, glad you played along with I spy at CRAFTY CATZ this week, x carol

  9. What a pretty card Ali, loving the design too. Thankyou for entering this into the Allsorts challenge this week and good luck! Jo x

  10. Very elegant card! So fine colors .. they are so soft.. so gentle. Very very beautiful flowers.

    Thanks for joining us at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog this week!


  11. Oh my word this is stunning I love all of the elements they are so complimentary,its just perfect for our WOW challenge

    Thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and we hope to see you next week,

    Good Luck with the challenge

    Hugs Bridget :0) x