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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 30 April 2012

OLL Design Team Make it Manly

Firstly congratulations to winners of the Bold and Bright Challenge at Ooh La La Creations. we had some fabulous entries this week and I can only say that I am pleased that I wasn't choosing the winner this week. I am also delighted to say that Anne has asked me to stay on with the DT when my initial 6 months as a guest DT member runs out in June and I have very willingly accepted. I really do love using all the fabulous images on the CDs. Now onto this weeks challenge....Make It Manly.

I know that a large number of crafters say they struggle with designs for men, but it is something I had to get over really quickly as well as my dad and my husband to make cards fro each year there are my four brothers-in-law and a friend always asks me t come up with designs for her Dad and her two nephews, and that's without my male friends. Any way enough of that here is the card I came up with for the Challenge Inspiration.

I kept the design simple using a plain 8X8 card as the base. The main backing paper is a paper weave pattern from the Toronto 1940's folder on the 'Boys to Men' CD. I also used a strip of another paper from the range as a contrast down the card and offset to the left. The topper was printed directly from the CD and having cut it out I mounted it on deep red card and trimmed to leave a narrow border. The Car is the result of three different pieces of card, the same dark red, a piece of grey card and a piece of black card being put through the sizzix using the Tim Holtz 'Old Jalopy' die. I then cut the sentiment using an e-craft electronic die cutter.

I added depth to the car by sticking the red image on top of the grey die cut but off centre to give the impression of a shadow behind the car, then I used the small pieces from the black cut out to highlight the wheels and the running board. This card is one of my husband's favourites he says that the car looks just like Guilia - his 1938 Austin Ruby which lives in our garage and he laughingly calls his other woman.

I hope you like the card and don't forget to pop over to Ooh La La creations Challenge Blog to see what my fellow DT members have come up with and to enter this fortnight's challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Happy Birthday


  1. Fabulous design Alli. I'm in the band of 'don't like making men cards' but you have nailed it. Hugs x

  2. Super card for the challenge this week Alli, great car and lovely images.

    Pat xx

  3. Great card - I like the way you have layed the car die to give the impression of a shadow.
    Congratulations on being asked to stay on the DT.
    Kath x

  4. Fantastic! Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance to win our second prize! Good luck,
    Rene :D

  5. Hello. This is a very Beautiful card. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  6. This is an absolutely great card for a man!

    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Happy Birthday" challenge & good luck in the draw..

    (DT Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges)

  7. such a great card Alli, the car really pops

  8. Fab male birthday card. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges. Good luck.

  9. Such a Beautiful card Alli. I saw this on Make-it-Monday. Faye

  10. Hi

    Wow, you certainly do get a fair bit of practice making masculine cards don't you!

    This one is fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  11. Fab card for men, love the car.
    Shirley xx

  12. Hi Alli this is one fabulous card for a male, I love the bp and the top image, the added vehicle is ACE, great card.
    Lorraine x

  13. This is great Alli!
    Lizy xx