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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 7 May 2012

Special Lady

I love my husband dearly but, I could cheerfully strangle him sometimes. Like on Tuesday when he tells me out of the blue. 'Oh by the way My Auntie Grace is 80 next Monday' and follows it up with could you make her a special card? - Now normally this wouldn't be a problem however, I was working nights and having my sleep completely disrupted by the gas board who had decided that it was great time to start replacing the gas mains in our road to the entire road looks as though it has been hit by meteorites. Oh well having told him what I thought of him leaving it so late to tell me. I decided it gave me an excuse to use some of the lovely items I had recently purchased at the Creative Stitch and craft show at Aintree, and here is what I came up with.

I made the background by embossing plain white card using a C-ArtUS embossing folder and then brushing the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink from Ranger. The central gold panel was  cut using one of the x-cut nesting dies. The Flowers and leaves were cut from pearlised paper using some new 'Kreasions' and then coloured using distress inks whilst still in the die. I added a couple of sprays of pearls and some punched butterflies and the sentiment says it all. Auntie Grace is a very special lady.

All in all it took me about an hour to make this from being told it was required to finished design, it was my first attempt at creating the orchids and all in all I was quite pleased with it and my husband well he was delighted and he did buy me a lovely bouquet for our anniversary last week so he is forgiven.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Anything goes
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Happy Birthday
http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything Goes


  1. Wow Alli this is absolutely beautiful, wow, I totally love the colours you have used also that central display, this is super, super, super.
    Lorraine x

  2. Brilliant card Alli. Hugs x

  3. Alli - Gorgeous card - great embossing and what a terrific embellishment collection! Saw you on MIM.
    Stamping Shanni

  4. Fabulous card and colours. I saw this on MIM..Faye

  5. Happy 80th birthday wishes and your card will be a favorite for sure - it is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us for our Anything Goes challenge at Aud Sentiments!

  6. A beautiful card. The orchids are wonderful. I saw this on MIM.
    Nikki x

  7. Alli, Beautiful card for so spur of the moment. I love the direct to paper technique you applied to the background. Your Husband's Auntie is going to love it.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

    PS. BTW, I saw your card on Make it Monday.

  8. A lovely, elegant card - I'm sure Auntie Grace will love it.
    Kath x

  9. Very lovely - I really like this design.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make it Monday this week.

    Hugs Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

  10. Hi Alli

    Wow, you did good! An hour to make this beauty is pretty good. Such a lovely design,the flowers are beautiful.

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

    Michelle :o)