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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 10 June 2012

50th Birthday Card and Tag

Next week  a good friend of mine celebrates her 50th birthday and I wanted to make her a special card to celebrate. Here's what I came up with.

I wanted a shabby chic/vintage feel to the card and I raided my stash, for anything that would work. Once I had collected everything together I narrowed things down a bit by deciding on the 'A little bird told me' theme. I found the image of the bird in a gorgeous little book of Victorian images I have in my stash and cut it out. The papers are from Paper Cellar and of course they have been distressed using my Ranger distress inks (where would I be without them) before being edged with a gold gilding pen. The bird cage was one I had left over from a previous project and I gilded this to make it match. Like wise the panel with the panel with the '50' on it was the centre section I had cut out of a frame from a previous project. The doily was one of several I liberated from a restaurant when we took my dad out for a birthday meal, they were on the saucers under the coffee cups and I rescued them, when I got them home I found that they were several layers thick so separated them - instant stash! I gilded the doily using the pen to keep to the golden theme. I used a small tag and added the hope wish and dream sentiments to one edge and the flowers to it before tying a bow in gold organza ribbon. The flowers were just from my stash and the delicate gold fern leaves were from a Christmas table decoration. The pins I made from recycled jewellery from a charity shop.
Finally the two butterflies were punched from pearlised paper that had been gilded with the pen.

Having had so much fun making the tag for the card I decided to go on and make a tag for Barbara's gift using more of the silk flowers and the butterflies.

 The leaves for the tag were cut from fabric and stuck down using aslan film.

I gave her the card and gift last night when we went out for a meal, which included excellent food, great company, much  laughter and Greek dancing!! Barbara was very good and resisted opening her card and present until her birthday next week - I hope she likes them and will forgive the copious amounts of birthday confetti concealed in the present.

I am entering the card into the following Challenges
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - go green recycled doily, Jewellery and Christmas table decoration.
http://wildorchidchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bingo Buttons and pins, Blue, and wings (bird and butterflies)

I am entering the tag into the following challenges
http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - tag you're it
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything but a card


  1. Your card and tag are really gorgeous - such lovely details and the colours tone so beautifully I'm sure your friend will love these - thank you for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and MAWTT this week hugs Judith x

  2. Oh your friend will love these, stunning work,Thanks for joining in our anything but a card challenge this week on MAWTT, Love Hazelxox

  3. Hi Ali this is absolutely gorgeous both card and tag are beautifully designed, the detail looks amazing it also has a shabby chic look to it which I totally adore, superb project.
    Lorraine x

  4. Fab project, love the effect! Many thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week and hope to see you again next week! judit x

  5. The matching card and tag are lovely.
    Kath x

  6. Wow! your friend is going to love these, I adore your tag.
    thanks for joining in with MAWTT
    Hugs Mau xx

  7. Fantastic card Alli. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  8. Beautiful tag! Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT this week and good luck! Pami x

  9. Wow...such a gorgeous card and tag. Love the beautiful soft color and all the layers of elements.
    Thank you for joining us at MIM this week.

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