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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.

Monday 26 November 2012

Spots and Dots Ooh La La DT Inspiration

Good morning all, thanks to everyone who entered the Someone Special Challenge last time we had some beautiful entries the winners and the new Spots and Dots Challenge can be found on the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

After my lavish mini book last time I have decided to keep it simple this time to show how easy it is to create a stunning card using the Ooh La La CD's for my project this time I used the 'Shoes in Bloom 2' CD and selected the design folder dance petticoat and posy. I also used some embellishments from the CD. I dipped into a another CD as well to complete the design but I'll explain as I go along. So here is the card.

As soon as I saw the challenge I knew I wanted to use this image as the main focus of the deign. I love pink and black together and the delicate spotted petticoat with the pretty pink roses is gorgeous. The topper the matching backing panel and the matching buttons were all printed onto white card and cut out. In addition I printed the contrasting backing from the bonus paper folder on the 'Shoes in Bloom 2' CD onto a sheet of white A4 paper. The black and white polka dot paper was from my stash and the pink polka dot ribbon was from the 'Everyday Occasions' CD. I cut the main backing paper into a square to fit an 8" square card blank and wrapped the pink 'ribbon' round the left hand edge securing the ends at the back. I also trimmed the bottom with a strip of the black and white polka dot paper which had been punched along one edge using a Martha Stewart lace edge punch. Once the edgings had been added I stuck the baking paper to the card blank. I then added the black and pink dotty panel and trimmed this with silver peel off edging strips. I then layered a paper doily onto this and layered a circle of the black and white polka dot paper to the centre and edged this with a peel off edging strip. I chose a doily that has a rose bud design in the edging to imitate the elements of the design on the topper. I added the topper which had been trimmed to leave a fine white line around the edge. The three faux buttons were threaded with fine pink ribbon and stuck to the top of the card. The pink polka dot paper bow was added before the sentiment one I happened to have in my stash and the pearls added to complete the design. 

To complete the card I printed off the DL insert from the CD and used this on the inside right of the card with the addition of pink polka dot card candi. 

The left hand side was completed by trimming one of the backing papers from the folder on the CD to a square and then adding a doily, into teh centre of this I stuck a smaller version of the image which had been cut into a circle, the edge of the doily was then trimmed with card candi.

I a submitting this card as one of my assessment pieces for my Diploma in Professional crafting as well as entering it into the following challenges.

http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk - Birthdays and 3 I used 3 faux buttons on the front of the card
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/ -Anything Goes
http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.co.uk - Make it Girly
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/ - Birthdays
http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/ Lets go Dotty
http://littlescrappieces.blogspot.co.uk/ - Fun Black Friday Challenge
http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Anything goes except Christmas
http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ Black and white plus one


  1. Fabulous card, love your image and your papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  2. Hello Ali. Your card and colors are Fantastic. Visited from MIM..Loz

  3. this is so pretty Ali, love the pink and black colours

  4. Thanks for your compliment on our blog.
    Your card is beautiful to. I love the colors.
    hugs Anke

  5. This is gorgeous Ali - inside and out, fab layout and I love the pink and black combination.

  6. Very pretty card, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky this week.

    Pat xx

  7. I really love this card hunnie, it's gorgeous so girly and pretty:)... Thank you so much for joining us this week at "Make it Monday"...
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Good luck hun... also become one of your latest followers... lovely cards...

  8. What a super card. I love your choice of accent colour too. Thanks for playing at Cupcake and Good Luck. X

  9. Alli, Wow love the beautiful shabby chic look of your design. I agree the pink with the black is a great combo. Thanks so much for joining the Fun "Black Friday" challenge Karen

  10. Hello. Your card is Fantastic..Popped in from MIM. Faye