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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.

Saturday 13 April 2013

Happy Birthday Daugther

Whilst my last post was all about the gift box for my step daughter's birthday this one is about her card. She loves shades of purple, butterflies and pretty girlie cards so when I saw the bingo challenge over at papertake weekly challenges I decided to use their grid and try and get a full house.

I choose dry embossing as my free element and here is the card I have created 

The background of the card is embossed with 'Swiss dots' I have then layered on a strip of paper with delicate stripes in shaded of pale lilac. This has been wrapped with a strip of lace and a piece of organza polka dot ribbon, before being stuck to the 8x8 base card. The following layers have then been added, white paper with purple spots, purple paper with white spots, a panel of white mirror card that has been embossed using a sSzzix embossibilites flower trellis folder. 

I have then added the word daughter using letter cut using a Tim Holtz 'Alphabeticals' die. A layer of purple net which is actually from a bag that contained Clementines, a doily and die cut flourishes, and the happy birthday sentiment has then been added. 

The image is one I came across by accident whilst surfing the web and is Flora from the Simply adorable range from Sugar Nellie. I have coloured her using Kars pearlised chalks and then fixed the chalk using hairspray. 

I am a bit of a novice at colouring but these gorgeous digis make for really professional looking results because of the way they look like pencil sketches when first downloaded so it is really easy to add colour and shading in the right place. Once the image was fixed I then die cut it using a plain oval die.

The blooms I added were Woodware colour your own, which have been in my stash for a while,  and again I used the chalks and hairspray technique to get a really good match to the colours in the image. I added little cream buttons for the flower centres and then added some stickles iridescent glitter glue to the inner petals.

I punched the butterflies using an x-cut punch and then added ice stickles in lilac to their wings this makes them bend and makes them look more realistic when added to the card. I added gemstone bodies and then stuck them to the card by the central body leaving the wings free.

I finished off with gemstones on the Happy Birthday greeting and in the corners of the card before adding the  organza ribbon double bow to The bottom left of the image. 

I lined the inside of the card with striped paper and swiss dots card, ready for the verse to be added.

So there you have it a full house.

I am entering this card into the following challenges 
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Spring colours and flowers 


  1. A novice at colouring! No way thats fantastic. Love your card

    Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky
    Zoe x

  2. So soft and pretty! Love the image as well! Thank you for joining us this week at Fab'n'Funky!

  3. Perfectly pretty in purple. Thank you for sharing at Die Cuttin' Divas this week for our "Pastels" challenge.

    Carson's Creations
    Die Cuttin' Diva host

  4. What a gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing your stunning creation with us at Creative Inspirations this week! Good luck and I hope to see you back next week for a new challenge!
    Rene ;D

  5. This is gorgeous, love the colours and pretty flowers...Thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  6. Your card is so beautiful!! Thank you for joining our DCD color challenge.

    Veronica DCD