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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.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Fab 'n' Funky Animals

This week over at Fab 'n' Funky challenges it is all about animals. I had this wonderfully cute  digi image from Stamp Art by Kathryne over at Whimsy Stamps.

Called 'Big Hug' he comes with his own sentiment which for my design I cropped off the image and then printed out just the sentiment onto cream card to die cut and add later.

I used Kraft card and a lovely Kraft paper I had recently bought and not played with it has a lovely texture almost like tree bark but really fine so it worked better than embossing brown card in my bark embossing folder which was a bit large for the size of the design as I was working on a 6x6 card. 

I covered the card blank with the paper and then added a panel of pale green gingham card which had been mounted onto cream card and trimmed to leave a narrow border. 

I coloured the image using chalks, and once I had finished I sprayed the surface with hairspray to seal the colour, I know you can buy all sorts of fancy fixatives out there but I have found the best thing is really cheap hairspray ( I am currently using an own brand budget one from a well known supermarket  it cost 39 pence for a large can and has the bonus of smelling reasonably pleasant as well) 
Once the image was fixed I fussy cut him out and then mounted him onto a die cut background made using nestabilities scalloped ovals and  I cut one from the Kraft paper and one from cream card and layered them up. I also added a thin layer of dries clear PVA to the 'nut' part of the acorn to give the sheen that acorns have.

He was then stuck to the right of the card

I had tied some bakers twine round the gingham panel before sticking it down and added a little brass tree charm.

I die cut the sentiment using the scalloped oval die and mounted this onto a little panel that I had made by dieicutting a picket fence from card which had had the Kraft paper stuck to it, using a cottage cutz mini die.

I finished off with a few flowers and berries and also added some lovely pale green pearls round the sentiment and in the top corner of the card.

I am entering this card into the following Challenges 
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk - Challenge 22 anything Goes 
http://digihaven.blogspot.ca - Anything Goes 
http://deliciousdoodleschallenge.blogspot.nl - All Creatures Great and Small 


  1. Very pretty Ali, I always think Gingham gives a lovely fresh feel.

    B x

  2. This is gorgeous, so cute.
    Wendy xx

  3. Adorable card Alli. Wonderful detail and I love the tree charm. Pat K x

  4. LOvely card Alli, cute image and great charm.

    Pat xx

  5. thank you for joining us for the Hobby House First Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  6. What a cute squirrel thanks for sharing your lovely card at Delicious Doodles xxx

  7. Fabulous card Ali and you have used my favourite, "gingham", thank you for playing along with us at Delicious Doodles this week, good luck xxx

  8. Adorable card! Great flowers. Thank you for joining the TTCRD challenge, and good luck.

  9. So cute! Adorable image and love the twine and charm too! So glad you joined us for our Anything Goes challenge at Digi Haven!

  10. Love the gingham, Alli! You've added a lot of extra special touches for a sweet card. It's a pleasure to sponsor your challenge. xx Kathryne

  11. Cute. Thanks for joining our challenge at the Hobby House.

  12. Beautiful Card, thanks for being GDT at Fab'n'Funky

    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love

  13. Great card Alli! Love all the little details.

  14. Darling card, so cute and fun. Thanks for joining us at the Corrosive Challenge Blog.