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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 10 July 2013

Christmas in July at Fab and Funky

Well it's Wednesday Morning and that can mean only one thing it's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky Challenges . We had some wonderful entries for the Anything but Square challenge last week and you can see the winners over on the blog. Whilst you are there check out teh DT inspiration for this weeks challenge there are some gorgeous cards there.

This week it is Ginny's turn to host the challenge and she has chosen the theme of Christmas in July. 

Our sponsors this week are the wonderful

Dilly Beans Digi Stamps

The Winner will receive 3 Digi's of their choice from their Store.

And also


Who are offering a fabulous prize of the winners choice of a class

So without further ado here is my card 

The image is Gingerbread House from Dilly beans coloured with promarkers 
the main house is coloured using 'Spice Cinnamon and Honeycomb' which seemed so appropriate to the image.
The Candy canes are 'Mint and Berry red'
I also used blossom, dusky pink, mustard yellow,canary yellow,and pear green.

The snow was great fun to do and is just white acrylic paint dabbed on and pulled up to give texture using a spatula and then a really thick layer of white stickles was added it gives it a frosty look which doesn't show up very well in the picture.

Once everything was dry the image was fussy cut and I mounted it onto a die cut which is one of my spellbinders nesting frames. this was mounted onto a red frame cut with the largest square in the set and that was stuck to a panel of gold backing paper on a 6x6 card blank. 

Finally I die cut the computer sentiment and added a red organza bow (it started life as white but looked wrong so I coloured it with a berry red promarker. I added the candy cane charm using bakers twine. So you have it another Christmas card finished and ready to go.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.co.uk - Christmas in July
http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas in July
http://alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.co.uk/ - Merry Monday Challenge anything Christmas
http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/ - Crafty Sentiments
http://lejdesignschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas in July
http://www.platypuscreekdigitals.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas in July
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas in July
http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas in July
http://stampandcreateblog.blogspot.nl _ Christmas in July
http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.ca - Christmas in July


  1. The contrast of red and white make it a really eye-catching Christmas card Alli.

    B x

  2. Beautiful Christmas card, fab charm.
    Wendy xx

  3. oh this is terrific. so many wonderful details and I love the snow...really looks like icing! Pat K x

  4. Your image is just so adorable, great idea to add the 3D snow!

  5. Beautifull card. Love the snow and the frame die is gorgeous.


  6. Lovely card Alli, that gingerbread house looks good enough to eat!!

    Pat xx

  7. Great christmas card love the gingerbread house and charm, thanks for joining us over at The Squirrel and The Fox hugs Denise DT xx

  8. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  9. Lol love how the promarkers match the image - great card love the die too.
    Beccy x

  10. Fabulous card, love the image and the snow effect. Thank you for joining us at LEJ Designs and good luck. Chris GDT. xx

  11. Oh so cute! Love this gingerbread house image! Your coloring and design are fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments!
    Jackie W :)

  12. Very cute card, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

  13. Love his card Allie with its matching promakers colours! Hugs Judith x

  14. Your card is beautiful Ali. I love the snow you made and the image is coloured beautiful.

  15. Lovely Christmas card! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Card Mania! Good luck!

  16. Gorgeous card, that gingerbread house looks good enough to eat, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  17. Your entry is beautifully done and I adore your cute gingerbread house! Look forward to seeing your entries in our upcoming challenges too!

    Thank you for joining our “Christmas in July” Challenge #41 at Simply Create Too..

    Simply Create Too Design Team

  18. fab gingerbread house - great card! Thanks for joining us at whoopsi daisy this week and good luck x

  19. What a great card.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments this week.

    Susan x

  20. Lovely Christmas card. I love the snow. Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too in our "Christmas in July" challenge. Hugs, Gale DT

  21. What a wonderful entry into our "Christmas in July" challenge. I love that snow on your gingerbread house, stunning!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at "Inky Impressions" this week.
    Julie Ann x
    (DT Inkette)

  22. Aw, so cute, love the "frosting" on the house and also the snow. So happy to have you playing along at Crafty Sentiments and Inky Impressions this week.:)

  23. Fabulous Christmas card. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Sentiments Christmas in July Challenge.
    Cathy xx

  24. A great card, love the image and the way you've coloured it. The snow effect is fab. Thank you for joining us over at LEJ Designs challenge blog, good luck