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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 14 October 2013

Things with Wings at Ooh La La

Once again we had some marvellous entries for the 'F is for challenge' you can check out the winners at Ooh La La Creations blog

This week's challenge is about Things with Wings and I have chosen to use the latest Ooh La La creations CD 'The Shawn Jenkins' collection the images on this CD are just superb and you can buy your copy by going over to Ooh La La Creations.

I used the bright butterflies folder from the CD, and loaded it in My Craft Studio so that I could reduce the opacity of the basket weave paper and the main butterfly image. I printed tow copies of the topper one at 50% opacity and one at full opacity.

I decided to work with a landscape card and folded an A5 card to make an easel. The base is covered in the basket weave paper and a strip of Centura Pearl paper in a pretty peach colour. The stopper was cut from an off cut of the background paper on the card which was stuck to card before being die cut and the die cut happy Birthday was added. 

For the main card I cut a piece of patterned paper and stuck it to the card. I then embossed a piece of the Centura Pearl paper using an embossing board and stuck it on top to leave a narrow border, then added Gems at the intersections of the diamonds. I die cut the lighter of the two topper into an oval and added a tattered Lace die cut behind. I then cut the individual butterflies from the other topper image and stuck them over their counterparts on the lighter image to give a 3D effect. This was then stuck to the card on one side. On the  other side I made an envelope from vellum that had been printed with the same pattern as the backing paper, then added a die cut butterfly with gem body. Finally I made the bookmark from the bookmarks folder on the CD to tuck into the velum envelope and added a bow to match the ribbon on the bookmark.

I am entering this card into the following challenges.


  1. A gorgeous card Ali, love all the butterflies especially as I am a butterfly fanatic.
    This looks a 'must have' CD
    Christine xx