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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.

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Boys to Men at Fab n Funky

Good morning and thank you for all your beautiful animal creations for last weeks challenge you can find out if you are a winner over at the blog at Fab n Funky.

This week our challenge is

Boys to Men 
(male themed designs for young or old) 

We are once again sponsored by 

I chose to work with her image called Charlie Fishing.

I used an 8x8 Kraft card base for the design. I coloured Charlie with coloured pencils using a paper stump to blend the colours and adding a layer of glossy accents over the water to give a glossy finish. I cut the image out using an x-cut label die and then matted it onto pale green and deep burgundy card, from American Crafts. 

The papers are from an Ooh La La CD - Yesterday's Memories and these were also mounted onto green and burgundy card. I created a 'Willow Tree' for Charlie to sit under using a Tattered Lace die and green and burgundy card. I also coloured the Gone Fishing sentiment with coloured pencils and mounted it onto scraps of card and added die cut Bulrushes in front. 

I tucked a bit of net bag which once contained fresh tomatoes behind the image.

As a finishing touch I added a fishing bag rod, hat and a feather fly that I made myself from some feathers in my stash. 

I am entering this into the following challenge
http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/  Anything goes and this is one is without the bling option 


  1. This is great Alli and so much lovely texture as well.

    B x

  2. Alli you have out done yourself on this one. I love all the little details! The dies, the netting everything simply gorgeous!!!!!

  3. Gorgeous male card, fabulous image and details.
    Wendy xx

  4. Alli, that card is fab! I love the extra touches with the fishing rod, the feather and net. All those extras really bring the card alive. Gorgeous. Hugs, Wends x

  5. Fabulous male card! Love your embellishments. Hugs, Sujin

  6. Just beautiful card...i love the wee boy fishing....lovely

    fiona dT

  7. Love your card! Great for a male which not many of us have such great ideas. :). The image is so cute and it's beautifully colored. Thanks for joining Through the Purple Haze Challenge.


  8. So cute, thanks for sharing with us at Through the Purple Haze, Lynne DT xxx

  9. Cute card, fab image. Thanks for joining the fun at TTPH.xx

  10. Lovely card :) Thanks for sharing with us over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.
    Eithne DT