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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.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

For a dear Sister

This week at Through The Purple Haze Challenges, they are asking that everyone uses digital elements in their crafting, one of the sponsors is Crafts U Print and they are offering a free download if you sign up to their news letter so when I saw this design up for grabs I signed up and hers is a card for my Sister-in-Law's birthday.

The design sheet consists of the base image and two layers of printed decoupage elements but I wanted to add even more dimension so I shrank the image down to fit a 6x6 square card this meant I could get two copies of the sheet onto a A4 page. I actually changed the colour slightly using MCS professional, this gave a more yellow tint to the roses and I also added the 'For a Dear Sister' text and colour matched it to the green of the leaves. I printed two A4 sheets which gave me 4 images and 8 layers of decoupage to play with.

I trimmed around the edge of the main image and then mounted this onto black card and trimmed to leave a thin border. The second image I trimmed to the inner white border, From the 3rd image I took the front of the envelope, the flowers, the butterflies and the bow and from the 4th image I took the flowers, the butterflies and the bow.

I started off by using a large ball tool to shape the 'cushion' I had trimmed from the second sheet and then used glue gel to add this over the main image so that it had a curved appearance. I also added dimension to the envelope by shaping just the front part I had clipped from the third image and using glue gel added it over the envelope image. I added five layers of decoupage to the flowers using the elements trimmed from sheets three and four and the decoupage elements from the sheets and added three layers to the bow and two layers to the butterflies.

The backing paper if from the MCS CD 'Shabby Sweet' and this was mounted onto black card and trimmed to cover the base of the twisted easel I had made. I used more layers of decoupage for the easel stopper along with some spare butterflies. To finish I coated the 'cameo' on the envelope with glossy accents and added some mini pearls. I also added mini pearls in pink to the lace pattern on the envelope and two pearls to the greeting. I picked out some of the flowers with glossy accents to give them a sheen.

I realised that the card would not fit in a standard envelope so I made a little box.

Using cream card and I added a decorated panel to the lid with the same backing paper, and what was left of the decoupage elements, and some pearl swirls.

So here is the finished card and box.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - use digital elements
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - mother/female


  1. Oh wow this is such a gorgeous twisted easel design. Just love the stunning flowers.
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  2. Lovely easelcard, pink and black are awesome together! and I love that you used freebie from CÜP ! Thank you for joining us at TTPH this week, good luck :)

    Lisbeth @ Lisbeths hobbyer
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  3. Your card is so gorgeous and elegant, Alli! Thanks for playing along with us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges. Have a wonderful day and good luck! Hugs, Sujin

  4. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love the design and the use of an easel card.. Great job! Thanks for joining through the Purple Haze Challenge.


  5. Hi Alli!!! Oh, how beautiful!!! Your sister-in-law will love it!! Thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges!

  6. So pretty, i'm sure your sister-in-law will love it x
    Thank you for joining in our challenge TTPH Good luck x

  7. I love what you've done with the Crafts U Print Alli! So glad the freebies were useful. I always love what you create and enter!

    Thanks for joining us at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.

    Lucy DT x