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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 27 October 2014

Join us for the Witching Hour over at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone, firstly huge thanks to everyone who entered the Inspired by Nature Challenge at Ooh La La Creations over the last fortnight. There were some really stunning creations posted to the blog and great to see what different aspects of nature provide you with inspiration. You can see who the winners are at Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog 

It is my turn to choose the challenge and given the time of year I have gone for

The Witching Hour.

It isn't restricted to witches, but to all the ghosties and ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. So put on that pointy hat get out your magic wands and lets see what Halloween inspired magic you can come up with.

For my DT project I took inspiration from some old photos from my student days, It was a Halloween Party hosted by my best friends Mum and her friend at the Nurses home where they lived in the middle of woods miles from any where so the location got us in the mood immediately.

I started off by spraying a thin layer of Cosmic shimmer Mists onto plain Black card the intention was to cover most of the card with papers and design elements so as to leave just a hint of the misted card showing. Whilst that was drying I cut the photographs using nestabilities plain hexagon dies as some of them had lots of redundant background. That done I set to work going through the various Ooh La La CDs in my collection to find suitable papers and embellishments.

The veined orange paper and the peach polka dot paper (used for the letters) was from the 'Say it With Words' CD from the folder called 'Witching Hour'

The white paper which I made into spider webs using a Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch is from the 'Faithful Friends' CD from the folder called 'Brewing up Trouble'

The witches are toppers from the 'Femme Fatale' CD in the 'Silhouette' folder.
The bats are also from the 'Femme Fatal' CD in the 'ATC' Folder.

You can Purchase the CD's from the Ooh La La Creations Shop

I added a few bits and pieces from my stash:
The border strip and journalling cards are from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Time collection.
The 'Spells' and 'black cat' toppers are from Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells collection.

The little Pumpkins round the title the tiny bat and the small spider are from a pack of Halloween table confetti and the large spider in teh top left hand corner has been liberated from a decorattve spiders web - all picked up from my local supermarket last year in teh post Halloween sale for a few pence.

Once I had all the bits and pieces together it was just a case of playing around with layour on teh black card until I was happy then sticking everything down.

I have entered this project into the following challenges
http://cdsundaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk - Silhouettes

http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.co.uk - Photo Inspiration 


  1. Fabulous Halloween piece Alli.

    B x

  2. This is fabulous Alli, you have included so many wonderful details and I love your fun photographs.

  3. This is a great layout Allison. Inspiring the number of CDs you've used in your creation. Did you know the CD Sunday challenge is Silhouettes.....your witches would fit the bill perfectly. Wynn x

  4. What a great collection of images. My own favourite is the evil looking black cat on the left. I was sent some of the halloween table confetti in the last few days and it is good isn't it? Haven't seen it before.
    Thank you for joining in with us.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday DT

  5. Glad you popped over to CD Sunday this is such a fun layout.....lots of memories for you. Love the silhouettes too. Wynn DT CD Sunday

  6. What a great use of CD's and i just love the photos, i bet a good time was had by all. Thank you for joining us at CD Sunday.
    sue-b xx
    CD Sunday DT

  7. A great layout and perfect for this time of year. Love all the embellishments.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  8. A super use of CD's and your photos are great. I am not into Halloween but your card is fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Christine xx
    CD Sunday DT