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Monday, 29 November 2010

.....RETRO ADVERTS In Triptych!

Just in time for the end of November, here are my TRIPTYCH ATCs for my swap over at Ali's ATC Swap Stop!
I love old retro ads and thought this was a great chance to use them for some ATCs. Anyone remember these products.....?

We used this soap when I was a little girl!

These were/are one of my fave sweets! Used to get a real treat and have a box of them when we went to the cinema as a girl!

I remember my Dad having this with a cooked smelled so spicy to me!

There were SOOO many great ads to choose from, I wanted to make loads more.....Marmite, Sunlight soap, Coca Cola, Oxo, Cornflakes, Cadbury's chocolate.....ooooh, the list is endless! Maybe we'll have a Retro Ad theme for an ATC swap sometime......what d'you think.....?

Smiles from Ali x

Thursday, 25 November 2010

........Hooray for Kenny K!!

I needed a card for a soon-to-be teenage boy, and I needed it fast! So, no ribbons or flowers, no glitter or gems.....Argh! But wait, not a problem, I remembered I had a perfect image, thanks to the fab artwork of Kenny K! So, here's what I rustled up.....
A 5"x7" card, matted and layered using a range of green and blue DPs and coloured papers. The image was a freebie from a while back from Kenny K Downloads shop, and is coloured with my Promarkers.

The sentiments are computer generated using the font Segoe Print, and I finished off with some Card Candy paper dots. It'll be in the post tomorrow morning......Thanks for popping in!

Big Smiles From Ali x

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

.......12 Days of Xmas & 12 ATCs

The title of the ATC swap over at ATC Swappers for November is '12 Days of Christmas.' And for this swap, we each make 12 ATCs and in return, we each receive a bumper pack of 12 Christmas-themed ATCs. I have made a selection of waterfall ATCs.
I embossed some white card using my snowflakes folder, and created a range of different waterfalls, all with a Christmas/Winter theme.  
Each one is secured with mini brads, has a funky-fibre pull-tab and is mounted on a co-ordinating coloured backing card.

Can't leave without saying HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY to my youngest son, NOAH, who has had a wonderful day, his favourite part being the caterpillar chocolate cake!!!

Big Smiles from Ali x

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


After taking my son to Speech Therapy and partaking in sensory play with shaving foam (don't ask!) I needed some therapy of my own, so I decided to make my ATCs for Spyder's swap on the Cardmaking and Papercraft forum. The theme is 'November' so anything that you associate with that month.
I chose 4 images of poppies and decided to make them in a Triptych style (with 3 panels.) I have layered them up on silver mirri-card, as well as black and red. If you fancy having a go at this, over at my ATC blog the theme for this month's swap is TRIPTYCH, with any choice of images etc. 

Smiles from Ali x 

Monday, 22 November 2010

.......Mmmmmm, Cake!

Wow! I can't believe I've made both cards for my Son's birthday and its not 'til Wednesday!! The most organised I've been for a family member's cards ever! So this one is a stepper card, from DH and I.
I printed a birthday candles digi BP onto hammered white card, and folded into a stepper. I them printed a range of various images from different graphics collections, which are arranged and mounted onto the card using foam pads. The sentiments are computer generated using the font Cheri Liney. I was going to colour the lettering, but think it looks good as it is. There are teddies, presents and cupcakes adorning the card, all of which he should love!
Oooh, note to self, it's my Niece's birthday on the same day as Noahs....MUST post her card! (I made that ages ago; hope I can find it!!)

Big Smiles, from Ali x

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Diamond Fold Card

Today I have made a diamond fold card following the tutorial on the Craft Your Passion blog. It is my beloved Noah's birthday on Wednesday, and true to form, I've left making his card until the last minute!
The perfect choice of graphics I think, as my Noah is indeed a true little monkey!!!! The BP is by Reminisce, and is called Jungle Palms. I added some cut out sections of the BP to enhance the edges around the image, and double-layered the image. I also inked the edges, added a few gems and a peel off sentiment (hard to see.) I also made the personalised tags to co-ordinate on each side of the card.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Smiles from Ali x

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Dawn's Birthday Blog Candy

Good Evening my friends....exciting news! My great friend Dawn, from Dawn's Crafting is having a 'special' birthday next week, and to celebrate she is having a candy giveaway! Prizes include vouchers for Crafty Stash and Cardmaking Downloads, as well as loads of goodies too! Pop over and take a peek at Dawn's blog, you won't be disappointed.
Thanks Dawn, I'm on my way over right now!

Smiles from Ali x

Friday, 19 November 2010

'Owl's' That for a Card?!

I've been feeling a bit out of sorts recently, and realised I've not made a card for a while, so this evening I decided to do something about that! The card I made is for another dear friend's birthday, and I really enjoyed making it! The collection I have used is from The Creative Cottage and is called Lavender Sky, both the papers and the graphics collection. I followed a sketch (from my bank of sketches that I've been collecting) and added an organza ribbon, some square gems and a computer generated sentiment, using a font called Countryhouse.
I really like the muted lavender and pale blue colour scheme.

Smiles from Ali x

Thursday, 18 November 2010

P-P-P-Pick Up A Penguin!

LOL!!! Remember those adverts? If you don't then you're too young, but us oldies will do of course ;)

I just had to share this card with you, the image is soooo much fun, I love it! A penguin with teeth, and the cheekiest grin you've ever seen!
This easel card is made using a fab download by my great friend, Deb Lauder, owner of the CRAFTYSTASH site where you can find an array of wonderful downloads at fab prices. This one is a twisted pyramage sheet with a matching backing paper, and is just 75p! I love the effect of the twisted pyramage.......
I matted/layered using silver mirri-card and plain pink card, combined with the BP. I added a few silver snowflakes, a peel-off greeting and some funky fibres to finish.
I have entered it into the monthly competition over at Craftystash, where you can win gift certificates for both Craftystash AND Cardmaking Downloads....why not head over and take a look, you WON'T be disappointed!

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hugs, from Ali x

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Hello Cupcake!

Over on the Cardmaking Downloads forum, the theme for the ATC swap this month is 'Hello Cupcake!' Here is the selection of ATCs that have been swapped and will be on their way to their new homes very shortly.








Impressive and fun selection don't you agree?!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Shop 'Til You Drop!

Here are my ATCs for the swap over at Addicted to ATCs, where the theme for November is 'Shop 'Til You Drop!'

I used pyramaged images entitled 'Shop 'Til The Cows Come Home!' and a matching BP. I added some funky fibres and a die-cut handbag, cut using a Quickcutz die in my Bigshot. 

Each image is very slightly different......look carefully, I promise they ARE all different!! If you would like to purchase this sheet, you can find it over at Cardmaking Downloads.

Smiles from Ali x

Monday, 15 November 2010

I MAde Top 3!

Well, something to cheer me up just when I needed it! I have been chosen as one of the TOP 3 at Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog, for my Door Hanger!

You can see the door hanger I made HERE. 

BIG Smiles from Ali x

More ATC Returns

Morning! A short post this morning, I'm suffering with flu and trying to look after a very grumpy 'almost 4 year old' at the same time! not helped by the fact he's autistic and doesn't seem to want or need any sleep, which I could do with an abundance of atm! Hey Ho, the joys of motherhood I guess.

Today's pic is of the ATCs I received in the October swap at ATC Swappers...the theme? 'You've Been Boo'ed'....

Great eh?

Hope to get the chance to make/share something with you soon, just need to get rid of these wretched germs!

Ali x

Saturday, 13 November 2010

ACME Cards.....just add DST and Foamies!!

Today my mojo abandoned me, but I still wanted to make some cards, so I turned to by bank of wonderful downloads, all purchased from Cardmaking Downloads. Fab designs, just cut out, and with a few strips of DST and some foam pads, you've got a great card.

 Scrumptious Christmas Cascade
Created by Suz Brill, you can find it HERE.

Santa With Presents Easel Card
Created by Helen Plant, you can find it HERE.


Pink Snowman Triangle Card
By Suz Brill, you can find it HERE.


Jolly Santa Pinch Bag
By Sammy Murphy (site owner and designer) you can find it HERE.

Snowman Shadow Box Card
Created by Helen Plant, you can find it HERE.


 (Bird's Eye View)

I have deliberately not added ANYTHING to these, and you can see how great the cards are that you can create. What I haven't shown is that many of the downloads come with matching envies (these included) and the prices are fantastic value. Whatever else you do tonight, make sure you head over to CardMaking Downloads and add the site to your favourites!

Big Smiles, from Ali x

Friday, 12 November 2010

I've got Attitude!

Apparently I've got ATTITUDE! My blog that is! I've just been given this fab new award for blogs with attitude by Dawn over at Dawn's Crafting, thanks Dawn! ;)

There are a few 'rules' and a gift (a $5.00 'Digi’s With Attitude!' Gift Certificate!) so here goes:

(A) Share 3 things about me:

1) Before I had my littlies I won a bronze medal for Rock n Roll and Latin dancing! (No laughing please!)
2) When I was younger I could do the splits!
3) I am currently watching 'Peppa Pig' with my little boy!

(B) Pass it on to 5 other people:

(C) Display the Blog Award Badge (above) in your sidebar and link it back to the Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog......done!

Hope everyone is having a fab Friday, and looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!!

Big Smiles from Ali x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

ATC Returns

So far this month I have received my return swaps from Addicted to ATCs, Cardmaking & Papercraft forum, and Ali's ATC Swap Stop! Here are the ones I got in return:

From Addicted to ATCs where the theme was 'Hidden Treasures.'

Represented here are a pirates treasure map, a collection of ATCs and a poem, inside a folded ATC (see below)

From Cardmaking & Papercraft forum, where the theme was 'Halloween and/or Autumn':
And from Ali's ATC Swap Stop! Where the theme was 'Halloween and/or Harvest.'
I am thrilled with all of them! If you are interested in swapping ATCs then click on the links and join in the fun!

Smiles from Ali x