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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. I want to start doing more scrapbooking in 2014 - I have a huge amount of family photos that need to be made up into layouts.

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Love is in the Air at Ooh La La Creations


Hello everyone. I hope you are all surviving the wretched weather we are having at the moment, having been battered by storm Gertrude it would appear that we are now in the throes of Storm Henry here in the UK. I can hear the hailstones hitting the windows as I type.

It has therefore been a really welcome reminder of springtime looking at some of the entries into our last challenge at Ooh La La Creations 'In The Country'. To see if you made our top three pop over to the Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

This time our theme is 
Love and Romance  

I used an image and papers from the 'Say it with Words' CD to make this easel card. If you want a copy of the CD click on the image below to take you to the website, and whilst you are there check out the free downloads section for some lovely images.





I decided to go with a heart shaped front to the card which I cut freehand and covered this with the gorgeous background paper from the 'I really really love you' folder on the CD. I enlarged a section of one of the other background papers to print off the patterned heart and used smaller versions of this same heart for the corners.  I had the filigree heart strip in my stash and the net is part of a fruit bag from the supermarket.

I fussy cut the image of the little girl and mounted her on black card before fussy cutting again. The bunting is also on teh CD and I just added the letters to spell the word 'LOVE' 

The stopper for the easel is a ticket again from the CD which I added the words to to be revealed as the card opens. 



The card folds flat for posting .

Monday, 18 January 2016

Join us 'In The Country' at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone and thank you for all your lovely girlie entries into our challenge over the last fortnight. To see if you were chosen as one of the top three please go to the Ooh La La Challenge blog.

This fortnight our theme is

'In The Country'


Back in September we went to Wales for a week and was able to try my new camera out on some glorious scenery. I decided when doing scrapbook of the holiday that I wanted these pictures on a 12x12 page so having chosen a neutral paper for the base I ripped a piece out of the top and inked the edges of the tear before adding a piece of backing paper from the Paula Oakley Collection CD in the gap. I then used various papers from teh bonus paper folder on the Dreams of Tranquility CD to make the layers. These papers are truly gorgeous being taken from photographs of natural textures such as bark and cedar branches then printed in several different colours. I chose touse the tones of brown and light green for the papers I used here.

Monday, 4 January 2016

A very Girlie New Year at Ooh La La Creations.







I hope everyone had a marvellous Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you to everyone who supported the Ooh La La challenge blog in 2015 there were some fabulous entries in our fortnightly challenges. To see if you were a winner in our final challenge of 2015 pop over to the
Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

You'll also find our first challenge for 2016 which is 'Girlie' so lets see your creations and whilst you are there please pop onto the DT blogs to check out their creations and leave them some love.

Here is my project for the challenge I found this old photo of my Grand daughter looking very girlie, which is quite unusual for her as she is a definite tom boy.

So I used papers from the Paula Oakley Collection CD to create a scrap book page. You can purchase one from the website by clicking on the image below.




The papers were from the 'Button Love' and 'Hearts and Laces' folders. The flowers were from the embellishments folder and the lie laugh and love tags were blank sentiment boxes from the sentiments folder and I just added the text.

The little heart and embroidery stamps were from the selection of toppers in the Button Love folder. finally the pink and white polka dot buttons were from a background paper and I cut each one out to add to the centre of the large flowers and use as embellishments. 




Monday, 23 November 2015

Let it Snow at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'Pearls and Lace' Challenge there were some gorgeous entries and to see if made the top 3 please check the Ooh La La Challenge blog

Our theme this time is ....

Let it Snow

For my design this time I have used 'With help from my Friends' on the 'Christmas Presence' CD. You can purchase a copy by clicking on the image below.



I used a snow globe template to make my card blank. Once I had printed off the image I used the template to mark and cut the image in a circle that was slightly larger than the aperture. I added some glitter to the image and whilst this was drying I covered the front of the snow globe with one of the backing papers from the folder.

I didn't have any acetate in my stash so I used a cello card bag which I stuck behind the aperture and then trimed and sealed the open edges using super sticky tape but leaving a small opening at the top. I put half a teaspoon of flower soft polar white and crystal glitter into the bag and then sealed the top. I used double sided sticky foam all around the edges of the bag and once the glitter on the image was dry I stuck this to the back.

I die cut several snow flakes from white glitter card and a silver snow flake border and arranged these around the aperture. I finished off with the Happy Christmas tag and bows tied using an ice blue organza ribbon.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Pearls and Lace at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'Embossing' Challenge there were some fabulous entries and it was really difficult to pick out the top 3 to see if you made it please check the Ooh La La Challenge blog

Our theme this time is ....

Pearls and Lace
I used an image from Wedding folder on The 'Yesterday's Memories' CD 
To purchase a copy please click on the image below



I love this image and have used it on several cards and projects. 

I printed off the image and the page curl backing paper and a contrasting paper from the same folder and the sentiment was taken from a quick card on the same CD.

I matted the page curl paper on a plum coloured pearl paper and adhered the panel to the an ivory card blank. I decided to use paper lace as well as real lace in my project and die cut the Celtic heart and the heart corner from the same plum coloured paper. I also cut lacy bunting from the contrasting paper. I used the contrasting paper on the corner of the card to look as if it has been revealed by teh page curl.

I added a strip of real lace across the centre and then matted the image onto plum paper and a cream scalloped oval. I used dies to make the lacy flowers and added shell pink pearls to the centres. The Pearl swirls are from a selection available in the Ooh La La shop.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Embossing at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'Pretty in Pink' Challenge there were some gorgeous entries and to see if made the top 3 please check the Ooh La La Challenge blog

Our theme this time is ....

Embossing
That can be dry, heat embossing or even faux embossing so long as embossing is featured on your project I have used all three on mine.

I used an image from the bonus images folder on The 'Yesterday's Memories' CD 
To purchase a copy please click on the image below




I printed the topper and the matching backing paper onto white card then cut a square of the backing paper to fit an 8x8 card and matted this onto gold pearl paper and trimmed it to leave a narrow border.

I used ranger embossing ink around the edge of topper and heat embossed it with fairy tale gold embossing powder from 'papermania'.  I then matted it onto the gold pearl paper and trimmed it to leave a narrow border. 

I cut a panel of cream pearl paper and embossed this using the 'chains' embossing folder from Tattered Lace and I wrapped a piece of red satin and red velvet ribbon round the panel and matted it onto gold pearl paper.

I layered the panels up and tucked the corner of the topper under the ribbon.

The ornaments and bell are faux embossed they are actually die cut lattice ornaments layered onto the same colour of paper to give an embossed look to them.I threaded them all with sparkly thread and 'hung' them at different heights fastening the loose ends of thread over the back of the main panel before securing it to a cream  card blank.

I added a red organza bow and some red gems. I added red Gems to the topper and finished off with die cut and embossed Christmas roses and some pine branches leaves and pine cones.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Halloween Treats at My Sheri Crafts

I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to join the team as guest designer for this weeks challenge. It's all about creating treats or bags for Halloween cute or scary it is up to you. for more inspiration go to the My Sheri Crafts Blog 

So here is my project


Front 


back

 I don't really do Halloween but having scrapped some photos of the grand children from last year I had some lovely Graphic 45 papers called 'Once Upon an Eerie Tale' in my stash. I also had a few foam shapes so I used these to make two panels which I then stuck to the front and back of a plain white bag. I added some dangling bead and charm embellishments that I made from old bits of Jewellery that I had found in local charity shops.

The small 'Day of the Dead' skull was made from a plastic tree ornament from my local supermarket it had blue LED lights inside so I just used some decopatch papers from my stash to cover it.

Below is a close up of the panels for the bag


 Front 


Back

 I will fill it with small packs of sweets to be offered to any little ones who knock on our door on the night.