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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, 24 November 2014

Christmas at Ooh La La Creations

Firstly I want to say what amazing projects were entered in our more than one fold challenge. To see if you were a winner please check out Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

This time our theme is .......

Christmas

Having been rally organised this year all my cards were finished when I came to work on this project so I had time to do something a little different.


I used the CD Yuletide Wishes and The image is 'Christmas Angel' I also used one of the patterned papers from the folder.

It really is easy to make but looks very effective.


To make the candle you will need the following.


A plain white pillar candle (I got mine in a budget shop)
White Tissue Paper - I just use the sort you buy for packaging although some craft shops sell tissue specifically for printing - but this is more expensive
A piece of A4 card
Double sided tape 
A pair of Scissors 
Greaseproof Paper 
A Heat Gun 

1.Attach the tissue paper to the card using double sided sticky tape around the edges - this is so that it will go through the printer.

2.Select the image and print it onto the tissue paper and leave it to dry I used a sakura gel pen to add some sparkle to the image (the wings and the flowers at this stage)

3. Once the image is dry trim round the edges to release it from the card, I also clip the corners off the tissue so that it blends into the  candle better.


4. Wrap the image right side out round the candle and wrap a piece of grease proof paper over the top, leaving enough paper to fold into a 'handle to hold onto whilst heating. 


5. Use the heat gun on high and hold over an area of the image until the wax begins to melt and makes the greaseproof paper transparent.


6. Continue to heat until the whole of the image, and the edges of the tissue paper are coated in a layer of wax - the whole image will be visible through the grease proof paper.

7. Carefully unwrap the candle and buff gently over the image with a soft cloth.


The candle can still be lit as the wick will burn down the centre of the candle leaving the image in tact.

To make the box I measured the height of the candle and added about an inch to this measurement and I scored lines 4 inches apart to make three sides of the box. I then cut a separate panel for the front the same height as the rest of then box but 6 inches across.

I used a die to cut an aperture in the front piece and then added a piece of acetate behind the panel Then scored the panel at 1 inch and 5 inches to allow a fold to fix to the back of the box.. 

I added panels of my backing paper mounted on gold card inside the box and around the outside.

The lid is made from a piece of a card 6 and a 1/4 inches square and I scored each side at 1 inch from the  edge this gives a nice cosy fit for the box lid.



I then placed the candle in the box with my angel looking out through the snowy window.



The measurements for the box are not exact as they will vary depending on teh size of candle you use.

I am entering this into the following Challenges.

http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.co.uk/ -Anything Goes
http://www.throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/  - Anything Goes


Monday, 10 November 2014

More than one fold at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone and firstly thank you for all the entries into our Witching hour Challenge. I had a really difficult time picking the top three but to see if you are included please check out the results on the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog .

Whilst you're there check out the fabulous projects from the DT for the new challenge of

'More Than One Fold'

This time I have chosen to work with the gorgeous Nursery Times CD which can be purchased from the Ooh La La Creations shop




I learnt to make these boxes at this years Summer crafting and they are so easy yet have a real wow factor when complete, with beauty of folding flat for posting.



Just use the template below printed to fit a piece of A4 card Cut on the solid lines and score on the dotted lines .


Choose your images and stick them on the surfaces of the main box making sure that they wiyll be the correct way up when the box opens. 

Use the two strips inside the box to create platforms for further images or embellishments. Fold the strips into a 'z' shape to ensure that the card will still fold flat for posting.




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 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Inspired by Nature at Ooh La La Creations

Thank you so much for all your lovely entries using bows and ribbons last time to check to see if you have made the top 3 please visit the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog 

This time we want to see your creations

Inspired by Nature 

As soon as I saw this challenge theme I knew what I was going to do as my DT project. The last holiday myself and hubby took with my parents before Mum passed away was to Cornwall in 2007 and we took the chance to visit the Eden Project whilst there. I took lots of photographs and go a bit arty lying on the floor to snap pictures looking up through the canopies of the trees in the rain forest zone. I also took the picture of the large bee sculpture outside the bio domes and it was just waiting to be scrapbooked using the Bee Happy folder from the Everyday Occasions CD.



I chose two background papers from the CD the one with the bee hives from the Bee Happy folder and the one with the swirls from the Humming Bird with Trumpet flower.

I used a quick card in the Bee Happy design to use for my journalling and added a Humming bird which I cut from the topper for the Hummingbird with trumpet flower design I cut 4 of these and decoupaged 2 humming birds the other is on the page next to the title which I die cut.











I finished the layout off with the addition of the flowers which I picked at random from a bag of these flowers I have in my stash, after all nature is fairly random and i wanted to try and recreate the different colours in the wild flower meadow that is the centre photograph in the group of three. I picked up a bag of buttons and flat backs from hobby craft that included the bee hive which I stuck to the front of the card and the bees and pink heart which I placed in amongst the flowers. I added the ribbon banner pieces because at Eden they have the most amazing banners on flag poles around the site and although the ones at Eden are deep crimson and purple I wanted the yellow and green to reflect the Bee in the Photograph and the Green of the leaves in in the smaller pictures.













Monday, 29 September 2014

Use a Bow at Ooh La La Creations

Hi There, well what great male themed card we had for the last challenge. You can check out if you have won at Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

This time our theme is use a bow - so get out your ribbon, lace, string and twine and  see what you can come up with.

I made the following card using a digi stamp from digi stamps 4 joy and backing papers from the Shawn Jenkins collection CD

I needed a card quickly for my stepdaughter and her family who were moving into a new house. Made with just 1 days notice - her dad forgot to tell me she was moving.





It really was a quick and easy card and she loved it.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Birthday Boy at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone firstly thanks for all the lovely CAS cards last time to see if you are in our top three go and check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog .

This time our theme is Birthday Boy so lets see all your male themed Birthday cards.



I used a pyramage sheet from the Boys to Men CD but changed the colouring to Sepia toning on my graphics programme. The tickets are from the Say it with Words CD. The striped backing paper is also from the Boys to Men CD and I added a plain blue strip that had been wrapped with a paler blue ribbon and two pearl buttons to finish.

Both the CD's I used can be purchased from the Ooh La La Creations shop

Monday, 1 September 2014

Clean and Simple at Ooh La La Creations

Hello There firstly thank you for sharing all your wonderful fancy folds with us last time to check out to see if you made our top three check out the Ooh La La creations Challenge Blog.

We have gone from one extreme to the other this time with the theme for the next fortnights challenge being

Clean and Simple

I used one of our older CD's 'Silhouette Magic' to come up with this pretty card.



I just printed the image off and made my sentiment from one of the blank tags on the disc. I used pearl paper in pale blue and pink for the matting and layering and added a grey polka dot ribbon and three pearls to finish.