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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.

My Design Teams

Monday, 31 August 2015

Signs of Autumn at OOH La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'One for The Boys' Challenge there were some superb entries and to see if made the top 3 please check the Ooh La La Challenge blog

Our theme this time is ....

Signs of Autumn

I used the Paula Oakley Collection CD for my Card this time. Paula is incredibly talented and her paintings have an almost photographic quality to them.

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I thought Autumn Catnap was just perfect for this challenge.

The backing papers are all from the same folder and I matted them all onto black card stock before sticking them to an Ivory card blank. I matted the image onto black then ivory and then added this at an angle. I made the sentiment by shrinking the backing paper down to compress the colour banding - using MCS and then added the wording. I matted it onto black then ivory to match the image and then added 3 small gems. The flowers were made by using pages from an old book the paper was very thin so I glued several pages together and coated them in Mod Podge before I cut them out using a Tim Holtz die and used gems in autumn tones for the centres. The leaves are just peel offs that I put onto ivory card stock and then cut round and I added a real skeleton leaf to finish.

Monday, 17 August 2015

One for the Boys at Ooh La La Creations

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

Our theme this time is ....

One for the Boys

I used images from the Paula Oakley collection CD and I have to say it has some wonderful male themed images on it. To purchase your copy click on the image below.

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The folder I used is called 'Bull Dog Blues'.

I have a number of male friends who are musicians so this image was perfect for me. Especially as I will soon be off to Liverpool International Beatleweek to spend a wonderful week with friends listening to some amazing bands from all over the World playing Beatles Music Live in the City where it all began.
I Layered up two of the patterned papers and added a strip of ribbon and rather than a bow I used a blue enamel dot to secure two tails to the ribbon strip. I added die cut musical staves and then added the topper and the two sentiments.

I made my own inserts using another of the backing papers and using the digital Punch function on My Craft Studio to create the circles and frames which I overlaid onto the backing paper before printing out I added a die cut treble clef to finish

On the back of the card I added another die cut treble clef just to finish it off.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Nautical but Nice at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'Christmas in July' 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 ....


I used the gorgeous Femme Fatale CD for the topper for my creation. click on the image below to purchase your own copy.

The papers were from the Kidiwinks CD and the Fleur D'imagination CD

I found the topper in the ATC section of the CD and used the digital punch facility on My Craft Studio to cut her out in an oval. I then overlaid this on to a background from the Kidiwinks CD before printing off. The  seagull paper is also from the kidiwinks CD which I matted and layered onto silver pearl card and black card. I stuck the background to an 8x8 card and then added a strip of paper from the Fleur D'imagination CD across the centre. I mounted my topper on black card before adding it to my design. The wording is cut using an x-cut die from black card which had had silver gilding wax applied randomly over the surface. I had the pirate embellishments in my stash and added them to finish the card along with 3 white enamel dots.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Christmas in July at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'All That Glitters' 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 ....
Christmas in July

I know some people groan when Christmas is mentioned this early in the year but if you make something for this challenge that's one thing less to do nearer the big day.

I used the Shawn Jenkins CD to purchase your copy click on the image below.

I decided to try something a little different for this card so rather than printing off the lovely backing papers and matching topper, I just went to the embellishments folder on the CD. The lovely image of the ice skates is already there in the form of a bauble so I took that as my starting point.

In addition to the Ice skate bauble I also printed the snowflake bunting and the diamond patterned bunting. I added the letters to the diamond pattern bunting using my craft studio. I printed one topper from the Believe folder.

I cut out all the elements the two baubles in the background and the blue bow at top centre were cut from the Believe topper. I added glitter to the two baubles and bow and also added glitter to the ice skates.

I embossed white pearl card with a snow flake folder and then matted this onto white glitter card and a pale lilac pearl card.

I used strings of silver sequins to 'hang' the baubles, then added the bunting and the glittered bow across the top. I raided my die cut box to see what embellishments I had, the leaves flowers and snow flakes were all left over from last year's Christmas crafting and were cut using a mixture of Tattered Lace and Joanna Sheen dies. I then just played around with what I had until I was happy with the design The Happy Christmas Banner was one left over from a pack from about 5 years ago which I bought at 'Lakeland'. Once I was happy and all the flowers were stuck down I added Gem and pearl centres to finish.

I am entering this card into the following Challenges
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/  Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Extra - Anything Goes
http://papercreatorscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ _ Christmas in July
http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas/winter in July
http://craftygalscornerchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ -Christmas in July

Monday, 6 July 2015

All that Glitters at Ooh La La Creations

Good morning everyone in blog land. Firstly thank you for entering our Happy Birthday challenge at Ooh La La Creations there were some stunning cards. To check to see if you were in the top three pop over to the  Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

The theme for the next two weeks is...

All That Glitters.

So get out your glitter and gems and show us your creations.

I used an image and backing papers from the Shawn Jenkins collection to purchase a copy of the CD click on the image below.

I printed off the backing paper and mounted it on purple glitter card then wrapped glittery silver ribbon around a contrasting strip of backing paper and stuck this across the middle. I then added self adhesive lace from do crafts over the ribbon to tone it down slightly.

I added the words With Love to the image before printing it off and mounted it on the same purple glitter card before adding it to the card. I added the glitter gems and used stickles glitter glue on the large flowers in the image.

from the scraps of purple glitter card I cut the large flower using a 'Tattered Lace' Trio die. he small purple flowers were cut and embossed using a Sheen Douglass 'Sweet William' die. I also cut some vellum flowers and some leaves using 'Tattered Lace' trios and layered the flowers up before adding the gem centres. The little silver birds and the silver flourishes were from my die cut box - They were all one piece but had been bent in the centre so I snipped away the damaged part and cut the rest up to make the flourishes and birds.

I am entering this card in the following Challenges
http://cdsundaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk Flitter and Flutter Challenge 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Happy Birthday at Ooh La La creations

Hi everyone and thanks to all of you who entered the last challenge of 'Here Comes Summer' there were some lovely entries and it was really difficult to pick the top three to see if you were chosen head over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.
This fortnight the challenge is
 'Happy Birthday'

I used the 'Say it with Words CD' to order your copy click on the image below


I kept the card fairly simple and used one of the backing papers from the CD mounted on Kraft card for the background I added a strip of a contrasting backing paper and a panel of sequin mesh. The image was also mounted on Kraft card and I added the sentiment cut using the Brother Scan 'n' cut.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Here Comes Summer at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone in blogland. Firstly thank you for all your entries in our last Challenge 'Circles and Squares' there were some superb entries and to find out if you have made the top three pop over to The Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

It's my turn to choose a theme this time so I have chosen 

Here Comes Summer

So whether you look forward to long sunny days at the beach, spending time in the garden or even up to your knees in mud at a music festival we want your summer themed cards.

Here's mine 

I used the latest CD from Ooh La La Creations 'The Paula Oakley Collection' Paula is a wonderful artist and the CD really does have something for everyone and every occasion. You can obtain a copy by clicking on the image below.

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As soon as I saw this image when I was sent the CD to create samples for Create and Craft I was immediately transported to a holiday in 2001 with my dearest friend and her daughter to Weston- Super-Mere. One evening after dinner My friend, Diane and I decided we wanted to walk along the beach so the three of us set off. We hadn't gone very far when we noticed rather a pungent aroma. Diane's young daughter, Lyndsey asked what the smell was and trying to be polite I described it as being 'what the donkeys had left behind' Diane suddenly piped up 'You can put it on your rhubarb you know'. I just looked at her smiled and said 'really we always put custard on ours' 

Well that was it we looked at each other and started laughing and in that moment it was the funniest thing in the world - much to Lyndsey's utter embarrassment. So we continued along the beach with Lyndsey getting more and more frustrated that the two 'adults' in the party could be so childish, every time we started to get ourselves under control one of us would just say 'custard' and the whole process would start again. 

Even now the mention of 'custard' makes us laugh so these two delightful donkeys reminded me of that summer evening.

The card was really simple to make I used the backing papers and mounted them on pale blue and pale pink satin mirror board. I added a strip of contrasting backing paper and die cut bunting from blue card to add along the top.

The envelope is from the CD and I tucked it behind the image which had also been mounted on blue and pink satin mirror board. I added the sentiment and a bow and some pink gems.

I printed the bookmark from the CD and tucked it into the envelope making sure it could be removed as a keepsake.

I liked this image so much that I used it on my friends birthday card in May and of course there had to be a silly poem about 'Rhubarb and Custard' inside. It was slightly different in design to this one but on the day when I phoned her to wish her happy birthday - I could hear the laughter in her voice as she told me she loved the card.