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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, 21 July 2014

Vintage at Ooh La La Creations

Good Morning and thank you for all the lovely Easel cards you entered into the last challenge you need to check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog to see if you are a winner or in our top three.

This time our theme is Vintage.....

Here is my project.

I found this old photograph in the back of one of my Mum's photo albums and had no idea who the lady in the picture was. Having removed the photograph and turned it over I noticed my mum had written the word grandma on the back so that would make this my Great Grandma. Sadly my Mum is no longer with us to ask about her but my Dad has confirmed this was Mum's Maternal Grandma so meet great Grandma Higginson.

For the layout I used a cream base card and inked the edges with brown ink and I added a rub on to the  bottom left corner. I then printed off several patterned papers from the Yesterday's memories CD. The striped paper was a bit of a happy accident it should have been a vintage green colour which can be seen right along the bottom edge but the yellow in my printer ran out during the process so it ended up predominantly blue. I rather liked the way the green had faded away at the bottom so decided to use it anyway distressing the edges with a pair of scissors and brown ink. I added a smaller rub on to the bottom right corner.

I cut the other papers into different sized panels and distressed the edges in the same way as I did for the blue paper. Having found the vintage tear drop lace in my stash I also found the lovely deep pink coloured velvet ribbon and threaded this through the lace.

The photo of Great Grandma was mounted onto two scraps of card which had also been distressed.
The title panel is one of the CD and I added the text before printing it off,

Finally I went through my embellishments box and found various buttons and some resin and paper clay flowers, which were used to create the cluster effect around the cameo, something I picked up from a beading company along with the metal flowers and leaves. To balance the design I added a lovely metal corner to the top right of the blue paper panel.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sun Sea Sand and Ice Cream

I have recently gotten more and more into scrpabooking and have been enjoying taking part in teh challenges over at Colour Stories Inspiration. Each week we are given a colour scheme, elements to include and Inspiration for the journalling in the form of a case file - The rest is up to us.

For the month of July they have teamed up with Artastic - Inspirational Challenge blog to produce the following case file

I found some old polaroid photos of myself with my parents and family friends on holiday in Italy in 1979. They were somewhat faded and so I scanned them into photo shop and managed to clean them up with colour correction and used them to produce the following page. 

I used all of the five colours required by the scheme, I then made a canopy border by drawing round the outside of two tag dies from a set of nesting dies to form a scalloped edge and hand cut these and layered them up. I included the spots on the smaller of two canopy layers and also on the washi tape stripes. I added some vintage transportation images from Graphic 45. The hot air balloon had the word Italia on it so it seemed really appropriate. I added a banner to this which when pulled concertinas outwards to reveal my journalling about the holiday. I have included various details such as visiting Venice and the Island of Murano to see the glass makers workshops, tasting pizza for the very first time (It wasn't commonly available in England in 1979), also the mind-boggling number of flavours of ice - cream at our favourite cafe which is pictured. i finish on the tale of me bringing the entire main street in Jesselo to a standstill by having full blown hysterics when a wasp crawled down my cleavage - I had discovered 12 months previously that I am highly allergic to wasp stings and swell up alarmingly if stung. Fortunately on this occasion my Mum and her friend Phyllis managed to get rid of the wasp before it could sting me. I was left very shaken by the whole thing and somewhat embarrassed when I realised everyone had been looking at me a situation soon remedied by My Dad and his friend Harold taking me for one of the afore mentioned ice cream sundaes.
I used a art Deco die set to cut the letters for my title as I felt that the inspiration image provided was very Deco in style and wanted to include this element in the page.

I have entered this page into the challenge on the ARTastic blog as well as on the CSI page.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Easel Card challenge at Ooh La La Creations

Good Morning every one and thank you so much for entering our last Let them eat Cake Challenge. To find out if you are the winner or in the top three go over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

This time we want to see all your Easel cards so without further ado here's mine

I used papers from the Shawn Jenkins collection CD these are from the Cupcake Cream folder. I matted the papers onto brown card. I also fussy cut one of the cupcakes from a topper to make the stopper inside the card. 

I love using the page curl papers from Ooh La La as they lend their selves so well to lining the base of easel cards and in this instance I used the page curl over another matching patterned paper. Because this card is intended for my grand- daughter who lives the other end of the country I have to post it so to cut down on teh bulk I actually did the layering of the page curl papers on the computer before printing so the base is just one layer of paper but because of the fabulous design of the paper it looks as though there are two layers.

The front of the card folded flat for posting. I added some clear glitter to the frosting on the cupcakes in the topper and a little button in the shape of a cupcake is the finishing touch.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Let Them Eat Cake at Ooh La La creations

Good morning and thanks to everyone who entered the male themed / Fathers' Day challenge last time. There were some gorgeous entries and you can see the top three over on the challenge blog by clicking the link http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

This time it is my choice for the theme and the photograph of my grandson Brandan, taken just after he had clearly wrestled with a tricky bit of chocolate cake gave me the inspiration for the theme. so without further ado the theme is

Let Them Eat Cake 

We are looking for cake themed projects, any type or size of cake will do as long it is cake and lets be honest it is a good way to enjoy calorie free cake using it in crafting so here is that photo and my project .

I chose a lovely rich cream card as my base for this 12x12 page and then used papers and a trimmed down topper from the Shaun Jenkins Collection CD this is great for scrapbooking and card making alike as there  are some wonderfully versatile designs included.

The titles are felt adhesive letters picked up in my local Hobbycraft shop.

I layered several papers behind the photo and added a paper doily and three cupcakes made from Martha Stewart paper clay.

I typed some little phrases onto white card and trimmed these and added them around the layout. I used 'undercurrent' font and colour matched them to the colours in the papers using MCS elite.

I trimmed the Happy Birthday off the topper and added the image to the bottom of the page to mirror the three little cupcake embellishments. 

Oh and if you think the chocolate cake is messy wait till you see what he did with a chocolate pudding and a spoon.

Monday, 9 June 2014

It's all about the Men at Ooh La La

Good Morning and once again huge thanks to all who entered our 'Bear it all' Challenge last time. we had some wonderful entries and the top three can be found over on the challenge blog by clicking the link http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

This time we are looking for your Male themed creations and with Father's Day looming on the horizon I came up with this card fro my Dad.

I used papers from the bonus papers folder on the new 'Say it With Words' CD and that's where the sentiment tag came from too it is on there as a  blank tag in a variety of colours and you can add your own greeting. Don't forget to watch the launch of the CD on create and craft TV at 15:00 hrs BST on 9th June. The other CD I used was for the image and the border which are both from the 'Boys to Men CD' you can get yours from the Ooh La La Website.

I kept the design simple my Dad is 88 now and he doesn't do fussy.

Inside teh card I printed off a section of teh topper image at 8x8 and reduced the opacity. I added a die cut oval in my graphics programme and added a greeting that was in keeping with the image.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Bear it All at Ooh La La Creations

Firstly thank you to everyone who entered our 'Quotations' challenge last time pop over to the Ooh La La creations Challenge blog to see if you are a winner.

This fortnight we want to see you bear it all so bears in all shapes, sizes colours and hues are the order of the day.

I used a quick card  and paper from the Boys to Men CD to create a scrapbook page about a Teddy Bears picnic some of us participated in. It all started when we found some old photos of us on a 'George Harrison' tour of Liverpool to mark his birthday. It had been pouring down in teh morning and whilst we waited for the tour bus we took refuge in the Beatles story and they had just taken a delivery of Beatle Bears so we all bought one of course the George Bears were very popular considering it was mainly George fans assembled and we took photos of the Bears at various landmarks in Liverpool which were related in some way to George. when we came across the photos we were remembering all the fun we had with our bears and our tour guide from that day Jackie Spencer came up with teh idea of the Teddy Bears picnic. We all met at Sefton Park Palm House a building that George donated money to restore to its former glory. So here we are with our bears on the day.

I included a copy of the lyrics to 'Teddy Bears' Picnic' and that's where I took the title from. 

Behind the picture of Jackie I have used the lovely Teddy Bear weave paper from the family picnic folder - I also included one of the quick cards from the same folder to show the Teddy's setting off on their picnic or they could be going home as 'tired little teddy bears'

We caused quite a stir on the day when visitors to the palm house rounded a corner to find us sitting on my Beatle blanket and partaking of such delights as veggie sausage rolls, home made scones (reference to the film Backbeat) Chocolate brownies (reference to George's appearance on The Simpsons') and of course Jelly Babies (because George once told a reported that John had eaten all his Jelly Babies and ever after fans used to throw Jelly Babies at the band when they played). It prompted may questions from visitors and of course we told them how George had donated a substantial amount of money to the restoration of the palm house to save it when it looked as if it would have to be demolished because he remembered visiting there as a child with his older brother Peter.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Quotations at Ooh La La

Well we had some wonderful entries into our Faithful friends challenge the winners can be found on the Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

This fortnight out theme is 'Quotations' so we want you to include a quotation on your card.

We on the DT have been really excited about this challenge as it has given us the perfect excuse for giving you a sneak peak of the New Ooh La La Creations CD 'Say it with words' which will be launched on Monday 9th of June at 3pm BST on Create and Craft.

It has something for everyone and is very versatile.However you'll need to tune in to see the show if you want to know more and see even more of the samples the DT have made for the show.

I have chosen to make a Gift and a card with matching tag and mini envelope from a folder on the CD called

'Believe in magic' it is based on a Roald Dahl quotation

'Those who don't believe in magic will never find it'

apart from some mirror card for the die cutting, a piece of acetate, some gold washi tape and cosmic shimmer pearlised glue everything else is from the CD.

The candle is a plain white pillar candle from a local pound store and I printed one of the topper images onto tissue paper then applied this to the candle with a heat gun.

The box is made from A3 card with a cut away section lined with acetate that has little gold dandelion clocks on it. 

I printed off three of the patterned papers from the folder on teh CD onto thin card and then cut these to line nd cover the outside of the box. I don't have an A3 printer so couldn't just print straight onto the card for the box. I reinforced the lid and bottom of the box with gold washi tape to give a neater edge.

I finished off the box front with 2 die cut dandelions and two sentiments and then added some single dandelion clocks to the front of the lid.

I used one of the tag shapes from the tags and sentiments folder and then added a 'ribbon' border from the embellishments folder and added the word Believe. The image I added using a digital punch feature in my graphics programme. The bow is also from the embellishments folder and I added more of the single dandelion clocks to the image and some dots of pearlised glue on the border.

The envelope just prints off from the 'believe in Magic' and is so easy to fold I added another Dandelion clock and sentiment to the front. The design on the front of the envelope is the same as that on the front of the box but with less opacity, the reverse is the same design but with full opacity so the design can be seen.

For the card I printed off the same 3 backing papers I used for the box. I kept the lovely yellow and orange paper as the main piece and matted it onto gold mirror card then gave it a spritz with gold mica pigment to give a really subtle sparkle.

I punched a fancy edge into the green paper to make a border and added a strip of the pretty floral pattern that reminds me so much of dandelion clocks - speaking of which I added a further clock to teh front with some singles working their way up the card, and added a sentiment.

I finished the card off by adding the printed insert from the folder.

So there you have it a sneak peak at the new Ooh La La CD.