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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. In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic. I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.

Saturday 20 October 2012


I don't usually go for the whole Halloween thing, due mainly to it not being something that has any roots in my childhood. However a few nights ago I was making a Christmas card and using some die cut corners which I had cut using a Cherry Lynn die, called holly corners. I was suddenly struck with an idea that if I turned the corners upside down and made a few well placed snips with scissors I could create a bat. This lead me to search my stash for suitable items to create a Halloween Card so I could use my bats and here is what I came up with.

 Materials used

8 inch square Kraft card base
Black card
Bright Orange Card
Image, backing paper and sentiment from the Ooh La La CD Femme Fatale in the ATC folder.
Black Lace, Black ribbon, Hessian strip, and Gold Organza ribbon from my stash
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Gems and beads from stash
Gold stamp it up pigment ink pad
Marianne dies LRO157 - Leaves and  LRO206 - Ivy Leaves
Kreasions die - Fern Leaves
Cherry Lynn die Holly Corner.
Black glitter from my stash.

I resized the image of the Witch from the ATC folder and cropped off the happy Halloween greeting down the side, I also resized the Happy Halloween sentiment. The backing paper was from the flights of fancy folder on the Femme Fatale CD and by opening it in my craft studio I was able to adjust the colour to fit this project. I printed 2 copies of the topper and 1 sentiment onto white card. If you haven't come across Ooh La La CDs before then you can find the full range here . They are really versatile and can be used stand alone or in a graphics programme as I have on this project and they contain some stunning images and backing papers.

To give the card some extra depth I fussy cut one image of the Witch from the topper and using scissors to gently curve the skirt I glued this over the image on the other topper using glue gel. I then added some spots of PVA using a microfine tip to her hat the hem of the dress and the corset area of the dress before sprinkling with ultrafine black glitter. This was left t one side to dry.

I then cut the Black card, orange card and backing paper to size to leave a thin border of the base card showing.

I roughed the edges of the backing paper and orange card and rubbed the edges along the gold ink pad before sticking the backing paper to the orange card. I then wrapped this panel with the Hessian strip and the black lace and ribbon sticking the ends at the back of the panel to ensure a neat finish and then sticking this panel to the black card panel before sticking the whole panel to the base card.

I die cut a selection of leaves using the dies listed above from black card. To allow the topper to dry fully I made up 2 jewel pins using a selection of beads from my stash, which have been collected from various charity shop buys of old jewellery. I used 2 long Jewellers pins with decorative flower finials and coated the pin in glue gel ( by sticking it into the end of the tube) and the slid the beads into place. I wiped the end of the pin which was left exposed and left these to dry.

I roughed the edge of the topper using scissors and rubbed this onto the gold stamp pad, I also did the same with sentiment. I stuck the topper onto the card using glue gel and added the flourishes either side, before adding the sentiment.

I tied a double bow in the organza ribbon and having played with the various leaves diecuts stuck the leave to the card with the bow over the top of the join. I then added the orange flowers and berries and whilst the glue gel I had used to hold the flowers and bow in place was still wet I pushed the jewelled pins in at an angle.

The bats were made by snipping off the centre of the three holly leaves and the flourish from the holly corners die cut. I also flattened the top edge of the remaining 2 leaves snipping off the holly points, These were then turned upside down and the orange gems added for eyes and a black crystal gem for the nose.

The final touch was a line of three of the orange pearls on the bottom corner of the sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Use autumn colours - Orange and gold
http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - make your own embellishments - the pins and the bats
http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk - Halloween
http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ Which,Witch is which?
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Halloween
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Orange Black and Choice - my choice being the Brown of the Kraft card and Hessian
http://hookedoncraftchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ Halloween
http://lilredwagon.blogspot.co.uk/ - Bowdelicious (include a bow in the design)
http://onestopcraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ -Anything goes
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Girls Girls Girls - well my Witch is definitely a girl


  1. This is lovely, thank you for sharing with us at Craft your Passion. And good luck.
    Caz xx CYP DT

  2. Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge Blog this challenge

  3. Lovely card..thanks for joining us at PPC...

  4. Lovely Card...Thanks for joining us at PPC.

  5. Beautiful card! Love the layers! Thanks for joining us at CYP for our Which witch is which challenge! HUgsxx

  6. What a super cute card. I like your colors choice and that image is superb. Also love the CAS style design like Clear Cards. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great use of shapes. Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  8. What a darling card! I love all of the details you added to this and the touches of die cuts everywhere. Thank you for joining us this week at the Fab 'n Funky Challenge!

    Jackie, Fab 'n Funky DT

  9. Awesome card!!! Thanks for participating in our PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY challenge!!

  10. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining Penny's Paper-Crafty 'Girls, Girls, Girls' Challenge. Diane x

  11. Wow, great idea with the bats. Love your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Helen DT xx

  12. Great card and those beads on your bats really give them added spookiness! Love the sentiment plate with the lampost. You've managed to keep it girly too which can be tricky with Halloween cards.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  13. That's fab. What a great idea to use the holly die as bats.

    Thank you for joining in at OSCC this week.

    Susan x

  14. Great card and I love your bats. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

  15. wow, this is a really elegant Halloween card - love it
    Many thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiment this week
    Doreen xx