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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.

Monday 3 February 2014

Use a heart at Ooh La La

Well it's time for another fortnightly challenge at Ooh La La creations. Firstly thanks to everyone who entered our Men's cards challenge last time there were some wonderfully inspirational designs entered into the challenge and you can find the winners as well as our latest challenge over on the blog at http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/.

As the title suggests we are loved up for the next fortnight and we want to see you using hearts in your creations. I have been on the DT with Ooh La La for two years now and wanted to try something a bit different for this challenge. Ooh La LA have a reputation for producing fabulous CDs for card making but when I received the latest CD The Shawn Jenkins Collection I was so enamoured with the designs and the artwork I wanted to use them in some different projects so having finally got round to sorting through the hundreds of family photographs we have decided to use them in some scrapbook projects. So here is the first of several I have now created using Ooh La La papers in the layouts.

I chose three photographs I came across in a box that we inherited from my husband's Mum when she passed away. They were taken at our wedding, because Stephen was divorced our local vicar was not allowed to marry us in church because the Bishop did not approve so, we married at a registry office and had a wonderful blessing in our local church 5 days later. These photographs are from the registry office.

I wore a silver grey suit and I chose a lovely grey and white striped card from my stash as the background. Because my mum wore a beautiful raspberry colour I wanted to pick this out in my choice of papers and used the Love folder on the Shawn Jenkins CD, I also printed out the card topper from that folder as well to incorporate in my design. I think the sentiment running across the bottom fits the subject of the photographs so well 'All because two people fell in love'. I wanted a contrast to the Love paper and printed out a backing paper from the 'Elegant Rooster' folder on the same CD.

I used a journalling card from my stash and mounted that and the photographs on light grey card. I die cut the heart from a Tattered Lace folder that includes text but I removed the text and replaced it with single word cut using a Lili of the Valley die. The flowers were again cut with Tattered Lace dies the marguritte and daisy dies. Some of the flowers were cut from plain white card and coloured with a selection of pink and grey promarkers, finishing the centre with crystals and pearls. I also used theplain dies that come in the sets to cut flowers from the left over backing papers and layered these up adding pearls to the centres.

The title was made using wooden letters that had been coloured using promarkers and the coated with glossy accents.

I also added the topper from the CD into the second page and used bright pink gems as flower centres on some of the flowers to pick out the bright pink of the butterfly. I also added two intertwined hearts to the corner of the smallest photograph.

the addition of some die cut flourishes and pearl swirls completed the page. I have now found several photographs that Stephen's Mum had of out Church Blessing taken by a family friend whilst the official photographer was busy arranging us all our friend just clicked away and got some pictures that are far better than the official ones. They are next on my list to scrapbook. If you would like to get the Shawn Jenkins CD and see what I mean about the wonderful artwork you can get one from the Ooh La La Website.

I am entering this into the following Challenges 


  1. Fabulous layout Alli. Hugs x

  2. What wonderful l/o's and such a beautiful way to keep those cherished memories. It would fit very well into our Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  3. Gorgeous Alli, great idea to use the CD for scrapbooking too. Excellent LO's :)

  4. Fantastic Layouts & fabulous photo's!
    Dawn xx

  5. What can i say except wow....this is a most beautiful page......i see a lot of work in it and appreciate that.....just beautiful....

    fiona dT

  6. Beautiful layout, great use of colours. Thanks for joining us this week at Through the Purple Haze challenges.
    Eithne DT

  7. What beautiful layouts and such pretty details.You've coordinated everything perfectly with the colours in the photos.A lovely way to keep the memories of your special day.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  8. Fantastic layout. Love all the die cuts you've used. Thanks for joining the fun at TTPH.xx

  9. Great layouts & I love the colour scheme. Thanks for sharing again at
    Through The Purple Haze Challenges
    Hugs, Teresa DT
    Ceesa's Card Creations

  10. Gorgeous layout, so elegant, thanks for sharing with us at Through the Purple Haze, Lynne DT xxx

  11. lovely layout for such treasured memories. Thank you so much for entering with Through The Purple Haze this week Sian (DT)

  12. Beautiful work and layout thankyou for joining us at artistic inspirations this week.
    Good luck
    Fiona dt. x

  13. This is gorgeous, really beautifully laid out and lovely soft colours. Thanks for joining us this week over at CYP. Hugs, Samantha K :) x

  14. So cute <3
    Thank toy for playing whit us on TPND Norway :)
    Best reg Dt Anette