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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 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 .......


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.