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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 26 October 2015

Embossing at Ooh La La Creations

Hi Everyone, Once again thank you to everyone who entered our 'Pretty in Pink' 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 ....

That can be dry, heat embossing or even faux embossing so long as embossing is featured on your project I have used all three on mine.

I used an image from the bonus images folder on The 'Yesterday's Memories' CD 
To purchase a copy please click on the image below

I printed the topper and the matching backing paper onto white card then cut a square of the backing paper to fit an 8x8 card and matted this onto gold pearl paper and trimmed it to leave a narrow border.

I used ranger embossing ink around the edge of topper and heat embossed it with fairy tale gold embossing powder from 'papermania'.  I then matted it onto the gold pearl paper and trimmed it to leave a narrow border. 

I cut a panel of cream pearl paper and embossed this using the 'chains' embossing folder from Tattered Lace and I wrapped a piece of red satin and red velvet ribbon round the panel and matted it onto gold pearl paper.

I layered the panels up and tucked the corner of the topper under the ribbon.

The ornaments and bell are faux embossed they are actually die cut lattice ornaments layered onto the same colour of paper to give an embossed look to them.I threaded them all with sparkly thread and 'hung' them at different heights fastening the loose ends of thread over the back of the main panel before securing it to a cream  card blank.

I added a red organza bow and some red gems. I added red Gems to the topper and finished off with die cut and embossed Christmas roses and some pine branches leaves and pine cones.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Halloween Treats at My Sheri Crafts

I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to join the team as guest designer for this weeks challenge. It's all about creating treats or bags for Halloween cute or scary it is up to you. for more inspiration go to the My Sheri Crafts Blog 

So here is my project



 I don't really do Halloween but having scrapped some photos of the grand children from last year I had some lovely Graphic 45 papers called 'Once Upon an Eerie Tale' in my stash. I also had a few foam shapes so I used these to make two panels which I then stuck to the front and back of a plain white bag. I added some dangling bead and charm embellishments that I made from old bits of Jewellery that I had found in local charity shops.

The small 'Day of the Dead' skull was made from a plastic tree ornament from my local supermarket it had blue LED lights inside so I just used some decopatch papers from my stash to cover it.

Below is a close up of the panels for the bag



 I will fill it with small packs of sweets to be offered to any little ones who knock on our door on the night.

Monday 12 October 2015

Pretty in Pink at Ooh La La Creations

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

Our theme this time is ....

Pretty in Pink

For my DT piece this time I used the Paula Oakley Collection CD and you can purchase your copy by clicking on the link below.

Latest CD

This is actually one of the sample pieces I made for the launch of the CD on Create and Craft 

I used the image from the Hearts and Laces folder on the CD and the plaid backing paper is from the same folder the pink 'textured' paper is from the bonus papers folder.

The bag was one I had left over after making the gift bags for my two youngest grandsons' Christenings

I started by cutting the pink textured paper in two and sticking it top and bottom of a plain white A 4 card that I had run through a patchwork embossing folder. I resized the image to make it larger and used a large oval die to cut it out and used double sided foam tape to stick it to the centre of the panel.I die cut the lettered bunting from white card and backed this with green card before arranging it underneath the oval and securing it. The teddy and 'baby Girl' were cut from white card stock and added to the panel.

Once I had completed the panel I stuck it to the bag using super sticky tape. I then positioned the bunting along the top and cut a length of lace which I secured behind the bunting and then stuck this along the top panel. The flowers and heart pins are from my stash.

On the back of the bag I used another of the backing papers from the Hearts and Laces folder and wrapped ribbon threaded lace top and bottom before securing to the bag. I added a strip of white card that had been embossed through a Patchwork embossing folder. I die cut three hearts in decreasing sizes from white, and green card stock and the plaid backing paper and hen attached this to the centre of the patchwork strip.

I added a die cut sentiment to the heart and then covered a plain white tag with the plaid paper and added a die cut teddy bear, before looping the tag round one of the handles. I added some white die cut butterflies and tied pink and white organza ribbon bows around the base of the handles on each side.

I am entering this into the following challenge
http://myshericrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ - Pink and Pretty