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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 29 February 2016

Add a Sentiment for Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone,
So this blog will go live on the 29th February 2016 - I wonder what you will all do with your extra day. I will be using my extra day to top up  my fitness before taking on the Cancer Research Challenge of 10,000 steps a day in March. I plan to use the challenge to get out more and photograph my local area and scrap book the results Anyone who wants to keep updated on my progress can check it out here

Now back to the task in hand and it is a huge thank you all for your entries into our Clean and Simple challenge at Ooh La La Creations last time out. There were some beautiful projects entered to see if you have been chosen as our top three pop over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog. Whilst you are there you can check out the DT projects for the new challenge this fortnight
' Add a Sentiment'

For my project I chose my favourite image from the Yesterdays Memories CD to work with. You can purchase a copy of this CD from the Ooh La La Creations web site  by clicking on the image below 

The inspiration for this card came when I saw some sets of ribbons and buttons in my local LIDL store for £1.00 I obtained 5 reels of pretty ribbon with three coordinating buttons for each design.  Having got the ribbons home I decided that the pattern on this one would work perfectly with my favourite image from The Yesterdays' Memories CD. 
 I used the backing papers from the same folder on the CD to make a multi layered background wrapping the ribbon that had been threaded through a charm of the Eiffel Tower around the centre panel. 
I don't what it is about this image, if it is the name of the folder on the CD which is Ooh La La, but the very first time I was sent it to work with I thought of Paris in the 1930's. In my head the young lady has woken up in  her apartment on a Sunday morning and is surveying the world from her balcony. I imaging the balcony has long drapes with tasselled tie backs hence the die cut at the side of the topper.

I added a further die cut this time of the Eiffel Tower again in pale lilac, to compliment the grey tones in teh backing papers. I then added two strips of die cut bunting. 

I made my own sentiments by printing onto small sections of one of the backing papers and then matting these onto the lilac card.

Inside I have lined the card with backing paper and it is now in my stock of cards that I keep to send to people and before it is sent I will add a personalised panel into the card as well.

So that's me done for this blog and I'm off to polish my trainers ready to 'walk all over Cancer' starting tomorrow.

Monday 15 February 2016

Keeping it Clean and Simple at Ooh La La Creations.

Hello all, once again we had some wonderful creations for our Love is in the Air Challenge to see if you are one of our top three pop over to the  Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

Our theme for the next fortnight is 'Clean and Simple'

I used the folder 'Sorcha' from the Fairies & Blooms CD you can purchase a copy from Ooh La La Creations by clicking on the image below

Here's my card

I loved the black with the peach and orange. The panel on the left is one of the bookmarks from the CD and all I added was black card to matt and layer.

I also used the insert from the folder to finish off the inside of the card.

Monday 1 February 2016

Love is in the Air at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone. I hope you are all surviving the wretched weather we are having at the moment, having been battered by storm Gertrude it would appear that we are now in the throes of Storm Henry here in the UK. I can hear the hailstones hitting the windows as I type.

It has therefore been a really welcome reminder of springtime looking at some of the entries into our last challenge at Ooh La La Creations 'In The Country'. To see if you made our top three pop over to the Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

This time our theme is 
Love and Romance  

I used an image and papers from the 'Say it with Words' CD to make this easel card. If you want a copy of the CD click on the image below to take you to the website, and whilst you are there check out the free downloads section for some lovely images.

I decided to go with a heart shaped front to the card which I cut freehand and covered this with the gorgeous background paper from the 'I really really love you' folder on the CD. I enlarged a section of one of the other background papers to print off the patterned heart and used smaller versions of this same heart for the corners.  I had the filigree heart strip in my stash and the net is part of a fruit bag from the supermarket.

I fussy cut the image of the little girl and mounted her on black card before fussy cutting again. The bunting is also on teh CD and I just added the letters to spell the word 'LOVE' 

The stopper for the easel is a ticket again from the CD which I added the words to to be revealed as the card opens. 

The card folds flat for posting .