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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.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hello everyone,
It has been a while since I blogged anything during the second half of 2016 I felt that my crafting mojo was slipping away and needed some new challenges. When I attended a Harry Potter event in August I made my own wand to take along and seeing some of the crafts there inspired me to take on making a full cosplay outfit for the next event it is still a work in progress but once finished it will be on display here. As a result of my husband telling our eldest grandson that I had made my own wand our little Slytherin decided that he would like one too. I decided that it would make a very special Christmas present to go with his Slytherin scarf from the Warner Brothers shop so I set about making one from him.

Having learnt by trial and error whilst making my own wand from a holly twig and paper clay I decided I needed something that was more robust and easier to model with. I chose to use Milliput a two part epoxy modelling medium.

I wanted to make it a bit special so I also bought a Papier Mache pencil box and a gauze bag everything else I had in the house from other projects, or in the case of the holly wood base for the wand in my garden.

I used a pencil sharpener to shape one end of the holly twig and let it dry out for a week before doing anything to it.

Once it was dry I used the Milli put mixed in accordance with the instructions and modelled the handle direct onto the twig. I used water to get a really smooth finish and took the milliput all the way down the twig and over the tip so it wasn't sharp.

Once it had dried I left it a couple of days sanded it painted it in various shades of brown acrylic and varnished it adding a green stone to the end.

The box I covered in some decopatch paper from my stash and lined it with a piece of satin from a fabric sample book.

Once all the glue was dry I added the metal corners and varnished it with deco art water based varnish.

I used the computer to make the label and aged it using distress ink nd gilding wax before adding it to the lid and covering it in another coat of varnish.

I printed the scroll giving the wand details and added my grandson's name explaining that the wand had chosen him on 25th December 2016. I also found a poster on Pinterest with all the wand movements and printed this off to fold in the box with the wand and scroll.

Finally I popped it in the bag and added the Wand chooses the Wizard tag.

I really had fun doing this project and Damien loved it when he opened his presents on Christmas morning.

I am entering this project into the following challenges.
http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.co.uk/  - Anything goes
http://craftyfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes
http://pdelinkyparty.blogspot.co.uk/ Anything goes
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ - Anything goes

Monday, 15 August 2016

Use 3 Embellishments at Ooh La La Creations

Hi All.

Firstly thank you for all the gorgeous cards and projects you entered in the last Ooh La La. To see if you made the top three pop over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog. This time our theme is

'Use Three Embellishments' that can be 3 of the same type or three different ones.

I used the Shawn Jenkins Collection CD to make my card you can purchase your copy from Ooh La La Creations by clicking on the image below.

here is my card 

I used a plain matt gold card for the background and then mounted the papers on pink card and the topper on pink and gold. Layered them up added the sentiment and three pearls. 

Pop over to the challenge blog to see what the girls have come up with this week and don't forget to pop by the DT blogs and leave them some love.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Ribbons and Bows at Ooh La La Creations

Firstly thanks for all your wonderful entries into the 'Add Some Texture' challenge last time. to see if you have made the top three check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog

It is my turn to choose a challenge this time and I decided to go with...

 Ribbons and Bows.

I used the 'Yesterday's Memories CD you can purchase your copy in the online shop by clicking on the image below.

Here is the card I made using the Wedding day folder of  images and papers which I have adapted for a Wedding Anniversary.

I had some lovely deep pink ribbon with a sparkle in it and used this to wrap round a panel of the paler backing paper from the folder. I then mounted this onto gold card and added it to the top of the darker backing paper which had also been mounted on gold card and a piece off lace wrapped round it.

I was left with a tiny scrap of the sparkle ribbon and cut a v shaped tail to tuck under the topper with the seniment so that it was not wasted (I hate wasting crafting bits and bobs) added a deep burgundy organza bow and a few pearls to finish.

Be sure to pop over to the Ooh La La Challenge blog to see what the DT have come up with for this challenge. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Add some texture with Ooh La La Creations

Hi everyone and it looks as if summer may have started here at long last.

Thank you for all your things beginning with F for the last challenge there were some lovely entries. Pop over to Ooh La La Creations challenge blog to see if you made the top three.

This time our theme is .....

Add Some Texture

I used papers from 'Yesterday's Memories' for my creation and if you click on the image below it will take you to the Ooh La La Creations shop

I knew I wanted to use several different textures on the card, and as I was thinking what to do I also happened to take a delivery of flowers by post from a company called Bloom and Wild. On opening the box of flowers I first discovered the lovely textured golden ribbon, then I noticed that each of the delicate rose buds had been wrapped in net to stop them getting damaged, having finally lifted all the flowers out of the box I noticed that the lovely quote about flowers was printed on the inside of the box. At that point an idea started to form and so I took a picture of the flowers now arranged in a vase, on seeing the photograph on my computer screen I knew exactly the papers from The Yesterday's Memories CD which would work with the photograph.

I printed the picture of the flowers and I used My Craft Studio to overlay the quotation on one of the Ooh La La papers - this is a really subtle printed paper from the Wedding Day folder.  I also printed the basket weave paper from the Roses folder.

I matted and layered the panels of paper, photograph and quotation onto dark green paper and then a lovely matt gold card from my stash.

I added the gold textured ribbon around the centre panel and added a pink pom-pom trim to the top and bottom of the panel.

I cut the musical stave from the dark green backing card and added this before adding the quotation and the photograph.

I made a spray of rosebuds from some paper flowers in my stash and added little pieces cut from the protective netting. I added more texture with the metal leaf and butterfly embellishments and finished off with some flat backed pearls.

This was the first delivery from Bloom and Wild and I have a subscription for a delivery every month. I am looking forward to all the bits I can recycle as much as I am to the flowers. 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Something beginning with F at Ooh La La creations.

Hello everyone, and thank you for all your good wishes with regards to my Dad over the past few weeks they helped enormously.

Last time Out we asked for Sun Sea and Sand and we certainly got it. looking through all the lovely entries certainly made the days seem brighter during the foul start we are having to the summer here in England.

To see if your card was chosen as one of the top three check out the Ooh La La Creations Blog .

This time our challenge is...
 'Something Beginning with F'.

I have to admit at first this one got me wondering then I hit on the idea of designing a father's Day Card with a fancy fold that featured flight as the subject.

I used the 'Boys to Men' CD for the image and the papers which I printed directly onto the card.

You can check out the range of Ooh La La Cd's available by going over to the shop

I used an image from the traditional decoupage section for the back piece of the pop up box and then cropped the large balloon and played around with the size and colours in My Craft Studio for the individual balloons. I cut the individual balloons out and mounted them on acetate strips cut from a plastic container that had once contained soft fruit (washed and dried of course).

I mounted these on the strips inside so that the balloons looked as if they were flying, and added a sentiment and a message on the back of the card.

I am happy to report that Dad really loved it, and that he had a very Happy Fathers' Day in his new home, and going to one of our favourite restaurants for lunch. I also took him some home baked goodies all his favourites from Mum's old recipe book as a gift.

Of course theer are lots of other things beginning with F and several of these feature in the other DT projects for this challenge so pop over to their blogs and leave them some love.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Sun Sea and Sand at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone.

I have been away for a few weeks whilst getting my 90 year old Dad settled into a lovely place nearer to myself and hubby. So haven't been able to do any crafting. He's now settled and loving it and I am back to crafting.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge, you can find out if you were in teh top three by going to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

Our theme for the next fortnight is Sun, Sea and Sand I came up with this card using the Faithful Friends CD click on the image below to purchase your copy.

I simply took images and papers from  'The Beach Dog' folder on the CD and matted them onto black card, before arranging them on the card. I finished off with the two die cut 'sea weed' flourishes and some shells from my local beach.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Photo Inspiration at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone and thank you for all the entries in our Words Words Words challenge. To check if you are one of our top three pop over to the  Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog and take a look.

This fortnight I get to choose the theme and I have gone with this photograph for inspiration. I snapped it last summer at a garden centre near my dad's house.

So thinking caps on and lets see what you can come up with.

I used papers from the Say it with Words CD to make this red white and blue card inspired by the colours in the petunias. You can purchase a copy by clicking on the link and going to the Ooh La La Creations craft shop.

I wanted to do something a bit different so I took the car theme and made this card for a friend who has recently passed her driving test.

I used silver mirri card to mat and layer the patterned papers and added a die cut car to the design and some flowers and ribbon from my stash. The L plates I obtained by searching for full sized ones for sale on teh web and using an image from one of the searches I found to make my mini versions.

Inside I used the same papers and an image from the Paula Oakley collection CD.

I repeated the same image on the back of the card.