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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. I want to start doing more scrapbooking in 2014 - I have a huge amount of family photos that need to be made up into layouts.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Happy Birthday at Ooh La La creations


Hi everyone and thanks to all of you who entered the last challenge of 'Here Comes Summer' there were some lovely entries and it was really difficult to pick the top three to see if you were chosen head over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.
This fortnight the challenge is
 'Happy Birthday'

I used the 'Say it with Words CD' to order your copy click on the image below

                                                 



I kept the card fairly simple and used one of the backing papers from the CD mounted on Kraft card for the background I added a strip of a contrasting backing paper and a panel of sequin mesh. The image was also mounted on Kraft card and I added the sentiment cut using the Brother Scan 'n' cut.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Here Comes Summer at Ooh La La Creations


Hello everyone in blogland. Firstly thank you for all your entries in our last Challenge 'Circles and Squares' there were some superb entries and to find out if you have made the top three pop over to The Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

It's my turn to choose a theme this time so I have chosen 

Here Comes Summer

So whether you look forward to long sunny days at the beach, spending time in the garden or even up to your knees in mud at a music festival we want your summer themed cards.

Here's mine 


I used the latest CD from Ooh La La Creations 'The Paula Oakley Collection' Paula is a wonderful artist and the CD really does have something for everyone and every occasion. You can obtain a copy by clicking on the image below.

Latest CD

As soon as I saw this image when I was sent the CD to create samples for Create and Craft I was immediately transported to a holiday in 2001 with my dearest friend and her daughter to Weston- Super-Mere. One evening after dinner My friend, Diane and I decided we wanted to walk along the beach so the three of us set off. We hadn't gone very far when we noticed rather a pungent aroma. Diane's young daughter, Lyndsey asked what the smell was and trying to be polite I described it as being 'what the donkeys had left behind' Diane suddenly piped up 'You can put it on your rhubarb you know'. I just looked at her smiled and said 'really we always put custard on ours' 

Well that was it we looked at each other and started laughing and in that moment it was the funniest thing in the world - much to Lyndsey's utter embarrassment. So we continued along the beach with Lyndsey getting more and more frustrated that the two 'adults' in the party could be so childish, every time we started to get ourselves under control one of us would just say 'custard' and the whole process would start again. 

Even now the mention of 'custard' makes us laugh so these two delightful donkeys reminded me of that summer evening.

The card was really simple to make I used the backing papers and mounted them on pale blue and pale pink satin mirror board. I added a strip of contrasting backing paper and die cut bunting from blue card to add along the top.

The envelope is from the CD and I tucked it behind the image which had also been mounted on blue and pink satin mirror board. I added the sentiment and a bow and some pink gems.

I printed the bookmark from the CD and tucked it into the envelope making sure it could be removed as a keepsake.

I liked this image so much that I used it on my friends birthday card in May and of course there had to be a silly poem about 'Rhubarb and Custard' inside. It was slightly different in design to this one but on the day when I phoned her to wish her happy birthday - I could hear the laughter in her voice as she told me she loved the card.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Circles and Squares at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone, Thank you for your entries in our last challenge to use a pre-coloured image to find out if you have made the top three check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

For the next fortnight we are looking for your designs using

Circles and Squares

I have once again used the gorgeous Shawn Jenkins CD click on the image below to order your copy 





I started with the topper as the boxes were a mix of circles and squares. From there I used a checked backing paper (squares) and the basket weave paper (squares). I added a doily (circle) and then used the card candy type embellishments from the folder on the CD (circles) and the buttons from the same folder (squares).

Monday, 11 May 2015

Using a pre coloured image over at Ooh La La Creations



Hello everyone in blog land. Thanks for all your entries in the last challenge 'Nursery Times' to check if you are in the top three check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

Our theme this time is

Use a Pre Coloured Image 


Once again I have gone with the Shawn Jenkins CD to produce this card


I kept the design fairly simple in keeping with the simplicity of the image I added a die cut beach hut and two sand dunes made out of sandpaper to the card. The Bucket and spade were made using a tattered lace die. I tucked a bit of green net from a tomato bag behind the bucket then added some real shells from my local beach. The wooden embellishments are buttons and I added 3 mother of pearl buttons to finish.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Nursery Times over at Ooh La La Creations.

Hello everyone Once again I have to thank all those who entered our 'Lots of Layers Challenge' there were some gorgeous cards to check if you made the top 3 just pop over to the Challenge Blog at
http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

This time the challenge is to go back to your childhood and capture all those wonderful ......

'Nursery Times'

I went with the Shawn Jenkins CD again you can get your copy from the shop by clicking the image below.

I used this gorgeous colourful image that for me captures my own and the childhood of many others.


As soon as I saw this image I was transported back to my first day at school we had a wonderful teacher - Mrs Bates who was well travelled and in her classroom was a wonderful painted wooden Noah's Ark with all the animals. Several years later having completed my A levels and looking for something to do before starting at University I was invited back to my old infants school by the headmistress to work as a non teaching assistant. On my first day I walked into what used to be Mrs Bates classroom, although she had retired a few years previously and there at the back of the class was the Noahs Ark - the paint a little more worn than in my day but still providing hours of pleasure for the little ones in the class.

To make the card I started with a 6 inch square card and scored the front to form a very simple easel card I added panels of the cloud paper and then added the image at an angle and a die cut teddy.

I lined the inside with the colourful rainbow paper and added a basket weave panel underneath the greeting that acts as the stopper for the card and then finished off with the die cut rocking horse- because Mrs Bates used to have one of those in her classroom too.


The card folds flat for posting as shown in the image above.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Using Lots of Layers at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone out there in blog land. Firstly thank you for all the gorgeous entries into our Springtime/Easter challenge to see if you are in the top three pop over to our challenge blog at http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/. It was a really tough choice due to there being over a hundred entries.

Anyway onto the challenge for the next fortnight which is

Lots of Layers

I have used the 'Love Folder' from the Shawn Jenkins CD click on the image to order your copy 


Here's my card.


I printed off all the backing papers from the folder Then cut and layered sections of them on the base card. I added a border strip of filigree hearts which was snipped in the centre and then stretched to fit the base card the gap is hidden under the various layers of backing papers.

I added a vellum heart and then two toppers one on top of the other. I printed 3 toppers in total as I wanted to decoupage the large butterfly on the topper. I also cut two sentiments which I also layered before adding a bow to make it look as if it is holding the corner of the paper curl paper back and added pearls to finish. 

My neighbours are getting married soon and I will be giving them this card to wish them luck.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Spring into Easter at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone out there in blog land.
Once again we had some wonderful entries for the 'She's in Fashion Challenge' to see if you made the top three check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog

The challenge for the next fortnight has the focus firmly on the season as it is 

Spring or Easter

I have used the Shoes in Bloom CD to create this seasonal card.


Nothing heralds the arrival of Spring quite like Daffodils so when I found this gorgeous waterfall mechanism on the CD I just had to use it. I used the matching backing papers from the CD and added a pretty yellow and bright green satin ribbon.

I finished off by cutting the word 'Spring' out of a metallic satin card, and added some paper clay flowers and pearl stick pins.


Any of you are fans of Ooh La La CD's will be pleased to know that there will be a new one out very soon. It will be launched on Create and Craft TV on Tuesday 7th of April but you can pre order yours now by clicking on the image below

Latest CD out 7 April

Having had the CD to work with to prepare samples for the launch show I have to say the images from Paula Oakley are amazing and there is something for everyone and every occasion on the CD.