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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, 2 March 2015

Lots of folds at Ooh La La creations



Hello everyone, firstly we had some absolutely fabulous entries for the 'Add something Green' Challenge over at Ooh La La Creations last time. To see if you have made our top 3 please check the challenge blog.

The theme for the next fortnight is ...

'Lots of Folds'

For my design team card I used images and papers from both 


and 


Rather than going with fancy folds on the card shape I went for paper folding on my card 


I folded a piece of A4 card to make an asymmetric card blank and then cut an aperture in the front flap.

I folded a piece of A4 paper which had been scored at one inch and half inch intervals to make a pleated 'curtain and stuck this over the aperture and then added thin frames cut out of black card.

I cut the tailor's dummy from kraft card and cut another from the black and white spotted paper which is from the 'Faithful Friends' CD. I trimmed the paper to fit the 'bodice' part of the dummy and then added a pleated skirt folded from a scalloped circle.

I trimmed the dress with lace, pearls and gems.


I added the sentiment and bow on the front with a few gems to finish.


Inside the card I added the DL insert from the 'dance petticoat' folder from the 'Shoes in Bloom' CD and also fussy cut one of the topper images to add to the bottom corner.

I added a panel to the back of the aperture to write a greeting on. 




I finished teh back with another scalloped circle and a topper that I had trimmed with a plain circle die.



Monday, 16 February 2015

Use Green at Ooh La La Creations.

Hello everyone, firstly we had some absolutely gorgeous entries for the 'Love' Challenge over at Ooh La La Creations last time. To see if you have made our top 3 please check the challenge blog.

Over the next fortnight we want to see your projects for the theme of ...

Add something Green  

For my design team piece I used the folder 'Irish Dancing' from the 'Shoes in Bloom 2 CD 




I used My Craft Studio Elite to create the background paper by overlaying the page curl onto the shamrock paper before printing off. I had some green holographic star card left over from Christmas so used this to mat my patterned paper onto.

Two strips of the holographic card were then added at the edges and the topper added.

I printed the topper twice and just cut the shoes from the second one which I then used to add an extra layer to the base topper.

The little shamrock at the top right was just punched out of the patterned paper which I had made bigger so I could get just the one shamrock.


Inside the card I used the DL insert from the Irish Dancing folder and on one side I used the My Craft Studio digital die cutting to cut a blank circle to leave a space for a greeting. On the other side I added a smaller image of the shoes on the topper cut out again using the digital die cut feature and overlaid this onto a square of the green paper before printing off.

Although I have used a graphics programme to manipulate and merge designs from the CD all the Ooh La La CDs are stand alone and you do not need a graphics programme to use them.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Love is in the Air at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone. Thank you to all those who entered the Once Upon A Time challenge I set last time to see if you are in the winners list check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.


The theme for the next fortnight is 'Love'

I have used Papers and artwork from the 'Say it with Words' CD


I intend using this as hubby's Valentine Card so I used a 'Beatles' Quote in the wording.


Inside I kept the design simple.



Monday, 19 January 2015

Once Upon A Time at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone, firstly thank you for your wonderfully inspirational cards for our last challenge to see if you were a winner please check out Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog. 

Our Theme for the next two weeks is ....

'Once Upon A Time'

We want to see your projects inspired by stories or books all we ask is that if it isn't immediately obvious which book or story has inspired your card that you give the DT a heads up in your blog.

I went with Cinderella as my inspiration and used papers and a topper from the 'Nursery Times CD'


I added elements from the story such as Cinders dancing with her prince the pumpkin and the coach and finished off with a 'glass' slipper to hold the sentiment.



I used the starlight background paper on the inside of the card and cut cinders from the topper image using a small circle die to finish.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Start the Year with Words to Inspire at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone and a very Happy 2015 to you all. Firstly what a marvellous response to our last challenge some 200 entries, to see if you have made our top 3 please go and check out the Ooh La La Creations challenge blog.

Our first challenge of 2015 is 'Words to Inspire' so check out the DT projects whilst you are there.

I used the 'Say it with Words' CD for my DT Project.



It really was a very simple card and I just used the topper and the matching papers from the CD. I used matt black card to layer onto as I felt this made teh image pop and then I added some lace, ribbon bling and flowers.


I used matching papers inside and matching motifs backed onto doilies to finish the card off.

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 .......

Christmas

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.