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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, 13 October 2014

Inspired by Nature at Ooh La La Creations

Thank you so much for all your lovely entries using bows and ribbons last time to check to see if you have made the top 3 please visit the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog 

This time we want to see your creations

Inspired by Nature 

As soon as I saw this challenge theme I knew what I was going to do as my DT project. The last holiday myself and hubby took with my parents before Mum passed away was to Cornwall in 2007 and we took the chance to visit the Eden Project whilst there. I took lots of photographs and go a bit arty lying on the floor to snap pictures looking up through the canopies of the trees in the rain forest zone. I also took the picture of the large bee sculpture outside the bio domes and it was just waiting to be scrapbooked using the Bee Happy folder from the Everyday Occasions CD.

I chose two background papers from the CD the one with the bee hives from the Bee Happy folder and the one with the swirls from the Humming Bird with Trumpet flower.

I used a quick card in the Bee Happy design to use for my journalling and added a Humming bird which I cut from the topper for the Hummingbird with trumpet flower design I cut 4 of these and decoupaged 2 humming birds the other is on the page next to the title which I die cut.

I finished the layout off with the addition of the flowers which I picked at random from a bag of these flowers I have in my stash, after all nature is fairly random and i wanted to try and recreate the different colours in the wild flower meadow that is the centre photograph in the group of three. I picked up a bag of buttons and flat backs from hobby craft that included the bee hive which I stuck to the front of the card and the bees and pink heart which I placed in amongst the flowers. I added the ribbon banner pieces because at Eden they have the most amazing banners on flag poles around the site and although the ones at Eden are deep crimson and purple I wanted the yellow and green to reflect the Bee in the Photograph and the Green of the leaves in in the smaller pictures.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Use a Bow at Ooh La La Creations

Hi There, well what great male themed card we had for the last challenge. You can check out if you have won at Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

This time our theme is use a bow - so get out your ribbon, lace, string and twine and  see what you can come up with.

I made the following card using a digi stamp from digi stamps 4 joy and backing papers from the Shawn Jenkins collection CD

I needed a card quickly for my stepdaughter and her family who were moving into a new house. Made with just 1 days notice - her dad forgot to tell me she was moving.

It really was a quick and easy card and she loved it.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Birthday Boy at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone firstly thanks for all the lovely CAS cards last time to see if you are in our top three go and check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog .

This time our theme is Birthday Boy so lets see all your male themed Birthday cards.

I used a pyramage sheet from the Boys to Men CD but changed the colouring to Sepia toning on my graphics programme. The tickets are from the Say it with Words CD. The striped backing paper is also from the Boys to Men CD and I added a plain blue strip that had been wrapped with a paler blue ribbon and two pearl buttons to finish.

Both the CD's I used can be purchased from the Ooh La La Creations shop

Monday, 1 September 2014

Clean and Simple at Ooh La La Creations

Hello There firstly thank you for sharing all your wonderful fancy folds with us last time to check out to see if you made our top three check out the Ooh La La creations Challenge Blog.

We have gone from one extreme to the other this time with the theme for the next fortnights challenge being

Clean and Simple

I used one of our older CD's 'Silhouette Magic' to come up with this pretty card.

I just printed the image off and made my sentiment from one of the blank tags on the disc. I used pearl paper in pale blue and pink for the matting and layering and added a grey polka dot ribbon and three pearls to finish.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Fancy Folding at Ooh La La Creations

Thank you to everyone who entered our scenic challenge last time there were some lovely entries to see if you are a winner checkout the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog.

This time the challenge is .....

Fancy Folds

So here is The card I created using images and papers from the 'Say it with Words' CD

The card folds flat for posting and then opens out to reveal the word Love inside.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Scenic Inspiration at Ooh La La Creations

Thank you everyone who entered our vintage challenge last time there were some gorgeous entries and you can find out if you are our winner on the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Blog. This time our theme is .....

I have always loved taking landscape photographs and amongst my favourites are some I took at Tintagel in Cornwall on the very first holiday myself and my husband went on together in 1990.

I kept the layout simple as I wanted to ensure the photographs were the main focus of the page. I used a seagull backing paper from the Kidiwinks CD and the image of crashing waves is from the Dreams of Tranquility CD I repeated this image from the Goddess of the tides folder to make the Journalling card. I finished off with some chevrons and arrows cut from papers from the same folder and added 3 pearls to finish.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Vintage at Ooh La La Creations

Good Morning and thank you for all the lovely Easel cards you entered into the last challenge you need to check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog to see if you are a winner or in our top three.

This time our theme is Vintage.....

Here is my project.

I found this old photograph in the back of one of my Mum's photo albums and had no idea who the lady in the picture was. Having removed the photograph and turned it over I noticed my mum had written the word grandma on the back so that would make this my Great Grandma. Sadly my Mum is no longer with us to ask about her but my Dad has confirmed this was Mum's Maternal Grandma so meet great Grandma Higginson.

For the layout I used a cream base card and inked the edges with brown ink and I added a rub on to the  bottom left corner. I then printed off several patterned papers from the Yesterday's memories CD. The striped paper was a bit of a happy accident it should have been a vintage green colour which can be seen right along the bottom edge but the yellow in my printer ran out during the process so it ended up predominantly blue. I rather liked the way the green had faded away at the bottom so decided to use it anyway distressing the edges with a pair of scissors and brown ink. I added a smaller rub on to the bottom right corner.

I cut the other papers into different sized panels and distressed the edges in the same way as I did for the blue paper. Having found the vintage tear drop lace in my stash I also found the lovely deep pink coloured velvet ribbon and threaded this through the lace.

The photo of Great Grandma was mounted onto two scraps of card which had also been distressed.
The title panel is one of the CD and I added the text before printing it off,

Finally I went through my embellishments box and found various buttons and some resin and paper clay flowers, which were used to create the cluster effect around the cameo, something I picked up from a beading company along with the metal flowers and leaves. To balance the design I added a lovely metal corner to the top right of the blue paper panel.