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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.

My Design Teams

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.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Words Words Words at Ooh La La Creations

Firstly, Thank you to everyone who supported me in the 10,000 steps challenge. As a result I feel a whole lot fitter (or would do if I didn't have a stinking cold right now) and Cancer Research received a good donation from the sponsor ship.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge there were some beautiful entries. Check over at the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog to see if you were a winner.

For the next fortnight our challenge is 'Words Words Words'. You can enter any sort of project it doesn't have to be a card. I used the Shawn Jenkins collection CD (still one of my favourites from Ooh La La) 

You can purchase a copy from the website by clicking on the image above 
Whilst you are there check out the free downloads. 

I have made a lot of cards recently (we have a massive number of birthdays in March in our family) so I wanted to make something a bit different for a change. 

I love this particular backing paper from the Shawn Jenkins CD and decided that I would use it as a background to one of my favourite quotations from Sai Baba.

I used an old plastic picture frame that I initially tried to gild but it didn't come out very well. Not wanting to throw it away I painted it with a coat of white gesso then sanded it back. The gilding that came through the paint looked like old wood. 

To add to the shabby chic look I printed off some of the borders from the CD and stuck these onto the frame. I had some metal corners which I also painted and stuck these to the corner of the frame with a hot glue gun I then gently sanded them back so some of the brass metal showed through.

The large flowers were printed off from the CD and I cut them out and shaped them and used card candi as the centres before coating in a clear varnish so that they held their shape.

I then added other flowers from my stash that matched the pretty colours of the background paper.

Once assembled I left the glue to dry and then spritzed the whole frame with a solution containing pale gold mica powder to give a shimmering effect to it. Then left it to dry over night.

Once it was all dry I gave it three coats of spray and shine varnish allowing it to dry between coats.

I had never tried anything like this before but I really enjoyed doing it and it helped pass the time on a really rainy Easter Sunday.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Feathered Friends at Ooh La La Creations

Hi everyone, so as I write this British Summer Time has arrived and is being heralded in by Storm Katie, and I am nearing the end of my Walk all over Cancer challenge. It hasn't been easy especially as both hubby and I have been fighting what has become known in the press as the Liverpool Lurgy - a really nasty cold virus. So thanks once again to everyone who has sponsored me.

Over at Ooh La La we had some gorgeous entries into our 'Spring is in the Air Challenge' to see if you are a winner pop over to Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog. Whilst you are there why don't you have a look at our latest challenge chosen by Wynn? The theme is .....

'Feathered Friends'

I couldn't resist using this challenge as a kick start into scrapbooking a fabulous day out I had with hubby at a local Owl Sanctuary. We went in January and were incredibly lucky that when the birds were being flown for their daily exercise we were invited to join in flying the Owls and other birds of prey.

To keep to the theme all the papers and the embellishments and titles have been cut from papers from the 'Blue Tit' and the 'Bull Finch' folders on the Yesterday's Memories CD. If you wish to purchase a copy please click on the image below.

The Owls were cut using some Tattered Lace dies and then the die cuts were backed with black card and the feathers were cut using a free die from a magazine. 

The pictures are of us with a Eurasian Eagle Owl he was huge but surprisingly really light even when he was balanced on the end of your arm.
We are looking forward to visiting again soon to see how the Owls are getting on. 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Spring is in the Air over at Ooh La La Creations

Hello everyone firstly a huge thank you from me to all those who have shown their support for my 10,0000 steps a day challenge.

I now know several distances near to where I live in steps. It isn't easy but I am enjoying it, it gets difficult if it is hammering with rain but in the beautiful spring like weather we had yesterday it is a real pleasure to get out and about.

Now onto the business of Ooh La La - we had some great entries for the add a sentiment challenge and to find out if you are a winner then pop over to the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

Now this fortnight our theme is 'Spring is in the Air' and it is appropriate that the weather here seems to have brightened up this last week.

I used the Shawn Jenkins collection CD for my card, click on the image to go to the website to purchase your copy.

I love the combination of green and pink for spring so this card came together really easily. Just using the papers from the same folder as the topper.

I used the same papers inside and added a greeting.

Then finished the back of the card with another topper from the same folder .