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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, 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.

Monday, 16 March 2015

She's in Fashion at Ooh La La Creations

Hello fellow bloggers. Firstly thank you to all those who entered our last challenge of 'Lots of Folds' there were some gorgeous projects and some really interesting folds submitted. To see if you have made the top three please check out the Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog.

The challenge for the next two weeks is....
 'She's in Fashion'

I used an image and papers from the 'Femme Fatale' CD 


The background paper was made by taking a sample from one of the papers in the ATC section of the CD and then using the tile command on My Craft Studio to expand it to a full 8x8 paper. I matted this onto black card stock before attaching it to my base card. I then added a panel from the bonus papers lace folder, which had also been mounted on black card stock.

I printed two copies of the topper and matted one on black card stock, and just cut the hat from the other which I then layered onto the original image to add depth.

The black flowers were fussy cut from another of the lace paper designs and I added sparkly centres. Two die cut feathers cut from black gloss card stock and two stick pins I made from recycled charity shop jewellery finds and a small piece of net (from a net bag that contained the chestnuts we used at Christmas) complete the embellishments.

The sentiment was printed onto a background that I had sampled from the sleeve of the dress on the main image.




Inside the card I added two panels of lace paper from the bonus paper CD and a scalloped circle die cut bearing the happy birthday greeting.

I look forward to seeing all the entries for this challenge so have fun and don't forget to link your entry back to http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

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.