We're thrilled to introduce Special Guest Designer Cathi O'Neill!
Hi! My name is Cathi O'Neill. I am an American who married an Irishman and I have been living in Ireland since 1997. I live in a beautiful village on the Shannon River with my DH of 18 years (wow, that makes me feel old!) and my two beautiful daughters, Aine (onya) 11 and Aisling (ashling) 9 who are the subject of many of my projects!
I have always love crafting since I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet and I remember sewing Barbie doll clothes with her on her front porch! I am a knitter and quilter as well, but have recently in the last two years found cardmaking and scrapbooking, and an obsession was born!! I truly love creating and make vintage cards to sell here in our local village cafe as well as stacks of mixed media and shabby/vintage style layouts of my girls to keep and share with family! I also love to do tags, ATC and altered projects, barely a day goes by when I haven't done something crafty!!
I am currently on the design teams for several manufacturers: Couture Creations, Molossi Chipboard, Paper Wings Productions, Visible Image stamps and Paper Temptress specialty cardstock store. I design for UK distributor Creative Expressions and also design for challenge blogs Frosted Designs, Scrap Africa and Sugar Creek Hollow. I have guest designed for challenge blogs Keeping the Best and Scrap it with a Song, C'est Magnifique Kit Club, Scraps of Elegance Kit Club and Crop Stop online store. I truly enjoy the challenge and inspiration that scrapbooking and cardmaking bring me.
I hope you will come visit me at my blog: http://celticknotted.blogspot.com
I am so excited to be joining Berry71Bleu in January on their full DT, but this month I've had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest designer and work with one of Marivic's gorgeous vintage tags as well!
The tag I received has a beautiful fairy ballerina and a bottlecap that says dance on it, so I just knew I had to do a layout of Aine and her love of ballet. I found a photo of Aine during her first months of ballet in 2007 and funny enough with arms outstretched just like her one from ballet camp this summer, I just had to use it. I fussy cut around her younger photo and placed it into the layout! This month's challenge theme is Change is Beautiful and I think Aine's changes as she grows into a graceful ballerina fit the theme perfectly!!
I chose the colors of my layout from the gorgeous tag. The blues, greens and pinks perfectly suited the 9th Wave papers, die cuts, and stickers I had from 7 Dots Studio as well. I used some gorgeous Molossi chipboard, cutting a heart in half and using it on both sides of the layout cluster. I colored it with pink chalk ink to tone in with the tag colors and then used a Prima stamp and added some gesso. I also added some chicken wire chipboard and colored that in with the teal chalk ink...
I added some Molossi paper flowers and some gorgeous Petaloo flowers I had in my stash, added a bit of stamping and splatters and a tiny bit of modelling paste on my background.
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Our Design Team sponsor this month is 7 Dots Studio.
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Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!