Author Archives: Christina Dore

Almost Ready – double layout

I have turned my “Almost Ready” page into a double layout.
I continued with the floral theme and used the same scraps of patterned papers to back my cut files. I have used the same ink colours and stencil for the background and again added some stamped words.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were a very, very pale pink so I have used that for my colour inspiration. This is a lovely theme for an album and I am finding it very relaxing to work on!

“Almost Ready”

I have scraplifted “My Wonderful Gift”  layout and recreated it as a wedding page for my niece’s wedding album.
I have added colour to the background with worn lipstick and picked raspberry distress inks, a small heart stencil and word stamps. I used a selection of patterned paper scraps to back the cut file.
You can see more about my first layout that I have scraplifted by clicking here.

“Fabulous Craft Addict Friends”

A quick and easy layout but I’m pleased with the finished page! I used a selection of patterned paper scraps to coordinate with the colours in the photo and cut them into rectangles. I die cut a square from two of the rectangles to make a polaroid frame shape.
I made a “torn” notebook page ready for my journaling:
Supplies used – Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies, Presscut Square die, Die-versions Notebook edge die, Sweet Dixie Stylised Daisy die set. Assorted alphabet and word dies used for title.

Another Birthday? No prob-llama

It’s Susanne McBriens’ birthday today so I thought I would share the card I made for her. I hope Susanne has a right royal day!
Llama’s are very on trend and I hope this cool chap with his sunglasses and bow tie makes her smile! I also decorated the inside of the card and envelope.
Supplies used: Spellbinders Llama die, Creative Expressions tribal mask, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink and Creative Stamping Go Wild stamp collection.

“My Wonderful Gift”

I cropped with friends today and amid a LOT of chatting I managed to create another layout!

I coloured the background with faded jeans and peeled paint distress ink and then stencilled a hydrangea on top, plus added some Happy Retirement words. The white floral cut file has been backed with scraps of patterned paper. I just added a die cut title and some journaling and I think that was enough.

The beautiful hydrangea that my team kindly gave me is now planted and looking wonderful in the garden!

Memorable Moments!

I  thought I would share a few of my favourite photos from our final five weeks!
Jane & Issy sorting out mountains of card scraps!
Did we really make this number of sample cards? Now destined for charities once I have found the time to sort them out!
Overwhelmed with good wishes for my retirement:

Kirstie’s clever cakes:
A visit from my Somerset aunty and uncle on Good Friday:
Laura is a  woman after my own heart. You can never have TOO MUCH cardstock!
Pat presenting Jane with a wonderful mini album of her time at A Maze of Memories:
I couldn’t have managed everything with out the help of my great team…


…and my wonderful family!
Mandi Simons fitting nine chairs and eight tables into one small car! How did she do that!

And Pat manages to fit 120 paper trays in her tiny car!

My final classes:
Interacting with our young crafters:

Thanks Sophie!
A lot of hard work. So much stuff to organise and clear!
Empty at last:
Skip filled:
And finally, taken after our closure. Friendships created at AMOM continued!

Hello Scout

I met with friends last night to scrapbook and created my first layout since closing the business. I am really pleased with how it turned out, although I had to remember to take everything with me that I was going to need which amused everyone else!
I started with a piece of white 12×12 cardstock and painted stripes across it in a rainbow pattern of colours using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints. Whilst the paint was drying I punched a variety of decorative strips plus flowers in the same rainbow colours.
I die cut some black foliage (Cheery Lyn dies) and arranged everything around my three photos. I have left white space at the bottom of the page for some journaling.
I used Lawn Fawn and Marianne dies to create the title, and the tiny cute cat embellishments are made with a Karen Burniston die set that also features a dog, plus accessories. I finished the flower centres with some black gems.
This was great fun to make and could easily be adapted to other themes. How about stripes of blue, aqua and green for a nautically themed page, replacing the flowers with shells and seaweed? Or how about yellows and oranges for a tropical holiday page?  If you scraplift this design do send me a photo. I would love to see what other scrapbookers create with the design!

Bunny Love

When I opened this beautifully decorated box I squealed with delight! Tina Williams has made me my very own felt bunny – so gorgeous.
Tina has used a combination of felt, fabric and lace, plus an immense amount of skill, to create this cute little character!
Here are a couple of close ups to show the detail of the coat. Tina used little dies purchased from the shop to die cut the tiny flower, butterfly and heart shapes:
Embroidery, tiny buttons and beads enhance the design:
Tina include a “poem” based on the name Christina which I can identify with:
A very personal and special gift that I will always treasure. Thank you so much Tina.

Hand Crafted!

i just had to share this beautiful glass ornament gift created by Jane Wimbury (Cosy Creative Crafts). Jane has learnt how to fuse glass and the results are stunning.
If you want to try a new craft  Jane runs half day (fused glass) or all day (copper foil technique and mosaic stepping stone) classes in Banbury. Contact Jane at cosycreativecrafts@hotmail.com for more information.
This large 8×8 card was created by Traci Mortimer, who “borrowed” ideas from my scrap club design and incorporated them onto a card. Very striking.
Traci was really pleased how the embossing powders looked on her Cheery Lynn flowers. Another way of adding interest to die cuts!
Traci, Jane and Issy have treated my husband and myself to a day out at Blenheim Palace with an afternoon cream tea in the Orangery. We are really looking forward to it.
The gift vouchers came in this lovely card that uses one of the brand new Sue Wilson Creative Expressions dies.
And finally how about this for a stunningly wrapped gift? It has been made by Wendy Fane.
This is gift wrapping that is not destined for the bin! I have stored it safely and am going to use it as an embellishment on a scrapbooking layout! Thank you Wendy (and loved the gift inside too!)

Stunning Mementos

I am in awe at the talent demonstrated by Tessa Miller who gave me this beautiful hand crafted notebook.
Tessa has sewn the cover herself!
You can check out the exquisite detail in this close up photo:
Tessa also made me a beautifully boxed mini book as a memento of my retirement. This is the outside of the box:
Open the box to reveal Happy Retirement. Now you will have time to ………
…Relax, Enjoy Life…..
……Travel, Do Some Gardening…..
…Smell the Roses…..Thank You!
The back cover. Check out the hand crafted textile buttons on the ends of the ribbons:
Extended when open:

Two stunning keepsakes. Thank you so much Tessa. I love them!