Our Design Team’s Guest Member for February is Elizabeth Arden

Hello, fellow Lavinia devotees…

I’d like to introduce myself.  My name’s Elizabeth Arden (yes, like the perfume!) and I’m amazed and honoured to say that I’ve been invited to be the Lavinia Guest Design Team Member for February!  I took this ‘selfie’ several years ago; I have a few more grey hairs now!

I live in Leicestershire, UK, with my partner of 32 years, Barry, and our (almost) 22-year-old twins, Joshua and Eleanor.  Unfortunately, Eleanor has had severe learning difficulties since just a few weeks after she was born, although she’s a happy young lady, so crafting/creating has been my salvation for many years.  Along with many of my crafting friends, I consider creating to be excellent therapy for the trials and tribulations of my daily life.

I have always loved playing with paper and card, even as a child and, although I have dabbled with photography, and kiln-glass making, in past years, I have always returned to my first love: papercraft.  I have enjoyed several years of card-making, scrapbooking, papercraft, and even mixed media, whilst working in a friend’s craft shop (although, I didn’t honestly consider it to be ‘work’!).  When the shop sadly closed, I became involved in starting and co-running a craft group in a local village for many of the craft shop’s customers, however, apart from grungy background stamping on to scrapbook pages, I was not in any way interested in stamping, or fairies (although, I have loved dragons for many years!).  That all changed, however, last year, when I was invited by a friend to join the Lavinia For You Facebook group and, as with many if not all of you, I am now totally addicted to the wonderful world of Lavinia Stamps, created by the amazingly talented Tracey Dutton…!

I hope that you like my designs for the February Creative Challenge – Beneath the Moon – and that I inspire you to enter your creations (even if it’s to prove that you can do so much better than me!).  Remember, you can enter up to five times in the month (until 25th), to win a £40 Lavinia voucher, and I wish you all good luck!