About Me

My name is Anna Higginbottom, I'm in my forties and live near Sheffield in the UK.  I'm married to Mark and we've never had children. I work in the craft industry for Craft Channel Productions Ltd.  as a Sample maker and template designer, the majority of my work is for the Tattered Lace Magazine and various other magazines, such as the Tattered Lace Diecutting Compendium, Crafts Beautiful and Diecutting Essentials.  I also do samples for the Tattered Lace shows on Create and Craft, Create and Craft USA and Ideal World.

I have a real love for learning new things and paper craft is the one thing that I am passionate about and I feel confident enough to be able to share my love of crafting with others.  I have always crafted, I have the first card I ever made in nursery tucked away in the loft. 

I left school with no qualifications to speak of and soon decided I didn't want to work in a factory for the rest of my life, so I went back to college to study art and design, but I didn't take my education any further.  I started to make cards for all my family, that was over 20 years ago and I'm still at it, in between I've been back to college and did a couple of years at uni studying archaeological science, I was unable to complete my degree but I loved every minute and  I got to tick off one of my ambitions which was to dig at Stone Henge, which was a once in a life time experience.

I also love hiking, and fossil hunting. We love visiting the Peak District and walking ion the moors and also climbing the mountains and fells of the Lake District, check out my You Tube channel for videos of our days out.  I'm definitely a bit quirky, as anyone who knows me will tell you. 

My Step Mum has often said to me that I should apply for the various design team calls that pop up now and then on Facebook, so when the Tattered Lace team put a post up on Facebook, I replied back and was floored when I was asked to make some samples. I was worried  that my style was too grungy and shabby for the Tattered Lace team but they soon put me at ease.  I couldn't believe my luck when I was offered a full time position, talk about dream job!

I love the challenge of coming up with something a bit different and I'm usually to be found messing around in my vector graphics program or one of the other art programs on my computer.  Or making a inky, painty mess in my craft studio.

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