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Boz Towers, Essex, United Kingdom
I'm a Red Hat Society member with a love of crafting of all sorts. A very proud mum to four fabulous children and Nan to six gorgeous grandchildren. I started work as a milliner and now have an abiding love of scrapbooking and card making.

The lovely people that drop by ~ thank you.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Add Aome Humour

Many apologies for my late post again, struck down with the this dreaded virus thats doing the rounds, its the third time this winter but thankfully not as bad as before.

Add Some Humour is the challenge this fortnight at the International Art and Soul blog until 31st March.  I was asked by my OH to create a card for a friend of his, Roy, who was celebrating his eightieth birthday.

I have seen these scrabble style cards on Pinterest and thought I'd have a go. I sent off for some proper scrabble letters but due to the snow they arrived far to late for me to work with them.  I managed to find a scrabble style font to use and created the wording myself. lucky for me the lettering fell just right.

Some stars to finish off. I know he was pleased with it as I was.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Emboss and Use a Die

Challenge No. 28 has started on the International Art and Soul blog today Sunday 4th March. We would love you to join in with us and create a project using embossing and die cutting.

I started by using a buttons embossing folder on half of the card that I picked up at Ally Pally a couple of years ago.  I dusted over the base with an Encore Ultimate Metallic ink pad in pink. It came out a lot darker than I expected but as I had buttons that were of a similar shade I carried on.  

The sentiment came from a card created by a good friend of mine, Tammy Davidson of Highland Made cards.  I cut the sentiment out with the centre dies of a Spellbinders Intertwined Spirals. The purple lilac card was almost a match.

Please come and join us at International Art and Soul with your creations. Everyone can join in on this just for fun challenge and we would love to see our young crafters too.  

Please let me know you've been, lots of you pass by but sadly I have no idea who you are, I'm always happy to come and visit.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Late as usual.

It totally slipped my mind to post an entry on my blog, so much 'stuff' going on in my life. I thought when I retired I would perhaps be bored but no way, Pedro!  I've got a new little buddy to craft with called Ellie and she just loves doing stuff! Healthwise, we shall see.

Pop on over to see the fabulous creations of my teamies at International Art and Soul. Our challenge was to use 'Use Stuff You Already Owned'. I wanted to use a picture of my craft space in my bedroom but that was too easy. so, here's what followed.

It was my great niece's birthday a couple of weeks ago and I had been overhearing a conversation with her Dad as to how much she loved unicorns. I've had the CD, 'Flights of Fantasy' by the fabulous artist, Morgan Fitzsimons for some time and knew there was an image of a unicorn on the double CD.

This is the image on the card I sent.

I've used some background paper from the CD and just added some ribbon and a simple sentiment and used Stampin' Up punches to cut. Most little girls love glitter and theres lots on the card.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Some Texture!

Our new challenge no26 at International Art and Soul (here) is for Texture on your creation. Our design team have created some amazing projects for you to see and enjoy.

I created this for my son's birthday in mind, he's a bit of a graphic artist himself so I'm hoping he likes it.  I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and peeled it apart.  Into the spray box and attacked it with all sorts of Mr Huey's paint mists and Tim Holts Distress Paints until I was happy with it, great fun!  I've also edged some Treasured Gold wax on there too.

The bird is from a set of Spellbinders nested Birds that I've had for ages, gilding wax on it too. There's a small piece of hessian ribbon behind the bird, it's always shredding whenever you touch it and little tie of raffia on the edge to finish.

Please come and join us at International Art and Soul with your creations. It doesn't have to be a card for you to enter.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Using Something Digital

I've made this card for the challenge the International Art and Soul blog.

The challenge to Do Something Digital.  The baking image I found on a website called Design Bundles here.  I can recommend this site for its great freebies and free weekly font giveaways.
I love subway art and this image was perfect as I was able to link it with a Marianne Designs die that I've had for years. The little sentiments were just how I felt on the day I made it, could have done with a cupcake or two.

Please pop over to the International Art and Soul blog and check out what my very imaginative team mates have created.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy New Year!

After a lengthy time away from blogging, ( long holiday in Canada and three months of sickie days!)  I am back with cards and other stuff.

Today is the first of the new fortnightly challenges at International Art and Soul. Our challenge this fortnight is to create something WOW, aka white on white.  Please hop over to our blog and enter your creations. Create something white, it doesn't always have to be a card and if its difficult to photo then add a smidgen of colour to highlight.  Please check out my team mates for their fab creations too, gorgeous and yummy!

For my card this week I've used Tonic Studio's Victorian Frame die. This die make a whopper of a card and I'm hoping that it will fit into an 8" x 8" card box. It's going away under my bed for Christmas next year.

On the last layer I've popped a Sue Wilson Dove from a couple of years ago with the matching peace die that comes with it. I glued some crystals from my stash onto the body of the bird to give it some sparkle.  At this time of the year the light levels are so low and so wet and cold outside that Ive had to photograph it on my windowsill.

Roll on Spring!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Art Deco card

A couple of years ago I bought the lovely Hunkydory Deco Delights mega kit and only did a couple of cards with it. Yup! Too much stash. I've got lots of birthdays during the months of July and August and I've put this mega kit to good use.

It's a new challenge at INTAAS this week and our challenge is Dies.

The centre image is from the Hunkydory but I've used the Spellbinders dies Astoria Labels and Decorative elements to make it stand out . the feathers came with the kit too.

Please join us at International Art and Soul with your beautiful die cut creations.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

What a scorcher!

What fantastic weather we are having, just a little cooler today, windows open wide and the breeze is blowing the cobwebs away. My dogs are loving the warmth unless it gets just too much for them but there are a few cool places for them to sleep.  Miss Tuppence is a bit of a sun worshipper and we have to turn her over as she will just lays there cooking! Alfie being white is sensible and stays indoors.


The challenge this week at International Art and Soul is is to create anything you like 'With Elements of Nature'.  This can be just about anything thats living or breathing or at the close of day when autumn comes, deep winter etc. Loads to choose from!

I found this sentiment on Pinterest but could not find a source to acknowledge the creator, such beautiful words.  The butterflies were from an old Kanban kit that I've had for ever and I thought I could use them on my card.  The banner was created with Spellbinders Baby Bunting and the edge of the card was embossed with a Sue Wilson Noble Pierced Square. Very simple but I'll save for just that right time.

Please pop over and see the fabulous cards my teamies have made for the challenge here.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

What beautiful weather!

Hasn't the weather has been amazing! My garden is really going into blossom overdrive with everything showing off and the pots around the garden all trying to outshine one another.

This Sunday starts a new challenge at InternationalArt and Soul and the theme this week is Flowers. So, please show us your treasured flowers so that we all can enjoy your beautiful Creations.  Please join us INTAAS.

I made this card or big tag for a friend for with her birthday in mind. I cut the shape with a Tattered Lace Tag Die and covered it with paper from the Kanban Apricot Dream pad.  I cut and made the flowers with the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Bloom die. The rest of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the wired large pearl strands are from Anna Marie Designs. The little birthday sentiment tag is by Sue Wilson and underneath all the flowers is the big Cheery Lynn swirl die in gold glitter paper and little leaves from Marianne Dies.  I hope she likes it.

Sadly, a friend of my husbands passed away and I don't usually post sympathy cards to my blog but I'm sure the sentiment can easily be changed to something more appropriate. It's always difficult with what to say at times like these but Ive kept it light with using brown and ivory and a Memory Box poppy.  I generated the sentiment myself and popped it on a Spellbinders label die.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

For the Men in Our Lives!

A fortnight has just whizzed by since my last post and so much has happened with my card breaking down and no mobile phone, a fabulous long weekend away with friends and just all the comings and goings of life in general. Next week is happing up to nee the same with a visit to our local RHS garden with friends and lunch and then off to London to meet a lady over from Canada who I hope to meet again in two/three months time actually in Canada.

For the Men in our Lives is the theme for the challenge over on the International Art and Soul Challenge blog (intaas)

It was my grandsons birthday last week and he has celebrated being 19 years old. We are proud as such as he is studying Criminology in a uni in Canada.  This was the card I made for him. The timing was perfect, the challenge and his birthday.

I've used three shades of brown card and cut them with Sue Wilson's Pierced Squares, A & B to give me narrow layers and I embossed the top one with a chevron embossing folder.  The image was a freebie from the company called Design bundles, check them out weekly on the internet.  The ribbon I bought from the Creative Expressions stand at the recent Ally Pally show, lots of different colours for 50p for a couple of metres, bargain!  The dies I've used for the sailing ship I bought from a lady on Facebook, no idea where they came from originally.

If you drop in, please let me know and Ill return the favour,  have a great week!