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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.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Last of the Bramble Berries and it's OSAAT time again

It looks like we've now picked the last of the bramble berries yesterday when out exercising the dogs. The bushes are getting ready to die back for the winter. They have been spectacular this year with the warm September. I'll make an apple and berry pie today for my husband and a bakewell tart too.

I've got friends coming tomorrow to help to get the door hangings ready for our trip to Liverpool for the Red Hat Society UK convention.  These door hanging announce who is in residence and I'll post some pics when they are finished.  Flowers to make today to add some extra colour.  Can't wait to meet up with old friends.

On the One Stitch At A Time Challenge (OSAAT) blog here it's time for you to show us your creation with the theme 'Anything Goes With the Colour Orange. The fab prize this month is a set of digi images created for the month of October.  How gorgeous are they?

The challenge will run for two weeks so dig out all those lovely shades of orange you're using for the Autumn cards.

For my card this week I'm using an image by Gingerloft called Rustic Bench and you can find it here. What a useful stamp this is as it could be used in so many ways.  Here I've used it as a get well card made with my lovely sis-in-law as she recovers from her major op.

I've made an 8" x 8" card and covered the front with a paper from a First Edition's pad that had the perfect background colours.  I've coloured  the image with Promarkers and mounted it on a die cut from the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals.  The three largest flowers I've made myself from dies from Heartfelt Creations using paper from First Edition and mulberry paper.  The sentiment is self generated.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The sickies have gone and I'm feeling fine and it's OSAAT Time!

A couple of weeks ago I had an awful pain in my shoulder and called my osteopath for an appointment to get some relief. Over the weekend the most horrendous blisters appeared on my neck, off to the docs and had it confirmed as Shingles. Whatever next! Lots of soothing Aloe Vera and Calendula Gel did the trick in keeping everything calm but it looked like I had an awful orangey green tidemark on my neck that any schoolboy would have been proud of.  All better now, just waiting for the scars to go.

Well, it's another Sunday and time for our fortnightly challenge at the One Stitch At A Time Challenge Blog. The challenge theme is 'Anything Goes with a Flower'. So, let's see your creations embellished with some lovely flowers or may be a flower stamp or image. You can find the rules for the challenge here and they are very few. A gorgeous set of five September images for the winner.

For my card this week I chose an image by Scrappers Delight called Crafty Shopper, a girl after my own heart! You can find her hereI've coloured her with Copics (love the skin colours) and Promarkers. I've used a shaped card from Craftworks Card and cut my corresponding shapes with the Spellbinders Borders die, The background paper is from my stash and my Crafty Shopper was also cut out with a die from the Spellbinders  Floral Ovals set. My flowers have been made by me using some of the handmade papers I've had since I first started card making. I was really please with them. I've finished my Crafty Shopper with a simple sentiment from Craftworks Cards.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

How Time Flies

Two years ago today I lost my precious son to cancer.  I feel that he is still around me but I just can't talk to him anymore but I hear his voice whenever I look at photos of him.  I would love to have nattered to him about recent events in this country, I know he would have some really funny things to say about it all.  His sense of humour is still with me.

Sleep on, Paul, I'll be looking for your star tonight.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Yay! OSAAT Time Again!

We've thrown open the doors at the One Stitch At A Time (OSAAT) challenge blog and we are all raring to go with lots of lovely new style challenges. 

We have made a few changes of how we are now running these challenges so please take a few minutes to read what is going on.

We are now going fortnightly, so on the first week we will have the new challenge which will run for two weeks.  On the second week we will post the winners from the previous challenge.   Instead of having the main prize for those who enter with a StitchyBear Digital Store item we are offering this to everybody and we will also be picking the Top 3 entrants instead of having a runner up.  The winners will have a new Top 3 badge for their blogs.  The main prize will be chosen by random generator so it is very fair to everybody and will be the monthly prize pack of 5 StitchyBear Digital Store items from a variety of our wonderful creators. You can see the prize on the OSAAT blog here  The Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team who will be visiting all your blogs during the fortnight that the challenge runs.

Our themes from now on will be Anything Goes with a . . . . .  maybe a bow, or a button, maybe glitter or a die.  The something extra will be different for every challenge.  Be as creative as you can, it does not have to be a card, we love 3D models, boxes, altered items too, just remember to have the ‘with a . . . .’ on it.  Check out the blog as it will have all the info on there.

For my card this week I've used Floral Monogram Frame 2' by Floppy Latte. 

It's very Art Deco and made me think of Paris in the 20's. My background paper is from the Papemania Bookprint pad and I've used a kraft card as a foundation. The digital image was printed onto a piece of cream card and has been coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copics.  The little die cut perfume bottle is from a stamp and die set by Sizzix/Graphic 45 that I managed to pick up in their sale, a proper bargain at the time. I've finished off with a wired ribbon bow and a little sentiment from the set. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Dust in Here!

I've just popped to have a dust around and get tidied up for when the new challenges start the first week of September on the One Stitch At A Time challenge
blog.  It's been a fabulous break but I'm looking forward to starting again.

I haven't been idle these last couple of months (although been horrendously ill) and have made several cards that I hope to display over the next few months.

This was made for a special lady, the Queen of our Red Hat chapter.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Here Comes Summer

When it gets warm here in the south-east of England I always think of Jerry Keller and his song, "Here Comes Summer" it epitomizes the season of warm sunshine to me. Blue skies and, as we live almost on the coast, cool breezes too.  Also, it shows my age as this song came out in 1959!! Eek!!

Our last challenge this week as the OSAAT Challenge Blog will be closed for the summer until the first week of September. Our theme this week is 'Anything Goes'. Rules are simple and can be found on the blog.  For our last Challenge my teamie, Sue, chose Princess Nataliya by Coosty Creations and you can find it here. Our teamie Nataliya wanted a princess theme for her daughter's birthday and Jane of Coosty Creations produced this sweet princess and some beautiful backing papers too.

I've used one of the backing paper as a base and cut a beautiful die cut using hologram card from Spellbinders 5 x7 Mystical Embrace. It almost looks to me like a tiny crown at the top corner, perfect for our Princess.  I've coloured Princess Nataliya with a mix of Promarkers and Copics and backed her onto the die cut. She just has to have blonde hair as Nataliya's daughter has gorgeous hair and longer than this princess's too.I've used  Memory Box die to cut the bunting and popped on some pearls and feathers too.   I had to photograph her in the morning sun so she looks a lot more colourful in real life.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Late and the Dreaded Lurgy

I'm so late with my blog post this week having had a dreadful weekend with something that's doing the rounds. Headache, awful tinnitus, golf balls in my throat and a raging thirst. Luckily, my husband was at hand and waited on me and made me lots of drinks. I'm feeling a little better now but I couldn't look at the computer screen for more than a minute or so.

Anyway, enough about me, let's get on with this week's challenge at OSAAT. This week our theme is 'Button It'. so, let's see some lovely buttons on your cards.The OSAAT rules are very simple and can be found on the challenge blog here. Please check out the fabulous creations of my teamies, just click on the link above their card.

This week's image is 'Snail' by Crafty Girl Creations. Isn't he cute?

I've used a piece of a pad whose name escapes me as a background. I've coloured my snail with Promarkers and mounted him on a piece of card that blends perfectly with the paper.  I found a free font on the internet called 'Snailets' that is perfect for my sentiment, it even has tiny snails too. Buttons, of course, and a Memory Box die to finish. with todays technology we don't seem to get much snail mail except junk!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I love this!

It's time for another great challenge at One Stitch At A Time and I'm rather late with my blog post after spending a fabulous weekend up at Mundesley in Norfolk with a host of beautiful Red Hat friends. Well, it's up as it's north of where I live.

For my card this week I chose for Sue (check her blog here) and I the gorgeous 'Vase of Lovely Flowers by Hope Jacare Doodles that you can find right here. I saw this style of card quite a while ago on the beautiful blog of Becca Feeken who designs for Spellbinders and Justrite Stampers amongst many. Becca's cards are so inspiring.

I've coloured the image with a mixture of Copics and Promarkers and used the Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics and Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight  for the contour of the card that have been distressed with Antique Linen. A bow of wired ribbon and a couple of pearls to finish.

I'd Like to enter the following challenges:-

Card Mania #48 - Flowers

Sunday, 1 June 2014

It's that time again!

Yup! Time for another great challenge at OSAAT. Our rules are very simple and can be seen on the challenge blog here.  This week's top prize is the 7 image June pack for those entries with a Stitchy Bear image. There are over three thousand images to choose from so there is bound to be something you will love.  A non-Stitchy entry will be entered into a separate draw for $3 to spend in store. Our theme this week is 'Boyish'. A new creation for those little and big boys in your life

For my card this week I chose to use 'Baby Gangstaz - Joel' by Reeces Scrap Pieces. A little lad trying to look really cool. Ain't he cute???

I've coloured him with Promarkers and matted the image onto a piece of red card. the background papers are from a pack called Fiddlesticks by MME. The button and corner I brought back from the US a few years ago and when I was lucky enough to visit Michaels. A piece of raffia and a self generated sentiment to finish.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Anything Goes

Time for a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time and our theme this week is everyone's favourite challenge of 'Anything Goes'.  Our rules are very simple and can easily be found on the challenge blog. The winner using a Stitchy Bear image is the May 7 image pack.

It was my teamie, Sue's turn to select the image for this week and she chose In The Harbour by Delicious Doodles and you can find it here.  It's the perfect image for all occasions and for the men in your life and I chose to use it for a retirement card.

I've used a lovely background paper from the Beach Cottage collection from Pink Petticoat. The image was coloured with Promarkers and finished off with a couple of card mats. The sweet buttons are froma large pot of buttons I've collected over the years. The blue heart button I bought in the US many years ago and the pop up every now and again/

I'd like to enter the following:-

A vintage Journey#6 All About Him

CMC Copic Challenge Group #93 Fathers Day / Boys Stuff