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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, 23 August 2015

Four Legged Friends

Who can remember the words to the song, "Four Legged Friend" by Roy Rogers, I do! Well, that's the theme on the OSAAT this week. We would love to see your creations about your four legged friends, be it dogs, cats, horses, any animal with the required legs!

For my card this week I have used the Coosty Creations Animal Sentiments which are all gorgeous sentiments for your cards you can find them in the Stitchy Bear's Digital Stamp Outlet right here.
What a lovely sentiment this is and means a lot to me as mostly my dogs have come from animal shelters. I, personally, would not buy a pedigree dog when there are so many in shelters that need our love for the rest of their days.



As I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point of my card I've kept the rest very simple. The dog, bone and ball are all from a Spellbinders die and I've used a pice of cotton ribbon for the bow. Just a few card candi buttons to accentuate the sentiment.



Sunday, 9 August 2015

What a beautiful day.

I hope you are having a beautiful day, the sky is a perfect blue and not a cloud in the sky. My little dog, Tuppence, is a real sunbather but knows when to come into the shade and sleep under the trees. The dogs are having a walk early in the morning as we don't sleep with the sun pouring in.

Well, I have been awol for a month having a fabulous holiday in France. We like to book a French farmhouse deep in the countryside and the one this year was perfect. The farm had its own fishing lake just outside our door and the farm dogs would come and visit before the days got too warm. One in particular, Houlk, loved just watching my husband fish, she would get so close to him but never attempt to harm the fish, such a gentle creature. A gentle va t'en or allez-vous-en and she would leave us.


I have two cards this week, the first one is for the challenge posting I missed being away.

This sweet image is by Digi Blessings and is called Patchwork Heart and you can find it here. The background paper is from SU that I've had for sometime and I've used a green mat at an angle to compliment the colours in the image. One of my favourite dies, Baby Buntings has a number from the fairly new Spellbinders dies Numbers and Alphabet.  The image has been coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copics.



This week's challenge over on One Stitch At A Time is for Anything Goes With Sweet Treat and please enter our challenge that can be found here.

This week I chose to use Beary Dust Stamps image called Birthday Fairy, such a little sweetie!

She has been coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copics as usual. The background paper came from the Dovecraft Sweet Paris paper pack which is so pretty. The image has been mounted on a pale green mat and I have popped some Wild Orchid flowers and leaves onto a small piece of cheesecloth.  The sentiment is self generated and honestly, could you resist someone so cute?


Sunday, 12 July 2015

It's that time again!


Another two weeks have passed and it is time for a new challenge at Stitchy Bear Stamps. Our brilliant theme this week is, 'Anything Goes With Chillaxing'. What we would love to see is your gorgeous designs featuring relaxing and just chilling out in this gorgeous weather we've been having.

This week I chose to use Barb Jensen's brilliant image called Pink Polish and you can find it right here.  Just thinking about teetering in those shoes, I think they're just for posing in with that special man in your life.

As Katherine Hepburn once said, "All I want out of life is a moment's peace, a good book and a great pair of shoes."  I think these are!!!!



I've coloured the image with a mix of Copic and Promarker pens and highlighted the heels with Diamond Glaze. The image has been matted up using Spellbinders Modern Stationery and finished off with a few red pearls on Swiss Dot card.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Just like the White Rabbit - I'm Late!

I'm late in my setting up my blog post this week. I'm having too much fun out and about. Sunday was spent with lovely Red Hat friends cruising on a canal boat on the River Lea and having fresh baked scones with jam and cream and endless cups of tea. The second one this week, I shared fresh local strawberries and more scones with a neighbour, Julie, in support of our local village shop.  How did I ever go to work?

The lovely challenge on OSAAT this week is Anything Goes with Red, White and Blue. So time to be either very patriotic or just have fun.

My card this week features Alipeeps Art image, Peacock Profiles and you can find here.


In homage to Jane and Samara of the OSAAT teamies and my lovely friend Ingrid, their hair colours are amazing.

I've used some embossed dots card as a base and cut a rectangle with a die from Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics and used it as a background for the largest Spellbinders 5 x 7 Elegant Labels 4. The white card I've cut with a die from the Grand Calibur Labels 4 set. It fitted perfectly and I've added some red feathers from my hat trimmings stash.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

One for The Man In Your Life.

It's time for a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time and out theme this week is Anything Goes with Men.

For my Card this week I chose Stitchy Stamp's brilliant image called Cup Full and you can find it here  What a great image and such fun to colour with Promarkers too. He's the Morning Angel bringing our tea or coffee.


Sunday, 31 May 2015

A Fantastic Challenge Today That Everyone Will Love

It's that time again for another great challenge at One Stitch At A time challenge blog here.

Our challenge this week is Anything Goes With Flowers.



I love using our Stitchy Bears sentiments and I chose this one by Sentimental Susan and it's called Congratulations and you can find it here.

The fab prize this month is a set of images and if you're lucky just think how many future challenges you can take part in!  Please check out the blog.

The background paper is from a beautiful pad called Rose Garden by First Edition and the lovely tags are from a die set by Cheery Lynn Horizontal Fishtail Banners. The flower I made ages ago using a Spellbinders Scallop Circle die and some book print, mulberry paper and lots of Tattered Angels spray mists.  This will be my friend who loves shades of brown!


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Appreciation!

Well, we all love to be appreciated and feel appreciation for the simple things in life.  Our latest challenge at OSAAT One Stitch At A Time is Anything Goes with Appreciation.

Today has great as I could venture out into my little garden and get some window boxes and tubs planted up.  There's been a constant commentary of a local triathlon in the background and we saw a an emergency crew on a quad bike as the competitors have to run along the sea wall. There's no way of getting an ambulance out there if anything goes wrong.

After today I am going to appreciate the lovely soak in the tub like Bathtime Lucy by Reeces Scrap Pieces on my card.



I've had another play with the watercolour pencils on watercolour paper, I've mat and layered her onto a 8" x8" card so that I could use some Diamond Glaze on the bubbles. I'm still learning with these pencils but I was pleased with the outcome. Still lots to learn but I did have lots of help from my sis-in-law.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Retired! Thats Me!

After many, many years at work I am now officially retired. I'm hoping I can now take part in lots more challenges on the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog (OSAAT). I also promised my self as a New Year that I would post more of the other cards I make and get them entered into challenges. Well, that didn't very long but now I have no excuse, do I?

For our challenge over on the OSAAT blog this week our theme is, Anything Goes With A Special Lady'.



My Mum and Mum in Law are no longer with us so I'm dedicating this card to all my long term friends, they're scattered across the world and the internet. 

I chose to work with a beautiful set of papers by Panda Bear Designs called 'Imagine' and a lovely sentiment by Stitchy called 'Just between Friends' and you can find them here.

I chose to use two of the papers by Panda Bear Designs and distress the edges of the orange one. I've used some TH ink in Marigold to darken the edges. The Spellbinders die Labels 47 Decorative Elements was used to cut the fancy frame. I've used the Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisy stamp and die onto more of the orange paper for the flowers and used a couple of Sue Wilson's dies for the leaves.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Clever Girl! I'm full of Admiration!

It's the 19th and the time when we set a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time (OSAAT) and our theme this week is anything Goes with Daughters/Girls. This was perfect for me as I was asked to make a card for a very clever young lady who eventually wants to become a lawyer.   It seems her parents are confident that she will pass her exams so now they are prepared. Nothing frilly or fancy was the request.

This image by Ken Benner seemed perfect and you can find it here.



I found a odd piece of paper that fitted the colours of card that I chose and covered the front of a plain card. I cut a bunting shape from Spellbinders Baby Buntings die that came over from the US. A plain  and scallop Spellbinders square cut the image shapes. No flowers at all which was hard but I understood!!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter

What a cold start to our first Bank Holiday of the year, to day it seems to be a little warmer if you stay out of the wind.

Over on the One Stitch At A Time (OSAAT) blog our latest challenge is 'Anything Goes With Easter /Passover'

For my card this week I chose to use My Heart Pieces image called Titli and you can find her here. I've coloured her in Spring colours of yellow and green and used a couple of Pink Petticoat's digi papers in ribbon stripes and tiny dots that I've had for some time now, the colour is Pistachio.


I mounted the image onto a piece of Core-Dinations card and used the reverse for my simple leaves. The flowers are ages old but were sitting at the top of my flower box begging to be used.

I would like to enter the following:-

Allsorts Challenge 305 - Easter

Hiding In My Craft Room 194 - Think Spring