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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.

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


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Keeping It Simple..... sort of!

Time for a nice challenge on the OSAAT blog and this week it is 'Keep It Simple'

I was a little bit stuck for time this week and chose to use this gorgeous pre-coloured image from Ike called Japanese Lady and you can find her here.


I just had to bite the bullet and use a piece of my hoarded Graphic 45 paper pad called Bird Song. I've mounted her on a couple of pieces from the DCWV Natural mat stack that were perfect for the image.
I've cut a flower from a Memory Box die in the reverse side of the paper which was just as beautiful. A couple of Marianne Dies leaves and a little coin button to finish. when I purchased the paper pack I received lots of sticker and embellishments, so I've kept it fairly simple!

I would like to enter the following:

Challenges 4 Everyone #41 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge Blog #18 Always Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox #70 Let's Hear It For The Girls
Crafting At The Weekend #1 Anything Goes
Craftitude Challenge #6 Use A Die
Crafts 4 Eternity R#176 To Die For
QKR Stampede #88 Dies or Punch and/or Dies







Sunday, 11 May 2014

Use a Digi is our theme

Over on the One Stitch at A Time challenge blog our theme this week is 'Use A Digi'. There's a fab prize of the images used by the DT on the May 7th challenge up for grabs if you use a Stitchy Bear image on your card. If you use a non-Stitchy Bear image you will be entered into a draw for $3 to spend in-store.

For my card this week I chose Miss Peony by Alipeeps Art and you can find this fab image right here.



Ali has captured such a wistful look in her face and I've coloured her so that she is highlighted by the background paper. This paper came from a Kanban pack called Apricot Dreams which was perfect for her as she seems to me to be dreaming of someone far away. She's coloured with Promarkers and her peony flower is highlighted with a Gellyroll glaze pen.Some Prima flowers tinged with Tim Holtz's Distress in and a Sue Wilson die cut leaves branch. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations.



Sunday, 4 May 2014

Spooky and It's not October!

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time and the theme this week is

Ribbons or Lace.

You will find all the info you need on the challenge blog here, If you are the chosen winner with a Stitchy Bear image on your project you are in the running for a super prize of $9 to spend in the store. The runner up prize with a non-Stitchy Bear image will be eligible for $3 to spend in store.


For my card this week I chose one of Delicious Doodle's Horroscope - Aquarius, isn't she fab! I've coloured her lightly with Promarkers and added my own sentiment.  She was cut with a Spellbinders Oblong die and placed n a mat of copper card. I've played with distress inks around a plain white card and I've made her a little feminine with her red nails and some ribbon too. Black, of course. The little black cat usually comes out at Halloween but it seemed perfect for this card. It's a Spellbinders die from way back when you could find a little freebie with your regular dies. It was in the days of the Wizard machine, 2007!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:-


Sunday, 27 April 2014

OSAAT Day

Don't you just hate computers when they go wrong. OH treated me to a new computer in January and now it won't even turn on. Phoned Zoostorm's customer service who said it could be memory not sitting correctly and would we like to open the back and check!! That would negate any guarantee, wouldn't it. Ok, so a log was made of our call and please return it back to them at our cost for them to have a look. In the meantime, take a system backup as the hard disk will be returned at factory settings. A bit hard to do as the British made (so they say) PC won't turn on. I know I should have backed up my stuff but after three months!

OK! rant over.  Now for a lovely new challenge at OSAAT. This week our challenge theme is everyone's favourite, Anything Goes' and our rules for the challenge are very simple and can be found on the challenge blog.

For my card this week my teamie, Sue, chose 'Love In A Mist' by Delicious Doodles and you can find it here.  Isn't it gorgeous and so lovely to colour too. Just a couple of Promarkers for the image and I've mounted it onto some lovely blue metallic card.


The white embossed card came from Create and Craft a little while ago and I've kept the sentiment very simple to show off this beautiful image and popped a sweet little flourish by Memory Box underneath. 

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-