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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, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday and a lovely challenge at OSAAT

Happy Easter to everyone, may it be peaceful and joyous.

Technical issues at home have prevented me from getting to the blog to post a new challenge but we're managing! The challenge this week is to show us and let us know on your blog your blog about your 'Favourite Things'.   Our rules are very simple and can be found here on the challenge blog.


For my card this week I've used Scappers Delights Wood Elfling and I've added a verse by A.A.Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh which was perfect for this lovely image. I've used a background paper from SprinG Feast by First Edition. I've cut an oval frame with some Spellbinders idea and decorated it with lovely leaves from Cheery Lynn. The flowers are ages old and I can't remember where they came from. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Lovely Sunny Day!

Wherever you are I hope is sunny and bright as mine is in this little corner of Essex. I have a lovely view from my window and I can see many yachts out on the river and there's not a cloud in the sky.

Our theme this week on the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog is 'Use A Digi' Our super prize this month is seven digi images and is sponsored by our own Stitchy Bear.

For my card this week I chose to use Panda Bear Designs digi pack called Birthday Surprise and you can find it here. This is such a brilliant pack and prints beautifully, no fancy photo printing just some good paper. I was really please with the intensity of the colours and they're perfect for children's cards.  I decided to create a birthday party invitation.


I created an invitation in Open Office (brilliant program and free too!) and cut it out with a Spellbinders die. I've had the cupcake die from Marianne die for ages but it was perfect for my invite. I pulled apart s white blossom from Wild Orchid and used a Promarker to colour it to a similar flower on the paper. Now to bake some cakes for my party!

I would like to enter the following challenges:-







Monday, 7 April 2014

Like the White Rabbit!

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! Yep! Late posting today.

It's time for another challenge at OSAAT and our theme this week is 'Flowers'on your project.

Our rules are very simple. If you use a Stitchy Bear image then you will be entered for the top prize of $9 to spend in the store, if you use a non-Stitchy image then you will be entered into a draw for $3 to spend instore.

For my card this week I've used Coosty Creations 'Fuchsia' paper pack and you can find it here. I have a lovely Red Hat friend whose chapter name is Princess Fuchsia and her birthday is this month too. If you pop into have a look at the blog, don't peep, Kay!



Jane's image was a joy to colour and I wanted it to be the main focus and kept it quite large. I've also used one of the papers in the pack as a tailored bow and cut with the WMRK Envelope Punch Board. There is a great video on YouTube showing how to do it, dead easy. The background card, I believe, is rich razzleberry from Stampin' Up. A simple birthday self generated sentiment and pearls to finish.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Anything Goes at One Stitch At A Time

Anything Goes is the theme this week on the OSAAT challenge blog.

Our rules are pretty straightforward and if you use a digi image purchased in the store then you may enter as many times as you like to win the top prize of a seven digi pack. It's kinda like 'buy one get seven free'

 If you use a non Stitchy image on your project then you will be placed in a draw for $3 to spend in store.



I decided to have some fun with this image of 'Grim Reaper' by Reeces Scrap Pieces. I've coloured him in with red and purple Promarkers and matted the image onto some red card. The background paper is from Coosty Creations and is called 'Red Hat Pumpkin'. A few pearls and a Memory Box swirl to finish.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

For The Woman In Your Life

For The Woman In Your Life is the theme on the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog. This is for your Mum, Grandma, Auntie, Cousin or a special girl friend. This week our Sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps with a prize of $9 to spend in the store but you must use a Stitchy image. A non-Stitchy project will be placed in a draw for $3 to spend in-store.

For my card this week I chose Rose by Crafty Girl, it's a beautiful image to colour and the tones of lilac remind me of a rose I have called ' Blue Moon'.


I've used Promarkers on the main flower and leaves and mounted the image on a plain mat of lilac pearlised card. the backing paper if from Craftwork Cards. The alphabet is by Spellbinders that I've had for several years and my bow is a die cut from Sue Wilson new range of dies.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday and Time for a New OSAAT Challenge

Sunday again and what a fabulous day it is out here in the backwaters of Essex. I have a gorgeous view of the river from my room and it looks so blue but cold, we need some more sunshine, please.

Our challenge at One Stitch At A Time is 'Use a Digi', and I chose Quirky Cora from Hope Jacare for my teamies , Nataliya and Lady Ann and you can find her here. Isn't she cute? Our rules are very easy:-

Our Sponsor this week is our own Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and the top prize is the 7 image monthly pack  but we must see a digi from the store on your card and you may enter as many times as you wish.

The runner-up prize is $3 to spend in the store if you use a non Stitchy Bear Outlet Store digi image, you may enter a maximum of three times



When I was colouring this image my mind wandered back to my very early teens when I lived in the Old Kent Road in south London. There were hardly any clubs where girls could join in, it was mainly for boys.  Our local church ran a club where we could go and chat and have a cup of coffee. It was run by a deaconess and we would often see her flying around on her old bike with basket on the front.  She wore the veil but ordinary clothes, she would always have her sandals on, summer and winter but would wear thick grey stockings with them to keep her feet warm. She was such a sweet lady but her dress was definitely 'quirky' This card is dedicated to her and her unstinting kindness to teenage girls.  The sentiment is from a song By the Kinks from 1966. coloured with Promarkers and paper from stash.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Time For The Boys

It's that time of the week when we have a new challenge on the One Stitch At A Time. This week's theme 'For the Boys', so anything remotely not pink!

Our Sponsor this week is our own Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and the top prize is $9 to spend in store but we must see a digi from the store on your card and you may enter as many times as you wish.

The runner-up prize is $3 to spend in the store if you use a non Stitchy Bear Outlet Store digi image, you may enter a maximum of three times

For my card this week I chose Stitchy's image called 'Got Game' I don't make many boy card as my only grandson os now grown up but I did like this image a great deal. He's been coloured with Promarkers and mounted onto a blue Spellbinders Lacy Square and then onto a couple of sheets from First Edition's Up, Up Away paper pack. A sentiment from Craftwork Cards and some blue twine to finish.

I'd like to enter the following:

Crafts Galore Encore - Use a Digi

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Ladybugs!

It's time for a new challenge at OSAAT and our theme this week is 'Anything Goes'. Our rules are very simple:

1. You may enter as many times as you like when using a Stitchy Bear digi stamp to win our top prize this week of seven digi stamps. But, if you choose to enter without using one of the images from the store then you will be entered into a separate draw for $3 to spend in the store. You may enter the challenge a maximum of three times with a non-Stitchy image.

2. You must link back to our blog.

3. No back linking, it must be a new creation after our blog goes live.

My teamie, Nataliya, chose Ladybugs by Coosty Creation, I loved using this paper and image as it screamed at me Use a Poppy Promarker! So I did!


I coloured the image with my Poppy Promaker and also used a dark grey pen for the body and spots. To accentuate the spots I used a drop of Glossy Accents and cut out another flower. This was glazed too with the Glossy Accents. I've used a lovely bright red foil circle as a mat for the image. The sentiment I found on the internet and has been around for years apparently, you learn something new every day. 

This card is sitting on my hall table as a reminder that Spring is not too far away. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

New Bits and Pieces

I had a lovely time at a recent craft show at Five Lakes Hotel in Essex. I went on the Thursday with Red Hat friends and then back on the Saturday with my lovely sis-in-law and my niece. I bought a couple of the new Sue Wilson dies, the Filigree 3D Bow and the Faux Quilled Leaves and I've used both of them on my card today.  I also purchased the Santoro A4 paper pack and one of the papers was perfect to go with this sweet image called Clara Cupcake from Hope Jacare that you can find here in the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet. I created this with my beautiful granddaughter, Lacey. in mind as it's her birthday is very soon.

This is also my DT card over on the OSAAT blog this week. our theme this week is Girly and our rules for our challenge are very simple

1. You may enter as many times as you like when using a Stitchy Bear digi stamp to win our top prize this week. But, if you choose to enter without using one of the images from the store then you will be entered into a separate draw for $3 to spend in the store. You may enter the challenge a maximum of three times with a non-Stitchy image.

2. You must link back to our blog.

3. No back linking, it must be a new creation after our blog goes live.

Here's my card-


I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Colour Me Creative # 87 - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge #17 - Use Red/Pink
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - February - Anything Goes
Emergency Crafters - Pink or Red
Feeling Craft Challenge #25 Dies and/or Punches.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Use a Digi Challenge #200 at OSAAT

Everyone's favourite, Use A Digi is our theme this week on the OSAAT Challenge blog here.  The top prize this week from our Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet is seven images. A stitchy image must be used on your new creation to win. A non-Stitchy image on your entry will be placed in a draw for $3 to speend in the store.

Our rules are very straightforward.

1. You may enter as many times as you like when using a Stitchy Bear digi stamp to win our top prize this week. But, if you choose to enter without using one of the images from the store then you will be entered into a separate draw for $3 to spend in the store. You may enter the challenge a maximum of three times with a non-Stitchy image.

2. You must link back to our blog.



3. No back linking, it must be a new creation after our blog goes live.

For my card we had Panda Bear Designs - Chocolate Valentine Pack 2 set of papers to play with.


I've used a couple of the designs and added some spotty ribbon to hide the join. I cut the pale pink heart with  Memory Box Heart die and embossed it. I then cut a Memory Box La Rue Heart from the top paper. Decorated with pearls and a simple sentiment to complete the card for my husband.