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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.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Playing Catch-Up

It's been a busy few weeks since my last post so here's my catch-up post to get me back on track.

The present challenge at OAAT is Anything goes with Halloween Colours and for my card I chose 'Catular by Ikes Art.  You can find this brilliant image here in the Stitchy Bear's Digital Outlet Store.

I'm sending this card to my granddaughters for Halloween as they own two lovely cats.

I cut a couple of square from Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson's Pierced Squares to mount my image on. The ribbon I found in a Dollar Tree store in St. Pete's Beach in Florida where I had been staying with a great bunch of friends.  The exchange rate was pretty good so a few spools of ribbon jumped in my basket. The sentiments are self generated. I love the purple and orange colours together at anytime of the year.

My second card was made for the recent Breast Awareness Week which took place when I was in the US.

The sentiment I found on the internet and those of you who know me understand that I love the perfect words for a card.  This card could be sent to anyone who is feeling alone in their treatment.

The lovely tulips image is called Whisper of Tulips by Kaz Kraftz and perfect for giving.

This Saturday we had afternoon tea on a Thames barge moored at Hythe Quay in Maldon, Essex.  We do enjoy ourselves and it was lovely catching up friends we haven't seen for a while.  Off out for another afternoon tea with family this week and looking forward to the first week of November when it's afternoon tea yet again at my niece's house celebrating the finish of her new extension. How did I ever find time to go to work????

Monday, 21 September 2015

A Lovely Time At Ally Pally

Twice a year my sis-in-laws and I toddle off to the Stamping and Scrapbooking show at Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace). This Sunday's event was fab and we picked up so many bargains especially card that I didn't need, along with lots of other goodies that I've got plenty of but, I think every crafter will know what I mean.

Back to this week's challenge at OSAAT. Our theme this week is 'Anything Goes With Leaves.

This is such a lovely sentiment called Mothers Garden by Floppy Latte Designs and you can find it right here.

I've coloured the flowers and leaves with Copics and created some flowers with a Memory Box Aster die and the leaves are from Spellbinders.

Please come and visit our blog, One Stitch At A Time and join in with the fun, there's a lovely prize for the winner this week of a collection of beautiful digital images.  Leave the design team some love, it's free!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

There's a chill in the air!

There's a definite chill in the air and it looks like our lovely summer is coming to an end. For me it's be great, the first summer in many years that I have not had to work in a over warm office. It's been great that there hasn't been any of those too hot days where you just want to sit and do nothing.

It's that Sunday when we have a lovely new challenge on the One Stitch At A Time (OSAAT) blog. Our theme this week is Anything Goes With Gratitude. A lovely way of saying thank you to someone who has encouraged you, helped you or just been there for you.

For my card this week I chose to use Crafty Girl Creations Rose that can find right here.  This is such a lovely 'go to' image that can be used on so many occasions.

I've coloured the image with Promarkers and added a little Wink of Stellar to the flower itself. The background paper is from the First Editions Rose Garden pad.  The heart punch by Paper Shapers I've had for years and it doesn't appear enough on my cards, it's so sweet and just enough with the other hearts in the background. A self-generated sentiment to finish.

Please pop over to the challenge blog here and take part, there's a fab prize for the winner.

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


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.