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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, 1 December 2014

December is here!

Wow! Where has the time gone this year?  it's December and just over three weeks till Christmas. I spent a lovely day in London at the Foodies Festival in the Old Truman Brewery and then wandered through Old Spitalfields Market. So much food everywhere that looked delicious, a shame I have no sense of smell but I could taste it on the air.

Our challenge this week on the One Stitch at a Time challenge blog is 'Anything Goes with Lace' and what a great prize we have. Its all these gorgeous images in the November 5 pack:-



Here is the perfect set of images for all your Christmas projects including a beautiful sentiment too.
Please find our very few rules for entering our challenge here and also have a look at our Facebook page where there is always a great challenge for using the Stitchy Bear Digital images, just click on the link.

For my card this week I chose Stitchy Bear's image called 'I'm Sorry' and you can find her here. The perfect image for when you need to send someone a hug or just to say sorry. I know I will use this image time and time again.


I've used a piece of Linen Closet paper to the front of my card and cut one panel from the Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles in a toning blue Co'ordinations blue card stock.  After colouring her I cut along her wings back a little and placed the next size die down under her wings so that they were free.  Sadly, with the low light levels we are having at the moment the way she sparkles just doesn't show. Some Venise lace and a few Wild Orchid flowers and pearls to decorate.  The sentiment is self generated and cut with a Spellbinders Tag die that I've had for many years.  The cord on my little tag was given to me by my Red Hat friend Marilyn, the perfect shade of peach.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

What a Miserable Day!

Well, down here in the backwaters of Essex it's a miserable day and misty too. I can't see across the river or even see the river from where I'm sitting. The dogs have been for a walk and are muddy and wet and looking for their breakfast.

It's Sunday and time for a really lovely challenge at OSAAT. This week our theme is 'Anything Goes with Giving Thanks'.

As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK I thought I would make a Thank You card. A handy one to keep in my card box.



I've used an image from Hope Jacare called Bouquet 1 and you can find it in the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet here. I love these stamps as they are so nice to colour. I've used a piece of Linen Closet paper as my starting point and coloured the images with Promarkers, the photo had to be brightened in my graphics program as the sun wasn't shining when I took the photo. the images has been mounted a couple of times using the Spellbinders Matting Basics A + B. A little leaf die from Heartfelt Creations finished off the self generated sentiment.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Anything Goes With Distressing at One Stitch At a Time

Its that time of the week when OSAAT sets a new challenge and for the next two weeks our theme is Distressing. so, lets see those project using distressing tools, inks and anything else that will give that distressed look.

Our prize for this challenge is a fab set of 5 digital images that you can see on the challenge blog here and you will find the simple rules we have for our challenges.

For my DT card this week I've used Baby Gangsta James by Reece's Scrap Pieces and you can find him here.



I've coloured him with Promarkers and cut up a couple of pieces of waste card and have distressed all three edges with a little Tim Holtz distressing tool. the background paper has come from my stash from  kit by Papermania, the postage stamp card, I think, has come from Craftwork cards. a Couple of buttons, some twine and loads of distressing ink to finish.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Love Liverpool! And a new challenge at OSAAT

I'm back from a brilliant weekend in Liverpool at our Red Hat convention. About 240 ladies converged on Liverpool to enjoy a break at the Adelphi Hotel, Ok, not the best hotel in Liverpool, it's in need of a refurb but it's glory days can still be seen in the fabulous lounge and ballroom. Food wasn't bad for mass catering but we weren't there for that.

The hotel was the perfect location for a tour on the open top hop on-hop off bus and we had time to tour the dock area and have lunch. As you can guess in our purple and red we were often stopped and asked what it was all about.  We had a tour on the Mersey Ferry but unfortunately it was far to windy to go far and we were all quite pleased to be back on land. We had great entertainment all weekend and it's taken me a couple of days to recover.

                                                 (Me, Kay and Linda in our finery!)

Well, it's time for a new challenge at OSAAT and the theme is 'Anything with Butterflies. We would love to see your creations, a card or altered item or scrap page with pretty butterflies.  Please check out all the rules (and they are very few) over on our OSAAT blog page. there you can see some beautiful inspiration from our DT members.

For my card this week I used Rajrupa by My Heart Pieces and you can find her right here.  Isn't she sweet, I love My Heart Pieces designs, they are a real joy to colour.

My picture is a little dark but you can still see what a lovely image it is. I've used a Spellbinders die called Mystical Embrace that I've been itching to use on a card as the base. Ive added a piece of design paper from my stash behind the image. I've added a few butterflies using a Martha Stewart punch on the edges. The frame is very ornate and I didn't want to put flowers on it as it will be posted to a dear friend. I've coloured the images with Promarkers to match the design paper.

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.