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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, 22 March 2015

Spring has Sprung

Its none too warmer out in the back waters of Essex but I can see Spring peeping through, quite a few naturalised Daffodils and Narcissus are in full bloom and the Hyacinths are just beginning to pop their heads up

Our new challenge at One Stitch At A Time this week is 'Anything Goes With Nature. I chose to use IkeSart beautiful 'Spring Fairy' and you can find her here.  To me, I think she is very Art Nouveau and I wanted to give her a very soft appearance so I decided to colour her with my watercolour pencils I was lucky buy these from an art shop that was closing down. I've hardly used them but it has given her a very soft focus.

I didn't want any decoration to spoil the image so I've kept it very Simple. The corner is a Memory Box Die and a couple of Memory Box flowers. The background paper is from a Hunkydory kit.

I would like to enter the following:

Addicted to CAS : Green

Inkspirational: #78  She Art or Image of a Woman

Splendifferous Creations :Outdoors

Graph It Colour Challenge: No12 Spring Colours

Patties Creation #108 Must Have Green

Sunday, 8 March 2015

What a fortnight!

The last two weeks have been hellish for me, It started out as one tooth ache and then quickly spread to all of my teeth and cheeks going numb.  Sinusitis said the doc and prescribed antibiotics to clear it up but it's still around, not nice at all.  (Whinge over!)

Well, it's time for a new challenge at One Stitch at a Time.  Our theme for the next fortnight is 'Anything Goes with Women'. Just in time for those special women in our lives be it friends, aunts, grandmothers or our lovely Mums.

As my own Mum died over 40 years ago and I no longer have my lovely and appreciative mother-in-law I made this for those special Red Hat ladies in my life.

Ive used a gorgeous image called from Kaz Kraftz called Time for Tea and you can find it here.  There are so many fabulous images in this set that I know I will use it over and over again.

 Although it's out of shot, I based the image on my favourite cup and saucer, Moonlight Rose by Royal Albert china.  We had just celebrated my birthday by taking Afternoon Tea at The Ritz in Piccadilly. My daughter bought the cup and saucer as a memento of the day. A really fabulous and memorable day.

I chose to change the colour of the image to blue after I had decided where the elements were going to be.  I just lightly coloured the images in shades of blue Promarkers. My fabulous designer teamie, Jane Bradshaw, created the sentiment especially for me to echo the teapot design. I've had the blue gardenia in my flower box for ages but I'm sure it came from Wild Orchid Studios.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

it's Sunday and time for a new challenge at OSAAT

It's Sunday and time for a lovely new challenge at One stitch at a Time (OSAAT).  This week our theme is 'Anything Goes With Birthdays'. This will get the creative mojo firing on all cylinders!

For my card I chose the Floppy Latte image Floral Frame 8 and you can find it here in the Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet. I love sunflowers and I think this image is suitable for a lady or a man, you could colour this in reds and pinks and oranges as the colour spectrum for sunflowers is ever changing. I love the autumn colours that I've used. Left fairly plain as I have it will be suitable for all relatives as well as good friends.

I've coloured the image with Promarkers and reached for a simple greeting stamped with brown ink and embossed with a clear powder, the edges have been highlighted with a copper coloured ink too. The perfect colour cord given to me by my lovely friend Marilyn.

Please join in with out challenge as for the next fortnight our prize will be four digi images and a gorgeous paper pack too.

Pop over to our challenge blog, the rules are very simple

Sunday, 15 February 2015

A card for a Lovely Friend

A member of our Red Hat chapter recently has a birthday, so i reached for the Graphic 45 paper pad called Bird Song. All of Graphic 45 papers are gorgeous and I've been itching to use this one as it's so colourful.  The sentiment is from Paulette at Create with TLC and die cut with a Sue Wilson set of dies.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Anything goes with 'Love"

Next weekend it will be Valentine's Day and love, red roses and choccies will be given to wives, girlfriends and lovers and Mums too. For our theme this week at One Stitch At A Time  it is Anything Goes With Love.  It doesn't have to be a Valentine, anything that shows how much you love will be perfect. Please check out our simple three rules for the challenge.

Our prize pack this week will be this super set of images,

Aren't they special!

For my card this week I chose "Pansies' by CraftyGirl Creations and you can find it here.  What a delight to colour and use.

Theres about four shades of purple and yellow Promarkers in the flowers but with the low winter light levels it was difficult to capture. Pansies are so pretty and welcoming after winter and I love all the colours that are grown now.  Before I used it I checked out the Language of Flowers to see if there was an appropriate sentiment to go with this gorgeous image. Happily, it was perfect!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Colour Purple

Our Challenge this week at OSAAT is 'Anything Goes With The Colour Purple'. Right up my street being a Red Hatter.  I chose to use Coosty Creations 'Dominae Papilio' and you can find the image here What a fab image to colour and embellish and you will also get a paper pack to use as well.I chose one of the lovely papers from this kit.

Isn't she gorgeous! She has been coloured with about four shades of purple through her hair and I've coloured the butterflies in pastel colours to highlight them, they've been given a sprinkle of Hint of Stella to jazz them up too. The butterflies were cut with a Spellbinders die and also have a layer of parchment over them too.

So please pop over to our challenge blog here and join in the fun. Have a look at the prize pack we are offering this week.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sweet Pea Stamps

I saw this digi image on a card made by our lovely DT co-ordinator, Jane Bradshaw and fell in love with it. It was my great-niece's birthday recently and I knew it would be perfect for her.

A beautiful image by Conie Fong at Sweet Pea Stamps and coloured with Copics and Promarkers. I had to send this by post so kept the flowers to a minimum with a couple from Wild Orchid and a bow from the Sue Wilson range of die cuts. As I can't cut straight even with a guillotine so I've  used the Spellbinders Matting Basics A and their Elegant Labels Four on the white card and the patterned vintage paper. It's been in my stash for ages.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A New OSAAT Challenge

Time for a lovely challenge at One Stitch At A Time. Our theme this week is Anything Goes With Something New (New Home, New Baby, New Die or inks etc)

This is a beautiful silhouette image that you can find in the store here, it's so useful for lots of different scenarios. I've used a new leaf die on my card from Heartfelt Creations purchased from Icon UK  and a new sentiment from Pink Petticoat.  The background came from a pad by Docrafts a few years ago and I've aged it with some distress inks. The flowers have been at the bottom of my stash box for ages.

I would like to enter the following:
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Ike's World - Something Old/ Something New
Crafting From the Heart - Challenge 42
Crafty Cardmakers #130 Something Old/Something New

Monday, 5 January 2015

A Birthday Card for A Friend

I thought I'd try and keep a little resolution going, I promised myself that I would post more of the cards I make in between my DT cards.

I made this for one of my Red Hat chapter friends.

I've used a couple of sheets of the beautiful vintage Ella Blue pad, sadly I can't find it anywhere else.
The die cuts are Spellbinders Labels Forty One Decorative Elements and the flowers are the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms dies and stamps.

The sentiment is from the very generous lady called Paulette of Create with TLC.  I love her sentiments and a few times now she has created a sentiment or word art that is just what I had been looking for. Spooky stuff!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Time for a new Challenge at OSAAT

Well, it's been another brilliant year of being part of the design team for the One Stitch at a Time challenge blog featuring the creators at Stitchy Bear's Digital Outlet.  I admire all of the design team and I'm knocked sideways at what is created, such a multi-talented bunch.

Well, this is the last challenge of 2014 and a cracker it is too! We'd love to see your creations using the theme 'Anything Goes with Stitching', real or faux. Check our blog here to see what my fab teamies have made for this challenge.

For my card I chose Sentimental Susan's gorgeous Paws-atively Adorable sentiments and you can find it here.  This is a card inspired by the picture of Ty, my sis-in-law's beautiful German shepherd who we sadly lost just a few short months ago. Ty was a huge dog but so gentle when he knew you, he lived with us when we were between dogs and I was always greeted with a low head and a huge slurp of his tongue, a very special dog.  Sleep on, lovely boy and see you at Rainbow Bridge with all my other GSDs and dogs.