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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, 26 June 2016

Flowers, One Of My Favourite Challenges!

Its a Sunday and it's time for a new challenge at One Stitch At A Time. Our theme as usual is Anything Goes but this week we would love to see what you can create with Flowers. Please pop over to our blog and see the amazing makes of my teamies.




For my card I used a piece of Stamping Up paper that I've had in my stash for a few years, Its so pretty on either side. My main image is Meowme by BB Kakes and you can find it right here, ain't she cute!  I was on holiday in France last week and took as much of my craft bits and pieces as I could but when you are travelling with a fishing husband there ain't much room left! Anyway, I forgot to take anything to do with a sentiment but I'll find the right one soon.  I had these Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms flowers over from a previous card I had made for a 50th Wedding Anniversary so chose my Promakers in apricot/ginger tones.  A bit different for me. The leaves are by Memory Box and Tattered Lace and tucked right underneath is a die from a Tattered Lace magazine.



Sunday, 12 June 2016

OSAAT Challenge 264 Anything Goes with Layers

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at the One Stitch at A Time challenge blog here.  Our theme this week is Anything Goes With Layer It Up.

Just perfect for me as I love the dies I can get many layers with.  On this card I have used Spellbinders 5 x 7 Detailed Scallops with the matching 5 x 7 Matting Basics. I've used some papers from First Edition Bird Song pad and mounted the layers on an A5 card.  The sentiment is by Stitchy Bear and is called Just Between Friends and is perfect for me. Theres quite a few sentiments in this set that will be perfect for a close friend. Leaves ar by Memory Box



Please pop over and enjoy my teamies cards, they are fabulous and you can find them here

Sunday, 29 May 2016

A New Little Gadget and a Lovely New Challenge

I love seeing shabby chic cards with stitching on them and I graciously allowed my other half to treat me to a sweet little pink sewing machine from John Lewis. I've been looking for a while and this one ticked all the boxes.  It took a little while to get the hang of threading the cotton through and then we were away. Our lovely new challenge at OSAAT was for Anything Goes with Stitching, Faux or Real.

My card this week features me and my little pink number creating stitching around my card. When I finished it I just fell about laughing as it was awful, so crooked and I used to make clothes for my children when they were small and my seams truly were much straighter than theses.

Anyway, here's my card.


I chose this sweet image called Flower Child by Stitchy Bear and you can find it here.  It's so lovely and I printed it out on a piece of Crafters Companion watercolour paper as I wanted a much softer effect from my Promarkers.  I cut it with a Spellbinders circle die and then backed it with the smallest of the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles. Sadly, they don't make the big dies anymore but I live in hope of finding the ones I've missed .

The red and green papers are from a pad from Graphic 45 basic patterns and the corner die cut is from Memory Box and is a real favourite of mine.  The little 'Tranquility' tab is from the Graphic 45 'Bird Song Collection' and is perfect for my card.

Please drop by and see all the fabulous  cards my team mates have created over at the One Stitch At A Time blog here. If you love stitching real or faux please enter our challenge.  

Please drop by again and I'd love to know that you've been.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

My First Try At Mixed Media

I've just spent a fab weekend with my very talented Sis-in-Law and using some gorgeous mixed media techniques on a front cover of a memories book. I'm creating this as my grandson said to me recently that he knew very little about my early childhood. So here goes.


We've used a stencils from Sweet Poppy Stamps and Creative Expressions, Tonic Studios Memories die cut (4layers) and a Memory Box corner.  We sprayed the cover with a mix of Phil Martin's Ink Spray Mist, Cosmic Shimmer mists and some American Crafts Mt Huey's colour mists.

I'm quite pleased with the outcome of my very first attempt at Mixed Media and would like to enter the following challenge:

Anything But Cute Challenge No.13 Celebrate Your Style

Monday, 16 May 2016

Hot! Hot! Hot! Well sort of!

Our new challenge theme this week is Anything Goes With Hot Colours on the One Stitch At A Time Challenge Blog.

Ive used the image Shake Your Groove Thing by Reeces Scrap Pieces, isn't she cute. I've coloured her with Promarkers and added some Heartfelt Creations Aster flowers and leaves from my favourite Memory Box die.  I managed to photo her in the garden in full sun as it was such a gorgeous day.

Please head over to the challenge blog here and see all the fab designs from my teamies.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Vintage!

Our challenge this week on the OSAAT blog is Vintage. Loving this one and please visit my teamies blogs to see their fabulous creations.


I chose the image, Window Shopping by Stitchy Bear and coloured her with Tim Holtz's Distress Markers. I wanted those vintage colours that he does so well.  I cut the word, Paris, from the paper and mounted it on a Spellbinders tag and covered it with some crackle glaze

The background paper is by Dovecraft and I found the ribbon lurking in my ribbon box, I think I picked this up in a Michaels store some time ago.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Wings!

There is a gorgeous new challenge over at the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog here and its called Anything Goes with Wings. You can interpretate this in different ways be it a butterfly, a bird, a fairy or an insect, just about anything with wings.


For my card this week I chose Panda Bear Designs papers called Butterflies and you can find it here. I used two sheets from the paper pack that complimented each other. The peach colours has beautiful soft images of butterflies and swirls that my camera just couldn't see,  I cut the outline shape from a Sue Wilson die and the sentiment, designed by Jane of Coosty Creations, was die cut with a Spellbinders die. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves are from my favourite Memory Box die. The little butterflies are from Spellbinders too.

Please pop over and see the fabulous cards my teamies have created with the theme this week. There is a prize for the winning entry of $10 dollars to spend in the store.

Please let me know with a comment if you pop in, I see lots of people visiting but never know just who you might be!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Anything Goes With Distressing

Time for a lovely new challenge on the One Stitch At A Time Challenge blog (OSSAT) and you can find it here. We'd love to see your designs featuring distressing of any kind, distressed edges , inks, chalks etc.  The winner of the challenge will be announced very soon and there will be a prize to spend in the Stitchy Bear store here.

For my card this week I have used another of the fabulous shoes in the IkeSart set of four fabulous shoes.


I've inked the edges of my card with Memento's London Fog ink. I've printed and used the positive and negative sides of a French Script design from Pink Petticoat that are sadly unavailable anymore. I've coloured the shoe with various shades of Copic Cool Grey and added just a touch of Promarker Hot Pink for the nails.  Finished with a little Card Candy. I'm putting this card away for Halloween!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lovely Embossing!

Our new challenge at One Stitch At A Time this week is Anything Goes With Embossing.

Well, I just love getting my embossing folders out and having a play. I found my Couture Creation embossing folder and used this as the base for my image. This shoe image comes from a beautiful set of 4 designed by Ike and you can find them here. I know you will love this set as much as I do and check out the previous weeks blog posting where another of my teamies, Nikkie  has used one of them in a fabulous way. Enter our easy competition and you could win a $10 voucher to use in the store.




I've coloured the image with various pinks and green Promarkers and cut the oval with the centre die from Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Ovals. The outer die cut is from the same set and matches perfectly, these can be bought easily on the internet now. Lots of pearls and some Wild Orchid Crafts to finish.




Sunday, 6 March 2016

Happy Mothers Day

A bittersweet day for me without Paul but joy in the children and grandchildren I have. I dedicate this blog post to all those without their Mums, sons and daughters.



Our challenge this week is Anything Goes With Fancy Borders. For my image I chose to use Delightful Daisies and I've coloured my image with several Promarkers. I used one of the brackets from Spellbinders Brackets One to create the cut out border and then used a yellow ink pad by Marvy for the edges.  The tiny flowers are from a die by Sue Wilson called Cornflower and go perfectly with one of my Cheery Lynn strip dies.

Please pop over to our blog here and see the other fabulous creations from my teamies and enter into our challenge.