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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.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Fairy Wings

Our challenge, set by the fab Padster on the MSE was to create something that moves.  Well, I'm quite sure this beautiful Garden Fairy from LOTV would if only she got off the toadstool! Seriously though, these fairy pre-printed images are gorgeous and being an Aquarian I loved my birthstone amethyst colours in her wings

These beautiful pink and green papers are from the gorgeous First Edition Spring Feast pad. The guipure lace was given to me by my gorgeous sis-in-law, I wonder how many lovely wedding dresses this lace has adorned.  All the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the flourishes are from my favourite Marianne die. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the ribbon is from my ever expanding ribbon box.

I would like to enter this card in the following:
The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Flower Power 
The Shabby Tea Room Week # 77 Birthstones
Bearly-Mine Challenge 18 Flowers, flowers, flowers
The Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes
My Time To Craft Challenge 155 ~ In Full Bloom
Party Time Tuesdays ~ Anything Goes
Heart Song Inspiration HSI # 13 Anything Goes/Favourite Colour Combo
Hooked On Craft Challenge 6 ~ Things with Wings
Mariannes's Design Divas ~ Anything Marianne Goes

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cupcakes! Yum!

Over at the Craft Your Days Away blog the challenge this week is 'Cupcakes'  Well.... there's a challenge I knew I would enjoy.  I had just finished taking some photo when My OH piped up and said that he loved the card, usually I get a "Oh! Nice!".

 The card is covered with a Pink Petticoat paper from the Sweet Sundaes kit and the cupcake has been cut with a Marianne die as is the flourish.  The sentiment is one of Liz's from Pink Petticoat too.  Flowers, pearls and ribbon from my ever expanding stash.  Nesties for the ovals.

I would like to enter this card in the following:

Craft Your Days Away Challenge 27 ~ Cupcakes
Karens Crafty Doodles ~ Punch It Out
Stamps R Us ~ Anything Goes

Sunday, 14 August 2011

MIL's Birthday

I'm dead lucky as I have a smashing mother-in-law and in keeping with her firm statement that she would never speak to me again if I ever sent her shop card, I've made her birthday card.   I wanted to do something totally different, no LOTV on this one.  I love the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles and this striking image came from Debbie Moore's CD '100 Art Nouveau and Art Deco Images'  I've used a paper from Pink Petticoat's Tiny Little Leopardskin kit in mocha. I've mounted the image onto some SU brown card stock called Cake Crumb.  Flowers and ribbon really didn't work for this image so I've used a piece of bronze colour foil from Hunkydory I've had for ages.  The flourish is one of Marianne  Designs and I haven't  stuck it right down as I wanted it to float, sort of thing.  The sentiment is computer generated and glued onto a die cut from Spellbinders Parisien Accents.
I've decorated the inside with another piece of the Tiny Little Leopardskin kit and computer generated a birthday verse.  The font is called Parisien.

I'd like to enter this card into the following:

 A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 162 ~ Happy Birthday
OSAAT Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #61  ~ Birthday

Queenie's Birthday 2011

It's my lovely friend and Queen of our Red Hat Society chapter, Mel's birthday this week.  I adore the colours on this fairy image from LOTV. So, in keeping with the scheme I found some real zingy lemon/lime paper that I've had since I started card making. See, a girl needs stash! I put glitter over her wings and slippers and any where else I could.  The green, yellow and white flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the bow is made from real silk ribbon, the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  A little flourish from Marianne dies and some pearls to finish.
I've double mounted one of the tiny images for inside the card with a computer generated birthday greeting.  This must be one of my all time favourite colour schemes.

I'd like to enter this card into the following:

August Birthdays 2011

A lovely busy card making month for me for Red Hat friends and my family too.  I love these LOTV images and can't/won't stop using them.

It's Frances's birthday and the theme for her is always easy as she loves brown and all shades of.  The Lily of the Valley 'Girly Afternoon' images are great as they are all wearing their hats.  The actual card is from the Range multibuy of 50 cards and envelopes for just about £6.00, a bargain! Card stock and ribbon from stash and flowers from Mulberry Paper Flowers.

I've decorated the inside of the card with a smaller image.  I'm sure it takes longer to write about these cards than to make them

Monday, 8 August 2011

What a Busy Month July Has Been (Part Four)

Other people's kindness and their giving of their precious time never ceases to amaze me and what a caring and very talented group of cardmakers are to be found on the MSE Forum here.

The fabulous Tams aka Rusty organised a card shower for me as I had decided lie low for a while as things were getting scary with the health of my eldest son, Paul.  These are the cards that the forum members made for me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone of you and I can tell you that a lot of tears were shed over these.  I know that everyone who visits will agree, you all are so very thoughtful in the cards you have sent.

Jenny, Tams and Anda.

 Karen, Sarah and Claire.

Niki, Jan and Margaret.

That elephant snuck in again, Sarah! Vicki and Sarah.

Toni and Jo.

Dawn and Debbie

Ali B, Lisa and Melissa.

What a Busy Month July Has Been (Part Three)

My OH and I decided we would travel back to south west France this year for our holiday.  We stayed in Les Sables D'olonne about 30 years ago and had a fabulous time. We weren't disappointed this time around.  We  found a tenth floor apartment overlooking the sea and it was great to just relax and read and totally chill out.  We went walking around the town, visited a few bars (where I got legless after two beers!) and just found a restaurant when we were hungry.  It was fun trying the rusty French again.  These are the views from the apartment.

While we wre in France I had the best of news that my eldest son had received the outcome of the recent scans.  They could find nothing in the head scan where the brain tumour had been removed and a shadow on his lung.  This, apparently, is manageable but not curable. He will have radiotherapy for anything lurking still in his head and some chemo for the shadow. I cried. 

What a Busy Month July Has Been (Part Two)

My grandson Joe has just turned thirteen so I thought we could do some 'grunge' stuff.  Sadly, the Tim Holtz bits and pieces I had ordered didn't turn up in time so I found the 'Metal Magic' powders I bought from Debbie Moore's website.  Joe made some embellishments for his future grunge book with some chipboard shapes and this is how they turned out.  Some of them look like they have just been found in the sea.   Great fun and especially for mens cards.

What a Busy Month July Has Been (Part One)

What a busy month it has been at Boz Towers.  My grandchildren and DIL came over from Canada and visitied all the rellies.  We had the pleasure of their company for nearly a week so I planned lots of crafting for the girls, Ellie and Lucy and something diiferent for Joe.

The girls wanted to make a little memory book for their mum and dad and a card for their other nan and grandad.  They each had their own ideas about what to make and we had great fun selecting all the embellishments too.  Lucy and Ellie also decorated a box each to keep the memory books safe.

Here's two of their memory books and even their daddy's was decorated with plenty of pearls.

On Lucy's card for her grandad she chose a paper from Tim Holtz Vintage paper pack and an image from Doolicraft from my stash as are the buttons and ribbons.  She inked up the edges with some Antique Linen distress ink.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and Lucy used an SU scallop oval punch with it.

On Ellie's card she was quite specific in having  her grandad's age so we cut the numbers on the Cricut. The sentiment is computer generated and we cut this with a Spellbinders Grommet Tags die.

The girls found a couple of LOTV images and made their cards for their nan and used papers from stash and decorated them both with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and ribbon from stash too. Lucy added a Marianne die cut too.  Ellie chose to make a paper flower using the Spellbinders Rose Creations.

Their grandparents were delighted and want to frame them.  Clever girls!!!

I would like to enter Lucy's card in the following:

Cards for men: Challenge 14 Cleen and Simple