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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.

Thursday 30 July 2009

Pocket Card Swap on MSE

This is my card sent to choccie on MSE. I think there is a definite chocolate/coffee theme running between us.

Gorgeous Embellishment!

Look at this wonderful card I've received from choccie over on MSE in the pocket card swap. Isn't that the most fantastic of embellishments. Huge thanks, choccie, now you know one of my weaknesses

Tuesday 28 July 2009

I love the 'swirls' papers from Funky Fairys. I had another art deco image left over and thought that the red swirls went well with it. I used my MS punch as well, first time on a card and I'm pleased with the effect. My type of card, clean and simple. I've entered this into the Funky Fairy's challenge 26.

Monday 27 July 2009

Beautiful weather and a barbeque

Being a February baby means a birthday party indoors. I love eating out in the garden so I decided that my Red Hat friends and I would celebrate with a barbie in July. My gorgeous husband volunteered to cook for us all (16) and here's a couple of pictures of the day. Two friends were missing as they were caught in traffic jams on the dreaded M25. It took them three hours to get to us but my OH still lit the barbie again and made sure that they had hot food. It was a beautiful hot day, too hot for me and a hat too.

A Birthday card for Helen

It's Helen, my fab sister-in-laws birthday today and I've made her a card with an image from the art deco period. Background paper from Pink Petticoat and..... I actually cut the image out my self! I'm getting better but never can see me doing decoupage, not unless it's die cut! Sadly, the oval nestie didn't quite match the image so I angled it. The sentiment I printed and embossed. Oops, still can't cut straight.

Friday 24 July 2009

Just discovered something that should prove interesting but I'm not sure if it will always work, time will tell. It's been hovering in my mind for a while and I'm sure it's been in print somewhere. The sentiment on this card I made for my fantastic sister was printed on card. When it had printed I noticed that the ink was still wet so I put some 'copper kettle' embossing powder on it and then used the heat gun. It came out so much better than I expected that I used the new nesties and voila!

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Flourgirls stitched card

Take a look at the gorgeous card that flourgirl recently made. She had the pattern in her stash and thought of me. There's some really special people out there. Thank you, Karen, I will treasure this.

Well, I'm humming and haring about whether to enter this card into the Funky Fairy's Challenge 25. I'm not sure if I've followed the sketch closely enough but, hey ho, in for a penny etc. etc.

Well I did it! Huge thanks to padster and flourgirl over on MSE.

I've made this gorgeous purple card for another Red Hatter whose birthday is in July. I hope she likes it, I've used a sheet from a Kanban kit and a background paper from funky fairy's purple freebies printed on photo paper, not sure about doing again on photo paper, it's very delicate or was it the paper. Hmmm!

Arundel Castle ~ 18th July

The weather was perfect for our trip down to Sussex to meet up with Red Hat friends at Arundel Castle. We met in Belinda's restaurant situated in a charming 16th century building for morning coffee and then did a good tour of the Farmers Market that is held once a month. We were all ready for lunch in the castle restaurant and then off to look around the gardens. There is a new garden at the castle and it is truly magnificent from the moment you step through the castle wall. It takes your breath away as it is just not what you are expecting. It is worth a visit if you are ever in the area. After the gardens we went back into the castle for tea and coffee and then one of our friends, Judy, took us on a guided tour of Arundel. This guided tour is usually done by the town crier but she was away for the day but we had access to her notes. It was extremely interesting and we all learnt a great deal about Arundel.

Thursday 16 July 2009

Chapter member's bithday

Friday 17th is the birthday of one of our RHS chapter members, I've made this card for her in one of my favourite colours, sage. Its the first time I've used the Nestabilities Label 1 set, I hope she likes it.

Tuesday 14 July 2009

MSE challenge

The challenge set on MSE this week was for a 'thank you' card with embossing, wet or dry. On this card I have used Pink Petticoat papers in a washed out sage and coloured dots which is one of my favourite combinations. For the embossing I used a copper kettle embossing powder I bought on ebay onto the plain sage. The stamp is an Inkadinkadoo one I've had for a while, it's a nice sharp image. I am very pleased with this card, it's a pity I could capture it better.

Monday 13 July 2009

Christmas In July!

I wasn't overjoyed with the card I made for the Christmas card challenge on MSE. I don't think the background papers showed off Meg to her best so, I made another card. Two in July, that is defo a record for me! I loved how this one turned out and I am ejoying using the Copic Ciao markers I recently bought. Just a couple of sets but I'm determined to buy more. Another Pink Gem Designs stamp, this will definitely appear on my Christmas cards this year. Background paper is from a free CD from Crafters Companion.

Sunday 12 July 2009

Christmas in July challenge

I've just finished my Christmas challenge card with a new image from Pink Gem Designs called Meg in Hat and Scarf. Papers by Pink Petticoat

Friday 10 July 2009

One Colour Card Challenge

Cripes! it's ages since I posted anything but I've managed to do a few things.

This my effort for the Craft Place challenge for a card using one colour. For mine I chose shades of lilac and hightlights of purple. I haven't put a sentiment on it but I'm thinking of sending this to a special friend up in Scotland who is celebrating being with her man for three years now.

I loved this cow knitting from Pink Gem Designs, they are always sharp and clean when you stamp. I made the card for a little lady called Kaitlyn who enjoys working with her granny aka craftygranny from MSE. It's lovely to know that we have budding crafters, get the buzz when you're young and it seems to stay forever. Hugs! Kaitlyn and I am sending you a photo of me in the big hat and feathers and all the bling and I do have a tiara that I wear when I am doing the housework!!