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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.

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Black & White Christmas Card.

One of my lovely sister-in-law's loves black and white and to tie in with the freebie that Tams gave us and for Karen's sketch  challenge on MSE for Winter Wonderland I've come up with this card. (three in one, not bad!)

The main tree image is from Tams, as above and printed and then cut with a plain circle nestability.  I backed the image onto black card from DCWV.  The design paper is from Pink Petticoat printed in silver.  Ribbon and lace from my stash and the droplets are part of a ribbon trim I've had for years and never known what to do with.  The sentiment is my own and both are cut with SU punches from Monica. Card candy from Craftwork Cards.

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

Craft Your Days Away  Challenge # 9 - Texture
Crafty Creations Challenge # 95  Christmas is Coming
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Challenge #12 Christmas Theme
Paper Cutz Challenge #69 Anything Goes 
Top Tip Tuesday: Tip # 12 Anything Goes 
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long challenge #72 Anything Goes 

Saturday 20 November 2010

Scorpio Man

My eldest son is now 45, which is so scary as I remember the day he was born so well. Where does time go and why, when your children are grown up, does it go so quickly?

 The background paper is from SU's Elegant Soiree kit and I used some brown card to mount it on and the tape is by Stampin' Up as well.  I love the image I found on the internet of the scorpion's tail.

Friday 19 November 2010

Bea's Birthday.

It's my youngest granddaughter's birthday this weekend.  Her mum came across her looking in the mirror and asked her what she was doing, She replied, "I'm making my eyebrows dance".  I love this digital image from Sassy Cheryl's   We've all pulled faces in front of the mirror, haven't we!! Haven't we?????

The paper is from the kit called Little Check by Pink Petticoat and I mounted the Promarker and Copic coloured image onto a Nestabilities Lacy Square. The gorgeous pink pearlised card is by Imag-e-nation  Bea's name and age were cut on the Cricut and I finished off with a real silk ribbon and some gems.

I also made her some party bag labels featuring Hello Kitty for the girls and a pirate for the boys, all cut with the Cricut. 

Happy Birthday, Bea

Hot Chocolate

I was inspired by MSE's very own Choccy (Oona) to create a card in pink, chocolate and cream.  The image must be a chocolate lover's dream, soaking in a tub of hot chocolate with your laptop by your side, it was given to me by the artist Kat Beyer which was really kind of her.  ( I hope you like it, Kat)


Every year in November the theme for my card swap with US Red Hatters is Thanksgiving and I love the Autumn colours that are around.

Here's the card I made and now I only have 10 others to swap with now, a few more ladies joined and we were split into two lists which makes it easier on the purse.  The paper and image are from a kit from the  D.A.I.S.I.E. Company and are cut with the new Nestabilites dies, Lacy Squares and  the sentiment I generated on the computer and cut with SU oval and scallop punches from the fab Monica.

Sunday 14 November 2010

Playing catch-up

What with one thing and another I got very behind with my card swaps over on MSE and completely forgot about a swap with Niki.  I've had these pretty little Gladioli stems from Wild Orchid Crafts for a while  and they are so sweet.  The paper is a piece of Basic Greys Capella with a plain card printed with Pink Petticoat's willow green.

Saturday 30 October 2010

At long last, I'm back in blog land

After a very frustrating three weeks with a sickly computer I'm back in blogland.  Huge thank you's go out to my fab SIL who has fixed it for me and I've learnt a hard lesson in not backing up files.  Anyway with the help of a trusty external hard drive I'm saving everything now.

 I still haven't reloaded my camera editing software so this was done in Google's Picasa Picnik software.  I seemed to have lost some of the colour from the photo as it is a very pretty duck egg blue paper from Pink Petticoat that I've printed onto Centura Pearl cardstock, I've added a Spellbinders Lotus Pendant die cut and the side one is also a Spellbinders die.  This is for a Red Hat friend whose birthday we are celebrating with lunch on the River Crouch today.   We'll be Ladies Wot Lunch!

I would like to enter the following:

Digistamps4joy challenge #5 you spin me right round

Sunday 10 October 2010

Something different for another granddaughter

It's my second eldest grand-daughter's birthday and I thought I'd try something different again.  It's with a Sweet Pea image as before but I've cut some acetate as a wrap over a piece of beautiful and very pretty pink pearlised card I bought a couple of years ago. Coloured with a mix of Copics and Promarkers and I cut the the white pearlised card with a Spellbinders Lacey Squares die.  Ellie will be as beautiful as this when she grows up, she has the blond hair and blue eyes already.

Pearls and ribbon from my stash

Creepy Crawly - Halloween

Our theme for the month of October for my monthly card swap with other Red Hatters in the US was either Autumn Harvest or Halloween.  I've made harvest cards for the last couple of years so I decided to have a crack at producing the 19 cards as simply as possible.  The postage is horrendous so they have to be as light as possible. I used a Halloween paper from Pink Petticoat and cut the extra spiders out with a new Nestie set called Lacey Squares.  The best bit about this card run was getting inky fingers using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I really love these little ink pads.

The various ribbons are from my overstuffed ribbon stash box.  Its never fails to amuse me how I start out with an idea and change it when I get bored with the same thing.

Wednesday 6 October 2010

A Grown-up Grand-daughter

Our eldest grand-daughter celebrated her birthday this month and it's amazing how quickly time has just flown by.  She is such a young lady now (ears pierced and beautiful highlights in her hair) that a more grown up card seemed fitting. 
This is my very first attempt at using a Sweet Pea stamp and sadly the light during the evening is not very good and casts shadows.

The lace was given to me and the flowers I've coloured with a Copic pen. The flourish was cut on the Cricut and I used a Martha Stewart punch on the purple edge.  The glitter on the moons and her wings and dress are looking a little subdued with the light that was available

A big THANKS! to Melissa for updating her challenge lists, it's so helpful.

I would like to enter this card into the following:

Incy Wincy Designs  Challenge 62 - Sparkly Glitter

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Autumn Challenge

Over on the Creative Card World blog Lou has set us the challenge of 'Autumn'.  I love this time of the year as summer fades away and we get the gold and oranges and browns  appearing on the trees.  There's a really good crop of brambles growing and I'm off to pick plenty for the autumn and winter. I might even have a go at making apple and bramble jam if the mood takes me.  There are huge haystacks appearing close to where I live and the birds are stocking up on seeds and corn that has dropped to the floor.

This photo of my eldest grand-daughter, Romani, was taken in a park in Boston when she and her parents were over in the States visiting friends, she was just about a year old then. I love it and look at it every day as it sits on my window sill.  The colours are perfect for her skin colouring.

I've used a sheet of Bazzill Basic card stock, sprayed it with a few squirts of the Krylon Gold Webbing I bought from the Glitter Girls at the last Ally Pally Show. I cut a strip of DP from a sheet of Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter and I've also cut the scrolls, leaves and pumpkins from Cricut's Cindy Loo cartridge.

I would like to enter this into the following:

Creative Card World  Lou's Autumn Challenge
Paper Playtime Challenge #17 - Autumn
A Crafty Little Place Challenge #57 - Color ( brown, green and orange)
Pile It On Challenge #37  Red, Yellow Green and Brown.

Sunday 19 September 2010

Something a bit different.

I wanted something a little different for my son-inlaw's birthday and I found this image on Google and checked its background and found that it relates to proportion, very interesting when you delve right into it.

I've layered it up onto some dark gold and copper card and placed it onto a page from the g.c.d studios pad 'Ella Blue', the greek key strip is from another page.  I'm quite pleased with it.

I'd like to enter this card into:-

I Did It Creationsnchallenge #22 Clean and Simple

Friday 17 September 2010

Happy Birthday Biker Bill!

It was OH's birthday on Thursday and I made him a card depicting him on his beloved Yammie.  The image is a digi download from Karen's Doodles and it is so brilliant and he loved it, especially the verse inside.  I coloured the bike with  Promarkers, the Poppy pen is such a vibrant red and I highlighted the chrome handle bars, head lights and exhaust pipes with a silver Sakura gellyroll pen and then popped layers of glaze all over the top to give it a perfect shine.  The head light glass and the goggles have lovely mound of neat glaze to make them stand out.  I mat and layered the image on to some gorgeous red card from Inspire Me papers and also some of their brilliant silver corrugated card.  The SU wide tape is from the fab Monica of My Many Many Passions and sadly, now the season is changing the light for photography isn't so good, I can just see myself in the little chrome card cardy taking this picture.

I'd like to enter this in the following

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Move It,   Move It

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Back to School - Fifty Years Ago!

Reading about all the school age children returning to school made me remember when I returned to school in September 1960, fifty years ago.  I was starting at a brand new technical school called Trinity Girls School in south London.  I was transferred from my previous school as I had a huge interest in Dressmaking, Tailoring and also a brand new subject of Millinery.  I have sewn from a very early age and the first thing we made that summer and through the winter was our school summer uniform of a shirtwaister in lilac gingham.  Our school colours were purple and grey. When I started the Millinery classes I found a craft that I have loved for 50 years.  Sadly, during the late sixties the wearing of hats went out of fashion even for weddings until Princess Diana came along and reversed the trend. Now I get to enjoy wearing hats all the time as I am a member of the Red Hat Society.  Besides wedding hats I have about six or seven red hats for different times of the year and a very special purple one worn only in February, my birthday month or by special dispensation from our chapter Queen, Mel.

The theme for my US card swap between fellow Red Hatters is 'School Memories'.  This tiny card shows a needle and thread image by Just-Rite Stampers that I've coloured with Promarkers and I've die cut them with Nesties. The tiny button has been defined with Glossy Accents. The postage to the US is horrendous so my cards are getting smaller hence the size of these and little in the way of embellishments to keep the weight down.

Saturday 4 September 2010

Black, White, Silver and Sparkly too.

It's my sis-in-law's birthday on Monday and I thought I create something in black and white for her as I did last year.

There wasn't enough light to capture the ribbon and the flowers so I might have better luck tomorrow.
The image is from Joanna Sheen's CD 'Dancing with Shadows', the paper is from Craftwork Cards, the black roses and blossom and the sparkly beads are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I cut the flourishes on the Cricut and they both have tiny black seed pearls attached too.

I think this card will fit our MSE challenge set by Fifi Folle and I would like to enter this card in the following:-

Craft Your Days Away Challenge #3 Girly and Glitter
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #99 Clean & Simple
Alpabet Challenge Blog  S is for Scallops
Quixotic Challenges #39  Black White and One Other Colour  (I've used silver as the other colour)
2 Sister Challenge Blog Challenge 6 Monochromatic
OLLCB Challenge #61  Elegant Ladies
Cowgirls Sunday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend  challenge #46 Shabby or Vintage
Meljens Designs Challenge #23  Stripes

Monday 30 August 2010

MSE Card Swap - August

Our theme this month for our card swap was using a recipe of one image, two papers and three embellishments.  This is my card that is winging its way to Claire.

I love this house mouse image and I've coloured it with Promarkers and the papers I have had for a while and if anyone recognises them, please let me know. (The fab rainmac recognised them, she is our Basic Grey expert!) I've inked up the edge of the card and the paper with a Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Ink pad. The flowers are from my stash.  Sadly, it was too windy to take a picture outside as I do prefer natural light.

I would like to enter this card in the challenge over at
and also

Sunday 29 August 2010

I've been busy........ shopping.

When my OH goes onto his early shifts I don't get much time to make anything. Me 'n the dawg have to be as quiet as church mice as he is a very light sleeper. However, I do spend the time doing all the completely necessary shopping that every crafter is compelled to do! I've been on a stash diet for a month but did treat myself to some new mega Nestabilities.  Also, my darling OH has bought me the Cricut and Gypsy package. This is for Christmas, my birthday etc for the next five years he says. Yeah! Right! I'm looking forward to playing with these.

This little card has been made for one our Red Hat chapter members, Gill,  whose birthday is very soon. The stamp is from the Nostalgia range designed by John Byers and it has such a wistful air about it. Sort of.... have I really got to go to school?   The background is printed directly onto the card and is a Pink Petticoat paper from the Flourishes range in mocha and the image has been stamped with Versafine vintage sepia ink.

I would like this little card to enter the following:

Sunday 15 August 2010

Queenie's Birthday

Today I'm off to a birthday party at Queenie's Castle.  (It's the birthday of Queen Mel who heads up our Red Hat chapter)  On her card I've used a background print from Pink Petticoat - Tiny Leopard Spots and used another Clarity stamp.  The print could have been a little overwhelming if I had put much more embellishment so I've left it with very little, a couple of pearls and a bow.  Unfortunately, the light was really bad here and the day was mostly overcast so the true colours of the paper are not showing up, it is much brighter than this and the golden glints in the embossing powder do not show.  Never mind!  Bring on the fun and laughter, the jelly and ice-cream and CAKE.

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

Twenty one cards made this month and still a few more to go

Friday 13 August 2010

A Cherry On The Top!

The fab DT member for Craft your Days Away, Sarah aka rainmac has given me this award and I am thrilled to bits, thank you Sarah.

I now have five things to do.

1, Thank the person who gave you this award, Thank you, Sarah.

2 Post the award on your blog.  It's there on the left.

3. List three things I like about myself.  Hmm.. I've learned to be myself and not what others have expected of me.  I happy that I've reached the age I have and I still want to learn more about everything and everyone.  I'm happy with what life has given me, a fabulous family and wonderful new friends.

4. Post a picture I love.  Well, there's two, the six grandchildren of my heart.

and last but by no means least tag five people you would like to have this award.

ikki of ikki's cuttlebug cupboard    who's blog is so helpful and inspiring.
Monica of My Many, Many Passions    I'm always having a peek.
Carmen of Whooopidoo..ings   Just have a look, it's awesome stuff she does.
Steph of  Stamping & Sharing   Such a kind and giving person.
Julie of  *** Bits 'n' Blogs ***   Fabulous colouring and cards. 

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Fourteen little birdies all in a row.

The theme for my US Red Hatters card swap for August was 'Friendship'.  Here's some of the line up, just four more to make and then I'm done.

An easy peasy card with a printed design from Pink Petticoat, my own sentiment with a little flower stamped on and the bird is a Stampin' Up punch supplied by the fab Monica and is brilliant to use up lots of left-over pieces of paper.  The most time consuming is getting them all labelled up for overseas post.

Sunday 8 August 2010

These are a few of my favourite things.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!  Now I can't get the Sound of Music song out of my head, I shall  play at being  Maria all day now!  The talented Sarah is now a DT member of the Craft your Days Away Challenge Blog and the challenge this week is Favourite Things.  My favourite seems to be Vintage, I love soft and muted tones of papers and flowers and script images.    This card is for my Mother in Law whose birthday it will be very soon.

The inspiration for this card came from Antonia's Attic and the gorgeous card Toni made.  I've used an 8" square card to show off the gorgeous paper from a pad called Ella Bleu.  The image is from a Clarity Stamps and I wanted all the tones to be muted like the paper so I've stamped her in brown onto blue card from DCWV Linen Closet and embossed her with some Gelly Powder that is supposed to have a coffee scent..  The roses are from my stash and Wild Orchid Crafts.  Sentiment is from Craftworks Cards.

I'd like to enter this card into the following

Craft Your Days Away Challenge ~ Favourite Things

Simon Says Stamp ~ Sing It Baby  (they've not heard my voice!)

Sunday 1 August 2010


I love House Mouse stamps and, when the smashing Rusty sent me some stamped images, I just had to do something with this one.   The background paper is from DCWV Linen Closet and the flower I picked up from a dollar store in Canada. I coloured the edges of a Craftworks Card with a Promarker pen to tone with the paper.  A big thanks to Melissa who keeps a brilliant list of current challenges.

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

KAH-Wink-E-Dink Digi Stamps It's Cool
Crafty Creations Challenge # 78 Summer Lovin'
Creative Inspirations Challenge 71 - Animals
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog Challenge 20 - Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
Alphabet Challenge Blog - N is for Nature
Cowgirls Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge 2 - Summer Days
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Sisterhood Challenge Funnies
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 38 Water Water

Saturday 31 July 2010

July CP Card swap

Our theme this month was texture and my swap partner was Gemm.  You can just about see the Cuttlebug embossing folder that I used on the brown card and the sweet stamp is from Elzybells.  I'm not if its still there but I did emboss the stamped image with some coffee scented embossing powder I bought from Simon Says Stamp.  Other bits and pieces are from my never dwindling stash.

Wednesday 28 July 2010

An 8" x 8" card

This is one of just a few large cards I've been making recently.  I took the photo in the early morning light after some welcome rain.  It's a card for my sis-in-law who was a wedding dress designer so I know she will appreciate the image.  I've left it uncloured as I didn't want anything to 'fight' with the background paper.  Sadly the photo doesn't do any justice to the beautiful black moire silk ribbon.  If anyone recognises where the image comes from, please give me a nudge so that I can give some thanks.

Background paper and sentiment from Craftwork Cards - Glitz and Glamour
Matted layers from DCWV Natural matstack
Image from Mel Stampz  check her blog it's fantastic for freebie digital images
I'd like to enter this card in the One Stitch At A Time Challenge # 23

Monday 26 July 2010

A weekend in Yorkshire

We sped off to Yorkshire at the weekend for a quick visit to see our gorgeous grandaughters.  I took up with me some initial wooden letters to make door hangers.  They had great fun covering and decorating them with the bits and pieces I took with me.

Sunday 11 July 2010

MSE Challenge

The MSE challenge (I think!) was to do something different and I thought I have a play with some Flowersoft that's been lurking around for some time.  It can just about be seen on the roses in this image from Pink Petticoat. The paper is from the Papermania Rose Garden stack and the flowers are from Wild Orchid with a little touch up from a Promarker pen.  The fab Rainmac got hold of the inverted scallop cirlces for me and I used one with a scallop circle to cut the green frame. It's been a while since I've entered a challenge so here goes and thanks to Melissa for all the listed challenges :

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges

Tuesday 6 July 2010

Sweet Peas

One of my favourite flowers are Sweet Peas and we do grow a lot of them here in Essex.  I brought these home this afternoon and my OH said that the car was filled with their perfume.  Sadly, I don't have any sense of smell but I do enjoy looking at them for a couple of days. I've been taking pictures of them for ages, more than any other flower.

Monday 5 July 2010

Another first!

I was asked by a smashing friend to make a 1st Communion card for her nephew.  I had absolutely no idea where to start but I knew that this was a very intelligent young man and that it needed to convey the meaning of the ceremony.  I found this simple stamp on Ebay and decided to make as clean and simple as possible with a prayer inside.  This is how it turned out.  A huge thank you to Sarah for finding the Spellbinders inverted scallop circles for me, I'm going to have fun with these.

Here's me with my fab sis-in-law, Sue, before we did our 5k Race for Life walk in aid of Cancer Research in the beautiful Hylands Park in Chelmsford. It was a very warm and beautiful day and I didn't realise how huge Hylands Park is as we never repeated any part of the course. It was lovely just to walk and natter with friends and family for an hour or two. After the walk it was off to the pub for lunch in the pretty gardens of a local pub. 

Wednesday 30 June 2010

A card for a Guardian Angel!

I'm having a wonderful week just crafting, shopping, crafting, strawberry picking, crafting, and tomorrow...jam making and cupcake baking, something I haven't done in years.  I've been lucky enough to spend this week in the company of both my fab sister in laws.  Sue wanted to make a birthday card for a special friend she regards as her very own Guardian Angel.  She used Promarkers to colour the digi image from Chris Dark of a vase of Stargazer Lillies.  I printed off a Pink Petticoat Washed Out image in sage green onto a Craftworks card and all three of us finished off the matting and layering in pink and green Bazzill card.  We used the trusty SU punches and layered up a Craftworks sentiment and used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch in the sage and vellum to finish.

Wedding Card Challenge

There is a wonderful wedding blog I've been following for a few months now called This Charming Wedding.  Danielle and Carl were married on June 26th and what beautiful weather they had.  This the card I made to celebrate their very special day.  Inside there is a wonderful poem called the Best is Yet to Be.  Their colour theme was red and white and some of their ideas were amazing and so unusual especially the pew ends and the bridal bouquets. Danielle wore a gorgeous pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes with beautiful red hearts on the toes hence the red heart on the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge: Creative Craft World Challenge

Tuesday 29 June 2010

MSE Challenge Purple/Lilac

Over on the MSE forum Melissa set this months challenge of a card of purple/lilac  Here's my attempt.

I used a Craftworks card and coloured the edges with a Promarker and topped with a printed Pink Petticoat image.  I love this House Mouse image and this is a real piece of Lavender Stoechas Papillon from my fab sister-in-laws beautiful garden.

Friday 25 June 2010

Positive Thoughts

One of the founding members of our Red Hat chapter is unwell again and is due to have an operation very soon so this little image kindly sent by Sarah seems very appropriate.

The paper and card are from Craftwork Cards and the sentiment is self generated and punched out with the trusty SU puches from Monica.  Ribbon from my stash.

Friday 18 June 2010

A Card from Margaret

Look at this absolute cutie! What a fabulous card Marg has sent me as we were swappee's in the recent card swap on Crafty Place.  The pictures of the Highland Terrier are gorgeous and it's eyes are so alive.
Thank you, Margaret.

Thursday 17 June 2010

The Shabby Tea Rooms Challenge Week # 14 and a Card Swap too!

This month our theme over at the Crafty Place that has been set by the fab rainmac is 'animals'.  Rusty kindly and generously sent me a Gruffie image to colour and I just couldn't resist the call of the Promarkers.  I've used a sheet of DCWV Linen Closet and some Kraft card,  Basic Grey buttons, ribbon from my stash and a sentiment I printed myself and mounted on an oval cut from my trusty SU punch.  The sunflower is from the Dollar Store in Canada (I miss those places!)  I hope my swappee likes it.  Jest move over, bear, I wanna take over the hammock!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #14 - Summer Fun

Tuesday 15 June 2010

US Card Swap - June 2010

It's that time of the month when I make all the cards for my swap with other Red Hatters in the USA.  Our theme this month was creating an invitation for the summer.  I made a Pool Part invite for perhaps a lot later in the summer, too darn cold at the moment.

I love the vintage images over on The Sum of All Crafts blog, some SU pumpkin ribbon and punches from Monica and a centre sentiment stamped with a Justrite stamp.  It's such a shame that the postage cost are getting so high to send overseas as I have to weigh my cards before adding any extra embellishments and mostly print direct to the card.  The background is from Pink Petticoats Gingham download.

Truth or Fibs - You tell me??

The fab Ali sent me this little bit of fun, I have to list 7 statements about myself and let you work out if there are 6 truths and one fib or 6 fibs and one truth.

1. I am a health food freak.
2. I don't really like cake.
3. I am paranoid about doing the washing
4. I adore ironing
5. I always leave my craft space tidy
6. I don't give to charity
7. I'm just breaking in my third husband

Wednesday 9 June 2010

A Birthday Card for Tams

Over on MSE it was Rusty's birthday so, of course, out came the trusty house mouse birthday cake stamp.  After all, it was her good self that started me on buying them.

I coloured the edge of the card from Craft Works Card in the same blue as the cake candles and also the edge of the Nesties scallop rectangle.  The sentiment I printed myself and its cut with a Spellbinders Tag.  A pure silk Ivory bow and Voila!

Tuesday 8 June 2010

My Dad, the quiet man.

I've had the photo of my Dad since he died.  I hadn't seen it before, it was hidden away in his personal items.  Dad was a very quiet man, calm and reassuring in times of trouble.  He always wore a tie even going to work in the timber yard he owned by Sidcup station.  You would rarely see him with his shirt unbuttoned even on the hottest of days.  He was a very private man and I don't remember him talking about his own childhood to me as I do to my own children.  Perhaps it was the way of life at that time.  He served during the war but would never talk about it but would have tears in his eyes on Remembrance Sunday.  He was in Holland most of the war and I was named after a little Dutch girl in the family he was billeted with.  I have learned more about him and his family since I started to research my family history.  I've kept the layout very simple to reflect my memories of my Dad, the quiet man.  The paper is from SU and silver card and ribbon from my stash.  I forgot to say that the lettering is a Spellbinders alphabet.

I would like to enter this in the following challenge:
Creative Craft World - Fathers Day

Saturday 5 June 2010

Get Well Card

A Get Well card for a fellow Red Hatter.  I love this stamp that I call 'Tams with Blankie'.  I've used a page from DCVW Linen Closet to tone with the mouse's blankie. The image mounted on Nestie die cuts with a Mariannes Designs flourish.

Thursday 3 June 2010

Butterfly Kisses

A good friend ask me to make a card for her grandaughter who will soon be six. Aimee has the most amazing eyelashes that are to die for. (For us girls it would take half a tube of mascara to get them the length hers are.) Whenever I see her she gives me 'butterfly kisses' with her eyelashes.  I never knew that's what a butterfly kiss is!

I've coloured this beautiful Butterfly Fairy by Chris Dark of Sketching Stamper Digi Stamps with a mixture of Copic Ciao and Promarker pens.  The paper is from the beautiful DCWV Linen Closet and the swirl is from Marianne Designs, pearls from my stash.  The card is 8" x 8" from Create and Craft tv

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges

Creative Card Crew Challenge # 51 - A Colour Combo
Tanda Stamps Tanda-teaser-147 Extra-large

The challenge over on 365 Cards was to make a card that is a reflection of yourself.  Well, I flutter around like a fairy when making my cards and I am definitely a bit of a butterfly flitting from one card to another, usually about four or five on the go at anyone time.

365 Cards Its-So-you
Gingersnap Creations - GC57: Chestnut Theme - Wings

Monday 31 May 2010

A House Mouse Birthday Card.

I've fallen in love with these little creatures.  This birthday card is for my beautiful daughter-in-law over in Canada. I know I'm going to use this particular stamp, Exciting Celebration, quite a lot.  They stamp so beautifully.  The background paper is from Pink Petticoat, the image fitted perfectly onto a Nestability large oval scallop.  I used a MS border punch for the white trim and decorated it with pearls and lavender real silk ribbon.  The flourish is a Mariannes Designs I bought recently from Crafts U Love and I cut it out on some pistachio card printed from the same set as the gingham.  Most of the papers from Pink Petticoat do compliment each other.  Promarkers for the image and a Craftworks Card's sentiment mounted onto the ovals from the trusty SU punches and pearls and guipure lace leaves from my stash.  Just got to make a sturdy box for travelling now.  Thank you, Sarah, for these beautiful flowers.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
 One Stop Craft Challenge # 82 Swirls and Pearls
Quirky Crafts Challenge Girly Girl
Passion for Promarkers Challenge - Week 53
Stampavie and More Challenge # 96

Sunday 30 May 2010

Julie's swap card

Just have to show you this cute little card I received from Julie (Crafty JuJu) on MSE,  sunflowers are a real favourite of mine.

Wednesday 26 May 2010

My Grandson's Birthday

Our eldest grandchild and only grandson, Joe, now lives in Canada and we miss him a lot.  He loves his PS3 and would plays for hours if his parents let him.  He's always loved  purple so I coloured this image of Video Boy from Mo Mannnings Digital Pencil in a shade of amethyst.  I printed out the Pink Petticoat Kraft background paper and distressed with scissors the purple Bazzill card stock, a strip of shiny black card, a couple of buttons, some petersham ribbon and some card cardy to finish it off.  I hope he likes it.

I'd like to enter this is in the following challenge

Paper Cutz Challenge #42