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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 21 September 2014

The sickies have gone and I'm feeling fine and it's OSAAT Time!

A couple of weeks ago I had an awful pain in my shoulder and called my osteopath for an appointment to get some relief. Over the weekend the most horrendous blisters appeared on my neck, off to the docs and had it confirmed as Shingles. Whatever next! Lots of soothing Aloe Vera and Calendula Gel did the trick in keeping everything calm but it looked like I had an awful orangey green tidemark on my neck that any schoolboy would have been proud of.  All better now, just waiting for the scars to go.

Well, it's another Sunday and time for our fortnightly challenge at the One Stitch At A Time Challenge Blog. The challenge theme is 'Anything Goes with a Flower'. So, let's see your creations embellished with some lovely flowers or may be a flower stamp or image. You can find the rules for the challenge here and they are very few. A gorgeous set of five September images for the winner.

For my card this week I chose an image by Scrappers Delight called Crafty Shopper, a girl after my own heart! You can find her hereI've coloured her with Copics (love the skin colours) and Promarkers. I've used a shaped card from Craftworks Card and cut my corresponding shapes with the Spellbinders Borders die, The background paper is from my stash and my Crafty Shopper was also cut out with a die from the Spellbinders  Floral Ovals set. My flowers have been made by me using some of the handmade papers I've had since I first started card making. I was really please with them. I've finished my Crafty Shopper with a simple sentiment from Craftworks Cards.

Saturday 20 September 2014

How Time Flies

Two years ago today I lost my precious son to cancer.  I feel that he is still around me but I just can't talk to him anymore but I hear his voice whenever I look at photos of him.  I would love to have nattered to him about recent events in this country, I know he would have some really funny things to say about it all.  His sense of humour is still with me.

Sleep on, Paul, I'll be looking for your star tonight.

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Yay! OSAAT Time Again!

We've thrown open the doors at the One Stitch At A Time (OSAAT) challenge blog and we are all raring to go with lots of lovely new style challenges. 

We have made a few changes of how we are now running these challenges so please take a few minutes to read what is going on.

We are now going fortnightly, so on the first week we will have the new challenge which will run for two weeks.  On the second week we will post the winners from the previous challenge.   Instead of having the main prize for those who enter with a StitchyBear Digital Store item we are offering this to everybody and we will also be picking the Top 3 entrants instead of having a runner up.  The winners will have a new Top 3 badge for their blogs.  The main prize will be chosen by random generator so it is very fair to everybody and will be the monthly prize pack of 5 StitchyBear Digital Store items from a variety of our wonderful creators. You can see the prize on the OSAAT blog here  The Top 3 will be chosen by the Design Team who will be visiting all your blogs during the fortnight that the challenge runs.

Our themes from now on will be Anything Goes with a . . . . .  maybe a bow, or a button, maybe glitter or a die.  The something extra will be different for every challenge.  Be as creative as you can, it does not have to be a card, we love 3D models, boxes, altered items too, just remember to have the ‘with a . . . .’ on it.  Check out the blog as it will have all the info on there.

For my card this week I've used Floral Monogram Frame 2' by Floppy Latte. 

It's very Art Deco and made me think of Paris in the 20's. My background paper is from the Papemania Bookprint pad and I've used a kraft card as a foundation. The digital image was printed onto a piece of cream card and has been coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copics.  The little die cut perfume bottle is from a stamp and die set by Sizzix/Graphic 45 that I managed to pick up in their sale, a proper bargain at the time. I've finished off with a wired ribbon bow and a little sentiment from the set.