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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 22 October 2014

Love Liverpool! And a new challenge at OSAAT

I'm back from a brilliant weekend in Liverpool at our Red Hat convention. About 240 ladies converged on Liverpool to enjoy a break at the Adelphi Hotel, Ok, not the best hotel in Liverpool, it's in need of a refurb but it's glory days can still be seen in the fabulous lounge and ballroom. Food wasn't bad for mass catering but we weren't there for that.

The hotel was the perfect location for a tour on the open top hop on-hop off bus and we had time to tour the dock area and have lunch. As you can guess in our purple and red we were often stopped and asked what it was all about.  We had a tour on the Mersey Ferry but unfortunately it was far to windy to go far and we were all quite pleased to be back on land. We had great entertainment all weekend and it's taken me a couple of days to recover.

                                                 (Me, Kay and Linda in our finery!)

Well, it's time for a new challenge at OSAAT and the theme is 'Anything with Butterflies. We would love to see your creations, a card or altered item or scrap page with pretty butterflies.  Please check out all the rules (and they are very few) over on our OSAAT blog page. there you can see some beautiful inspiration from our DT members.

For my card this week I used Rajrupa by My Heart Pieces and you can find her right here.  Isn't she sweet, I love My Heart Pieces designs, they are a real joy to colour.

My picture is a little dark but you can still see what a lovely image it is. I've used a Spellbinders die called Mystical Embrace that I've been itching to use on a card as the base. Ive added a piece of design paper from my stash behind the image. I've added a few butterflies using a Martha Stewart punch on the edges. The frame is very ornate and I didn't want to put flowers on it as it will be posted to a dear friend. I've coloured the images with Promarkers to match the design paper.

Sunday 5 October 2014

Last of the Bramble Berries and it's OSAAT time again

It looks like we've now picked the last of the bramble berries yesterday when out exercising the dogs. The bushes are getting ready to die back for the winter. They have been spectacular this year with the warm September. I'll make an apple and berry pie today for my husband and a bakewell tart too.

I've got friends coming tomorrow to help to get the door hangings ready for our trip to Liverpool for the Red Hat Society UK convention.  These door hanging announce who is in residence and I'll post some pics when they are finished.  Flowers to make today to add some extra colour.  Can't wait to meet up with old friends.

On the One Stitch At A Time Challenge (OSAAT) blog here it's time for you to show us your creation with the theme 'Anything Goes With the Colour Orange. The fab prize this month is a set of digi images created for the month of October.  How gorgeous are they?

The challenge will run for two weeks so dig out all those lovely shades of orange you're using for the Autumn cards.

For my card this week I'm using an image by Gingerloft called Rustic Bench and you can find it here. What a useful stamp this is as it could be used in so many ways.  Here I've used it as a get well card made with my lovely sis-in-law as she recovers from her major op.

I've made an 8" x 8" card and covered the front with a paper from a First Edition's pad that had the perfect background colours.  I've coloured  the image with Promarkers and mounted it on a die cut from the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals.  The three largest flowers I've made myself from dies from Heartfelt Creations using paper from First Edition and mulberry paper.  The sentiment is self generated.