I was 'born and bred' as they say, in the Cambridgeshire Fens and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else as I love the flat and scenic landscape which stretches as far as the eye can see.
I am married with a large family of children and grandchildren and a good few animals in tow as well including horses and dogs. I was forced to give up full time work soon after I was diagnosed with MS about twenty years ago, but still work part time in my hubby’s office which keeps me out of mischief.
When I look back I realise that I have been crafting all my life in one form or another and as a child spent many hours sticking bits of card and paper together with flour and water, no fancy glues in those days ! Like so many crafters I did cross stitch and when my children were small had fun creating ‘Blue Peter’ inspired makes with them.
My cardmaking addiction started many, many years ago and from the start I was drawn to rubber stamping, the obsession grew as I discovered new techniques such as brayering, inking and masking and I have a particular love of silhouette stamps and distress inks. I also have a fascination with skys and creating scenes and there are not many which don't feature a moon or sun. I'm not naturally artistic and cant' draw for toffee, but I do love colour and experimenting with colour palettes which to some might be a bit 'off the wall'.
My Dad who farmed all his life and grew sufficient vegetables to supply a village, taught me to appreciate Nature, animals and all things botanical and this continues to provide me with constant inspiration in my daily crafting, along with the rural landscape which surrounds me.
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to share my passion for crafting with others through classes, demo’s and working on the Design Teams I have been privileged to be part of and have met some wonderful friends along the way.
If I was asked what my style was, I guess the nickname given me many moons ago sums it up ‘Botanical Brenda’. I rarely do cute, although the odd Penny Black cutie may appear on my blog now and then, but what I can say for sure is that any I use will most definitely have full facial features and usually be accompanied by the addition of a tree or some flowers !