Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkins - City Crafter 231


It's a new challenge at City Crafter and this week we have the lovely Char hosting with a 
Colourful Pumpkin Challenge

The challenge is to create a project that features a pumpkin which is 
any colour EXCEPT orange

So I went to my Hero Arts scarecrow digital image for this one ... He's such a happy guy and doesn't come out often ... He is pre-coloured and originally those pumpkins were orange but with a bit of magic using photoshop I was able to change the colour of the Pumpkins ... 

Here in the UK we only see orange pumpkins ... these colours are much more fun ... I printed the image a couple of times and fussy cut the pumpkins from one of the prints so I could pop them up on the card

I thought he'd look good with a little sign so I made a sort of chalkboard one for him 

Our GD this week is the talented Samra click the link and go visit her lovely Blog ... She has a wonderful style!

My fellow DT have some wonderful inspiration for you too on the City Crafter Blog ...

Thanks for your visit - Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stormy Times

Hello there...

I'm sorry I've been absent lately ... I've missed you....

 There are family issues that are taking up my time and energy

I'm like the lighthouse right now as my family are being tossed by the storm ... I learned a long time ago that you cannot avoid the waves and the tide will take you no matter what you do ... Better that you can keep on treading water until the shore is in sight....

I'm hoping to be able to find time to create this week ... to turn my thoughts elsewhere for just a while

Thanks so much for your emails and your concern ... It's very much appreciated

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

City Crafter 230

Good morning!!

I'm hosting this week at City Crafter and the challenge I have set is to 
Focus on the sentiment
Create a card or project where the sentiment is your focal point

Inspiration photo

I've been playing a lot with Autumnal colours and my card this week features a sentiment about nature

I printed an ombre card and first stamped and embossed the BG before cutting an aperture for my sentiment which is slightly recessed

The leaves and acorns were coloured by sponging various inks onto previously white CS

Our Guest Designer this week is Laurkowa Kraina Winner of week 223 - click on her name to visit her blog where you can see her gorgeous creations

Once again we are offering a GD spot to this week's winner so I hope you'll come and play with us 
Don't forget to visit the City Crafter Blog to see the lovely creations from the rest of our team

Enjoy your day and thanks so much for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 21, 2014


I hope you're having a good weekend...

This week at 
Manuela has chosen the prompt for us ... The word is River

Considering I live close to the River Mersey you'd think I would have quite a few photos ... but strangely enough I don't ... This one was taken when I was out walking my dog some years ago ... The tide is out but you can see the Runcorn bridge in the distance ... a kind of a landmark when returning home from a trip ... I would walk along the river bank here often ... It was always so peaceful

The next one is from my archives ... it was taken 20 years ago when I was on a boat trip along the River Thames

Tower bridge is in the background ... I spent a lot of my childhood in London and it always felt like home to me

This is a more recent one I took of my husband when we were in Cork in Ireland a couple of years ago ... this is the River Lee

It runs right through the centre of Cork

And these these next couple of shots are not technically Rivers ... But I thought they were worth sharing
A group of youngsters in Palma

A shallow river bed in Majorca

and a fjord in Norway

I hope you enjoyed seeing my photos ... We'd love you to link up yours at 
Hop on over and take a look at the rest of the photos from around the world

Enjoy a peaceful Sunday

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Colours of Autumn

Good morning!

Autumn is slowly creeping in ... the trees are changing from dark green to rich gold, umber and red 
We had rain last night for the first time in ages and at 5am there was a thick fog around - A typical Autumn morning ... Now the fog has lifted and there is a stillness around, I think the trees will hold on to their leaves for a good while yet.

Over at The Mixed Media Card Challenge they are asking that we create a mixed media card using the Colours of Autumn with optional elements of leaves or metal

With under a week to go before the challenge finishes I got around to making a card

I water coloured the outer part of my card with some gold shimmerz paint to create a 'frame' for a wine label I got from the lovely Jacqueline
The wine label was shaded with various inks and then I did some stamping on top

Each of my leaves were cut from white CS and then shaded by sponging on different coloured inks ... a coat of Mod Podge dimensional was then applied to give them a glossy look
The fabric strip "colours of autumn" I had in my stash from an old scrapbook kit

To finish I added some berries (my trees are full of them right now) some fine threads and sequins and a little metal butterfly

I'd also like to enter this at The Card Concept Challenge

It's my first time playing here and I think my card would come under the Freestyle Collage

I hope you have a lovely Saturday ... Thanks so much for looking in

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, September 19, 2014

Shaking Scarecrow

Happy Friday!
Time to start winding down and looking forward to the weekend...
It was such a busy night for me last night ... and hot with so many people in the room

My friend Pat had organised 2 cards for the group so I only had to come up with one to keep them going for the evening ... Being as the club is run by a church ... we are not allowed to make anything relating to Halloween so I decided on an Autumn shaker card.

I thought about the traditional way with foam tape but knew that there was no way they would be able to do that so I used a simpler method that I'd see Liz at Pink Petticoat do ... Using little clear bags

So this is what they made ... I printed 30 little scarecrows (a digital stamp by Hero Arts) and they just popped one in a bag with some sequins.
For the leaves I sponged inks onto 2 sheets of A4 CS and then cut the leaves on my cameo

They were so thrilled with how the shakers work and somehow we managed not to get the floor covered in sequins either Lol!

I hope you have a lovely day and a great weekend ...

Take care

~ Ros ~

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