Friday, December 08, 2017

Watercolour and Birthday

Good morning friends...

It's freezing cold here, such a contrast to those of you across the pond in California... My heart goes out to all those affected by the terrible fires and I pray that you are safe...

I have a watercolour card Christmas card to share that I am entering over at 

I did this one with Gansai Tambi paints and just added some splatters and a few die cuts

I also have a birthday card to share as one of my friends' is celebrating her birthday today... I always find it hard to switch from making Christmas cards to brthday cards so this one was kind of last minute

Once again I relied on my balloon dies to cut a stencil with and used various distress inks

I couldn't resisit putting that little kitty there and there's another one on the inside

My DH has finally had a date for his operation and it's next wednesday. That means he has to take things easy for 6 weeks... I'm at the same hospital the following day too, so I'm going to see if I can defer my back surgery for a while... Mikey will be taking care of us... Bless him. It's going to be a tough Christmas but at least we have each other and that's what matters...

Wishing you a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Watercolour Christmas Cards

Hi... How are you?

I saw MIM on Papertrey Ink where Betsy painted some Christmas trees and it made me want to pick up my paintbrush...

I made a few cards and thought I'd share a couple with you today. I'm not entering at PTI but I did do this one with the same technique using a fan brush

I used distress ink to paint the sky and a distress re-inker for the trees

Having die cut the reindeer I smothered it in Versamark and used the same embossing powder on it as I did the stamped image

My next card also has a painted BG...

...But covered in glittered snowflakes

I'd forgotten just how relaxing it is to play with a paintbrush and watch those colours collide

I hope to be able to get around to visiting you all soon,

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, December 02, 2017

There's more...

Hello and Happy December to you all!
It's been very cold here lately with lots of hailstones but no snow as yet... I'm starting to panic a little as Christmas is just around the corner and the only thing I have done here is make a few cards. With sorting out affairs for my late Aunt, Hubby's hospital appointments as well as mine I can't say we've been idle... It's just the way it goes
Here's a couple more cards that I did with blended backgrounds...

... Using Distress Oxides and both clear and silver embossing powders

 Hubby is still awaiting a date for his hernia operation and since I last posted I've been for more X-Rays and another MRI, plus a nurse appointment and one with a consultant. Seems arthritis is the cause of the discs being pushed out and they are right in the lumbar region so the consultant wants me to undergo spine surgery and have rods and screws inserted. I'll have to wear a brace for a few months too... Going through airport security will never be the same Lol!
 It all seems quite daunting at the moment but hubby and I are looking forward to brighter days.

Thanks so much to all of you who sent messages and offered up prayers, and for all the wonderful cards I've received over the past few weeks following the passing of my aunt... You lovely people are the best!

Have a beautiful weekend

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Hello there...
Finally it's stopped raining... We've had days and days of rain and it's so good to see a blue sky and even a little sunshine. It's cold but I can deal with that.... The damp is no good for old bones I tell 'ya!

So I have another Christmas card today which I am entering at 

And also at 

Of course it's done with one of my ink blended backgrounds again

Can you tell I got some new distress inks Lol!

I'm just playing with different combinations and never know what will turn out or what I'll use them for, but I love this tree die so I use it a lot - Actually there were 3 different sizes but I lost one and never found it

I hope you are enjoying your week so far, I can't believe that it's almost December again. I may have a few cards done but I haven't done any Christmas shopping at all. I've got a feeling that it may be gift cards all round this year...

Thanks so much for your visit and your kind wishes ... Have a good day

~ Ros ~

Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Christmas Card and Update

Good morning...

So first off I have another Christmas card to share

More ink blending and I even pulled out an embossing folder... I have lots of them but never really use any now but the swiss dots was always my favourite

Embossing with dies is becoming a favourite  with me lately and it's always a magic moment when using embossing powders but for me it's especially magical on vellum

Now to my MRI results, well thankfully it's not life threatening. I have 2 bulging discs in my lower back and a bulging muscle too which are all pressing on the sciatic nerve (and don't I know it) Lol! 
My GP is fast tracking me to the MCAS at one of our hospitals and with a little luck I may be able to get treatment without surgery.

Thank you so much for all your kind wishes and caring thoughts

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Heart


I hope your week is going well... 

A couple of days ago I pulled out my distress inks - Playing around helps take my mind off the sadness I'm feeling right now... Anyway I made a few Christmas cards and here's one of them

As you can see I didn't just blend the inks, I splattered and stamped and embossed

I love that no two pieces ever look the same, thing is I can never remember what colours I use anyway

Pat came to play yesterday and it was so good to see her... She's covering the Thursday Club for me once again this evening. I had their projects ready, and though I am feeling much better after the cold and infection, the leg pain is still a problem plus the GP surgery contacted me to say that the doctor wants to talk to me later this evening, I guess they have the results of my MRI scan... I'm a little anxious but staying positive...

Wishing you a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A few cards


Before I was called away to Lincoln last week I had 3 cards to make and post... A birthday card, an Anniversary card and one to go to my friend who has just been told that her husband has terminal cancer... Everything seemed to come at once except my inspiration so I turned to a card I saw done by the talented Laura Bassen here and these are my versions

 The anniversary card for my brother and SIL

... Using the same colours for a birthday card

And more "Laura" colours for my friend

 I hope you are all having a good start to the week and I'll catch up with you soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Update


 Thank you for all your lovely comments on yesterday's post ... You may have realised that it was a scheduled post with so much going on right now

I'm so sad to say that my much adored Aunt passed away on Saturday afternoon....

I hadn't imagined that I would ever get there, the 4 hour journey alone being so difficult and on top of that I have a respiratory infection and hospitals don't like you coming to visit in that condition.
But with the help of my lovely husband and the hospital staff moving her to a private room, I did make it.... 
Reluctantly, I knew it was time let her go and I knew she was waiting for me to tell her that it was ok. Within a few hours of my arrival, she drifted peacefully away....

I'm so grateful for the care given by the doctors and nursing staff who rang me every single day and evening... And I will be eternally in the debt of 2 very special young women, friends of my Aunt and who, despite having their own families and jobs to go to, worked out a system to be at her side day and night for 3 days ... How does one repay such a kindness?

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and your prayers.. It really does mean a lot

~ Ros ~


Sunday, November 12, 2017

AAA Cards Guest Designer

Good Morning

I'm absolutely delighted to be Guest Designing over at AAA Cards today!

The challenge theme is Celebrate

That's a pretty colourful graphic huh? I pulled out various distress inks to make a background using the 'credit card' technique which I then stamped and die cut for my card

I think I got most of those colours, though you don't have to as long as you follow the rules for CAS up on the Blog and the theme for the challenge

Do my flowers look like they are dancing? Lol!

The team have some wonderful insiration for you up on the Blog - Click the link to go see.
I hope you'll be inspired to ink up your CAS celebration cards.

Many thanks to the lovely ladies for having me along with them for this challenge.

Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Christmas Tree

Good morning... 
It's a lovely cold but sunny day today, there are leaves fallen everywhere but the fall colours still look pretty...

Here's another card...

With a tree cut from one of my tissue technique backgrounds

It's very simple and I used some frame dies - one to cut and one to dry emboss

I've spent a fair bit of time preparing things for the club and even done some crocheting - One of the girls at the church asked me to make some dolls for her...

Thank you all so much for your kind wishes for my Aunt, she was taken back into hospital last night so it isn't looking good - I'll keep you posted

Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Friday, November 03, 2017

Playing when I can

Hello and happy November!
Ok, I know it's 3 days into the month...It's certainly cooler here and we've had some frosty mornings.

So Pat came around on Wednesday and I gave her some tissue paper to play with along with distress inks... She made some really pretty cards and unfortuantely I only had some lilac paper left to play with myself but I did make a couple of Holiday cards, one of which I'm sharing today

 I die cut the circles shape and popped out the white ones to fill them in with some more die cut circles done both with the tissue paper technique (embossed in silver) and some done with the "swiping your credit card" technique

The little tree was also cut from one of the tissue paper technique pieces 

Honestly I had no clue where this was going when I started but I kind of like it, what do you think?

Before I go I just wanted to let you know that as I was getting nowhere with my therapy or GP, I changed to another practice last week and saw a new GP. She was really good and is arranging for me to have an MRI scan to see what is going on. I still struggle to sit for any length of time and it resricts me so much. My sweet Aunt is now quite ill and I can't travel to be with her which uspsets me greatly. So I'm crafting when I can and keeping positive...

Thanks so much for your concern ... Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Elastic Band Technique

Hello there...

It's a beautiful autumnal day here and DH is having his friend come over to watch the football match on TV  this afternoon. I have trouble sitting but standing is fine so I did some baking for them... A caramel apple cake and some fruit scones with whipped cream...That should keep them happy!

I have a couple of cards to share with you too... I tried a new to me technique of wrapping rubber bands around a brayer to emboss with...

I used up left over bits and pieces to make both cards ... Sponged BG pieces and odd die cuts

As you can see, this one was embossed with a gold/silver mix of embossing powder whereas with the second card I used white embossing powder

I actually rescued that flower out of the bin Lol!

 It's a neat technique and can really transform a BG whether it be one you've made or maybe a piece of DP that you're not that keen on. I discovered that you can get a similar effect by wrapping rubber band around your acyrlic block too.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday, and thanks for stopping by

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 24, 2017



I've had a couple of good days and yesterday I got a few projects done for the Thursdays Club, however, today was a different story...
Fortunately I was seeing the therapist this morning for more manipulation and acupuncture... The news I got was not what I was expecting and kind of set me back... I felt sorry for myself for a whole 2 hours Lol! But I'm a fighter and determined not to give in, so here I am with another card which I thought would fit the bill at both 


I started by stamping and embossing the centre panel of my cardstock and then made some leaves by smooshing various distress inks onto white cardstock before die cutting them

I added some dry embossing for a little bit of interest using some frame dies and then smooched my die cut sentiment in Versamark and embossed it.

I absolutely adore fall colours and wish the season lasted longer. Well, at least I can capture it in a card. 

Till soon

~ Ros ~
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