Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oh Deer

Hello and good morning

Autumn has finally arrived with frosty mornings and  leaves strewn everywhere... My Ginger boy was taken ill again with those darn struvite crystals. This time I took him to a different vet... No way I was going to go back to the last place after the way he was treated. He was so scared going to the vet that they rushed him through when they saw he could hardly breathe...
Thankfully he's doing okay... Had a few injections and came home with me. You all know that my cat is a sun - worshipper and the vet said that the change in weather will have stressed him and caused him the discomfort. Who knew? 

Anyway, I have 3 more Christmas deer cards to share with you today...


I've had the pine cone and fir stamps forever and I don't think I used them before so I did 2 cards using those stamps, overlapping the firs a few times


And the 3rd card has a holly branch stamp that I coloured and fussy cut....


...Added some very old DP and some leftover die cut sprigs

All being well I hope to share some more Christmas cards in the coming week
Thanks ever so much for your lovely comments

Have a great weekend

~ Ros ~



 
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Faux metal and Celestial Elements

Good afternoon...

Our neighbour sadly just lost his Dad so I wanted to make him a card to let him know that we are thinking of him.
It's a card that fits 2 challenges as it happens

My lovely talented blog friend Mac (The Sweetest Of Peas)  is hosting the October Challenge at



Has a Celestial Elements challenge 



This is my card


I embossed layer upon layer using 3 colours of embossing powder to get this metal looking feather and the stars
Unfortunately it is quite hard to see in the photograph how thick they are


It's an unusual galaxy I know but it captured the look I was going for... Like a mini explosion
I once accidentally spilt water on my ink blending and got a crazy effect... This time it was deliberate... A little water and then I blew it in all directions and dabbed off the excess


I hope to be back with you later in the week

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, October 15, 2018

Birthday Cards

Well hello...
 
It's almost a week since I last posted anything... The time just seems to whizz by!
I've been doing a lot of crocheting lately... Little gifts for Christmas - Slippers, cowl scarves and wrist warmers so not a lot of card making but I do have a couple of birthday cards to share that I never got around to posting
 
 
The chick with a whole lot of ink blended balloons


And a card with ink blended candles


They aren't actual candle dies ... I used a small rectangle die for the candles and I have number (candle) dies so I used the flames from them


The birthday printed BG is a very old digital from Hero Arts 

I still have some Christmas cards that need photographing before I can share... I hope to get around to that soon...
We're still having pretty weird weather... We've had a lot of rain and high winds from storm Callum, but it's still very warm for this time of year.

Wishing you a good week and thanks for looking in on me 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

CAS Watercolour October

Hello...

I hope your week is going well... We've got unusually warm and sunny weather today and it's very welcome...

My favourite challenge blog is celebrating their 2nd Birthday today 
May they continue to challenge us for a long time to come

This month's challenge is a colour challenge


The glorious colours of Autumn... Here's what I came up with


I started by stamping the image on white cardstock with black Versafine and then clear embossed it. Then I loosely painted the 3 colours over and around the image using Gansai Tambi watercolour paint


 Once dry, I die cut the leaf sprig both from the painted piece and a few times from scrap CS and glued them together before smooshing over with Versamark and clear embossing powder. It's quite hard to see the contrast of the glossy leaf against the BG.


I popped the leaf stem back into the negative space using foam dots after stamping and embossing the
 sentiment (from a Uniko set) and that's it.

I hope you enjoy your day, thanks so much for your visit

Till soon

~ Ros ~



Saturday, October 06, 2018

A Card for Felicity

Good morning

The Giants have taken over my city again


Thousands of people have lined the streets for this spectacular which alas will be the last time they visit us


  I think the star attraction, for the children especially, is the very lifelike Xolo the dog


And talking of children, my husband's Granddaughter Felicity will be 2  this month...
I saw a super interactive flip card made by Laura Bassen ... Here
and thought I could make a similar one for Felicity
I don't have the die (by Mama Elephant) but it reminded me of one of the waterfall cards we all used to make so it was easy enough to I make my own


There are 4 animals... 2 chicks, a cat and a monkey


Kind of difficult to photograph but you get the idea - As you pull the tag each card flips over to reveal the next... It's like a horizontal version of the waterfall card


I do enjoy interactive cards and I had fun making this 

I hope you have a lovely weekend

Thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Thursday, October 04, 2018

A Blingy Card and a Tale of Woe

Hello there

It's almost a week since I posted... where does the time go?
Actually I haven't done much in the way of card making lately... Just life getting in the way- Like visiting the dentist...
If you've come to see my card... Just skip down as this could be a little long.

Okay, I'm not the only one who doesn't like dentists... Even my lovely lady dentist said she didn't like going to the dentist (figure that one). But one tooth top left was giving me trouble so after my check up last week I was booked in for Tuesday to have a filling and at the same time she was replacing an old filling. Simple huh? Yeah right! I got two injections, they hurt, and then was tilted so far back I was virtually upside down when the equipment stopped working. 10 minutes and 4 assistants later problem solved. Now by this time my tongue had gone completely numb... I mean really! But according to the dentist it was having a party in my mouth and would not stay still... Soooo embarrassing! Maybe it was the blood rushing to my head... I was still upside down after all. And I'm sure the human mouth is not designed to take 3 fists either... Why oh why does the assistant stick that water sucker-upper thingy so far back that you are choking?? And whatever happened to the little breaks when they brought the chair back up and the blood stopped rushing to your head and you got to gargle with the pink stuff over a tiny sink? 

Finally.. An hour later I was good to go and the lovely lady gave me a mirror to check out my tooth.. Wait I have to put my glasses on... Okay so how do I see my tooth? Well it's right there on the bottom left... What??? Well, explained the lovely lady... That one looked a bit jagged so I fixed it. Oh... well that was nice... I also replaced the old filling top right... Great! Not that either gave me the slightest problem...And the top left, the reason I came here... faced my worst fears said me slurring with my now lopsided mouth... Oh no said the lovely lady... I didn't do that... Couldn't find a thing wrong with it... ARGH!!!! 
Now you see why I don't like going to a dentist... Give me spine surgery any day!

Onto today's card which is for my friend Pat who celebrates her birthday this weekend


I pulled out a little bling for this one along with the Cameo to cut the flower shape both from white card for the negative space and then again from silver grey card for the inlay


I used distress inks to blend on the card base with some water splatters and though it's hard to see here... I also splattered with pewter distress stain
I hope she likes it...

Well that's it for today... I hope your week is going well

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, September 28, 2018

Deer for all Seasons

Hello...
How has your week been?
We've had some lovely sunny days and the week has flown by - It did include a visit to the dentist which always terrifies me... I got myself all psyched up expecting to have a filling but I only got the examination and have to go back next week for the filling...sigh

I shared some Christmas cards at the beginning of the week - Some quick ones and some a little more time consuming. I like it when I can make a batch of cards quickly and having the Misti really helps. I made a batch of these one layered, easy to post cards using a Hero Arts
stamp I got last year


I love that  stamp and the Ombre Ink

 
I  removed the stamp from the wooden block so I could use it in the Misti - it's so much easier - And whilst I had it out, I made a fall card to send to a friend - This time using the Autumn Ombre ink (also by Hero Arts)


 I just love the colours and though the stamp is a Christmas stamp, I think it works just as well here


There's not much sign of fall colours here yet but there are plenty of acorns and chestnuts about and the squirrels are loving it.

I hope you enjoy your day and have a lovely weekend

Till soon

~ Ros ~
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Christmas Critters

Hello and good morning!

 Thanks so much for your tips and tricks for colds and flu... I'm feeling a lot better

I have some Christmas cards for you today... A little different but strangely enough I have quite a few friends who are animal lovers Lol!
So first up a couple of cards for my cat lover friends


When I stamp animals I usually do a few at a time... It uses up the bits of card and it's therapeutic to colour them so these were just waiting to be used 


In fact most of these cards were from spares or leftovers

This one is for my friend Helen who's cat Teddy comes here daily


This is Teddy


Looks a bit like him don't you think 


And I couldn't leave out those hens...


Not that I know what a french hen looks like

 
Nor could I forget those gulls


I made a few of them

 
I used the hat stamp and die from the AE Gnome Christmas set and they fit perfectly
See, not doing Thursday Club has given me so much more time to play and I love it

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, September 22, 2018

3 Little Monkeys

Hi...
Happy Weekend

It's stopped raining for now... Boy we've had so much rain these past few days along with really strong gales... 

Today I have another film strip card using some monkey stamps I haven't used before


My Mum used to call my brothers and I the 3 little monkeys... Funny how things come back to you
For the BG I used that lovely vine stamp I've had forever. It's a Penny Black wood stamp which I embossed and then added colour to parts of the leaves.


I didn't add a sentiment to this yet... I can add one later.

I've finally made a start on some Christmas cards - To be honest I just haven't had the inclination so I pulled out all of last years' leftovers together with bits from recent makes and made a few cards using them - I'll share some in the next few days.
I've got a feeling I'm coming down with a cold or something... I have no energy at all today so I may be forced to take it easy and sit through a few episodes of Grey's Anatomy Lol! I never watched it first time round and now I'm completely hooked!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

~ Ros ~
 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Couple of Gnomes

Hello there...
Before I share today's card... 

" Thank you "

To the many of you who left me encouraging messages following my departure from the Thursday club. I can only sum it up by this quote

You're the best!

So today I have another birthday card - This is one I made for my husband's friend. They do make me laugh as they are both getting so forgetful and their conversations are so amusing to hear.
I thought this was quite apt and so did they!


They spent awhile try to decide who was who...Lol!
The gnomes are of course from a Christmas set but I think they are pretty versitile
I coloured them with copics and did a little ink blending behind them


From this angle you can see those balloons shine a little better. They were cut from mirri card that I added some alcohol inks too.

Looks like we are in for more high winds today... I can always tell when Ginger cat comes in and takes to the basket under my desk... Who needs the weather forecasters?

Stay safe and have a lovely day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Little Cat Therapy

Hello... How's your week going? 

We're having a new driveway done and hopefully it should be finished today We've been moving the cars around like pawns on a chess board Lol! We're pleased with it though... It's a resin bond driveway that should out last us...(a sobering thought) and the last of the home improvements planned for this year and the forseeable future.
Autumn so far has been very mild, though we know that could change in a heartbeat here but we thank our lucky stars that we are not suffering the havoc that mother nature is bestowing on part of the world right now... My heart goes out to all those people suffering.

Today I have another Get Well card to share, this time for a dear friend.  Like me she is ruled by her kitties...I mean they don't care how you feel... They need feeding and let in and out, and in and out, and in and out... They sit on your desk and cover everything with fur and want to play when you want to sleep

Well, not these cats


The stamped and copic coloured kind


I hope this makes her feel better

Wishing you all a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Reminder

Hello and good morning!

I'm here today as Guest Designer at
To remind you that the challenge is now in it's 2nd week
 

There are some wonderful entries for this challenge up on the Blog and once again the team have created more samples to inspire you... Go take a peek

For my card I decided to use the positive die cuts from my first card


I painted the trees with a mix of distress inks this time and with a few little extras they take centre stage


I love this challenge blog - You don't have to be an amazing artist, but you can surprise yourself whilst having fun with whatever watercolour medium you use. Give it a go and link up with us.

Thank you so much to the lovely team for inviting me this month - It's an honour to be with you.

Wishing you all a lovely day

~ Ros ~
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Changes...



 Change happens all the time... Most of the time we don't see it coming till suddenly we're backed into a corner by things or people we least expected and it's difficult to accept.

I recently decided to step down from working with my Thursday Club group. What can I say? It was a very hard decision for me to make and something I've been wrestling with all summer... I've given 12 years of my life to helping them create every week, watched them grow, enjoyed seeing their faces and being part of their lives, the fun the laughter and often the tears.
 I won't go into the facts, except to say that the church and the people who run the club are really sorry to see me go, they have been amazing, as has my husband who has supported me and believes I've made the right decision.  I'm just sorry it had to be this way. But... Who knows what is round the corner... I'm taking a well earned rest, and I'll still keep in touch...

I saw Jennifer McGuire recently did a video using jigsaw dies and whilst I don't have these dies, funnily enough, I got a couple of packs of jigsaw blanks last week... There's 3 in a pack and they only cost £1 from Inkylicious.

So I made one for a dear friend


Ink blending and embossing really worked well on this


I used stamps by Clearly Besotted and splattered with both water and TH pewter distress stain
I was going to ink blend the edges but decided against it.. I like the white.
It's a fun project and something different.

I hope you are enjoying your day ... The sun is shining here, Ginger boy is out enjoying it and Tabby is doing well. Just shows what a bit of TLC can do.

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, September 08, 2018

How 'Bout a Cow

Hello... 
It's very wet and cold here today... 
Well, Ginger cat is doing well now but the Tabby cat we've been looking after for over 5 years has been ill. I suspect he has flu and we we've been giving him round the clock care whilst making sure our cats don't get too close. He's not a cat that will let us pick him up... Just visits daily for food. We built him a warm little house that he sleeps in but this morning when I came down to check on him he was gone so I'm hoping that he is feeling better...
 
I have a card to share that I made last week using a stamp set I got a while ago
 
 
I love cows.. 
Years ago we had a German Shepherd, Kelly...  I adored her but she had a thing about cows... I'm not sure if the size of them spooked her but she would bark like mad if she saw one.
Once when we were driving through Cornwall we suddenly turned a corner to find maybe 50/60 of them being herded down the road and the car quickly became surrounded. 
Oh my, if you could have seen Kelly's face!  It was as though she realised that there were just far too many to confront and she just stared without so much as a grumble...
 
 
The images were coloured with Copics and I added a stamped and embossed grass BG - Looking at it now I thought that I may make another one and maybe use one of those springs to make the cow's head move


Ok... That's me for today

I hope you enjoy your day and I hope the rain stops here soon

Take care

~ Ros ~
 

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