Saturday, April 21, 2018

Blooming Flowers

Hello!
 
Oh my goodness, we've had some beautiful summer weather these past few days andwhat a difference it makes...
Everything seems to be awakening and my lilac tree this year is showing signs of being full of blooms. Last year I only got one... One! 
 
So whilst my kitties are enjoying the sunshine and my hubby is painting his shed, I can share another card with you
 
 
I'm trying to get ahead with birthday cards and I picked up this stamp in a sale recently, well, it's a set by Woodware,  the main stamp being the flowers


To add a little interest I did cut a triangle shape through it and popped it up
 
I'm also trying to get ahead with projects for the Thursday group - It was so busy last week and they are getting real quick at putting things together now. I have at least an hour to fill for 30 people which is no easy feat especially when I have to cut out all the bits for them so any suggestions would be welcome Lol!

I hope you enjoy your weekend and that the sun pays you a visit too

Take care

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Oh Rain Rain Go Away

Hello there...
 
Are you all fed up with the rain? It's warmer here today but rain clouds are gathering again... 
 
I have a card to share - A kind of ode to my recent short break
 
 
Even the seaguls were taking shelter, though perhaps not with umbrellas Lol!
I used another piece of the alcohol BG for my umbrella...


Stamped the raindrops and then went over them with Glossy Accents


I think that Gull set from MFT was one of my favourite buys and one of my most used ... They always make me smile, well, especially this particular gull.

I hope your week is going well? 

Wishing you a lovely day 

~ Ros ~

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Monday

Hello friends...
I'm back from our break in a wet and very windy Majorca...In all the years I have been visiting there, I have never seen waves so high on the beautiful turquoise sea. Being used to rain it didn't stop us getting out and about and we did a lot of walking. We went to the lovely Andraxt market which is usually bustling, but as expected, a lot of the stall holders had given up. From there we took a bus to Palma and walked around the city sheltering every now and then from the hailstones and rain, the normal street cafes abandoned as thunder boomed above. Then it was on to Santa Ponsa and back to the hotel. 
Each day was much the same and once or twice the sun peeked out, lovely warm rays, but the wind was prevalent. I never got to feel the sand between my toes or the sea wash over me but I did enjoy the lovely meals served in the hotel and snuggling down with a good book. I did have a fall one evening but I was more shaken than injured - As my consultant said, I have very tough bones Lol!

Some weeks ago I bought a few alcohol inks and couldn't wait to give them a go but I just left the pieces I did till I had some inspiration as to what to do with them. Today I pulled out some dies and used one of my pieces for this card


 It's for my friend's birthday


Over the weeks I've also added a few new dies to my stash, the corner die and the flower/fronds die being 2 of them


I like that the flower die can be used upside down as I have done here so it looks like it's trailing over a trellis

Well, the cupboards are bare so I have to go grocery shopping ... I'll wish you all a lovely day and catch up with you soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another Sympathy Card

Good Morning...

I had a card from a friend of my Aunt's last week... She is another animal lover and lost 2 of her cats within 2 weeks. I could tell how distraught she is... Her cats and dogs are her babies and she works tirelessly with animal charities.
So I wrote a letter and made this card for her


I swiped Faded Jeans distress oxide ink ove the BG stamp and applied the card over the stamp... I just love that colour blue... In fact I have wallpaper very similar looking to that BG in the bedroom.


I reversed the grass stamp and embossed it in silver... I like how it looked upside down.
 
I know it will cheer her up, not everyone is sympathetic when a pet dies but if you don't have children they do become a substitute and even when you do, they are still part of the family.

I hope you enjoy your day... I'm still in Majorca for some R & R and I'll catch up with you all soon

~ Ros ~

 


 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

City Crafter Birthday

Good morning!

I'm delighted to say that City Crafter Challenge Blog are celebrating their 8th birthday this month 
 I've been invited, along with other past team members, to celebrate with them!



There is a month long challenge of CASE Me If You Can and this week it's my card that you are being asked to CASE


I did some ink blending and water splattering then stamped and embossed the image and sentiment...
I prefer to stamp after I've blended but it works just as well to stamp before blending


I used the inlaid die technique for my fancy frame too. Of course you don't need to do all of these, they are just a few techniques that you can consider to make the card your own


The team at City Crafter have also CASEd my card to inspire you further - Hop on over and 
take a look ...

I'm flying off to sun sea and sand for a few days so I'll catch up with you when I get back 

Enjoy your week and thanks for popping in

~ Ros ~


 

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Poppy Sympathy Card

Good morning friends...

I've had to make a few sympathy cards this month and here's another one that is going to the wife of my husband's friend who sadly lost her sister last week

  

I hadn't got a clue where I was going with this... The poppies had been coloured in a long time ago but remained unused till now 

 
 Having recently bought the die for them in the SSS sale was a bonus so I let them take centre stage


 The little cat just finished it off... Actually I had a few cat die cuts on my desk as I had to make another sympathy card for a lady who recently lost her cat... I'll share that with you later in the week

We're off to Majorca in a couple of days so I guess I should start to pack... A job I hate. I've been looking at the forecast for the 4 days that we will be there and it doesn't look good...sigh
Still it's a welcome break and a kind of celebration... My scan results were all clear! Yay! The pain I have been dealing with is all residual pain from the surgery and my body adapting to it's new position. The other piece of good news is that in time, the consultant thinks I can reverse the scoliosis that was caused by the damaged discs. 

Thanks so much for your kind wishes and keeping me in your prayers...

Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~
 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

April CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

Hello...


I have a card to share for this month's challenge at CAS Watercolour Cards

 
It had me stumped at first, then I remembered all those digitals I have and printed this one onto ordinary CS and loosley painted it with distress inks
 
 
My blog friend Leslie (Running With Scissors) can paint tiny details with such precision that leaves me in awe... Not me, that's why I say loosley Lol! But I enjoy the challenge
 
 
And I think this little guy is a cutie anyway
 
 Wishing you a beautful day

~ Ros ~
 

Monday, April 02, 2018

Happy April

Hello and welcome to April

Can't say that it's started very well here... Cold and wet is the order of the day with snow forecast, but at least the blossom is appearing and buds are everywhere...

Did you have a good Easter? I have just a couple more Easter cards to share using up some bits and pieces


I used one of those 'tear open' dies to reveal my sentiment on this one


 And the second one



Pat is finally home after a month in London and she will be popping around today so maybe we will get some crafting done - I suspect we will be too busy catching up Lol!

Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter cards

Hello...

I have a couple of Easter cards to share today... It's a sunny and bright Good Friday here and though I'm not overly religious, I have my beliefs, but Good Friday always pulls at my heart strings more than any other time... The cruelness against another individual who did no wrong always haunts me.

Anyway, on to my cards... 
The first one is just inking through a stencil and a simple embossed dafodil


I adore daffodils and have them  both in the garden and in the house and everywhere we go at this time of year they are in abundance


And the second one is a little more ornate...


Again I have used up some odd bits of previously created BGs to stamp and cut my flowers


See that little lamb?Well actually it's a deer from a memory box die but it looks like a lamb right?


We're just having a quiet Easter, we've had so many hospital appointments lately it's a good job we are retired or we couldn't fit them in Lol!
I am having another scan next week on my spine, that should tell me why I'm struggling a bit but it seems I also have mild scoliosis which I was not aware of... Heck, no wonder I seem to be getting shorter... 

Before I go I just want to thank the team over at CAS Watercolour for a shout out... I can't believe that the painting I almost ditched actually got me an outstanding design award, I'm thrilled!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter and life is good to you

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, March 26, 2018

The same but different....

Good morning...
It's a beautiful sunny day here, cool, but who cares as long as the sun shines


Yesterday I spent a few hours in my craft room using up some bits and pieces... Here are 2 cards I made... The same but with different backgrounds

This one uses a piece I had when playing with the faux enamel embossing technique


I love the texure it gives and I love these colours


This next one uses a scrap of ink blended BG that I wasn't keen on but works it with this die


The dies are by Memory Box


And the word stamps are a new addition to my stash... They're by Crafters Companion (Signature Collection) and were in the sale


I even pulled out the liquid pearls, I'm quite surprised that they still work as I've had them for years
I also made a few Easter cards which I'll share in a few days. 

I've spent weeks doing the projects for the Thursday Club and the last date on my chart before the 2 week break was for this Thursday so I prepared all the Easter gifts and cards for them- Took me days! To be honest, I'm still having a lot of pain following the operation, strangely enough in the opposite side to the one that gave me so much grief, so I was pushing myself to get things done ... Well, you can imagine how I felt when I was then told that the dates had changed and there is no club this week or the following week...Argh!
Anyway I am hoping to see my consultant sooner then planned to see what is going on, I'm dreading him saying that I have to have more surgery.... Fingers crossed.

Wishing you all a wonderful day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Just a card

Hello there...

It's a sunny day here in Liverpool, still cold but it's good to see the sun shining and hints of blossom are appearing on the trees - Maybe Spring hasn't quite forsaken us yet

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my friend Norma's birthday over a week ago


The beautiful stamps are by Uniko - I won them sometime ago and I used one of my favourite ink combinations Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint

 
Norma is one of the 3 lovely ladies that I meet up with for lunch about once a month - Thing is we haven't seen each other now for almost 6 months due to various circumstances and in that time Ella lost her beautiful puppy, I lost my Aunt and had my sugery, then Joyce lost her husband. We have much to catch up on and hopefully we will soon.


You know it's a known fact that men need to see their friends regularly to maintain their friendships whereas we ladies can go months and just pick up where we left off... I know that to be true as my hubby sees his friends at least twice a week and they are always on the phone to each other... Makes me laugh!

Wishing you all a lovely day ... Stay safe

~ Ros ~

 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Watercolour Garden

Hello and good morning

It's cold today with flurries of snow and hailstones. I have to venture out to do a little grocery shopping and to get a little exercise but I'm squeezing in an entry for the challenge over at 



A long while ago I tried my hand at painting little flowers freehand, I wasn't that impressed with my efforts so I put the piece to one side... Then I saw this challenge and thought, well, maybe it's not so bad and made it into a card


I love to join in this challenge when I can... It pushes me to try things I perhaps wouldn't have and share pieces I perhaps wouldn't have either


 ....I have a box full of trinkets and these little gardening gloves seemed to be the perfect addition  - How I wish my garden were as colourful right now


As always I'm wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for popping in

Till soon

~ Ros ~
 
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

With Sympathy

Hi there...

Just popping in with another sympathy card I needed to make


It's never an easy task is it, so once again I kind of stuck to ink blending and embossing


The pretty bird and branch was part of a set sent to me by my lovely blog friend Rebecca and I used my mix of silver and gold embossing powder


The scene looks a little wintery, well it is getting colder here once again with a possibilty of snow on the way, but I tend to think it represents the feeling of losing someone dear...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and kind wishes I really appreciate them

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Monday, March 12, 2018

This and That

Hello...

It's been a while since I posted and days spent making projects for my group leaves me lacking in inspiration for my own cards... I have quite a few birthdays to cover this month and sadly a few sympathy cards to make too...

I saw a super card made by the talented Tasnim Ahmed Here
As my husband's grandson will be 3 years old in a few days, I thought it would be a great card to Case... Here's my version for a 3 year old


It was easy enough to cut the number on my Cameo and the little diamonds are off cuts from earlier projects


I got the little cars and the flag from the internet


I'm sorry that I haven't been able to get to visit you all lately, there's been so much going on and a lot to deal with this year... As you may remember my husband has family in Cornwall and in January his cousin Joyce died.... On my birthday as it happens. Shortly afterwards her youngest son had a stroke but thankfully he is now doing well. Of course due to our own health issues we haven't been able to travel so it came as another blow to learn that Joyce's eldest son is in now hospital with an extremely rare and painful cancer. The oncologists are struggling as are the family and I've spent many hours on the phone with them. Your prayers for Andy would be very welcome...
As if this were not enough, my friend lost her lovely husband last week too... He was such a gentleman in every sense of the word and will be missed.

So I am now going to grab a coffee and then make my way through my blog list...

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Unicorns and Magic

Good morning!
Well it's warmed up a little here, the ice and snow have disappeared and the cats have been out and about.

 I've been working on projects for my sweet group and I thought I'd just share the Mother's Day gift that they will be assembling this week





I hand cut 24 boxes with front and backs... The little unicorn face was done on my computer... Firstly, I shaded in for some cheeks and found a picture of eyelashes on the web... Using photoshop I was able to take out the background of the eyelashes and place them over the cheeks. It worked really well and I just then printed them all out.
The ears, horn and leaves were all cut  on my Cameo. Inside the box are some pretty foiled chocolate hearts.

They will aslo be making a little card to go with this, really simple for them to make


Now I just have to come up with something for next week...

I'm back at physio later today, it's going to take a long while before I'm fully fit. My body has to realign now my spine has been screwed into place and the internal healing will take months so I am still experiencing a fair it of discomfort from time to time... Still I'm so grateful to the skill of the surgeon for all he has done... In case you are wondering... Below is how my spine now looks... With a new 'disc' made from my own bone, scews and a cage too. Magic!

Have a wonderful day

~ Ros ~


 
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