Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Home Card

Hello...I hope your week is going well... 

It's much cooler here and I could live with this weather all year long. I don't remember a summer like this since 1976... Yep, I'm that old and I can remember going to London to visit a friend (I did it regularly in those days) and the heat in the city was unbelievable but somehow it never bothered me that much when I was young. I was too interested in shopping in Oxford Street Lol!

I had to make a New Home card this week... My husband's middle son has just moved house and I don't have those type of cards on hand so I used an odd scrap of a painted BG and some die cuts to put this together


A little copic colouring on the house and a gold embossed heart


The sentiment is another one of those old rubons I found in my stash

I had an unexpected but delightful visit this week ... My brother came over and brought Ross my great nephew with him. My how he is grown, quite the young man now and doing so well.  He used to be in a special school as he has meobius syndrome but they couldn't cater for his intelligence... Now he's intergrated into a public school, doing great and hoping that he will be able to go to Uni after all. 

Well that's it for now 

Wishing you all a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, July 15, 2018

With Love

The glorious summer continues...
Though it's a little better here today with a breeze. Yesterday it was stifling hot and it just zaps my energy.
So today I have a cooling card to share... I'm entering this one at 
Just Us Girls where it's trend week 


Another watercolour background


For texture I dry embossed the BG using the coral die. The mermaid was also watercoloured and splattered with gold and then covered in Mod Podge dimensional - You can see that better here


Sometimes I like to cut up my die cuts and I've done that with the mermaid and the criss cross  


I'd love to be splashing around with that mermaid ... The good thing about this summer is that we have been able to eat dinner every evening outdoors... It's been many years since we were able to do that and enjoy the garden.

I hope you enjoy your day whatever you are doing 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, July 13, 2018

Just Because

Hello there...
We had rain last night... I never thought I'd be so happy to see rain but you can't top the scent of summer rain... It's glorious. 
We really needed it, the tree covered land that surrounds the rear of our house is so dry and with the upcoming school holidays I have been concerned that some idiot would think it fun to start a fire. The consequence would be awful... Here's hoping it doesn't happen.
Today I have another card mostly made from BG pieces I've painted and stashed over the months - They don't always look that inspiring until I die cut shapes from them and then I'm glad I kept them


I used 2 dies... Avery Elle's Coral dies which I never tire of and a PTI (waves) cover plate
The cover plate is quite large so I cut part of it off and inlaid some of the pieces back 


I used a combination of Vibez sprays and watercolour on the BG piece together with some gold splatters and I had enough to cut out one of the corals too. The purple coloured one is all watercolour.

The sun has come out and Ginger cat is making the most of it...


Wishing you all a lovely day 

~ Ros ~
 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Birthday and a Thank You

Hello!

I'm just popping in with a couple of cards... First a birthday card for male friend who will be 81 in a few days

I used the 2 inks that were out on my desk, Cracked Pistachio and  Faded Jeans to make the BG


Along with some glitter foam and a couple of stamps


These cards are so quick and easy to make and lets face it, cards for men are never easy to come up with - I think they're just pleased that you remembered and took the trouble.

I also made a quick card from some of my bits to send to my husbands brother and SIL... They gave us a voucher for afternoon tea at a local place...


I can't say that either of us enjoyed it and it was very overpriced but the thought was lovely. 


I'll be enclosing this of photo of hubby in their card... 


I'm so happy that the temperatures have dropped a little here. It's lovely and sunny but not so oppressive and there is a breeze.

Well, Pat will be coming for lunch and to play in the craftroom for the rest of the afternoon so I'll love you and leave you

Have a great day!

~ Ros ~

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses

Hello!
I didn't think I'd be posting again so soon but whilst the World Cup was on TV and England were rising to glory I had time to play.

My lovely friend Pat gave me some new word dies... One was "Beach"
which I used on my previous card and today I'm sharing a creation using another
"Salty Toes and Sandy Kisses" 

This one I'm entering at Double D Challenges


You all know I love anything nautical and right now I'm dreaming of being at the beach with palm trees swaying and the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore.... STOP!!!

Ok... I'm back on planet earth... And here's my card


Admittedly I couldn't easily post this even though those shells are tiny and anyway, I will be keeping it, probably to frame but I'm sure I'll make a few more for friends


The BG is done with my latest favourite inks... Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans and when I was splattering it with water I had a happy accident... I spilt the water (see, on the bottom) and I love the effect I got


The wreath was made using circle dies (I cut 3 lots to make it thicker) and then I set to work with a glue gun, some tulle, pieces of string, lots of tiny shells and some pearls.
The rope is a little too thick but it's all I had and the little boat I found amongst my stash.
I die cut the words a few times and glued them together to finish off.
It's been on my 'to make list' to do a large heart shaped wreath like this to hang on my wall... one day I'll get around to it...
Well that's it for now
Have a great day
~ Ros ~

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Octopus

Yoo Hoo!
How are you all?

It's been an interesting week here with two stabbings in the area and one young man died..One stabbing was in the afternoon at our local stores just as my son was arriving to get some groceries!
 Our neighbours have split up and he moved out leaving all kinds of rubbish on the driveway, but not before he collared my husband to give him all the details about the split -Poor hubby didn't know what to say...
Then there were hospital visits - Hubby for his eyes which are deteriorating and he may have to have more surgery. Me for my 6 month spine check - All is well as long as I don't sit for too long which is difficult when it's too hot to venture out... So yesterday hubby went to golf and I kept my head down and made a few cards. 

Today's card is for the July challenge at 



Another new technique for me and a fun card...


I used 2 distress inks mixed with water for the splash effect and that little octopus was in my 'bits box' just waiting for the right moment or should I say background


How I wish I were at the beach now splashing about... I tell you we are just not used to this weather.
The trees are all shedding their leaves because the ground is so dry, but Ginger cat is loving it and doesn't even want to come in at night.



I hope you have a beautiful weekend, Thanks so much for your visit

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 02, 2018

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge and Just Us Girls

Hello...
Did you have a good weekend? It was and still is, stinking hot here. I don't fare too well with heat as I've said, mostly because I can't sleep and that makes me good for nothing. Saturday I was near to tears... Anyway I decided to order one of those portable air cooling units that also offers some moist air and it arrived this morning. So far it's doing a good job!

Today I have a card that I'm entering at 


And


 


I used alcohol Ink on parts of my die cuts...  I cut 2 of both the flower and the cup and hearts, one in white cardstock and one with the AI and fit them together... Then stamped and embossed the sentiment...


They were then arranged on a BG that I ink blended through a stencil.. Maybe a little busy for me but the cup kind of looked lost on a white BG.

I also want to take the opportunity to wish my lovely blog friend Darnell a belated Happy Birthday... So sorry I missed the actual day... My brain is fried!

I hope you all have a great day!

Till soon

~ Ros ~






Friday, June 29, 2018

A Tropical Storm

Good morning!
No... we're not having a tropical storm... Though it is positively tropical here and we could do with a storm believe me... Who ever thought that the NW of the UK would be hoping for rain? 

The title really relates to my card today ... I played with some alcohol inks and pulled out a die sent to me by my dear friend Greta. The result made me think of a tropical storm... What do you think?


I layered up that lovely little lighthouse and ran it through my big shot in a brick embossing folder just to give it some texture and used the edging of one of the wavy die frames as a base


The word sentiment is a rubon... Rememeber them? I discovered a lot of them in one of my cupboards.. Honestly I really do need to find the time (and the inclination) to have a clear out


I think the best thing to do is not to go through anything just hand over all those boxes I never open  to Pat.. Otherwise it'll be "well maybe I'll use that..." Lol! And anyway, Pat will have so much fun going through everything.

I had a visit this week from my 2 brothers... One lives not to far away and we see each other regulary but the other one I don't get to see from one year to the next so it was a nice surprise for us all to be together.

I hope you all have a super day and a great weekend and before I go a big Thank You to the team at CAS Watercolour for the HM... Made my day!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

 
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Club Projects and a Tutorial

Hello there...
It's boiling hot here and I'm not a fan... I don't venture out till after the sun has gone down. Mind you I only have to see the sun and I get a tan, so that's fortunate.

So... I've been working on more projects for Thursday Club and thought I'd share them with you 
First up a card


Plenty of bits for them to stick and keep them occupied ... I cut and coloured 100 fish! I even printed a blue water effect on the acetate before cutting it.

For their second project of the evening I did another free standing light up creation to go with the lighthouses that they made - It could also be wall hung if you wanted just by adding some ribbon or string to the back.

 

These are so easy to make but a little time consuming when you have to prepare 25 plus your sample
You can use any graphic you like but for speed I printed a card I made awhile ago to use for the BG. 

In case you want to make one of these here's how I did it

1. Take a piece of A4 card and cut it in half lengthways  - You can make 2 from one piece of A4. For my American friends you can do the same with your size cardstock... It will be slightly wider

2. Using just one of your lengths... score at ¾", 2 ¾, 3½, 5½ See below



3. Crease and fold all the score lines to make the base box and secure your candle in making sure the flame pokes out the top circle and you have access to the switch on the bottom throught the other circle.
4. Adhere the 1st fold to the upright with strong tape and attach your photo/graphic to the upright... Decorate as you wish.
If you make one I'd love to see it so let me know

Ok, that's it for now... I hope to catch up with you all soon

Have a great day

~ Ros ~
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shadow Box Card

Morning everyone...
How's your week going?

I've another shadow box card to share that I made for my old high school friend who will be celebrating her birthday soon... I made a 5x5" card this time and yes that little seagull got in on the act again Lol!
 I figured that her lovely hubby will be taking her off on some wonderful holiday for her birthday so I made my card with a beach theme


I'm getting quite addicted to these type of cards...
The background was printed but the numbers and the shell (inside) are done using the faux enamel technique with gold, silver and white embossing powders 


The trees are coloured with Copics and I stamped some birds on the BG

These cards are not easy to photograph though... That's the only downside.

It's turned cool here and it's very dull but according to the weather reports we are expecting another little heatwave... Well, so they say.

I hope you are enjoying your day, thanks for your visit

~ Ros~

 
 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day

Hello and happy Fathers Day to all you guys out there!

Missy my black and white cat brought my hubby a huge mouse this morning... She's been on mouse watch for a year and finally, FINALLY caught one and she was so proud ... Until I took it off her and let it go... I just can't bear to see anything hurt so he has to be content with the card I made him on behalf of the cats


 I had no idea when I added that mouse that he would get a real live one Lol! And this is the inside


Ginger boy, Missy and Tabby - That is so like Ginger to try and fit in a box that he's just too fat for.

I hope you are enjoying your day... Many thanks to the team at Just Us Girls for picking my previous card as their Chic of the Week ... Wow!

Catch you all soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Just us Girls Challenge

Well hello again... 

This is a 2nd post today as I've made a quick card  for 


It's ages since I played along here and the challenge finishes soon.
I'm pretty new to alcohol inks so I wanted to give it a go - Here's my card


Pat gave me that sentiment die yesterday and I had some left over die cut negative pieces from my previous card so I put them both to use


I only used two Rangers Alcohol Inks - Purple Twilight and Stream then stamped and white embossed the same image from my previous card

Going for a cup of tea now so I'll catch you soon

~ Ros ~

Flowers for a friend

Hello... 
It's very windy here today, well, it started last night and having a cool breeze it gave me the best night's sleep in ages!

Today I have a card to share that I made for a friend's birthday 


I printed the background onto my card using a digital image 


I'm not that good at colouring in images but now and then I like to try - For this I used Copic Ciaos


...And added some liquid pearls
The images are double cut so they have a lot of dimension. 
The stamp and die I bought on the internet and the sentiment is a favourite from WPlus 9

Wishing you a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Seahorse

Hello...
I knew it... Once I got those sea dies out, I would have to make another card

This one is another one for 


And this time it's all watercolour die cuts


My friend Pat gave me some seahorse dies and I paired them with the Avery Elle coral dies


I painted various colours onto watercolour cardstock for this... It didn't look too pretty at the time but it's amazing how the colours come to life when it's cut into something. Being as it was quite thick, the detail on the seahorses shows up really well


The postage stamp is a really old wooden one and I have no idea where I got 

Did you enjoy your weekend? It was a busy one here
We had a lovely day out on Saturday and stopped for lunch in one of our favourite places in Bunbury... The church is right across the road and there was a big wedding taking place - Turned out is was Beth Tweddle the Olympic medallist. We went on to Nantwich and there was another big wedding... My, you should have seen how many Bentleys there were! 
Sunday was a day full of visitors, some expected and some not - The whole weekend just flashed by

Enjoy your day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Making every Piece Count

Hello again...

I didn't expect to be back so soon but I came up with a card for this months challenge at 
So here I am posting

This month's prompt is Ocean 


Oh how I wish I were near one now...

Anyway, my card is made up from those little pieces that I keep, hence the title


A tiny piece done in alcohol ink which I've used for the centre triangle and a piece done Gansai Tambi watercolours for the coral...


Does alcohol ink qualify? Maybe not... Oh well, it's the taking part that counts


I enjoyed myself that's for sure

Have a good day 

~ Ros ~ 
 
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