Friday, December 07, 2018

New Moon

 Today I just wanted to share a little tip with you but
before you say "I've already seen that card"...Well you have, or rather a similar one.
Some of you were interested as to how I did the moon on my cards and I did explain that in the post Here.
 But I thought you'd like to see another version, done slightly differently

For this effect, after inking the blue BG I then 'stamped' very lightly with the ink blending tool in Fossilized Amber DI where I wanted the moon to be...
Then I took a clean damp sponge and swirled over it like I did in the original post.

Two different moons but both equally effective don't you think?

 Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge

Hello from a very dull and wet Liverpool.. 

What's a girl to do but stay warm and make a card for the final challenge of this year at

I've had such fun with this challenge so my card is dedicated to you all lovely ladies on the team for your encouragement and inspiration

I did some stamping, masking and embossing for the scene

 Then I used Distress Inks to paint the sky, images etc.,
For the sign I used stamps from 2 different sets and painted that too then finished it all off with a white correction pen for snow on the trees, the sign and around the base of the little cabins.

On another note, I went for my check up following the spine surgery I had earlier this year and all was well ... However, the arthritis is causing problems in lots of other places in particular my neck, feet and hands. Oh I love this ageing process Lol! So I am being scheduled for injections in my neck... 8 of them I'm told. The consultant did warn me that they would be painful, so I'm still not sure if I'll go through with it but it's either that or constant pain...

Till then I'll keep on creating

Have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Monday, December 03, 2018

Wintery Sympathy Card

Hello there...
Did you have a good weekend? 
We did a little shopping but nothing exciting - Everywhere is so busy at this time of year and there are lots of sales on too.

My husband still keeps in touch with his school friends though many are now in other parts of the country and unfortunately we got the news that one of them suddenly lost his wife a few days ago. It really upset my husband... I'd never met her but Ian remembers going to her 21st birthday party all those years ago. I made a wintery card for him to send

Ink blending, painting and stamping but a little different this time, using a circle die for a stencil

I know I said I was finished with Christmas cards but maybe I'll make a few more with a stencil.. I like how this turned out.
I mailed my first Christmas gift today... I've a ton of cards to write and more gifts to send... That's the part I don't like.. Sitting here making cards and crocheting gifts is the enjoyable bit. Lol!
Till soon
~ Ros ~

Friday, November 30, 2018

A Couple of Cards

Hello there...
I've been missing for awhile I know... Just busy with other things as I'm sure many of you are this time of year.
I have a couple of cards to share that I made, this time using DP and digital papers... 
One is a Christmas card
I rarely use DP but I really like this one... It's from a pad I got at AliExpress and it needs very little else to transform it - a few sequins, a scrap piece of a glittered wreath and an embossed sentiment
This next one is probably the last of those gnomes, though I can't promise you that... It's a birthday card for my nephew who celebrates his birthday quite close to Christmas
I used digital papers from The Lovely Studio and ran the white CS through first to get a silver grey checked base card and then printed the star design onto another piece of white CS and stamped on it. 
It kind of looks blue here but it is grey... The lighting is not good to take photos given the weather
I think I'm all done with Christmas cards now and need to get my head into birthday card mode... I mean even this looks Christmassy doesn't it? Not that he'll mind - And I really need to start getting things ready for Christmas mailing...
I promise to catch up with you all soon... And many thanks to the team at CAS Mix Up for the mention this month
Have yourselves a great day
~ Ros ~

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

More Gnomes


Thought I'd pop in and share a couple more gnome cards with you...

I have so much fun relaxing and colouring these.. Ink blending, stamping, painting and splattering - Just a shame I can't pick up the sparkle

If you are wondering about the moon in the background... I do this after ink blending using a clean sponge on the ink blender tool, spray it with water lightly and swirl it on the background. It picks up the ink but doesn't give it that stark white effect. I guess it's down to preference.

 And the second one...

It's so cold here right now and I won't be surprised if we see some snow soon too

I'm off to Ikea with hubby now... I can't say I like going there but it's cosy in the car that's for sure!

Have a great day

~ Ros ~ 

Edit... For everyone that asked about the stamp and dies used here... They're from AliExpress. There was a free set with a craft magazine sometime ago and also Apple Blossom crafts do a similar set... Hope this helps.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gnome Season

Well, not really ... Just that I've made a few gnome cards today.
Actually I think it's arthritis season, my wrists and feet are really hurting. I guess it's the cold weather...Funny things happen this time of year... Take this morning for example... At 8am the phone rang... I thought it was my husband's friend (didn't have my glasses on you see) and I was cursing him as we were still in bed... Well we are retired. Anyway I didn't get it but now I had to get up, feed the cats and birds and then shower. At around 9am the same number rang again... I didn't get to it in time so passed the phone to my husband to call his friend. Turns out is was my son's mobile number that called but he asleep and his phone was switched off! WTH???

Anyway... Here's one of my gnome cards for you

 This little guy was coloured with Copics and though you can't see it, he has a sparkly beard too - those little lines are a sparkly gelly pen

He looks like he hiding under a fir tree but actually those fir branches are upside down tree stamps did you notice? I thought they worked well.

 I did a little ink blending to give the illusion of a slope and then I wet a paint brush and painted around the base of my gnome, added some liquid pearls and some splattering of diluted white acrylic paint to finish.

I'll share the others later in the week... 

Wishing you a lovely day

~ Ros ~
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