Saturday, December 14, 2019

Been Awhile...

Hello there...

It's been awhile but I'm still here. Whilst I enjoy making cards, writing them and posting them takes forever. I've put up the decorations, treated myself to some new curtains and cushions, sorted most of the Christmas gifts and all the December birthdays. 
It's kept me very busy but honestly? I'm missing my friend so much - Just spending a couple of hours  chatting and letting all the stress subside over a cup of tea and a hug.

Needless to say I forgot to photograph some of the cards I did recently so I can't share them but I do have a few more AI Christmas cards I didn't post

Thank you for your comments and kind messages on my last post... Our Cornish cousin in law passed away peacefully a few days ago. 

I'm hoping that your weekend is a good one 

Take care

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Painted Cards

Hello there... 
Welcome to December, it's really making itself known here, still, it maybe freezing but it's bright.

I'm giving you a break from my AI cards and instead I'm sharing some painted cards. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas unless I painted some wintery scenes and these are a mix of watercolour, acrylics, distress inks and some ink blending.

The trees are old stamps but it's the first time I've used the steps and stones stamp by Lavinia. The background was ink blended, trees stamped in Versafine and the steps and stones have been painted

Using the same stamp I also did this one
Everything has been painted and splattered with white acrylic paint
And my final one is just a wintery scene with some old tree stamps...
...Again all painted and there are also some gold splatters but it's hard to photograph
That's it for now

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~


Friday, November 29, 2019

Merry & Bright

Good morning... How are you?
I hope all my friends across the pond enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving - I know The weather in some states was problematic and hopefully you are all safe.
For the first time in a long time we have a bright day... Frosty and cold, but bright!

It's been another week of ups and downs in the Crawford household but first I have 2 more AI cards to share with you

Here's where I lifted the ink for the previous cards

I haven't done any crafting at all this week... There's been other things to attend to

So it's a good thing that these cards make up quickly 

I love that mix of blue there and it seems lots of you still use Stickles and here was me thinking that all the new type drops on the market had outdated them.

So, you may remember that we took a trip to Cornwall earlier this year to visit our 3 cousins, one of which had been very ill with a rare form of cancer.  I'm very happy to say that having found an incredible surgeon who was prepared to take a chance and operate, Andy is now doing well and looking forward to a future. However, cousin Joy who I call my Cornish sister, has had devastating news, her husband has just been diagnosed with cancer and is not expected to survive the next few weeks.
 This year has been one heck of a roller coaster ride, probably more downs than ups if I'm being honest and I can but hope that next year will be a little kinder.

I'm wishing you all a wonderful day and many blessings

~ Ros ~


Monday, November 25, 2019

Alcohol Ink & Lifting

It's another dull and dreary day here, but as promised I have some cards to share.
I covered one piece of 5x7 Yupo with alcohol inks (which made 7 cards) and  used a holly stamp to apply the lift which I then stamped onto white card. Today's cards are the ones I did with off cuts and the lifted ink

Card 1
I added a die cut sentiment and some stickles... Yep, I still have some of those and they still work!

Card 2

Card 3 used a scrap of AI from a previous card hence the different colour

You can tell I love using the AI's and nothing is wasted...  You will probably get sick of seeing them on my blog Lol! The thing is when it comes to Christmas cards I want something that makes up quite quickly and something I really enjoy doing. Sometimes the lift doesn't always transfer too well and those little scraps of yupo or a die cut sentiment cover any missing parts. 

I'll share the others next time

 Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Watercolour Christmas Cards

Hello there...
 The will to make cards has been sorely lacking lately and I really need to add to my meagre Christmas card collection...sigh
A while back I got 3 new stamps by Studio Light, I just liked the look of them but when it came to using them I drew a blank. So I stamped and white embossed 4 cards and then using only one shade of blue paint I ended up with these artsy cards

I added some embellishments and a bit of sparkle that were all left over from last year

The little hearts you can see on the card above are the pieces that came out of the SS snowflake

As always I use ordinary card to paint on... I prefer it to watercolour card simply because it's brighter. 
Some of you have asked which cardstock I use - I always buy it from the same place at Ebay UK. It's a lovely card weight (300gsm) so it allows me to watercolour quite well. I get the smooth white A4 and at £8.99 for 100 sheets it's good value. It's always perfectly packaged and arrives the next day. If you are interested here's a Link.
Making these did help get my mojo back and I made 9 non watercolour cards yesterday which I'll share in the coming week - Till then have a beautiful weekend

~ Ros ~

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Another Birthday

Hello there... I hope you are well.

It's very chilly here and the leaves are falling like snow. My Ginger cat with all his blubber and a lush coat doesn't stay out for more than a few minutes and Missy hasn't ventured out in days. My neighbours are away on a short break so I'm caring for their kitty too -  Normally a wanderer, even he hasn't venture outside. But thankfully we have not had any severe floods or snow in my part of the UK so I'm grateful for that.

I have a little card to share that I made for my husband's DIL who has a birthday in a few days. It's an AI background, splattered with gold paint and stamped embossed images by Lavinia Stamps

It's hard to photograph the gold flecks, well, it's hard to photograph anything really as it's so dull here, but it does look kind of magical...Admittedly I could have used that stamp a few ways but I wanted something quick...

And inspiration isn't on my side right now. 

On another note,  I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have sent me gorgeous handmade cards and caring thoughts following the loss of my bestie... It means a lot and I'm so appreciative of your friendships and your kindness

I'm wishing you a wonderful day

~ Ros ~
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