Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Papercraft Star "Aqua" Challenge

I'm back with you this morning to share my card for this weeks' challenge at Papercraft Star
How lovely is this inspiration photo?

You can pick anything you like as your inspiration ... just as long as your main colour is Aqua

Our Star Designer this week is none other than the lovely Jinny Newlin... She did an amazing job using the lovely digitals from our regular sponsor The House Across the Bay 

I took the opportunity to make a card for some friends who celebrate their anniversary this week

I used a mix of aqua papers ... Elin's Huis, Grace Taylor and Melissa Frances ... and matched up my sewing  thread too

I fussy cut the flowers from some of the Grace Taylor aqua paper and the little sparkly squiggles are just stickers from Poundland ... Man are they fiddly to use .. I bought them for my Thursday club group - they love sparkles but they were just too difficult for them ... they just kept curling up when you tried to stick them lol!
My Stamp is fromWaltzingMouse ... rose and rhinestones from Hobby Craft ... 
Hop on over to the Papercraft Star blog to see the wonderful creations from our lovely Design team ... Hope you will come and join us this week

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ticket To Ride

Hi there!

It's Tuesday again and that means another challenge at City Crafter where I am hosting this week ...
My challenge to you is Ticket To Ride ... 
Create a card or project with a mode of transport on it and at least one ticket 

This is our 3rd week with Digital Paper Shop as our sponsor and again I am using some lovely vintage tickets from Janet ...

I am thrilled to tell you that we have Sylvia Nelson as our Guest designer too!

I made this card to send to my Aunt ... it would have been my uncle's birthday on the 27th and we do miss him ...

My Aunt had an adult bicycle like this ... and she and my Uncle adored each other ... so this image is just perfect ... again I altered the size on one of the beautiful tickets by Janet
The background paper is digital by Vinnie Pearce ( Art Corners) and the bicycle is also digital from Marks papers (Birds blooms and bikes) ... and the dottie paper is from Melissa Frances ... Attic Treasures ...

The ticket on the tag is also by Janet at The Digital paper Shop and the stamp is Waltzingmouse

Be sure to visit the blog and be inspired by the rest of the team's projects

Thanks for visiting me today ... 
Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Kirsty!!!

Yes today my sweet and lovely friend Kirsty is celebrating her birthday ... 
I sent her card and gift a while ago and I know she already has them ... 
This is her card

"Kirsty I hope you have a wonderful day ... you deserve the best!"

We are also celebrating over at City Crafter where you can leave a birthday wish for Kirsty too 
See you tomorrow for another new challenge ...

~ Ros ~

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gift Card

Hi there
I hope you are enjoying your weekend ...

The current challenge at Jingles Belles is all about gift cards ... or rather gift card holders ... 
It's seems really strange to be making Christmas cards whilst we are having such wonderful weather at the moment ... but Christmas will be upon us before we know it so I am trying to get as many cards done whilst I can ...

I made a little pocket to mimic a gift bag stuffed with tissue paper and attached it to my card

and I'm using the Smirk papers (still) ... 

With a stamp from WaltzingMouse ... It's perfect for this don't you think?

This is a great challenge as there is always someone we give a gift card to ... This card is quite girlie ... Maybe I'll make a couple of masculine ones too ...
 I just adore the cards Steph, Lauren and Guest Designer Gina have created ... plenty of ideas if you're stuck ...

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunny days and Stars

Hello ... How are you?
We are experiencing really lovely weather here in the UK and I've spent a lovely day with my SIL ... shopping and lunching ...

To be honest it's a bit hot for me ... I've never been a sun worshipper ... and I find it difficult to sleep when it's hot ... but thankfully I was blessed with olive skin so even just a short exposure gives me a healthy glow.
It's funny ... I spent years of torment and bullying at school for having olive skin .... so back then I didn't realise I was blessed ... but now, thank goodness, we live in a multi racial, multi cultural society and I am no longer the butt of jibes ... And ... I get to tan easily!

I have a card to share which I made for a male friend ... using the lovely SB star die from This set by Nina Brackett... nothing too fancy being as it is for a man ...

The background paper is by Eline's Huis and the Birthday paper is a Hero Arts digital stamp from Two peas .... which I altered the colour of in Photoshop to co-ordinate with my choice of paper

The paper I used for the scalloped border (PTI die) and the stars is also a digital "One Year Older" by Karen Funk from Digital House Designs - printed on to heavy weight paper ... that way the embossing on the stars show up more ... Oh and my card stock was just a plain white card but again I used a digital to get a kraft colour ... from Pink Petticoat Organics ... I love this collection and at £1.25 It's a steal!

Right, I'm hoping to eat out in the garden this evening ... I fancy a nice fresh salmon salad with a glass of red wine ... so I'd better get going...
Have a wonderful weekend ... Thanks so much for stopping by

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I'm back to share my project for this weeks challenge at Papercraft Star where the theme is Birthday!

We are asked to create a card or gift bag for a birthday and our lovely Featured Star Designer this week,  using a digital image from our sponsor The House Across The Bay  is Sylvia ... 

My sweet great niece Sophia is coming up for 3 in June ... my how the time flies ... so this was an opportunity for me to make her card and a little gift bag too ... which no doubt will have something sweet in it ... She just loves animals and often goes with her Nana to the zoo ... she also loves my cat!

The little bag template is from Here and the papers are Prima Annalee from Pixie Dust Paperie

That cute little cat is a 3D sticker from a sheet I bought at Poundland  

The hearts were cut on my Sizzix ... stamp is from PaperMania and all the trimmings are from my supplies
My lovely colleagues at Papercraft Star have some dazzling projects for you to be inspired with ... so I hope you will pay them a visit and come and join us this week ... 

Well summer has finally put in an appearance here in the UK ... Time for me to grab a coffee and catch a little sun I think ...

Have a beautiful day wherever you are

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Rose Is a Rose

Good morning sweet friends
Today at City Crafter Cheryl is our hostess and she has asked that we create a project with a rose (or roses) on our project and this is the lovely inspiration photo for you

Our sponsor this again this week is the Digital Paper Shop 

And again we are using images supplied by Janet ... and you too can win one or two of her lovely images ...
Our talented Guest Designer is Mloda Kobieta ... who makes exquisite projects and cards

Right ... on to my project 
I chose to use the lovely vintage tickets for this project 

One of the best things about digital images is that you can alter the size to suit your needs and I enlarged this ticket for the front of my project which of course has pretty roses on it ... can you guess what this is? No ... not a notebook ...

It's a candle 'card' with a little pocket that holds that tag
and as you can see I used a smaller version of the ticket for the pocket and the tag...
And so you can see how it looks once the candle is removed ...

Of course I could have used an acetate front and put some chocolates in ... but I went with the candle ... I didn't have a template .. I just kinda made it up as I went

Pink paper and script paper are by Grace Taylor ... and I used a little piece of scrap text paper too

Please take a minute to check out all the DT samples and hopefully you too will be inspired to join us this week at City Crafter ...

Have a beautiful day and thank you for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friends and Birthdays

Hi there!
I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend ... I have no idea where this week went to and how it's suddenly friday again...

Yesterday my lovely blog buddy Keren came round ... bearing gifts and her usual pretty smile ... And we had a fun few hours together chatting and laughing ...
Those these photos don't really do it justice ... this is a lovely Handmade tote bag she gave me ...

Beautiful fabric in such lush colours

and it's reversible ...

Thank you so much Keren ... I love it!

If you haven't visited my uber talented friend ... you really should ... she has such a unique style and is regularly featured in both Crafts Beautiful and Simply Cards & Papercrafts magazines ...

At the end of this month I have a few friends and family who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries ... I am trying to get my cards done ready to post and this is one I did for one of my brothers ... he doesn't read my blog so it will be ok to show you ... he is very much into photography hence the theme of this card

This proved quite a difficult card to photograph for some reason ... the mirri card used on the camera and the acetate used on the film strip don't help

The camera, film strip and the saying was cut on the Cameo and I found a photo which I printed several times to slide under the strip ... papers are a mix of Basic grey (striped) and Docrafts Wellington range .... the little book sticker is also from the Wellington range 

Have you plans for the weekend? I'm off to Lincoln to see my Aunt ... she not been too well so I'm looking forward to catching up and making sure all is well ... 
Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing ... 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge

Hello ...

Today is the start of another challenge at Papercraft Star ... where the winner can choose two pages of digital downloads from The House Across The Bay and the runner up also gets to choose one page ... Each week one of our DT uses an image from THATB ... hop over to the blog to find out who our featured designer is this week ...

This weeks challenge is Checks ... Include either Gingham or Checks in your project ... here's the inspirational photo for you

Isn't that cosy?
Here's my take on the challenge

I didn't really have a plan when I made this ... but then I rarely do ... I just play about with things

The image I've had for a number of years ... stored in the digital files on my computer ... It's a watercolour by Gail Flores and I kinda liked it with the gingham

I bet you all have some gingham or checks lurking in your supplies so why not pull them out and join us this week?
If you're looking for more inspiration ... "check" out the rest of the projects from our DT.

Thanks so much for stopping by ... look forward to seeing your creations
Have a beautiful day!

~ Ros ~

Supplies Used
Digital image by Gail Flores "Jardin Des Fleurs"
DCWV Mat Stack Paper
Wooden house from Craft Superstore
Doily & Ribbon from my  supplies
Tag by MF

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

City Crafter #109

Good morning!

It's time for another challenge at City Crafter and this week we have the lovely Linda hosting for us with a fabulous sketch challenge ...
This week and for the next 3 weeks ... our generous sponsor is Digital Paper Shop

 The winner of this challenge  and the winners of the next 3 challenges will  receive ONE collage from Janet's shop ... I'm sure you have seen her beautiful images used all over blog land ...
Our DT will be using images from Janet's store too for this week and the next 3 weeks

Here is the sketch for you

And this is my take on it using an image from "Ballerina" 

Such a sweet image

Our GD this week is Shahrul ... hop on over to City Crafter to see all the lovely projects this week... maybe you will be inspired to join us

Keep safe ... Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Here in the UK we have already celebrated our Mother's Day ... but for those of you who celebrate today ... even if you are a Mom to fur babies .. Have a wonderful day ... 
Celebrate the woman you are ...

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 11, 2012

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday ~ FTTC168

I've made a few changes lately ... Sometimes Life calls for that 
I love creating, making projects for my Thursday club to assemble ... last week I made 20 exploding boxes with embellishments ... ready for them to put together ... how sweet they looked carrying them home ... and being on Design Teams is a dream come true ... 
But with everything else in life ... I was very much lacking in time ... Time to create "just because" ... and little time to enter challenges and support the wonderful blogs who take the trouble to set these challenges.

Having now enlisted help at Thursday club ... Hopefully I will now only have to come up with a project every 4 weeks ... and after 6 years I have stepped back from philosophy class too ... 
So with my DT projects up to date ... I was able to just create with no pressure

I'd had this little heart box for ages ... and there she sat ... naked ... just waiting to be adorned ... 
At Flourishes Timeless Tuesday ... Silke (who makes the most beautiful cards) has set a challenge to use Pink ... 
So pink it is

Papers from Melissa Frances ...

... Rose from Hobbycraft ... trinkets from my box of old and odd bit of jewellery ... Yep, that key and the heart came from earrings ...

Tiny little beads ... I hand stitched onto the lace which I overlaid on satin ribbon

Now she looks much better and I feel better too

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Pixie Dust Paperie Challenge

Hello everyone ... 
Can I just say a big Thank You! to all you sweet blog friends for leaving such lovely comments and well wishes ... I really do appreciate it ...

Today I have a project to share for the Pixie Dust Paperie May Challenge 
Kirsty has titled this months challenge 
"Happy Mother's Day"
This is the beautiful inspirational picture for you

I lost my Mum 10 years ago ... I miss her so much ... she grew up in London and to me she was a beauty with style
I created this layout using 2 photos taken when she was about 19 ... war time too!

How I love the forties fashion

I added a few little touches of London which is where these photos were taken 

Pale blue was her favourite colour ...

I would love it if you would hop over to the Pixie blog and take a look at the lovely projects from the rest of the DT ... there are more to come too ... and you have till the end of May to submit your challenge entries ... I'd love to see what you create ...
 Don't forget to pick up a bargain in the Pixie shop too ... Kirsty has a lot of Special Offers on at the moment so please don't miss out ...

Thank you so much for visiting

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Papercraft Star

I am soooo thrilled to be able to tell you that I am on the DT for Papercraft Star!

When I got back from my holiday I received an email from Jan asking if I would like to join the team .. Would I? Wow! I am honoured to be asked to join this group of lovely talented ladies and today I am sharing my very first project for this week's challenge which is to use a stamp ... 
This is the inspiration photo for you

Isn't that pretty? 

I decided to stamp my own background for a beautiful Image from The House Across The Bay ... 

I inked up a stamp from Docrafts - V&A Wildflowers using Memento Desert Sand ... the image from THATB is one of the Victorian Chlidren #228 ... I just love her

I also used a little daisy stamp from Dear Lizzy & American Crafts ... a gift from my friend Cheryl and stamped this with black ink by Impress

The leaves are cut on the Silhouette and the rose is from Hobbycraft ...
Black paper from my supplies and BG paper is Melissa Frances Attic Treasures

A big Thank you to Jan for this opportunity ... and I hope you'll get out your stamps and come join us this week at

Have a lovely day!

~ Ros ~