Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CCCB Solid as a Rock

Hi there!
I hope you had a good weekend ... Are you enjoying the Olympics? 
I'm not really into sport ... I'd rather be crafting ... but I did love the opening ceremony ...
Anyway ...  I hope those of you who are watching enjoy it and I wish everyone the best of luck!

Tuesday means another new challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog and this week our hostess is Kirsty!

Kirsty is asking that we use solid colours only ... NO patterned paper, patterned card or DP of any sort ... Just card stock .. and of course any embellishments that you may want to add
Some of theses themes really challenge me ... but it's a fun way to discover different looks and techniques ... I used one I have used before and that is splashing paint onto plain card stock

I had some paint that was almost a perfect match for the PTI Ocean tides cardstock ... just paint from one of those tester pots ... nothing fancy ... but I do add water and then just flick a brush over the white card ... 

I cut out a space big enough to stamp the sentiment with a SB die and added a little SB frame
... a few embellishments and it's done!

This is Lauren's last week Guesting for us at CCCB and I'm sure you have loved seeing her creations as much as me ... 
For your chance of Guesting with us all you have to do is link up your creation in the next 7days and check back to see our winner ... 

Have fun and I'll be back tomorrow

~ Ros ~

Friday, July 27, 2012

Southern Ireland

Hello ... Are you well?
Fancy a little jaunt to Southern Ireland? Cobh and Cork to be exact ...

Ireland was our last cruise stop - then it was a short hop across the Irish sea back to Liverpool
I have never been to Ireland and the few hours we spent there was certainly not long enough to take in everything that this beautiful Island has to offer ...
Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic before making her fateful voyage ... then it was known as Queenstown 

There is a fabulous museum and heritage centre just on the quayside 
Here is a link should any of you wish to check it out ... 
Around 6 million people emigrated from Ireland between 1848 and 1950 ... the majority settled in the USA and this statue commemorates the first ever emigrants to be processed at the newly opened Ellis Island ... Annie Moore and her two little brothers ...She was just 15 years old.

and right next door is the train station to Cork ...  We opted to spend the few hours we had both in Cork and looking around the heritage centre
By coincidence ... my sweet friend Kirsty sent me this postcard from San Francisco

Beautiful pretty coloured houses ... never did I expect to see a similar thing in Ireland ... but just take a look

Looks more like Italy!

... And never did I expect to see the steep roads like San Francisco ... but I saw this in Cork

Wouldn't like to walk up and down there too often!

Cork is alive with shops and bars ... 

I would like to go back and spend a weekend here just looking around

Of course Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle ... and it is easy to see why ... the land is so green and lush ... this last photo was taken on a moving train and I had to zoom right in to get this ... but it is probably my favourite because it is so ethereal ... and so Ireland!

I hope you enjoyed your trip with me today... 

Till soon be safe

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Papercraft Star and Happy Birthday!!!

Good morning!
(This is my second post today ... if you would like to ... please scroll down to the first post for Stella's Birthday)

Today it's a new challenge at Papercraft Star and this week the prompt is 

Well we've had plenty of rain here in the UK ... But I much prefer the ocean and seaside fun

This week I used digital images from each of these sheets courtesy of our sponsor THATB 

along with a sweet image from my print shop program

I  machine stitched in a matching colour thread to the pretty frame ... added a piece of a crochet doily from my 'bits' box ... some beachy yellow grass from an old bag of pot pourri ... ribbon from my supplies and a K&Co epoxy sticker ... the forever friends sentiment is a rubon ... again from my supplies.

My talented colleagues at Papercraft Star have really created some wonderful samples for you to enjoy ... please hop over and take a look and for your chance to win some digitals from THATB ... just link up your "Water" creations on the blog link

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Happy Birthday To You

 Happy Birthday to my sweet and dear blog "Sister" Stella

I'm sure lots of you know Stella ... and will be popping over to her blog with your well wishes 

Stella you are a very Special lady ... I can hardly wait until we meet up later in the year

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with love and happiness

~ Ros ~

Note ... My post for Papercraft Star follows this post

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bon Voyage ....

So it's my turn again to host a challenge at City Crafter Challenge blog and this challenge is about Holidays ... (or Vacation as my sweet American friends would say)...

Here in the UK the school summer holidays have just begun and my challenge to you this week is to 
Create a Bon Voyage card or project ... 
Simple huh? 

Here is your inspirational photo

Those were the days ... when you could take as much luggage as you wanted on on airplane ... and people got dressed up ... don't get me started ...
We have the lovely Lauren with us again as Guest Designer ... just loving her projects ... and the DT have been hard at work so hop over and take a look

I made an album to store or those cruise photos in ... I know it will take me ages to scrap them ... but hey it's a start

I sandwiched thick corrugated card between 2 pieces of cardstock before covering them so the album is very sturdy

Couldn't resist sticking those photos in

... some beach bits and bobs from my stash with fisherman net and rope from Calico Crafts

... little stickers by Jolie's Boutique

I'm not sure where I got the blue water effect paper ... but the other paper is by Prima and the 'Bon voyage' was cut on my silhouette ...

My team mates and I at CCCB would really love to see what you create ... so come and join us and don't forget to link up

Thanks so much for stopping by ... have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thinking of you ...

Hello ... I hope you are all well ... 
I am just popping in to mention a couple of things ...
First of all ... Thank You to the lovely ladies at CR84FN for picking This set as one of the Terrific Top 3 last week ... I am truly honoured!

Secondly I want to tell you about a fantastic giveaway at Ingvild Bolme's blog Here

Just look at all the gorgeous Prima supplies 

I confess I had never visited Ingvild's blog before ... I followed a link from my blog buddy Tracy

Ingvid is from Norway ... Stavanger in fact ... A place I visited for the first time this year and loved ... Norway had a memorial just this weekend for the terrible loss of life both from a terrorist bomb and from the horrendous massacre of beautiful young people by a deranged gunman ... If you wish to you can follow this on Ingvild's blog

This month here in the UK we remembered the people who were killed and maimed in the London bombings ...  

And just this weekend ... many will be stunned and devastated by the senseless loss of life in Denver  USA  ... 

My thoughts are with you all ... people I have never met but I have shed many tears for ...

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, July 20, 2012

Make it Green ...

...Or Red ... But not both
That's the challenge at Jingle Belles this week ... picked by the lovely June Houck
I had no idea what I was going to come up with ... only that I wanted green
So here we are ...

The sentiment stamp I won a while ago from Suzanne ... and this is the first time I've used it ... the little snowman stamp was in my big box of barely used stamps ... again never used ... 
And my meagre colouring is not marvellous ... 

... But it is green ... with no red 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 19, 2012

La Coruna

It's a cold day here in Liverpool so I'm taking you to La Coruna ... Northern Spain

After leaving Gibraltar we spent a day at sea before arriving at La Coruna

This is a glimpse of the port we sailed into ... La Coruna is known as the city of glass ... The balconies are encased in glass giving protection from the cold winter wind that blows up from the ocean

Never having visited this part of Spain ... we opted for a coach tour known as "Leisurely Coruna"... and discovered that the reason it is called leisurely is because the coach drove so slowly I could have walked quicker Lol!
 The north and south of the city (the south being on the mainland) are connected by a narrow piece of land making it an Isthmus ... though there is little distance between the two ... the north jutting out into the Atlantic has a wet and cooler climate to that of the south ... and due to the Celtic heritage they still have mystical festivals ... kind of like white witches ... too spooky for me!

In the north we were taken to see Hercules Tower

The lighthouse built by the Romans for the port entrance ... only to find that this of course is a replica
Then it was a 'leisurely' drive ... for lunch which was a restaurant high up in the northern part of the city where we were greeted by these guys

The view was spectacular from here ... but not so clear on the day we visited

But I loved that there was a lot of greenery and that these beauties seemed to grow all over the mediterranean

... and there is a funicular that goes right up to this restaurant

in the form of a bubble 

That was the trip in a nutshell ... not to be recommended ... 
so we took a walk around the south of the city

where the building were indeed very ornate with pretty churches tucked away

... and there were some nice designer type shops and bars ... but I was more taken by the balconies and lamps

I can honestly say that I was not enamoured by this city ... they certainly weren't 'tourist' friendly, there was little to see or do as everywhere shuts for siesta from 1-5pm ... unfortunately we had a full day here ... cutting short our trip to Ireland.
BUT it was warmer there than home is right now!

Right I'm off to dust off my dancing shoes ... Tonight Thursday club finishes for the summer and we have a disco ... which is just what I need as my hubby is having dinner with two of his grown up kids and after nearly 13 years of marriage, I am still not welcome ....

Thanks for stopping by
Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge

Hey there!
It's time for another challenge at Papercraft Star and this week it's all about
 Ice Cream

Don't these look delicious? I kinda like the blackberry one at the bottom there ... how about you?

For my card this week I found an image on the internet that I altered in photoshop

I printed it twice so I could cut out the sundae and mount it on top of the first one .. slipping a little red rhinestone in for the cherry ... and of course I glittered it

This card is for one of my girls at Thursday club who celebrates her birthday next week ...

We love it if you could join us at Papercraft Star this week and as always the DT have some great inspiration for you ... Jinny will be showcasing digitals from THATB ... our generous sponsor so why not hop over and take a look ... 

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Good morning!
I'm here to share my project for this weeks challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog...

You've been Hexed!

 Cheryl is our host this week and the challenge she has set is to use a hexagon(s) on our projects ...
These certainly seem to be the new 'thing' on the crafting circuit and they look so pretty ... 
I always think of maths when I think of hexagons ... fortunately I liked maths ... 
Here's what I came up with 

Not too sure if you can make out that the box is a hexagon ... kind of hard to photograph

The lovely paper was a gift from my sweet friend Keren

... both the box and the hexagon overlay were cut on my Cameo ... and the roses are made by me

We are lucky to have the fabulous Lauren Bergold guesting for us for the next few weeks so please hop over and check out her project and those of the rest of the DT. 
Full details of the challenge and the prize on offer are also on the City Crafter blog ... I hope you will be inspired to join us ... we'd love to see what you create!

I'm also linking this to the challenge at Moxie Fab World where there is a hooked on Hexagon Challenge too

Have a beautiful day ... 

~ Ros ~