Tuesday, December 31, 2013

City Crafter Fan Club

Hello ...

We're on the last day of  2013 ... Are you ready for celebrating tonight? 
It's always bittersweet for me ... I lost my Mum on New Years Eve 

Today of course is our last Challenge of 2013 at City Crafter and our hostess this week is our creator Kirsty

All year long Kirsty has worked hard to bring these challenges to you, co-ordinating all the Sponsors and Guest Designers ... leaving comments etc., She's an amazing hard working lady that I'm proud to call my friend ... and I love being on this team of lovely ladies

Kirsty's challenge to us this week is called Fan Club
 Create a project that is related to a sport of any kind ... eg. football, golf, rugby, netball

My card was made weeks ago so it's a Christmas card ... but it does feature a sport ... Ice Skating is a sport right?

I loved going to the rink when I was young ... not that I was much good but I still loved it
I cut those sweet skates on my cameo and then just coloured them, silver embossed the blades and drew some eyelets and laces

In my house football reigns ... hence I spend a lot of my time in my craft room ... but if I watch a sport it has to be Ice dancing ...

We'd love to see your creations this week and we are offering a GD spot to the winner too ...

Can I just take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful 2014 

Thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet encouraging comments ... Every day I am inspired by your creative talent and blessed by your friendships ...

Enjoy your celebrations and keep safe

~ Ros ~

Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year...

It's not quite New Year yet ...
But that's this week's photo prompt at 

A time to celebrate ... 

 A time to remember those we've loved and lost and a time to put other things behind us ...

In a few days time

...When the clock strikes midnight

... the year 2013 will be gone

And when the dawn breaks... ... A new chapter will have begun 

May it be a good one for you all 

Come and link up with us at 

and lets have one big celebration around the globe

Enjoy your Sunday

~ Ros ~

Friday, December 27, 2013


I hope you had a good Christmas ... I did 

Here in the UK we are being battered by high winds and storms ... Fortunately where I live we don't suffer the floods ... just the high winds but many people  in the southern part of the UK have lost their homes this Christmas which is so sad

I'm staying warm and dry in my craft room for awhile ... In 2 days time it will be my son's birthday (where did all the years go?) .. Here's the card I made for him

I picked up some lovely papers and embellishments at TK Maxx last week ... I think these papers are by American Crafts ... 

The Thickers were included in the pack and I cut the camera out from one of the papers

Those balloons are from Crate Paper

I have a few birthday cards to do and it's a bit of a struggle getting back into it ...

I hope you have a lovely day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, December 24, 2013



It's Christmas Eve and all the little children are bursting with excitement ... not to mention us big children!

This week's challenge at City Crafter is Child 
Make a card or project that includes a Child or Children

Perfectly apt don't you think ... chosen for us by Wendy

Our generous sponsor this week is 

who are offering a $40 store credit to the winner!!

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I chose to use a silhouette of children this week

...cut on my Cameo
I'm using that pretty paper and a stamp from my friend Rebecca

... together with a Memory Box die and lots of glitter 
This card so reminds me of my childhood ... we didn't have all the fancy waterproof clothes and boots that are available today and we would come in soaking wet and freezing cold having played for hours in the snow!

If you can find the time and want to just get away and do some creating this week ... we love to see you link up with us at City Crafter ...

May I take this opportunity of wishing all of you wonderful bloggers, my team mates and friends around the globe
the most Wonderful Christmas ... May Love Peace and Happiness be with you

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Our Beautiful World

Good Morning! 

The new prompt today at Our Beautiful World is


I've seen a lot of Christmases and many things have changed over the years from those magical  childhood days ... full of excitement ... to the utter joy of being a Mother myself and sharing the magic with my son ... I'm blessed in that we have never spent a Christmas apart

The story of Christmasa wonderful story whether you believe or not ... remains in my heart... 
And I believe in miracles

I'm not about bright lights and showy things ... 

But red berries and snowy pine cones will always be Christmas to me

And this year just a simple Christmas tree ... The little girl ornament was gift ... she symbolises friendship

Important to me all year round ....

Then there are Angels who remind me not only of the Christmas story but of those who are no longer here and the blessings of those who still are

We'd love you to share your Christmas photos at

And maybe tell us the story behind them ... and what makes it special for you

Wishing you a beautiful day and a Christmas full of magic, joy and happiness

~ Ros ~

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Only 4 More Sleeps!

Hello there ...

I know like me you are all busy this being the last weekend before Christmas - so I'll keep this short
I just have a couple of Christmas cards to share

I cut out lots of these branches and birds for my group to make their cards with so I'm using up the leftovers

And the second

This one is very glittery ...You can tell I love Memory Box dies 

Ok that's all for today ... I'll be back tomorrow for the new prompt at 
See you then 

Have a wonderful day!

~ Ros ~

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Another Birthday

Thursday already!
And it's a bright sunny day here ... cold but perfect for a walk if you wrap up warm ...

It's also a male friend's birthday ... There are so many this time of year and it's hard switching from Christmas cards to birthday cards and back again...
It took me a while to do this I can tell 'ya

... but I always get there in the end

There's a mix of papers here and the centre kraft coloured one is a scrap from a My Minds Eye pack that I have simply adored ... every page of this pad has been a joy 

I do have a cutting machine but I actually cut the bow by hand ... it's supposed to be like a bow tie

So, what plans have you for today? I'm off to see a friend and drop off a gift ... tomorrow it's lunch with my GFs ... Sunday I'm off to Lincoln to see my Aunt ... Busy busy busy...

Wishing you a beautiful day and Compliments of the season

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

White and Gold

Hello ... I hope you've had a good start to the week

Normally I would be posting for Papercraft Star ... but as you may have noticed, Papercraft Star has decided to close it's doors ... at least for now.

As I usually do all my DT work in advance I already had my card for this week ... white and gold

I kept it pretty simple with some pine stem Memory Box die cuts 

 Gold is not really my colour ... I find it hard to use without it looking too gaudy, hence I mixed it up with some white glittered pine stems and cones ...
And I embossed the card first with a tree embossing folder ... not sure you can see that

Can you believe that this time next week it will be Christmas Day!
Only 7 more sleeps!

Have a great day and stay safe

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Jingle Bells

Hi there!

Not long to go now ... Are you all ready for Christmas? I've still got wrapping to do and more gifts to deliver ...

Today at City Crafter we are thrilled to welcome a new member to our team... 
Anna all the way from Poland! 
Anna makes the most beautiful projects, please click the link to her blog and take a look around ... you'll love it!

This week Charlene is our hostess and she's picked a lovely photo

Char is asking that we make a card or project using bells

 We have the lovely Lisette (Mrs Beez) back with us as our Guest Designer and once again our winner will have a GD spot with us...

I made a little treat bag for a friend at Thursday Club... 

Which I filled with delicious chocolates

The paper was a digital one and I used Stickles to glitter the centre of each snowflake

... and of course some jingling bells to decorate

Ok. so now it's over to you ... if you have the time we'd love you to join us this week at City Crafter ... Take a hop over to the blog to see all the lovely projects from the team and say "Hi" to our new member too ...

Wishing you a beautiful day 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, December 16, 2013

One year on ....

Hi there ...

If you follow my blog you will remember that December last year my dear Aunt was very ill and I made an emergency dash to Lincoln to be with her ... Against all odds she recovered and is doing well ...

I couldn't have got through those dark lonely days if it wasn't for the help and support of some wonderful friends of my Aunt's.
They got me to and from the hospital everyday and rang to check that I was ok ... I will be eternally grateful for their kindness

 You can therefore imagine how upset my Aunt and I were to hear, last week, that one of these lovely people ... a sweet kind lady called Eileen, has been involved in a serious car accident ...
She has broken her neck ... and though she is keeping positive ... It's going to be a long and painful recovery for her ...

The least I can do is send her a card ....

Eileen adores cats ... she has 3 plus a little dog

It seems such a cruel thing to happen to such a kind lady ... So your prayers for a speedy recovery would be very welcome

I hope you enjoy your week ...

Please stay safe

~ Ros ~

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cosy ...

Hello ...

It's cold outside ... windy and bleak 
I got to choose the prompt today for 

And what better than Cosy...

This time of year with fairy lights twinkling and candles glowing ... it makes for such a cosy atmosphere ... 
The above photo is my mantle piece ... in the evening it looks so warm -
 It's no secret that I love candles and twinkling lights... even on a summer's evening I love the glow and the cosy feeling I get from them...

I love simple glass jars with tea lights in 
Here are a few that light up my home ... ones I didn't make because these were so inexpensive ... both of them were under £2 each

I love this French one ... happily nesting amongst my book folded houses

I took my photos in daylight so you can imagine how cosy these look in the evening

Here's a Christmas one

You may have noticed the one on my mantle ... this is it during the day

I printed the photo of Ross & Sophia onto vellum and wrapped it around the candle ... come evening 

They look like they are walking into a cosy sunset ...

This is my kind of cosy on a cold winter's day ... what's yours?

We'd love you to link up with us at Our Beautiful World ...

Enjoy your Sunday and stay Cosy 

~ Ros ~

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Prancer and Dancer

Hi there!

I have so much to do today ... grocery shopping is one of them ... I hate grocery shopping!
Especially this time of year ... everywhere is so full of people and you would never think that the shops are closed for just one day ... Christmas Day 
People buy stuff like there is no tomorrow!

I do like going out for a coffee and maybe some gift shopping and last week we went into Warrington ... I like the Cafe Nero ... but I never expected to see these guys there

Real reindeer!

How cute are they ... and so very friendly ...

I know that the photos aren't marvellous but there were quite a few people around trying to see them too

I love those feet!

It was a friends birthday last sunday ... here's a card I made for her

Glittery silver is so hard to photograph, especially in the gloomy light we have these days

Ok, I have to get on ... My sweet group have their Christmas party tonight, I've a few gifts to wrap ... cakes and biscuits to bake etc., etc.,

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Papercraft Star 170

Another day another challenge ...
Today it's Papercraft Star photo inspiration challenge

Here's the photo Jan's picked for us

... reminds me of days gone by ... and made me think of a snowy little town

My beautiful friend Rebecca sent me some lovely papers and I was smitten with this one of the houses, If you look closely you will see that I trimmed around the roof tops to make a little town surrounded by snowy hills

... You have to imagine you are looking down over the railings

... And it's at one of these houses as evening falls, that the little girl will be visiting ... 
Well, at least in my imagination and what life without imagination

Have a lovely day and stay safe

~ Ros ~