Friday, May 31, 2013

CASology Challenge

Hi there!

 I'm popping in to share a card I made for the CASology challenge ... I've not played here before but I hope to play again - I really love CAS cards, though sometimes I find them very challenging ... The temptation to add more is always there!
The DT have made some really cute cards ... why not hop over and take a look

So, the challenge is simply "Furry" and this is what I came up with

It's a long time since I used this little bear image - a digital from Meljen's designs and I just had to give him a furry blanket to hold

I love this little guy ... but of course I could have printed him onto pink paper and he'd be a she

I did use some foam dots to adhere him to the card but as you can see it's not too thick - Our postal charges here in the UK are making it harder and harder to send cards and there's nothing nicer than receiving something handmade is there?

Well it's a glorious day here - blue skies and sunshine ... we've had a fair bit of rain these past few days
and the garden and the trees are looking very lush 
I hope you all have a wonderful day and a great weekend ...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such sweet comments - It's really appreciated

Till soon 

~ Ros ~

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ruby Wedding

In a few days time my high school friend will be celebrating her Ruby Wedding anniversary ...
It's a date I never forget because I lost my Dad on the same day -
Forty years ... Where does the time go? I can still remember the night my friend met her husband ... She'd recently split from her high school sweetheart and was "down in the dumps" as we say in the UK ... Naturally her friends and family were worried about her so I took her into the city one evening ... to a nightclub.
Whilst she was in the ladies (the restroom) a sweet guy sat next to me and we started chatting ... when my friend came back I introduced them and they immediately hit it off!
The rest as they say is history! They were married within a year and now have a beautiful family including grandchildren. I couldn't be happier for them!

Here's the card I made for them

I used a stamp from Inkylicious and added some liquid pearls ... then made a rolled rose from some really luscious red card stock to use as my centrepiece

I added some punched leaves and couldn't resist using a pair of die cut clock hands again ...

Because the flower stands quite proud of the card and I needed to put this in the post ... I came up with the idea of using some packaging like this to place over the front of my card

... then wrapped tissue paper around the whole card and popped it into a bubble envelope... It worked a treat!

I'm entering this into the challenge at Shopping Our Stash ... where as it happens the challenge for this week is Graduation or Celebration .. Perfect!

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Paper Flowers

Hi there!
It's a new challenge at  Papercraft Star today and over the past few weeks each one of the designers has been asked to set the challenge ... This week it's my turn and I'm asking that you create a card or project that features a Handmade Flower(s)

Photo credit Martha Stewart

I just love to see the variety of handmade flowers out there and I've tried many of them yet funnily enough one of my all time favourites is the simplest of all ... 
I call them punched and scrunched ... just punch a bunch of them and scrunch them up ...

The colour scheme for this card started with that little piece of ribbon would you believe! I'm just loving the peachy colours as you can tell

I used a Woodware 5 petal punch on scraps of digital papers to create my flowers and just some lightweight white card for one of them...
I love the definition these flowers give

If you've been following Anitra's tutorials on Papercraft Star you will see she showed us how to make some beautiful tattered flowers ... Here

We are really looking forward to seeing your creations this week do please come and join us..
Don't forget to stop by the Blog to check our the lovely projects from the team too!

have a beautiful day and keep safe

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

City Crafter and HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRSTY!!!!

Hello ...
Before I get onto my City Crafter project - I want to say 
Happy Birthday Kirsty!!!
Yes our lovely Kirsty creator of CCCB is celebrating her birthday today!
Kirsty you are AMAZING!!!
You are a kind, caring, considerate beautiful lady and a wonderful friend 
 I wish you every happiness today and always ... I am blessed to have you in my life

Here's the card I made for Kirsty

The lady loves Paris

... and she likes it when I use pink

Have a beautiful day my dear friend

Hop over to the CCCB blog later today to check out the rest of the tributes to Kirsty and please leave her a comment


The lovely Charlene is hosting for us this week and her theme is 
"For The Love Of Burlap"

The challenge is simply to use burlap somewhere on your project ...

Our Guest Designer this week is Dora from the Netherlands ... click the link to visit her lovely blog
And don't forget to visit the CCCB blog to check out the lovely projects from the other designers ...

My iPod is my best friend ... It travels everywhere with me and for the longest time I have been promising myself I'd make a little cover for it ... this was the perfect opportunity

This started life as a pouch for my sunglasses

I just cut it to the size I needed and stitched it and then set about decorating it

Now I can slip it in my bag and it's safe and pretty too!

I will also be entering this in the challenge at Lessology ... For The Love Of Fabric

Thanks so much for stopping by 
Have a beautiful Day

~ Ros ~

Monday, May 27, 2013

Be Amazing

I've been busy making more masculine cards
Another one of our male friends has a birthday tomorrow and on Wednesday my brother celebrates his birthday too! I'll share the card I made for him later in the week

Making masculine cards is not always easy but fortunately the lovely MME Be Amazing papers have kept me inspired ... I just love this set ... 

It's not easy to get new releases here in the UK - by time we get them ... The USA is onto another set

... but I'm making use of every last bit of these papers

and I'm loving stars at the moment too ... Can you tell?

We've had lovely weather this weekend and now it has turned cold again ... 
The Battle of The Atlantic commemorations have been very well attended and I have a couple of photos taken by my brother to show you

You can see our museum in the background and if you look closely you can just make out a guy being winched out of that helicopter on a mock rescue ... My brother took these shots from way across the bay (click to enlarge)

A Spitfire over the tower

And I just had to share a cute photo he took awhile ago

How sweet!

Enjoy your day my friends ... I'll be back tomorrow

Thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Saturday, May 25, 2013

60th Birthday

Hello ...

My best wishes to all my friends across the pond who are commemorating Memorial Weekend ... 
Here in Liverpool we are remembering the Battle of The Atlantic and the port is full of ships ... There are many stories and memories being told  and of course there will be wreaths laid for the fallen ... My father served in the Royal Navy during this period - he was only a youngster really ...
How I wish we could all live in peace ...

One of our male friends is celebrating his 60th Birthday in a couple of days ... Here is a card I made for him

Over at Shopping Our Stash there is a challenge to use a tool in our stash ... either never used or long forgotten ...
I have a Crop A Dile big bite and whilst I regularly use it to punch holes ... I have never been sure just how to use it for eyelets etc., I bought it second hand so the full instructions were not with it ... However, I discovered I could download them from the web (why didn't I think of that before) and gave it a go to attach the brad you see on the star

One problem though ... I didn't manage to squash the back flat without damaging the front slightly hence the gem stone lol!
I guess I'm missing something ...

Why is it that instructions these days seem to be in the tiniest of writing? Have you noticed that? Try holding a magnifying glass and punching a brad at the same time ... Heck I can't even see the little numbers on the tool! I guess you could say it's old age 

Have a wonderful weekend 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Recycled Rooster

This morning I was going through my some of my cards ...
 I send a lot of them ... give lots away and yet still I am overflowing with them ...
I came across a card I made a long time ago which you can see Here  ... It was something I did on a whim and today I decided to recycle it ...

Lessology has a challenge - For The Love Of Fabric

It requires something recycled and of course some fabric ... Perfect!

At the Play Date Cafe ... the colour choice is stunning

... And my finished project has these colours ... but maybe a little more
So anyway, here is my recycled card ... now framed 

I removed the glass for photo purposes ... 
As you can see I added some fabric trim to the top and also to the bottom right along with some rose trim ... There is also some burlap under the nest

The little nest was a left over from Easter and I actually cut it and the eggs in half to fit in the frame ... It sits on some yellow threads and is decorated with leaves rescued from artificial flowers displays and some flowers from my supplies

The little watch was hiding away ... something I salvaged from somewhere ... I gave it a new face courtesy of Tim Holtz junkyard Findings ...

And there you have it ... a recycled rooster!

I hope you are having a lovely day ...

Thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Papercraft Star Beauty

Hi there ...
I hope you are all well ...
Can I just say how very sorry I am to hear about the devastation in Oklahoma ... my thoughts are with all of you who have been affected ... I cannot imagine what you are going through. I know we Brits have a 'thing' about the weather ... mostly we complain that it's cold, wet and dull ... but in lots of ways we have to be thankful when we see what mother nature can do.

Today at Papercraft Star Deanne has chosen our challenge ... 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
"What do you find beautiful"

I have to say that I skipped around this challenge ... I just kept putting it off ... After all everyday that I visit your blogs I see beauty ... whenever I go over to Pinterest I see beauty ... I started to panic thinking that I am not going to get this challenge done ... But as always .. it finally fell into place

And using a shadow box frame, sponging and stamps and some bits and bobs ... this is my 'beauty'
I find beauty in the unconditional love between a mother and child which I am blessed to have ...
In being at one with nature ... feeling the warmth of the sun ... listening to the sea as it laps upon the shore ... hearing the gulls cry ... marvelling at the wonder of our planet and enjoying the little things that money cannot buy

I love the beautiful memories I have of my son being a child ... His little hand in mine ... And most of all, beauty for me is in peace ... I think my picture reflects this

I used colours that to me are tranquil and a silhouette stamp from my free set from Creative Stamping magazine together with a lovely verse stamp from Inkylicious

Of all the things I've made I have to say that this gives me the most pleasure every time I look at it
It evokes so much to me ...
Thank you Deanne for pushing me to do this!

So what do you find beautiful? We at Papercraft Star would love to know ... 
Please come and join us and don't forget to take a look at the projects from the other designers on the Blog ...

Till soon my friends

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Colour Challenge CCCB

Hello ...
It's my turn to host at City Crafter this week and I am giving you all a colour challenge 

When I saw this beautiful photo on Pinterest I just loved it ... 
I love the shades of peach with the green and greys ... 

This is my interpretation

I used all digital papers here ... Even the sentiment is a digital 

I cut the little umbrella on the Cameo and gave it a 3D look and added some flowers, twine and liquid pearls

The grey paper are from Pink Petticoat and the others including the sentiment are from various sets courtesy of Design House Digital ... 

Our Guest designer this week is Elma from Germany ... her blog is well worth a visit ... just click the link and check out all her beautiful creations ...
And if you want to win a GD spot with us we'd love to have you ... Just link up your entry - If you're looking for more inspiration hop over to the blog and check out Elma and the other designers projects.

On another note ... Thank you for all your comments and your response to our new Library here in Liverpool ... the thing is ... the original building from around 1860 has just had an inner renovation and both an extension to the rear and a dome added to the top ... the outer building is still remains gloriously untouched being a listed building of historic interest ... 
Can you believe that this is the outside

I think the saying ... "Never judge a book by it cover" is so appropriate here Lol!

Have a beautiful day and thanks for visiting

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 17, 2013

Stamping and Sponging

Hi there ...
How's your week been?
Mine's been quite busy with family stuff etc., but today 
I spent time in the city with my SIL ... It's been far too long since we were able to have some girlie time ... a little shopping, lunch and a chat over a coffee or two ... It would have been nice if we could have left off the coats and not had to carry umbrellas ... but at least we had fun ...
The world's biggest ocean liner the Queen Mary 2 was in dock and our brand new city library opened today too ... here are a couple of photos of the new library 

You wouldn't get me on those stairs ... I'm scared of heights and the glass sides make it even more daunting for me!

I have a little card to share ... 
The challenge over at CCCB is about using a stamp 2 different ways ... Where is everyone? I don't see any entries yet ... The DT have shown various methods to use your stamps and here is another way ... Stamping and sponging with ink pads

This is a stamp from Inkylicious and I used various ink pads to sponge this ... I'm still trying to perfect the technique but it's fun mixing colours and seeing the results

I used a couple of 3D stickers and added the lamp post (a memory box die) which was just sitting in my  bits box

Well I have to say that all that walking today has worn me out ... I'm going to cook dinner and have a relaxing evening ...

Enjoy your weekend my friends and thanks so much for popping in ...

Keep safe

~ Ros ~