Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Love Postal


Today is our last photo inspiration challenge at Papercraft Star until December
We are taking a little break ... 
Our photo this week is right up my street ... I Love all things Postal!

... and isn't this just so inspiring?

That said ... I wasn't sure what to make for this challenge ... Sometimes I just want to do something a little different from a card ...

I had an old wooden photo frame that was calling to me ... and I took it from there

(You get to see another table I rescued and restored here too)

I covered the frame in different papers some of which I stamped ... I'm sure you recognise my all time favourite postal stamp there

Yes, I even got onto the chalkboard band wagon by painting a piece of canvas with chalkboard paint and inserting it into my frame ...
Some handmade flowers using text paper nestle with a couple of bought flowers

Trinkets, buttons and lace ... Yes I went to town with this and loved every minute

I like how it looks on my table too

I can't wait to see the entries this week ... I hope you will join us ... don't forget to visit the blog to see what beauties my fellow DT have in store for you too 

Thanks so much for stopping by ... 


~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

City Crafter Game Night

Hello there ...
I hope you are having a good week so far 
Today at City Crafter we have a brand new challenge picked for us by our lovely Kirsty ...

Game Night

Kirsty is asking that we make a project that includes game pieces such as Scrabble tiles, Bingo card, or any Game related items

We have a wonderful sponsor this week too  ... 

... and our winner will receive this fabulous stamp set from Dyane

Here's a little about Precious Remembrance

Precious Remembrance Shop is a small company offering high quality
photopolymer clear stamps. Our stamps are Made in USA.

Hello, Dyane here, owner/designer of Precious Remembrance Shop.

Having this shop is a dream come true, because I love and enjoy crafty

Each set of stamps are truly one of a kind.I designed all of them with love.

I hope that you’ll join me in this journey. And inspire each other’s passion.

Happy Crafting!:)

And here are links to the Blog and Facebook

This week I made a little canvas to send instead of a birthday card to one of my family members who celebrates a birthday shortly

... I opted to use a Bingo card in keeping with the challenge

... which was a freebie on the web ...

I love doing these ... they are like little gifts ... I will probably add a tag before I send it

Our Guest Designer this week is Sylwia (winner of week 174) a very talented lady and a regular player here at CCCB
Please hop over and say hello and take a look at the all the projects from the team this week ...

I hope you have a lovely day 
I'll be back with you tomorrow ... till then stay safe

Monday, October 28, 2013

PTI Make It Monday


It's so nice to be back with you today ... With all that's been going on here I've missed the quiet life of blogging ...
I'm hoping for some good news soon regarding my DH ... He has had his MRI scan (no results yet but fingers crossed for a good result) and he also needs to see an ear specialist as he is being treated for Labyrinthitis... Since a child he has been completely deaf in one ear and the other ear has deteriorated badly ... It makes life difficult for both of us ...  But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he can come home soon ...

Thank you all for your support, your prayers and kind words ... I can't begin to tell you how much it means to both of us ...

It's been difficult getting back into creating and this week's Make it Monday at PTI by Betsy Veldman was just what I needed to get going ...
It's a technique that I've wanted to try since I saw it up on the Jugs challenge a week or so ago ... I just didn't get the chance till today
The technique is Inlaid Die Cuts ... hop over to PTI and check it out ... 
I think this may be my first Make It Monday entry ever!

I used the clouds die, the Butterfly die and the 'hello' die - all from PTI 

The clouds and Butterfly were stamped using the Bitty Blocks background  from PTI

The 'hello' was cut from a piece of PTI paper from the Everyday Blessing pad ... It's an old set and I've been holding on to every scrap of this!

Before assembling I stamped some images from the Life stamp set using Classic Kraft and Ocean Tides ink ... 
I really love this technique and it feels good to have created something today ...
It's very dull here so I apologies if my photos aren't the best ... 

Thanks so much for stopping by ...

Hugs to you all

~ Ros ~

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Hello there ...

I'm just popping in with an update and to apologise if I haven't been able to visit your blogs lately ...
My Husband is still in the hospital awaiting an MRI scan ... There's a possibility that he has had some bleeding on the brain ... That needs to be eliminated before he can look to coming home. 
Unfortunately we did miss the wedding ... The hospital were prepared to give him a few hours pass out ... but on the last minute my DH saw sense and realised that it was for the best that he stayed put in hospital ... 
I haven't known if I am coming or going this last week but at least with the wedding over we can now just concentrate on my husband getting well again.

I hope all is well in your world ... I'll be back with you as soon as I can 
Thanks so much for your well wishes and your prayers ... It is very much appreciated 

Have a lovely day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's those Cats!

Hello there ...
Phew! What a day I had yesterday ... My DH was taken by ambulance to the hospital - he's been having dizziness etc., and the doctor was concerned it was his heart ....
I spent virtually all day at the hospital and got home around 9pm - Fortunately they don't think he has a heart problem and we are awaiting brain scan results. He's not happy about being kept in but it's for the best. His son gets married on Friday so hopefully he will be fit for that. 

So .... It's Wednesday and another photo inspiration challenge at 
Note we are taking a little break so next week will be our last challenge until December 4th

Here's the photo for you

Just look at those cats! Yeh, I had to go with that ...

I really loved doing this card - I first printed the moon and witch from a picture I downloaded off the internet then did some sponging with my ink pads

The cats and the fence were cut on my Cameo and I used foam dots to give the cats a little dimension ... and drew a few whiskers there too

A few glittery stars just finishes it off ...

Ok I am keeping this post short as I have to call the hospital ... 
Please go visit the Papercraft Star blog to check out the lovely projects from my fellow DT members Hopefully you will be inspired to join us this week ...

Till soon - Stay safe

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Patch

Happy Tuesday!

I hope it's a good day in your part of the world ... We have wet weather and though it isn't warm ... It's certainly not bad for this time of year in the UK

Today at City Crafter we have the sweet Charlene hosting for us with this pretty photo

The theme this week is Pumpkin Patch and Charlene wants to see a card or project with a pumpkin!

We have a wonderful sponsor this week ...

Artful Delight offers the latest and greatest paper crafting products.  Wonderfully coordinated pattern paper, cardstock, and embellishments packed in one great kit to make 5+ projects a month.  Our kits offer a great price for the value.  Artful Delight kits can be purchased month to month for a single monthly purchase of $32.50.
If you would like to take advantage of additional savings you can subscribe to a 3 or 6 month subscription. A 3 month subscription - $30.50 plus $7.50 shipping and a 6 month subscription - $27.50 plus $7.50 shipping.  Actually shipping charges will apply to Canadian and International orders. We have amazing inspiration each month from our talented design team so be sure to stop by 

And our winner will get the full October Card Kit!!

What a fabulous prize!! I wish I could enter 

I made a simple card this week using up some scraps

... with a computer generated sentiment

and a hand cut pumpkin

We are really looking forward to seeing your Pumpkin creations ... My DT colleagues have some wonderful inspiration for you ... Hop over to CCCB and take a look ... 
We also have the talented Inka kindly Guesting for us ... You won't want to miss seeing her lovely creations ... click on the link to go to her blog and leave some love

Ok, get out your supplies and start creating ... This prize is too good to miss!!

Thanks so much for stopping by ... have a good day!

~ Ros ~

Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy Happy Happy


I've had the most amazing few days ... I wanted to share with you
I've met some wonderful people through blogging and my love of creating ... On Friday I received some Happy Mail from my lovely Michigan friend Diane (Nellies Nest) - Just look at these beautiful things she sent me 

Those flowers are so gorgeous!!

... A stunning handmade card and more things to play with

and look! Stamps! including a fabulous Julie Nutting doll! 
Oh Diane Thank You!! 
I can't wait to play with all these things and I am so touched by your kindness and I'm so glad we are friends
Happy me!!

But it get's even better ... because on Saturday I finally got to meet one of my blog friends who is here in the UK all the way from Arizona!
The lovely Rebecca (Paper Primrose) and I met in Skipton ... not far from where she is staying
I can honestly say that I had the best time and that the short time we spent together will stay in my heart for a long long time

More beautiful gifts! Stunning stamps and look how pretty that chocolate is wrapped

I would very much like to share a photo of us together, but you know, we chatted so much that the camera didn't come out of my bag! Fortunately Rebecca's partner took a photo ... so I am waiting to get a copy.
I wish I could photograph the Happy inside me ... Rebecca is the most beautiful lady inside and out and I know we will be friends forever

On the way home we we hit the most awful storm ... it was scary ... but then a rainbow appeared

... and the sky began to glow ... 

If I could describe how I was feeling inside it would be like this

The warmest glow of pure happiness

"Thank You" to my lovely friends 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Love .. In Situ

Happy Sunday!

Today is a new prompt at 

And this week it has been picked by the lovely Linda Robinson who is guesting with us ...
You may know that Linda has taken a break from the CCCB DT to go travelling with her husband in their RV - But she keeps in touch and regularly updates her blog with her wonderful photos ... She is the most AMAZING photographer ... 

The prompt she has chosen for us is 


Where do you start with this prompt?  There are so many things to share ... so many people, places, and things I Love ...

I decided to share some things that are in and around my home ... things bought for me by friends I Love ... Like the birds above

Pretty things I {heart} 

A frame I put together hangs in my hallway - reminders of family and times that I cherish

A rustic frame that holds a photo of my husband and I on our wedding day

My Love of creating is everywhere ... this heart I made one Christmas ... my husband Loved it so much that it stays up all year - hanging on the inside of our front door

A little shelf that holds more gifts along with one of my creations ... my Love of animals means I can never turn away one in need - hence my friends have bought cat ornaments to represent some of the cats I've tended ... I'd need a huge shelf if I had an ornament for every one!

Then of course I'm surrounded by the shabby vintage things I Love 
Like this jug

And my perpetual calendar clock in rusted metal

You could say that "Love is all around" me ...

I'd Love to see what you share with us this week at

Till soon

~ Ros ~ 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mixed Media Challenge ... The Wheel Of Chance

Hello and good morning to you!

I have a project to share which I did for this week's challenge at

This is the lovely colour palette

Some time ago the lovely and Uber talented Miss Mona Pendleton sponsored the challenge at Papercraft Star as well as kindly sending each of the DT the Timeless stamp set and Time Pieces die set designed by her exclusively for My Favorite Things ...

Well, today myself and the rest of the DT at Papercraft Star have been given the opportunity to create a Mixed Media project using Mona's fabulous products, and have them featured up on the blog!

If you follow me you will have seen these stamps and dies frequently on my projects ... I really love them!

For today's challenge I created a wall hanging

I started with a sample tile I picked up in the wood flooring dept of my local DIY store ... My lovely brother cut it into 3 wooden plaques for me to play with

The plaque was first painted and then I went over it with white crackle paint before beginning my layering...
The woodgrain background is paper from the same store and I dabbed white paint over it ...

The clock has been stamped, die cut and then embossed in copper powder - the hands on the cogs (all of which are part of the set) were covered in Vintage Photo distress inks ... 

There's more paint on the chequered paper and on my butterflies and the 
"Time to be Creative" stamp is also part of the set

I also embossed a little wooden gate and watering can that you can just see peeking out

The burlap is actually made of paper and the Washi Tape was perfect with those little cogs 
You can see I had a lot of fun making this ... and I will be using the stamps and dies for a long time to come ... They are so versatile ... 
Here's a link to the PCS blog where you can see our original projects using the same stamps and dies... GO visit 

to be inspired by all the projects this week

I'm sure Mona and Sue would love to have you play along and I can't wait to see what you create!

Many Thanks to Mona for this opportunity and for her generosity

And thanks to you for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Just so you know ....

Hello ...

This is just a quick post ... I knew you would want me to let you know ... 
She came home!
Gispy ... the roaming cat turned up last night at the front door ... Can you believe it?

Talk about disrupting the household ... My son was so happy he cried ... and he doesn't cry easily ... But poor little Ginger cat ... well he didn't know what to do and ran out in the torrent of rain we were having ...
Eventually he came back in ... Gipsy having been fussed over and fed decided to curl up on my pillow and not much sleep was had.
Suffice to say ... at the crack of dawn she was off again ... 

I much prefer dogs!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Haunted House


The week is flying by once again ... Already it's Wednesday and time for a new Photo Inspiration Challenge at

I love this photo ... such fabulous colours ... and of course there is the cat!
My Gipsy has still not come home ... I think she's found a new home somewhere else - her real name is Minnie - I call her Gispy because she roams so much

Ok, on to my card this week ... My haunted home

I hand cut a card into the shape of a house - I honestly don't remember where the image came from ... it was a digital stored on my computer

The black starry BG that the image is sitting on was done by sponging white ink through the negative left over from some die cut stars

As you can see - I have used the MPD clocks again ... and on friday this week the whole of the Papercraft Star DT have the honour of designing along with Mona and Sue at
A Mixed Media Challenge ... be sure to take a look!

I confess that I am so over Halloween and it hasn't even arrived yet ... but if you are still having fun with your creations ... please link up with us at
The DT have some great examples on the blog for you ... plus there are some suggestions for our photo challenge ... not that I think you will need them with this lovely photo

Thanks for looking in ... Have a beautiful day!

~ Ros ~