Saturday, May 31, 2014

Missing Gipsy

It's just not the same without you ...

I sit at the window looking out for you every night ....

... but you don't come

Macey comes every day to see if you're back but I don't want to talk to her

Mummy says you'll be back soon ... be patient

We had a rough day yesterday, Gipsy is still missing and we posted the usual information with the vet etc., just in case anything should happen and she is brought in ... We got a phone call at 11am to say a cat matching her description had just been brought in following a road traffic accident and could we get there right away...

My son and I headed straight there and we had to wait awhile as the cat was in surgery ... then they took us through ... Thankfully it was not Gipsy ... albeit that this kitty's colour and markings were exactly the same as Gipsy ... but this one was a tiny kitty ... only young I would say.
It was heartbreaking to see her all wired up and in such a bad way ... a bittersweet moment.

My son was so upset ... so much so that he had to go back later that day to check on the kitty who, I'm glad to say was holding on and not only that but a couple had offered her a home if she survives.

So we play the waiting game once more ... Thankfully my little ginger boy has no intention of leaving my side
You never own a cat ... they always own you

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Same But Different

I'm still looking for my mojo ... I think Gipsy may have run off with it ... 
Neither have returned 
Today is my big brother's birthday ... yesterday was a male friends' birthday ... They are both the same age as it happens ... so I made 2 cards ... the same theme but slightly different

For my brother - This one

The background was stamped on Watercolour paper using distress stains and some water ... 

... the camera cut on my Cameo ... It wasn't until I went into my computer files yesterday that I realised I used virtually the same things to make his card last year ... Obviously his passion is photography ... The good thing is that he probably wont remember what I sent him last year ... 

And for our male friend, this card, the same style but slightly different

I think I prefer the second card ... what do you think?

It's still dull and wet here and my holiday glow is fading fast ... sigh 

I hope you're having a good week ...

Till soon be safe

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Kirsty!!!

My sweet and lovely friend, creator of City Crafter Challenge and Our Beautiful World

Celebrates her birthday today!

I made this card for her

"Happy Birthday dear friend ....

I hope you have the best birthday ever and may all your dreams come true"

We're celebrating over at the City Crafter blog too ... Please hop over and leave some love for a very special lady

Thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Every Kind of Happy

Hi there ...

Today at City Crafter we have our lovely Kirsty hosting for us with a brand new challenge

Birthday Banners

Kirsty is asking that we make a birthday card with a banner
Easy peasy huh? Well not if you've lost your mojo like me

Here's my card

... hastily put together

With soft girlie colours, some paint splats and a computer generated sentiment

This week we have the talented BBart Guesting for us ... Hop over to her Blog ... she is one talented lady I can tell you!
And take a look at the cards from the rest of our DT at CCCB ... We're hoping you'll be inspired to join us this week ...

I have 20 circus projects to finish for Thursday Club next week so I'd better get to it ...

Have a fabulous day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Seeing Spots

Good morning...

It's my turn to pick the word prompt for 
So this week the prompt is

We may not have summer weather here but we did have a relatively mild winter so plants have flowered early and the garden has been full of these pretty butterflies ... I managed to zoom in on this one which was sitting right at the top of my Forsythia tree ... Those spots resemble eyes ... to keep away predators
 It was quite difficult to spot this one camouflaged on the gravel

Lucky I didn't step on it ...
Of course butterflies are not the only thing we have had a lot of ... the ladybirds have been just about everywhere ... 

I keep finding them in the house and have to put them outside again ... And would you take a look at these guys

Hmm, enough said...

Ladybird and butterfly sharing a brief moment of Spring sunshine and this female blackbird with her spotted chest loves letting me know she's wants feeding ... she comes and sits by my door

I guess if you look you can find spots everywhere ... even on Bananas

And I just have to show you this sweet key holder I bought a couple of weeks ago ... I just couldn't resist those spots

...Or the cute little owls

Ok, I'm off to Our Beautiful World blog to see what my fellow DT members have posted ... Care to join me?

I hope you link up your "Spots" photos with us this week ... and be sure to link back to 

Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks so much for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Missing You


I'm back home after a few days break ... Back to a cold and wet Liverpool

I don't know what I am missing the most ... those wonderful cappuccinos with cream, relaxing outdoors enjoying the sea air and the lovely scenery or just having the warm sun washing over me...
Mind you, the first day in Santa Ponca it rained heavily ... I've never been there when it rained but believe me a warm rainy day in Majorca is better than a dry cold one here!  I caught this little sparrow sheltering in the top of a palm tree ... guess he didn't like the rain either

which reminds me ... remember when I posted this photo way back in November for Our Beautiful World?

Well it's vacant no longer ... Excuse the blurry photo, but I had to be quick when I saw Mum and Dad feeding their babies

I have to keep an eye on my little ginger cat ... he's already tried to get up there but for now he's content to follow me everywhere ... he missed me ... Oh, and Gispy ... Well, she's gone missing again ... been 4 days now... sigh ...  Here's hoping she'll come back soon

I hope you are all doing well ... Wishing you a beautiful weekend

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Recipe Book

Hi there ... How's your week going?

It's challenge time at City Crafter once again and this week we have Anna hosting for us 
Anna is asking that we make a project related to the kitchen
(e.g.apron, cupcakes, kitchen utensils, recipes)

I don't know about you but I tend to keep pieces of paper with my favourite recipes all over the place ... promising to file them somewhere...sometime
Well this challenge pushed me to make a book to finally store these recipes ... 

I used an inexpensive flip photo album to make this ... took me a long time to print all my recipes onto blank postcards but it was worth it ... In fact I've started another book as I filled this so quickly - blame Pinterest!

I made a pocket inside the front cover to hold conversion charts which I printed and laminated to keep them clean - I guess I'm hoping that there'll be no excuse for my DH not to cook once and a while

All the papers and embellishments came from my stash - those stickers I've had for a long time

of course I needed somewhere to put the books ... and I found the perfect container

A vintage radio tin which I picked up for £1.25 in the post Christmas sales ... it was filled with creamy toffees which were delicious 

I love this tin and it looks so good in my kitchen and now all my recipes are to hand

our Guest Designer this week is a very talented lady -
Hop over to the blog to see her lovely creation and those from the rest of our team

I'm still on holiday so forgive me for not visiting your blogs for a while - I hope to catch up with you soon ... 

Have a lovely week 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Splish Splash


Our Word prompt this week at 

has been chosen for us by the lovely Kirsty ...
The word is 

Well, whilst I was in Lincoln recently I caught these guys taking a bath ...
(Click photos to enlarge)

I can't believe how quickly those little ducklings can swim

Mum was quite happy to stand and watch once she'd had a little bathe

And as for me ... well, as you are reading this (scheduled) post ... I hope to be taking a bath too ... somewhere like this

or maybe dipping my toes in the cool blue waters 

around the sunny Isle of Majorca ...

Have a beautiful day and link up your photos for our prompt word this week at 

Catch you when I'm home ... be good!

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 16, 2014


Hello ...

I just had to do a card for CAS.ology before I left ...

 I saw the cue card 'Splash'

and having recently bought the Dockside stamps by Wplus9 from Make the Day Special I thought it was just perfect for what I had in mind ...

Here's what I came up with

My 'sea splash' is quite glossy ...

I inked up my paint splat stamp from Inkylicious with some distress stains ... stamped and dried it and then went over it again using Versamark and clear embossing powder ... you don't need to line up the stamp exactly ... in fact it's more effective if you don't 
I'm pleased with how it turned out ... what do you think? 

The little anchor is from my stash ...

Have a great day and take care

~ Ros ~

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Birthday Boy

Hi there! 
I wonder if your week has been as busy as mine ... I don't seem to have stopped!

Yesterday my lovely friend Pat came for coffee and a little advice about an album she is making for her granddaughter who is off to Camp America shortly ... Pat is a novice crafter and whilst I am by no means an expert I am happy to offer advice and show her a few things I've learned ... Suffice to say we were still working 6 hours later having sorted a project for the club and having helped Pat to put together a couple of cards.

Last Saturday my DH asked me to make a birthday card for his friend of over 50 years ... he was turning 70 ... Funny thing is, though they have been close friends for all those years, neither of them know when the other's birthday is ... My DH was told by someone else ... It's got to be a man thing - all they seem to talk about is golf and football! 

So here's my card

I used the colours of the football team they support and my card is virtually all stamping ... I won a gift certificate for Gina K Designs at the Mod Squad Challenge and I ordered the Dots stamps which came so quickly ... wonderful service!

So you can see a mix of stamps here, PTI, Gina K, Basic Grey and Inkylicious
When I stamped the PTI "Yay! it's your birthday" I didn't ink the word 'birthday' - instead I digitally added 70TH to my card ... That was my starting point 

You can see that I stamped a row of those dots inside the card too and to finish I decorated a handmade envelope

I have 2 more sleeps till I'm off for a well earned break in the sun ... I've lots to do till then including my packing!
So I hope the rest of your week goes well

Be safe and thanks for looking in on me

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

City Crafter 211

Hello and Good morning!

It's time for a new challenge over at City Crafter ... This is our 211th challenge!
To think that we have come up with so many challenges and that you lovely people have risen to each and every challenge with your amazing talent and creativity is just wonderful!

This week we have the awesome Char hosting and her challenge to us is to 
use a clothes pin/s on your project

Our Guest Designer this week is Maggie from Bulgaria our winner of week 204 ... Click on the link to visit her blog and see her beautiful creations
Once again one lucky winner this week will also have a GD spot with us

On to my card ... I had fun with this ... using bits and pieces of left over paper and embellishments

You can probably see a scrap of left over paper there which I stamped and sponged to use on This card

My little clothes pin is holding the word 'hello' which I cut on my Cameo - I stuck a little butterfly that was reclaimed from a shop bought card onto my clothes pin and added a little gem

There's something so satisfying about making a card you like using up your scraps

Hop on over to the CCCB blog to see what my fellow DT members have come up with this week and please link up your creations this week ... you know we love to see what you make

Wishing you a wonderful day from another wet and windy day in the UK!

Keep safe

~ Ros ~