Thursday, October 30, 2014


Hello ... How are you all?
I had the flu jab a couple of days ago and I've felt quite rough ever since .. sigh

I've a card to share which I made for my husband's son and his wife ... they celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary at the weekend ... We actually missed the wedding last year as my husband was in hospital

I picked up a couple of MME paper pads at TK Max ... Cut & Paste by Jen Allyson ... not that I needed more paper but I love MME and Jen Allyson designs so the paper I used is from one of these pads ... I drew a curve shape on my cameo and cut my paper with it - adhered it to white CS and then did a partial die cut circle ...

The "Love" die is by PTI and the little inset heart has had glossy accents added to it ... not sure if you can see it but it is very effective IRL

I know I usually work with softer colours but I really love these papers ... I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them!

Have a beautiful day and I hope your Halloween celebrations go well tomorrow

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PTI Techniques

Hello ...
I've a card to share that I did using a couple of the Make it Monday techniques at PTI
Sometimes I don't always get time to do them and not all of them are for me but it's a great way to get one's mojo going...

This card features the dipped die cut technique along with this week's one - partial die stamping

I love this sea glass colour ink by Avery Elle and used it to sponge my card base to which I then added
something called Fluffy Stuff by Woodware ... It's like liquid pearls in white but when you heat it up it goes puffy like snow

I dip dyed the antlers on my stag using silver embossing powder and silver embossed part of my PTI word die using the Life stamp set also from PTI

I think next time I'll  add some glitter to the Fluffy Stuff before I heat it and see what happens but overall I'm pleased with the way this turned out

I hope you're having a good day ... It's been pretty dull here but not too cold for this time of the year

Till soon be safe and thanks for dropping by

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

City Crafter 235

Hi there ... Did you have a good weekend?
DH got his new car so we took a trip to Lincoln to visit my Aunt on Saturday ... We had a great time

Are you ready for a new challenge at City Crafter? This week we have the fabulous Char hosting for us 
Char wants us to make a card or project using stripes


Here's my card

I enlisted the help of my Cameo to cut out 3 oblong shapes into a piece of CS and added acetate behind them - then using foam pads I adhered that to my base card after first adding a piece of striped paper 

I also cut the stars and the word 'You' on the Cameo - The word 'Sparkle' is a PTI die

Our Guest Designer Greta has been with us all this month and this will be her last week with us ... We really enjoyed having her onboard ... The winner of our challenge this week will also be offered a GD spot with us so get out your stripes ... Paper, Paint whatever suits you and come join us this week.

Our team have some lovely projects for your inspiration up on the Blog ... pop over and take a look!

Have a lovely week and I'll be back soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Hello and Happy Sunday!

Not long now till Halloween and at 

The lovely Manuela has chosen a great word prompt for us


This week with the help of Picmonkey I altered a few of my 'normal' photos to make them 

The above shot was originally a photo of snow falling in my garden ... darken it, add a moon and some Halloween favourites and voila!

As well as Picmonkey I played with brushes in Photoshop to change the above photo into a ghostly image with dark shadows creeping along ... you saw the film Ghost? Remember those black little shadow things that took away the bad people... Eeeek!!

A young witch? Or just me at 16 with my cat? It's all in the eyes....

I'll leave you with this photo taken in my garden - I think there's always something spooky about magpies

I'm really looking forward to seeing your photos this week ....

Link up with us at 

And don't forget to hop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team have in store for you

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Hi there ...

We have a challenge going on at City Crafter - A Piece of Sky ... The inspiration photo I chose for the challenge inspired me to make a similar card ...
This is the inspiration photo

... And this is my card

I tried various ways to create a galaxy background but the one that worked best for me was to start with a piece of pearlescent black cardOf course not all paints show up on this but trying different ones I found that Tim Holtz Pewter Distress paint worked brilliantly to give a shiny misty effect

It's difficult to photograph but I dabbed some of the pewter paint on one side of the CS and sprayed it well with water and then just moved the CS around allowing the paint to swirl and settle where it wanted 
After drying this off I used Shimmerz paint (Egg Noggin) spray and some Mr Huey's calico white spray

The stamp set is WPlus9 So 80's ... It's a limited edition and if you are in the UK you can buy it at Make the Day Special (click the link)
Here and Here are a couple of links if you'd like to watch ways of creating this type of BG ... I guess you have to find which works best for you - I really like the result of this one

Thanks so much for your visit ... Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthday Sparkle


It's been a bit wild weather wise but all's good ... We had the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo yesterday and I'm really grateful I don't live in a part of the world that has hurricanes on a regular basis

There are more birthday's coming up so I made another shaker card for a friend who celebrates her birthday in a couple of days...

This time I cut a dress with my Cameo and used the negative as my shaker... There was a time when I thought a shaker had to be a square or circle but really anything goes - it's a great way to use the negatives and scraps of paper

Also I have lots of those sequins ... got to use them right?

The die cut word is from PTI ... I can see this being used a lot

I hope your enjoying your week ... 

 Take care

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City Crafter 234

Good morning everyone ... 
It's my turn to host over at City Crafter Challenge and the theme this week is

"A Piece Of Sky"

(Which also happens to be one of my favourite Streisand songs ...)

This week we want you to create a card or project that includes 1 or more of the following
Moon, Sun, Rain, Clouds, Snow

Typically British I went with rain...

I cut the image on my Cameo (twice) - once in grey CS and once in dottie paper so that I could cut out the umbrella and pop it up with foam dots to give some dimension ... same with her wellingtons which were given a coat of Glossy Accents

I'm sponsoring a prize for the winner this week ... A pretty paper pack

If you like mystical backgrounds you'll love these papers

Our team have more inspiration for you up on the City Crafter Blog so hop over and take a look

Enjoy your day and thanks so much for looking in

~ Ros ~

Monday, October 20, 2014

Prayers Answered

Hello sweet friends ....

Our prayers were answered and all has turned out well with the family issue...
I'm finally getting my life back and managed to sleep these last 2 night ... of course Gipsy still gets up between 4 and 5am and wakes me ... but the past few weeks I've already been awake 
I've even managed to catch up with your blogs!

Thursday was a roller coaster day of ups and downs and tears and we owe a big Thank You to at certain lady who was there in our corner
The least I could do was make her a card

Throughout the long day we kind of got to know each other ... which is good because when she broke the good news I just burst into tears and hugged her tight. 
Her life can be stressful and I thought a shaker card would be ideal

... just give it a good shake when you're down and see the colours shine

I never want to have to go through that day again and please God we won't have to

I'm truly grateful for your support, that truth, honesty and love prevailed ...

Big hugs to you all

~ Ros ~

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Hello there...

Our hostess this week at Our Beautiful World is Wendy
And the prompt she has chosen this week is

  1. of or relating to the countryside; rural.
  2. made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular:
  1. an unsophisticated country person.
  2. a small brownish European moth.

You all know I love to 'dress' things up from time to time ... but there are certain things in my home that have their own Rustic charm ... plain and simple

... a few rough edges and lines of natural character

A little of the outside to grace the inside

I've spent a few holidays in simple cabins in the heart of woodlands ... just me my husband and my dog 

... and I've seen a little of the Rustic life in Norway

The thing that amazed my about this cabin that was so high up in the snow covered mountains, was how it was supported ... 

... simple logs placed underneath it ... I guess it works

My maternal grandmother was Swiss ... she lived a Rustic life in the mountains until she came to the city of London ... a complete contrast where she was surrounded in modern day life ... but amongst the glamour and glitz stood the biggest Rustic dresser which she kept until the day she died ... every room revealed something of the simple life she left behind ... hand knitted blankets and shawls in every hue that sometimes looked out of place... Even the food she cooked was wholesome 'peasant food' as she called it ... And these have remained my favourites

Link up your Rustic photos with us at 

Our Beautiful World and go visit the Blog to see what the rest of our team have to share

Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweet friends

Hello ...

I'm just popping in to say Thank You to you my sweet blog friends

Last week at Just Us Girls my card was picked as
Chic of the Week
It really lifted my spirits to see I'd won

If you follow my blog you will know that my family has been struggling with an ongoing issue ... It's been up to me to try and keep them all calm and instil a little hope in what has often seemed a hopeless situation ...
I couldn't be more appreciative of your support and your kindness ... I know many of you are keeping us in your prayers and tomorrow is going to be a big day for us

So "Thank You" to all of you ... To the lovely Robyn for this beautiful card

To my dear friend Kirsty for this card

(I'll keep fighting - I promise)

And to my sweet friend Sue who sent me this card

You lovely bloggers have become my extended family and I love you

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

City Crafter 233

Good morning!

Are you ready for a new challenge at City Crafter?
This week we have the lovely Kirsty hosting for us with a Photo Inspiration challenge

Here's the photo Kirsty has given us

I went with the travel theme and made my first slider card

From the front it looks like an ordinary card but if you pull on that bow the tag slides up to reveal the hidden heart...

...and text on the tag

a side view

The team have some more lovely projects for you up on the City Crafter Blog and don't forget that our Guest Designer for the whole month is Greta ... So hop on over and take a look at their creations

Our winner this week will also have a GD spot with us ...

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with ... you never fail to amaze me with your creativity

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, October 12, 2014



It's my turn to come up with the prompt at 
this week ...

The word is simply Autumn

For a nature lover like me it's a time to celebrate the glorious colour of the season ... more so if the sun puts in an appearance 

Before the plants and trees bid their last goodnight as winter approaches ...

They put on a display of beauty and warmth

I could photograph them all day

 The early morning dew 

... The many gossamer like webs that stretch just about everywhere

Even flowers still bloom ... tiny but perfect

Berries of every variety hang from the trees

and Mr Squirrel rushes about eager to collect the fallen nuts

Who would have thought a broken and wind blown sprig could have looked so beautiful?

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos of Autumn in your part of the world... 

Link up at Our Beautiful World this week and take a look at the photos my friends are sharing with you

Have a beautiful Autumnal Sunday

~ Ros ~