Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pink Roses

Hello lovely people...

I have 2 more cards using the rose stamp by Clearly Besotted to show you ... They are very similar - Well when you like one why stop there?

This is an anniversary card I made for some friends of ours who celebrated 47 years of marriage yesterday

... The rose and stem was stamped, embossed and painted with Gelatos before fussy cutting

The next one is a birthday card for a very sweet lady I worked with over 30 years ago ... she's not in the best of health and her 93 year old husband takes care of her

 They are almost the same in design but the Gelatos shade differently on different types of card stock ... I used exactly the same red and green on both cards but you can see a slight difference

You can actually see the Wink of Stella on this one too

I hope you are having a good week ... I've 4 more days to go until I have my biopsy done and one way or another I hope they can find out what is wrong with me ... It could be Autoimmune disease they said  and there is no cure for that but better to know right?

Till soon ... be safe

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

City Crafter 250

Hi there!
I have the pleasure of  hosting the challenge this week at City Crafter and the theme I've picked is

Use it Up

I'm all about trying to use up my scraps and die cuts and that's what I want you to do this week
Make a card or project using mostly your scraps and we like you to tell us which bits were your scraps

Here's my card

It's very simple but the whole card was made from left over pieces from previous cards... 

I put glossy accents on the "you' die cut ... those scraps are perfect for die cutting little words and tiny hearts

Our GD this week is Oribella winner of week 247 ... click on the link and check out her lovely shabby style
Our winner this week will also have a GD spot with us so pull out those scraps and share your creations with us at City Crafter ... don't forget to go visit the Blog to see what the rest of the team has to share this week.

Enjoy your day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, February 23, 2015


Hello ...

It's bright and sunny here but we are forecast snow....
There's always lots of things to do indoors and that's where I'm staying for now

I recently bought a copy of the Cards and Papercraft magazine ... simply because there are free stamps by Clearly Besotted this month and I am a fan of theirs ... plus my friend Keren designs for them and it's always a pleasure to see what she comes up with ... 
I just love the rose stamp that was in the set and I've made a few cards using this stamp over the weekend ... Here's one of them ... 

You don't usually see me using these bright colours but I really like this ... I have roses of the same colours in my garden during the summer

I used my Gelatos to paint the flowers and though I'm not that good I do love the Gelatos and I'm happy with how they turned out and I think my fussy cutting may be improving

The sentiment is also part of the stamp set ... I'll share some more of my rose cards later in the week ...

Stay warm and have a good day


~ Ros ~

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Hello ...

 I'm not going to mess up with the prompts this week

Kirsty has picked our prompt and it's

Well I didn't even have to set foot outside my craft room to find something for this prompt

My altered sewing box has circles in form of buttons and spools...
My little glass button jars have circular lids

And all those cut outs from making my special needs projects were just sitting here

...along with a few sequins and a new unopened set of watercolour paints 

Look at those colourful circles

I'm quite sure I could have photographed many more just here in my craft room ... It's amazing how many circles there are in one form or another... That's the thing about these prompts ... you see things you would have otherwise ignored....

Link up yours with us at Our Beautiful World this week

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hope & Believe.....

Spring will come ... Eventually
Hope & Believe

I've been playing with blues and green's ... They make me happy 

Swishing paints around ... cutting out fresh green leaves

The birds are ready ... I'm ready... So come on Spring

Wishing you a lovely weekend

~ Ros ~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Little Decor

Hi there ...

I've not much to post right now ... Just been working on upcoming DT projects and busy with life
However, I thought you may like to see how my dining area is shaping up

So ... it's been redecorated and a faux panel wall constructed ... I haven't been able to find a photo of the before but trust me it's totally different

This is an old pine unit I've had for years and I'm loathe to part with it so I used a chalk paint to give it a new lease of life and using wax paper I added the french graphic ... a freebie from The Graphics Fairy

New handles that sparkle and catch the light and new lamps too ... You can see the runner under the glass top which I made from (matching to the paper) fabric which I also used to cover the seats of the new Ikea chairs

The table is also from Ikea - a lucky find in the bargain section and just the right size - I painted the top too and then we had glass made to fit

I painted the old mirror and I added my trade mark splatters in pewter Lol!
The 3 bottles wrapped in burlap I found at The Range and today they have fresh daffodils in
There is some more work to complete ... namely I managed to get a shuttered mirror yesterday which I intend to paint and put at the other end of the room together with a little shelf ... 

It seems to have been a long process not least of all because the guy who was to finish off the new beading around the floor never returned - we waited 3 weeks and ended up having to finish it ourselves plus DH had to do a little more papering 

We're pleased with the result though and next stop is the new insulated roof to be done on the conservatory which means that too will be decorated soon.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I've been up to

Till soon take care

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

City Crafter 249

Good morning!

Got my head screwed on right today and ready to go with a new challenge at 
Where we have Kirsty hosting for us with the theme
Love Metal

Kirsty is asking that we create a card or project that includes a metal piece

I used a metal frame

... Which I backed with acetate to mount the little butterfly

As you can see I used paints to make the background and the butterfly and I stamped "You are amazing" in Versamark which I then embossed with white EP. It doesn't show up too well on these photos I'm afraid.

Our GD this week is the talented Lenet who won the challenge in week 246 Hop over to her blog and take a look at her beautiful projects and then go and see what the rest of our team at CCCB have to share with you this week

Enjoy your day and thanks so much for looking in on me

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cherish Every Moment

Hey there!

I was absent from Our Beautiful World yesterday ... The reason being that I got my prompts mixed up - I had my photos and post all ready to go but for the wrong week! By time I realised, it was too late to do anything about it... 
I hate messing up ... Feeling like I let people down ...It happens I guess- especially when you have so many things to remember and chiding myself only makes it worse

So I stepped away ... for a whole day I left my computer alone and took time out to spend with my husband ... I dressed up and we lunched out, visited a few shops and bought a few things for our home and enjoyed a nice evening together. Sometimes I just forget to be kind to myself...

I have these tape patches stuck on parts of my body that are sore and irritated and I sometimes feel like a patchwork doll Lol! This image kind of says it all ... I made it for Pat, one of the many friends who make me smile

...and laughs along with me when I get frustrated and cross with myself

I have got the right post for the challenge at City Crafter tomorrow though ... So I'll see you then

Have a lovely day and be good to yourself

~ Ros ~

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lucky Me

It's the end of a long and busy week and I for one am glad it's Friday - I can wind down a little...

Today I want to share the talent and kindness of a couple of dear blog friends

A month ago I celebrated another birthday (yep, there's been quite a lot lol!)
A new little girl came to live with me ...

This adorable bunny was handmade by Kirsty! As it happens her blog is called Handmade Little Things ... It arrived with this sweet pretty card

What Kirsty could not have known is that when I was very little I wouldn't go to bed without my beloved bunny ... I had one wrapped in a little blanket that slept in my cot with me so this gift is a precious reminder ...

And just when I thought my celebrations were over ... Another package arrived today from the talented and sweet Wendy Sylvestre
Oh my ... What beautiful things ... Take a look

Papers, ribbons, roses, and flowers

Lace, stamps and a gorgeous stencil

A beautiful mixed media card ... And as if this was not enough ... Wendy sent me her beautiful handmade book

How beautiful ...

To see more photos of this lovely book ... Click Here 

What amazing friends I have

My heart is full of gratitude ..... Thank you!

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Somebody loves you


I'm snowed under with things to do today ... I wish you could see my craft room ... actually I don't Lol!
So many things to finish and I'm not quite sure where to start ... 
Anyway I thought I'd share another card loosely resembling one of the cards my special needs group will be making tomorrow... The front of theirs will be totally different but the inside the same

Theirs will have DP on the front with an aperture for an image whilst mine is done sponging my favourite colour ink Sea Glass onto card stock ... stamping with watered down red gelato and speckles of gold writers ink

I cut the heart out and then stencilled circles with embossing paste adding a generous helping of glitter and then used foam tape to place it back 

And on the inside....

3 dangling glittery hearts ... This is the part my group will love ... Can you work out how many hearts I have had to die cut? 60+ just for one card and I have another card and a project for them to make so you can imagine what my room looks like right now

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges 

Thanks so much for checking in on me ... Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Good morning

It's time for a new challenge at City Crafter and this week Stella is our lovely hostess

The theme she has chosen is
You Matter

Stella is asking that we create a card or project to let someone know that they matter

DH and I took Stella's son out to dinner last Friday ... He's doing his Masters Degree here at Liverpool University - My, what a lovely young man he is ... such a credit to his parents and what a great evening we had

I had some fun playing with watercolour using Gelatos for this challenge ... 

I watered down the red and gold Gelatos onto an acrylic stamping block and smooched them onto a scrap of watercolour paper and added a few splats ... These are quickly becoming my trade mark I think lol!

There's a scrap of pink sequined organza  just behind the watercolour paper and you can also see a strip of stars that are on acetate which I rescued from an old shop bought card

Our Guest Designer this week is Maria f. Winner of challenge week 244 ... Click the link on her name and go visit her blog ... Maria has a wonderful style and you'll love seeing her creations

As always this week's winner will also be offered a GD spot with us so come and share your creations for those people who matter to you.
Don't forget to check out the projects up on the City Crafter Blog too! 

There are a few challenges I like to enter this card at ...
 Those lovely ladies at Just Us Girls  are having a Word Week challenge 

Crafty Card Makers  - A new (to me) challenge blog is also about Love

And Love is the theme at The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Wishing you a lovely day


~ Ros ~

Monday, February 09, 2015

Scrap Card 3

How are you all?

I'm pleased to say that my rash is improving since my visit to hospital last week ... I have a biopsy scheduled for the beginning of March ... Until then I have more lotions and potions to use... My morning has to be a regime of applying creams and waiting time till the next thing is applied. I have a special shampoo too which I hate! I have to apply it every day and wait 15 mins before rinsing and the static it causes is ridiculous! I keep telling myself in a few months time this will all be a distant memory... sigh

Anyhoo, I have another card to share that I made using up my scraps and a few little black pearls

The little bird and flower were left overs as was the paper

I added some little black pearls to the Chloe stem to make it a bit more special because these Thank You cards are going out to special blog friends ...

Right now I'm busy working on Valentine cards for my Thursday group ... they love card making but coming up with something that will keep them going for 90 minutes and for 20+ people is a lot of work .. It means coming up with cards that have quite a few things to 'stick' on and then cutting out all those bits for them ...

My dining area is almost finished and I will share some photo when I can ... 

Have a lovely day ... Thanks for popping in - I'll be back tomorrow 

~ Ros ~