Tuesday, June 30, 2015

City Crafter 268

Hi there!

It's the last day of June and the start of a new challenge over at City Crafter 
 This week we have Samra hosting for us with a 
"Let's Go Nautical "

I just love anything nautical ... For some reason I decided to go nautical with a baby card this week

I used a cute little image from a colouring page that I found on the web and printed it twice so I could cut out the hat and mount one on top of the other for a little dimension ... I coloured the image with Promarkers

All the stamps including the little anchor on the chick's hat are by WPlus9 Dockside collection

This week we are excited to announce a new DT member ... The very talented Marina of 
Please hop on over to her blog and see her beautiful creations and say "Hi"

Our Guest Designer this week is the winner of challenge 259 Judith another extremely talented and lovely lady from the Netherlands ... I just adore her creations and I'm sure you will ... click on the link to go see and don't forget to check out my fellow team mates creations on the City Crafter Blog

I'm so looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week 
Have fun!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Poppies

I hope you had a good weekend 

My thoughts go out to all those affected by the mindless violence both in France and Tunisia this past week ... The terrible shootings in Tunisia happened in a place my husband and I stayed at a few years ago... It's really hard to comprehend what is going on in this world

Crafting takes me away from all that and I have another poppy card to share that I made for a friend's birthday ... we met at high school and more that 50 years on we are still friends

The poppies (Altenew) are painted with distress stains and the little jar (Clearly Besotted) is cut from Vellum

My new bathroom is finally finished and my ear infection is a lot better... I now have projects to prepare for Thursday club and next week my sweet aunt is coming to stay ... I'm  so looking forward to that ...

I'll be back tomorrow for the City Crafter Challenge - Till then, be safe and thanks for your visit

~ Ros ~

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Our Beautiful World

Good morning!

Today Our Beautiful World Blog celebrates it's second birthday... 

 In honour of that we have a prompt this week

TWO is better than one

Kirsty want us to share a photo of TWO of the same thing ... Here's what I came up with

Two of my visiting cats ... Macy and Tabby

Two of my own cats ... Ginger and Gipsy

My adorable GS Holly with her friend Moby the dalmatian ... now they're together in doggie heaven

Twin post boxes in Gibraltar

Two fish fountains taking a break Lol!

When Two is definitely better than one!

And safety in numbers?

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Two is better than one

Hop on over to the blog to see what the rest of the team have to share ... There is a prize for one lucky person who enters this week ... Go check it out at

Have a beautiful day!

~ Ros ~

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Just Us Girls 299

Hi there ....

This is my last week Guesting with the lovely ladies at 
Our last challenge of the month is a Photo Inspiration Challenge

It reminds me of a summer picnic -
I was inspired by the little red gingham tablecloth and that was the starting point for my card... 

I used an old PTI stamp set to stamp out the red gingham and cut out a hat for Elli and a little cloth for her to sit on

I mimicked the little banners in the photo too - printing the word 'chill' and the heart on my computer- I gave a little tip on how to line up your sentiment on your die on THIS post in case you are interested

I've had so much fun playing along at Just Us Girls ... Thanks so much to the lovely ladies on the team for having me ...

Remember that one of the winners from this month's challenges will also be in with a chance to Guest at JUGS so hop on over and take in the wonderful creations from the team and add your link

Thanks so much for stopping by

Enjoy your weekend!

~ Ros ~

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Male Room Challenge

Hello there...

My blog friend Greta is Guesting this month at The Male Room Challenge Blog and this week the challenge theme is Up in The Air (No Birds)

I thought I'd push myself to come up with something so I pulled out some unused bits and pieces I keep in a big box and made this card

I had my sweet great nephew Ross in mind when I made this ... He knows just everything there is to know about planets and would dearly love to be a pilot one day... But Ross is special needs and I'm not sure that would be possible...

My 'moon' is a scrap I had left when I made This galaxy card and the aeroplanes are a die from Simon Says Stamp  and as the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says is Anything Goes I'll be linking my card there too

Quite a simple card really but one more scrap used up ... 10,000 to go Lol!

I hope your week is going well 
Have a good day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

City Crafter 267

Hello friends
It's time for a new challenge at City Crafter and this week my dear friend Stella is hosting for us with a 
Colour Challenge

"Use Blue, Green and a Splash of Red"

Time for a bit of ink blending me thinks

I started by stamping and white embossing my card with a crackle effect stamp and then blended blue and green inks all over

I have an obsession with poppies lately in case you haven't noticed Lol! And though these flowers technically aren't poppies (Velvet Blossoms by Poppystamps) I kind of made them look like poppies

The sentiment is a Rubon ... Perfect for applying to vellum that you can't actually stamp on

Our Guest Designer this week is a fellow Brit - the talented Liz Carvill ... Do stop by her lovely blog and say "Hi" Her cards are fabulous!
Once again we are offering a GD spot to the challenge winner so get creative and come join us this week at City Crafter

Have a lovely day!

~ Ros ~

Monday, June 22, 2015

Painted Poppies

Did you have a good weekend?
My husband loved the Father's Day card I gave him from Mikey and I ... He didn't hear from any of his own children but at least he knows that we appreciate him

Well, we are in the third week of June and there are 2 more birthdays on my calendar before the month is up ... Here's a card ready to go in the post today... Once again I am using the Painted Poppy Stamp by Altenew - I love this stamp

I ran my CS through the printer to get the colour (cashmere mist by Pink Petticoat) and stamped my poppies in back ink - I knew I wanted to paint them but wasn't sure how they would turn out on pre printed card - as soon as it gets wet it changes colour

I was pleasantly surprised ... I used distress stains and I really like the watercolour effect

The little jar and the sentiment are by Clearly Besotted and the butterfly is a Memory Box die
I see that Memory Box are starting a Monthly Challenge! So I'll be entering this card there seeing as the current challenge is Butterflies

I'm still in quite a bit of pain with my ear problem and sleeping is difficult but hopefully by the end of the week I'll be feeling much better ... 

I'll be back tomorrow for the CCCB post ...

Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Our Beautiful World

Hello and good morning!

Manuela has picked the word prompt this week at 

 The word is Tiny

As it happens I got this tiny little eczema spot in the fold of my ear and being that it had nowhere to go it has infected the whole of the ear cartilage and you wouldn't believe that something so tiny could cause so much pain! 
Oh don't worry ... I'm not going to share a photo of my ear Lol!

Here we go ... my photos for Tiny

Tiny little greenfly that are as much a pain in the garden as my ear is right now... I mean I have tons of ants so why aren't they dealing with them?

Tiny little raindrops ... ahh the great British summer and today is midsummer, from hereon in the nights get shorter... 

Tiny poppy seeds ... this poppy is only a miniture

And teeny tiny hairs on the unopened poppies

And one last 'tiny' are these seedlings that I am constantly pulling out of the garden

...because if I don't they will grow into the huge trees that you see in the background of this last photo

Hop on over to the Blog to see what the rest of the team are sharing

Have a lovely Sunday

~ Ros ~

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just Us Girls Week 298

Hello there!
I'm Guesting again this week with those lovely ladies at

The challenge we've been set this week is a colour challenge
Burgundy, Orange (or Gold) and Yellow

I confess when I first saw this I thought burgundy? What have I got that's burgundy? Turns out I actually had a little Versacolour cube in burgundy ... So I decided to do some ink blending

After sponging on my 3 different colour inks I splashed a little water on then stamped and embossed my sentiment in gold

I used the same 3 inks to colour scraps of CS and cut out little stars which were then covered in glossy accents and to give them a shooting star look I added a few gold strands before adhering them with foam dots onto the card

I'm so glad I discovered that little ink pad because I really love the colour.

As always the ladies at Just Us Girls have lots more inspiration for you up on the Blog and one winner from any of the June Challenges will be in the running to be picked as Guest Designer for the whole month of August! So link up your entry ... I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with using these colours ...

Thanks so much for your visit - Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Poppy Sympathy Card

I hope your week is going well ...
We have workmen in redoing our main bathroom ... I confess I hate the disruption and the noise - I know it will all be worth it in the end and I have my sweet Aunt coming to stay for a while in July - I'm really looking forward to that so I'll just have to grin and bear it right now...

I had to make a sympathy card for someone who has just lost her Mum

And having recently bought this gorgeous Painted Poppy stamp by Altenew... It was perfect for my card

... Along with some stencilling and gold glitter embossing ... I also added some 'dew' to the poppy petals using glossy accents 

My sentiment was computer generated and I have a little tip for you - You may wonder how I got my sentiment lined up on my die cut
I used a little banner die (by Clearly Besotted) 

 lining up the die with the sentiment can be tricky so after I print or stamp the sentiment (ensuring the size will fit into my die) I draw a pencil line either side of the sentiment at the centre point (don't worry this will rub out afterwards)...

Turn your die cutting side down and place it to centre your words as above and then slide it upwards until your pencil lines are in the centre of your die

use some low tack tape to hold it in place whilst you run it through your cutting machine and it will come out perfectly centred... 

Ok that's me for today...

Thanks so much for your visit - Take care

~ Ros ~