Friday, July 31, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card

Hello there!

I can't believe another week has gone by!

I have a card to share that I made for a friend of my husband, featuring the sun ... something we've not seen much of these past few weeks... Summer seems to have said her goodbyes, she never stays long here.

My card is very much like the one I made Here and I just thought the PTI sentiment was perfect for the design

I have to say that when I first did this the sponged 'sun' look more like a jaffa orange! So I added some gold splats hoping it would look more like the sun Lol!

I'm meeting friends for lunch today but before I dash I just wanted to day a big thank you the the team at Muse Card Challenge for my Honourable Mention this week... I'm delighted!

Have yourselves a wonderful day!

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch

Hello and good morning!

Way back in May,  I was asked by the lovely Chrissy Larson if I would like to Guest Design this week over at

I was thrilled! What an honour!

Here's the sketch for this week

I have to confess that when I saw it I was kinda dumfounded... It took me a while to work out those shapes - I'm pretty pedantic when it comes to sketches so getting those unusual circles shapes right was a challenge

Here's what I came up with

The paint effect paper I used was a free desktop wallpaper I found Here - I just loved those happy colours and to tie them in I sponged Memento Ink in Cantaloupe on some CS cut a bunch of circle shapes, printed a digital paper in the blue shade for the BG and then just cut and fiddled with those shapes till I got it right

Once everything was in place I use a stitched rectangle die to cut it all out and added Ellie and my sentiment

I am so looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team come up with this week so I'm off to the Blog to take a peek ...
Thanks so much Chrissy and the team for having me with you this week - I hope I did this sketch justice

Have a lovely day everyone

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

City Crafter 272

Good morning everyone

Today starts a new challenge at 

This week's challenge has been set by Samra Sadly this is Samra's last week on the DT and we will miss her unique style 
Our very best wishes to you Samra!

The challenge this week is to make a Masculine Birthday Card

Here's my card

One of my brother's repairs motorcycles so this will be great for his upcoming birthday
I started by smooshing some distress inks onto watercolour CS, stamped over it and after adding a few black sequins I created a frame with an acetate front  

The motorcycle is a sticker I've had for a long time and putting it on top of the acetate meant I didn't lose any of the cut out detail

Our Guest Designer this week is Dana winner of week 267 .. . Do go visit her blog and leave some love and check out what the rest of the DT have created at

We hope you'll join us this week!

Have a great day and be safe

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 27, 2015

Just a Beach

Did you have a good weekend? 
We had a very wet day here yesterday ... Not much to do but take it easy...
DH watched golf on TV and I played with some paints...

I did another beach scene ... something that's been going around in my head

I painted the scene using distress inks on watercolour CS ... again I used some art masking fluid to expose some white in the 'sea' then I did some experimenting 

First I smeared VersaMark onto the sea part and embossed in clear EP to give it that 'wet' look ... Then I pulled out Fluffy Stuff  by Woodware to get that foam

The little boat was from a free colouring page on the web and I just resized it - printed and painted it and cut it out...
The marks you can just make out in the 'sand' were done by putting some paint on a piece of corrugated CS and dabbing it down ... the dark specks are distress EP sprinkled over a light touch of glue ...

The little green netting under the boat is a piece of old scrunchy - the kind you use in the shower - I painted it too and the tiny pieces of wood were just snapped from a wreath I have
So there we are and even though I think it's kinda cute I'm going to enter it at 

And I see I can enter it at 
Anything But A Card

Seeing as how this is going on my wall ...

Right I'm off to the hospital today to see my dermatologist so I'll catch you tomorrow
Have a great day and thanks for looking in on me

~ Ros ~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

All Or Nothing Day

Hello again ... 
If you are looking for my post for Our Beautiful World - please scroll down

This post is dedicated to 

All or Nothing Day

I was contacted recently by a lady called Heather Von St James - A 10 year survivor of 
I had never heard of All or Nothing Day nor of Mesothelioma either in case you are wondering

Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer whereby a person has at some time in their life come into contact with asbestos ... It could be years before symptoms develop as Heather was to discover shortly after the birth of her daughter ... A time when life should have been beautiful 

She was exposed to asbestos as a little girl while wearing her father's work jacket that was covered in the deadly fibers.  Shortly after her diagnosis, she underwent a treatment that involved the removal of her left lung, changing her life forever.

Asbestos is still widely used in the United States, and Mesothelioma is only caused by asbestos exposure.  It affects the lining of the organs, most commonly, the lungs.  Click here to find out more about this disease and to read Heather's amazing story.

All or Nothing Day is to raise awareness of the disease and just as importantly Hope... It is about living every day to the fullest...

Heather asked me to mention how I live each day to the fullest ... But do I? Do any of us as we get caught up in daily life?
I know only too well how life can change in a matter of moments ... I was only 12 when I first learned the harsh reality... A school friend died in a house fire... One day we were chatting and the next day she was gone... 8 years late I lost my beloved Dad suddenly without warning... And so it went... My Mum my nephew and cousins - all without warning... all in different circumstances

If only for today be aware of how precious life is on this beautiful planet of ours... Keep hope in your heart and cherish every moment....

Life can be All or Nothing

~ Ros ~


Happy Sunday!

Time for a new prompt over at 

This week the prompt has been picked by Manuela and it's 

Here are my photos....

Bubble Game

 School Game

Garden Game

Football Game

Share your photos with us at

I just wanted to let you know that I will be sharing another post later today for 
All or Nothing Day 
I hope you'll pop back

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Happy Birthday Stella!

Good morning!

In case you didn't know it ... Today my dear friend Stella (A little bit of the things I enjoy blogspot)
celebrates her birthday!!

Happy Birthday Stella!!!

Stella and I spent 5 fabulous days together earlier in the year and I only wish I could be with her today

City Crafter has a special post today and we'd love it if you stopped by and left a birthday message too

Here's the card I posted to Stella along with some treats

I know Stella loves these colours and I added lots of sparkle to reflect her personality

Stella I'm wishing you the Happiest Birthday ... Enjoy every second of your special day!

With love and hugs

~ Ros ~

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Muse

Good morning!
Another week gone by and the weekend awaits...

I've been able to spend a fair bit of time creating this week and today I have a card for 

Anita Bowden is this week's Muse and this is her beautiful card

Here's my take...

I focused on the flowers and the design ... and I've rediscovered my love of paper piecing which is great for using up scraps!

Once again I'm using Wplus9 Doodle Buds ... I just adore this set and you can probably tell that some of those scrap papers are years old!
I used an SU punch to cut out a window for my sentiment just as an extra twist

Ok that's me for today ... I'm hoping that the weather will brighten up later and I can drag myself away from my little room ... 

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blue Bouquet

Hello ...

Firstly, I am thrilled to say that  2 of my previous cards received Honourable Mentions this week ... One at The Male Room Challenge and one at Colour Me
Thanks so much to both Teams for the honour!

Well, summer has disappeared once again and I'm feeling a little blue, so I made a card
 for The Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is Blue an the optional element is a Vase

I recently bought the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamps which I used to make my bouquet

... Stamping them onto paper and just fussy cutting them
My blooms are arranged in a stamped and painted jar which I masked off before stencilling the brick background

A little vellum die cuts, a few sequins, burlap ribbon and more paint splatters complete the card

I hope you're having a good day and the sun is shining for you 
Thanks for looking in on me ...

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Make it Monday

Happy Wednesday!

I'm just popping in with a card I did for the PTI make It Monday...
Watercolour with die cut stencils

I went with the PTI 'Love' die and the little heart is part of the die

I opted just to used one colour of shimmery paint and then adds some splatters

Just a shame the shimmer doesn't show but it gave me a chance to use the masking paper I bought and hadn't even opened!

I hope your week is going well ... thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

City Crafter 271


Well, here we are on week 271 of City Crafter Challenge and it's my dear friend Stella's turn to host for us
Stella has given us the theme
Hemp & Twine

This week we are to create a project that features either Hemp or Twine but NO ribbon or lace!

Here's my whimsical card using twine

I made quite a lot of those galaxy backgrounds for my special need group so I'm using a piece here along with a kitty from the Newtons Nook stamps ... You recognise him right? It's my little ginger cat Lol!

He's being floated up to space in the "paper pieced" box tied to a ballon with twine

Our Guest Designer this week is Lise ... click on her name to go visit her lovely blog - I love her simple clean style and I'm sure you will too

This week there will be a prize package for the winner from our host Stella!

Just look at those beautiful goodies!

Hop on over to the City Crafter Blog to see what the team have in store for you this week and thank you to everyone for your constant support....

Have a great week

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 20, 2015

Just For Me......

Hello ...
It's not often I make something just for me but It's pretty dismal here ... Grey skies and rain showers...
Even Ginger cat has found an old box to curl up in here in my craft room

I'm missing the beach ... been thinking about it a lot lately ... When I came across this on Pinterest

That was it ... I had to try and replicate it ... just for me ... to sit on my desk

I started with the 'sea' by randomly adding some art masking fluid on Watercolour card and then painting with various Distress Stains ... Not too bad...

...once I peeled off that masking fluid to reveal the white CS underneath and added a few splashes of water...
 I decided to type out the words on my computer and print them onto acetate ... So far so good but it needed a little more

So I added some embellishments including a starfish I'd made from clay and painted - I used the same paint to colour some cardstock and die cut out the word LOVE several times and stacked it - same with the little heart.....

The rope at the top holds the acetate to the painted BG and that was then adhered with foam tape onto a scrap piece of cardboard which I had torn and given a wash of white paint ... Finally I glued it to my card base

I'm going to enter this at Anything But Cute

And also at AAA Cards

And would you believe the sun has now just appeared??

Have a great day

~ Ros ~