Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just Because

Hello friends

I think I've almost caught up with everything and even got my project for Thursday club sorted phew!
I spent a lovely afternoon with my friend Pat on Monday and we chatted, drank coffee and ate some of my homemade buns and of course did some card making...

Having seen These lovely cards on Danielle Flanders blog I was inspired to try out this technique and here's what I came up with

The flower stamp I used is an old one by American Crafts - and I used the umbrella die from Impression Obsessions

I'm loving the Label Maker Sentiments from MFT ... There are so many combinations you can come up with

You can just see that I put some black CS behind the front of the card and slightly offset the umbrellas just to give a little more definition and shadow

I hope your having a good day ... We had wonderful weather and it's set to last for a few more days yet

Thanks so much for stopping by

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

City Crafter Challenge 281

Hello and good morning!
Can you believe this is the last challenge of September at City Crafter? Here we are already heading to October and the weather here has been so nice I'm still hanging on to the last of summer!

This week we have the talented Marina hosting our challenge with the theme 
Geek Chic

Collage by Marina

The challenge is to create a card or project using the theme sci fi, science, technology or be inspired by the collage

I have to say that this did give me a bit of a headache, but hey it's a challenge right? I tried one idea first and wasn't keen on that so in the end this is what I came up with

Does it look like a cell phone? Well that's what it's supposed to be with a photo of Autumn colours

The photo was from my printshop program and I made the phone on my silhouette

Our Guest Designer this week is Padoriaa winner of challenge 273, She creates the most lovely shabby chic projects - click the link to be taken to her blog and see for yourself her lovely cards
As always we are offering a GD spot to our winner so come along and join us ... I'm dying to see what you clever crafters come up with.

I'm off to see what the rest of our team have to inspire you this week at City Crafter - Care to join me?

Have a beautiful day my friends

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Our Beautiful World

Hello and Happy Sunday!

Our prompt this week at 

Has been chosen for us by the lovely Mandy... The prompt is

This is one of my lovely fuchsia plants against my brick wall that started out so tiny a few months ago and suddenly grew so big I had to put bricks under it...

And here's another pretty plant that likes to be against the brick wall keeping company with that lovely fuchsia

In my back garden I have a brick laid area too

Which looks colourful when there's been a rainfall as in this photo ... Can you see that birdhouse stand? Ginger cat uses it as a scratch post, hence the damage!

Finally I have a shot of a very old but still used railway station in Delamere Forest ... this station opened in June 1870

The bricks you see here are actually quarry stone or sandstone and the building houses a lovely tea shop where you can get tea served in a large china pot with fresh cream cakes and various other delights. It's a favourite place for travellers and people who want to walk through the forest or just stop to take refreshments.

I wonder what you will share with us this week ... Hop on over to the Blog to see what my friends are sharing

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Friday, September 25, 2015

Back home and 70th Birthday

Hello there!

I'm back from holiday and happy to be home ... It was a lovely break and the weather was amazing but I missed my son, my cats and my creative space and I missed popping in to see you all and your creations... There's no place like home!

I have a card to share that I made for my husbands friend who celebrated his 70th whilst we were away 

I cut the front on my silhouette and turned it into a shaker

I rarely share photos of myself but here are a couple taken from the chill out space on the top floor of our hotel - I've no doubt that once the colder weather takes hold here in the UK I will wish I were back there just chillin' and seeing that beautiful view as the sun dips over the mountians

I hope to catch up with you all soon

Wishing you a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

City Crafter 280

Hi there!

My sweet friend Stella is hosting for us this week at

The theme is "Fall Has Arrived"
Create a card or project and pick an element of the photo inspiration.

 Stella -
"Fall has just started and yes leaves are falling. But it's also harvest time so that's also a great idea to start with. Or create a view with hills/borders. Just have fun!"

Here's my card

I cut a little hillside, sponged it and added the sweet little wooden houses and then cut and water coloured the leaves in Autumn shades

Ok... So the ladybird was just an added extra ... not really Autumnal... But it's red like the fruit in the photo.. Yes that's how my old brain works Lol!
And the piece of painted cardboard just happened to be in my scraps waiting to be used on something so why not?

This week we have the lovely Andie Miller Guesting for us - Here's a link to her Blog - do pop by and say hello! And hop on over to CCCB to check out the creations from all the team

We're looking forward to seeing your projects this week ... You always blow us away with your talent!

I'm still away so I'll catch up with you all when I get home
Till then have a beautiful week ... 

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Our Beautiful World

Hello and good morning!
Whilst you are reading this I hope to be soaking up some sun and relaxing in Majorca...

Today at

Manuela picked the prompt

We have lots of those don't we ... Here are some of mine

Assorted little birds I bought for a project at Thursday Club ... Aren't they sweet!

Assorted buttons of which I have tons! I never use them anymore

Assorted sequins - a gift from my friend Stella

And I recently bought a new phone wallet... I love the assortment of images on this

Go visit the Blog to see what my friends are sharing this week and please link up with us at

Have a beautiful day...

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NBUS Challenge


Well I'm off on holiday in 2 days time and my case hasn't even been opened let alone packed!
I just had to squeeze in an entry for the lovely Darnell's NBUS Challenge

My NBUS are the Label Maker Sentiments stamps by MFT which I got from Make The Day Special

I did some spray painting on a piece of watercolour CS and added the skyline die cut by Clearly Besotted

Part of my sentiment is a bit crooked ... But the one purchase I made this year that I will never regret is the Misty ... You can just keep on inking up your stamps to get great coverage ... albeit I got it a little crooked

The little kitty was cut on my Cameo and the sparkly foam stars are from my stash.

The challenge ends 18th September and there are heaps of prizes to be won from some amazing sponsors including the kind and generous Darnell so hurry if you are going to enter.

Be good whilst I'm away and be safe

Hugs for now

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

City Crafter 279

Hello there!

I'm hosting this week's challenge over at City Crafter
The challenge is Paper Piecing

It's an old technique and brilliant if you are not comfortable with colouring images or masking them off and it's a great way of using up your scraps of paper! 
So this week that's what we want to see on your projects

I used the Doodle Buds stamps from Wplus9, stamping first onto my card and then onto scraps of paper and piecing them together

I love the colours you can achieve with papers and it couldn't be simpler!

Our Guest Designer this week is Oribella - click the link to go visit her blog - you'll love her beautiful creations!

I hope you'll join us this week and share your beautiful projects ... Head on over to CCCB to see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Good morning!

Time for another prompt at 

This week I have chosen the word for you and it's

At the back of our home we have lots of trees some of which bear nuts ... The squirrels got busy!
Every morning for about a week this is what I came down to... No sooner had I cleared it up then another downpour of shells came... So Messy!

The birds ... they constantly throw moss down from the roof and everywhere is Messy

And me? Well my carelessness caused a messy floor ... I knocked over my box of sequins ... Once they were all sorted into colours, now they are just a sparkly mess

Oh well - that's the way it goes sometimes ...

Share your "messy" photos with us at 

Then I won't feel so bad haha!

Enjoy your sunday

~ Ros ~

Friday, September 11, 2015


Hello and good morning to you!

Friday is here once more and for me it means I can relax a little. Club night was really hectic and I've had some other family issues to take care of... Thankfully everything has gone well

I have managed to make a couple of cards ... As I am going away next week I've been keeping up with DT projects but this card is going to the Netherlands

It's for our friend Martijn ... Stella's youngest son
If you follow my blog you will remember that Martijn came to Liverpool for a 6 month stint to work on his Masters Degree and during that time we sort of adopted him... 

Back home in the Netherlands he graduated with excellence! I couldn't be happier for him or my dear friends Stella and Marcel
So this is from all of us ... the cats included - Martijn became good friends with Ginger cat Lol!

I do hope your weekend is a good one ... Thanks so much for looking in on me - Your friendship means a lot and I had a lovely card this week from my blog friend Greta

Thank you Greta ... It couldn't have come at a better time!

Have a lovely day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

City Crafter 278

Time for a new challenge at City Crafter where Kirsty is hosting for us with a theme titled
Feeling Flat

He looks like I'm feeling right now having just prepared a project for my special needs group ... 60 notebooks to put together (3 each) plus a box to hold them in with all the embellishments phew!

On to the challenge ... Kirsty wants us to create a card that is flat and mail friendly
I made this for a friend who celebrated his birthday recently

This slotted into an envelope easily and only regular postage

After masking off, I stencilled right onto my card front with inks and added a little embossed stencilling too

Our Guest Designer this week is Buffy Burnside of Cherished Mementos - click on her name to go visit her blog

As always the team have more inspiration for you up on the City Crafter Blog 
I hope you can play along with us this week!

Have yourselves a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Sunday, September 06, 2015


Hello and good morning!

It's been such a busy week, meetings for the new schedule at Thursday Club where I hold a craft class for physically and mentally challenged adults. Then a funeral to attend - We lost one of our lovely girls from Thursday Club... Louisa was a popular young lady and would have celebrated her 30th birthday next month... so very sad.
Now I'm busy coming up with projects for the group next week so I've had little time to myself and little time to visit you all.

Today's prompt at 

Has been chosen for us by Kirsty and the prompt is "Jump"

I found this tough ... I only had this photo taken recently whilst I was out shopping with DH
Then I remembered I had some that fit the prompt taken when the Giants came to visit us in Liverpool

In order for those Giant puppets to move, the people dressed in red have to grab on to the ropes and jump
It's hard work and takes a lot of effort and they are all volunteers from the city

That's all I have today ... I'm sure the rest of the team have lots more to share and I hope you link up with us at

I'd love to see what you come up with.

I hope to get around to your blogs soon - Have a great day!

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

September, Birthdays and Holidays

Early September...
The shops are bustling with parents and children buying uniforms and all the necessary supplies as the school term starts again.... Leaves are falling from the trees, flowers are dying out and the squirrel is rushing around my garden trying to gather anything he can before winter sets in. And we have rain... lots of it...Ginger cat is miserable and mooching around not knowing quite what to do with himself.

There are lots of birthdays this month in my circle of friends and family and DH is due to be a grandfather for the second time next week, so here's another birthday card I've made for a blog friend ... 

One way to dress up old papers is to stencil on them and add a good splash of paint Lol! This kind of looks like a galaxy now, that's not what I was aiming for but I'm ok with it

It's contrary to the white space cards I normally do and I've added a flower...I have lots of them because I always used them a lot but no so much now. I even squeezed in some watercolour on the leaves

Did I tell you we were hoping to get away this month? I so need some sunshine and rest. Well it seems that the whole world had the same idea and it's been a nightmare trying to get anything... It appears that lots of people are reluctant to travel to certain places now due to the unrest with wars, economies and other issues but yesterday I did find something and in a couple of weeks we are off to a luxury hotel in a quiet area of my favourite island Majorca. We've never stayed in this part before though we have visited it ...  People like Tom Cruise and Claudia Schiffer have properties in the area so it should be good.

Well, I'll let you get on ... Thanks so much for stopping by 
Have a great day

~ Ros ~