Tuesday, January 31, 2017

City Crafter 347

Good morning!

It's the last day of January and February beckons...

Today Stella is hosting this week's challenge at City Crafter with a Colour Splash

'Create a project with Black & White and a splash of Aqua'

I think I got a little more than a splash here...

I've got stamping, heat embossing, stencilling and a little die cut cat... Kinda busy? Hey ho ... I just went with it ... I've decided not to be so hard on myself and agonise over these things, after all I'm not entering these challenges ... That's down to you haha!

So this week is our final week with a Guest Designer... The lovely Danielle has been with us the whole month of January and we've loved having her, but we are changing things a little here at CCCB so stay tuned.

Our team will continue to inspire you with their creations up on the blog ... Go take a look and link up your 
black & white with a splash of Aqua creations

Have fun!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Our Beautiful World

Good morning...

The prompt this week at Our Beautiful World is


Simple, or is it? There are so many things in our world that are beautiful but some can not be captured in a photograph... 

You can photograph the beauty of nature

 The colours and the delicate petals of a rose... But not the scent
The first show of blossom but not the joy that Spring brings...

The wildlife that visit and thrive because of these beauties

And the funny little habits of some of those visitors that both annoy and yet make you smile

But you can't photograph the beautiful relationship of trust and love
Not many would think Ginger was beautiful when we took him in

His eyes so sore and the sadness of being mistreated and unloved evident... And now?

Now you can see his beauty was always there... 

My last dog Holly was about to be put down till I found her in the RSPCA,  dirty and neglected, ribs broken from beatings ... 2 years later, just look how beautiful she became... 

Sometime you have to look beyond the surface to see beauty, sometimes the most beautiful things are only felt in our hearts...

Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NBUS Challenge & SSS Work It Wednesday

Hi there...

Once again the lovely Darnell is hosting her ever popular NBUS challenge! 

You must hop on over to her Blog to check out all the details as there are various optional elements but the theme is always the same ...
Use something that you haven't used before, be it a new item or something that has been stashed away just waiting for this moment! 
There is a whole array of amazing prizes to be won... That lady just blows me away... I was lucky enough to meet her last year and trust me, she really is as lovely, generous and witty as you think!

So here's my entry

My NBUS items are the stencil I used for my BG which was a gift from my friend Stella and to my shame I had never used, and also the bicycle die which I bought on Amazon and it arrived on Monday... 

I cut the bicycle in silver glitter card and in white so I could pieced the flowers/stars and mud guards, then used Copics to colour the balloons etc and glossed them with Mod Podge dimensional magic

One of the optional elements is to use the camouflaged word technique and that's what I did here with a PTI birthday die.

I'm also entering this as Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday

Ok... My friend Pat will be arriving in a few hours and I know she will want to CASe this so I'd better get organised...

Have a great day 

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

City Crafter 346

Hello and good morning!
 Another week has gone by and I really don't know where the time is going... 

Today Kirsty is hosting our challenge at City Crafter
The theme is "Celebrate With Confetti"

Kirsty is asking that we create a project using confetti, well I think sequins count so here's my card

I made this card for a friend's birthday and ended up making a ton of Thank You cards with the same design, just smaller... Of course I forgot to photograph them before they were posted Lol!
The idea was to have the confetti falling from the tree

 I love using my distress inks to sponge with and the card came together really quickly.

We still have our lovely GD Danielle with us this week and I do hope you will go visit the blog to see what Danielle and the team have created to inspire you..

Have a great day!

~ Ros ~

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just a card

Hello there ...

It's been a busy few weeks and ages since I've been able to make anything other than DT projects and Club projects ...  I spent a few days to prepared last week's project for Thursday Club, they made calendars and I don't have one to show you because I always give away my samples when we have a big class and it was a full class and very noisy!
Sadly one of our members had been in hospital and the situation is such that a safe place had to be found for him...  Parent just become old and their mind gets confused... So whilst it is hard work to keep on coming up with projects, it makes the group happy and that's all I can do.

I have a little card I made a long while ago that I forgot to share ... It's another one where I drew a butterfly and flower into some loose watercolour

I did a similar one Here, but the flower then was stamped... 

I haven't had my paints out for a while and I like doing these smaller cards so hopefully I'll find some time and inspiration to do more...

Wishing you all a wonderful day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Our Beautiful World

The prompt this week at Our Beautiful World is


It may be mid winter but there are a few things stirring in the garden outside... If you look closely, there are signs of new beginnings

Amid the remnants of Autumn, daffodil shoots are appearing...

And in the dull and drab coat that January wears, a little colour struggles to survive the cold and rain

Every morning I come outside to feed the birds and they wait patiently

Calling out when breakfast is served

I don't have a fancy camera... Just a little digital that I grab when I can and shoot on zoom through my window, and I was happy to at least get a shot of the new squirrel babies that use the trees as an outside playground

They are so quick! 

In a few weeks I'm hoping to see greener outside, daffodils swaying in the breeze and Spring on the horizon...

Share your photos with us this week at

Our Beautiful World

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Double D Challenge and I've a Winner

Good morning!

The One Year celebrations are still going on for the next fortnight at Double D challenges and we hope you'll join in the fun!

The new challenge is being hosted by Dar's team and I'm joining in too. There are lots of prizes to be won both on the Double D blog and the team blogs so head on over for full details and of course to see all the beautiful creations both teams have created for this challenge

Black and White

I actually did 2 cards - This is the one up on the blog

 I sketched some trees and this time I used just a variation of black and white paint to do some shading and then over stamped and embossed with an old stamp from Inkylicious

The second card is just a really quick and simple one

Just stamping and some washi tape... A requirement for the challenge at

Where I'll be entering my card

And before I go I can announce the winner of my blog prize from our last challenge

The winner is........


Well done Judy ... Please email me with your address and I'll get your dies off to you!

Wishing you all a lovely day!

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

City Crafter 345

Hello there ...

We're already halfway through January and the sales are still going here in the UK so Marina's challenge to us this week at City Crafter is very apt
The theme is "Sale Now On"

Marina is asking that we create a project using a shopping theme or anything inspired by the photo

I had to have to have a good think about this one... Here in the UK we are know for our buy one, get one free' offers and that was the basis of my card ... Two mice for the price of one!

This is all digitally done and I just coloured the images with Copics

We still have the talented Danielle Guesting with us and the winner of this challenge will also be offered a Guest Spot here at City Crafter, so get your thinking caps on and come and join us this week.

If like me you need inspiration then hop on over to the Blog to see what the team have come up with...
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations

Have a great day 

~ Ros ~

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Good morning...

This week's prompt at Our Beautiful World is


Whilst on holiday last year I spotted these gorgeous bicycles at the entrance to a hotel, I took the shots with my phone so they aren't marvellous

But I would love a bicycle like this

Not that I would ever cycle on our roads .. It's just too dangerous here with so much traffic
Not so when I was a child, I cycled everyday and here's a photo of me with my first two wheeler

The eagled eyed amongst you will notice that it wasn't new and it has a crossbar... It was my older brothers' bicycle and I was thrilled when it came to me

I even have a canvas in my bedroom with a bicycle on...

Hop on over to Our Beautiful World Blog to see what the rest of the team are sharing, we would love it if you linked your Bicycle photos too

Have a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

Good morning!

Firstly let me start off by saying a huge Thank you for all your birthday wishes, your messages and your gorgeous handmade cards AND the many gifts I received yesterday...

I'm quite overwhelmed... 33 cards arrived, and flowers? Take a look

I have a whole bunch of Thank you cards to make, that's for sure! What a brilliant day, finished of with an evening out with my son and husband at a local Greek restaurant...

Now it's friday13th, I don't usually think much about the superstition surrounding that, but when I went for my shower this morning the heating was off... I've no idea why, it did come on later. Then I was downloading my photos and inadvertently put my my SD memory card into the wrong slot on my Mac so began a major operation to get it out again. Thank goodness for those forums! Then I somehow managed to delete one of my files... Lol! Maybe I should pay more attention...

Just to finish I have another bird card I sketched and painted

My DH bought me an artist travel set for my birthday! Yay! That's going to be very useful

I hope your day goes well... Thank you all once again for making my day so special


~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sketchy Trees

Good morning...

Got some of my sketchy trees for you today with some random watercolour

I'm longing to see some colour on our trees ... There are a few catkins about but otherwise everything is dull so I'm making my own colour

See I'm branching out? Haha!  I'm trying to draw branches onto my trees now... Everything is a tiny step but I'm having fun and that's what it's all about huh? 

Speaking of which, Pat's coming over in a few hours and we' can play all afternoon

Enjoy your day!

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

City Crafter 344

Good morning!

Oh the weather here has been dull wet and miserable... But I'm thankful that we aren't freezing like most of Europe...And my heart goes out to all of you struggling to get to work

This week's challenge at City Crafter has been chosen for us by Stella and it's aptly named
Blue Monday

Stella wants us to create a project to cheer someone up... Maybe 'Get well" or say "Hi"

I confess that I didn't read her instruction properly and assumed that the project should be blue ... But no matter...

I'm sure this brought a smile to the recipients face

Just sponging and stamping but see those stars? Well I came up with the idea of using the balloon string die (Lil'inkers) cut in vellum, to adhere them to and they can kind of bounce on the card

The City Crafter team along with our January Guest Designer Danielle, have some lovely projects to inspire you this week ... Hop on over to the blog to take a peek.

Enjoy your day and be safe

~ Ros ~