Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sympathy Card

Well it seems my package (yesterday's post) was from a dear blog friend and I am so sad that it got trashed... At least I know now and quite honestly, I somehow wished I didn't know what happened to it... sigh
But on to something else...

I'm not quite back into crafting, seems even the Big Shot is an effort to move and I'm struggling to recall where some things are... I hope that passes soon. Anyway, sadly I had to put together a card for a friend of my husband's from his golf club. Such a sweet guy, and sadly his son took his own life a few days ago. Such a terrible tragedy and there are no words of comfort I can offer but at least I can send a card

A BG image stamped in iced spruce distress ink and my faithful sprigs die

One of the sprigs was cut from a piece of CS that I smooshed with Versaark and then sprinkled on my mix of silver and gold EB powder and heat set. I also smooshed a strip with Iced Spruced distress ink to stamp and emboss the sentiment

Till soon my friends... Be safe

~ Ros ~

Monday, January 29, 2018

An Unusual Request

Good afternoon everyone...
This is quite an unusual request but I need your help... As you know I have received many cards and gifts over the past few weeks for both my birthday and following my operation.
Today it came to light that last week our mail man put a package for me in our bin as he didn't get an answer from our door. A strange thing as we were all in the house and even so, we have a postbox on the side of our house.
Well, the thing is , the bin collectors came that same morning and the package would have been  taken away with the trash... 
As none of us had ordered anything, or were expecting a delivery, we can only guess that someone sent me a package as a surprise so I am checking to see if any of you lovely blog friends did send something that I haven't as yet acknowledged? 
I'm so upset that this happened but I would be really grateful is any of you sent something and could email me or contact me to let me know....
Many thanks
~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I'm Back...

I'm so happy to finally be able post today ...
Thank you so much for all your cards, emails and well wishes... My surgery is over and so far it has been a great success. I no longer have that debilitating leg pain and joint pains and I am completely mobile. In fact I was walking up and down the stairs the day after my surgery. 
Mikey and Ian have been terrific, I was in theatre and recovery for a total of 7 hours so it was a great relief for them to see me for a brief time before they had to leave. It wasn't all plain sailing but I got to go home 3 days later and boy, was I glad to be home. Ginger cat licked my face all over and never left my side for the following few days.
I'm not going to say that I am totally pain free, everything needs to settle over time but I am so grateful for the skill of the surgeon and to be on the road to recovery at long last. I have a diary full of hospital appointments along with some physiotherapy so I am being well monitored.

I do have a little card to share with you ... A friend of mine underwent surgery some months ago and having lost her legs many years ago to meningitis, recovery is always a long process for her. She doesn't have the same circulation as people with limbs plus she encountered some organ damage at the same time she lost her legs making it even harder so this is a card I made for her

She is the most amazing lady and a doctor too and I can't wait until we are able to see each other  again

I used a stencil for the BG and a mix of different stamps plus a cloud border.

Pat is popping over shortly so I'll say bye bye for now and hope to visit you all soon ... I'm really looking forward to seeing what I've missed!

Take care my friends and have a beautiful day


~ Ros ~

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Twofer Challenge

Good Morning!

I have some cards to share today for the new challenge blog Twofer Cards Challenge

This months theme is Feathers

Now when I said I had a lovely birthday a few days ago, well, I did...But late in the evening we got a call to tell us that Ian's cousin Joyce, who we often stayed with in Cornwall, had passed away ... She was a very special lady and always reminded me of my dear Aunt so this really how these cards came about. 
First up is a sympathy card

A simple ink blended and water splattered heart with a bird stamp which I also clear embossed

My Twofer card is a birthday card using the same stamp

Again I cut a stencil from my dies and ink blended the BG but this time with balloons

Here they are together

I actually made 3 sympathy cards as Joyce had 3 grown up children - They were all done using the same stamp

You can see that I didn't wipe the ink blended heart enough and some Embossing powder stuck where is shouldn't have - On the photo it doesn't look good, but IRL it adds a pretty glisten to the heart so I didn't mind

And this is the third one

Unfortunately we wont be able to attend the funeral but at least they'll know we're thinking of them

Well that's it for awhile... Take care whilst I'm gone, I hope to be able to visit you very soon


~ Ros ~

Monday, January 15, 2018

Love Ewe


Well I celebrated my birthday a few days ago, though I didn't do anything special, I did have a couple of friends come over and we had a lovely afternoon.
  I like to say a big Thank You for the lovely handmade cards I received, your kind wishes and your prayers for my upcoming surgery... So this card is dedicated to you all

And it fits the bill for the challenge at City Crafter 

City Crafter is where my journey really began and it will always be close to my heart

The little sheep is a digital from a colouring page and after colouring it I printed it straight onto my card and then masked it off to ink blend my hearts.
I used a couple of heart dies to make my stencil and cut out the sentiment on the Cameo.

I will pop in again tomorrow with a couple of cards for The Twofer challenge and then I'll be absent for awhile...

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hey Gull Friends...

I'm so grateful for your kind wishes and feeling much better and so over the disappointment of cancelled surgery, which has now been re-scheduled for next week, 17th.
Unfortunately DH is really struggling now with a hacking cough and cold... I think I'll have to ask him to go live in the shed so I don't get his germs Lol!

I got to make some cards yesterday, well, there are a few birthdays this month and I also wanted to send a few surprises out.
Of all the cards I did last year two of my favourites were using the the gulls by MFT and one I did with colour blocking so I went with them again...

This is almost a copy of the other one but bolder in colour and with some gold touches

- It's for my husband's SIL

The next one is for a friend

 I don't think I'll ever tire of that smug looking gull

Again some gold embossing...

Heck, I love him!

Have any of you had problems with blogger and leaving comments? Maybe it's my computer but it took me ages to visit you all today, I mean doesn't blogger know it's hard for me to sit down for any length of time? Phew! 
I gotta go now and get a cup of tea...

Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Monday, January 08, 2018


Hi there...

Just popping in to let you know that my operation has been postponed due to me having caught a cold... I know so many of you have kept me in your prayers and sent well wishes and I am so grateful to you all. I know it is for the best, things happen for a reason right? Nevertheless I am devastated, but still staying positive that sooner rather than later I WILL be fit again.


~ Ros

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Anniversary Cards


I'm just popping in with a few anniversary cards... 

A few days ago DH and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, some friends came to visit and  low and behold brought a cold virus with them... The following day I was feeling it and as I am to have surgery tomorrow I am just hoping that it won't be cancelled... Your prayers would be much appreciated....

Anyway I made a card for Ian but it really doesn't photograph that well...

The BG was done by smooshing Iced Spruce distress oxide onto white card and then overlaying with a wet stencil. To give it a little sparkle I splattered in gold paint.

 I also made one for my friend who will also be celebrating her anniversary this month... Unfortunately her husband has terminal cancer and it was hard to know what to say on it

So I used 2 different stamps and did a little masking with them... It does photograph better than the first one though

I've been looking at the weather that some of you are experiencing right now and I have a dear friend living out in NJ - She is part of the nursing staff in one of their hospitals and struggles to get to work everyday but somehow makes it... Bless her 

And before I go, I just want to thank the team at CAS Watercolour for my Outstanding design award, what a lovely way to end the year... Thank you!

Please be safe and have a good week... 


~ Ros ~