Monday, May 27, 2019

A few more leftovers

Hello there...

I'm not sure where the last week went or where May went either...
Thanks so much for your comments and kind wishes on my previous post... Losing my friend hit me very hard and I have the funeral to face tomorrow. Another friend lost her kitty too and, well, it's just been one of those times you know?

Still, life carries on and I've kept busy even though my head has been elsewhere at times like making cards that I forgot to photograph before sending so I can't share... But I do have one that I made awhile ago using up even more leftovers...

 I had a piece of vellum that I stamped and coloured with copics - more as a trial really - but it wasn't big enough to fit my frame in places hence the butterfly in the corner.

I like the bright effect of colouring on vellum and don't do it often enough... Mostly because it's hard to get pure white vellum here. When I did my friends' save the date cards I had terrible trouble getting the same white vellum so I hoard every little piece I have left.

 I've a busy few days ahead and today I'm looking forward to seeing one of the sweet girls I used to teach at Thursday Club... Her lovely mum is bringing her over and it's nice to know they still think of me.
On Saturday we are off to Cornwall for a few days so fingers crossed the weather will buck up for us.

Have a wonderful week... Happy Memorial Day to all my friends across the pond and Happy Bank Holiday to my UK friends.

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Thinking of you....


I've tried to write this post several times and then abandoned it. 
 Over the years my blog has been my diary of sorts... I've shared cards and handmade items, holidays and photos. Many fun times and some not so fun... 

Today I have a card to share that was probably the hardest one I've had to make yet... Not because it was a difficult technique or anything like that, but simply because it is one I never envisaged having to make... 

You see last week I got a call to say my friend Jeanie had passed away suddenly... Only a few weeks before I posted a photo of us together having met up by chance in Spain... I said it was one of the best things that happened and it was. I couldn't have known it was going to be the last time we would be together and laugh like crazy school girls as we always did when we were together...

My heart is broken, the loss is overwhelming but I do know that somewhere in heaven there's a party going on...

~ Ros ~

Monday, May 13, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge

What a beautiful day it is here... Sunshine and blue skies
Hubby is golfing and I'm doing housework.. As if!

I got around to finishing a card for the CAS Stencil Challenge

I had a leftover piece from a card I made Here 
A distress inked background, splattered with water then stenciled over using translucent paste... I didn't want to waste that piece but I wanted it to look different from the original so I inked over the dry stenciling with Blueprint Sketch distress ink and this completely changed it.
I love the result, the way the colours altered... Much more vibrant than the original
I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the dragonfly and adhered it to the die cut reeds and there we are done!

Just before I go, my blog friend Sue Lelli asked me to share a photo of my Lilac in bloom so here it is

Have a great day and I'll catch up with you soon
~ Ros ~


Thursday, May 09, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hi there... How's it going? 
Still raining here and no improvement in the temperatures either.
We're off to a funeral later so I have a little time to post my card for 
Here's what I did

A Polar bear you say... Well, I do have teddy bear stamp but I just had this image of a happy Polar bear with magical snow...Kind of like Unicorn colours
Everything was painted with distress inks and I added glitter to the magical snow... 
I've been watching every episode of 'Earth from Space'  It's amazing! You need to see it... So much of the natural world is at risk and who would have thought that satellites can help
So a happy Polar bear it is...
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by
~ Ros ~

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

CAS Mix Up

Hello and welcome...

I'm waiting for my brother to come over so I have a little time to post my card for this month's challenge at CAS Mix Up

I have never ever used baby wipes in crafting other than to clean up - I was familiar with baby wipes and re-inkers but not the technique using gloss photo paper

What? Come on!!
Why didn't I know about this before?? Heck I wouldn't have bought those alcohol inks and Yupo... I mean the results are amazing and it's so simple!

I used 3 distress inks... Blueprint, Citron and Squeezed Lemonade and I love the shine!
I didn't stamp over it but I did add a few white dots and an impression die to give the appearance of those leaves being blown

 I stamped my sentiment onto Vellum using archival ink and clear embossed it - I couldn't bear to cover up those colours. I also dry embossed a frame just for a little more impact.
I will definitely be doing this again ... Thank you to the team for sharing this technique.

As always I wish you all a lovely day... It's still pretty cool here and we've had lots of rain but I'm staying positive Haha!

 Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, May 03, 2019

More Scraps

Good morning...

How's your week been?
I've spent a little time in the garden, doing repairs and weeding... The borders are filling out and the trees are a zillion shades of green...
I got some sad news this week ... A friend's husband passed away... Well, he was 96, but honestly never looked or seemed his age. My friend got Alzheimer's a few years back and boy did he take care of her... His passing was very sudden and in a way it's a blessing my friend really doesn't comprehend much at all and she is now seemingly happy in a nursing home. 

So anyways... I have another card to share using even more bits... 

The flower is from the set I mention in my previous post and it's stamped and embossed with clear E/P on a scrap of a leftover alcohol ink BG then fussy cut

Not like me to use DP but that checkered scrap was in with the bits and pieces... I have tons of unused DP and mostly bought it for doing the club classes ... You may also recognize the loom circle piece... It's half of the one I cut out for previous card

 I hope you enjoy your day... The weekend is almost here....


~ Ros ~