Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Something Blue

Hello lovely friends...

Sorry I haven't been around much, and I want to say huge thank you for all your heartfelt messages following the loss of my friend...Your support and kindness gives me strength.
I still have the funeral to face this Friday and as I was her best friend, I've been asked to escort her casket into the chapel.

Anyway, I have some more Christmas cards to share, again using alcohol inks and the alcohol lift technique this time using shades of blue and snowflake stamps

Please excuse the photos, the weather has not been very conducive

At least you can make out the snowflake patterns

Maybe even a little of the gold/silver splattering. The sentiment die is another one from Aliexpress and these cards make up pretty quick.

I've been following the news about the floods in some parts of the world and forest fires in others... Particularly California's forest fires. It must be dreadful for those of you living out there and my thoughts are with you all...Be safe

Enjoy your day and I'll catch up with you soon

~ Ros ~


Friday, October 25, 2019

Autumn's Smile


Autumn is one of the loveliest  of seasons, but this year it has brought huge sadness for me. 
With little warning my dearest friend and soul sister Beryl, left this world. I held her hand but she couldn't stay...A week has passed by in a fog and this year will not be forgotten for it's losses.

Awhile ago I made this card

The leaves were stamped with alcohol lift ink ... It seems fitting in it's imperfect colourful way

Life isn't perfect and there are many shades of grey, but sometimes, someone special leaves behind the most beautiful colours stamped on your heart...

~ Ros ~


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge Reminder

Hi there

Today I'm back as Guest Designer with a reminder for the 3rd Birthday

Here's my card...

Once again my maple leaves were painted with Gansai Tambi paint but this time I went for coppery colours..
I die cut a rectangle frame, adhered it off the the edge of the card cutting off the excess, then stamped and fussy cut a watering can which I painted together with a base using distress inks...

Then adhered the leaves around and finished my card off with an embossed sentiment.

I've really enjoyed being Guest designer and many thanks to the lovely team for inviting me.

Have a lovely Autumnal day

~ Ros~

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CAS Mix up Challenge Reminder

Hello there, I hope you are all well?

We are halfway through this months challenge at CAS Mix Up

 So I am sharing my second card using Deco foil

Once again I used double sided adhesive tape to apply the foil. I folded a wide piece of the tape in half... Long enough to die cut the fern from and then carefully peeled away one side of the backing and laid it onto a watercoloured rectangle. Then I peeled away the top backing and this gave me the sticky base to rub the foil onto.

I decided to trim the top and bottom from the fern just for a little more interest. I also die cut the wavy lines from a PTI cover plate and adhered just part of it to my card base before adding the the watercolour and fern piece.

My card was finished with a stamped and clear embossed sentiment... 

Enjoy your day and thanks so much for your visit.

 ~ Ros ~

Saturday, October 12, 2019

CAS Stencil Challenge

Happy Saturday!

I hope you are well... I'm just popping in with a very quick card for this month's challenge over at

As you can see the challenge is to stencil over patterned paper and like many of you, I have a ton of papers which I never use now. I bought them mostly to use for my Thursday group and even though I got rid of plenty when I left, I still have boxes of them. 
Anyway, here's what I came up with

I cut a stencil using a leaf die and stenciled them using Iced Spruce DI over some grey and white paper

The leaves looked a little bland so I took a white gel pen and drew in the leaf veins - A stacked die cut stem and a silver embossed sentiment finished the card.

That's it...

Have a great weekend 

~ Ros ~


Thursday, October 10, 2019

AI Lift

Hello there
I'm glad you popped in...

I've been playing with alcohol inks and in particular the alcohol lift technique whilst trying to get some inspiration for this years Christmas cards

I ended up making 4 cards from one piece of 5x7 Yupo so there are a few photos here. What I should explain too is that other than the square/rectangle dies, I used only one image die... Remember the die I used here? A sort of semi circular one that had a stag a deer and a few trees... Well with some snipping here and there, I was able to just use half at a time...

 So this is the left half of the die cut out and you can see the AI lift just using one branch stamp

The next card uses the right side of the die... minus the fir tree

I added some gold paint here and there and the sentiment comes from the same stamp set as the branch made by Woodware.
I also did a couple of DL sized cards, simply because I seemed to have quite a few DL size envelopes in my stash - Here you can see part of the fir tree as well

And the last one

So in all 1 piece of Yupo, 2 die cuts and 4 cards - For all of them I die cut or used left over die cut squares/rectangles. Once you get used to it, it's easy to adapt your square or rectangle dies to be an exact fit for your image and that's what I did here.

Thanks so much for your visit... Enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, October 05, 2019


Hello friends... I hope your weekend is off to a good start

I have two more cards to share which I made using the watercolour pieces I did the other day

The first one features a new stamp that was gifted to me

And for the second one, a new die that I've had for awhile but hadn't used

Two quick and easy cards and fun to make...
Have a great weekend and I hope to catch up with you soon
~ Ros ~

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

CAS Watercolour Challenge


I'm thrilled to be Guest Designing this month at the

Who just happened to be celebrating their 3rd Birthday


I am not a watercolour artist by any means but entering here has shown me so many ways to use my paints in the simplest of ways...

This months challenge is to use a Maple Leaf

Here's my card

It's a simple one layer card using an old (but favourite) Kaisercraft french postal stamp which I masked off either side before stamping and then added touches of gold leafing here and there

I wanted the maple leaf to be the rich red of Autumn and I achieved that by
painting layers of red, orange and yellow (using Gansai Tambi paint) on a piece of white card till I got a really good depth of colour. I dried in between a few times with a heat gun and then die cut the leaf.
I also added touches of gold leafing and a few drops of Mod Podge dimensional to the leaf.

 To compliment the gold leafing I stamped and gold embossed my sentiment.
The team would love you to join in with their birthday celebrations this month and if you are looking for inspiration, do pay a visit to the blog...

Have a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hello there and Welcome to October!

I am delighted to tell you that I have joined the team at

So I'm going to get right on with it - This month's challenge is Foiling

I may well be the only person who hadn't actually done any foiling and I don't have a fancy foiling machine either Lol! But if you check out the videos you'll see that there are there ways of achieving foiling on your cards using double sided adhesive tape which is what I used here for the stars.

I started with a tiny left over scrap of an alcohol ink piece that I'd added some gold leafing to and layered it onto a die cut rectangle...Before attaching the rectangle to my card I tucked in a spare die cut leaf.

Then came the stars... I took scrap of white cs and added a piece of double sided tape to both sides of the card, die cut the stars leaving the tape backing in place and then removed one side of the backing to glue the stars onto my card. Then I peeled off the top part of the tape and rubbed the foil onto each one. Oh my goodness what a pretty effect it gives and I will definitely be using this technique more. 

I finished my card with a stamped and gold embossed sentiment.

The challenge is open for a month so I do hope you will join us.

Have a lovely day and thanks so much for your visit.

~ Ros ~