Saturday, February 22, 2020

A Little Bird Told Me

Hello there... So lovely to have you visit!

It's stopped raining, well for now at least - it's probably only temporarily and in part due to the high winds but it's such a relief. The cats and I have been couped up, only venturing out for necessities, me not the cats! 
I spent a whole afternoon clearing things in my craft room... Actually I was looking for something and 5 hours later having forgotten what it was I was looking for, I had 5 bin bags of stuff to dispose of. I've still a way to go before everything is streamlined but it's looking better.
Last week was a busy one for celebrations,  DH's birthday, my friend Greta's birthday, Valentine's Day and also my SIL's birthday. I'm so glad I had a lot of AI pieces to help me along and today I have the card I made for my SIL to share with you

 There is no sentiment on this but I did add one before sending it... "A little bird told me"
It was a piece that I'd done using the AI lift technique with some sparkle here and there
The dies I used were a mix, the side pieces are in fact the little trees I used Here (trimmed down) and the branch is a Memory Box one, cut twice and pieced together. The birds are from a wreath die that I use in different ways all the time, though I can't remember where it's from.
I'm going to take advantage of the dry weather and go shopping so I'll say bye bye for now 

Enjoy your weekend

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

CAS Stencil Challenge


The CAS Stencil challenge this month is to use foil
To be honest I'd decided to give this one a miss - I didn't have a laminator and really didn't want to spray my stencils with the adhesive I have, even though I know some of you have had fabulous results. The thing is I really do like the look of foiling....
Well as it happened, some of my GF's gave me money for my birthday last month so I thought what the heck! I bought an inexpensive laminator (£15) together with Deco paste and using a little heart stencil, I made an anniversary card for friends of ours

Oh my..... It's like when you use embossing powder for the first time... Magic! But more shiny

I cut leaf stems from AI pieces added two vellum banners which I'd stamped and clear embossed, plus a little fussy cut butterfly recycled  from a shop bought birthday card- He blends perfectly
I have to say I'm really happy with the result and my new toy.

Thanks for popping in and have a great day!

~ Ros ~

Monday, February 17, 2020

Valentines Cards

Happy Monday!

Just a quick post...
I kinda breezed over Valentine's Day whilst you were all busy making and sharing your beauties
I usually only make a couple of cards, one for my husband

and one for Mikey

Both quick and simple 

But I wanted to share the lovely and unusual card from my husband ...

It's kind of an origami pop up that folds flat into the box

I haven't seen one like it before and maybe one day I'll fathom out the 'how to' 

Have a great day

~ Ros ~


Saturday, February 15, 2020

CAS mix Up Reminder

Hi there!
Well that's Valentine's Day over for another year... I hope you had a good one.
I'm popping in with a reminder for the challenge at the CAS Mix Up

My one layered card couldn't be any simpler

This time I used a corner frame die as a stencil and moved it along, lining up the diamond shapes to make it a little larger.
I used 3 different distress Oxides to sponge over the stencil, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Faded Jeans

A stamped embossed sentiment and a stamped and clear embossed image from Clearly Besotted and that's it... Told you it was simple

Thanks to Joanna for a great challenge 

Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Birthday Boy

Hello! How are you?

Yesterday was DH's birthday and I'd arranged a special lunch for us in the city. The weather was cold but sunny and Mikey was ready to take us to the train station... However, DH was not feeling well so I had to cancel our plans. Unfortunately the restaurant required a 24 hr notice in order to give a refund and they were not willing to reschedule so that was that. 
At least he's feeling better today and is up and about.
 I thought I'd share the card I made for him

The tree die was a gift from my blog friend Loll and I used a piece of AI background to create a scenic look with mountains and maybe a little lake in little lower triangle .. That piece just seemed to pull it all together

I cut the 'birthday' word twice, once in black to offset the AI one and give it some shadow 
He was really pleased with it, though it seemed he was more overjoyed with one he was emailed from the football club he supports

Yep, this one had him smiling from ear to ear Lol! I'm going to print it and frame it for him.

I'm off to catch up on your blogs and see hat I've missed - Have a lovely day 

~ Ros ~


Sunday, February 09, 2020

Spring Flowers

Hello there...
Oh my goodness what a Sunday we are having... Storm Ciara has paid us a visit this weekend 

This is the view outside my craft room window this morning and just beyond those tall trees is a road that is completely flooded...  We had some beautiful Daffodils in bloom but so far only one is left standing...

If that wasn't enough, we've had a lots of break ins here over the past few weeks and another one a few doors away yesterday. It's kind of scary - I lost my last beautiful German Shepherd some years ago and always felt safe then especially as DH is virtually deaf and he'll be 76 in a few days so not exactly a ninja Lol!

Anyway, putting all that aside, I have a card I made for my lovely blog friend Greta who will be celebrating her birthday on the same day as my DH... I can share as she's already received her card

Pretty painted Spring flowers without the rain and wind...

The foliage are trees stamped upside down and sideways in 2 colour inks, I've used this idea a few times in the past and used those stamps so many time they are almost worn out.

Have yourselves a lovely peaceful Sunday... 

Till soon

~ Ros ~


Thursday, February 06, 2020

CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello there, I hope you are well...

Today's card is for the CAS Watecolour Challenge.

Being on a CAS team means I'm not eligible to win but I still like to challenge myself when I can and this past week I've had little time, believe it or not I've spent days putting Ikea furniture together. 
There was a time that I could easily get up and down and into small spaces and though my brain thinks I still can, my body doesn't agree Lol!
So I took some time out yesterday and made a card instead.

The little mushrooms are from an Avery Elle Christmas set (Gnome for Christmas) and I have to say that I've used this set so many times - The stamps are so versatile for all year use
I stamped, embossed and painted using distress inks
The butterfly is from a Woodware stamp set and the sentiment is an Aliexpress purchase
I've also been doing a little sketching when I have time... It's been ages since I picked up my pencil and tried my hand at it... I'm not that good but I try

Have a lovely day and thanks so much for popping in
~ Ros ~

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Cas Mix Up Challenge

Hello and welcome to February...
The month of love, one step nearer to Springtime and the start of a new challenge at the
This month Joanna is our host and Ina is our month long Guest Designer.
Joanna has picked a super challenge for us... Stencils from die cuts and there are videos up on the blog to guide you along if you have never tried this

 It's a great way to get more out of your dies and fun to do

I die cut a floral frame from a scrap of card to use as my stencil, taped it down onto another piece of card and pounced some distress inks onto it.

It makes a great backdrop for those reeds... Can you tell I'm dreaming of warmer days Lol!
Yeah, that would make me smile.

The team have created some amazing card to inspire you... Go take a peek.
We'd loved you to play along with us, just remember your cards need to be Clean and Simple

Have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Monday, January 27, 2020


The weekend went fast didn't it?And here we are only a few days before we welcome February.
A good friend of my DH celebrates his Golden Wedding Anniversary next weekend and we've been invited to a celebratory lunch with them. I was wracking my brain to come up with a card for them and then a new stamp arrived and that was my starting point

Colouring on vellum is not something I do very often and I kind of like non traditional cards (guess you've noticed that) But colouring on vellum is what I did...

With my new stamp by Woodware. I've quite a few of their stamps and I love them. You can no doubt see that I used that stencil AGAIN! Ha! I love it.
The little birdies were cut from a scrap piece of alcohol inked Yupo. A few more bits and bobs and then a surprise pop up on the inside...

okay, so it took me all day but I had fun and I just hope they like it.
Have a great day 
~ Ros ~

Friday, January 24, 2020

Upcycle/Recycle 2

Welcome to Friday!
Another dull and gloomy day over here, Gingerboy is keeping me company in my craft room, bless

I said I would share a couple more cards, using bits from the shop bought ones I received so here we are...

On my desk I had a bluebell (from a Clearly Besotted set) which I'd stamped, painted and die cut so I fussy cut a butterfly from one of the cards and added a black glittery body to it using a Memory Box die. The inside of one card was in a similar shade to the butterfly so I die cut the trellis for my little flower

I didn't bother with a sentiment yet - I just like the simplicity of this.
For the next card I just used part of the front design that covered the shop card, showing the pretty geraniums

Although it's not clear on the photo, the image is sparkly and I punched out a little heart from another sparkly piece

My favourite thing is putting bits together to create cards, hence the reason I keep so many pieces around lol!

Have a wonderful weekend

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Upcycle/ Recycle

Hi there...

I had lots of lovely cards sent to me for my birthday earlier this month, the majority of which were shop bought and didn't want to just dispose of them but you can only keep so much right? So yesterday I spent some time cutting bits and bobs that I could reuse. I never know if it's called recycling or up-cycling but whatever... I made 5 cards together with a few new craft goodies I got recently.

The main panel on this card started life as a gift card holder (from M&S). It was just too pretty not to make use of

One of my recent purchases was the 'Special' die and sentiment set by Gemini - there are 14 sentiments in the set and a bargain at just over £5. I also picked up a new IndigoBlu stencil (basket weave) which I wanted to try and I love it!
It made a great panel for the recycled bits to which I added a button, twine and shadowed the word die by cutting it twice, once in black and again in white

 And then there was this little mouse that captured my heart...

I couldn't let him go could I?

I'll share the others later in the week

Have a lovely day and thanks so much for popping in

~ Ros ~

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Watercolour Echinaceas

Hello, how are you?

It's a cold and misty morning here but hopefully the sun may put in an appearance later.

I have another birthday card to share with you, using a stamp by Woodware that I've had for awhile but never used - Achinaceas

The bee is from another set, stamped painted and fussy cut with a little bit of sparkle

I've struggled to get decent photos lately due to the weather conditions but I'm not complaining, we've been very lucky so far, no snow or ice.

The sentiment is stamped and clear embossed but doesn't show up too well here either.

Have you any plans for today? Whatever you do have a lovely Sunday

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

CAS Mix Up Challenge Reminder

Hello there...
Well, we are halfway through the month so it's also time to remind you that the 
has another few weeks to run and you still have time to play along with us

Here's my card for the reminder

I stamped, copic coloured and partially die cut the flowers and edged the card to look like an envelope
A little stamping and embossing in gold and that was it...

This one is going to a friend of mine, we both have January birthdays so today we will be lunching with our other 2 friends today to celebrate.

I hope you have a good day whatever you have planned

Till soon

~ Ros ~

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