Thursday, December 31, 2020

Goodbye 2020

Hello friends...

This is a really quick post just to wish you all a

Here's hoping 2021 will be a better one for all of us. Those we have loved and lost will not be forgotten and hopefully in the not too distant future we can hug those we have missed for so long.

Thank you all for your continued friendship throughout this year, your support and encouragement despite your own struggles, and for all the creative talent you have shared brightening what has been a very dark time. 

I may not be blogging for a little while yet... Had a nasty fall and torn some leg muscles but it could have been a whole lot worse... and yes I was sober at the time haha!

Hugs to each and every one of you

~ Ros ~ 


Monday, December 21, 2020

Snow People


I hope this finds you all well.

The wonders of technology enabled us to go to a family members funeral this week. Obviously we couldn't travel to Cornwall and I am so grateful that a webcam allowed us to be there... We still have a lot to be thankful for.

This will be my last posting till after Christmas so I want to wish you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas. It will be very different for many of you I know... For us it will be the same, the 3 of us plus cats.

I'm leaving you with some of my own paintings of snow people

We probably won't be getting any snow for Christmas but I am hoping to see Jupiter and Saturn aligning tonight to create a Christmas star... Fingers crossed

Have a wonderful holiday, thank you for the lovely cards I've received, thank you for your incredible support and friendships 

Be safe, be happy 


~ Ros ~

Monday, December 14, 2020

And then came Monday

 Hello lovely friends, you really are the best... 

Sorry I've been away a little while I just needed a few days to recharge. Since my last post we suddenly and tragically lost another family member and it kind of knocked the wind out of my sails. It's been a dreadful year for so many people, all we can do is look forward. So like Bridget Jones I put on my big girl panties, sorted out the problem in my last posting, decorated my home for Christmas and along came Monday...

The card I'm sharing today is a sympathy card

A few of you thought that the mountains I do are stenciled but I just do them with torn paper, starting at the top blending lightly down and I increase the pressure the further down I go.

The flowers I added to this card were some I had painted freehand and fussy cut. I added gloss to them and adhered them with foam tape. I confess I didn't have a lot of inspiration when I was making this so just went with the same branch and bird I have used several times. I watercoloured the little birdie and added some sparkle to the branches with gold Stickles.

I'm hoping to catch up with you all today and see what I've been missing. 
Thank you for stopping by and for all your support...
Have a wonderful day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Birthday Blues

 Hello friends... I hope this finds you well.

Birthday blues... Let me explain or rather rant a little (does me good). See today is a friends' birthday... Earlier in the week I made this card for her

Yes it took awhile - Lining up the cut out balloon shape behind the shaker part (which you can't really see), cutting sticky foam to place around the small shapes etc.,

 I'd queued up to buy a gift card and flowers and made a lovely decorated envelope for the cards with ribbons and sparkles and her name cut out in gold glitter as she loves bling (sorry, I didn't photograph that)

This morning we went out in the pouring rain to deliver them... Actually I placed them in clear plastic covers and laid them on the step, rang the bell and stepped back. There was a brief exchange of words and I guess I expected a smile and a thank you for the effort, sorry we can't get together... Whatever. But I came away wondering why I bother. In fact the last few cards I've sent to family and friends have not even been acknowledged.
Sometimes it just makes me sad or maybe I'm just turning into a crotchety old lady Lol!
Anyway I hope you liked it...
Take care and thanks for stopping by
~ Ros ~


Sunday, December 06, 2020

Christmas Foliage

 Hello.. How's your Sunday going?

It's cold one today but so far no snow in my neck of the woods.

Well, I said I would share a couple more painted cards and here they are...

I've had fun doing these, though there were a few attempts that never made it, painting on cardstock can be a struggle. It's getting the right consistency of watercolour as any big images like the holly leaves can dry quickly and the colour doesn't blend - Too wet and it just doesn't work at all.

The next one (very similar) doesn't have a sentiment as I honestly think I'm going to keep it as a reminder of my first attempts

I recently bought a small pad of Fabriano extra white watercolour paper which I've yet to try... It not as white as the cardstock is and that's the compromise - I love bright white

I'll let you know how it goes... right now the cold is affecting the arthritis in my hands so I can't paint. I bought myself a pair of those compression gloves to help but I only had them 2 days and I've lost them! I tell 'ya things just keep on disappearing here Lol!

Take care of yourselves and enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, December 03, 2020

The Holly and The ...Bunny

Hello again...

It's done nothing but rain for days here but DH finally got to go to golf yesterday and I can promise you that I enjoyed it far more than he did (hee hee)... Such bliss to have a few hours alone.

 I've been holed up in my craft room with the cats, snuggled in their baskets. An opportunity to sit and paint..

Today's card is as the title says... The holly and the bunny

Proportion wise you have to imagine that this is a tiny bunny

I tried my hand at painting holly and then just kept adding more foliage, when up popped this tiny bunny who was really curious. Well, it's his first Christmas and the glossy berries are so tempting

...Not to mention the gold sparkle of Stickles (which I couldn't capture on the photo).

Actually I'm quite pleased with this - A year ago I wouldn't even have attempted to paint my own foliage let alone a bunny...

Thanks for your visit, have a super day and I'll share some more of my foliage cards in the next few days

Till soon

~ Ros ~


Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Happy Birthday Susan

 Hello there...

Just a quick post today,...

My friend Loll has organized a party post for her friend Susan Here and I thought it would be fun to send her a card too. We don't know each other so I thought it would be a sweet surprise

It's been a tough year all round and a little bit of kindness always helps

All the animals on the card are done digitally on my computer and then I stenciled balloons and hills, stamped and embossed the rest.

Happy Birthday Susan!

Enjoy your day friends

~ Ros ~