Thursday, April 29, 2021

Some Oldies

Hello there...

The week is whooshing by and I haven't done any crafting at all. Hubby had his 2nd vaccination yesterday and I got to catch up with some friends.... Finally!

It was my friend Hilary's 60th and we had a small social gathering in her garden with people coming and going intermittently. It was such a delight to see and chat to those I haven't seen for so long, albeit that the weather was cold and windy. It's been lovely and sunny all week, but not yesterday. I tell you I was exhausted after a couple of hours and I still can't get warm.

Anyway, I may not have crafted but I do have a few cards to share with you... These were made awhile ago playing with a tree stamp by Lavinia and adding a drawn mushroom roof

I drew some tiny branches creeping over the 'roof' on this one too

and the second one

...which I did for a family member

I prefer the first one, what about you?

Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day

~ Ros ~


Saturday, April 24, 2021

More Shakers and New Baby

 Hello... How are you?

I've a couple more shaker cards to share today... They use up some bits and pieces I have around not to mention some of the hundreds of sequins I have collected

The first one here has a stenciled background and hand painted roses in the shaker frame

I wasn't too enamoured by the roses but they look fine as a shaker background and they didn't go to waste

The second one is also a painting I did of a cocktail in a glass... it was based on a birthday card I got this year but my version really looks better as a shaker Lol!

The butterfly and the dragon fly were stamped and the acetate "party" sign was one of a few different ones that a blog friend sent me years ago.. I knew this last one would find a home somewhere

The only thing with photographing acetate is that the camera picks up little marks that are invisible to the eye - See the tiny black specks?

Finally.... Esmeralda and Eugene have a little daughter, Tilly

 I knew you would want to know and see how sweet she is

Of course her grandparents spoil her rotten and she's the apple of her Daddy's eye

Have a wonderful weekend my friends....

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tig & Mo


I hope you had a good weekend and your week started well, it did here with sunshine and warm weather

Today's cards feature some new characters Tig and Mo. Well, you saw Mo in my previous post, this is her best friend Tig

Tig lives in an old tin can and whilst the rain is not ideal (it causes rust) at least it brings fresh leaves which create a shelter from the litter pickers, as long as the snails doesn't eat too much.  Tig and Mo have had various homes, old shoes, coffee cups and even a french fries box complete with an outer bag. But somehow the litter pickers find them and that's that.
Lock down has been hard on the mice, certainly not as much food around that's for sure and the pesky pigeons swoop in whenever there's a find.

 Now there is a little more freedom, Tig called on Mo and suggested that the first sunny day they have, they would go down to the beach. Everything is better at the beach and who knows what they may find  That's if they can remember the way...

Two days later, armed with a towel and a parasol, they set off. They hadn't gone far when they came across a piece of discarded chocolate.. Joy of joys! They never understood why humans threw away so much stuff not that they're complaining, it kept them fed and chocolate was a favourite. This piece had a nut right in the middle so starting at opposite ends they chomped away until the nut came free. With full bellies they rolled up the precious nut in the towel for a lunchtime treat

This was going to be a good day they decided.


I hope you all have a good day too...

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, April 17, 2021


 Happy Saturday friends...

The sun is out but I just wish it would warm up a little. Ginger boy gave it a go for a few hours but it's even too cold for him and he's back in his basket.

Now all you dog owners out there (past and present) will relate to today's sketch... 

You're walking along with the dog by your side when it suddenly crosses over in front of you

You nearly trip, in my case I did ....a few times! Well, my dogs were rather large German Shepherds

But you love them just the same and regret scolding them when they give you that sad face... Yeah you can relate huh?

Then whilst doing a spring clean of rubbish on my computer, I came across a digital set of quotes which prompted my second card

Kinda cute don't you think...

I won't tell you how long it took me to draw a mouse... Dogs seem simple but a mouse?

And to finish on an animal note -Yesterday I had a visit from the RSPCA... Seems they were trying to catch an injured Buzzard and thought it may have landed in my garden. As it happened it was in a tree at the back of our property and was not about to be caught... I just hope she's okay. I didn't even know we had buzzards here and she was quite magnificent...

Have a lovely weekend... 

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Around the World

 Hello there...

It's been a busy week so far, always something that needs attention. It started early Monday morning with a visit to the eye hospital with hubby who thought he was having an operation but it turned out to be laser treatment to relieve the pressure in one eye (the second one to be done at a later date). It's been an ongoing issue over the years and as he has impaired hearing he doesn't always understand what is happening so I spend a lot of time at appointments with him. I find sitting around doing nothing more exhausting than when I'm busy doing something.

I did get to some time to myself to make a few cards though, which are for friends. First up is a painted line drawing I did with a French theme

I drew the girl, quite rough but I like it. The Eiffel tower is digital from a free colouring page which I downloaded and then added line drawing to it. The pen lines stop the printer ink from bleeding into the paint.

The second one is more Oriental

The only stamps used were the sentiment and the little bird

I've got a few things to take care of today but I hope to be able to stop by your blogs soon.
As always, thank you for your lovely comments, be safe be well and enjoy your day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, April 10, 2021


 Hello and good morning...I hope you are well

The sun came up early this morning but it's still really cold outdoors. Today I'm sharing a couple of my own sketches, the fairies.

This little guy I call Buckley

I wonder what he's thinking looking out across the city.

The first time I painted him, I just couldn't get the wings to have that ethereal look that I wanted...

So I started again and used a digital file to print the wings onto vellum. I used a cityscape die to make a stencil for the background and a Lavinia stamp for the stairway plus a couple of branch stamps

Then there's Pepper

With her flaming locks and a temperament to match

They are all real to me and I make them faceless for 2 3 reasons - 1. It's really hard to draw a face on my tiny sketches 2. It leaves more to the imagination and 3. I like doing hair. Lol! 

Finally I have a card I did ages ago but never got around to sharing

It's a little ode to all those unwanted strays out there... 

Well that's me for today...

Enjoy your weekend

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The Gull is Back

 Hi there...

I bet you thought you'd never see me playing with the Gull stamps again (MFT)... I had a blast when I first got them. Since then I've had a real purge of my craft stuff, but the gulls are definitely still one of 'My Favourite Things'

They came in handy for the birthday card I'm sharing today... As you may remember, we lost 2 of our Cornish cousins last year (brother and sister) but we still have Peter, the baby of the family and he's about to celebrate his 60th birthday.

As he happens to be captain of the ship sailing between Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, the gull seemed the most appropriate

The frames aren't wonky - It's actually a window card (acetate free) 

I like making this style and I'm sure he will love it

How are you all doing?  Heck the weather is crazy, from sunshine to snow. Stay well and safe and have a great day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, April 05, 2021

Here For You

 Good morning...
I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend and maybe some chocolate?

When I lost my best friend 18 months ago, I kept in touch with her niece and right now she's going through a really rough patch so today's card is one I made for her.
It also has a little paper piecing so I'm sharing at the CAS Mix Up Challenge

I drew the little bird and painted her with watercolours. The boots are a digital stamp which I paper pieced

... and covered in dimensional gloss. The umbrella was die cut first from card, then from the same paper as the boots

The hills as always, were done with torn paper and black soot distress ink and the sentiment from a very old set by Precious Rememberance was stamped and embossed

I'm kinda sorry to part with her but I know she will bring a little cheer to my friend

Well the sun has made an appearance - it's really cold, but still it looks beautiful outside

Have a lovely day and stay well

~ Ros ~

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Poppies & Poinsettia

 Hello and good morning!

The last few days the weather has been glorious but I'm afraid we are on the turn again...Hubby got to play his first game of golf this week since lockdown and I don't know who enjoyed it more, me or him Lol!

Today I have a few cards for you... I came across some lovely digital stamps on Etsy (Here's the link in case you are interested)... Anyway I bought a couple including the lovely slimline floral which I think are poppies? And made this card

I didn't make a slimline, just printed the image on cardstock to fit my usual size cards and painted it

This is going to a friend and I know she will like it

I also used up the remaining pieces of the poinsettias from my this post to make a few more shaker cards

They're quick and simple but effective.
That's it for today, I hope you have a beautiful Easter... Stay well

Till soon

~ Ros ~