Monday, November 29, 2021

Here Comes Winter

 Hello...I hope this finds you all well

Yep, the white stuff paid us a visit this weekend as did storm Arwen. Fortunately we are fine but there has been a lot damage around - This is the hall where I do my exercise...


...So no classes till next year now.

It's not all bad news though, eslewhere the penguin community are enjoying their pre Chritmas party celebrations

Having scanned my penguin sketch into the computer I can play around with it. Here I arrange 4 of the (same) image and flipped some horizontally. The weird thing is that each one looks different when they're painted. It's as though they all have a different look and personality. I don't plan it that way it just happens.

Here's another one...

See what I mean? At least the cold doesn't bother them.

I've done quite a few Christmas cards over the weekend as well as make mince pies and mini bakewells - I also made some trousers and whilst I am saving on NOT buying craft supplies, I'm spending a fortune on fabric Lol! 

I'll leave you with one more of the scenic cards I did... All is Calm

Though you can't see it, the houses and trees are outlined with a sakura glitter pen so it looks very sparkly.

Thank you for your visit, stay safe, stay well and have a lovely week

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Friday, November 26, 2021

Winter Nights

 Hello and Happy Thankgiving to my friends across the pond.

I'm feeling much better now though the weather has turned very cold and it makes me just wnant to hibernate until Spring. I'm so glad I have so many hobbies to keep me busy or I think I would just vegetate.

I don't always have inspiration when making cards but one of my favourite things to do, which really relaxes me, is to paint with water over randomly painted watercolour. I've shared some before where I just take a wet paintbrush and paint shapes. Today I have 4 I did to share


They are all very glittery and in the same theme

I just love doing the trees and of course there just has to be a house...

Of course I should point out that you only get one go with water... Once the paint is marked it's marked

Today is a sad day for my city, our Christmas lights were turned on last evening and it should have been a happy event. Sadly a 12 year old girl lost her life after being stabbed by a group of young boys. I know every city in the world has it's problems and we have our fair share but this event has touched the community and even our local radio presenter broke down in tears this morning. I don't know if things will ever get better, after all we have enough to concern ourselves with, but I pray that one day the streets will be safe for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves.

Till soon my friends

~ Ros ~

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Kitty Cats

 Good morning friends...

Just a quick post today, I'm feeling a little under the weather after having my booster jab. The doctor warned me I would given that I was not too well after my first jab. Hopefully I will be okay tomorrow.

Today I have a two Christmas cards to share, made from a previous drawing I did of a cat and scanned to my computer

I decided to keep the pencil lines, from the drawings but added a little colour to the eyes then drew and painted the hat and holly

The sprig die cut is brought out every year! It was cut from a scrap of painted card, dipped in Versamark and clear embossed

And the second card

I glued silver thread around the circle here which was tricky as that thread did not want to stay put.

Cats look kinda funny without their ears showing huh? I debated about adding ears through the hat but in the end I just left it because it's not a 'whole' face anyway

That's it for now... I hope you are enjoying your weekend, it's gloriously sunny here but sooo cold!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your amazing comments about my sewing attempts as well as my cards, makes me happy!


Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, November 18, 2021


Hello there...I hope this finds you well 

I've a few minute to spare before I cook dinner so I thought I'd pop in and share a few things

I'm still sketching, painting and sewing so first up a couple of Christmas cards with my sketched and painted penguin

I haven't put a sentiment on this one, maybe I will later

I think he's quite a cutie... And the second one

...with his own little tree


As for the sewing, well, I thought you'd like to see my last makes

This tunic top was made using a PDF freebie which was for a dress with a swirl skirt (not me) but just using the top part I've adapted it to make a few different tops and tunics

Unfortunately the colour doesn't show too well, it's more of a pale green and it's stretch fabric with a soft fleece type underside

The flower spray was a buy from Aliexpress and I had to hand sew it using invisible thread which was a nightmare I can tell you, but I think it was worth it.

The next one is a fleece coat, I used the same pattern I had for my dressing gown

It looks a lot nicer on and is really cosy with side pockets and double layered hood.

The weather here has remained quite mild now I have all these warm things to wear - Always the way.

Anyway I hope you like my makes

Be safe my friends...

~ Ros ~

Monday, November 15, 2021

Paint Your Sparkle


I didn't expect to be posting again today but I made quite a few Christmas cards yesterday so today whilst I have a minute two cards

I had a digital image of the wellington boots from a free colouring page and I drew and painted everything else
My first card

The 'paintbrush' is supposed to be adding the sparkle and though it's not very apparent in the photos, I have added a little video at the end of my post which shows it better

The second card is a smaller version of the first one done without the lines and painted softer - after drawing the foliage and paintbrush I scanned the image so I could print it again to paint and alter the size

This time I omitted the black lines and painted it softer

Do you have a preference? I'm liking the soft colours

I used stencil paste and glitter for the snow, gold paint, gold glitter pen and Mod Podge dimensional for the dots on the boots and the sentiment is computer generated.

And here's a short video link so you can see that sparkle... I've had trouble trying to upload the original video so I hope this works 

Have a good day friends
~ Ros ~


Saturday, November 13, 2021

A Few More

 Hello friends...

Another busy week has flown by with birthdays, anniversaries and a lunch date with my two girlfriends included.

I want to thank you all for your kind comments on my sewing.. You blew me away! I am still having fun and enjoying it though it does tax my brain I can tell you. I was getting so fed up of clothes not fitting properly... Body shape changes as we age and everything seems to be made with the young people in mind, well, here in the UK anyway. I really still don't feel comfortable going into shops as virtually no one wears a mask and people don't bother keeping their distance either. So making myself something new or altering something I have is like having a new wardrobe. 
Pinterest has given me so many ideas and information that I just want to explore. For the pinafore I took the shape from my apron and developed it from there though fitting something on yourself is not easy. I did a lot of sewing when I was a young girl but the patterns I kept no longer fit my shape so now I'm going to try and draft my own (she says)... I let you know if I'm successful.

So today I am sharing a few more of my house cards and one of the mushroom cards...

I've a few more mushroom ones to put together yet... It's just making time.

I'm off to visit your blogs now... Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Till next time

~ Ros ~

Monday, November 08, 2021

Birthday Card and Sewing

 Hello and happy Monday

I hope you are all keeping well and not stressing too much now that Christmas is nearly upon us. I refuse to get stressed and have made more Christmas cards but today's card is a birthday card for a friend

I wasn't sure I'd ever get inspiration to make this - Seems I can only concentrate on one theme at a time and I was busy making Christmas cards, some of which feature a mushroom ( still to be shared with you) so I decided to sketch one for a birthday card too.

I had the glossy stuff out so my mushroom got a good dose of that too. So glad I got this done as her birthday is on Thursday. The flowers were all fussy cut from a piece of DP by the way.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and messages, I really appreciate hearing from you all and you always make me feel happy. I've encountered a few problem posting comments back to you... Blogger seems okay with a one liner but anything more it hesitates.
Some of you asked me to share a little of my sewing... Well I never realised how difficult photographing clothes is but I managed a couple.
Please don't expect miracles, I do a lot of things but I wouldn't say I was perfect at anything

Here's a top I made

It does look better on and it was my first time using scuba fabric which was a lesson in itself

And my last make was a pinafore dress

I got the fabric at a bargain price, it's needlecord but it was quite lightweight so I double up on the fabric and lined it too. What a headache I gave myself but in the end I was quite pleased. I've always wanted a pinafore dress and considering it only cost me about £6 plus the lining well, what can I say.
I don't have patterns either... I take a lot of ideas and things from pinterest, bless those who share

Okay that's me for today... I'm off to class soon to stretch my joints.
Have a lovely week and take care

Till next time

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Miss Me?


I've been missing awhile, life has been busy and honestly I didn't think I'd ever get the inclination to craft again...

 DH had his eye operation (Viscocanaloscopy). So of course we've been backwards and forwards to the hospital and another follow up is due tomorrow. He's doing fine but I have to administer several different eye drops every 4 hours. I spent 3 weeks at physio which seemed to cause more pain than not so I'm finished with that - I just keep up with my fitness class. The physio seems to think my pain problems are related to my stenosis but I'm not convinced...Anyway I am doing okay.
I've also spent a lot of time sewing...I seemed to have been bitten by the bug. I've made pyjamas a dressing gown, as well as various tops and tunics so card making has not been on the agenda... Until today.
Today I'm surprising you with not only two cards but Christmas cards...Yep, you read that right.

Watercolour and my own sketching

I scanned my drawing so I can print them out to make a batch, with different backgounds and a few variations  

 As you can see this one has trees and both of them are very sparkly but I couldn't capture that

That pretty scripty sentiment stamped and embossed, is from a company called Lesia Zgarda. I said I wouldn't buy anymore craft things  ( I'm still purging ) but I relented and bought a couple.

I hope you are all doing well? I am visiting when I can but honestly there aren't enough hours in the day for all the things I want to do and the things I have to do

Take care and stay safe my friends, thanks for your visit I will repay the compliment soon

~ Ros ~