Saturday, May 07, 2022

Blue & Blue...

Hello friends... I hope this finds you well

Just a short post, I wanted to say "hi" and to thank you for the lovely cards I've received this week. You are best! It really makes my day when I see a card in the mailbox. 
Talking of which, I have 2 cards to share myself, made up from bits again
 

One of my painted flowers and leaves cut from some random watercolouring


 And another in shades of blue...

It's a good thing I keep all those bits...

 

 I don't have any news for you - I still haven't had an appointment through to see a consultant but it's a lovely day here, the sun is shining so it's a matter of keep taking the tablets and carry on.

Have a beautiful day, big hugs

~ Ros ~


Just a quick edit... I have been trying to leave comments but it seems some are just not getting through... Takes me ages to type as well, sigh.. If you know how or what, please let me know 'cos I'm not ignoring you...




Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Few more...

 Hello friends... Hope you are doing well

I'm keeping busy, and have a few more cards to share


A while ago I bought some wrapping paper for a friend's birthday gift... I just loved the marble effect and kept a piece back to use up hence thes cards

The flowers are my own painted ones on both cards

 
This one is the negative leftover from cutting those leaves (couldn't bear to waste it)


I haven't added sentiments yet, I'll wait until they are needed

Short and sweet today... Stay well
 
~ Ros ~



Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Here we go..

 Hello and good morning from a sunny Liverpool
I hope this finds you well...

I put on my card making head yesterday and finally have some to share with you. They mostly include some of my painted pieces that I had saved


This is one for a friend's birthday and I love the colours here

The flowers were painted a few years ago and somehow I managed to fussy cut them - It's weird but some days my hands work better than others, some days I can't hold anything let alone cut with scissors

And another card using one of my painted flowers


I'm so glad I kept those flowers... they look better fussy cut


And one more...


I used one of my circle dies to pour the micro beads into once I'd added glue to the centre of the flower and it worked, well, there were still quite a few on the floor.


I went to my exercise class yesterday and just seeing the ladies and having a giggle worked wonders... not to mention the stretching. I'm not ready to give up yet.

I saw this on Facebook and it made me laugh... DH and I often sit on the garden swing (him in his baseball cap) discussing what needs doing in the garden. I do wear a grey arthritis glove on my hand and I do have to take Ibuprofen


Have a lovely day friends... 

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Update

 Hello there... How are you?

I'm so sorry I haven't been visiting you and I don't have any cards to share yet but I wanted to give you an update on things. DH has got over his heart attack, though he remains anxious but is doing fine really. He's 9 years older than me so I still have quite a bit to deal with as he doesn't always cope with things. 
As for me, I've now lost the sensation in my left hand, though thankfully unlike the right arm hand and neck, it doesn't cause me much pain.

Well this morning I had my first appointment at the neuro centre and with Mikey alongside of me we listened to what the doctor had to say. I had hoped that with surgery, I would regain the feeling etc., in my hands, something similar to the lower spine surgery I had. Sadly this is not the case. Whilst there may be a small chance it will improve, it's more likely the damage to the nerves is permanent. Surgery can only halt the progression. It wasn't what I wanted or expected to hear...

I couldn't bear the thought of not being able to use my hands at all and do all the things that I love and as the doctor said, better to do what I love badly than never be able to do it at all. Even badly is frustrating for me but I continue to try. So I have opted for surgery I am now waiting to see a consultant in the forth coming weeks. 

In the meantime I have continued trying to sew - even got hubby to thread the needles and hold things. I get brain fog a lot and that doesn't help. I've also had to resort to having help around the house and Sue (the neice of my BF Beryl who passed away a few years ago) comes over once a week. She needs the money and I need the help so it's a win win, plus we get to chat a lot. I managed to make 5 bunny bags for 5 of her 6 granddaughters for Easter..


As a surprise I also made her a little black bag that she wanted and though my sewing is far from perfect and it takes me a long time, she was thrilled with it


I won't give up and I am even going to attempt some painting again, even if it is badly Lol!

Friends have been amazing and thank you all for the lovely cards and wishes. I got to go to lunch twice last week. A monthly meet with my 2 GF's and the keep fit class also had a belated get together lunch which was held at my DH's golf club so he had a word before hand with the staff who kindly helped me so I didn't have to struggle carrying anything.

I know there are worse things going on in the world and I am so lucky to have my friends here and in blogland to encourage me and allow me to share.

Sending hugs to you all

~ Ros ~

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Good and Bad

 Good morning friends, I hope you are all doing well.

It's been awhile since I posted and a while since I did any papercrafting. 
I've always shared the good and the bad here on my blog whenever possible. It's my life diary and life isn't always perfect. I'm finding it more and more difficult to not only get motivated but to grip and hold on to things. I can't touch anything metallic or anything cold either. Typing takes me forever, hence I haven't been leaving you comments. I had hoped that the progression of my problem would be slower but it's not the case and to add insult to injury I now have a dreadful cold.

On the upside however, I am happy to tell you that my DH is doing fine and back playing golf and I finally have an date to see a consultant neurologist at the specialist hospital in April. Also I  got to speak to my GP who called me in the following morning to access me and prescribed tablets for the nerve pain which are really helping.

Whilst my DH was in the hospital I managed to do some sewing... Sounds bizzare that I can still sew but mostly it's using a machine and not my fingers so much. The number of pins, scissors and all manner of things on the floor are a testament to that and the screams of frustration emanating from my room. So instead of cards I'm sharing a few things made from my fabric scraps.

I made two Easter gifts, this one for Sophia


A bunny backpack with a sweet little cushion inside

And one for DH's little Granddaughter

With a little pom pom bunny

I also made a little cushion gift for a friend who has been such a comfort to me


She's a dog lover and you may just recognise that doggie... It's one I drew and painted on many of my cards... This time I did it on fabric.

I'm glad I can still do something that makes me happy even if it takes forever.

Well that's it for now... I dread to tell you how long this has taken to write.

Thank you once again for the many cards I've received along with your amazing support 

Be safe and enjoy your week

~ Ros ~





Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thank You

 Hello lovely friends... How are you?

I'm happy to be able to tell you that my husband is home and doing okay. He had a minor heart attack and after a week was transferred to a specialist heart hospital. It was a very stressful and exhausting time but he's on the mend and coping with lots of medication.
As for me, I still haven't heard from the neuro centre regarding an appointment but I do have an appointment for the eye hospital. During the time my DH was in hospital the pressure in my eye continued to increase and the earliest date I can get to see a consultant is mid May. The pains in my arm and hand is still relentless but I am continuing to keep busy, though not much in the way of card making.

However... I do have a card dedicated to all of you who have kept my spirits up with your messages, beautiful cards and well wishes. I don't know where I would be without the strength you have given me...


Still using up my painted bits - The seniment says it perfectly

I can't thank you enough and my wonderful friends here who have continued to support me

Sending hugs to each and every one of you

~ Ros ~


Monday, March 07, 2022

Update

 Hello friends... Just a quick note to apologise for not having been able to visit you all lately

My husband collapsed last week and was taken into hospital and todate he is still there undergoing lots of tests and scans. He is doing fine and may be transferred to a specialist heart hospital. This has happened to him before but now at least they are being thorough.
As you can imagine I haven't had a moment and I'm not feeling too great myself but hopefully once he's home I can settle.
 
As soon as I get a chance I will visit you all and immerse myself in your creations... 
Take care
 
 ~ Ros ~


Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Welcome March

 Good morning friends and welcome to March.
Another step nearer to Spring and hopefully brighter days.

I won't dwell on my health issues but suffice to say that the injection didn't work for me. Instead I have a few cards to share made up from my bits


Things I painted awhile ago and didn't quite know what to do with


Sometimes just watching paint blend is so relaxing

and adding a stamped embossed image can transform it 

I'm not one for using DP  much, though I do still love it but i mostly use it to make custom envelopes. However, my final card uses DP and a partial die cut deer that I had left over from something


The papers are called Forest Tales by the Paper tree and they are really lovely. I fussy cut the little guy with the flower from one of the other papers


That's it for now... Thank you again for your warm wishes 

Till next time, be well

~ Ros ~




Thursday, February 24, 2022

CAS Mix Up

 Hello again...

It's just a quick post, squeezing in at the last minute with a card for the 



I hadn't planned on entering, I don't buy magazines, but I came across a little advert on a perfume sample that sparked me into action


The tiny perfume bottle was enough to use with tulip stamps ( Clearly Besotted). I was originally going to use the whole row of tulips but I ended up cutting just the 2 coloured ones.
The background circle they are on was a left over piece of paper from some ink blending I did... I just really liked the colours and shapes.

The sentiment is made up from 2 stamps (a very old set by Waltzing Mouse) which I cut to get the 2 words. They didn't want to 'bend' into a curve but I found by adding some double sided tape to an acrylic block I was able to manipulate them. 
The tiny bits of pollen (dots) that form a heart are just done with a glitter pen.

A final note...My CT injection was ... Not something I would be eager to go through again in a hurry but fingers crossed that in a few days those same fingers will be pain free. 

Thank you again for all your lovely comments

Till soon


~ Ros ~



Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Cards

 Well hello!
I hope this finds you well. We've experienced a lot of storms lately and apart from losing a lot of fencing around our property we are okay.
Thanks so much for all your support regarding my health issues - I have come to terms with what has to be done and later today I am having a CT injection in the hope that it relieves me of the pain I am struggling with. I discovered that I also have a problem with high pressure in one of my eyes and the optician has no clue why... I don't do things by half do I?
 BUT
I had a wonderful week last week with friends visiting, lunching with my GF's and my brother Ron came over and he had my other brother Rick in tow. I haven't seen him for about 5 years and I was so Happy! It was wonderful and gave me the lift I needed

So yesterday I did managed to make a few cards... My fingers don't grip too well but I have so many sketched and painted pieces and bits that I ought to use up so I'll share a couple today and maybe some later in the week...
First up is an anniversary card for my friend

I drew and painted the image and added a little bit of card that was embossed and swiped with a platinum ink pad then added glitter and gold leafing the to image

 

I'm just squeezing this in at 
The next card is a birthday card I made using up one of my painted pieces and a flower I painted ages ago from  digital stamp I got from Etsy


The centre of the flower is done with liquid pearls

Sometimes I just find pieces that go together and I think these work well together and I'm entering it at 

The Flower Challenge


 As always I wish you a beautiful day... I'll visit you all soon

Take care


~ Ros ~



Sunday, February 13, 2022

Such is Life

 Hello friends....

My apologies for not having visited you for a while, life has thrown me a few curveballs lately and I'm trying to deal with it.
All my results are back and the good news is that my spinal fusion is fine albeit that the stenosis has herniated another disc but so far it isn't causing any problems. The other results are not so favourable and I have to undergo surgery again, I don't have a choice.  Five discs in my neck  have succumbed to stenosis and osteoarthritis and are pressing on my spinal cord causing the nerve pains in my arm, eventually they will cause total paralysis so you see why I have no options.
It certainly wasn't the news I was expecting or prepared for and I am still trying to come to terms with it. I have to go to a specialist hospital but I have no idea when this will be as Covid created a huge backlog of patients. In the meantime I am hoping things don't get worse - I feel like I am living on a knife edge.

Anyway, I do have a couple of cards to share - I did do a few paintings but so far I have not been able to make them into cards, my fingers have become less dexterous.

This first card is a birthday card I sent to my lovely blog friend Greta... I hope it arrived and that you enjoyed a wonderful birthday Greta.

Sorry if the photos are a little blurry

And another birthday card for a friend


I painted the plant but the balloons are stenciled and I even use some glitter - I've still got pots of the stuff in all colours


I'm hoping to visit you all today and see waht you've been up to.

Stay well and have a good day

~ Ros ~




Friday, January 28, 2022

Winter Blues

 Hello there...A really quick post

I'm popping in with a card for the  Double D Challenge which is Blue and White (with the option of Winter)... This is their mood board

I didn't exactly follow the mood board... I was just playing with my paints 

Loosley creating a wash with blue paint and then using a wet paintbrush to remove the paint and thus create the Winter tree and fence

I hope you're not tired of seeing my trees, I just enjoy doing them. I've been doing a lot of sewing but I'm plagued by a trapped nerve in my left hand and I had to stop. Fortunately I only need my right hand to paint.

Have a lovely evening

~Ros ~





Monday, January 24, 2022

For a Retirement

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

First off I am sorry that many of you are only just receiving the Christmas cards I sent out - I don't know what is going on with the mail, I sent everything out on time but I guess better late than never.

 I haven't done much in the way of papercrafting but our cousin in Cornwall is retiring at the end of the month so I wanted to make him a card. He has spent most of his life on the sea and is Captain of the ship that services the Scily Isles. Now he has finally been able to purchase his own boat and is looking forward to enjoying sailing with his wife after what has been a very traumatic few years for them both.

 So of course it has to be a nautical card

 
 I used Versamark through a compass stencil onto navy pearlescent cardstock and embossed it in a mix of gold and silver - I missed some parts but I liked it that way and added a script stamp to it


I used distress inks to create a background for the little sailing boat (Wplus9) and added some gold/silver embossed waves using a versamark pen, then covered it with acetate and framed it.
 

 I'm pleased with how it turned out even though I somehow managed to break my Bigshot, then again it has served me well for many years.

In my previous post I shared a photo of a top I made for my friend and I'm happy to say she was thrilled with it... And my husband was thrilled with the jumper she made him!


The photo is a little blurry I'm afraid. It was supposed to be a birthday present but I gave it to him as it's so cold.

Okay that's it for now, stay warm and stay well

Till soon,

~ Ros ~