Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jingle Belles Card 31 ...

"Blue ... blue ... Christmas ......."

Hi there! 
... Just completed my card for week 31 at Jingle Belles where the lovely June Houck is Guesting this week
and she has chosen Blue Christmas ... (the main colour of your card is to be blue) ... and I defy anyone who is joining in this challenge not to be humming that wonderful Elvis song ... speaking of which ... you really need to see Lauren's take on this challenge ... that girl definitely has a mind of her own ...  and June and Steph have created wonderful cards (I'm so missing Love Links this week Steph) ... so even if you don't join in ... go take a look ... 
Anyway on to my card ... 


I missed the reindeer challenge so I wanted to use this little guy ... I picked up  a box of PaperMania Christmas chipboard pieces in Salford yesterday and I thought he was so cute with those little baubles on his antlers .... The background is from a Cuttlebug folder ... just added some glitter ... and the 'frame' is made using the scalloped die from PTI ...


 the snowflake is rescued from an old shop bought card and I just did something a little different with the pale blue ribbon ... I know a lady who loves blue ... but she has already bagged 2 of my Christmas cards ... wonder if she will change her mind again ... Stella?

Enjoy your day and keep safe 
Thank you for stopping by

~ Ros ~


Friday, July 29, 2011

Pixie Dust .....



Hello ... 
I hope you are having a good day ... 
Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and your well wishes for my son ... our GP agrees with the hospital diagnosis ... a long word I cannot pronounce let alone spell ... but it means inflammation of the inner eyelids ... he still has to see an optician but he is a lot better thank God ...
A couple of days ago I received my Midsummer Nights Dream kit from Pixie Dust Paperie ... a beautiful kit full of gorgeous papers, embellishments and ribbons ... I couldn't wait to start creating with it ... there are a lot of photos here ... a journal / album ... I will be adding to this ... namely journalling ... notes and things ... but this is what I have done so far .... I added some bits from my scraps but nearly everything is from the kit ...




I just adore those beautiful charms ... they are quite heavy too and I've decided I am going to use one as a handbag charm ... 


Now this was sheer fluke! I was using the reverse side of the paper and when I turned this piece over I couldn't believe that I had cut a piece that actually said "Journal Des Ros" ... on the paper it is Journal des Rose ... but I had unknowingly cut away the 'e' ... Perfect!!


I used some of my quotes ... from the little book of enlightenment
This beautiful lady and I have gone through a lot together ... she is my angel


My boy ... some days he has a moustache ... some days not  ... but he is and always will be my greatest joy ....



The purple dragonfly is from my stash as is the heart frame ... but how beautiful is that paper and lace ... even the words are in the kit


Lots of butterflies in this kit ... sweet Kirsty even put a little packet of real tiny ones in ... so this sure qualifies for the competition at Pixie Dust Paperie
(burlap and heart from my stash) ... those pretty resin flowers are also part of the kit ...


Beautiful ribbon to match the flowers ... 2 different shades in this kit ...


The clock face and the buttons are from my stash ... but I added one of those tiny butterflies to the clock face too ... and there are a whole lot of stickers to use



I fussy cut this butterfly boy ... and I love those big felt flowers ... tulle from my stash 
... nearly done ...



Angels come in all forms ... and this beautiful shepherd really was an angel ... she came into my life at one of my lowest points ... I once told you that though I rescued her ... really, she rescued me 


And this is it so far ... and I have tons of stuff left ... so I will have to make some more of these ...
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this ...
Have a wonderful weekend 


Till soon


~ Ros ~


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dreams can come true

Hello sweet friends ...
I am soooo excited!! Just have to share with you that I have one of my sets ... card, notebook and bookmark ... showing on Melissa Frances blog!! ... 
... I have visited Melissa's blog everyday ... enveloped myself in the beautiful things shared there ... gained inspiration and been awed by the creativity ... Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think one day something of mine would be shared here ....
To you lovely ladies at Melissa Frances blog ... Thank you!! 
... And I would be so delighted if you would pop over and take a look too ... HERE

I also have another card to share ... I had these papers and on my desk ... a flower from my previous project ... and my SIL gave me some word stamps


I love the green and purple/ lavender hues together


I hope you have a lovely day ... I just can't stop smiling right now ...

Thank you for stopping by ... keep safe

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage Garden challenge at City Crafter

Good Morning to you ...
today I am hosting the challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog and I have chosen a Photo Inspiration challenge ... 

You are welcome to make any card or project you like based on the colours or design in the photos ... and there are lots to choose from don't you think?
I took the opportunity to make a card and notebook for my sweet friend Stella who celebrated her birthday yesterday ... Happy Birthday Stella!


... my interpretation of a Vintage Garden ...



Papers and letters here are mostly from PaperMania Rose Garden and some from Pink Petticoat's Vintage collection which I won from sweet blog friend  Terrie Bailey .... just perfect for this challenge



I'd love it if  YOU would come and join us this week ...  we have the amazingly talented Charlene Cundy  as our guest designer so please leave her some love ...
Leaving you with the links ... have a wonderful day ... thanks for stopping by and keep safe

Till soon

~ Ros ~




Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paper houses

Hello ...
I hope you are enjoying your weekend ... we have had quite good weather which is nice and today my Brother and SIL came over to spend some time which was lovely ...
I have been busy catching up on laundry and the usual household chores and yesterday my son had to go to the hospital ... he has been experiencing pain in his eyes ... He went to the Walk In centre and when the usual blood test etc., showed nothing irregular - he was sent to the ER at the eye hospital where he had to wait for a few long hours to see a doctor ... Now when I am worried ... I always start to clean ... somehow it keeps me occupied ... so I sorted out a lot of things in my craft room ... Yes I did want to be with him but didn't push it ... him being 28 ... know what I mean? ... But thankfully he came home with a clean bill of health on his eyes ... now he has to see the GP this week ... so still a worrying time ... more cleaning to do me thinks ...
Aside from that I have a few photos of projects I have been fiddling with ... One things I love to do each week is visit Stef's blog to check out her Love Links ... a list she kindly compiles each week of the most amazing things ... I bookmark lots of them promising myself I WILL get around to doing them them ... but one I had to try straightaway was a birdhouse made from a book ... you can find the link HERE ... this is one talented lady I tell ya! ... so here are the first two I made ... 




Well I couldn't stop at one ... and anyway ... they are so very therapeutic ... and I couldn't stop at two either ... the idea was to make three different sizes like Korrie did (though I wish I had a table like hers ... sigh )so I started another smaller one ... but me being me ... I went a little off kilter and came up with a wall hanging ... 


I did a sort of 'half' house ... tore out the chunk of book I didn't use but left the cover on ... which I covered in papers and adhered to thick CS which I had also covered in paper ...


... those little pansies are real ... dried actually and oh so delicate ... I stuck the little lilac pearlie things in the centre ... they fell off from these ...


... pretty but again delicate ...


... and in case you're wondering ... the other half of the book I gave to my SIL ... who was merrily folding away as my Brother drove them home ...



You know what ... I'm still not sure about the door .... what do you think? ... maybe I should have gone with older books ... hmmm ... maybe next time ...

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for stopping by 

~ Ros ~


Friday, July 22, 2011

Jingle Belles ROCK!

Hi there!

Today I am Guesting over at Jingle Belles Rock with those two fabulous belles Lauren and Stef ... can you believe it? 
It all started one sleepless night when my mind was churning with upcoming projects and ideas ... one of which was an aperture card ... As you know, if you follow my blog ... I have been with the Jingle Belles challenge from the beginning (only missed last week due to holidays) and here I was thinking .. "hey we haven't done an aperture card at Jingle Belles"  so from there
 "oh HOLE-y night!" was born ...
Unfortunately when I chose my papers and colours for my card ... I didn't realise how difficult it would be to photograph ... but I hope you get the general idea 




 my aperture has some criss cross acetate in between the layers to make a window with a 3D bauble adhere to it ... all made using Spellbinders scalloped circle dies



For more info - please pop over to the Jingle Belles blog and also take a look at the fabulous creations from Lauren and Stef ... and remember it's never to late to join in the challenge and have a head start on your Christmas cards ... there is only 156 days to go!

Grateful Thanks to Lauren and Stef for inviting me to join them this week ...

Till soon

~ Ros ~





Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thank You ... in English and in Portugese

Hello dear friends ...
We are back home safe and sound ... sun tanned and with batteries recharged ...
Thank you so much for your kind comments, your well wishes ...  and just for being there ... it means a lot 
The day we left ... I received two packages from two lovely blog friends ...
My sweet friend Kirsty sent me this lovely card 


Isn't it beautiful ... I adore it ... 
but that was not all she sent ... take a look at this 


... and this ...


Papers, flowers, embellishment, tags, ribbon, braid, stamps and so much more for my group and I to play with ... Thank You So Much Kirsty ... You have a heart of gold ... I am truly grateful.

I have been so fortunate to have met and made so many friends through the world of blogging ... in truth I was always rubbish at Geography ... probably because my Mum could never afford to take us on holiday except for staying in London with my Grandmother ... we never got to go on school trips to anywhere exotic ... so countries and places were just names to me ... I had family in the USA ... and that was prestige enough ... even though I didn't know one state from the other ... And now I have friends in places all over the world ... what a geography lesson! So much more interesting ... I get to see where you live through the words on your blogs and by your photographs ... When you travel I see more places through your eyes ... When disasters hit ... you show me and I can feel it with you ... I see the beauty and the barren ... all because of you ... 
One of those places I never thought about was Brazil ... I knew they had a brilliant football team ... that they had carnivals ... and the magnificent Sugarloaf Mountain ... and now I have another sweet blog friend .. Jacira ... who actually lives in Brazil! 
And Jacira sent this to me ... 


One of her beautiful delicate cards ... together with these 


.. and a beautiful handwritten note which she translated to English ...
Thank You Jacira ... they are lovely and you are so kind ... 

In Portugese ... 

Eu tenho sido tão afortunado por ter encontrado e fez muitos amigos através do mundo dos blogs ... na verdade eu era sempre o lixo em Geografia ... provavelmente porque a minha mãe nunca poderia dar ao luxo de nos levar de férias, exceto para ficar emLondres com a minha avó ... que nunca chegou a ir em excursões escolares para qualquer lugar exótico ... para que os países e lugares foram apenas nomes para mim ...Eu tinha família nos EUA ... e isso foi o suficiente prestígio ... mesmo que eu não sabia que um estado do outro ... E agora eu tenho amigos em lugares de todo o mundo ... o que é uma aula de geografia! ... Muito mais interessante Eu começo a ver onde você viveatravés das palavras em seus blogs e por suas fotografias ... Quando você viaja vejomais lugares através dos seus olhos ... Quando desastres hit ... você me mostrar e euposso senti-lo com você ... Eu vejo a beleza ea estéril ... tudo por causa de você ...
Um desses lugares que eu nunca pensei foi o Brasil ... Eu sabia que eles tinham uma equipa de futebol brilhante ... que tinham carnavais ... eo Pão de Açúcar magníficas ... e agora eu tenho um outro amigo do blog doce .. Jacira ... que realmente vive no Brasil!
Jacira e enviou isto para mim ...
Um de seus belos cartões delicada ... juntamente com estes
.. e uma bela nota manuscrita que ela traduzida para Inglês ...
Obrigado Jacira ... eles são lindos e você é tão gentil ...
Tenha um dia maravilhoso meus amigos ...

Have a wonderful day my friends

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's the Shore thing ...CCCB

Hi there! 
If all goes well you should get this post on time ... I am flying back to the UK today so this is preset (hopefully) ...
This week at City Crafter Challenge our very talented Cheryl has set the challenge which is to create something beach related ... I wish I could have posted this last week!  
This is for all of you sweet blog friends ...


Yep, this is me on my holidays .... (I wish) ... 


We have a wonderful Guest Designer again this week ... none other than Andrea Budjak  ... someone I have looked in on for a long time ... she makes the most adorable little cards and gifts ... and is well worth a visit ...
So are you ready to get creative and join us this week? ... If you are looking for some inspiration .. hop over to  CCCB and check out the samples there ... and take a moment to visit the rest of the DT's blog

Till soon my friends ... keep safe

~ Ros ~


Sunday, July 17, 2011

One more day ...

Hi there!
Well we are nearing the end of our holiday and today it has been really hot ... but back home I hear it has been cold wet and windy ... so I have to make the most of this weather whilst I can.
I am sitting on the balcony right now and I have to tell you that the people next door are having words ... seems he wants her to wear high heels and she is saying no ... I can't help but hear as the voices are raised ... she has a lovely accent ... maybe French ... but she told him to put on the high heels and wear them for one hours to see how it feels because he doesn't know what it is like ... I am smiling!
Anyway ... that aside ... I have a card to share that I made for my friends husband ... it was his birthday last wednesday ... nothing very fancy ... just a male card using an image from the Graphics Fairy


There are lots of ships and sail boats here ... I will missing looking at them when I come home ... one of the yachts in front of the hotel cost 70 million Euros!! I googled it to see the inside Wow! wow! wow!


And I'll share a photo my hubby took of me before we went into dinner ...


I don't like having my photo taken ... 

I hope you are enjoying your day ... I will be back with you for another challenge at CCCB on Tuesday ... and you still have time to enter this weeks challenge ...
Till soon 

~ Ros ~



Friday, July 15, 2011

Just popping in ...

... to say hello to you all ...
I hope you are well ... my husband and I are enjoying our break here in the sunshine island of Majorca ... I've spent  a lot of time in the pool which is a real treat ... I'm not one for lying in the sun but I love to relax in the pool and swim awhile ... it's a real treat too not to have to make dinner ... or do housework!!
As I don't have much to share ... can't seem to download my photos ... I thought I'd show you a notebook I sent to my sweet friend Cheryl for her birthday 


I got these papers in a sale and I have used them a lot as you can tell from previous posts ... 


Just looking at this glittered butterfly makes me want to reach for my craft stuff ... but I think it is good to take a break now and again ... 


This is the back of the notebook ...
I am going to try and visit some of your blogs now ... (I miss you) ... and then I will get ready to go to dinner ... I am old fashioned ... I like the idea of dressing for dinner ... but now nobody bothers ... they come to dinner like they are going to the pool ... my husband is shocked Lol!! We need to lighten up I think ...

Till soon my friends ... keep safe

~ Ros ~



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Let the Sunshine in ..

Hello and good morning to you all ...
Lovely Linda Robinson is hosting for us this week at City Crafter Challenge and her theme this week is "Let The Sunshine In" ... which is very appropriate for me as later today I will be jetting off for a week to the sunshine in the Balearics ... So the challenge is to make a card, tag, project ... anything that either includes an image or the word Sun ... here is my card


bright and cheerful don't you think? ... I was obviously in holiday mode Lol!
I picked up these scrapbook papers a while ago in the sale section of TK Max would you believe ... they're from We R memory keepers ... White Out collection 


I love these pretty colours ... and I can't wait to see what you create too ...
I hope you will join us this week ... I will be popping in to take a look (internet permitting). Please take a couple of minutes to visit the blog and the rest of the DT ...

Have a wonderful week and keep safe ...
Till soon

~ Ros ~



Saturday, July 09, 2011

Jingle Belles Card 28

Just a quick post ... 
Firstly a huge Thank You to the girls over at WaltzingMouse for awarding me a Top Mouse this week ... I am absolutely thrilled and honoured ... A beautiful start to my day...
I have quickly made my 28th card for the Jingle Belles challenge ... (I'll be missing next weeks') ... and this week the challenge is to use up your leftovers .. any scraps that you have ... Well I have tons of scraps I can tell you ... here is my card ...


as you can see I made an origami Christmas tree from 4 squares of papers from my scraps and sugared it with glitter ...
The background paper is a piece from Prima Botanicals ... and the red dottie paper from one of the Pixie Dust Paperie Christmas kits  ... I took a scrap of card and painted it with TH distress stains (Weathered Wood) to adhere my tree to ... and again painted another scrap with TH (Vintage photo) for the tree trunk ...


The tag is a Bo Bunny sticker adhered to a scrap of card ... and not sure if you can notice ... but I even used distress stain on one of my ribbons to give the two toned effect .. a sparkly button ... some twine and it's all done ... Have to go ... have a lovely day 

Till soon

~ Ros ~



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