Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Saturday

Hello ... Happy Saturday to you!

I just heard that I won Chic of The Week at the Just Us Girls challenge and I am thrilled!
I can honestly say that I really did not expect that ... not only were the entries all so good ... but I very nearly didn't bother to post my card ... Being as it was something so different from my usual style ... I was a bit unsure about it ... Just goes to show!
Thanks ever so much to the ladies at JUGS and to all of you lovely people who took the trouble to leave me comments and to congratulate me ... It's so very kind of you and you made my day!

I have nothing crafty to post but I do have some funny photos which I thought all my American buddies would appreciate given your long hot summer ... These were sent to me by my sweet aunt ... 
Enjoy!

You know it's been a long hot summer when you see these











Have a beautiful weekend ...


~ Ros ~









Friday, September 28, 2012

Snow Angel

Hello ...
I'm pleased to report that the rain has stopped and we have a true autumnal day ... with sunshine ... I'm happy!

I just finished my card for Jingle Belles where the prompt is Snow ... my room looks like it was hit by a blizzard ... and I only did one card... sheesh!

 Here is the finished card ... my snow angel


The image is a freebie from Here  and I did crop it a little ... I also added Twinklets diamond dust on the little angel and the steps she is standing on 


A piece of glittered felt and some sequins really make it sparkle


Snow Angel was printed on my computer and I also used a HA digital snowflake stamp


Ok ... so that all for today ... I can't believe it the weekend already ... Christmas will be here before we know it ... at least I have some cards ready ...

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are planning ... 

~ Ros ~




Thursday, September 27, 2012

JUGS challenge

Hello there!
I hope you are all well ...

I'm just popping in with a little card I made for the challenge at Just Us Girls ... based on this lovely photo


What fabulous colours theses are ... and the JUGS DT have made some fantastic creations ... 
 I just love that quilt ... which is what I based my card on ...


 ... the room in the photo has a sports feel to it and I kind of wanted my card to encapsulate that ... for a 10 year old's birthday ...


I cut the diamonds on the cameo and just decorated it from there with different coloured papers ... buttons ... a brad and a glittery star
A little different for me ... but I like to diverse now and then Lol!

That's it for today ... I have a friend calling shortly so I have to get going 

Have yourselves a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by 

~ Ros ~





Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Keys and Locks ...

Hello!  

It's time for another challenge at Papercraft Star and this week it's about adding a key and/or lock to your project ... Jan sure comes up with some great challenges ...
As always we have The House Across The Bay sponsoring us and this week our Star Designer is Sylvia ... you don't want to miss her lovely creation and those of the rest of the DT

Being a DT member is great for me ... It challenges me in more ways than I can have imagined ... looking back on some of my early work ... I cringe ... what was I thinking? And though I would never class myself as being in the same league as some of you talented people ... I have grown so much ... 
Why am I telling you this? Simply because I wondered where this card came from ...


... what the idea or thought behind it was ... but it means something to me...

Being a DT member and following your blogs and challenges I've learnt to put colours together that I would never have thought of ... added things to projects I wouldn't maybe have used ...  and yes many times when I get a brief from the blogs I design for ... I am stumped ... the idea, design or concept doesn't come immediately ... unlike so many of you ... 
But I have always been led with my heart in what I do ... my mood or my spirit ....


Like my blog ... my creations tell a story


How about you?

Pink and grey papers are by Tim Hotlz ... keys are cut using a SB die and pewter mirri board... the heart is also a SB die and the paper is a digital by Gennifer Bursett ... card cut on the Cameo and the black velvet border is by Habico 

I hope you will join us this week at Papercraft Star ... we look forward to seeing your creations

Have a happy day

~ Ros ~











Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Boo!

Good morning everyone ... 

It's time for another challenge at City Crafter and our hostess this week is Kirsty who is asking that we make a Halloween card or project ... however, as we in the UK don't usually send halloween cards and lots of people don't celebrate the halloween ... you can just make a card or project using halloween colours ...

We have the very talented Colleen Dietrich guesting for us this week ... I'm sure most of you know Colleen ... a worthy winner from week 120 ... Her lovely blog is full of inspiration and well worth a visit.

Now our sponsor this week is Freckled Fawn ... who are not only offering a $15 gift certificate to their store ... BUT they are offering Free Shipping for both domestic and international orders for those who enter the challenge ... the offer is open until the end of the challenge 
To receive your discount ... use the promo code "CityCrafters" at the checkout ...


I actually chose to make a halloween slider card for this challenge 


The little cat's face is a digital image from the Graphics Fairy ... I blacked out the eyes using photoshop and then used rubons to get the face


I just love the expression on his face


... and of course as you tilt the card ... the rosette and the cat's head spin round ... 
(wish I could show you that ... )


Far too many pictures I know ... I just love playing with this card 

So, if you're still with me ... I hope you will hop over to the blog and check out the creations from the rest of the DT ... Join in the fun this week and you could win the gift certificate ... or take advantage of the free shipping for all CCCB entrants and check out all the lovely goods at Freckled Fawn ...

Have a great day ... Thanks for stopping by and Stay safe

~ Ros ~






Monday, September 24, 2012

Rain again ...

Hi there ... 
I hope you had a good weekend ... 
I was so thrilled to see that my card Here had been picked for Top Mouse award at WaltzingMouse!!
Thank you so much ladies!!

We have a lot of rain again today .. it's expected to last a while with a whole months worth falling in the next 2 days ... We are expecting high winds too.

I had to go off to the Post Office this morning and already the roads are flooded ... I worry about my little stray cat ... Did I tell you about him? We've been feeding him for a long time now and though he is not too well ... he is improving with a little love and food. I guess he finds shelter somewhere because he doesn't come for food when it rains ... I know ... I'm just a sucker where animals are concerned ... I even gave in to my squirrel and put out some nuts for him ... In return he agreed to be photographed



Yeh I know ... rats with fluffy tails ... but who didn't shed a tear in the movie Ben?

Anywho ... I have another bracelet ... I've actually made a few more  ... I find them addictive ... the thing is I forgot to photograph one before I gave it away and the next one I sent as a gift ... so you have to wait a while to see that ... but I do have this one 


Using book pages for the beads ... actually it wasn't until after I made it that I saw This gorgeous creation by the amazing Betsy Veldman ... 


I just used beads I had in my box of broken jewellery ... and the pretty leaf is from a pack I bought a while ago ... 
I've been busy with DT projects .. so it's nice to have something different to move on to

Ok ... so that's it for now ... I'm back tomorrow for the new challenge at CCCB ... hope to see you then

Thanks for visiting and for all your encouraging comments ...
Have a good day

~ Ros ~




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cars and Critters

 It's a cold Thursday here ... Yesterday we had warm sunshine (with showers) but today it is a lot colder (with showers) ...
I have a new little friend ... a cute squirrel ... who for the past 2 weeks has been  hurrying here and there collecting the falling nuts. He comes right up to my window about 10 times a day ... and stops to look in ... like he's saying hello - But every time I grab the camera ... he off like a bullet!
He's not the only one on the hunt for food ... the last few evenings the cat has been bringing home field mice ... It's quite funny really ... see my son like me cannot bear to see an animal hurt ... so he frees the mouse from the cat and then tries to catch it to make sure it is ok ... Guess you can't stop nature
..........
A few weeks ago my blog friend Jak contacted me and asked if I would make a birthday card for her Husband's upcoming 50th ... She said he liked vintage cars, bikes and radio's ... 
Jak was so kind to send me a whole heap of goodies for my Thursday group a few years ago so it was a pleasure to be able to do something in return for her kindness

This is what I came up with


It'd kinda difficult when you don't know a person ... but I know that Jak really like the card


All papers are from DCWV and though you probably can't see it ... the car is raised and glossy against the mat paper ... 
........
Did you see the latest releases from PTI? I do love their goods but we have to pay huge import duty here in the UK ... so that with the postage means it is far too expensive for me to order stuff but I love to see the samples and I was particularly taken with Nicole's lovely bead bracelet ... It's been on my "to do" list for ages ... so I used my cameo to cut a few strips of paper and 'voila!' ... my bead bracelet



I am nowhere near as dexterous as Nicole (who makes everything look so simple) and though I did get to finish this to my satisfaction .. it was hard going with those fiddly little crimp beads ... BUT practice makes perfect ... and I intend to make some more of these ...

Finally can I just thank Steph and Lauren at Jingle Belles for featuring one of my Christmas cards this week ... I loved the postal prompt ... Thank you girls!

Have a beautiful day and thanks to you for stopping by

~ Ros ~




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wish upon a star

Hello there ...

This morning starts a new challenge over at Papercraft Star and the theme this week is 
Stars


Don't you just love stars? They can be used on so many projects from Christmas cards to birthday cards ... 

One of my lovely ladies at Thursday club celebrated her birthday last week and I made my card especially for her ... 


I just know that she loves this image ( The Graphics Fairy) and anything girlie and soft ... 


I did a little distressing on this image and though you probably can't see it ... she is layered onto muslin which has a generous coating of glitter ... the background paper is by Grace Taylor 


I added some glittery puffy stars a sheer double bow with a metal star and a computer generated sentiment.

Our "Designer of the week" using digitals from our Sponsor The House Across The Bay is Steph ... Please hop over to the blog and check out all the samples from the DT .. I hope they will inspire you to join us this week ...

Thanks so much for stopping by today ... Keep safe

~ Ros ~










Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Inchies

Good Morning ...

I'm hosting the challenge at City Crafter this week and I have chosen Inchies as your quest
What we want to see is either 1' or 2' squares on your projects 

Photo Credit 

Our Guest designer this week is our winner from week 122 ... Lisette Baker ... and this week we are offering another GD spot to our winner ... Hop over to the blog to see full details and to check out all the samples from the DT 

Ok ... so on to my card 


Background paper is from Astrid ... and I then cut four 2" squares from some paper by Grace Taylor which I stamped over using  2 different stamps from Kaisercraft


I made a little tag and cut a small butterfly from the same Grace Taylor paper and a used bird stamp (don't remember where from) together with a stamp from WaltzingMouse Fancy Phrases ...


I confess that this is one of my favourite cards ... It's already with my friend who lives in Scotland and celebrated her birthday this week ...

I hope you will be inspired to join our challenge at City Crafter ... we were blown away with all your entries last week!

Just have fun and enjoy your day ...

Till soon

~ Ros ~







Monday, September 17, 2012

Denim ...

Hi there ...
I hope you are having a good start to the week ... Thanks so much for your well wishes ... I'm still not feeling 100% but I'm no worse so that's a good thing .. I think it's a just head cold

So I have a card that I did for 2 different challenges ... I used the Sketch from this week's challenge at 


... And I used the colours from the new challenge at 


The DT at both these challenge blogs have terrific samples ... definitely worth a visit

I did a masculine card ... 


Everything I used I have had for the longest time ...
The BG paper is from a Hot Of The Press Pad ... The wooden frame paper is from the Paper Boutique
and I used one of the WaltzingMouse stamps "Text It" to stamp a background behind those pockets


The pockets are from a digital file I got years ago by Gina Jane ... they are so cool ... they really look like fabric!


I cut some stars from the denim paper and attached them with some star brads ... those little brown metal dots that you find on the corner of your jean pockets (bet you're looking now) I replicated using sequins
I also added some stitching to the pocket tops and on my card ... and used a another WaltzingMouse stamp, a sentiment from "Fancy Phrases"
Hopefully I have also kept within the colours for CR84FN too

Ok ... I will be back in the morning - I'm hosting this weeks challenge at CCCB ... See you then

Have a lovely evening / Day

~ Ros ~





Saturday, September 15, 2012

Next Card ...

Hello again ... I have 2 posts this morning ... 
This is my 3rd Christmas card for the Jingle Belles "Postal" challenge ... please scroll down to see the others ...
These last two are using freebies from Astrid's Artistic Efforts ... perfect for this week's prompt



I just used part of one of the postcard freebies for this (the little boy) ... together with a scrap of MME paper that I've been holding onto for the longest time


I just love MME paper and this little reindeer is delighted to share the sparkle


Kinda looks like the reindeer just sprang right across the path of the little boy huh?

So there we go ... 3 cards for Jingle Belles this week ... and not on the last minute either ... Can you tell I loved this prompt? 
I now have 24 cards in my box and I just know I will use these postcards to make a lot more ...

Have a wonderful weekend ...

~ Ros ~



More Christmas Cards

Hi there ... I hope you are having a great start to the weekend ...
I'm still feeling rough but the sun is shining so that always helps

After making my card for the Jingle Belles challenge ... I saw that sweet Astrid had posted some more beautiful freebies on her blog ... I didn't need any more encouragement to create another 2 cards with the postal theme ...
So I can link them both up to Jingle Belles I will do them in 2 separate posts ...
First up is this one using one of Astrid's freebies


The postcard is the freebie and I backed it onto some pretty MF paper


Love this postcard ... it's just so pretty


It's just a simple card ... I added a small piece of lace from The Ribbon Girl  a glittery tree from Hobbycraft  and a little bit of sewing ... I reckon I could make quite a few of this design

Thanks for stopping by

~ Ros ~



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