Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Girl with Attitude and a Watercolour Card

Hi there!

Gosh we've had some rain here I tell 'ya... Hailstones as well! But personally I've enjoyed this summer... The garden has never looked to colourful and we had some lovely days...
I'm feeling better too and the medication my doctor gave me for my eczema is working...I haven't said much about it but since June I have really struggled with blisters everywhere and burning skin that keeps me awake night after night... Now if they could get rid of the sciatica I would be like a spring chicken Lol!

On the downside my lovely aunt is in hospital with heart problems but I got to speak to her this morning and she is happy and upbeat. At least I know she is being looked after where she is.

So I have a crocheted girl to share with you...

 I'm trying to add a little character to the faces and this one turned out to be a girl with attitude rather than the cutie I was going for Lol! It's a learning curve...

 I also have a card done with some watercolours and odd bits I had laying about

Well, if the rain holds off hubby and I are going to take a drive and have lunch... maybe even a little retail therapy...
 And just before I finish, take a look at my 2 cats... Bunk beds!

I hope you have a great weekend

~ Ros ~


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour Challenge Reminder

Hi there!

Just a reminder of the current challenge at

Where I am lucky enough to be guesting for the month of August

As you know the challenge is to use salt with your watercolour - Have you seen the wonderful entries on the Blog? Go take a look and check out the amazing team creations too

Here's my card for the reminder post

 Gambai Tambi paints were used on ordinary cardstock and simple table salt sprinkled on the wet paint. This time I thought the result looked like water being splashed so I cut a mermaid from Vellum that had been splattered with gold paint and just added the tail end

I didn't adhere it down completely so the tail kind of moves like it's splashing...

I also splattered the BG with gold paint and then used Glossy Accents to look like water droplets

I told you that no two pieces ever come out the same, that's what's so fun about this technique... Have you tried it yet? There's still time to enter your creations

A HUGE thank you to the wonderful team for inviting me to join them this month... It's been an absolute pleasure and I've learned something new too!

Wishing you all a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gold and Silver

Hello there...

I hope your week started well... I'm feeling a little under the weather today, maybe a cold coming, so I'll keep this brief

I have a set of cards I made last week... Seems I needed more female birthday cards than I thought for this month so I made 3 the same but ut with a slight variation in colour

There's white embossing

Gold embossing and gold die cut

...And then there's silver

Pretty quick and simple cards to have to hand

I'll be posting my reminder for the CAS Watercolour Challenge in a couple of days... I hope you'll pop by

Wishing you a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Good morning!
I hope this finds you well....

It's been almost a week since I posted due to my computer being updated. I love my desk top Mac but the system was old and over time I found less programs supported it... Time for a change and thank goodness for my amazing son Mikey. He spent days backing up everything and installing a new up to date system for me. Then it meant reinstalling and navigating my way around the new system....There were a few hiccups but I'm getting there.
I haven't been idle though, I picked up my crochet hooks and made a few things 
A sweet owl baby

Isn't he adorable?

 The pattern for this came from Here and there are alternatives using the basic 'doll' pattern which I hope to make too

I also made this one which I call Little Ant

I didn't have a pattern for this... I just improvised

And I used up some odd wool to make a little owl bag...

...Using a pattern from Here 

It's just wonderful that people share their videos, patterns and talent so that people like me can actually learn 'how to'

In addition to these I've packed up 3 projects for next term at Thursday Club, so no slacking here Lol!

Pat is coming over in a few hours so we will be pulling out the papercrafting stuff...

Sending you warm wishes for a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

Friday, August 04, 2017

Anniversary Card

Hello... How are you?
I can't believe another week has flown by... I was up early this morning to take my DH to hospital for his scan appointment and somehow I just can't get myself into the daily routine...

I've spent the past few days making projects for next term at Thursday Club and I guess I'm just a little tired. 
Today's card is made up of some of my scraps...

Last week I did a card using the tissue paper technique (Hereand I had a big old heart left over so I pulled out my box of other left overs and found the centre from another heart I'd used way back in May and surprisingly they went quite well together

I even managed to cut out the word 'love' from my left over... I added a die cut frame and printed a piece of cardstock with a digital paper called Cashmere - a sort of pale grey colour.

A few sequins and my card is complete and ready to mail to some friends who are celebrating a wedding anniversary in a few days.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thanks so much for your visit

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

CAS Watercolour Challenge Guest Designer

Hello and good morning!

I'm delighted to say that I am guesting this month at

I was so thrilled to be asked by the lovely ladies and jumped at the chance!

The challenge this month is to use Salt

I had never tried this before but I'm always up for a challenge and eager to learn new techniques... 
Here's the finished result of my first attempt 

I painted a piece of ordinary white cardstock with Gansai Tambi paints, randomly added table salt, let it dry and then brushed it away... 
The result looked to me like a cold winter's night, trees with snowflakes coming down

So I thought it would be fun to add a little fox (a die gifted to me by my lovely blog friend Greta)

It's such a fun technique and the team have some amazing creations to inspire you up on the blog... Hop on over and take a peek ... We'd love it if you linked up Salt Watercolour creations too

Have a wonderful day!

~ Ros ~

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Why didn't I think of that?

That's the thought that came into my head when I saw this card by Shari Carroll...
I mean I've stencilled with hearts, balloons, clouds and various other things that I've cut from my dies, but never thought to do one with my frame dies... Sheesh!

Anyway I rectified that today... I needed a birthday card for my husbands DIL Hannah and I don't think she's a "flowers and hearts" girl so I thought this would be better

Actually she's an architect by profession so maybe she will appreciate the geometric like design... Either way I enjoyed making this.

I opted to keep it pretty clean and just stamped and embossed the MFT flowers and leaves.. Deciding on where and how to put the sentiment took a little longer but eventually I kept that pretty simple too with a non fussy sentiment on vellum that still allows the design to show through

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday... We are due more rain today but I'm not complaining, it's not been a bad summer at all and I much prefer the cooler temperatures.

Till soon, be safe

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tissue Paper Technique

Hi there...

Well Pat and I had a lovely afternoon yesterday and one of the things we decided to try was the tissue paper technique using watercolours.
Having let my piece dry over night, I made a card this morning which I had intended to enter at CAS Mix Up but I missed the deadline...

Anyway here's my card

I'm really pleased at how well the technique worked out ... Here's a closer look at the texture the tissue paper gives

This card is heading on over to The Netherlands... A little Thank You note to Stella and her family for all they did for us.

I'll definitely have a go at this technique again, it's the kind of thing you can do when you don't have inspiration but want to play...

Before I go, many thanks to all of you who sent well wishes for my cat Ginger.. He is much better and though he wouldn't eat the prescription wet food, he has taken to the prescription dry food so I feel a weight has lifted and I'm hopeful he will stay well. Now if only I could find a cure for my eczema, the itch drives me insane!

Have a lovely day and thanks so much for your visit

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Oh Groningen...

Hello there!
I hope you are all doing okay?

Well, I did mean to post yesterday and wish my lovely friend Stella a very


Thing was, we only arrived home on Monday evening after spending 4 nights in The Netherlands, Stella's home city of Groningen to be exact... And I was totally exhausted!

We had the most amazing time with Stella and her family

Here we are having dinner with Stella, her lovely husband Marcel and their youngest son (my second son) Martijn. Some of you may remember that Martijn spent 6 months here in Liverpool at our University and we became very close...

I will share more photos of our trip once I've had time to sort them ... My goodness, they took us just about everywhere and we LOVED The Netherlands!

For now I'll share the card I made for Stella 

A watercolour BG with some of the dies also cut from my watercoloured pieces

For the first time I was able to deliver this personally, even though her actual birthday was the day after we left

I'm aware that I have a ton of catching up to do, but Pat will be here in a few hours so it may be later in the week...

Have a great day!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A New Guy

Hello there!

I hope you are enjoying your week...
We still have good weather here and as the Golf Open has just started, the city is very busy. 
Ginger boy is doing ok so far... He is on pain medication and I am still awaiting part of his results. I have been told he has crystals in his bladder and there is a possibility he may have stones and hopefully I will find out today whether he has an infection.
The vet says I need to feed him prescription food from now on which apparently dissolves the crystals... So I paid a fortune for a supply of the stuff and of course he will not eat it!
God only knows what I'm going to do... Argh! it's such a worry.

Anyway, I thought I'd show you the latest member of the family, well for now anyways - I made this for Miss Sophia my great niece who loves dogs... She's 8 going on 28 if you know what I mean... 

I did follow a pattern which included an eye patch ... He was supposed to resemble a cute little Jack Russell pup, but I tell you, my pup just looked like a Pit Bull... And a pretty mean one at that Lol!

So the patch went, I moved the eyes closer together, stitched a nose and then I ended up making him a scarf and a hat 

And I think he looks kind of cute now... I guess we'll see what Miss Sophia thinks.

I'm off to The Netherlands tomorrow and I'll catch up with you all when I get home. Mikey is in charge of all the animals and who knows, maybe he can get Ginger to eat the food... (yeh, right)!

Enjoy the upcoming weekend

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mermaid Wishes

Good morning lovely people...

Did you have a good weekend? It was a little manic here - Ginger boy got sick with a water infection and it meant a trip to the vet. I hate to have to take him, he gets so stressed. Poor boy underwent a very embarrassing examination and the indignation of being weighed! He was not very happy I can tell you. Other than a shot for the pain, the vet couldn't give any meds until I get a 'sample' to them to test.  It's not been an easy job I tell 'ya! But I succeeded and we have to wait now to see what they say.
I hate it when the animals are sick, it's such a worry...

So Thursday Club finishes this week with their usual disco... And I've promised myself to get ahead with some projects for next term, one of which is a mermaid card. I've painted and sprayed cardstock to use and decided to made a little card from some off cuts

Pat gave me the die for the mermaid and I used Avery Elle coral dies as well

I cut that oval shape simply because the centre piece of the card was used for something else and I didn't want to waste what was left...

...Then filled the space with Nuvo drops

We're heading off to the Netherlands at the end of the week and I only hope Ginger is better by then. Thankfully Mikey will be here with him and I know he will be in good hands and spoilt rotten!

Wishing you all lovely day

~ Ros ~

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Birthday Gull


I've a few "birthday boys" to make cards for in the next few weeks...
They're always a bit of a challenge don't you think? So I decided to make a few cards with the one design using the MFT Seaside Gulls set again...

I didn't have a stamp of the posts and I was going to draw them but I came across a free digi here which I altered slightly (added some lines and took out the bird) before sizing and printing then I coloured it with Copics

I then masked off the posts to do a little blending before adding the seagull - To finish off I stamped some birds from an old Wplus 9 set and computer generated the front sentiment

Inside it has the sentiment that came with the gull set 
"I want you to be as happy as a seagull with a chip"

At least I have a few spare in case an unexpected birthday comes along... 

It's a glorious day here, I have grocery shopping to do and club night tonight so I'll bid you farewell and hope you have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CAS Watercolour Challenge


It's a very dull and wet day here, I've even had to put the lights on ... What's that all about? It's July for heaven's sake!

I've been enjoying some free time with my watercolours and I've made a few cards (as well as a lot of mess haha!)

 Today I'm sharing a quick card that I made for this month's challenge over at 

Please excuse the photos - It's difficult to get a decent shot when it's so dull

It's quite a simple card, watercolours on white cardstock, splattered with gold paint and cut on my Cameo

The sentiment was computer generated

I trust you are enjoying your week... Thanks so much for stopping by

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 10, 2017

Just Us Girls


I hope your weekend went well... 

Today I'm sharing a card that I made over a week ago to send to a sweet blog friend and it just so happens to fit this week's challenge at

Unfortunately you really don't get to see a lot of the blending given that I added vellum over the top ... 
I used a stripe stencil and tilted it to get the first set of diagonal lines and then tilted it the other way to get the criss- cross effect - Two inks were used, Citron distress ink and Broken China oxide ink

I also used the same inks to blend onto the leaves and the flowers were coloured with copics

So yesterday we drove over to Derbyshire yesterday to visit hubby's granddaughter Felicity - The traffic was manic and it took us 3 hours to get there due to all the road works and congestion...Normally it only take about half that time.

I took the little crochet cat lovey I made for her 
Suffice to say she loved it!

And it was well worth the journey to see that little cutie!

Well, I hope you all have a lovely day

Take care

~ Ros ~
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