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 ~

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Cats & Critters


Cats & Critters?  Well here we go...

First off here's my my latest crochet creation (I'm really enjoying this new hobby) A lovey I made for my hubbies little Granddaughter Felicity

It's supposed to be a cat - I'm told she loves cats and I'm pretty pleased with this attempt

I hope she likes it too

Still on the subject of cats, a few months ago another one turned up here and refuses to leave.
She has now taken over Tabby's home...

Trouble is, she fights with all the visitors and terrorises Missy... although she is extremely friendly with us. I'm waiting for someone to come and scan her for a chip, but I have a feeling she may belong to one of the neighbours and if that is the case, I doubt we can deter her. Now, anyone that has cats knows that not feeding them doesn't mean they will go away... This one will just find a way into the house for food, and when she first came she was starving...
Well, Monday a baby hedgehog decided to visit too... In the middle of the afternoon if you please! Sure enough the new cat chased after it and trapped it, thank goodness we saw it

Mikey got the cat whilst I got the hedgehog and put it safely back into the wooded area behind our home

I tell 'ya, it's all go here and the very same evening would you believe we had a visit from a fox! God only knows how that managed to get into the garden!

Who ever said retirement was easy, doesn't live here! Lol!

And I'm working tonight with my group so it's going to be a long day!

I hope you all have a good one

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

City Crafter 369

Good morning!

Well, it's Tuesday and that means a new challenge starts at City Crafter but just before we get on to that, let me say to all my friends in the USA

Happy Independence Day!!!

I hope you have a terrific day!

Back to City Crafter where this week we have Stella hosting for us. 

The challenge is to use only Black and White (and maybe a touch of grey) on your projects

Here's my card

A little ink blending to get that grey BG and some die cuts

The sentiment is from a very old stamp set by Waltzingmouse...

These days I'm more into colourful creations so this was a bit of a challenge for me Lol!
But I'm sure you can rock this challenge so link up this week at City Crafter!

Sadly this is my final post as a DT member for City Crafter ... I decided to step down and give myself more time to do what I like... I've LOVED being on this team and I'm so blessed to have been selected by Kirsty... Not only has she become a dear friend to me, but so have many of you, so you will still be seeing me around and I'll still be following you all.

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, July 03, 2017

Graduation Card

Hello there ...

Someone stole the sun... It was here yesterday but now it's gone!
My poor Ginger cat is distraught... He's been waiting in the garden just in case it returned, but gave up when the rain came, poor boy.

Tomorrow, Yes I know it's Independence Day, but it's also the day when Pat's beautiful Granddaughter, Faye, graduates. She works with Special Needs children and loves what she does!

So I made a special card for her

When I say special ... Well, what I mean is - It took ages! Lol! Stamping and masking those gulls and embossing them so I could colour them... I know you can probably do it quickly but not me...

And see that tiny tassel? Well that took 3 goes to make... I mean it's TINY! And my fingers are not, but I had it in my head to make a cap (just cut free hand) and a cap needs a tassel right?

Then I had to cover all those birds to do some blending... So yep, it's special... One thing's for sure, it won't be going in the bin anytime, if Faye doesn't keep it... like...ForEVER... Pat will whizz it! Lol!

And I STILL need to come up with something for the club this week... sigh... So I'm off to trawl my files for ideas...

Have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Welcome July

Good morning and Welcome to July - It's a lovely sunny day here

It's been a good week, I made a few cards, did a little crocheting and caught up with my friend Hilary for lunch yesterday - I haven't seen her since her wedding day and it was lovely to see her looking so radiant...

I also won a Top Pick at CAS Watercolour Challenge - I'm thrilled! 
A big "Thank you" to Bonnie and Loll for picking my card!

One of the cards I did this week was made from some of my (many) left over pieces

I remember making those star fish years ago using some Sculpy clay... This one was hiding in a box

I die cut a lot of frames to use on my cards so I have quite a few of the centre squares left over - For this one I used a stencil for the BG and some distress inks which I first splattered with water and I'm not sure if you can see but I also splattered some silver ink... 

This is writing ink and if you are in the UK, The Works is now selling them in various colours and they are brilliant for splattering. In the past I've used gold and it works well with no mixing required.
I also used the ink to paint over the star fish to give it a lovely sheen...

That's me for today ... I've got bread proving and when it's done we are off out for a few hours.

Have a lovely day!

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

City Crafter 368

Hello and good morning!

Sadly, this is my penultimate posting as a DT member for City Crafter 
So today we welcome a new member to the CCCB team...
Amy Ottmers
I know Amy will love it on this team and I'm sure you will all love her work too!

Our challenge this week's challenge has been picked by Kirsty

Let's go Outside and Play

"Create a project that features on an outdoor activity"

Here's my card

I featured kite flying... I made this to send to a special friend, we grew up together but she now lives in the USA
I miss her...

The BG has been ink blended and stamped and the kites were stamped and cut from leftover bits of watercoloured card

As aways the team have more inspiration for you up on the City Crafter Blog, hop on over and take a look

Wishing you a beautiful day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ballerina Bunny

How was your weekend?

The heatwave has ended here and at last I'm getting some sleep at night. I'm still struggling from the trapped nerves in my back but even that is not as bad... 
We had a lovely weekend, we went into the countryside on Saturday, had a pub lunch 

...and then strolled around the lovely town of Nantwich. You can probably tell that the weather was not that sunny by the lack of people outside, but it's very lush all around

Yesterday I had a relaxing day doing some crocheting in the conservatory with the cats curled up next to me... I'm really enjoying learning this craft, and my Aunt loves the fact that we are both learning the same thing and can pick up the phone and chat about it.

 Meet my latest attempt - Ballerina bunny

Cute huh?

I have some projects to prepare for my group but crocheting gives me a little break from papercrafting.

I hope you're having a good day...


~ Ros ~

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Me and Him

Hello friends...

Well some of you may already know that I have made a decision to step down from both the design teams I'm currently on... City Crafter and Double D 
Though I will still be on the team at City Crafter for the next 2 weeks, yesterday was my last posting for Double D.
Thanks to all of you who sent me such lovely messages... What can I say? You made me feel so special and loved.

It has been a really REALLY hard decision to make because I LOVE the people I work with... I couldn't have wished for better friends and I'm so grateful for the opportunity Kirsty, Diane and Darlene gave me.  After 7 amazing years it's time I took a break... 
I don't have any plans for new ventures... Just more time to enjoy crafting and, well, life really. 
I will still be blogging and visiting you all but I don't want to spend as much time on my computer as I have been doing.

Well that's me, now let me introduce you to him...

(Greta are you smiling?) Lol! 
This 12 inch tall Schnauzer pup is my second attempt at crocheting and due to lack of time he took a while to make. Now he's finished and keeps me company in my creative space... 

The thing is I don't have a name for him so maybe you could give me some ideas?
I got the pattern from Here though he doesn't look much like Jessie's dog even though I did follow the pattern...

Nevertheless we love him and he gets on well with the cats, which is the main thing.

So from me and him have a lovely day

~ Ros ~

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