Friday, September 15, 2017

Bluebell...

Hello... Happy friday!
 
Rain has held off so far today and the sun is shining so that can't be bad. I haven't done any papercrafting lately except for club stuff, instead I got out my crochet hooks and I'd like to introduce you to Bluebell
 
 
I'm progressing slowly and here I experimented with making curly hair - I used a pencil to wrap wool around, heated it with my heat tool and voila! It worked!
 

I found the pattern for the boots Here   I did find them a bit fiddly at first but I succeeded and added my own little frill to them. 
The dress was another story... I'm slowly learning to find my own way

 
...So much so that her friend "Daffodil" is almost finished too. 
 
As for my Aunt, well she finally got the go ahead to travel and then the hospital called asking her for more blood tests... They were supposed to do them yesterday but once again it's been cancelled until next week.
I have a strong belief that everything happens for a purpose so I'm just happy to wait... And anyway my hubby has to go to hospital next week... They found an abnormality in one of his scans, fingers crossed it will be ok.... It's been a hectic few weeks but at least I can lose myself in my hobbies.
 
I hope you have a lovely day and your upcoming weekend is a good one...
 
Till soon
 
~ Ros ~

Monday, September 11, 2017

Embossed Die Cuts

Good morning...

There's a challenge going on at Happy Little Stampers with Die Cuts


I have a card I made when I was playing with my embossing powders and left over die cuts that will fit the bill


Sometimes those odd pieces that you never thought would go together just do


Ok, maybe a bit unusual to have coral with a heart and a piece of honeycombe Lol!  But I like it.
You can probably see the difference in the embossing... On the coral die cuts I used silver and gold but the sentiment and little pieces from the honeycombe are embossed with a mix of both...


...And the heart has been splattered with silver and rose gold drawing ink that I picked up at The Works

It's lashing down with rain here and I know that some of you are experiencing far worse... My thoughts are with you

Take care and thanks so much for stopping by

~ Ros ~


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Me and the Flower Girl

Well hello... 
It's a very wet and dull day here and hubby is sulking because it's a golf day...But it's a far cry from those suffering the storms sweeping across the world... My heart goes out to everyone affected, I just cannot imagine being in their shoes...

Well, unfortunately our plans changed this week and my Aunt couldn't come to visit...A doctor should have come to see her to give her the 'all clear to go' and didn't turn up, so hopefully all being well, we may have her here next week.

I took a day out to recoup and then immersed myself into the projects for Thursday Club that started last night and I hope to catch up with you all today.

I'm still doing a little crocheting and a few weeks ago I made a little flower girl


I'm teaching myself as I go 


And it's brilliant to be able to look up just about anything on Pinterest, not that I can sit at the computer for any length of time - Blast this sciatica!

 
And I don't always get it right... I made lots of leaves and don't think I got 2 the same! Yesterday I tried making curly hair for another doll I'm doing and I was thrilled that it worked


So from me and the flower girl, that's it for now...

I hope you have a beautiful day and please be safe

~ Ros ~


Monday, September 04, 2017

Thank You

Good morning!
I do hope you had a lovely weekend... 

A couple of weeks ago Pat and I were invited to lunch as a thank you for the work we do at Thursday Club.... I can't believe how quickly the weeks have gone and a new term starts this week!
Anyway, I made a quick Thank You card to send


When I say quick... It was mostly made up of left over bits


The Thank You stamp was a gift from my friend Stella and is embossed in silver whilst the flowers and foliage have been embossed in gold... Seems a bit of a trend with me lately Lol!

Well, tomorrow big brother and I are off to Lincoln... I can't tell you how many times my Aunt has changed her mind about moving and we decided that perhaps if we collect her and bring her to stay for a couple of days, she could see the available properties herself and we could all be together to discuss things.... She is seeing a cadiac nurse today who will explain the situation regarding her health -  After all, a move may not be recommended. 
As she can't climb stairs, hubby and I spent yesterday moving furniture from a room downstairs so we could convert it into a bedroom and hopefully she will be comfortable. It was so funny to watch the cats, talk about curiosity, they thought is was marvellous that furniture was being moved around... They took turns of climbing inside an emptied out cupboard, then went under the bed, which I'm sure they think is for them,  explored the empty upstairs bedroom as though they had never seen it before and delighted in finding a couple of their toys had resurfaced... Lol!

I hope to catch up with you all later in the week, have a good one!

~ Ros ~

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Bit of Sparkle


You ever get the feeling you want to just hide and let someone else take care of things for awhile? That's how I feel today .. It's just the way life is sometimes

Well how about some glitter to add a little sparkle I said to myself... I know, when did I last use glitter? Lol! Though there was a time I never made a card without it. That was in the days I went through my shabby chic faze... But I moved on and these have smooched backgrounds


I used 2 distress oxide inks  Broken China and Cracked Pistachio and one ordinary distress ink Blueprint Sketch... Well, I only own 3 oxide inks so far but I love these colours


I don't have much in the way of glitter anymore either... This is an old one by Kaban

My next card also has acetate covering it so not easy to photograph but I didn't want any of that glitter to shed



I have a feeling Miss Sophia may claim this one, she loves glittery things

Both cards were done the same ... Die cutting the images out of the smooched BG and then adding double sided adhesive in the negative part and burnishing the glitter into the space...

Well I feel better already...

Have a lovely day my friends

~ Ros ~

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello

Hi there...

Well having had a warm and sunny bank holiday weekend, the weather has turned today and it's gone quite cool...sigh

I went to see a prospective property for my Aunt today, even though it appears she had decided to stay in Lincoln - I'd made the appointment last week so thought I'd still go along and check it out and I was very pleasantly surprised... It's pretty near perfect - just needs a little updating. So when talking to her earlier I mentioned it and she was thrilled! Seems the move maybe back on the cards again! I tell 'ya, my head is all over the place! Thank goodness I can lose myself in creativity from time to time...

Here's another card from one of my watercoloured pieces


I used some translucent embossing paste through a dots stencil and then Versamark through a leaf stencil which I embossed in gold


You can just about make out the shine of the translucent paste


The die cuts were smooched in Versamark and embossed with a mix of gold and silver embossing powders - That little hello die by Technique Tuesday was a gift from Lol & Bonnie at CAS Watercolour... Those ladies are just the sweetest! Thank you both so much!
I still felt my card needed 'something' and I remembered how my friend Darnell had recently used score lines on one of her recent cards and it looked fabulous so that's what I did too.

I've got to run - I have a cake in the oven - A recipe from Pinterest (how I love that place) it's a blueberry and peach cake and it looks divine! Hubby's mouth is watering Lol!

Catch up with you later in the week...

Take care

~ Ros ~
 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sending hugs

Hello there...
It's bank holiday monday here and the city will be heaving with people... It's the Beatles festival, with  groups playing live everywhere, and a few miles away is the famous Cream Fields music festival. Thankfully it's warm and the sun is shining...

 I have another card to share, made from left overs


 The background was a piece of previously sponged and water splattered cs and I added some translucent embossing paste with a stencils over the top


The sentiment was cut from a sponged and siver embossed left over and the die cut leaf was smooched in versamark and embossed


An update on my Aunt...
We've spoken many times over the past few days and as I expected, she made the sudden decision to move scared by her recent stay in hospital. Having had a few days to settle she's now thinking differently. In Lincoln she has a far better quality of life - I've always known that, the north doesn't have nearly as much to offer, so I never pushed the issue of her moving, much as I wished she were nearer. Where she is she has all her friends around her and they really look after her. Her home is safe and perfect in everyway for her needs, quiet, in a pretty rural village, and ground level with much cleaner air than here. For a person with asthma and heart problems that's a big thing. Sadly nothing here could compete to the care she recieves where she is - from the health authorities to the volunteer drivers who take her anywhere she wants to go.....And more importantly, she loves living there and admits she would be so unhappy to leave it all behind. 
It goes without saying that I would love to have her with me, I adore her, but I know how independent she is, she loves her own company, having people around for an hour or so is fine but living with family, much as we love them, is a no no. We are very alike in that way so truth be told, she doesn't really want to give up her life in Lincoln and leave her friends. Somehow we will work it out, so that she has the best life she can for however many years she has...

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a beautiful day

~ Ros ~

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Been Playing......

Good afternoon...

First of all - Thanks so much for your well wishes for my Aunt, she is out of hospital now but has given me a dilemma... She has decided that she wants to move near to me and whilst I would LOVE to have her close by even living with me, she wants to be independent and finding something suitable is not easy. It's weighing heavily on my mind...
Then my lovely Ginger cat had to visit the vet again as he wasn't well but thankfully he is now doing ok and the vet was delighted to see he's lost weight Yay! Only about 3 kgs to go Lol!

So to relax I decided to pull out my crafting stuff yesterday ... I have so many unused die cuts and plenty of watercoloured and sponged pieces I made but just abandoned so I thought I'd get out my stencils, paste and embossing powders...
I only completed 4 cards but embossed a lot of things to use again. Today I have a card using a piece of watercolour I did with the salt technique - I'm guesting with the lovely ladies over at 


Where I was introduced to this technique, anyway here's my card


I cut a little jar from my salted watercolour piece and glossed it with Mod poge dimensional then added some sprigs...


There's a left over watercoloured sprig of coral and an embossed sprig. When it comes to using silver and gold, well, I often find that the gold is too dull or the silver too flat so I took an empty jar and mixed some of each powder together and I much prefer this colour


I'll share some more of my makes in the next week... 

I hope you have a beautiful weekend and I really hope those of you affected by the latest storm in Texas are safe and sound

Till soon

~ Ros ~
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Groningen, The Netherlands

Hello there...

I said I would share some photos of our trip to The Netherlands to visit my dear friend Stella and her family last month... I know some of you won't be interested so feel free to move on as there are a lot of photos even though I've narrowed them down...
I'm not sure what I expected having never been to The Netherlands but I loved it and look forward to going back sometime soon.

So on arrival, Stella met us at the airport and we took a train a couple of stops to meet her lovely husband Marcel who drove us to see one of Stella's sisters, Jacqueline and her husband Fritz


 Such lovely people and it was like meeting family... It was late and a long drive to our hotel across a huge dyke! It took 2 hours and we were ready for bed when we finally arrived.
Over the next few days Stella and her husband Marcel took us to so many places but first was Groningen Railway Station, which I absolutely  fell in love with.... It was like I had been there before somewhere in time



It had a gorgeous coffee place and I could just image meeting up here on a regular basis with friends... From here you can take a train and be in Paris in around 9 hours or a short trip will take you to Germany... Oh boy, I would love to do that next time

We visited the huge University bulildings... Like a city on their own and everywhere were canals and people on bicycles... In the afternoon Marcel and Martijn took my husband to a football match


Whilst Stella and I relaxed in her lovely garden... Yep, it did rain but it was warm


We dined out that evening and got ready for a full day ahead on Sunday...
This lovely guy drove us just about everywhere!


We had wonderful food and plenty of coffee stops


Over a couple of days we saw the most amazing buildings and pretty little houses with beautiful gardens


...Many of which had a little bridge over the canal to the front door




Got to love the little gate halfway across the bridge!



There were quaint shops with crocheted goods and of course lots of tulips


The inside of a house in this tourist spot was just as it had been many years ago... All the old fashioned goods on display


We saw windmills...


And yes it was windy Lol!

A large Flea market...


And more bicycles...
Took coffee beside the dyke

 
We even saw storks nesting


So there is a little insight to our trip and to The Netherlands - We had an amazing time and a huge Thank you to Stella and Marcel for making it magical!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the photos

Till soon

~ Ros ~


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 ~

 
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