My shining star

My shining star

Sunday, 19 February 2017

CCC: snowy mountains and skies

Good morning! Well these fortnights keep rolling by don't they? And today its another Christmas card club. The theme for this fortnight is 'snowy mountains and skies. Lovely theme - I feel I haven't really done it justice - but I did my best in the time available! Half term eh???? Here's what I made....

Now I like this first one - the mountains show up and the 'finch' coloured as a cardinal I like!!! All stamps are Clarity.

The mountains aren't showing up too well in this picture - total white out!!!!

And this one is just wrong! Oh well! 

Thats my efforts for this fortnight - I hope I have better things to show you next time around!!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Chocolate Baroque Spring samples

Hello there! I wanted to share with you some more of the samples I made for the chocolate baroque shows on Thursday this week.. These were all made using the daffodil spring set - although the words came from the hare set!

This one is one of those visible image monoliths - I painted it using Indigo Blu acrylic paints then stamped coloured and fussy cut the daffs...

This background is distress paint then I used posca pens to colour the stamped image.

This one is mostly distress in the background and the stamped image also painted in distress.

More distress work!

I'll show you some of the other samples later next week. Me and the girlies are off to Jo Rice's class today with my mum! More stuff to show you from there I suspect!

Have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Makes from CB shows

Here are some samples from yesterdays CB spring stamps show. I've saved the daffodil samples for tomorrow....

This is made from the tulip bird stamp set - I stamped and masked then created the background using gelatos. I used babywipes and stencils to create the speckled background.

This one involved repeat stamping - the primrose comes from the hare stamp set and the other stamp is from one of the floral bird stamp sets. Colouring is by distress.

Brushos to make the background here then overstamping and colouring in pencils. The bird came from one of the flower bird stamp sets.

The bird was stamped and masked then gelatos were added to create the background..I also used babywipes and a stencil. The bird was then coloured in pencil.

The final bird from the flower bird sets - this one was again coloured with pencils, masked and then gelatos applied to create the background. A stencil and babywipes was used to create the spotted effect!

More samples tomorrow!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Quick makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are well. I have 5 cards I made for the January 31st shows on Hochanda to share with you today - that was the launch of the kingfisher stamp set. All cards took around 15 mins to make - I'll outline how I did them each...

This one was simple repeat stamping in archival inks. The background was made using distress ink.

This one was stamped with archival onto yupo that had already been treated with alcohol inks. Then the image was removed leaving the ghost image. Finally I used archival and left it to get the black - simple stamping was done around the edges.

On this card I stampled in versamark and added white embossing powder - then I added brushos in the background.

I stamped the central image in green archival then masked it off using a circle - then simply added distress inks and overstamped. The lower layer was done in the same way.

and finally I used gelatos to create the background then simple stamped using black archival on top!

I hope you can see how quickly these cards can be made! 

Just a quick shout out too - Lesley is on Hochanda today at 7am, 11am and 3pm with some glorious spring stamps and samples! 

here's a sneaky peek from the shows....

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines

Hello lovelies and a very Happy Valentines to you - for those of you who did not receive a valentines today for whatever reason - this one's for you!

Using Tim Holtz stamps and stencil - and distress plus archival....

My valentines day has been full of love - I have spent it with my girls and my mum - and managed a lovely run too! Me and my girls chose some flowers at the village florist yesterday and I made a rough arrangement that we took down to Shaun's grave this it is on his bench in my garden.

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Big hugs!

Rachel x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Kingfisher set cards - more samples

Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you're having a great weekend...its been lovely here. Young voices on Friday night was amazing - I was really impressed by what I saw and heard and the children just all seemed to be having a whale of a time. And the teachers have been amazing - what with all the rehersals and the very long day on Friday itself - we really are very lucky!

Yesterday me and my girls went to my mums and then brought my mum home and she and I went with 4 other friends to a ceilidh in the village last night - that was excellent fun - we danced all night!! And had lots of laughs whilst doing it!

Today we have had a lazy day - I did have a run first thing but since then we've been very lazy... A lovely lunch and a film on the sofa! Its been nice to kick back and relax!

So tonight I want to show you a few more of the samples i made for the Chocolate Baroque shows with the Kingfisher set of new stamps. They are now available on the chocolate Baroque website!

These samples are all made using the main kingfisher set but do include some stamps from the other set. This one has been made using distress inks for colouring throughout.

More distress inks used here too plus masking to create the scene.

This one was done using gelatos - both directly and as paints.

I still have more samples to share with you! And there's another show coming later in the week!

Hoping you're having a great weekend!


Rachel x

Friday, 10 February 2017

Joe and Ben's birthday

Hello lovelies! Well I hope you are well - sorry I've not been by for a few days but things are currently mad busy! But today is the 11th birthday of my lovely friend Carolines twin boys - Joe and Ben. Joe is part of the drama group and is quite a character. Ben on the other hand is quiet and loves football. Chalk and cheese! I couldn't not use tweedledum and tweedledee from Visible image but I also added some crazy things to make it more like a birthday card! Here's what I made...

I do hope they like it!!! Dee and dum are from visible image as is the large circle stamp in the background. I stamped dum and dee, masked then created the background. I used the new TH scribble stencils in the making of that. Once I had unmasked and coloured dum and dee I cut and stamped the hats, ballooons and dickie bow (crazy things) then added the large number 11 (also from TH). 

My girls are taking part in Young Voices tonight at the Manchester Arena. I'm looking forward to it!

Big hugs

Rachel xx