My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 18 September 2017


Hello there! How are you??? I hope you are well and happy - its been a very exciting weekend with lots of crafting going on - more about that in another post. Today I want to show you what I did with my ladies at coffeepot this morning....

Its made using JOFY stamps and is based on a class piece I did with Jo Firth Young - here. I hope Jo doesn't mind me being inspired by her design!

The ladies all enjoyed the process. I had to brayer up pieces of card with the coloured paint so that they could stamp before cutting out. 

Big hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Penguins and glitter at Christmas card club

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well and happy! If not some of my cards today might make you smile - lots and lots of cute penguins on offer today .... the theme of this fortnights CCC is penguins and glitter and I ended up going from virtually no penguin stamps to a few. Again you'll see the girls influence here again!

This penguin has been stamped in twos and comes from woodware.

These penguins are from a lovely set from HobbyArt that includes polar bears too. The set is called poles apart!

another stamp from woodware - I bet you can guess which is my choice and whice is the choice of the girls!!!

I made 6 cards this time around! My stash is certainly looking pretty healthy! 

Hope you have a great Sunday!


Rachel xx

Friday, 15 September 2017

15 minute projects from chocolate baroque

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well! Today over on the chocolate baroque design team blog there is a post showing you lots of quick makes. I have the following cards on there today....

This one was stamped in versafine and coloured in distress inks...

This one was stamped onto kraft in versa mark and set with white embossing powder and then coloured using spectrum noir pencils.

This one was done similarly but onto black instead of kraft. I also painted with distress oxides this time. 

Onto this one - very simple use of masking and a TH stencil with distress ink.

This one is white embossing then use of distress ink to complete the background and colouring with distress pens.

Yet more white embossing this time on kraft and a little masking and use of distress inks!

Wow thats a lot of quick cards - I hope you can find some inspiration here - there's more over on the chocolate baroque blog.

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs rachel x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

its a kind of magic

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. We are good. The girls are both doing well and the new routine is starting to become a little more familiar! I also lost 4lb on the first week of my diet which is very pleasing .... and I managed a pb in the gym when I deadlifted 82.5kg! So doing good!

I am currently working on samples for the chocolate baroque shows on 24th/25th September. But I did manage to get a page done in my journal last week - at junk journal junkies the theme was magic and the colours were red, grey and black. I cracked out some Lavinia stamps and this is my page ...

It looks pretty magical to me!!!

Have a great evening - its nearly time for bakeoff - bread week i think - it will just make me hungry!!!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Discovery ...

Hello there! How are you today? I do hope you are well and happy. If not sending you smiles and hugs!

Well its been a full week of the girls being back at school and we are starting to learn the new routine - there are significant differences this year but I guess by week 4 we'll be good to go!!! I won't hold my breath though.

I have a card I have made to share today - using the relatively new IndigoBlu stamps again.

The background is made using distress oxides (lucky clover and twisted citron) and the stamps are all from indigoblu. I 've also used a white posca pen to add some white highlights. 

Just a quick post today - the girls have both got homework to do then we'll be off to see my mum.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

More metallics at countryview challenges

Hello there! Time for another metallics post for me - I know there have been a few in the last weeks!!! This time I have used the same method as on my post on the 1st of this month but made a more feminine card....

Here's what I made --- I do love the paperdoll I used!!!

step 1 - pass alunium sheet through big shot with embossing folder.

step 2 - paint and allow to dry...

step 3 - sand back the paint on the elevated sections.

step 4 - apply brushos to paper, spritz and dry, Stamp with leaf stamps (chocolate baroque). Fussy cut the stamps....

step 5: add leaves to metallic background...

add chosen paper-doll.

Make background directly onto card using -layering-stencil---autumn and ripe persimmon distress ink.

Assemble the card!

I hope you have enjoyed this - please join us this month at countryviewchallenges by making something with metallics and entering your piece!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Chocolate baroque TV samples

Hello there! I hope you are well! I am certainly enjoying the girls being back at school although it does seem a long day that my eldest has! Oh well I guess thats what happens when they grow up!

Today I would like to share some makes from recent Chocolate Baroque TV shows....

I saw this one at the front of the display on the show! I used tissue paper and sprayed it with water before adding brushos and leaving to dry. I used this to cover a small notebook and added stamping using just one stamp - the same one featured in the topper on the front.

This was another gatefold card. Two more stamps from the fantasy woodland set - I love that set - defo my fave!!! 

This is kraft card with 1 stamp main featured stamped in versa and set in white embossing powder. This stamp also comes from the fantasy woodland set!

Hope you have a great friday.


Rachel x