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My shining star

Friday, 3 February 2017

5 years blogging

Hello there lovelies! I just realised I have now been blogging for 5 years - and so I would like to offer a candy to 3 of my followers - I'm not going to tell you what it is - its a mystery!!!!

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So to be eligible for my candy please ...
1. Leave a comment  on this post
2. If you have a blog add this picture to your sidebar and link back to this post.
3. Be or become a follower of my blog.

I will draw the winners on Feb 3rd from the comments here.


Rachel xxx

Monday, 16 January 2017

Penny's birthday party invitations

Good Morning Lovelies! How are you? I do hope you've had a good weekend. We've had a busy and fun one - we had a lovely party around at a friends house on Friday night - on Saturday I went to see I Daniel Blake with a friend and then Sunday the girls did readings and sang in church. So a busy family orientated weekend! Yesterday afternoon I managed to make the invitations to Penny's party. She's having another friend of mine around to do a pottery party. Danielle has her own kiln and a degree in ceramics and she is such a lovely lady - she usually makes cakes for my girls parties when I can't be bothered/am too busy! Anyway - this is a newish venture for her and I am looking forward to seeing what they get up to. Its not until February - but I will let you all know how it goes!

The invitations - well the party stuff is all on a finding Dory theme which Penny adores - so I printed some pictures out and made a masterboard ....did a bit of stencilling, stamping and diecutting and these are the results ...

She's very pleased thankfully! 

So I am off to go for a run today - and then its strength training at 12.30.. All good stuff!

Have a great day! 


Rachel x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque quick makes

Hello lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well! Just a quick post from me today to show you a card I made for the 4th January CB show on Hochanda. I made the background using alcohol inks and yupo and then stamped in archival ink before rubbing the ink off quickly!

The result is subtle and quite hard to photograph but I think it showed up well on TV. In retrospect I wonder is I should have decouplaged up the image - but then the technique would have been lost a bit so I think perhaps I was better leaving it as it was!

There's more super quick inspiration on the today!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Chocolate Baroque samples

Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well and surviving the weather - isn't it terrible?

I'm back today with some more of the samples from the recent chocolate baroque show. I loved using these stamps and felt very honoured to have been asked to make samples.

This one involves the script rose stamp which I stamped in versamark onto black card and embossed in gold. The inner was then painted with inka gold.

In this one I used the big bold floral background and coloured using distress pens.

This one was my favourite card sample of mine - the background is done in distress inks and the topper is stamped in flitterglu and then flake rubbed over. So pretty and I think with this particular stamp it looks beautiful!

I hope you have a great day - I'm meeting my lovely friend Danielle for lunch and really looking forward to it!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New year coffeepot!

Hello all! Well yesterday was the first of our new coffeepot year. And it saw a change in venue! The vicarage was no longer available for us to use so we have moved to my dining room! But only once a month!!!!There were 6 of us yesyerday and we did some simple cards using clarity stamps from jayne nesterenko!

They really are the most stunning stamps!

And I love the fuchsia too!

The ladies all loved the stamps and thoroughly enjoyed having a good colouring session! 

I have planned next month already - its going to be gelatos and crazy dogs - so quite different indeed!!!

I hope you have a great Tuesday! Enjoy whatever it is that you're doing!


Rachel x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

CCC: Anything goes - first challenge of the month.

Good morning all! I hope you are all okay! We are good. It was a busy day yesterday. Penny had a birthday party and a sleepover and Lucy came to the gym and swimming with me then had a friend over for a sleepover. It should be a bit quieter today. I hope!!!!

Its our very first Christmas card Club this week and the theme this time is anything goes. Woohoo. I got to play with my new holiday sparkle pens that I got in the crafters companion sale. Here's what I did.

I stamped two images - first this one from stampendous and secondly one from kanban. Then I coloured them using the sparkle pens.

Here's a close up ....

I have a few of these mini pine cones left from my craft box december issue so expect to see a few of these on cards!

Its only two cards but not a bad start to my stash for christmas 2017!

Hope you have a great day! Hugs

Rachel x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Isla's Card

Evening all! Just a quick post before I turn in for the night! I had to make a card for my youngest daughter's friends birthday! Its tomorrow! Last minute lil here decided to make a Lavinia card!

I love these badgers - I bought them in November and to my shame only just inked them up tonight!

They are lovely characters aren't they?

I hope she likes them!

Big hugs

Rachel x