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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas wishes at stamps and stencils

Good morning to you all! Second post already today - and its another new challenge - at stamps and stencils we would like to see Christmas wishes ... here's what Toni has to say ....

Christmas Wishes! - Ahhhh! Christmas, like it or lump it, it rolls around every year and seems to arrive faster than ever. If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you'll be making cards, gift tags, decorations or even creating your own wrapping paper. My Christmas Wish is to see some of the creative things you make, in order to spread a little seasonal love to your families and friends. My only request is that you include some stamping or stenciling or even both!

So here's what I did: 

Two cards - both made using TH dies and a masterboard I made up. 

There is stamping and stencilling in the background and on the decoupaged baubles.

More of the same but a different die! 

I hope you'll be able to join us as we all try to finish our preparations for Christmas.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Christmas at Countryview Challenges

Good morning! My first of two posts today! We have a new challenge starting at countryviewchallenges today where the theme is Christmas - shouldn't be too difficult then! Here's my quick and simple make using leftover masterboard that I made here.

I added to this the wonderful santa claus from stampers-anonymous-tim-holtz set---festive-sketch

The sentiment came from the same set!

I hope you can join us!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Quick makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello all! I do hope you are all well and if not I send you big healing hugs! Today I have two cards on the chocolatebaroque blog where the post is all about quick makes - 15 minute cards. There are always lots of ideas on there so do pop over if you get chance.

My two makes are quite similar - I have used the same techniques in both cases.

In both cases I stamped then masked the main image. Next I added more masks to create the border strip and blank off most of the card. Next I added distress ink to the main border and then used seasonal fragments to overstamp. Finally I removed all masks and coloured the main image.

This is the second one using exactly the same techniques but different stamps and colours.

I don't know if you saw the giveaway on craftyindividualsblog here. check it out!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Tims tag november

Hello there! Thanks for your kind comments yesterday - I really do appreciate it! It was another busy day yesterday - coffeepot courtesy of Diana and then the gym and finally a little rehersal for our Christmas production on Friday. Its a small play for the main youth group but we're having open mic after it and Elaine, Helen and myself are doing a little play - a modern day take on a bible story! It only lasts a couple of minutes so I hope I can manage it!

Today I want to share with you my take on Tims tag this month.


This is Tims tag and I used the techniques he utilised here. Here's my tag....

I used all the techniques Tim suggested but went for a butterfly focus using the lovely perspectives butterfly as the main image and nature rub ons.

I had fun making the wishbone into the butterflies antennae ...

and used the word wishes to echo the wishbone.

I hope you like it - it was a much needed hour in the attic for me and with the addition of the wishbone I am now happy!!!

I would like to enter this into timholtz 12-tags-of-2016-november

Hope you have a great Tuesday!


Rachel x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Mark Gould class at Ministry of mixology

Morning lovelies! How are you? I hope you are ok. We are all good and had a good weekend. I went to Jo Rice's class on Saturday and had a lovely time with my mum and girls - more about that another day ... Sunday the four of us went to see fantastic beasts and where to find them - that was good - Eddie Redmaine is such a sweetheart.

Today I want to share with you my make from Mark Gould's class at Ministry of mixology last weekend - what a lovely guy he was too - really kind!

my take on the class piece is a little different - I went brown where mark went blue and my central heart is different from the circle with the all seeing eye - the rest is pretty much the same though!

lots of techniques in the class - much of the texture on this place from tissue.

Lots of cracking too!

Great class Mark - loved it - thankyou!

I hope you like my piece and I'll see you soon!


Rachel x

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Mixed media at christmas card club

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. I thought I set up a post for yesterday but clearly not! Anyway - it will keep until tomorrow. Today I want to post my make for Christmas card club this week where the theme was mixed media....well being pushed for time I used a ready made painty background and stamped it up with a paperartsy stamp. I then coloured the stamp using pens....this is what it turned out like...

He's such a happy little fellow I just had to add the clarity word stamp 'joy'  to the card.

A closer look...

and closerstill...

I am sure he will come in useful when I finish writing my Christmas cards! Wish I could find my address book!!!!!


Rachel x

Friday, 25 November 2016

Advent clock

Good Morning all! How are you today? Thanks so much for all of your help with the blogger problem I was experiencing yesterday - I wish they hadn't messed around with it - but at least I can now understand how to get to everything so thankyou one and all with your suggestions.

When I was in Coventry at the weekend I bought an advent clock kit in the shop run by the lovely Di.. I was very excited about it and set to getting it ready straight away. Here's my make ...

I used mostly decoart products throughout - the paints were quniaquanone gold, titan buff, light green, pyrol orange and raw umber.

I also used weathered wood to get the crackle on the frame.

The stencil I used is from indigo blu. 

Big hugs

Rachel x