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Monday, 22 May 2017

A day out and a play

Hello lovelies! How are you? Did you have a good weekend? We certainly did! Busy but lots of fun! We were in a play Friday night and Saturday night - more of that later ..... but on Saturday we went to Clarity Cumbria and made a canvas. It was such a lovely relaxing class - a real tonic! Jo Rice is such a lovely lady! Here's my make! I love it!

We used so many techniques on this one but the basic idea was acrylic paint on a canvas, a sheet of card made up using distress oxides and then stamped on and flowers and leaves fussy cut. Ripped pieces of paper were added to the canvas and the colour was knocked back with gesso. When dry stencilling happened with ink, then stencilling with grungepaste. Then there was a bit of tissue technique and assembly! Lots of fun!

Here's the centre ....

lhs ....

and the rhs!!!! 

Thanks Jo for a lovely day!

Back to the play!

Lucy and Penny were in a play called 'Goodnight Mr Hitler'. A play by Sid Rivers. Meet Lucy the billeting Officer.

And Farmer Crabbie!!!!

They were both brilliant!

And I had my acting debut too.... I was the narrator/prompt in Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the Aquilla Diamond.

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Here are most of the cast from my play! - plus Elaine the director! 

We had such fun and really enjoyed it!!!!

Hope you have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

More one day special makes

Hello there - I've got some more samples to share with you today from the show on Monday. Those butterflies literally flew out of the door!

I saw this one quite a lot on the show - I used the stencil to create this adding different distress inks through the gaps.

This one uses the large background on a piece of hardboard and I used distress oxides to colour the flowers and also smaller butterflies.

Simple background stamping plus fluorishes and the butterflies were added with a pop of colour.

I hope this has given you a few ideas.


Rachel x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tripps card

Good morning to you! Well today I have a card for you made using another hobbyart hare ... this card is for my nephew who is 2 at the end of the month.

Its such a cute stamp - I stamped him then masked. Next I added a sun mask and then created the landscape. I stamped the vegetation and the trees then removed the masksand coloured the sun and the hare!

Here's a closer look! Expect to see this little face again soon!!! Lol!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Some beautiful butterfly makes from the CB ODS

Good morning all! I have some of my samples to share with you from the Chocolate Baroque One Day Special show that aired on Hochanda on Sunday evening to Monday evening. It was lovely to make these samples and brilliant to see them on the telly!!!

I was very taken with the enormous patchwork butterfly...I really enjoyed using it! The butterfly was stamped and masked and then I masked the sun and used distress inks to colour the background.Then I stamped the swirly bits, coloured the sun and butterfly.

Another distress based sample with fussy added bits!

This one used the stencil just as it was and then overstamping using the just butterflies stamps. I added cut out purplish butterfly as a contrast.

I will have more samples to share with you soon!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Quick makes for chocolate baroque

Good morning lovelies! I have some more superquick makes for you today - they are featured along with many others on the chocolatebaroque blog today. Each card took just under 15 mins to make.

A quick case of masking the sun and using adirondack inks and stencil brushes to build a simple scene and the overstamping in archival inks.

This one was built up using distress inks then the meadow stamps were stamped as silhouettes in black archival.

I hope you can pop over and get some more inspiration from the main site!

Just a reminder too that lesley is on Hochanda today with the ODS that launched last night! The times are 9am, 12 noon, 4pm and 7pm. I'll be surprised if the stock lasts! 


Rachel x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

a christmas carol at CCC

Hello there! How are you? I am good but life has been very busy the last few days - I went to see an ABBA tribute band on Friday night - that was fabulous! I haven't danced so much in a very long time! On Saturday I took the rainbows to a Gruffalo badge day - they had lots of fun and were all smiles by the end of the day! And later today - well we have rehersals for our Plays in Maytime - the girls are both in one play, I am in a second play and there is also a third! Thats next weekend! Phew - super busy!

So today the theme at CCC is a card based on a Christmas Carol ... I wanted to use  a new stamp I bought from Port Sunlight - so I chose the Carol - In the bleak mid winter - and based it around that.

The hare stamp is from Hobby Art - I just love hares so I had to have both of the new sets and I hope to use them in may different ways - I love that I have got him on a Christmas card! Well two!!!

Here's a closer look at the unglittered one - I prefer this!

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Lots and love and hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Junk Journal Junkies - yellow, orange and pink

Hello Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are doing well. We have had some glorious days - filled with beautiful sunshine and I have been getting out nd about making the most of it. It would have been my dads birthday yesterday so I took my mum to the garden centre and we bought some plants and headed back to her house. I put the tomato plants into the greenhouse - I am taking mine down and using my dads old one this year. He was a great fan of tomatoes - so it seemed the right thing to do on his birthday. We had a good day!

Tonight I have a journal page to share with you for the latest challenge over at Junk Journal Junkies on Facebook. This week the prompt is yellow, pink and orange and the theme is sun.

I love this quote - its a newish stamp from Indigoblu - infact all the stamps are from indigo blu. To make the background I used distress paints and ink plus a clarity stencil for the sun.

Big hugs to you!

Rachel x