My shining star

My shining star

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Chocolate Baroque on Hochanda

Hello there my lovelies - I hope you are having a good weekend - I hope I am the time this goes live I should enroute home from Harrogate having had the experience of Creative Chemistry Live with the one and only Tim Holtz. More about that in my next post!

Today I want to tell you that Lesley will be on Hochanda  tonight at 7pm and tomorrow morning at 7am and 10am. I'll give you a sneaky peek of some of my samples......

I hope that will help you decide to watch!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday, 21 September 2017

space to be me

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. I've had a busy day and a different evening! Lucy forgot her Spanish books today and so I had to take them in to her - then tonight she managed to not put a lid back on her water bottle and it leaked over her whole bag and its contents. Her science book should survive - so grateful I have a heatgun to dry it off! I will try and cover it before she takes it in in the morning!

Anyway - once that was all done and sorted I got out a journal page from my Kate crane journal and followed a junk journal junkies colour and word prompt.

Here is my make - the girls are paper dolls. I used fresco paints in mermaid, bougainvillia and tangerine. I also used stencils from TH and IndigoBlu. I also used my posca pen.

Here's a close up!

Hope you've had a good day and not too crazy a night!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

My crafty weekend

Hello lovelies! How are you? I am good - apart from having to keep jumping up to check whether or not the cat has brought in yet another mouse!!! Oh my - I've never seen so many! And why do they insist on bringing them in to play with them? I taught my last cat to open the catflap the wrong way and that prevented her from bringing mice in ....but this one brings the tiniest mice into the house that are basically fully in her even if I could teach her the alternate entry method she would still be able to bring them in! I need more thoughts on this one! Anybody got any ideas???

My crafty weekend just past was wonderful. The lovely Sharon at Rowantree Crafts organised a Mixed Media Mayhem. We had Kate Crane and Mark Gould as the tutors. I saw my lovely friend Anne Redfern there and got to meet the very lovely Sue Davies my CVC teamie too!

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Me and Anne

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Me and Sue

We were all in the same class rotation so had Kate Crane on the first day ... we made a small art journal - mine is incomplete - a work in progress...

The cover is complete - the stamp is a Kate Crane one ... lots of colour and layering achieved by brayering, stencilling, stamping and doodling.

These are part of my two signatures inside the journal. They are incomplete and not yet fastened in - I hope to complete them gradually - maybe by following some of the Junk journal junkies prompts.

Inside one of the signatures I have done this page.

Mark Gould's project was completely different and is complete!

We used 7 gypsies papers and added them to boards and treated them in three different ways - crackle, just varnish and dirtying.

Here's part of a crackled panel.

Mark made all of the stars in resin - we treated them with paint and wax.

It really was a fabulous weekend! I look forward to next year!

Big hugs

Rachel x

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