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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Jane Gill Class makes

Hello there! How are you? I am good but chasing my tail somewhat at present! I went to a class with Jane Gill on Thursday and want to share two of our makes. We did three altogether but I'm not overfond of the third so won't be using the idea and haven't actually finished it!!!

The first one was a mini box card -

Here's the front ....

... and here's the inside - what a fabulous make - love this and I have already used the design to make another DT piece!

This card was the second make - another one that I will also be using again! Keep 'em peeled!!!

The girls have been in a theatre all week working towards a production of Grease. Last night they did the performance... I have a couple of pictures ... not the best but it gives you an idea...

This is where Penny was singing the opening verse of Grease is the word after the interval...

This was Lucy being Mrs Lynch the headmistress at the start of the dance.

They didn't have huge roles but really enjoyed it. A play in a week is quite an achievement!!!

Hope you have a great Saturday!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

15 min makes from the Christmas Chocolate Baroque show

Hello lovelies! How are you? Things here are busy but good. The girls are in the theatre all week preparing for a production of Grease on Friday Night. I am really looking forward to seeing it! Anyway - that means I can play and I had a lovely time at the pottery studio yesterday - and tomorrow I am off on a card making class with Jane Gill from Woodware. Should be good!

On the Chocolate Baroque blog today there are lots of inspirational cards that can be made in only 15 minutes - here are my makes...I will try to explain briefly how I did them!

I stamped the bauble in black archival, masked and also masked the card before applying red distress ink and spritzing and flicking with water. Once I removed the masks I added a little red distress in the bauble and added the sentiment.

A simple tag made by applying versamark to my stamp and stamping on a pre made background then setting in white embossing powder.

This one I simply stamped the wreath using different green inks and different stamps then added the black image at the front and the sentiment centrally.

And finally this one I masked the top and bottom of the card and used yellowish ink to colour the colour the main background. Then I repeatedly stamped the tree and used a pen to add marks around them. Finally I stamped the sentiment.

I hope this has given you some ideas for creating some quick cards!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Monday, 13 August 2018

Tag swap - and a special birthday!

Hello there! Well my big girl is 12 today! I can hardly believe it - she is really growing up! I'll post her card and cake later in the week! Today I have my tag and the tag I got in return from a swap to share with you ...

This is the tag I made for the swap - I used stamps from paperartsy....the background is done using brushos....

This is the tag I received ... made using Art by Marlene goodies - I love this! 

Off to get organised for Lucy's birthday - I have a cake to decorate whilst she and Penny are out at the theatre!

Big hugs


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Christmas Baubles

Hello there! I have a post on the Chocolate Baroque blog today - its Christmassy - using stamps from the Pears and baubles stamp set. Here's a taster ...

Full details can be found here.


Rchel x

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

ATC swap - summer

Hello there! How are you? i do hope you are well and happy. We are good and enjoying being back again although both holidays have been fab! We've been busy today visiting my mum and I've get a few things done at home too - the washing pile has been tamed at least!

I've got my ATC swaps and returns from July to share with you today ... the theme this month was Summer - this was my take on summer ....

I used the carousel horses set from chocolate baroque to make these - love this set - its a beauty! 

These are the ones I got in return - three very different and very beautiful takes on summer - I especially love the boat one - gorgeous stamp!

Have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Get your skates on ....

Hello there! Well I'm a day late but at least I'm here with my card for Christmas card club - there's only one card this time - I have to confess I forgot - all this holiday madness - I am begining to come unravelled!!! The theme this fortnight was 'Winter Activities' I made this whilst at my mums so took advantage of her dies!!!

The stamps are from woodware and the die is a tattered lace one for the frame and a marianne die for the spruce branch. I hope this will do - I would like to enter this into the rudolph challenge too here.

Big hugs and I hope all is well with you xx

Rachel xx

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Party invitations and a trip to Devon

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well and happy! Lucy, Penny and I are just back from a week in Devon with friends - we have had a great time with lots of activities - more of that soon ... but first - as soon as I got home I had to make invitations for a double sleepover on Friday night - it will be Lucy's 12th birthday the following Monday so although her main party is in September, she is having friends over on Friday night!!! Here they are...

I have used some old stamps from Oxford Impressions and ready made backgrounds I had lying on the craft table!! I am sure they will be appreciated...

And now for the highlights of our Devon holiday ...

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Lucy met a new friend ....

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We all met a lovely sea unicorn ....

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I caught up with friends ...

and we all had a fabulous holiday!

Great fun times - back soon with more craft!

Big hugs

Rachel xx