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Friday, 15 December 2017

Chocolate Baroque 15 minute makes

Hello there! How are your Christmas preparations going? Mine are shall we say 'in progress'!!!! Blimey - this working malarkay is really eating into time available - but hey ho - once Christmas is over perhaps I'll be able to relax a little bit more! I am hoping to get kept on after Christmas but we shall have to wait and see.

Today I have four cards over on the Chocolate Baroque blog - its 15 min makes time again.... these were all made for the shows last month.

This one is stamped and fussy cut with film and fibre and mounted onto Crafty Individuals paper.

This one is done with an alcohol inks background. The archival ink was stamped and then rubbed off to create the ghosting effect then left on for the black overstamping.

Simple stamping in versa mark and embossing in white on kraft and overlaying the floral head.

Finally stamping on black card and colouring in metallic pencils before fussy cutting and mounting onto crafty individuals paper.

I hope these ideas will inspire you to make some quick cards!


Rachel xx

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Festive make at for Chocolate Baroque guest DT

Hello there! I am doing the post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog today and I have made something festive using the poinsettia background stamp....

I used gold relief paste all over the stamp and left it to dry. 24 hours later I peeled it off and this is the result. I think it looks pretty striking! Then I used the stamp to stamp the image onto red card multiple times and decoupaged up the single poinsettia. 

I do hope you like this! Big hugs Rachel xxx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Festive gifts at Christmas Card Club

Hello there one and all! Well its been a very hectic few days and I can't see things getting any easier before Christmas. Anyway - I hoped to be showing quite a few things here in this post but instead I am posting a picture of the goodies I made for my Christmas Craft swap partner. I know she knows nothing of my blog so it is safe to post these here I think!

The journal was made using an eileen Hull die and I did acrylic pours to make the cover. I think the ceramic tile has already been on my blog. The final piece is a book mark I made at Jo Rice's last class. I sent the whole thing along with a naughty gnome that I made by felting and a card.

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It has been received but not opened as yet!!!

Looking forward to continuing making some more stuff - will add to my blog as and when I get chance! Big hugs all and a merry christmas!

Rachel x

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Festive stamps and stencils

Hello there! Well its time for a new challenge at stamps and stencils and this time its Festive and Sue wants you to use BOTH stamps and stencils.....

I made two cards for this challenge - I used the stamp from the new Craft Stamper magazine and  a Tim Holtz snowflake stencil. I stamped the flake in versamark and set with white glitter embossing powder. Next I added distress ink to create the background. I also used distress ink through the stencil. 

I chose two of  Alison Bombers winter stamps ...stamped and cut and mounted them then added lace around the edges. Finally I added a flake charm!

I do hope you can join us. Check out what my uber talented teamies did here!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Chocolate Baroque shows tomorrow

Hello there! Sorry for being a bad blogger at present - I am feeling a little stretched in the time department. We spent the weekend in London visiting the Harry Potter Studios and also Matilda the musical. Both were excellent fun! Anyway - that hasn't done my time management any favours but it has put big smiles on my daughters faces so I hope you can forgive me!

Tomorrow Lesley is back on Hochanda at 4pm and 7pm. I am not sure my samples will have arrived on time. David usually lets me know and I haven't heard so I am just crossing my fingers hoping they have arrived and that things were just too busy to let me know! Here's a couple of samples to show you - just incase they didn't get there - or to tempt you to watch the shows!

They are beautiful stamps! Hope you enjoy the shows!!!


Rachel xx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Christmas with optional red, green and rust at Countryview challenges

Hello there! Wow Dec 1st already! How did that creep up so soon! There is, of course, a new challenge starting on the Countryview challenges site and the theme this time is Christmas with the option of red, green and rust. I have attempted to fulfil the entire brief with a card.

I used stamps from paperartsy to create this card in a few steps....

Firstly I stamped the ornaments using film and fibre and then fussy cut them.

Next I created the background using distress oxides.

I put everything together and painted in a branch using rusty hinge distress ink...Finally I added a mat and layered onto the card! My rust is not f the traditional variety but I think its acceptable!

I do hope you can join us .here.

Big hugs

Rachel xxx

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Mixed media at Christmas card club

Hello there! The theme at Christmas card club this fortnight was Mixed Media - I used mixed media in that I used photographic material, wood, printed paper, inks. Here are my two cards.

The stencil I used is from Tim Holtz as are the images. I think the wooden thing is from scrapinec! 

Have a great day!


Rachel x