My shining star

My shining star

Thursday, 17 January 2019

the scenic route ....

Hello there! Its time for another post for Countryview Challenges today. The theme this month is landscapes/cityscapes and I have gone with another landscape using hobbyart stamps - this time i have gone for a more rural scene.

I started by creating some clouds using a mask, distress ink and stencil brushes...

Next using a torn piece of paper, and a stencil brush and ink I created some hills.

Then I added a bit of stamping using hobbyart stamps ....

I added extra colour to the stamped images using pencils ...

Finally I used sharpie pen around the edge of the scene and mounted onto a card and finally added the TH sentiment.

I do hope you can join our challenge which you can link up to here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

15 minute makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! I do hope you are well! Its time for my mid month quickie makes from the December shows for Chocolate baroque. There are many other inspirations over on the design team blog so please check it out! Here's what I did:

I started with a gelli print then added some same colour stamping. Next I cut a large circle and coloured that with distress oxide then stamped the bird centrally. I added a fussy cut bird on top and the black dots around the edge.

This one is another gelli print from a session I had and I simply added the bird stamps along with the meadow grasses too.

I must get some more gelli prints made up - they are so very useful for quick cards!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 10 January 2019


Hello there! Wow its the 10th already! How did that happen! Things here are going good. Back at work and enjoying veganuary. I have already clocked up some lengths in my swim challenge and some miles in my run challenge. Long may it continue!

Today I have my second post using stamps from Hunky Dory - this Phill Martin stamp I have used can be found here. I decided to make a card and 3 AT coins that I needed for my january swaps.

I stamped the stamp three times but only used two in the end ....I also partially stamped three AT coins that I had already covered in acrylic paint.

I used some pixie powders to add to the background on one piece of card and on another I used watercolour pencils and picked out some of the larger pieces then fussy cut them...

Finally I added the fussy cut pieces to the card and used the water colour pencils to finish off the AT coins. 

I do hope you like these pieces - the stamp worked well on an acrylic paint surface on MDF and the card. Another great and easy to use stamp ... thankyou!

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

A salt pig for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! I'm over on the chocolate Baroque blog with details of my salt pig I made for the December shows today. You can find details here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 6 January 2019

CCC 1: Snowflakes

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well! Its time for us at our Christmas card club to start the countdown for next Christmas! Wow - hard to believe! But I am so glad that I do this year around - it really does help when it comes to writing those cards!

I decided to use quite a lot of ranger and TH goodies to make my cards - I started with yupo paper then added alcohol inks to create the main background before adding a little blending solution and leaving all this to dry well. Next I stamped using snowflakes and lift ink before rubbing off to leave a lovely ghosting of flakes.

 Finally I die cut large snowflakes and then embossed and finally added frantage....I made 4 in total so already have a good start for my new years cards!

Have a great day!

Rachel x

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Dreams are made of this

Hello there! Hope you are enjoying the new year! I was lucky enough in the old year to be approached by Hunky Dory to road test and review some items they held in their online store. I chose some Phil Martin stamps as I really like them and didn't have any in my stash so far. Here's my make with the first stamp ...

I chose the secret-woodland-pre-cut-rubber-stamp to play with first. It was lovely to work with - grey rubber and a nice cushion with a good sticky back that made sure it stuck nicely to my block. I stamped it first time using a plain piece of card and versafine clair ink. It stamped beautifully. Onto using it in a project...

I created a background using pixie powders and once this was dry stamped the image on top. I then cut this to size - perfect for a DL card - and mounted it on black before attaching to the card.

Finally I chose a sentiment from my stash to fill up the gap a little - I don't think there was any need to really but it was a personal preference. 

I am looking forward to playing with the remaining stamps I chose and reviewing them on here!
My verdict though - great stamp!!! Thanks Hunky Dory!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Landscapes/Cityscapes at Countryview Challenges

Good Morning! And a great big Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the very best for 2019!
There's a new challenge starting today over at Countryview challenges. The theme is a great one - landscapes/cityscapes. I went for the landscape option and got out my trusty hobbyart stamps and made a scene!

I started with the lighthouse and stamped that then built up the scene from there joining together the landscape portions using my fine liner pen. Once I was happy with the scene I added distress ink as a water colour and then finally added the scene to a mat and onto a card. I finished off with a TH sentiment and finally added a few birds in the sky!

I do hope you can join in the challenge this month. 

Big hugs

Rachel x