My shining star

My shining star

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Christmas card club: The true meaning of Christmas

Hello there - well its time for another Christmas card club outing - the theme this time is 'the true meaning of Christmas. I thought I could break open my new sheena dies and stamps and make a card including an image of a church.

I cut the church and tower then stamped and coloured. I used a stencil brush and distress ink (stormy sky) to create the landscape behind the church before sticking it on. I added sparkle to the snow on the church and added white posca pen snow in the sky!

I actually made three!

Quite enjoyed these!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Frida Kahlo - at Junk journal junkies

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are okay? If not then here's a hug to help make you feel better!

I have a journal page to share with you today - its not good - I don't draw well - but I wanted to log it as its a piece of work I have done! The theme at Junk journal junkies is Frida Kahlo this week - I really love this lady - the more I learn about her the more I admire her! Anyway - promise you won't laugh's my page.

She made some really inspirational quotes too. I liked this one. I also liked a few more ...

I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.

I paint flowers so they will not die.

There is nothing more precious than laughter

A very interesting lady!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Samples from CB 9 august show

Good morning! How are you? I do hope you are well. I have a few more of my 9th August samples to share with you today. I do love these stamps and enjoyed making all of these!

This one was pretty simple - stamping in versamark and heat setting with white embossing powder and then colouring in with pencil crayons. 

I stamped this one then roughly masked and created the surroound using distress ink which I then spritzed and flicked. I then coloured the image in complimentary distress ink colours and stamped the sentiment.

This one seemed to get quite a bit of airtime during the shows.... its simple white embossing and I painted the flowers with distress oxides.

Beautiful stamps!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Hello there! How are you? I am good and have just posted off my samples to chocolate baroque for the next show on the 25th August. Its always good to get samples finished and then I can move onto the next makes! Today I have made my ATC swaps for August - I'll save those for another day..... I also made my Joanna Sheen swap card - the theme this monthi is's what I did...

All of the stamps - apart from the 'hello' are by paperartsy - a mixture of sources - the flowers are Kay Carley and I think the large butterfly is Jo Firth Young whilst the litte butterflies are Claire lloyd. The hello is by IndigoBlu. 

I used brushos to make the background which I did after stamping the flowers. It has been done on watercolour card.

My girls are both in the theatre this week - a week to a production - they are supposed to be performing Little Shop of Horrors on Friday night - I wonder what its going to be like - it seems pretty quick to me to get organised!!!!

I hope things are going well for you!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Running late!

Hello there - well I should have put this post out at 7am - but I forgot it was the 15th today - so sorry its late but better late than never!

This simple card took less than 15 mins to make. I simply stamped the image in versamark and heat set the image in white embossing powder. I then used colouring pencils to colour the flowers and leaves.

There is much more quick inspiration from my teamies over on the DT blog here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lucy's card and cake

Hello there! Wow it feels like its been a while since I got on here - my last posts were scheduled as we were away on holidays - more of that later but sorry for lack of comments and thankyou so much for all of yours - you are very kind!!!!

We got back last night and my feet have barely touched the floor since then. Its Lucy's birthday today and so last night I had to defrost and then decorate the cake - then I got up at 5.30 this morning to make quiche and pizzas, rice salad, potato salad and coleslaw. We had my lovely mum and her brother and sister in law over and also Shaun's mum and brother and his family came up. It was lovely to see everybody and I think that Lucy had a lovely day. She is looking very grown up to me!

This is the card I made for her using a beautiful stamp from Tracy Easson.

here's a closer look!

Here's the cake! I was pleased with this!

And here's my beautiful smiley big girl!!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Chocolate Baroque samples

Hello there! Hope you enjoyed the shows yesterday - here's a quick look at three of the samples I made for it!

This one is on kraft card - I gessoed the back then worked with distress oxides on the background and used stencils. The stamp was semi fussycut.

The technique on this one is the same as above but the colours are just different.

This is a little hanger - fussy cut roses and stamped background.

More samples coming soon!


Rachel x