My shining star

My shining star

Thursday, 17 September 2020

not much room inside

 My makes over on the chocolate baroque site today ....

its been a funny old week - Penny had a cough and temperature so we ended up getting her a covid test - thankfully its negative! Yay - least we can get on with a normal end to the week!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 15 September 2020


 Hello there,This is my second piece for Countryview Challenges this month - the theme is Complimentary colours. This time I have gone for blue and orange as my complimentary colours. I have used distress oxides and stamps from Visible image plus a stencil from aall and Create.

The products I used are shown here..... I started by creating the background using ripe persimmon through the stencil over the top of dried marigold, spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade. Next I stamped the main figure on white card and coloured it in blue. Finally I stamped the words to the figure and added it to the background. 

I hope you have a great day!


Rachel xx

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Christmas Sentiments at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there!

A fortnight has rolled around again and its time for another outing of the Christmas Card Club. The theme this time is Christmas sentiments. This time I made 4 cards using sentiment dies from Tim Holtz plus other Tim Holtz dies.

The giraffe is called Gertrude and she has her winter wardrobe on!

The bear is also sporting his winter wardrobe and his name is Theodore...

My mum has been using dies also but hers were John next door plus spellbinders poinsettia.

How different are we? Its funny!!!

Have a great Sunday!

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Twofer for Complimentary colours at Countryview Crafts

 Hello there - another month already and as the Country starts to get back to a new normal, Countryview Crafts has a much safer option - stay at home and craft and join our new challenge... this month its Complimentary Colours.

I made two cards this time - here they are. Both of them use Tracy Evans designs from Aall and create. You can find the hare here .

This is an older stamp - I used distress oxides in wilted violet and peacock feathers to create the background and then I stamped the image on top. Finally I added some luscious powders (teal) to create the shiny effect on the tail feathers, peacock chest and clock. My compliemntary colours are green and purple.

In this second card I used Tracy's very recent Hare and the colours blue and brown. I used teadye and tumbled glass oxides and created the background. Then I stamped the hare directly onto the card and then decoupaged the hare in kraft card. I added the triangular detail using an Aall and Create Stencil.
The other stamps shown on the card are from the hare stamp set.

I do hope you can join the'll find the linky and loadsmore inspirationhere !



Sunday, 30 August 2020

Mainly red as Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well another fortnight has skipped by - and its time for another Christmas Card Club. This time the theme is mainly red- I have been flat out with DT work and I didn't think I was going to get more than 1 made - but thankfully it all came together - so here are my 4 cards all made using the new moose set of stamps from Hobby Art.

All 4 together.... I invested in a hexagonal die - really pleased to have been able to use it this time to make these cards.

The first two ... 

and the second two......

Now for my mums cards - she used a new stamp from Sentimentally Yours - designed by Trudie Howard.

Two lovely cards mum!

Have a great Sunday! Hugs Rachel xx

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Winter scene at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Our theme at Christmas card club this week is Winter scene - I had lots of fun making my 4 this week - all based on a card I saw in one of the inspirational fb lives that Jean Hardy did a few weeks ago. I saw a card that combined two stamps cards roughly are my take on that one card.... I am sorry - I can't remember who the DT member was that inspired me so!

The third one down isthe one closest to the original. All stamps throughout are Crafty Individuals.

My mum made two cards:

I love this first one made with Claritystamps and  Card-Io stamps.....

This second one is made with a Jayne Nestorenko designed Claritystamp.

I hope you all have a great day.


Rachel xx

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Wish you were here at Countryview

Hello there! I have a post on Countryview Challenges today ...another piece to hopefully inspire you to join our 'I do like to be beside the seaside' challenge. 

I created my card firstly by making a distress oxide background using chipped sapphire, tumbled glass and speckled egg. I then added some stamping using a stamp from Crafty Individuals in the background. I also added some hessian and a gel press clean up background. The postcard stamp is another one from Crafty individuals ... and the shells came from my daughter who had collected them on a beach at some point in the last 14 years!!!

I do hope you can join us - you can find out full details and link up here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx