My shining star

My shining star

Saturday, 8 September 2012

I think these are flowers!

Good morning to my lovely bloggy friends and followers! I'm scheduling this post because its a bit easier that way - on Saturday morning when this goes live I'll be on my way to my first session of 'Boot Camp' - its a diet and fitness thing that I'll be doing on weekend mornings for the next 4 weeks. I'll let you know how it went tomorrow - I'm not entirely sure what to expect but its all outdoors and I'm expecting to be told to do running and press ups and stuff - quite strongly!!!! Now I don't usually need any encouragement to exercise but recently (could it be blogging?) I seem to have problems losing any weight gained. And now its creeping up again so this is my attempt at shifting a few lbs! Carrying the extra lbs doesn't make the exercise any easier and my knees have been feeling it when I've been on my normal running sessions. Hopefully that will soon be a thing of the past!!!

Onto todays post - I wanted to do the sunday stampers 'stamped flowers' challenge but when I looked in my stamp collection there appears to be a derth of floral images - anyway I found my trusty Penny black 'alium' stamp - they're flowers aren't they? From the onion family I think - anyway - with lots of playing with distress inks and flicking of water this is what I came up with. I used antique linen distress stain as a base coat, flicked and dried, patches of scattered straw DI, flicked and dried, pateches of wild honey DI, flicked and dried, edges with spiced marmalade and a little barn door DI.

I've made this card for a cardswap on the Joanna sheen forum that I'm part of - I'm pleased with it - I just hope the recipient is! Most of the embellies are from crafty-emblies whom I can't seem to get enough of - check them out here - they're fab!
I've also added some liquid pearls in the bottom left and top right hand corner. The backing paper is from the hunkydory autumnal range.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

The sunday stampers stamped flowers
CYPCcraftyourpassionchallenges: floral images
Songbirdsongbirdchallenges: String of Pearls
Charismacharismacardz: seeing double (2 flowers, 2 leaves)
Fab and funkyfabnfunkychallenges: autumnal colours
The paper shelterthepapershelter: tag your it
Paper playpaperplaychallenges: autumnal tags
Ribbon girlribbongirls: just add pearls.

Before I sign off just to let you know that Penny had a fabulous first day - this is her with her big sister Lucy before they went to school on Friday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Rachel xx


  1. Really love this one Rachel, gorgeous autumn colours flowers and leaves, just beautiful

  2. Hi Rachel, yes it is a flower, a very beautiful one too. Love your tag, gorgeous warm colours and the embellies (emblies!) are perfect. Wish I could join you in your exercise but think I would end up in hospital!! Glad to hear Penny enjoyed her first day, she certainly looks happy about it. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. Your card is gorgeous Rachel,love the fab

  4. This is stunning Rachel, such gorgeous colours and textures.
    A gorgeous photo of your beautiful girls.
    I do envy you the doing the fitness bootcamp, not my idea of fun!!

    Hugs Sue

  5. Good morning sweetie this is just gorgeous, so beautiful, huggles Pops x x x

  6. oh I would say they are they grow in my garden, love the warm colours such a beautiful creation
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Your tag is gorgeous Rachel,love the autumnal colours. Marlene

  8. Really lovely. Smashing colours and perfect stamp for it too. Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper shelter this week.
    Love n hugs

  9. Beautiful autumnal card! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
    Good luck with boot camp!
    Joanne x

  10. LOL! Close enough... I'll call them flowers! I love the colors you used in this layout - I especially like the leaves and dragonfly and the crochet ribbon!
    I am delighted you joined the challenge at Craft Your Passion and I hope to see you again next week!
    CYP Design Team
    RubberMAD (my blog)

  11. Love the background you created for the tag. Love the colors and your card design.

  12. Hello Rachel, What a gorgeous Autumn card, I love the colours and of its a flower. Those leaves are really stunning too. What beautiful children and I'm Glad they enjoyed being back at school. Hugs Rita xx

  13. Lovely card Rachel, such gorgeous rich colours and fab stamp - looks like flowers to me! Hope the boot camp thing went well... sounds like an interesting way to spend your Saturday morning lol! Hugs, Lisa x

  14. How fabulous Rachel and what a super photo of the girls Great work Hugs Elaine

  15. Ps like the new look blog hugs Elaine

  16. Lovely card Rachel, just my colours! Great photo too :-)S x

  17. This is gorgeous, I love your background and fab stamp, those leaves are the perfect embellishments.
    I hope you survived boot camp!

  18. It's gorgeous Rachel - they're called Alliums and are one of my favourite flowers! They are like a load of little stars exploding from the stem! Good luck with the boot camp hun, just thinking about it makes my aches and pains hurt more - mind you that could be because of being out and about on Friday! They are a very pretty pair your two, and I predict will be heart breakers when older, och you poor thing you have that to look forward to!
    If you want to see the flowers in real life go here
    Karen xx

  19. Great job of getting up and going to your boot camp!! I hope it's what you want and need to get those pounds off.
    Your girls are just too cute and they definitely look happy that school is starting.

    Beautiful card and I really love the tag element you've included and the rich fall colors are amazing.


  20. This is gorgeous .
    Thank you for sharing it with us at songbird challenges.
    Hugs Emma xx

  21. Cutiepies are so distracting but I did manage to tear my eyes away from those little babes and see your gorgeous creation..tis FAB. Good luck with the bootcamp, sounds like it is going to be worth it hun... all the best! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  22. how beautiful!! I love your take on our challenge this week at Charisma Cardz, Thank you for joining us with our 'seeing double' challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon! x

  23. Ihana tagi-kortti sinulla tähän haasteeseen! Kiitos osallistumisesta The paper shelter tag your it-haasteeseen tällä viikolla ja onnea arvontaan !
    Ihanaa syksyä ja kaikkea hyvää elämääsi ! An

  24. Absolutely gorgeous, love the colours....Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
    Wendy xx

  25. wow Rachel this is stunning love the colours.

  26. Oh wow Rachel this is so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Play
    hugs Mandy xx

  27. Gorgeous tag, love your colours and layout, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz, hugs, Sarah x


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