My shining star

My shining star

Saturday, 27 April 2013

down by the seaside

Morning there lovelies! How are you today? Well today I'm excited about the piece I've got to show you - I made it using an old canvas board that needed painting over - this is my recycling  - but I used paper to cover it this time - a la Hels Sheridan's Sunday stamper theme this week. The papers I chose are from Crafty Individuals and must be my favourite paper pack of all time -seaside - they're just stunning and ripe I think for turning into a bit of art for my wall!!!! just noticed they're on sale on the site so may have to restock! Here's my piece:

I've used decopatcj glue to get all the papers onto the canvas and that has given them a real shine - it looks great in the flesh so to speak but not so easy to photograph!!! I'm really very pleased with this piece and will get lots of years of pleasure out of it I think!!!!The flowers have been handmade - some using a spiral spellbinders die and the others using the tattered florals die and folloing the Hels Sheridan tutorial here. There are spirals from a Sheena Douglass set stamped onto the background and the shells have all been collected from various beaches. The seahorses and seastar are Crafty Emblies and have been coloured with forest moss DI or left plain. The 'seaweed' is from a martha stewart punch.

I'd like to enter this piece into the following challenges:
The sunday Stamperpinkleart: Paper
Crafty Indivualscraftyindividualsblog: Spring - although these papers could represent any season the colours to me are most spring/summer like and I hoped that would make them eligible for this challenge.
IDICrobynsfetishchallengeblog: Make your own Flowers
ABACanythingbutacard: April showers
Patties Creationspattiescreationschallenge: ABAC
Stampin for the weekendstampinfortheweekend: Diecuts and punches
Simon sayssimonsaysstampschallenge: Anything goes
Simon says stamp and showsimonsaysstampandshow: Colour

Now then onto my Scarecrow - we used the same scarecrow as last year but built a tower that the rainbows painted in teams - then we dressed the scarecrow in a rapunzel dress and made an enormous plait for her hair and felt flowers to go in the hair and on the sign. Here's what she looked like when I left her yesterday morning!!!

we were very lucky last year and got a prize and a certificate - I suspect we won't be so lucky again but you never know. The festival is in the Village of Wray and most of the villagers and invited groups produce a scarecrow along a different theme each year - this year the theme is 'read me' - the rainbows chose Rapunzel. There are usually over a 100 different scarecrows to see and the festival runs from today until the bank holiday monday when there is a big fair. There will be a parade next Friday in the evening too. Its a lovely tradition and I feel very glad to be involved with my pack of rainbows!!!!

Thankyou for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon!


Rachel xx


  1. Wow rachel you have out done yourself today simply stunning.
    Love Rapunzel,have a great weekend.

  2. Your canvas is lovely and what a fun scarecrow, good luck with that. I have som candy on offer

  3. sunning canvas Rachel, and the scarecrow is wonderful good luck, hope it wins something

  4. WOW!!!!!!! Your canvas is stunning Rachel. I love how you have used those gorgeous papers and the detailing you have added is just wonderful.
    I love the scarecrow. It's great how you were able to get all the Rainbow involved in adding different parts to it. The rainbow brick wall looks fabulous.
    I hope you have a good weekend
    hugs Sue xx

  5. Fantastic canvas Rachel and the scarecrow is wonderful.

    Have a fab weekend

    Annie x

  6. Lovely work and flowers thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish make your own flowers challenge theme, good luck cheers Sue N x

  7. Gorgeous canvas piece Rachel - love all the piecing together and the lovely detail. Thank you very much for joining in the CI Challenge for April. Jean x

  8. Oh wow Rachel, that canvas is gorgeous, I love those papers too and what a great way to use them - love, love the seahorses (my fav sea creatures), they are stunning!

    The village next to ours does scarecrows every year too and it is a fabulous way to get the community involved - love the Rainbow's Rapunzel, she looks wonderful and I really do hope it is a winning entry. Hugs, Anne x

  9. Good morning sweetie, a fabulous creation as always, huggles Pops x x x

  10. Beautiful canvas Rachel. xx

  11. I love your canvas Rachel, it's fantastic. And I love the Rapunzel scarecrow too, well done to the rainbows.

    Sue x

  12. Wow! What a wonderful piece of Art Rachel, you must be really pleased with the result of your hard work.
    Great Scarecrow as well, good luck with the competition.

  13. OMGEEE!!! It's beautiful Rachel, a real piece of art which I hope you hang for everyone to see - absolutely stunning!
    I'm not sure where to start with the paper blocking and I'm terrified of getting it wrong and ruining some of my papers but now, well you have inspired me to, at the very least, try! Thank you for the inspiration hun Karen x

    p.s. great scarecrow your Rainbows are very lucky to have you

  14. Wow that is stunning Rachel, I love your seaside project and the scarecrow is so cute too :) Happy weekend xx

  15. What a great canvas! I love how you've added dimension with the flower too. Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  16. Wow Rachel, what a fabulous creation! Just gorgeous :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  17. The wall hanging is beautiful and elegant! Love the papers you used and the black backgrounds of each really make them standout! The Rainbows did an excellent job! Good luck to them!

  18. What a totally beautiful creation Rachel. I love all of it!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card this challenge.

  19. WOW!!!! This is amazing piece!!! I love every fishy bit! Gorgeous marine colors! I can see why you are proud! Thanks for sharing your true colors with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  20. Great project. Love all the seaside elements. Thanks for playing along with the Anything Goes challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog this week!

  21. Wow, amazing!! I love the composition and how you turned the canvas using papers! Lovely!

  22. Pretty. Love all the colors. Thanks for playing along at ABAC.

  23. corrr, that is stunningness indeedily... Sorry I am late arriving to see your entry... been very ill, death bed in fact.. am much recovered now though lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  24. I'm also late arriving but so glad I came to have a look Rachel!
    Love how you've made the background and then added the wonderful elements. Especially the shells, I LOVE shells and can never resist picking them up.
    Thanks so much for joining in the April Showers challenge at Anything But A Card.


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