My shining star

My shining star

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Real santa at the christmas card club

Hello Lovelies. How are you? I hope you are well and happy - sending hugs to those that need it. We're all okay - I had a very relaxed day yesterday - I did a swim then went out for lunch with my friend Julie. We went to a garden centre and I bought a new bird feeder. Our old bird table was blown over in the last batch of winds - Shaun always loved the birds in the garden and fed them religiously. Now its my turn to look after them - I thought he would approve of the new feeder. I also got some Niger seeds ad am hoping that the gold finches tat we have had visit in previous years may return now! Will keep you posted.

Well I'm a day early with this post but since its the first tomorrow I have an IC post for then. So here I am with the next batch of three Christmas cards.


They are all pretty CAS.

This one uses darkroom door stamps and a Tim layering stencil.


This one uses darkroom door stamps.


This one uses Tim stamps and layering stencils.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today!

Big hugs

Rachel xx



31 comments:

  1. Rachel, so glad to read that the three of you are doing ok. What a lovely idea to replace your bird feeder and carry on doing what Shaun loved doing so much. Heres hoping your finches return, we have them come Charlie to loves nothing more than keeping the feeders full and watching to see what comes into the garden, our pair of woodpeckers are coming nonstop at the moment.
    Three wonderful cards Rachel, they are all truely lovely. Enjoy the weekend, have you fun things on this weekend?? Hazel x

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  2. It's lovely to watch the birds feeding in the garden Rachel, Shaun would have thoroughly approved. We have several feeding stations around the gardens and it's nice to keep a tally of what comes. This year the Greater Spotted Woodpecker has ventured to the peanuts for the first time, usually he watches from a distance.

    And I like the idea nothing is wasted as although the smaller birds scatter the seeds, the doves, pigeons and jays feed from the ground and the moorhen family (not numbering five) wander down from the top pond and join in.

    Enough of my yatter, lovely collection of card.

    B x

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  3. Fab Santa cards Rachel..well it feels like christmas here this morning, we have had a wee bit of snow and its still snowing !!

    hugs Diane xx

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  4. Beautiful CAS Christmas cards -love them all but the first one just a little bit more lol -hope the goldfinches return
    Carol x

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  5. These are gorgeous Rachel. I love the images and beautiful designs.
    It's lovely that you have replaced your bird feeder to carry doing something that Shaun enjoyed so much and I am sure the birds appreciate it too! I hope the gold finches return, they are such beautiful birds.
    I hope you have a good weekend. Sending big hugs to you and your girls, Sue xx

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  6. Love your gorgeous creations Rachel.xxx

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  7. Super card and love this image/s, awesome colouring once again...xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

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  8. Sounds like a good day Rachel...love to see the birds in the garden. Love your three cards, great images and backgrounds. Mine is up today too. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Carol x

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  9. These are gorgeous Rachel, such fabulous vintage Santa images.
    It sounds like yesterday was good, I hope the birds like their new bird table and that the gold finches return - I so admire your positive outlook Rachel.
    Pauline
    x

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  10. Oops!! Pressed the wrong button.
    Brilliant cards, love the Santa images and your great designs.
    Shaun will be looking down, loving the fact you and the girls are looking after and feeding the beautiful birds in the garden.
    Hugs for you all

    Patricia x

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  11. We love sitting in the conservatory watching the birds around the bird feeder. I am Shaun would love the new feeder! Your Santa's look fabulous and you sure have made a start for this year.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  12. A great set of Jolly Santa's Rachel, I love them. Thanks for joining in with my theme this time and to have made three cards too.
    Glad you had a good day yesterday and I'm sure the birds will appreciate their new feeder and titbits at this time of year.
    Lorraine

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  13. A super collection of Christmas cards Rachel, such a jolly Santa in al of your cards. I'm sure that Shaun will love to know that you are continuing to feed the birds. I love seeing them in the garden to but had to stop feeding them when I had a rat who was visiting the table daily and eating all of the seed. Since I stopped he does not visit anymore.

    Hug to you all
    Sue xx

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  14. Beautiful cards Rachel. Love the traditional santa images :) I am sure the birds will love the new feeder and seeds and it will be a comfort to you knowing that you are continuing to do things that Shaun loved.
    Hugs to you all.
    Dawn x

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  15. Fabulous cards Rachel, love them all.
    I'm sure the new feeder wil encourage the birds to come back, and lovely that it makes you think of Shaun and his care of the birds, hugs Kate x

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  16. These are all just fabulous xmas cards Rachel. Glad you enjoyed some time out with your friend and hopefully the weather will improve soon so we can all start enjoying the gardens again. Big hugs and have a nice weekend
    x catherine

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  17. Your cards are beautiful Rachel, you are going to be well ahead for Christmas this year - all the Santas are lovely.

    How wonderful to be able to attract finches to the garden! We get sparrows, robins and ringed doves - finches would be lovely... and yes, I am sure Shaun would have approved, it was a lovely thought on your part. It was good too that you went out for lunch with your friend. Hope you are having a good weekend. Love and hugs, Anne xxx

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  18. Hi Rachel
    Happy you had a nice day with your friend... Wish i lived near to you....
    Fabulous cards.... All gorgeous... I didn't realise it was this week.... So will make tomorrow....
    Love to my two special little girls....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  19. Hi Rachel glad you had a great day ..a lot of our garden things have been damaged in the wind but hey ho you can't fight mother nature lol fab cards really gorgeous ..huggles Sue xx

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  20. Each card is wonderful Rachel! So happy to hear you having some good times, keep it up!

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  21. Three wonderful cards Rachel and you are getting a good head start for next Christmas. Lovely idea to keep up with the feeder. We have starlings that swarm past our house first thing in the morning when its light and then back again in the evening during the Autumn/Winer. There are hundreds and hundreds and I get so excited when I see them. Evidently they sleep under the pier at Blackpool. Dave was saying yesterday that we really need to go down and see them arrive at the pier so I am hoping to do that before they disappear til the Autumn. Hugs Susan x

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  22. Great cards Rachel. I love feeding the birds too and I have a great view from the kitchen window. I love the different variety we get here. Hugs to you all. Christine xx

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  23. You have been busy....they are all fabulous Rachel....snow has gone here but it bitterly cold so staying in and crafting.....hugs xxxxx

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  24. A right jolly ole elf on each of these pretty cards. Am loving the vintage look of the Santa images with the pretty backgrounds of each card. #3 with the light coloring reminds me of the old 'handpainted' black & white photos of long ago. Brilliant work on all, and so happy you have a new bird feeder. Our yellow finches that come in the spring love the niger seeds. Such a pleasure to see them visit. TFS & Hugs.

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  25. Beautiful set of cards Rachel. Well Done. Hugs Rita xxx

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  26. Lovely selection of cards Rachel.
    Mags
    x

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  27. My favourite of your cards is no3. Love the coloura you have put with him too. We would not be without the feeders in the garden. The birds have gotten so tame. the black bird will very nearly eat strsight from your palm and we think the robin has now got a mate as we saw him with a smaller/thinner version and he didn't shoo them away and they stayed eating together. The woodpecker is very much in evidence too. What a noise he makes.Lol. We keep binoculars up in the back bedroom for watching from the window and another set in the UT room downstairs. Glad your managing to get out and about. Hugs to you and the girls Mrs A.

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  28. Three great cards, Rachel!
    They are all lovely, but my fave is the first. I am from a "horsey" family and raised my girls with ponies. Nbow, Little Miss C loves horses and is always campaigning for a pony of her very own. I will show her your card and then she will be rushing out to buy that stamp...teehee

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  29. My you've been busy with some fab cards for our challenge.
    I love feeding the birds too and watching them from my kitchen window. It's quite relaxing and nice to know you are helping them through the tough weather. Great time for memories too! Zx

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