My shining star

My shining star

Wednesday 15 April 2015

watch the birdie....

Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you are all well and good. I am off to the pool today for a wee change - my run yesterday was hard work but I feel pleased at having reached 15 miles in total so far for the week - only one more run before the weekend!

I would also like to welcome my two new followers - its a long time since some new people started following and I really do appreciate it - so sorry that I'm unable to thankyou by adding your names - I can't figure out quite how to do that! But thankyou!

Today I have my effort in using kraft card to share with you. I always fancied colouring in pencil on Kraft so that was the main thrust of my make - although I have also used kraft card as the main background too. The stamp I have coloured is from Sheena douglass - I was keeping this stamp for shaun's birthday this year - but I have used it instead to make a card for a cardswap I am involved with. He would have loved this image.

I stamped the image in momento onto Kraft card then coloured the image in with spectrum noir pencils. I cut the image with a spellbinders die then coloured the outer part using distress marker. The background was a piece of Kraft card that I embossed with a crafters companion folder then swiped with sepia archival. finally I added distress inks (mermaid lagoon and ripe persimmon) to the background.

The other diecuts are from memory box. The sentiment is from Chocolate baroque.

I'm pretty pleased with this - hope you like it too!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

I was asked by sue of sue's crafty corner to show my make from coffee pot yesterday - here it is!

I love these colours - not sure whether I prefer this one or the other one!!

Hope you have a good wednesday.

Big hugs

Rachel xx


  1. Gorgeous cards Rachel, adore the kingfisher

  2. These are both beautiful, Rachel. The kingfisher is awesomely done and it works well on the kraft. I am waiting for some smooth kraft for colouring so I will definitely give it a go. The card from yesterday looks fab in those warmer tones too but hard to choose. Vee xx

  3. Wow Rachel the kingfisher card is stunning, I love the background as well and how you've matched the colours used on the bird for this. The colouring on the kraft card look great too. I also love the butterfly lady in the orange and brown as well, every bit as beautiful as the one yesterday. Enjoy your swim today.

    Hugs Sue xx

  4. Two super cards Rachel. The kingfisher card is gorgeous and love how you have done the background.

  5. The Kraft card you made is stunning Rachel, I love kingfishers (we have a family living on the pond next to us) and you have coloured this one so beautifully! I love the beautiful lady too, I am not sure which I like best either - both are so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Beautiful colouring of the Kingfisher Rachel and two gorgeous cards.

  7. Beautiful Rachel, your colours are stunning and both cards are gorgeous.,xx
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  8. Brilliant Ingfisher card, the image is amazing, so wonderfully coloured and a fantastic design.
    Love your lady card as well. I think I prefer the first one just my preference for the colours.
    Patricia x

  9. Two super cards, Rachel. But if you twisted my arm and made me pick a fave, I'd choose the butterfly dress.... I'm unbiased like that! :) Thank you so much for you kind words about Rosie. She's hanging in there, my baby.
    hugs, Asha

  10. Beautiful card Rachel. Love how you've colored the kingfisher and the background looks great.

  11. Such a gorgeous image and beautifully coloured too! I love the card background and added dies.
    Linda xxx

  12. Two beautiful cards Rachel, the Kingfisher one is stunning and so beautifully coloured.

  13. hello Rachel, what wonderful cards, I love them both. Your colours are fabulous and your colouring, lovely embellishments too, hugs Kate x

  14. Lov, lov, lov the kingfisher Rachel !!

    hugs Diane xx

  15. Two gorgeous card

  16. Your Kraft card is beautiful Rachel and I love the main image and gorgeous colours.

    Sounds like you are very busy..... I must do some exercise too. I was thinking of a yoga or Pilates my task tomorrow is to find one in my area.

    Sending you all my best wishes
    Annie x

  17. Love composition of pencil on kraft, great colors and shading!

  18. These are both fabulous Rachel. I love the colouring of your bird
    x catherine

  19. Gogeous cards Rachel! The kingfisher is beautiful & I can totally see how Shaun would have loved it! You have inspired me to have a go at colouing on kraft! Need to wait untiI I restock my stash though!
    Big Hugs
    Dawn xx

  20. Both cards are stunning, Rachel. I love to read how you have created Kingfisher card, you have done beautiful coloring there. Nice background too!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Unruly PaperArts RAQ this month

    1. visiting again to say...
      Thanks so much for playing along with us at Artistic Stamper this month as well! :)

  21. Two really stunning cards Rachel. However that bird is fantastic!! Your colouring of him is amazing. I know you're not entering many challenges right now but you really should enter this in Spectrum Noir's April challenge - other than using a Spectrum Noir product the only other thing is to use a die or die cut shape - and this covers that beautifully - pop it in the challenge hun Karen x


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