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Friday, 23 June 2017

Chocolate Baroque shows ...Hochanda

Hello there - just wanted to let you know that Lesley is back on Hochanda today at 3pm and 7pm with some stamps you may have seen before and some brand new stencils. Here's a little taster of a couple of my samples ....if you get chance look out for them!

This is one of those 3D step box cards - I used the summer lady image and used brushos in the background. The image was coloured with distress pens. I added some butterflies from the last collection too! And the word stamp came from the stamps from the kingfisher show.

This one is the spring lady coloured with pencils, masked and then one of the primrose stamps repeat stamped around the edge. 

I hope you can join Lesley for the shows!


Rachel x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Dimension at visible image

Hello there! How are you? We are good and my eldest Lucy has returned from her 3 day residential to Edinburgh so all is even better! She had a good time visiting Mary King's close, the National Gallery, Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth Park and the Camera Obscura. Sounds pretty good to me!

Yesterday was a bit of a funny day - after my run - which was ok - I spent some time at home and then the power went off. There was a power cut that tripped in and out for a while then stayed off for nearly 1 and half hours. Now we often get power cuts but this one was odd as my house alarm kept going off! It was very weird - never done that before! Somebody told me there's a backup battery in the box that must have ran out - need to remember to look into that one!

Anyway - whilst I felt confined to barracks without power i decided to have a go at one of the newest sets of visible image's what i made....

I adore these stamps - so very cool - I decided to make something for the current VI challenge on facebook.... its all about dimension and i think this fits the bill!!!I used distress oxides to do the background and also a further sheet of A4 on which I did some other stamping too. I also used my TH stamping platform for the first time whilst making this card - I think it will make planning and placing of images much easier!

Hope you have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Second GDT post for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning to you! I do hope you are well! I have my second of three pieces this month made for the Chocolate Baroque Design team blog which you can find here. This time I whipped out my distress oxides and made a card!

The flowers are from the sunny-sunflowers-unmounted-rubber-stamp-sheet. I stamped them on the bottom of the same piece of card that I cut the main background from. Fussy cutting wasn't too time consuming with these images either.

The butterfly is from the just-butterflies-unmounted-rubber-stamp-sheet and I added pearls for the body.

In the background you can see that I have overstamped in DIO using rustic-fragments-rubber-stamp-sheet.

I hope you like the effect of the distress oxides - I love them!

Big hugs Rachel x

Monday, 19 June 2017

More macintosh samples

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are feeling good and doing okay? I want to share some more chocolate baroque samples from the last show with you today - I have just sent off the latest batch of samples for the show on Friday so I will share those with you at a later time! These today are from the June 7th show....

I really like this one - the green is so pretty - the background is distress and stencilling and the main stamp has been coloured with distress pens.

Funny line on the picture again - it seems to be my computer thats doing it but I'm not sure why? Anyway this one is a shaving foam background that I overstamped on and the image has been coloured with distress pens. I used another stamp on the background too.

Again simple colouring with distress inks!!!

I have another post to share with you for samples from this show but I'll leave it for a couple of days!!!

Have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

seaside journalling

Good morning! How are you? I do hope you are well. I am very excited about seeing my eldest daughter in her new school uniform - wow - I proper welled up - my big girl is definitely growing up! Time sure moves fast doesn't it? I just hope her daddy can see how wonderful she is turning out to be!

Today I have a bit of journalling to share with you - it was for a prompt from junk journal junkies - seaside....

I have used paperartsy stamps in this piece and spray inks. I also used a dina wakley stencil and clarity mask (to create the clouds).I added a little more of my paua shell too. I do enjoy journalling - its a chance to try different techniques and stamps and generally play!!!

Have a great day!

Hugs rachel x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Mackintosh stamps set samples

Hello there - well I have a few of my samples from the last Chocolate Baroque shows to share with you today - there's still more to come!

This is my first ever step box card - I bought the card shapes in a pack of three at Port sunlight - I used the Chocolate baroque stamps here teamed up with a stencil from Claritystamps and also starlight paints plus distress inks.

This mixed media box is topped with a canvas built up using tissue technique , stencilling and painting.

I seem to have another gremlin in this picture but I used a stamp repeatedly to create a border and added the central stamp. The colouring is by distress pens and I used a TH stencil in the background.

More soon!

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Friday, 16 June 2017

aTC swap - May: Transformation

Good morning all! How are you? I hope you are well and happy. We are all good - work is going on towards the next Chocolate Baroque TV shows next week and I haven't even blogged my mackintosh samples yet!!! I will start to remedy that tomorrow! Today I wanted to share my ATC's I made for a swap run by Lindsay Mason on Facebook. The title of this swap was transformation. I was a little stuck - and in the end went for flowers, bees and honey!

Relatively simple I think! The swaps I got back were lovely - sadly I have misplaced them temporarily so can't log them here! They got opened on my birthday - my daughter had confiscated all the mail and so there was rather a lot of opening going on! Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I hope you have a good day and enjoy what you do!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Quick makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! I do hope you're having a great day? I have two super quick makes for the Chocolate baroque blog today. These cards took 15 minutes of less. These are pretty simple brusho makes!

Both cards were made in the same way - stamping onto watercolour card then adding brushos and spritzing. Effective and quick! What do you think?


Rachel x

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Guest DT at Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! Well I have my first guest DT post for June over on the chocolatebaroque blog today. This is my favourite piece I made for TV shows in May. I adore the stamp and think the result is very effective. And that frame was an IKEA special!!!!

For full details check out the blog post on the chocolatebaroque blog

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


Good morning all! Hope you are doing ok. I am fine and bringing you my makes from our Coffeepot session yesterday - the ladies wanted to play with distress oxides before committing to buy so thats just what we did. I made a card based on a canvas I has done with Jo Rice and used Clarity stamps throughout.

The one on the left is the inspirational card - the one on the right I made going through the techniques with th ladies.

I used distress oxides to create the background - using three on a sheet, spritzing with water and smooshing my card through. Next I added more of single colours and built up layers until I was happy. Next I stamped the two stamps in the corners and added the white highlights. I repeated this process on a piece of A4 card and stamped and fussy cut lots of flowers and leaves before adding them to the card in the form of a wreath - that was after I had added the friendship stamped onto white card.

I think the ladies enjoyed the process even if they didn't finish what they were doing!!!

Hope you have a great day! 

Big hugs

Rachel x

Monday, 12 June 2017

Applied creativity in three acts part 3: Anna Dabrowska

Good morning all! I feel like I am getting a bit behind in my posts. Finally I have managed to blog my post for the final artist from last weekends Applied Creativity in three acts. Anna Dabrowska - absolutely brilliant classes and I made two great pieces - well I think they are anyway!

The first piece was called Fairy Queen - this is my version of the make in my favourite green colour!!!

Ok - my computer has added a black line that I can't get rid of - but you get the idea!

No black line here - lots of beautiful paints and gorgeous metal embellishments.

My second make is along similar lines but this time it was a cover to a journal that we did.

I decided to go along the orange/yellow lines. I love all the elements and the journal paper is so thick - I look forward to filling it with arty stuff!!!

Here's a close up .....

And finally here's a picture of me with the lovely Jennie. We have both been on the CVC DT for a while - it was so lovely to meet her!

Big hugs!

Rachel x

Sunday, 11 June 2017

More hearts at Countryview Challenges

Hello there! Its my turn today on the Countryview challenges blog. Our theme this month is hearts and this time I decided to make a heart shaped wall hanging.

The heart plaque was made from MDF so I started by coating with gesso - then once dry I added two green based chalk paints and covered the whole heart.

The next step once the paint was dry was to add torn bookpaper. After that I did some stencilling.

Finally stamping and cutting and adding of images!


I hope you can join us at CVC - you can link up your heart project here.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

christmas card club - anything goes

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. Its been a busy few days here what with my birthday on Wednesday, what would have been Shaun's 50th on Thursday - oh and the election, a trip to see a celebration of Simon and Garfunkel on friday night and school fair today. So please forgive me if I haven't been keeping up with comments. I am off there now!!!!

Today I have my Christmas Card Club make for tomorrow - I have another make tomorrow so I thought I had better squeeze this one in tonight. The theme was anything goes - so I took the chance to play with distress oxides and a newish to me stamp from woodware.

As you can see I made three cards .....

the backgrounds all started with wilted violet, broken china and spiced marmalade distress oxides. Some got a bit of fossilised amber added for good measure.  The snow was actually stamped separately and cut and pasted on. I then added the stamps of snowflakes and some glitter too.

I did enjoy doing these. I hope you like the results of my playtime!!!

Big hugs and great wishes for a beautiful day!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Craft - its a big thing!

Hello there! I have a post over on the stamps and stencils blog today - the challenge theme this month is 'words with meaning' ....I decided to use the word Craft ... and decorate the letters to add to my dining room. Here's the final result and the how to can be found over here.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

2nd post from Applied Creativity ....and its my birthday!

Hello there! Back again to share some more Applied creativity makes with you. This time the makes from the classes by Marta Lapkowska. What a sweet lady! Really lovely easy going classes and beautiful makes I think.

Day 1:

Marta had us all using items from 13 Arts. I had never used their stuff and found it excellent. I will definitely use their stuff again.

Day 2:

My fave piece from the weekend - oh so pretty. We worked on an inch thick piece of  wood, used die cut squares/rectangles and those beautiful flowers plus gesso and sprays. Oh yes stencils too. The gesso is so thick we used that through the stencil!

This is me and Marta! She was so very lovely.

Here's all of us....

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yes - there were quite a few - but only 30 in a class!

Its my birthday today! 49 years young! I am off for a run - 60 minutes - then a bun with my friend Sue. Then I'll be going for a meal with the girls and my mum and shauns mum later.

Big hugs!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Applied Creativity in three acts - Act 1 - France Papillon

Good morning lovelies! How are you? I do hope you are good -I am! Its been a fantastic weekend - I was lucky enough to visit Coventry and take part in the Applied Creativity in three Acts workshops at the Holiday Inn. Sue Tucker of Art Workshops was at the helm and over the next few days I'll bring a few pictures of my projects. We had two workshops with each of three international artists. This post covers the ones I did with France Papillon. I really enjoyed the process in each case and was thoroughly pushed out of my comfort zone - the results are less me than the other classes - but I really learned a lot!

Saturday Workshop:

This has a pancake rather than an egg. We had issues with the plaster of Paris in this workshop although two people were successful. My pancake was actually that belonging to France! Mine was even worse! Anyway - the Workshop itself was still fun and lots of interesting techniques were undertaken.

Sunday Workshop

This is my second make with France - again way out of my comfort zone but I certainly did enjoy the journey! 

I'll bring you my makes from another artist tomorrow!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Its all in the words at Stamps and stencils

Hello there! Another post so soon! Its another new challenge too - this is the new one over at stamps and stencils - this is Sue's pick and here's what she says....

Words with Meaning - I may be an old romantic but I love to see quotes and meaningful sayings on pieces of art. These can be quotes that are particularly meaningful to you or family sayings ! So, for this challenge I want to see your words taking centre stage, big and bold ! Remember, as always, you need to include some stamping or stencilling or both ! 

I decided to make a card using a spellbinders stamp from Tammy Tutterow. I made a panel first using distress oxides and then stamped the stamp onto it. I used distress pens to colour the words and a white posca pen to add the highlights. The back of the card I made using distress oxides and a joggles stencil.

What a great saying!

Hope you can join us and show us about your quotes! Check out my teamies inspirationhere

Big hugs

Rachel x

Hearts at Countryview Challenges

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are good! Its gone and arrived at June 1st already! I can barely believe it! Where is this year skipping away to? Before I know it its going to be Christmas! Yikes - sorry about the 'C' word.

So being the first of the month its time to start a new challenge at Countryviewchallenges - the theme this time is hearts - I love this theme and really enjoyed making this first piece. I hope you like it.

The stamp set I used is from Paperartsy eclectica-rubber-stamp-sheet-by-darcy-edy02. Such great stamps. I stamped the heart first and masked it and the top and bottom borders before repeat stamping with the cogs. Next I coloured the borders with distress oxides and painted the remainder of the image with more distress oxides.

I then added more cogs from prima finnabair collection. 

I hope you can join us! Link up and check out what my teamies have done here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

orange purple green and change for junk journal junkies

Hello Lovelies! How are you today? Ready for your bank holiday? I do hope you have a good one. We are footloose and fancy free until this evening when the girls have a friend each coming for a sleepover. I must be crackers!

I have a journal page to share with you today. The theme for last week over at Junk Journal Junkies on facebook was Change and the colours were orange green and purple. Here's what i did.

I started the page using distress spray stains in the required colours then when dry I applied some of the new paint from Indigoblu to the rhs to create a face shape. Next I used one of the new stencils to create the main facial features and then went wild with the hair. I am rather pleased with this face - I know I didn't really draw it but I think it shows how good the stencil is! I finished off using distress inks of the required colours through a clarity stencil.

I am looking forward to seeing what the challenge is this week!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Mistletoe and wine at CCC

Good morning all! By these fortnights roll by a bit too quickly - I only had chance to make one card for this theme of Mistletoe and Wine ...and as you can probably see - I made it mostly during my coffeepot class - time has definitely been against me this week!

Looks like I must have had the wine when I drew those wine glasses! How funny! 

I look forward to seeing what everybody else made of this theme!


Rachel x

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Coffee pot for May

Hello there! I hope you've been enjoying this sunshine - its been brilliant here! So nice to feel warm although it does make training much more of a struggle! Still - I'll just manage I think!!!

Its been a good week - I hit some pbs in my strength training - 75kg in deadlift, 47.5kg in backsquat and 34.5kg in bench press. It felt good to hit these and I think I could have gone a bit higher too! I'll keep that in the bag though!

On Monday I ran coffeepot. One of the ladies had asked to make a wedding card - now all of the others had said they didn't really want to make a wedding card - so using the same techniques I decided to try and please them all!!! Here are my samples...

Here they are all together - the top right is the one I made as the demo.... I added the vegetation as an afterthought and everybody really loved it - before you tell me its an unusual wedding card - I know - but the wedding takes place in  field!!!!

Here's a closer look...

All the stamps are clarity and I used adirondack inks and stencil brushes with torn paper to create the landscapes.

Hope you enjoy whatever you are doing today!

Big hugs

Rachel x