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Sunday 26 November 2017

Mixed media at Christmas card club

Hello there! The theme at Christmas card club this fortnight was Mixed Media - I used mixed media in that I used photographic material, wood, printed paper, inks. Here are my two cards.

The stencil I used is from Tim Holtz as are the images. I think the wooden thing is from scrapinec! 

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Saturday 25 November 2017

More makes from Mondays shows

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are well and happy! We are all off to Jo Rice's Cumbria Crafters today ... looking forward to it - and then tonight we are doing our drama production. The girls are in a play with lots of other children that we have called 'The Duck Play'. Imaginative! They are all playing ducks in it! I am in a different play as a 13 year boy called Charlie palmer! Then there will be a third play based on the Chistmas Carol. 

Here's some samples from last Mondays shows!

I hope you have a great weekend!


Rachel xx

Thursday 23 November 2017

One stamp, three ways

Hi there - I have an inspirational post over at stamps and stencils today ....

Check out how I made these three Seahorses using a chocolate baroque stamp here.


Rachel xx

Tuesday 21 November 2017

October nights

Hello there! The theme for the October ATC swap that I am involved with was 'October nights' ...I decided to go with my pumpkins - as I love them!!

All stamps are from tim holtz. 

The ones I got back are so beautiful ....

The first one with the trees is super sparkly and really gorgeous and that skull is awesome. Really gorgeous swaps this time!


Rachel x

Sunday 19 November 2017

Tomorrow's show

Hello there! Hope you have had a good weekend! We have been busy as usual - prosecco and presents evening on Friday night fundraiser for school PTA. That was a good night. On Saturday I ran a kids craft stall at Hornby Institute - it was a long day! But I think we all did well and raised some funds for the running of the building which is great! Today we have been to church - Penny received her medal for being in the choir - light blue ribbon...from the royal school of church music. That was great to see! This afternoon I took the girls to an extra rehersal for the play they are performing next weekend. Luckily my play is going more smoothly so I could sit and sew costumes! Phew! Thank goodness I will be back at work tomorrow!!!

Lesley will be back on your screens tomorrow on Hochanda at 4pm and 7pm. Here are a couple of my samples to look out for!

I hope you enjoy the shows!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday 16 November 2017

Ministry of mixology day 1

Hello there! Wow its been a busy old time and i have been a bad blogger. I apologise for my lack of visits - I will try and improve!!!!

One of the reasons I have been slacking is my visit to Ministry of Mixology last weekend! It was a great event as always and I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Here's what I made in the Andy Skinner class....

I love it - really great cogs and clocks - plus granny Cilla behind the doors!!!!

Here I am with Samantha Wade and Diane Waldock - two lovely crafty ladies that I spent most of the weekend with!!!

Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Wednesday 15 November 2017

more stencils at Countryview Challenges

Hello there! Its my turn to post over at Countryview Challenges - the theme is Stencils this month and I have used quite a few on this card ....

This post is photoheavy! A step by step building up those layers ....

1. I used tea dye distress ink and covered the page I used a dutch doobadoo stencil and created some patterns....

2. Next it was another dutch doobadoo stencil and another di...

3. a visible image stencil ...

4. a TH stencil - mini scale....

5. another TH stencil ...

6. after a little masking a final TH stencil...

and my background was complete!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I have used my stencils and will join us in using yours!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 12 November 2017

Sparkle and shine at christmas card club

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are good. I am at the ministry of mixology in coventry this weekend but i have been a good girl and made my cards for christmas card club so here they are!

I have done this on my phone so i am not sure how it will look. Please forgive the pics being on their sides!! Lol!!! 

Happy Sunday xx

Tuesday 7 November 2017

tangled garden samples

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well! I wonder if you managed to catch Lesley's shows yesterday? They were using some beautiful stamps - big too! Here's one of my samples from the show! I made it using the Eileen Hull journal die that I was lucky enough to win in October. It arrived with some fabulous felt too that I used inside the journal. Sadly I only have the one photo!

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I suspect you may be seeing this die getting a bit of use - it is so fabulous!!!

I would like to enter this into minialbummakers novemberchallenge

I will share some more of my samples soon - once I get organised enough to get the photos from my phone! Hugs Rachel xx

Monday 6 November 2017

Needle Felting

Hello all! How are you? I hope you are well! I am doing well but finding it difficult to craft as much as I want to! This working malarky does kinda get in the way - still I am enjoying it and actually earning a small amount so that is all good!

I have recently been to a couple of felting workshops - one I suspect I blogged about - but I will show it again here - and then there is lovely stargazing hare.

I am so very pleased with Spruce - I suspect this is going to become a new habit of mine!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Friday 3 November 2017

My makes from Jo Rice's Retreat

Good morning! How are you? I hope you are well! A bit of a catch up post today - I am getting behind on showing what I have been up to! First things first - the retreat at Lindale with Jo Rice.
It was a two day retreat and we worked at a relaxed pace and this is what we made....

This was mostly made on the Sunday ....Jo had designed the MDF wreath...I bought another one that you'll be seeing shortly. Wish I had bought more!!!

These cards were mostly made on the Saturday - really nice makes and good for my Christmas card pile! We also made a candle - I am not very fond of mine so haven't even photographed it! 

I also have a few pics of Halloween to share here too. We all had fun trick or treating ...

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The pumpkins were carved ....Lucy's friend annabel was around and she did one too!

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Penny had a very fancy costume from Sainsburys...

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Lucy and Annabel had fun making their costumes ...splattering with fake blood...horrid!!!

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and then there was me! Not so sure about this one!!!!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Thursday 2 November 2017

pastels at stamps and stencils

Hello there! How are you? Another new challenge for you today - this time at stamps and stencils! The theme this month has been provided by Cec who has this to say...

Pastels - We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours.  Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

Here's what I have done!

In this piece I used a gelli background that I already had and added stencilling and stamping.

Here's the gelli background I used ....I created this using acrylic paints and a stencil from Clarity. I  thought this reminded me of the sea and the project developed from there...

I used another Clarity stencil and created these sea birds above the waves.

Finally I added a stamped image from Crafters Individuals coloured in distress inks - pastel shades of course!

I hope you can join us! You can get some inspiration from my teamies and link up here.


Rachel xx

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Stencils at Countryview challenges

Hello there! How are you? Its the first November - and the challenge over at Countryview challenges starting today is 'stencils'. I just love stencils and use them almost as much as stamps to make cards and journal pages and mixed media projects. My first piece to tempt you to join us in the challenge is using a stencil from Visible Image and stamps from prima-marketing-finnabair.

I started out with a print I had pulled off  gelli plate using acrylic paint. I used distress oxide to add colour through the stencil then did the stamping.

Here's a closer look.

Please check out my teamies makes here and also link up. And if you join us you might be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend in store!


Rachel xx