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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Craft stamper card

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are fine and well. Its the middle of the school holibobs so things here are hectic - not much crafting going on! I have got a card to share with you though that is published in this months craft stamper - it should be out on Friday. The theme was 'en vacance''s my card in the magazine...

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I have used two sheena stencils and some stamps from Tim Holtz making this card. The background is made using distress oxides. There are more details in the mag!

Big hugs 

Rachel xx

Monday 28 May 2018

Bank Holiday Feathers

Hello there! I hope you have had a brilliant Bank Holiday weekend - its been so beautiful here weatherwise. We had a fabulous Sunday up at Fellfoot park and also on the prom for the art festival at Grange. Today I met an old friend in Kirkby Lonsdale and had a lovely day enjoying the sunshine. Its so good when the sun shines!

I want to show the remaining samples I have from the last Chocolate Baroqueshow  tonight...

This one combined two stamps and was coloured with sparkle pens.

I used the square background again and some more of my feathers stamped on fabric..

I used some of the feather stamps to create a dream catcher in this card. 

Apart from my 15 minute samples these are my samples all finished now. Looking forward to showing you what i have made for the next shows!

Big hugs

rachel xx

Sunday 27 May 2018

Trees at Christmas card club

Hello there! Are you enjoying your bank holiday weekend? I really hope so! Its rolled around to Christmas card club already and the theme this time is trees... I decided to base my cards on a make I did with Brenda Brown at the last Ministry of Mixology I attended in November. Brenda's card was much more gorgeous - this is just my take on it using materials I had!

Here are the three cards I made - all variations on the same theme...

All cards have the same topper - these were made using a substrate that I covered in crinkled stamped tissue paper. The tree stamp came from a paperartsy set. Ontop of this I added a tando clock that I coloured with green treasure gold. 

To the clock I added a fussycut stamped tree and the ribbon.....

I added this topper to a variety of backgrounds and made three cards!

I do hope you like them!


Rachel xx

Monday 21 May 2018

Coffeepot vs Invigilation

Hello there! How are you? I hope you have been enjoying this glorious weather? Its been fabulous but I missed most of it! This morning it was coffeepot - I however, just left the project with my mum and the ladies came along and did their thing! I was invigilating at the University today. I was actually working with a lady who had my Shaun as her was so lovely to speak to her!

This is the card I left for the ladies to make at coffeepot.... The stamps and dies are from Sheena... the colouring is by pixie powders!

This is one my mum made and did not complete just yet ....

and here is another - I love the colour of those flowers!

I spent the afternoon working on something at pottyroos...I will pick that up on Friday but can't show it just yet! 

Hope you've had a great day!


Rachel xx

Saturday 19 May 2018

A Cumbrian crafty day!

Hello there! Have you had a super day? I do hope so! I believe the wedding all went well ...not sure about the football! But I had a lovely day with my mum and girls over at Lindale with Cumbria Crafters. Here are my makes.....

The  first card was top right. We were using a hobbyart stamp set - not one I would have chosen but I certainly enjoyed using it! 

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Here's the makes from everybody! 

Next we made the tag card which is top left on the original picture....

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then it was time for the Kraft card - bottom right...

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Finally we made the atcs - mine is not shown on the first picture .... I added a tag that I managed to do in a spare moment! Here are the class ATC's....

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We had to leave early - so I am looking forward to seeing which atcs come through the post to us!

It was a lovely day! Looking forward to seeing Jo again soon!


Rachel x

Thursday 17 May 2018

Pottyroos stencil brush pot

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well. I am lacking time but thats okay! Just more juggling required! I wanted to blog my pot I painted at pottyroos over the last few weeks - you may already have seen this on facebook but I still want to log it on here.

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The pot is large - I have used JOFY stamps on it, stamping the images in glaze before painting in more glaze.

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You can get a better idea of the pot size from this shot including the large clarity stencil brushes.

Super pleased with this one!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday 15 May 2018

15 minute makes at Chocolate Baroque.

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are feeling good. I am good - I worked all day yesterday and am working again this morning. Its all good but is cutting my crafting time! Its a good job I can do 15 minute makes like those in this post today! These were made for April's show on Chocolate baroque.

This one used some papers as the background ...I simply stamped  images in black and red ontop of the paper!

I used another paper centrally here and stamped and repeat stamped around the edge of the card before adding the focal point.

This final one used brushos. The watercolourcard was dried before stamping onto it in archival ink.

Hooray for quick cards! You can see more inspiration on the chocolate baroque blog!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 13 May 2018

CCC: words

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are good? We are good - still busy but good! We enjoyed a day at at the Happy Stampers at Port Sunlight yesterday. It was lovely to catch up with so many peeps.... Lesley, David and Judith from Chocolate Baroque, Keren Baker, Jo Rice, Linda Simpson, Lou Withers, Kay Halliwell Sutton, Freda, Lisa and Angie from Cumbria Crafters ....and so many more lovely folk. I spent too much as usual but due to the lack of paperartsy being their I did come home with pennies this year! A first!!!

Last night I went to see Three Sisters by Chekov performed by a local drama group - an excellent performance of a complex play! Very good!

And so to today - its Carol's choice at CCC and she has chosen 'words as focus' ... Time beat me on this one - I had hoped to do 4 cards but only managed to complete two! I decided to be 'on trend' and use the large letters dies!

The stamped backgrounds are both from Chocolate is a big bold background stamp whilst the other is from the year of stamping range!

This is the year of stamping stamp - I suspect its for December - I cut the letters then coloured using aquapens. I have added sparkle to the letters but this is not showing up so well on the photo.

This is the big bold background stamp again cut then coloured with aquapens.

I hope you have a great Sunday - I am knitting this morning and then set painting this afternoon! I am working all day tomorrow! 

Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Saturday 12 May 2018


Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well! I am still busy but today looking forward to a trip to Port Sunlight. I daresay I will come back financially poorer but with more stamps!!! Lol!

I have some ATCs to share with you today - these were done for/at Jo Rice's workshop in April for Cumbria Crafters. We couldn't attend this time so we all made an ATC and sent it to Jo to swap for us. Starting top left and going cw these are by my mum, me, Lucy and Penny. We all used some background stamps by hobbyart but added something else too. 

These are the ones we got back....

All really lovely! Thanks all!

I am also involved in ATC swaps in JJJAMA group and UK stampers groups. 

These are the ones I sent for the UK stampers april theme of numbers...

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these are the ones I got in return...

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I am enjoying these ATC swaps - great fun!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday 10 May 2018

Tag for May tag swap

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are doing well. We are all horribly busy and I am finding juggling all of our activities really quite tricky at present. Still, better to be busy I guess! I will get there! It will get easier after this week - Lucy is performing at the Dukes Theatre this week and it has made juggling all the more difficult!!! I go to see it tonight - I will let you know how it goes!

Today I want to share a tag I made for the May tag swap at UK Stampers Forum. Its inspired by a class I took earlier this year with Trish Latimer...

The stamps used are all by Trish - you can only get them on her ETSY site. The painty background was all created by finger painting then stamping in both paint and ink. I have paperpieced the dress on the main image.

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Tuesday 8 May 2018

More feather makes for chocolate baroque

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you have enjoyed the holiday weekend? We have had wonderful weather ...its been summer here - just beautiful! I do hope we can have more again soon!

I thought I would post some more of my samples using those lovely feather stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

In this first one I stamped coloured and fussycut the feathers before mounting on a brusho background.

This one I didn't notice on the TV - but I hope it was there! The canvas is an acrylic pour and the feathers from the gold relief paste.

More gold relief paste feathers and some frantage in the background!

I hope you like these samples!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 6 May 2018

GDT at stamping sensations

Good Morning all! Are you enjoying this sunshine??? Its been fabulous here and we're set for it to last for the next few days too. Fingers crossed.

Today I am lucky enough to be guesting over at Stamping Sensations where the new theme is 'Close to Nature'. They are sponsored by chocolate baroque so I had plenty of stamps to choose from. I decided to do a small canvas. I stamped the images, masking as I went and then painted in acrylic paints.

I used the sunny sunflower stamps plus a sentiment stamp also from Chocolate baroque.

I can't wait to see what everybody else has done. Hope you'll be able to join us.

I had a lovely time on Friday night at Wray Scarecrow Festival. They set a new guiness world record - we all had to dress as scarecrows.. there were 298 of us daft enough to join in!!!

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Here's the litte scarecrows I took with me...

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here's lu with her straw added!!!! we did look  mess!!!! But we had fun!!!

We'll be back there on bank holiday monday when there is a fair and show. I so hope the weather holds!

Have a great bank holiday!


Rachel xx

Saturday 5 May 2018

More humour at Countryview Crafts

Hello there! I have another post for you today hopefully inspiring you to join us at Countyview Challenges where the theme this month is humour! I have used a stamp from the same paperartsy set as on the 1st....zinski-art-set-22 and used them and paint to make a tag.

Below are the main steps I made in making the tag. First I got my fingers dirty and did some finger painting. I used acrylic paints from Indigoblu in colours grandmas teacup, park lane and kingfisher blue.

Next I used the same paints and some Trish Latimer stamps to do some background stamping.

Whilst this was drying I painted my stamped image and then fussy cut it.

Next I went back to the tag and added some black ink using the same stamps.

Finally I added the image onto the tag and also added some words! This technique is that used in a Trish Latimer workshop that I went to earlier this year - I just love the effect!

I do hope you can join us in this theme - you can link your makes here.

I would like to enter this into craftstamper take-it-make-it-challenge-may

Big hugs

Rachel x

Friday 4 May 2018

playing with aallandcreate

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well! I started work yesterday as an invigilator at the school across the road from me - I had 3 and 3/4 hours looking after students prior to their french GCSE orals. I think I was more nervous than they were! I'm back in again today for 2 hours training! A bit back to front but hey ho!

I have been very tempted by the new release at allandcreate and have been playing with a new tracy evans stamp and a kassa stencil....

The sentiment is from chocolate baroque but the rest is alland create. I did the background using pixie powders then stamped the image. I coloured parts of the image with the pixie powders too and then used distress inks through the kassa stencils.

Here's a close up of the stamped area....

I hope you have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday 3 May 2018

Fake it - at stamps and stencils

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are good! There is a new challenge starting at stamps and stencils today and the theme is 'Fake it' ...its Toni's theme and here's what she had to say....

 I love faux finishes of all descriptions whether it be rust, stone, leather or time worn vintage. You  name it we have the power to fake it! I'd like to see your projects that include at least one faux finish. Produce anything you like but please include some stamping or stencilling or both if your heart desires!

Here's my make! 

I enjoyed using a stamp set from tracy evans at allandcreate and lovely baked textures by seth apter - i used the chunky rust and the patina oxide in this creation - I was, of course, trying to creat faux rust! 

I started with a tag and some distress oxides and a distress ink....

I used these to colour the tag then added some chunky rust to the outside using versamark as a sticking medium...I then heat set.

Next, through the Tim Holtz bubbles stencil I added some versa mark then added the patina oxide 
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Next I added some tim holtz resist spray and more chunky rust, heat set, more spray, and patina oxide. I was liking it at this point so went on to do some stamping. First I stamped some words on the tag....

Then I used more distress ink and coloured a piece of card before stamping in versamark and adding chunky rust then heat setting and then cutting out the butterflies and dragonflies before adding them to the tag. I also coated a compass diecut from tando with versmark and then added chunky rust and heat set.  

Here's what the tag looked like until I added a couple of Tim Holtz words.

I hope you can join us! You'll find the link here.

I would like to enter my tag into the challenge at mixed-media-monthly-challenge-48 where the theme is rust.

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Big hugs

Rachel xx