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Monday, 14 October 2019

Pretty Magnolia at Chocolate Baroque

Hello there,
These are the samples I am showing today at the chocolate Baroque blog. They are from the September shows! I love this main magnolia stamp. Please pop over to the Chocolate Baroque blog to learn how I made these.

Big hugs!
Rachel xx

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Nativity or anything goes at CCC

Good morning to you! Another fortnight has rolled by and its time to show what I made for the latest CCC theme which is 'Nativity'. As usual we have the option of anything goes and that is what I went for this time around. Its a bit of a twist on bearing gifts though!

I made 4 very similar cards by first creating the gelli background, using paperartsy stamps in the top corners and then adding my Tim Holtz diecut elf with parcels on top. Very simple but I was desperate to use this little fella!

My mu went along the proper theme:

In this card she created the background then added diecuts from sizzix.

In this one the main feature is from Claritystamps.

I think they're both lovely and almost wish I had done the theme! Nevermind!
Have a great Sunday!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

A more successful Bokeh!

Hello there! Its my turn over at Countryview Challenges today. The theme this month is bokeh technique - well I am glad to say that this time my card is more successful and my blurry circles look quite good.

I started out with a background of poorly blended distress inks - think I need some re-inkers!!! All blues from light to dark.

Next I used my fave aallandcreate stencil and added water through it to create a faux bleached bokeh effect.

I inked up my lovely stamps from Tracy Scott at Paperartsy and just stamped these beautiful butterflies....

Then mounted and outlined in blank and voila!

Have a great day!
Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Bokeh technique at Countryview Crafts

Good Morning! How are you? Bright and early on this new month and there is a brand new challenge over at Countryview. Sue wants you to make something using the Bokeh technique - its like a soft focus technique used in photography that has been adopted by papercrafters. Sue explains more here.

I decided to make a background in distress medium and faux bleach out some circles using a stencil and water. I think its not the best thing I ever did but its okay.

Here's the completed background and I used a pink ink stamp.

Maybe not the best choice of colours for a bee background but defo a fab stamp!

Here's the finished item - cute - not the best bokeh - I will be better for the next one!

You can check out some much better examples and link up here:

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 29 September 2019

icicles at christmas card club

Hello there! Its Christmas card club time again and the theme this fortnight I think is icicles. Neither my mum nor I had the right stuff to follow this theme so we both opted for anything goes. I used my new'ish' stamps from pink ink and made two brightly coloured cards...

I thought the fancy things at the top looked a bit icicle like!!! And my mum thought the same about the stamped images at the top of her card! Mum used chloe stamps.

Hope you have a great day!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 26 September 2019

non - paper makes

Good morning - huge apologies for being such a bad blogger - when not at work I have been making samples for the telly ....but I did manage a glass workshop a week ago and this is what I made...

I think he came out rather well - it was a copy of one done by my friend Anne who runs Arkglass... not up to her standard of course but not bad at all! 

I have a plate I made over the summer at Pottyroos too - I love this stamp so much and was thrilled with the outcome of my painting...

I just need to decide where he's going to go!

Big hugs

Off to work now!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 22 September 2019

More houses of the world.

Hello there - I am on the Chocolate Baroque blog today with more houses of the world. Below are the samples I will be showing and I will explain how I made them over there.

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Monday, 16 September 2019

IndigoBlu Halloween shows on Hochanda

Hi there! Coming up on Hochanda tomorrow ... 12 noon and 4pm... Here's some of my samples from the show:

I love this stamp - so many possibilities....

and these skelebobs are so much fun!!!!

Oh here they are again!

And these raven stamps - my absolute faves of the new release - beautiful!

I hope you can join Lou on Hochanda tomorrow.


Rachel xx

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Anything goes at Christmas card Club

Good morning all! Its Christmas card club today - I told my lovely mum the theme was Carol singers - and followed that myself - but apparently the theme was anything goes! Ooops! Nevermind - here's what we did!

I used diecuts from Tim Holtz and some gelli prints from my lovely new round plate...

There's actually 4 of them but you get the idea!!!

Mum used Clarity stamps!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Saturday, 14 September 2019

A brilliant class with Jo Rice

Hello there! I can't believe its already been a week since I went to a fabulous Aall and Create class with Jo Rice in Carnforth - it was such a lovely day - we made a folder from scratch and used Aall and create stamps that we already owned to decorate it. Here's mine which I was super pleased with - I am going to use it to store my smaller sets of aall and create stamps!

As always it was the company that really made the day for me - lovely time indeed!
Rachel xx

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Dutch, Italian and turret houses from Chocolate Baroque.

Hi there - I am over at the Chocolate Baroque blog today with samples from the August shows where you will have seen some beautiful house stamps. Here are the samples I am showing today ...I will explain how I made them over there! Hope to see you over there!

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

tall tales and fish scales

Hello there - I am posting for Countyview challenges today - its my challenge - under the sea. My inspirational post today involves a picture of my Penny as a mermaid. She has always loved mermaids and had the opportunity at Center Parcs this summer to be one - and the photo that they took is the source of my inspiration for my project.

Having fussy cut the Penny mermaid out I started a canvas using another paperartsy stencil and some opaque paste. 

Once dry I used paperartsy paints and cut and dry foam to colour the background. 

Next I turned to jane-davenport-artomology-spellbinders-washi-mermaids and cut some parts out and added them to the background along with the mermaid photograph using mod-podge glossy.

I then added a few sequins and repainted the vegetation!

I hope I have inspired you to make a collage!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Under the Sea at Country view crafts

Hello there! How are you? Its the first of September - wow - scary - especially since I'll be back to work tomorrow! Yikes! How fast did July and August go?  Good thing though is that we have a new challenge at Countryview Crafts and this month its my theme and I have chosen 'Under the Sea' ...every time I say that I start singing the Disney song! Anyway - I would like to see your underwater themed makes. I decided to make a canvas - its A4 in size and I used a new paperartsy-large-stencil and also another stencil plus opaque texture paste.

Next I applied lots of paints with my fingers - oh I love getting messy!!!

Whilst drying I stamped out pink-ink-designs---a5-clear-stamp---sea-turtle on card and coloured it with pencils. Then I added some stamping on the board - I used stamps from the pink ink set but also a few from visible-image-clear-stamp-set---create-your-calm. I added some glitter pen ink to the vegetation and also some of the stamped images.... Here's how it ended up.

I hope I have inspired you to join our challenge! You could win a voucher for £20! You can find more inspiration and link up here.
Big hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Snowmen at Christmas card club

Hello there - I have to post this early as I already have a post for tomorrow - so here I am a day early for Christmas card club. The theme is Snowmen - love snowmen! Here's my three cards all made using gelli print backgrounds and a stamp set from HobbyArt.

Such a great set - and my mum used it too - here's her make...

and she also used some hunkydory little books to make these...

So lots of lovely snowmen here!

Big hugs

Rachel xx