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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Another die set from Moonstone

Hello there! I have another post today using moonstone dies and this time the die set is the one called deck-the-halls. I am less happy with my makes for this set of dies - but the making process was fine - I think I am less enamoured by the subject matter - I preferred the village set and the woodland set is also much more me!  Anyway - the dies are simple to use - based on using a specific hunkydory card blank which I didn't have and just managed the way I did with the last die.

In this first one I again made my own card blank and an A4 cutting platform and cut into my card. I also added a backdrop of 'wallpaper' created using ink and a stencil.

In this picture the card is more opened up.

For this next card I used a flat 6 x 6 card and added the diecuts to it - again with the 'wallpaper' backdrop.

I think the cards are quite successful to say I'm not a diecutter - I think I prefer the flat one to be honest. As for the dies themselves, they cut really cleanly!
Thanks again to Hunky Dory for supplying these dies!

Rachel x

Sunday, 18 August 2019

CCC: two or more patterned papers

Morning all! Hope you are feeling good. Its Christmas card Club again today and this time the theme is two or more patterned papers - my mum went with the theme but I went with anything goes - I was desperate to use the new sprout stamps from hobby art and this is what I made ...

They are just such a fun set - I adore them! Who wouldn't love a sprout for Christmas???? heehee I know!

Mums cards cover this fortnights theme - here they are ....

On this one she used Sara Davies papers and I think they are first edition dies....

and this one uses the TH tattered poinsettia die and papers from not sure but it might be first edition. My mum did tell me but I deleted the email!

Lucy and I had a great time on Friday - I took her to her first concert - Ed Sheeran at Roundhay park in was a great night ..a bit soggy! But Ed was amazing!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

hare collage for IndigoBlu

Hello there! Well its been a busy few days. My lovely Lucy was 13 yesterday and we had a lovely day out - but more about that later.
I want to share my latest make for IndigoBlu today. Its a collage I made including fabrics and needle felting.

Here's how I put it together .....

First I stamped the image of the hare on soluble paper - I just used the outline to needlefelt it.

No hares were harmed in the making of this!!!  

Once made I did a white one too and then rinsed away the paper.

Next I used an IB stencil and IB paint onto a burlap panel...

Stamping of an IB flower onto felt and fussy cutting...

More stamping on felt....

and stamping onto card...

and finally the assembly!

I hope you like it!

Now for some pics of the birthday girl's day!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting, tree, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting, child, shoes and outdoor

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, outdoor and nature

We had a lovely day!


Rachel x

Monday, 12 August 2019

Birthdays Galore

Hello there! Well I've been busy making lots of cards over the last week - there seems to be birthdays galore around here just now - here are two I made using a stamp from Allandcreate....

This one was for my neighbour - he had a big birthday and a bit of a party at the weekend. I used inktense pencils and a water brush to colour the image.

I used the same image cut down and an inky background ....

and here's what I did last week - indoor skydiving - lots of fun indeed!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 11 August 2019

More texture at Countryview challenges

Hello there! Hope you are doing good - today I am over at Countryview Challenges where the theme this month is Texture.. I made a card - this time using the wonderful paperdolls and also some card.
I started with some card from a piece of packaging and peeled some of the cover back to reveal the fab corrugation.

Next I applied opaque paints using my fingers to add more texture as well as colour.

My final texture was applied through a stencil  once the paint had dried....

Lastly I added the boxes and paper dolls and words.... and also added the whole thing to a card.
I hope this has inspired you to join our challenge. You could also be in with a chance to win £20!
Big hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 9 August 2019

tomte tomte tomte tom

Hello there! I have those cheeky Tomte stamps from Chocolate Baroque to share with you today - they are over on the chocolate baroque blog today but here's a sneaky peek of what you'll find over there....

You can find all details of how I made them over there! Have a great day! Hugs rachel xx

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Book of wishes

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are good! I have my project to share with you today that I did at a recent Tracy Easson class - her classes are such fun - Tracy is just so fabulous!

we made a little cloth book using lots of Tracys stamp sets....

so much fun to make...

I love these stamps....

I got this stamp at the class - it wasn't part of the book set!

and this one!!!

The badge came in the kit...

I just love this believe moon stamp...

This is my fave stamp

and here's a close up!
I think she's so cute!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Monday, 5 August 2019

Moonstone die - Christmas Town

Hello there! I was recently asked by Hunky Dory to 'test-drive' a couple of their Moonstone dies. Now this is way out of my normal comfort zone - I am not a user of dies - but I thought I would give them a whirl to see what I could do. What did I have to lose other than time?

This post is about the christmas-town-moonstone die... When it arrived I confess I was a little bamboozled - I didn't quite understand how to make it work - then I read the instructions and it suggested using with a specific card blank... now given that I didn't have any of them I set to work making my own version by scoring three lines at 9.5cm distance on A4 card - I cut done the third line and then created a tri fold card which I then cut down diagonally on two sections. I then had a play with the main dies - this is the first card I made:

I used all five dies on this card - I needed to borrow my mums A4 diecutting machine to make this - it was fun and the dies cut easily. Once I had cut the three edges I added some colouring and some coloured cards behind some areas. I also added a distress oxide inky sky. 

The second card I made was using the tri fold card as before but this time I only used 4 of the dies to create the card. Again I added a distress oxide sky.

I wanted to see how I could change things up and just use my small base sizzix diecutting machine - I did just that with this third sample - I created the background then added the diecut of the mountains. Next I used stamps from IndigoBlu to complete the card. 

Overall I think the dies are fun to use and they cut well. They have many possibilities, especially when combined with stamps. Thanks to HunkyDory for sending me this die to test drive!


Rachel xx

Sunday, 4 August 2019

non- traditional colours at Christmas Card Club

Our theme this fortnight at Christmas card Club is Non- traditional colours - my mum and I both used similar colours but I think thats where the similarities end!!!

Here are mine:

I used the Christmas Equation stamp set from IndigoBlu plus distress oxides and some paperdolls.

My mum used similar colours....

In this one she used stamps and dies from Sheena....

and this one includes a stencil from Clarity and dies from John Lockwood.

I think mine and my mums crafting styles are very different!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx