My shining star

My shining star

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Dragonfly hideout

Hello there! I do hope you are well. Things are good here but increasingly busy it seems! Still - its the way I like it so mustn't grumble! 

Today I want to share with you the cards I made using my last stamp supplied by hunky dory - its been a pleasure using these stamps - they are beautiful! Today I decided to use two different techniques to see how they compared with this stamp - I started off by using alcohol inks on yupo. I then 'inked' up the stamp using lift ink...

I then stamped this onto the yupo and wiped the image before mounting it on a DL card.

Not a huge success - the stamp is probably too detailed for this technique!

Next off I just stamped in black ink onto a distress oxide background...

....much better result this time!!!! Lovely stamp! Thanks Hunky Dory!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Friday 25 January 2019

Tate's card

Hello all! I do hope you are well and happy. Things here are good but I am worried about how fast January is disappearing... its amazing!!!

Its my nephews birthday today - he's either 9 or 10 and I made him this card!!!

I used the froggy stamps from Clarity on a background done in distress oxides. The vegetation was stamps and dies from sheena - I do hope he likes it.

Have yourselves a great day!


Rachel xx

Thursday 24 January 2019

Kim Moody stamps

Hello there! Over on the Chocolate Baroque site today there is a post including the recent release from Kim Moody. I was lucky enough to work with these stamps and this is what I did with them:

This is direct to water colour card and i used my inktense pencils to colour this....

Another watercolour card and inktense combination ....

and again .... I had just got these pencils the day these stamps arrived so was really enjoying the process!

Finally I stamped onto a pixie powder background - it makes a mean sky methinks!!!!

Love these stamps - there's more inspiration over on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog. 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday 22 January 2019

tweet tweet

Hello there! I am over on the CB blog today ...with some more makes from the December shows. Here's what I am showing over on the blog - an oldie and two fresh makes...

You can check my post out here.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday 20 January 2019

Cute at the Christmas card Club

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well. We are all excited today as my little Penny has her singing debut at the Grand theatre in Lancaster. She was asked to perform in a dance show to allow a bigger time for costume changes - she has two solos - two group songs and one where she has to lead on and help a group of 4-6 year old dancers! She is very brave methinks!!!

So today its time for a new theme at our lovely Christmas card club - the theme this time was cute - I have gone more for the option of anything goes as I wanted to use another of my Phill Martin stamps kindly supplied by Hunky Dory. I started by making a background using pixie powders and then stamping the image 4 times on my sheet..

The stamp is called poinsettia and is a collage stamp with lots of lovely details. The stamp performed beautifully - even first time.

Next I cut the stamped images out ...

Then I used sheena sparkle pens to add colour to the main flowers and leaves - picking these images out specifically....

Once I had got this far I chose to add some wintry paper doll images to all but one background and the die cut word celebrate to all.

They look so pretty - and I think very festive!
Thanks again to HunkyDory for supplying the stamp - I really did enjoy using it!

My mum has joined our Christmas card club this fortnight too - she's called Gwen and these are her cards - being a good girl she stuck to the theme!!!

She said she was glad to be able to use an unused stamp - well done mum!

I do hope you have a great day!


Rachel xx

Thursday 17 January 2019

the scenic route ....

Hello there! Its time for another post for Countryview Challenges today. The theme this month is landscapes/cityscapes and I have gone with another landscape using hobbyart stamps - this time i have gone for a more rural scene.

I started by creating some clouds using a mask, distress ink and stencil brushes...

Next using a torn piece of paper, and a stencil brush and ink I created some hills.

Then I added a bit of stamping using hobbyart stamps ....

I added extra colour to the stamped images using pencils ...

Finally I used sharpie pen around the edge of the scene and mounted onto a card and finally added the TH sentiment.

I do hope you can join our challenge which you can link up to here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx 

Tuesday 15 January 2019

15 minute makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! I do hope you are well! Its time for my mid month quickie makes from the December shows for Chocolate baroque. There are many other inspirations over on the design team blog so please check it out! Here's what I did:

I started with a gelli print then added some same colour stamping. Next I cut a large circle and coloured that with distress oxide then stamped the bird centrally. I added a fussy cut bird on top and the black dots around the edge.

This one is another gelli print from a session I had and I simply added the bird stamps along with the meadow grasses too.

I must get some more gelli prints made up - they are so very useful for quick cards!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday 10 January 2019


Hello there! Wow its the 10th already! How did that happen! Things here are going good. Back at work and enjoying veganuary. I have already clocked up some lengths in my swim challenge and some miles in my run challenge. Long may it continue!

Today I have my second post using stamps from Hunky Dory - this Phill Martin stamp I have used can be found here. I decided to make a card and 3 AT coins that I needed for my january swaps.

I stamped the stamp three times but only used two in the end ....I also partially stamped three AT coins that I had already covered in acrylic paint.

I used some pixie powders to add to the background on one piece of card and on another I used watercolour pencils and picked out some of the larger pieces then fussy cut them...

Finally I added the fussy cut pieces to the card and used the water colour pencils to finish off the AT coins. 

I do hope you like these pieces - the stamp worked well on an acrylic paint surface on MDF and the card. Another great and easy to use stamp ... thankyou!

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Tuesday 8 January 2019

A salt pig for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! I'm over on the chocolate Baroque blog with details of my salt pig I made for the December shows today. You can find details here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 6 January 2019

CCC 1: Snowflakes

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well! Its time for us at our Christmas card club to start the countdown for next Christmas! Wow - hard to believe! But I am so glad that I do this year around - it really does help when it comes to writing those cards!

I decided to use quite a lot of ranger and TH goodies to make my cards - I started with yupo paper then added alcohol inks to create the main background before adding a little blending solution and leaving all this to dry well. Next I stamped using snowflakes and lift ink before rubbing off to leave a lovely ghosting of flakes.

 Finally I die cut large snowflakes and then embossed and finally added frantage....I made 4 in total so already have a good start for my new years cards!

Have a great day!

Rachel x

Thursday 3 January 2019

Dreams are made of this

Hello there! Hope you are enjoying the new year! I was lucky enough in the old year to be approached by Hunky Dory to road test and review some items they held in their online store. I chose some Phil Martin stamps as I really like them and didn't have any in my stash so far. Here's my make with the first stamp ...

I chose the secret-woodland-pre-cut-rubber-stamp to play with first. It was lovely to work with - grey rubber and a nice cushion with a good sticky back that made sure it stuck nicely to my block. I stamped it first time using a plain piece of card and versafine clair ink. It stamped beautifully. Onto using it in a project...

I created a background using pixie powders and once this was dry stamped the image on top. I then cut this to size - perfect for a DL card - and mounted it on black before attaching to the card.

Finally I chose a sentiment from my stash to fill up the gap a little - I don't think there was any need to really but it was a personal preference. 

I am looking forward to playing with the remaining stamps I chose and reviewing them on here!
My verdict though - great stamp!!! Thanks Hunky Dory!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Landscapes/Cityscapes at Countryview Challenges

Good Morning! And a great big Happy New Year to you! Wishing you all the very best for 2019!
There's a new challenge starting today over at Countryview challenges. The theme is a great one - landscapes/cityscapes. I went for the landscape option and got out my trusty hobbyart stamps and made a scene!

I started with the lighthouse and stamped that then built up the scene from there joining together the landscape portions using my fine liner pen. Once I was happy with the scene I added distress ink as a water colour and then finally added the scene to a mat and onto a card. I finished off with a TH sentiment and finally added a few birds in the sky!

I do hope you can join in the challenge this month. 

Big hugs

Rachel x