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Friday 28 June 2019

Mushroom House

Good morning! I am over on the Chocolate Baroque design team blog today with a card using the mushroom house stamp... all the details are over there...

Hope to see you over there! Rachel xx

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Cards from Jo Rice class

Hi there! Well I went to another class with the lovely Jo Rice the weekend before last - we were using stamps from Hobbyart - well mostly - I did get a bit distracted by an aall and create one that Jo had in her shop!!!

Here was my distraction with our warm up card ....

Here's my first scene card .....

a DL card using the same sets...

And finally a tag to finish off ....

Next time I will show you the three cards I managed to create also at the workshop!!!

Big hugs!
Rachel xx

Sunday 23 June 2019

Christmas flowers at CCC

Hello there - well I am behind schedule today - apologies - made the card and forgot to post it! What am I like? I guess the only answer is busy! Anyway - the theme at CCC this fortnight is Christmas flowers - my make is done using stamps and dies from sheena....

For my card I made a background using weathered wood and hickory smoke distress oxides. I then stamped the corners in grey versafine clair and added a few stars. Then I stamped the words and die cut the flowers from a sheet of card I had coloured using festive berries, barn door and weathered wood distress oxides.  Finally I put the whole thing together.

My mum has been busy using stamps from paperartsy... she has made two lovely cards...

I love them!

We have had a good day today - its my mums birthday tomorrow so we went out for lunch - then I spent the afternoon practicing for a play that I am performing in two weeks time... lastly I have been with Penny helping her practice her duet with her friend for the same show...phew!!!! Time to relax now!

Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Saturday 15 June 2019

Final 15 min post for Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! Well I have a card over on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team page today - its the final time that Judith is putting together our quick makes so its worth  visit. I only have one card this time and this is it:
 I have used a gelli background print made using inks that I created. Over the top I stamped the artichoke image and simply coloured it in using watercolour pencils - I just love my inktense pencils - they are fabulous! I also darked the outer area afterwards covering the image with a circle then brushing over with distress oxide.

Hope you are having a good weekend - I am at Cumbria crafters again today - these months really roll around quickly - and Penny has a gymnastics competition tomorrow - so no rest for the wicked!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday 13 June 2019

A great day with Jo Rice

On the first of June I had a day out to another Jo Rice class - this time it was in Carnforth and using Aalland Create stamps - we had a lovely day and made three cards and a tag.

Lovely designs from Jo - changed ever so slightly by me ... all stamps and stencils were all and create. 

A great day was had by all!


Rachel xx

Tuesday 11 June 2019

A beautiful mushroom kind of day ...

Hello there! I am over on the Chocolate baroque DT blog today with a card from the May shows ... I hope you can join me over there... here's a sneaky peak....

Have a great day!

Rachel xx

Sunday 9 June 2019

Reindeers at Christmas Cards Club

Hello there! Its a new fortnight over at Christmas card club - and its my theme - I chose reindeers. For my makes I was very last minute but still managed to make three cards...

All three have backgrounds made using distress oxides on a gelli plate with luscious powders flicked on in the form of a liquid. I've then added a moon and outlined a darker sky in distress oxides. In the top 2 I added stamping from Lavinia and the winter wishes from TH.
In the bottom one I added TH diecuts, some Lavinia vegetation and a bit of TH stencilling. 

Now onto my mums cards - she made two:

This one uses stamps from Clarity ....

and this one dies from tattered lace! 

Its been a great few days - my birthday was on Friday - I was at work all day but I did have a nice evening.... and Saturday would have been Shaun's birthday - so we went out and played crazy golf and went to a garden centre - a nice quiet day out!

Hope you have a great Sunday - I'll be doing TV samples all day today!!!


Rachel xx

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Pottery painting!

Hello there my lovelies! How are you? I do hope you are well and happy! I am a busy girl these days but I found term over half term to pop along to Pottyroos and do a little more pottery painting - both freehand and using stamps from IndigoBlu. Here are the results of my efforts...I am pretty pleased with both!

My first is a bowl that I painted freehand - I love the colours and its a real pleasure to eat my breakfast from this!!!

The next uses the hare stamp from the Indigo Blu release from May26th. I love this stamp and think the plate looks fab - my friend Ali loves it so much she's asked for me to make her one!! How lovely is that! This one has gone off to Kay at IndigoBlu headquarters.

Where would we be without art and craft? I shudder to think!

Have a great day!

Rachel xx

Monday 3 June 2019

Busy buzzing kind of day ...

Hello there! Time for my second post of the month over at Countryview Challenges where the theme this month is 'Its a Bugs Life'. The particular bug I chose today is a magnificient Bee.

He's a lovely big stamp ... but I also used a smaller version in the background ... I used the gelli plate the achieve the ghosting effect....I learned this particular wrinkle at a class with the lovely Jo Rice...

I inked up the gelli plate with distress oxide and then stamped the smaller Bee stamp into the plate - no ink... I did this 4 times and each time stamped the ink that I removed from the gelli plate onto scrap paper.

Apologies for the quality here but this just shows the print that I then pulled from the gelli plate.... I actually used the inside of the card to pull a further lighter print too. 

Next I added the bee stamping, positioning him to try and obscure some of the line i had on the gelli plate image as I didn't blend my inks too well. I further covered this line with stencilling and also coloured in the bee. 

In the final card I just added a  sentiment from the lovely Alison Bomber.

Hope you enjoyed the process and like the card too!

Big hugs for a great day!

Rachel xx

Saturday 1 June 2019

Insects at Countryview Challenges

Hello there! Well June is blooming - and over at countryviewchallenges we have a new challenge starting - its a bugs life! ! Jane is is charge of the challenge and would like to see insects being the main feature of your design. I have gone for a stamp by Aall and Create and words from visible-image.

To make my card I stamped the border stamp onto a secondary gelli print then again onto a primary gelli print. I fussy cut the deeper coloured insects then added the visible image words alongside the initial stamping. I then added the deeper coloured images on top of the insects and finished off with some more  stamping using a simple dot stamp also from visible image.

I do hope you can join us this month and check out the amazing work from my fabulous teamies here. ....


Rachel xx