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Thursday 31 October 2019

Hearts and flowers at Chocolate baroque

Hello there! More samples from the chocolate Baoque September shows to share with you today - using the artist-trading-heart stamp, geometric-trading-hearts rubber stamp, celebration-bouquet and happy-flowers-day stamp sets.

You can find more info as to how I made them on the Design team blog.

Rachel x

Sunday 27 October 2019

Penguins or polar bears at Christmas card club

Hello there! Its Penguins or polar bears at Christmas card club this week- my mum has been a good girl and followed the theme but I am afraid I have gone with anything goes - new stamps that needed inking up!
Here's my mums first with her pink ink stamps....

And here are my cards with my new paperartsy stamps:

I just love these cats - pretty gorgeous!!!
Big hugs
Rachel xx

Thursday 24 October 2019

Mike Deakin show on Hochanda

Hello there! Well it seems a while since I last blogged. Work is keeping me busy as is design team work. In May I started doing samples for IndigoBlu shows and that has been fabulous - lots of work but great fun. I did some samples for the Mike Deakin show that was on on Tuesday this week - here are most of my samples.

A small canvas using one of the stencils on the show plus the poppycock stamp and two of Mike's words.

 Card showing two of the stencils on the show plus the industrial lamp stamps plus one of mikes stamps.

Using the dotty stencil.... and mikes words....

Another stencil from the show plus the big butterfly 2 stamp and Mikes words.

Giant queen bee stamp, stencil and more of Mikes words.

Background made using mikes words, 

More of Mikes words....

More of Mikes words...

And finally some more word stamps from the show.

I had lots of fun making these!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

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