My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 17 September 2021

Christmas script samples from Chocolate Baroque

  Hello there,

I am here today with some cards I made using the Christmas script series of stamps. All three were done in a similar way - by stamping in black ink and then heat seating this with clear embossing powder or stamping in versamark and heat setting in white embossing powder. They all use small stamps from the set to create a background and all were coloured using water colour pens. 



In this final one I stamped in versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder then painted using mica powders. 
Hope you have a great day!
Rachel x

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Poinsettias at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well another fortnight has rolled around again and its time for another outing of the Christmas Card Club - this fortnight the theme is the ever popular poinsettias - I have used stamps from Chocolate Baroque to make my cards -


This first pair are a bit of an experiment - I did two of the foil and luscious powder ones and overlaid different parts of the black and white stamped one - not sure if I like them but they were fun to make!


Another Chocolate Baroque stamp - this time simply stamped and coloured with clean colour water colour pens...
My mums cards both use John Lockwood dies - I espcially love the second one - beautiful job mum!


I hope you have a lovely Sunday!

Hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 11 September 2021

More leaves at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there!

I am over on the Countryview Challenges blog today with more inspiration for their current challenge which is all about leaves. This time I decided to use an older Aall and Create stamp and add some resin leaves that I made using a mould.

I used luscious powders to colour the resin before adding it to the moulds to set....and when I had stamped the main image I used the closest coloured water colour pens I had to add some colour to the images and detail.

I am enjoying playing with the resin!

Have a great day!

Hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Celestial jug and mobile

  Hello there! I am here today with some makes using the Celestial stamp set from Fiona Randall launched in the July shows. For the jug, as usual I stamped in ink then overpainted in glaze before firing in the kiln at Pottyroos in Morecambe. 


Its really difficult to photograph a mobile but hopefully you saw it on the set. I had the ring and painted that with black gesso before adding the stamped images on the underside which would be visible from below. For the moons I did them in different colours and sizes to make them look like planets and stamped each one twice and stuck the images together with a piece of cotton between them which I then used to attach them to the ring.

I hope I have given you a little inspiration for different ways to use your stamps!
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Leaves at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there! Well September has rolled around very fast and its back to school for many - including me tomorrow! Its time, once again, to return to that hamster wheel that is an academic year ....and time, indeed for another new challenge at Countryview Crafts where the theme this time is Leaves. Jane would like to see leaves as a main part of whatever you make - not just a token leaf!

Here's my make - I used Crafty Individuals zebras and leaves from Chocolate Baroque....


I have taken a little artisitic licence with the leaves and their size - but hey ho! The background was created using peeled paint and rustic wilderness distress oxides and the stamping was don in black versafine clair and shady lane versa fine clair for the leaves.
I do hope you can join our challenge which you will find here.
Have a great wednesday!
Hugs
Rachel x


Sunday, 29 August 2021

Lots of layers at Christmas card club

 Hello there!

Well a fortnight has rolled around again and its time to come out to play with Christmas Card Club. This time the theme is Lots of layers. I have used a stamp on the same set as the dacshund I used last fortnight - so this time its the sugar pug fairy!

In each case I stamped the image and coloured with watercolour pens - then matted and layered it onto a piece of christmas paper from Crafty Individuals and then matted and layered it onto a card - I made 4.

My mum made two different cards - for this one she used the tattered poinsettia die and some papers from Hunky Dory.
For this second one she used hunky dory toppers and crafters companion 
papers.


Looking forward to seeing what the ladies have made in this theme!

Had a brilliant day yesterday with my daughter Lucy - we took the Keswick launch to the start point and climbed over cat bells then dropped down and walked back along the shoreline!





Have a great Sunday!
Hugs
Rachel x


Final July samples from Chocolate Baroque

  Hello there, 

I have my final set of samples from the July Chocolate Baroque shows to share today.  The first one includes a super image that I have made into a tag. The image is called The Gift and I have simple stamped it and heat set in clear embossing powder. I have then used mica powders to paint in the image. 

In this second sample I have used a piece of calico fabric which I painted randomly and then stamped an image from the Butterfly Dreams stamp set onto it. I then used paints to then add more details to the stamped image and added to an embroidery ring.
My final make is a canvas that went back to using the delicious polygon Poppies set. First I used a stencil and added texture paste to the background before painting it all over in shades of purple. Next I added stamped and coloured images from the stamp set. The images were coloured using water colour pens.

Hope you have a great day!
Hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

IndigoBlu /zuri collaboration launch

 Hello there,

Well there are exciting things happening in the IndigoBlu world with the collaboration with Zuri Moulds. Kay has designed three stamp sets that go with the moulds and these will launch on The Craft store tomorrow at 6pm. Here's a  few samples to whet your appetite.



 Thats one sample of each of the sets launching tomorrow along with a new set of luscious powders that I used to paint the bottom sample with! I think there is also going to be some new vivids too - but this time matte ones. 
Additionally IndigoBlu shop will now stock three of the Zuril moulds - I was sent the astrolabe to use and these are the samples I made.



Its an amazing thing - the details are fabulous!
Big hugs
Rachel x


Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Birds and the Bees

 Hello there! I am here with you today with more inspiration from the July shows for Chocolate Baroque. In this first sample I have used the honeybee stamp set to create a ceramic plate. I stamped the images in ink and then painted in glaze before having the paint fired in the kiln.


In this next sampe I have used a piece of patterned paper in the background and to that I have added a simply fussy cut stamped image from the Majestic Crane stamp set. I like the contrast between the background and the white image. I love that sentiment too.

For this final make I used the owl edges stamp set and created a bookmark. I stamped the image on white card and coloured it using mica powders. Another very quick and simple make.

I hope I have given you some inspiration on ways to use your stamp sets.
Big Hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

More monochrome at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there - well I am over on the Countryview Challenges blog today with another piece of inspiration for you - the challenge this month is Monochrome - this time I have gone for the blues - using a stamp/die set from Pink Ink.


I love this set - so pretty.... I used die based mica sprays to create the background and combined distress inks, pens and mica powders in colouring the foreground and main image. The shimmer isn't showing up but trust me its there irl. 
Hope you have a great day and remember there's still plenty of time to link up to this months challenge.
Hugs
Rachel xx


Sunday, 15 August 2021

Candles at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there!

Well its time for another outing of Christmas Card Club and the thme this time is candles - now my mum is a good girl and has followed the theme - but for the second month in a row I have gone for the ever present anything goes option - I have bought a few new stamps and want to use them! 

I only had time to make two cards this fortnight - both basically identical using a stamp from Pink Ink Designs...

I created the scene then added the Dachshund and coloured him using watercolour pencils.

As I said above, my mum played the game properly using a memory box die to create these two cards.



Looking forward to seeing what everybody else comes up with! Have a great Sunday!

Hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Floral delights for Chocolate Baroque

  Hello there!

Today I have some makes from the July shows for Chocolate Baroque. In this first one I used the Walk Tall stamp set onto a stencilled background created using inks. I stamped the grasses on in red abd black and added some highlights in a white pen.

Fpr this next card I used the polygon poppies set - I adore this set - it is so beautiful. For this sample I die cut a large hexagon then created then background using inks and a stencil. Then I added the stamping. The colouring was done using watercolour pens.
In this final make I used a stamp from the Flora and Fauna stamp set - I decided to colour the poppies blue and create a tiled effect. I love blue poppies!


I hope that has given you a little inspiration for things you can make with your stamps.

Have a great day!

Hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Two or more patterned papers at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there!

Well its the first of August and thats two posts for me today! Its the fortnightly outing of the Christmas Card Club and this month the theme is two or more patterned papers. I have to confess to being rather clueless with patterned papers - so I chose to go with the anything goes option and use one of the new (to me definitely) stamps from pink ink......

I do like this image - you don't have to use the trailer - thats an optional extra - but I think its lovely...I hope to have time to use this one again this year - its lovely!

Mum was a good girl and actually did as she was supposed to...she has used first edition papers and dies from her stash.

Have a great Sunday!
Big hugs
Rachel x


Monochromatic at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there,

Its the 1st August - this year is just running away - and there is a new challenge on at Countryview Challenges - where the theme is Monochromatic. I decided to used a recent Tracy Evans stamp set and the colour yellow.

It is a lovely stamp set - I also used the A4 aall and create hexagon stencil along with mustard seed distress ink to make up the background to this card. You can find out more about the challenge and link up to it here.Here
Have a great day - and enjoy whatever it is you are doing! Hugs rachel xx


Friday, 23 July 2021

All about the sea for Chocolate Baroque

 Hello there - more inspiration from the Chocolate Baroque shows from June. In this first card I have used mostly stamps from the Mermaid Queen set. I did a little stencilling lightly in the background then stamped the images and created the scene. I painted the scene using mica powders.

In this next card I used the Seashell Collage stamp set - I used distress oxide in the background then I created a little 'wreath' using the images then stamped the beautiful verse and seagull stamp centrally. 
My final piece is a ceramic plate  - I used the Ammonite stamp to make this - I wanted it to look like a bed of rock with fossils in it! 

Have a great day!
Hugs
Rachel xx

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Blue and Silver at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there,

How are you? Its another lovely day for an outing from the Christmas Card Club and this time the theme is Blue and Silver. I have 4 cards of the same design....


To make this I hove used the beautiful IndigoBlu Vivids in the background (misty morning and Blue satin sashes) - the main image is a stamp from Crafty Individuals. I have also used a chocolate Baroque stencil plus a finnabhair paperclay star.

My mum has used a chocolate Baroque stamp - not sure who the sentiment or the frame is from - sorry!


A wonderful pair of cards mum!

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs

Rachel x