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Friday, 11 June 2021

One cat away from Crazy

 Hello there! Its my second post for the 100 challenge over at Countryview challenges. This time I have used lots of Aall and Create items to make up another card. 

I started by making the circular piece by stamping Tracy Evans stamps onto rice paper. The hears were a separate stamp that I stamped onto rice paper and painted the back with metallic paint. After that I used slap it on to stick the rice paper to a gessoed board circle then left that to dry.  Next I used the Aall and create A4 stencil and more of the same paint to create the dotty background. Next I added some background stamping in black to make the 100, amongst other numbers. Then I adhered the circle to the card and finally stamped and fussy cut the cats and added them to the card.

Hope you have a great day!
Love and hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Houses 1 at Chocolate Baroque

 Hello there!

Well it was a very house based theme for the shows at Chocolate Baroque in May. The first two samples I am sharing over on the blog today are as follows:

Two very different looks with the same Kim Moody house - you can get full details over on the chocolate Baroque Design team blog.

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Baubles at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there,

Well its a bit of  sad one today - out theme at Christmas card Club was chosen by our lovely teamie Shaz (silverwolf) who we lost a wee while ago - so this post is in memory of Shaz.

I have made 4 cards and my mum made two. I used all Chocolate Baroque stamps - 

This first pair are basically the same just with different colour ways - I can't find the stamp set to the you the name - but aren't they exquisite?

These two cards also feature chocolate baroque stamps - the first one is called Christmas Garden and the second tangled baubles. Both were painted in using luscious powders so they are really shiny.

Mum made two cards using the very beautiful stencil from sweet poppy stencils - I saw this one used last year by our lovely Margaret - bought the stencil - now can I find it???? Anyway my mum has used Lavinia stamps on this first card ....

And this one is an inkylicious stamp.
Have a great Sunday - I am going to be in the garden after my run first thing - don't want to be crafting in this beautiful weather!
Big hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

100th Challenge at Countryview Crafts

 Hello there! Well its the first of June - how did that happen I hear you say???? - and time for a new challenge over at Countryview Challenges. Its a special one this time as its their 100th challenge - so this time there are special rules and 2 ways to win a £20 voucher. Find out all the details here

I decided to make something using a set of stamps by Finnabair - and also cracked open the new salvaged patina oxide spray and distress oxide ink..

Love this new colour - isn't it just so pretty - I thought the circular stamps lent themselves well to making a 100! Its a pretty simple card that didn't take long to make - just a little sprayig and stamping really!
Hope you have a great day!
Love and hugs
Rachel xx

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Earth Mother calling


I have 3 more makes on the Chocolate Baroque Design team blog today ....

You can find full details over there! Have a great day! Hugs rachel x

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Winter scene at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well another fortnight has rolled around and this time the theme at Christmas Card Club is a winter scene. I've used a set of Tim colourise dies to make 4 of the same card. 

I think I will need to play with this one further - but I do like the effect!
My mum has made two cards.
This first one uses a tree stamp from Chocolate Baroque - and a die.
And this one includes stamps from Card-IO
Great makes mum - well done you!
Hope you have a good Sunday - I've still got lessons to prepare for next week - its been a long old job this week! Hopefully will get some gardening done too - and a chance to play on my turbo trainer that I set up yesterday! Not exciting exactly but useful in getting me cycle fit again!
Whatever you are doing - enjoy!
Rachel x


Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Embrace the Journey at CountryView Challenges

 Hello lovelies!

Well my card for today is the second one I have for the current challenge at Countryview crafts which is ...we will always have Paris.....

To create this I have used two stamp sets from Tim one that you can find here wine-blueprint. The other is part of a set called Cityscapes. I also used distress oxides hickory smoke, aged mahogoney and pine needles plus a stencil from Aall and Create called lotza-diamondz.
I created the card by firstly stamping the Paris cityscape across my 7 inch square card 4 times. I then added the grey stencilling and also stamped the wine bottle and glass. Next I restamped the wine bottle and glass and added colour to the main features using watercolour pencils. Then I fussy cut them and added them to the card. 
Lastly I added a little more stencilling in colours to match the bottle and wine to bring the card together more. 
Hope you can join our challenge.
Good luck!
Hugs Rachel 


Monday, 17 May 2021

sowing the seeds at Chocolate Baroque

 Hello there - I have two pieces on the Chocolate Baroque blog today - both made using the sow the seeds stamp set. Verysimilar in design - first a card....

then a plate.....

you get full details on the design team blog,
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

More makes from classes

 Hello there! Just want to log a few more makes from online classes that I have been doing - the first ones are from a hobbyArt Class I did on Saturday - it was such a bargain - only cost £30 and for that I got 4 hours of tuition and 2 stamp sets and 3 card blanks plus water colourcard and mats. Wow! 

Also I have been carrying on with a Tracy Evans class - another amazing bargain - 

Hope you have a great day! Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Winter sports at Christmas Card club

 Hello there! How are you? We're all good here - plodding ever onwards. Time is a strange thing - it can fly at times and at others can really seem to drag in the moment! How does it do that?

Its time for another visit to Christmas Card Club and this fortnight the theme is skating or winter sports. My mum came up with the theme and I really like this one! We both went for very similar ideas... I used my Tim die to make my cards and adhered them to an IndigoBlu stencil background.

As you can see I made 4 of them - so glad I made the effort to do the thread as I think it really adds a certain something.

My mum made two cards using stamps by Chloe and Lisa Horton in her makes.

Like I said - we both thought along the same lines this time! 

Hope you have a great Sunday - enjoy whatever it is that you do!

Big hugs rachel xx

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Going retro at chocolate baroque

 Hello there! I have 3 samples to showcase on the Chocolate Baroque Blog today. They are below but you'll need to go over to the blog to find out how I made them!

Have a great day! Hugs rachel x

Sunday, 2 May 2021

playing catch up

 Hello there! How are you? Hope you are well and enjoying the bank holiday weekend? Its been good here - got lots of jobs done in the garden - and managed to catch up on a couple of workshops that I should have done last Saturday - still working on the third! The first was with the very lovely Kay Carley, using some of her newest releases.

I can't go through the details with you but suffice to say the workshop was excellent!
My second one was Jo Rice's Pipin and the lamp workshop - another fabulous one from this lovely lady!
Thoroughly enjoyed that one too!
Hope this post finds you well - enjoy the bank holiday tomorrow - weather not looking good but that means I'll be able to craft without guilt so its all good!
Rachel x

Saturday, 1 May 2021

We'll always have Paris - new theme for Countryview Challenges

 Hello there! Hope you are doing okay! Its a new month and so a new challenge on Countryview Challenges - and this time the theme is 'we'll always have Paris' .... I dug into my collection of Crafty Individuals stamps and came up with this card.

I have used a combination of anique linen and vintage photo distress oxides to create the background and then stamped over that using sepia archival ink. Next I created the topper, stamping the ladies in black and going around the edges in vintage photo distress ink. I then stamped and die cut the tower - using a TH die and stamp set and finally added the small stamped item. 
You can join our challenge here.
Have a great day!
Rachel xx

Friday, 30 April 2021

Three final March Chocolate Baroque samples

 Hello there - these are my final pieces for March on the Chocolate Baroque blog today!

More details on the Chocolate Baroque blog!

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Humour for Christmas card club

 Hello there.

Its my choice for Christmas Card Club this fortnight and I have fallen back on my old favourite humour .... I decided to use some never inked up stuff - guinea pig stamps from hobbyart.

Not the best cards - and not the best colouring - but a few more for the pile at least!
Mums makes are super this week - made using the grumpy penguins from KatzelKraft.

Great cards mum! Looking forward to seeing what the other ladies have made!
Rachel xx

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Lovely Landscapes for Chocolate Baroque

 Hello there - I have some makes on the Chocolate Baroque Blog today - from March's shows.

More details about the stamps and how I made the samples are over on the Chocolate Baroque blog.
Have a great day!
Hugs Rachel xx

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

A robin's song

 Hello there lovelies - todays card includes a verse that is very close to my heart - the stamps are all from HobbyArt but i am showing this card for the CountryView Challenges monthly challenge which this month is all about the birds and the bees.

To make this card I used a piece of watercolour card that was a mop up piece when I was watercolouring with some IndigoBlu translucent paints (daffodil and cut grass). Onto this I first stamped and masked the robin, next I stamped the log and then the flower heads. Finally I added the other vegetation and drew in the flower stalks. Lastly, I did the colouring in - for this I used watercolour brush pens from Phil Martin. Then I added the verse - I think its so beautiful - and I am one of those people who sees a robin and feels they are those we have lost keeping an eye on us. We have robins in the garden and often call them Shaun or Grampsy or Daddad! Its silly but gives us comfort!
Hope you have a great day! Don't forget to get your birds and bees makes into Countryview Challenges to be within a chance of winning a £20 voucher!
Rachel xx

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Little robin redbreast for Christmas Card Club

 Hello there - I am running late today with my Christmas Card Club makes - they were done - just completely forgot to schedule my post! Nevermind - here I am now then with mine and my mums makes - such a lovely theme! Mine were mostly made using Crafty Individuals stamps - some down the side and the main robins but I think the background holly is crafters companion - as is the ivy.

I stamped the robin images in black versafine clair then heat set with clear embossing powder - then I coloured using water colour brush pens. The card background was done using versamark and white embossing powder for the stamped sentiments - then I used distress oxides and water splashes and the holly overstamping.

My mum made two different cards - this first one uses a hobby art stamp set....
 and this second one she made using a napkin and did tissue technique.

Hope you all have a good Sunday - its beautiful and blue and I have already done my 5km shuffle this morning so feeling good!
Back to cleaning duties now!
Rachel x