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Sunday 11 December 2022

Anything goes at Christmas Card Club

 Its our final outing at Christmas Card Club this year - and the theme is anything goes. I only just remembered so I only have a very simple entry - more seed cards!

The stamp is Chocolate Baroque.

My mum did a HobbyArt workshop last weekend and these are two of the cards she made there using the cute robins.

Aren't they fabulous? I really like them! 
Well I need to organise next years schedule for CCC and will do that asap - but we will have a good long break first!
Big hugs
Rachel x

Monday 5 December 2022

More Christmas for Countryview Challenges

 Hello there! Well another post from me already! You will be surprised to see me pop up again so soon!

I am over at Countryview Challenges again and I have made some more cards for my post - this time using some stamps from Hobbyart that are just lovely!

I have simply stamped them and coloured them using clean colour pens - nice and quick and simple!
I do hope you can join in the fun on Countryview Challenges - and don't forget to check out Susan's advent offers - they are too good to miss and new ones happen daily!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday 1 December 2022

Christmas at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there - December 1st! How did that happen? I am here with the new Challenge for Countryview Challenges - and its a nice easy one - Christmas!

I have made some Christmas themed seeded cards using some lovely images from Chocolate baroque.

I made them for my sales but will be more than happy to send them out should they not sell! 

Looking forward to seeing what all my teamies have produced! You can check out their makes and enter the challenge here.
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Sunday 27 November 2022

Deer at christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well its almost the final outing for the Christmas Card club this year - and the theme this time is deer. I have used Hobbyart stamps to make 2 cards.

I did enjoy making these - although they are far from perfect! 

My mum also made 2 cards - 

This first one used a honeydoo wreath stamp and clarity deer stamps.

This second one is made using a clarity stencil and TH deer dies! I do like those deer dies!

Hope you have a great day!

Rachel x

Saturday 26 November 2022

A little slice of Christmas!

 Hello there! Well I have been making some Christmas log slice decorations in the run up to Christmas - I have really enjoyed doing this and wanted to share some here.

They are nearly all made using hobbyart stamps - there is one pink ink designs in there too though!
They have gone down pretty well in my sales!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday 19 November 2022

Work hard, dream big...

 Hello there! Just a quick reminder there is still a challenge going on this month for you to make tags - at countrview challenges... here's my second tag.

This is another katzekraft image and I made the background using distress ink and brushos. 
I do hope you can join the challenge - there are 11 days left to enter!

Rachel xx

Sunday 13 November 2022

Christmas Cracker at Christmas card club

 Hello there! How are you? I seem to be very busy with craft fairs but very glad to have finished teaching. I won't ever make a living at these fairs but its fun trying! I did one yesterday which didn't go so well - but I guess you have to take the rough with the smooth - and it takes time to learn what sells and where the best fairs are. At least it didn't cost me anything!

Today its another outing for the Christmas Card Club. The theme this fortnight is Christmas Crackers - I failed this time with the theme and have gone instead for anything goes.

my olde faithful camels - still love this image!

My mum was very good and found a discontinued sweet poppy stencil which she used to make 2 cards,

Well done mum - I think they look great!

Hope you have a good day - I am at work in the village shop all day! I will aim to return any comments tomorrow!

Big hugs
Rachel x

Tuesday 1 November 2022

only tags at countryview challenges

 Hello there - November already? It really doesn't seem possible but here we are! Time for a new challenge at Countryview Challenges where the theme is 'tags only'.

Here's my tag ...

I made a tag on kraft using an image from katzelkraft. I coloured using clean colour pens - went around the edge in distress oxide then added some brusho to the base. Finally I added my ribbon and words.

I do hope you can join this challenge!
Big hugs
Rachel x

Sunday 30 October 2022

Winter animals at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well its another fortnight on and Christmas card club has another outing - this time the theme is Winter animals. I have taken a pink ink goose and a hobbyart fox - that I made an arctic fox!

Two of each - quick and simple!
Mum has gone with Pink Ink designs too with her skating polar bear!

I had another craft fair yesterday - much smaller this time - I had some sales though so thats all good! 

I hope you all have a fabulous day - I will be at work - no rest for the wicked!

Take care!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday 23 October 2022

Harvest or Halloween part 2 at Countryview Challenges.

 Hello there!

How are you doing? I am over on the Countryview Crafts Challenge site today with a second make for the current challenge of Halloween or Harvest - this time I have done harvest. I found some seeded paper and have made some cards using this. Each card can be torn up and planted by the recipient! A card that just keeps giving!

These first two are made using Katzelkraft stamps.

 These last three are made using Aall and Create stamps.

All have been coloured using clean colour pens.

You've still got a week to enter! Looking forward to seeing your makes!

Rachel x

Sunday 16 October 2022

Snowglobes at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there! Well its time for yet another outing of the Christmas card club. This fortnight we want to see snowglobes - I think this is my mums challenge. I made 4 cards using a stamp from IndigoBlu with a beautiful snowglobe on it.

I got these rounded card blanks from Jo Rice the last time I was there - and they certainly came in useful today! 
My mum made a couple of cards using a sweet poppy stencil and an inkylicious stamp.

They're beautiful! I do like that stencil a lot - Great for batch making.

This weekend I have a craft fair on - I have decided to see if people will buy my makes! Here's my stall as it was looking on Friday evening...

I'll let you know how I get on!
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Sunday 2 October 2022

Diecuts at Christmas card club

 Hello there! I am hoping this publishes as I will be at work and unable to check when it goes live - sure it will though! Another fortnight has rolled around and the theme this time at Christmas card club is diecuts. I decided to use one that I had never had out of the packet - a scribbly tree from Tim Holtz - I love it - its a much bigger die than I thought - really pleased with having used it! I made 4 variations on a theme having already made a number of gel press backgrounds.

To cut the trees out with I used some packaging from Lavinia stencils - I'm getting thrifty these days!

Here's my mums makes....she's used a number of dies - Tim Holtz, Sue Wilson and John next door.

I hope you have a great Sunday!
Rachel x

Saturday 1 October 2022

Halloween or Harvest at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there!

Well its October - I can hardly believe it! How did that happen? Anyway - the good news is that its time for a new challenge at Countryview Challenges - and the theme is Halloween - love it or hate it - or Harvest! My make is probably more Halloween but kind of Harvest too - with the Harvest moon.

The stamp set is from Pink Ink Designs - I started by making a gel press inky circle then stamped the moon stamp onto it and also onto white card which I fussy cut and added. I then added the cat from the same set and drew a witches hat on the cat....finally I added the pumpkins and the leaves.

I hope you can join our challenge! You can find much more inspiration and the challenge link up here

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 18 September 2022

Christmas trees at CCC

 Hello there! Its time for another Christmas Card Club outing. This fortnight the theme is Christmas trees. I am currently very busy making stuff for an art fair stall and have only had chance to upcycle cards this time. My mu has made cards using hunky dory toppers.

My three - no great shakes but as I said needs must.

Here are three from my mum - 

I hope you all have a good day. I will be at work in the village store all day so will try to catch up with other Christmas card club makes tonight.
Big hugs
Rachel x

Thursday 15 September 2022

More seasons of mists

 Hello there! I am on the Countryview Challenges page today with my second post for the 'Seasons of mists and Mellow Fruitfulness Challenge. This time I have used stamps from Aall and Create to make a card.

The background was made using distress oxide sprays - ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin and salvaged patina - I used clean colour pens to colour the stamped images from Aall and Create. I added the words lastly.
You've still got a full 2 weeks to enter the challenge which is running all month and you can find details of here.
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Sunday 4 September 2022

Kraft at Christmas card Club

 Hello there lovelies. Well its been a busy September already - I had my opening night in the village play on Friday night - and closing one last night. All was good and felt good to be performing again - our first in person  play since lockdown ...we did a couple of radio plays but this was much more fun!

I start a new job today - in the village shop - and then I'm back to teaching on Monday - I wonder which I'll prefer??? Times are changing!

So this fortnight at Christmas card Club the theme is kraft - I have used a fabulous new design from Pink ink - not sure I like the kraft card treatment of the image - but \i love the design. It may return next fortnight!

I stamped onto kraft card in versamark and heat set with white embossing powder. I used distress ink in the background and a white posca plus red clean colour for most of the other colouring.
My mum has done a much better take on kraft - using a sue wilson die and other dies from tonic.

I think these are very cute!
Hope you have a great Sunday!
Rachel xx

Thursday 1 September 2022

Seasons of mist at Countryview Challenges

 Hello there! Well its time to start yet another month - oh my goodness - I wish time would stop racing away! That's the school holidays over - and back to work for me today - at least until the end of October when I will be leaving my current job - counting the days now!

Its time for a new challenge at Countryview Challenges and the theme this month is Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness. Here's my first make for the theme. A card I will use for my brother in laws birthday I think. 

I used a set of stamps from katzelcraft (find it here)and made the card by spritzing a piece of card with distress oxide sprays - carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon and salvaged patina) then stamping on top and colouring the images using clean colour pens. I then added the leaves from the set which were stamped in versafine clair in 3 different colours. Lastly I made the letters and stuck them down then matted the card onto a blank card.
I hope you have a great day and can join our challenge which you should find here.
Big hugs!
Rachel x

Sunday 21 August 2022

Blue Christmas at Christmas Card Club

 Hello there!

Well its been a busy old fortnight and I haven't had chance to make any new cards for this challenge this time - but I have recycled three cards from last Christmas for this theme - here they are.

Really very simply matted and layered onto a card base - must find time for next fortnights challenge - I am getting very slack!
My mum has been good and also made three. Apparently the first one is made using a sizzix Tim die and the second two using a hunkydory kit.

So there you have this fortnights offering! 
See you again soon!
Big hugs
Rachel x