Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Anything goes at Creative Inspirations with option of a sketch

Morning lovelies! Its cake day for me today - fingers crossed for lots of people through the door and lots of pennies raised for my charity! The baking went well yesterday - here's a piccie of Lucy in action!

Today I have my make to share with you for the challenge over at Creative Inspirations this week. Here's the details:

This week's challenge is Anything Goes + Option of a Sketch!
(You may choose between the new Sketch or one of the old ones. Just state which you have used).

Sketch No.12

You can find a link to the page of our old Sketches in the sidebar or simply by clicking below:

This week's prize is from KENNY K DOWNLOADS and is 

I have used sketch 2 and a digi from Kenny K - here's my make!

I've made the card for a friend of Lucy's - she's going to be 10 and isn't very girly - she plays football too - I thought she might like this one! I made the background papers using distress inks and a mask by joggles and a stamp from the cover of an old craft stamper magazine. The image was coloured using spectrum noirs.

I hope you have a great wednesday - I'll get around as soon as is possible to visit! Big Hugs Rachel xx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Fave technique for Craft stamper challenge

Morning Lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well and happy! I'm feeling good and ready for my bake-athon that will be happening today .... I'm having a coffee morning tomorrow trying to raise some funds for the charity I am doing the Great North Run for. Its a local charity that provides hospice care for cancer patients and help to their families. Its called St Johns Hospice. Anyway - onto the baking - the menu is as follows: sticky gingerbread, coffee and walnut cake, carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, mega chocolate chip cookies, pistachio cup cakes and fruity muffins. I'm hoping that will help to keep the locals happy! I'll take some piccies!

Todays post - well - it was tough choice deciding which technique to use for this months Craft stamper magazine challenge - in the end I went for the technique of eroded metal described by the fabulous Jenny Marples in the June issue of Craft Stamper magazine. This is my make:

I used the technique to create the background and also the card I used to create the butterfly which is cut using the recently released die from Tim Holtz and then embossed with the coordinating folder.

I think this picture shows the butterfly texture off well. I highlighted some areas with black. Not sure if I like them or not! I also cut a flower from burlap using the tattered florals die.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges: 
Mixed media cards challenge:themixedmediacardchallenge Summer with the option of burlap
simon says stampsimonsaysstampblog: Summer

Hope you have a great Tuesday! Big Hugs!

Rachel xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Creative Blog hop

Good morning lovelies and a big thank you for visiting today. This is a different kind of post as I was invited to take part in a blog hop with a difference by the lovely and very talented claire. If you don't already know Claire check her out - her work is absolutely awesome!

So to begin here is a little bit about me. I am a stay at home mum to two girls aged 8 and 6. I used to teach Chemistry at the Girls Grammar school here in Lancaster but when the girls came along I opted to take a career break and have never found the time to return! These days my time is taken up with crafting, running/swimming, running a pack of Rainbows and chairing the PTA at my girls school. I love crafting and have evolved in my crafting tastes over the years - these days I am very much a stamper - I adore to learn new techniques and am never happier than when I have inky fingers.

I started my blog in January 2012. Little did I know at the time that I would become completely hooked or that i would make so many friends from blogging. It really is an intergral part of my life these days and I enjoy it very much.

What am I working on right now?
I'm always busy - tonight I plan to work on my second Imagination crafts make for September and also my Christmas card club make for the 7th September - thats Great North Run day - which is another thing I'm working on!!! I do have my Tims tag of August 2014 to share with you at this point!

I love the techniques on this tag and have followed Tims tag techniques but created something completely different to his tag - it really is something from the heart for me this tag. I have followed my creative muse! I would of course like to enter this for his monthly challenge here.  

Why do I create what I do?
I create for many different reasons. Sometimes I create for a specific purpose - for a DT committment or for a challenge. More often these days I create because I want to try a new technique or to use one of the new toys I have bought!  Sometimes I am driven by inspiration from you guys out there in blogland - sometimes I create just for the hell of it! I am certainly hooked on craft these days and when I don't create I am not a happy bunny!

How does my creative process work?
It works in many ways - from varied sources of inspiration to varied methods of evolution. Sometimes I have a really fixed idea of what I want to create and if I am lucky the techniques come to mind and I nail it - more regularly though something evolves and I come to accept the creative process and the piece is different from what I first imagined but sometimes much better.

How do I stay focussed/motivated?
I don't know the answer to this one - I guess its because I am still really learning all the time - I am stimulated to learn more and to get better and to try new techniques!

I'm tagging three lovely and very talented ladies in my post. They should all produce a post something like this on the 25th August! The three lovely ladies who agreed to be involved in the blog hop are all people I have met through blogging. I love their work and have found them very supportive as well as inspirational - please check out their blogs if you don't already know them:

Karen of stampinginpink

Thanks for popping by today and I hope i haven't bored you too much!
Rachel xx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Vintage Fashion at Crafty Individuals

Morning Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are fine and happy! I'm good and had a great day with my mum at Clarity Cumbria yesterday. We made 4 cards - I'll show them to you the week after next when I'm on holibobs again .... we did the making a stamp pad technique - it was excellent and I just know I'll be using that one again very soon!!! Excellent technique that I learned on Chemistry 101 but have never put into practice before.

Today I have a card and ATC to share with you that I made for the challenge over at Crafty Individuals.

The main ladies that latte stamps are from Crafty Individuals - the eiffel tower stamp is from tim holtz - I also used the faded layers technique to create the background with alcohol inks and the gothic layering stencil. 

Here's the card - and here's the ATC which also uses a lady from Crafty Individuals:

I would like to enter my card and ATC into the following challenges:

Autumn Fashion: craftyindividualsblogCrafty Individuals

I hope you have a great Sunday - I think given the weather forecast we're off to a museum! Thanks for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

GDT for Little Claire

Good morning lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well! I'm an excited bunny today - I'm taking my mum off to Clarity Cumbria which is run by the lovely Jo Rice. Apparently we're making a custom stamp pad - looking forward to that - I'll let you know how it goes!

Today is my first GDT post for littleclaire. Myself and the lovely mags were lucky enough to win the positions through the last but one challenge. Today marks the start of the new challenge - and its theme this time is masculine. I used one of my lovely new silhouette stamps from Little Claire.

I created the background using distress inks - I used the same ones on the scene that I created around the silhouette image that I stamped in versa and added black wow powders to before heat setting.

I used the wording stamps from some Little Claire club stamp sets to put the wording on the background. I made the border along the bottom using part of the main stamp. These were stamped in black archival.

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope to see you again soon!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Imagination Crafts: make a scene or summer holidays

Hello lovelies - would you believe that its time for the mid month inspiration post for Imagination Crafts already? Where is August going? Anyway - the theme is create a scene and here's my inspiration for you. I used sparkle medium and the stencil called bayleaf ..... its my favourite!

I created the background using distress inks, masks and stencil brushes. Then I applied the bayleaf stencil over the top and added sparkle medium amethyst and silver using a palette knife.

Once dry I added the star stamps.

Check out my teamies makes here and link up for the challenge here.

Hope to see you again soon and thanks for dropping by today!


Rachel xx

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Messing about on the water

Morning lovelies! Thanks for your kind comments yesterday and best wishes for Lucy - we had a great day - really enjoyed Lucy's birthday and I know she did too. We went to pizza hut for lunch then to pick up my mum and dad for the afternoon. We had an early birthday tea then took mum and dad home and went to see Hansel and Gretal in the Park in Lancaster. It really was magical - a brilliant night - loved it. Here's Lucy with her cake:

Today I have a card to show you that I made just for the hell of it. I have had this stamp for a long time and to my shame haven't inked it up until now. Its a stamp set by Sheena - who else?

I have stamped the main image with archival black - dried off then painted with distress inks. I've used distress inks and masks to create the sky and hills.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

OCCourcreativecorner: Summertime
Stamping sensationssirstampalotchallenge: AG

Thanks for dropping by today - Shaun should get back today so that will make us all feel fabulous - we do miss him when he's away!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx