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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Time keeps on ticking ticking ticking .....

Morning lovelies! Another scheduled post! I have a card to share with you today I made for the time challenge over at Wow powders. I hope to remember to link this up on my return before the challenge runs out! Lol! Here it is!

The main image is from La Blanche and is stamped in versamark, black wow powders added and then heat set. Then I used shades of brown distress inks to create the background and cut out the topper. The papers are from Papermania - do crafts. The tag is made from wood and I have painted it and stamped it with a stamp from Clarity.

I would like to enter this into the wowembossingpowder challenge - time

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


Rachel x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer fun at Creative Inspirations

Hello lovelies - another scheduled post! I apologise if I'm not able to get around to your blogs - I don't know how much time I will get whilst I'm away and I'll be in Germany so I won't be surfing the web on my phone! Hopefully I'll catch up with you soon.

My make today is for Creative Inspirations - we are having a summer break so you have three full weeks I think to enter this challenge. The theme is called Summer Fun and we are sponsored by Time 4 tea designs. I have used one of their images to make this card.

The papers are from LOTV and the flowers are from sweet Lilac.

Catch you soon and thanks for visiting!


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Good morning lovelies - this is a scheduled post - I should hopefully be in the land of nod in Germany when this goes live - hopefully I'll be in Germany anyway!!!

Today I want to show you a tag I have made for the DT at foilplay.  Its not a regular slot - I have to make 4 pieces between now and Christmas and its the short of flexibility that definitely suits me!!
I've chosen to use the double sided sticky sheets, gilding flakes and vintage foiling kit with gluepen that they sell to make my tag. I also used a couple of kanban ready foiled birds too plus the garden greens die and dylusions sentiment stamp from my own stash.

To make the tag I cut the sticky sheet to the same size as the tag then stuck it on the tag. I peeled off the second side and added the flake, rubbed off the excess and shone up with a scootchy foam piece. Then I die cut the leaves and used the pen to add detail in glue, allowed it to dry then did the foiling - I was very impressed with how easily it worked! Then I put the rest of the tag together.

I hope you like this and might give foiling a go!

Rachel xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

summer colours at Lavinia

Morning lovelies! How are you today? I'm very excited as today is the day I take my two girls on their first ever flight. We're off to Germany with my mil to see my bil and his family. They are in Bielefeld which is in central germany - I've never been before and am really looking forward to it! I have scheduled posts for most days whilst I'm away - I would love it if you did leave a comment but please forgive me if I don't get around to seeing your makes - I just don't know if I'll be able to get online much at all! We'll try though!

Todays make is for the Lavinia challenge - the theme this month is summer colours and this is my interpretation of it:

All of the stamps I have used are from Lavinia - there are many different sets/stamps on there. I started by creating the background - I used distress inks to create the background - started off by doing a coat of squeezed lemonade all over then edging with dried marigold. I used a clarity mask to create the hills then started stamping.

I love the saying - it was from the free set from one of the magazines a wee while ago. 

I'd like to enter this into the laviniastamps challenge and also the challenge at paulaholifieldcrafts - albc-its-magic.

Big hugs to you and hope to see you soon!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Anything goes at That Craft Place

Hello lovelies! How are you? Did you have a stormy day yesterday? We had lots of rain but not so much in the way of storms. I wonder what its going to be like today? By the time this posts I should be over half way around a 10 mile run - fingers crossed it won't be so humid! This will be my last long run before my hollibobs when I intend to do nothing exercise wise!!! Lol!!!

Today its the start of a new challenge over at thatcraftplaceblog. The theme this time is anything goes! I have decorated some pots using graphic 45 papers - french country. The pots and the papers are both available at that craft place.

I do so adore these papers and I have these pots sitting on my work desk now - one holds paint brushes, another scissors and other tools and the final one I think is things like glue pens and zig pens - things like that. It was a very simple project to do once I had worked out the dimensions! I just made a template and used it to cut out the papers.

I hope you are able to join us at That Craft Place for the challenge.

Big hugs and thanks for looking. Hope to see you again soon!


Rachel xx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

AVJ: Dies and distress

Morning lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well. We are and had a good first day of the holidays although we didn't manage a trip to the beach - it was very windy here so we went to Happy Mount Park in Morecambe instead which is well sheltered and has a great adventure playground. It was very quiet because most schools here haven't broken up yet. I even managed to have a play myself - lol!!!!

I've been playing with my new timmy dies again - using the techniques from yesterdays post but this time I altered a mirror frame. I think I'm taking this to germany as a gift - not fully certain yet!!!

Here are some closer shots:

This one shows the echinoid die cut that I covered with distress paint then added frantage and heat set. 

The seahorses were cut from kraft card and painted with distress paints, dried and then painted with rock candy clear crackle paint. Once dry they were stained with distress stain and heat dried.

The main mirror first had shells and string stuck to it then painted with white gesso - then distress paints and distress inks and distress stains.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

AVJvintagejourney dies-and-distress: Dies and Distress
Frillie and funkiefrillyandfunkie: Cool water
Pan pastelpanpasteluk: Inspired by Tim Holtz

Thanks for looking today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit! Big Hugs! Rachel xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tims tags July

Morning lovelies! Wow - schools out and don't I know it! Bliss!!!! Off to mums this morning - haircut and fun day - hopefully at the beach!

I'd like to share my Tims tag for July with you today - this has to be my fave tag so far this year - its gorgeous - it has so much on it in terms of techniques - I have tried to follow most of it but there are one or two areas where I had to do my own thing due to lack of equipment!!! Here's a link to tim's original tag - and here's a picture:


And here's my tag:

So I followed tims method as much as possible - the seahorse was done the same - the first change is the echinoid - I used the larger one from the Bigz die - it is larger than Tims  but I think it looks okay. I used distress paint and frantage on the diecut to create the texture - I did a similar this with the seastar.
The background was created in a similar way but my colours are darker than tims - the acetate was embossed using a sheena folder - I didn't have tims - and the sandy bottom mixture wasn't quite the same but had the essential ingredients in it. I used the garden greens die to make the seaweed and cut alternate leaves to make it look a bit more like the one on Tims tag! I'm very pleased with how this turned out!

I'd like to enter this into timholtz -12-tags-of-2014-july.

I hope you have a great day and thanks for dropping by - I have another make using these dies to share with you tomorrow - loving them! Hugs rachel xx