My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 3 August 2015

Playtime at my mums

Hello Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are fine and well. I wonder if you had the rain that we had yesterday. It was a very wet afternoon - and we were in Morecambe at a funfair! Oh joy! Perfect weather for it!!

I want to share a card with you today - made at my mums house last week using some of the new sheena christmas dies and stamps:


I thinks the pine cones are particularly effective.



The holly would have taken forever to cut out!


Love this pine cones



This was from an earlier release but is from Sheena! 

I enjoyed this little play and am pleased with the outcome! 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:




The girls are off to Mad science this week so I'm hoping to get a few miles under my belt - I can't push it too much though as I have plantar fasciitus - joggers heel! Very painful but curiously it goes whilst running! Something to do with endorphins apparently. Anyway - I'm hoping to do a 8 and 1/2 miler today. Not so long now until the Great North. 

Whatever you're doing enjoy yourself!

Big hugs Rachel xx

Sunday, 2 August 2015

An experiment and a bench!

Good morning Lovelies! How are you today? Hope you are well and happy. We are all good. Penny has been taking part in a soccer sports reach programme this last week and has really enjoyed it. She has been gracing the field today in her pink football boots and socks!

 She is so very funny - funny that she got photobombed here too - she's usually the one doing it!

Today I would like to share an experiment with you - recently I watched a piece that Kay from Indigo Blu did about stamping with the cottage paints onto fabric - once dry if you iron them they are colourfast up to 40 degrees. Anyway - I wanted to try so this is what I did:


I took a plain cushion cover and stamped onto it using stamps from the giant-poppy stamp set and also acrylic-paint-emerald-city-metallic and acrylic-paint-ruby-slippers and acrylic-paint-hot-cocoa.


I started with the border - I found it best to brayer the paint onto a surface and then stamp into it then onto the fabric. I did the same thing each time - then afterwards painted in using diluted paints.



I think the exercise was quite useful and I will try this again - on other fabric.


Why not give it a try? I think its a brilliant idea!

I just wanted to share the bench with you too - I got this in memory of Shaun. I love it.



Shaun used the company (Classic memorial Benches) to get one of these benches when his dad died - that bench is in his mums garden. This bench from the same company - for Shaun - is in my garden - so I can sit and reflect on the happy days we shared. I think I'll sit on it lots.

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel x


Saturday, 1 August 2015

In the Summertime at Country View Crafts

Hello Lovelies - well its the first of the month and time for a new challenge over at Countryview Crafts Challenges. This months challenge theme has been chosen by alison and has got me thinking about things bright and beautiful and floral. With this in mind I decided to use Paperartsy goodies all from countryviewcrafts to make a canvas. I already sent this to a good friend for her birthday - hope she liked it!!!


Here's the full canvas - its around 7 inches by 18 inches - so its quite large. I started by painting the background in fresco-finish-chalk-acrylics smurf blue. Next I started to add background layers using the fresco-finish-chalk-acrylics snowflake and eclectica-paperartsy-stencil- dotseclectica-paperartsy-stencil-elb-ps002 leaves. I added paperartsy-fresco-finish-chalk-acrylics-hey-pesto to the leaves once the white had dried.


Next I used grunge-paste through eclectica-paperartsy-stencil-elb-ps013 by Lin brown. and allowed this to dry. Then I used rubber-stamp-sheet-by-lin-brown---elb16 and rubber-stamp-sheet-by-lin-brown---elb15 to create the stems and flower heads.


I painted the leaves in the snowflake paint then added some hey pesto. The flower heads were done using paperartsy-fresco-finish-chalk-acrylics---tango. with touches of some red acrylic paint that I had to hand.


Finally I added the butterflies made using sizzix-bigz-die-wtexture-fades---butterfly-duo-by-tim-holtz. I swiped over the surface with  brown potting soil archival ink then added the orange colour using distress pens.

I would like to enter this into the paperartsy topic14-flowerschallenge

I loved making this and I hope you agree its very summery! Please join us at countryviewchallenges where the prize is a fabulous £20 to spend in store! 

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Friday, 31 July 2015

A card for Dennis

 Good Morning to you! I hope you are well and happy! If not sending you hugs! Thankyou for your comments yesterday - I really do appreciate each and every one - Jam update for you - it seems to be a good set - not too hard - and the jam itself is very tart - perfect for blackcurrant jam for me!

Today I have a card I made for another neighbour who will be 80 in July - I don't think he'll have any other cards like this one - lol! Hope he likes it!


To make the background I used distress inks - peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and shabby shutters. I also used layering stencils from TH.


The main stamp is one from the Alice Palace collection at Crafty Individuals. I used the same distress inks to to water colour this image stamped onto water colour card. I then fussy cut it.


The background to the turtle is another brusho background done using the clingfilm technique.

I adore this stamp - it reminds me of a holiday I had with Shaun early in our relationship in Australia - we were very lucky and went for a three day boat trip on the Barrier Reef - and we snorkled with turtles - it was just perfect - a wonderful memory of my beautiful husband whom I miss so much. 
I'm Looking forward to getting a new garden bench today - its a memorial bench for Shaun - if it comes I'll take some pictures and let you see it - probably on Sunday - tomorrows post is already scheduled!


Hope you have a great Friday!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Colour challenge at Chocolate Baroque

Good Morning all! How are you? I hope you had a better day weatherwise yesterday - we did - so much better to be able to get on with the garden chores - I managed to trim two hedges - I could have done more but my friend Heidi is coming tomorrow and she'll be needing a green bin - so I could only fill one!!! Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!! I also managed to get 18 jars of blackcurrant jam made - I really hope it sets!!! Will let you know tomorrow!!!

Today I have a card to share with you that I made with the current chocolate baroque colour challenge in mind.



These colours are lovely - I used mostly distress inks/pens but also some aquatints to to make my card. I started by stamping the main image onto water colour card using black archival  then painted with vintage photo, dusty concorde, twisted citron and peeled paint. I then used the distress pens to add the shading.

After fussy cutting the image I created the background - I painted with aquatint then stamped in archival fern green - the quotes were two from a recent quote set from Chocolate Baroque, I also stamped the border floral image in sepia archival and then coloured in much the same way.



I then put all the pieces together.


Love this image - she's so cool!!!


Now - last piccies from our holibobs!!!


This is at the top of one of the mountains - we took a cable car up there - its supposed to be the 2nd longest cable car in the world - but only took 10 mins so I'm not so sure!



The two faces of Penny - funny and cute!!!



My beautiful Lucy!

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing my holiday pictures - it was such a tonic for all of us - I think we needed it!

Enjoy your Thursday!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx





Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cheryls card

Hello Lovelies - I hope you are well - I am hoping that the forecast for an improvement in the weather is going to be right too - its so cold and wet!! Sounds pretty much like its countrywide too! Thanks for your comments on yesterdays post - today I have another card to share with you! This is one I made for my friend Cheryl - she was leaving the school we both used to teach at. She loves Audrey Hepburn so I used a stamp my lovely mum bought for me a while ago at Bolton.


Its a red rubber stamp. I used black archival ink to stamp with. Its a very simple card but Cheryl was thrilled with it.


I've got a few more pictures to share with you now fro our holiday - todays pictures focus around food.



Most lunch times we were in the hotel complex we had pizza around the pool ...



followed by icecream!!!


In the evening meal at the main hotel restaurant I always partook of three puddings - they were really yummy and so very pretty too - it would have been rude not to. You gotta love all inclusive!!! It might explain why the run I did yesterday was so very difficult! Lol!!!!

Enjoy your wednesday - I'm hoping to get the hedges cut today - but if not I'm sure we'll think of something!

Big hugs

Rachel xx


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Face Value at Crafty Individuals and Diving time!!!

Hello there! I hope you're having a good week.... its so wet isn't it? And cold! A bit of a shell shock after my last week in the sun!!!! Hoping it gets a lot better soon!!! Don't want to put the heating on!!!

Thanks for your kind comments on my canvas yesterday - I hope you like todays card as much! Its one I've made for a neighbour who will be 80 in August - her and her husbands birthdays are 1 either side of Lucy's so I have a few cards to make!!! I used a stamp from the last release by Crafty Individuals - its a stamp designed by Gio and is called elegance-is-timeless. I think its a real beauty of an image.


The card background is made using distress inks (fossilised amber, frayed burlap, mustard seed) and stamps from the set.


The background behind the face image is one made using brushos and the clingfilm technique that I did at coffeepot  a few weeks ago - it was from the craft stamper masterclass on brusho techniques!


I stamped the image onto water colour card using archival ink and coloured the skin using distress markers and water with a brush. The hair was done using frayed burlap. And the dress was painted in Indigo Blu metallic-paints gold finger. I watered it down very much to allow the details to be seen.

I would like to enter this into the craftyindividualsblog face-value challenge

Now for some pictures from when the girls did their bubblemaster diving course in the hotel pool:


This is Penny being helped into her diving equipment ..


and lucy ready to go....


It took quite a bit of encouragement to get Penny down under the water but this was taken some 20 minutes after submersing. Lucy did it first time and just stayed under - Penny needed more time to trust the equipment! They both did really well!


And this is after a blue slush that they had following their final dive! Funny stuff!!!!

Hope you have a great Tuesday! I'm still not going to be doing the hedge I don't think - hopefully wednesday!!!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx