My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 8 February 2016

Winners of my candy

Good morning all! I hope you are all well! Just popping on here today to announce the winners of my blog candy - If you could email me to let me know your email addresses I will get the vouchers sent out to you. You have until midnight on Friday to claim your prize and I'll get the vouchers emailed out as soon as possible thereafter!

So here we go! Drum roll please:

First out was Helen (crafty Mama Mia)

next it was Samantha (of Craft room delights)

and finally craftyshe (at she crafts)

I look forward to hearing from you all and thanks to everybody for your kind words - I really do appreciate it!

Hugs Rachel x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

christmas card club - texture

Hello Lovelies - how are you this fine morning? Just a quick reminder that my candy will end tonight - I will post winners tomorrow morning.

Its my turn at Christmas card Club this fortnight and I chose the theme of texture. I had a lovely time making a large masterboard including paint and ink and silver paste with a stencil and then I cut four backgrounds from it and made 4 cards including the lovely Tim Holtz snowflake that is embossed.

Here's the four cards i made.

Ans a closer view - I mostly fresco paints from paperartsy to create the background and also did some stamping with them - the stamp is a TH one. The stencil paste is silver and is from Wendy Vecchi and I used a TH layering stencil.

A final look to show the variety of texture that I added to my cards.

I hope you have a great Sunday - we are off to visit my mum and dad and then later the girls are going to a party!

Big hugs to you!

Rachel x

4th Blogaversary!

Hello there my friends! As a big thankyou for all your visits and kind comments over the year I would like to offer 3 people a candy!

To be in with a chance of winning one of three vouchers to spend in the wonderful Countryview Crafts you should:
a. be or become a follower.
b. Add the details of my candy to your sidebar if you have a blog - if you don't have one don't worry!
c. Leave me a comment below.

I will choose my winners randomly but two of them will be from regular commenters - you know who you are! The candy will close on 7th February.

I look forward to your comments!


Rachel x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Countryview Crafts - More background inspiration.

Good morning all! I hope you are well today! Today its my turn over at countryviewchallenges to try to provide you with more inspiration to join in our Backgrounds challenge.

Today I have another journal page to share with you - this time I have made it mostly via brayering acrylic paints then added some stamps and stencils. Here's what i did:

I built up painty layers on my journal pages ...

Once happy I moved on to some painty additions ...

using a lid and paint ..

and a stencil and brush ...

I liked the look here - then i moved on to stamping ...

I used tasty textures stamps from Indigo blu

This is the final page spread after adding more stamps:

I hope you can join us over at countryviewchallenges this month - where you would be in with a chance to win a £20 voucher. 

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 5 February 2016

Shabby Chic

Hello Lovelies - How are you? I hope you are okay! Thanks for your comments from yesterdays post - I really do appreciate it. You are very kind!

Today I have a card I have made for a card swap I am involved in - the theme is shabby chic. I have used distress inks and Tim Holtz products.

The distress inks i used are victorian velvet, tattered rose and teadye.I used them on the background before using an embossilicious folder and scraping over with a sepia archival pad. I also used tattered rose distress pen to tint the found relative photo.

The corrugated card is also from Tim Holtz and the lace from my stash.

I hope you have a good Friday - I am hoping to book a break today with some friends and their children and then go off to the gym! Whatever you do - enjoy!


Rachel xx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

smoosh, spritz and splatter

Good morning lovelies! I hope you are feeling good! If not sending hugs! I'm here today bringing you inspiration for the new challenge over at stampsandstencils. The new challenge is all about inky, painty loveliness and is called smoosh, spritz splat ....or is it spritz, splat smoosh.... anyway you get the idea! Here's what I did.

I'm very pleased with this one - hope you like it too! Here's my steps to making it.

Firstly using distress stains I bloobed them onto my craft sheet then spritzed with water ...then smooshed it over my stamping card.

Here's the result which I dried then applied distress ink to with a distress tool.

After further spritzing with water using spritz and flick methods this is the result.

Next I applied more ink through a cog stencil from the stencil girl. Then I added stamping and diecuts and flicks of white paint and voila - my card!

The stamps are from Ryn and Tim Holtz and the diecut is from Tim Holtz.

I love this saying - it really is an inner mantra for me - it helps get me through tricky times!

Big hugs to you and I hope you'll be able to join us!

Big hugs 

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

be still my beating heart

Hello Lovelies! How are you today? I'm feeling good - I've been doing this lean in 15 diet for a few days - wow you get to eat so much - I really hope i lose a bit of weight because i think I could live with this way of eating! There is a lot of protein though! I'll let you know how it goes!

I have been playing with more heart images from paperartsy - I made a mega tag - the background was mega fun to make...

I used a variety of white and pink paperartsy fresco paints and brayered it on - then added some paperartsy crackle medium and once dry added more paint - the crackle wasn't quite as anticipated but I love the effect. I also added some small stamps to the background and also bottle top paint rings.

The hearts were stamped on white card and then painted with professor plum fresco paint. I fussy cut them then stamped on them in white snowflake paint and also black archival ink.

Here's a closer view.

I want to enter this tag into the following challenges:

My stamps are not new but seem to have been in the new paperartsy release - not sure how that happened! Maybe I just misread the post - probably!!!

Big Hugs - have a great Wednesday!