Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Hold on to your hats - the rollercoaster is peaking and dipping!

Afternoon all. Well its been a bit of a rollercoaster day. It started with a call at around 4am from the hospital to say there was a heart for Shaun. Luckily my mum and dad were staying over so I was able to head off to the hospital and got there around 6.30am. Shaun and I sat for a few hours until the transplant coordinator came and told us that unfortunately the heart was not healthy enough - it was a bit of a blow but in many ways its reassuring to know that they will only use a good quality organ. Fingers crossed that next time the call comes it will be a viable heart for Shaun.

I should be sleeping now but its not happening so I thought I would blog this that I made for the mixed media challenge at WOW powders this month. I started off by trying to alter an assemblage clock using the deer and trees but everything was too dark - luckily I saw this post by Anna Karin on the timholtz blog. It was the inspiration I needed to finish my piece off.


I used a burlap panel and painted it using distress paints. Then I stamped snowflakes onto a piece of card using versa mark and heat set white pearl wow powder before then adding distress ink over the top -this was then added to the inside of the panel to form a snowy backdrop. I added pebeo matt medium to the bottom of the panel then sprinkled with glitter. The deer was create using a Tim Holtz die cut around 8 times in 300gsm card and then these pieces were all stuck together. I rubbed versamark over the surface then covered with white sparkle wow powder and heat set. The trees were sprayed with first green then silver distress stain sprays and allowed to dry before adding to the scene. Finally I added a tim holtz good times band.

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


Hope to see you again before the end of the month but we will have to wait and see!

Big hugs and thanks for your comments!

Hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A christening, a hospital visit and a colour challenge at chocolate baroque

Hello Lovelies! Well its been a great day today - we started with my two girls getting christened at the church in our village - it was a very small event but beautifully done by the Rev Michael Hampson - thankyou - here's a piccie:


We decided to let the girls get christened when they were old enough to choose for themselves - and they both wanted to at this time! This was followed by a trip to see daddy at the hospital and I have another piccie for you here:


As you can see Shaun is looking very well - the doctors are saying that he'll have his tracheostomy removed on Monday - which will be great! He was so very well today! Long may it continue.

I also have a card to share with you today - this was made using a chocolate baroque clear christmas stamp using the colours from their latest colour challenge:


Here's my make:



I used distress inks to do the colours - peacock feathers, dusty concorde, tattered rose and seedless preserves. I masked off the circle then created the background then filled the circle.

I would like to enter this into chocolatebaroquechallenge-five.

See you again soon and thanks for dropping by!

Hugs

Rachel xx



Friday, 21 November 2014

J.J's card

Hello Lovelies! How are you all? Thanks for your kind comments on my last make and good wishes for Shaun. The wait continues but he's doing really well. I just hope Shaun doesn't have to wait for too long!

It was my nephew's 13th birthday today - here's the card I made for him:



The stamps are from Sheena Douglass and I used aquatints to do the painting.

I hope you had a good Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The transplant List and my take on Tims Tag

Hello lovelies - well Shaun is officially back on the transplant list which is just the best news - he started to get a little low but now is very pleased again! As are we all! Well done Shaun - I hope its not too long before he has a new heart!

Today I would like to share with you my take on Tims tag this month. This is the first time I had to make a card instead of a tag - I decided I wanted to use the snowflake die and it wouldn't fit on a tag so I had to make a card - the techniques are all the same as described at timholtz 12-tags-of-2014-november.



I really enjoyed the making process and I'm pleased with the final result too! I loved using the distress stain sprays! 

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

Big hugs to you and I hope you have enjoyed your visit today!

Hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Its Travel at Clarity

Hello Lovelies! How are you today? We are all good - I managed to get a swim in before I went off to see Shaun at the hospital - I did 30 lengths and felt very good after it! When I got to the hospital Shaun had already done a walk - the full length of the ward (roughly 25m) and he did it again whilst I was there! I was so choked - I never thought I would well up just watching my husband walk! But there you have it! He's getting stronger all the time! Hopefully tomorrow he will be well enough to go back on the transplant list. Got everything crossed.

I have made a very simple CAS card for my entry to the Clarity Challenge this month. I have used the stencil by Jo Rice plus clarity stamps.



I used distress inks through the stencil and applied them using cut and dry foam - the colours were chipped sapphire and faded jeans. The black stamping was done using black archival.

I would like to enter this into the claritystampchallenge-21 - travel

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit!

Hugs Rachel xx



Saturday, 15 November 2014

Mid month at Imagination Crafts

Good morning lovelies! Thanks for your comments on yesterdays post - you're very kind! Shaun was good yesterday too - he's started doing little walks now too - its brilliant!

Well its midmonth already and I'm here to give you a little inspiration to join in the fun over at the imagination-craftschallenges blog. The theme this month is, as always, anything goes. There is a £40 voucher up for grabs but to be in with a chance of winning it you need to use Imagination Crafts products in your make.  Here's my inspiration for you today:



I have altered a stampboard box using silkies and stamps from Imagination Crafts. The stamps I used are all from the dragon fly stamp set. The silkies I used are Purple lace and pink lace. I hope you like this box - it was so easy to make and looks really pretty in real life! Whilst I'm here I would like to thank all at the Imagination Crafts Challenge blog for the past two terms on the team and I'm looking forward to the next term too starting in December. Its such a lovely team to be on - so thankyou! 

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel x

Friday, 14 November 2014

ATB's for Indigo Blu

Good morning lovelies! How are you today? I'm waiting for my lift to arrive to take me to the hospital - I've been managing to get a lift once a week from Shaun's work colleagues. They are so very good. I don't think there are many groups of people who would get their heads together and organise this - so thankyou so much those involved - it really is appreciated! Shaun is doing very well still. He had a bronchoscopy  again yesterday and his lungs are looking fine. He's also doing more time on the trachymask and generally doing more physio too - here's hoping this lasts and he continues to get stronger every day.

Today I have my first set of ATB's (artists trading blocks) cut using my own die. I finally invested in it and I think you'll be seeing a few of these now - they're cool! The die is by Eileen Hull from Sizzix and comprises all three boxes. There ai also a bigger box but I haven't got that one as yet. I used distress stains to colour up a piece of A3 card then used the die to cut out all the pieces and assembled the boxes. Then I did the stamping and used masking as a feature - thats because this months Indigo blu challenge is all about masking.



I stamped the images onto colour stained card then masked and overstamped with the bubble or the ripple stamp. Then some of the images I coloured slightly but it hasn't come through too well!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
I have used my favourite recipe of distress stains to make this - mowed lawn, salty ocean and peacock feathers!

Big hugs to you all and I hope you have a great day!

Rachel xx