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Monday, 21 April 2014

What's new pussycat?

Morning all! How are you? I hope you had a happy Easter! I had a lovely time but .....gulp.....I got on the scales starts today - its got to go!!!! I'll have to see if I can find one of those ticker tapes so that I can record my progress and help me keep on track! If you're seeing it now you'll know that I found one!!! One stone needs to go - and hopefully a bit more!!!! Watch this space!!!

Today I've got the birthday card I've made for the girls to give to my sister for her birthday - I know she pops in here sometimes but I'm hoping she won't see this!!! The image is from Penny Black - it was from a Christmas set but I think it works fine for a birthday!

I've inked up with distress inks then used an embossalicious folder and rubbed over with black staz-on to highlight the pattern.

The image was coloured with promarkers and cut using a spellbinders die. The flowers were pieced together and the wires spiralled. The Happy Birthday was cut in orange using a brittania die then the same orange was used to mat and layer.

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

Penny Black Saturday Challengepennybfriendssaturdaychallenge: Cats and Dogs
Penny Black and morepennyblackatallsorts: Blossoms and blooms
I love promarkersilovepromarkers: Cats and dogs
Totally Gorjusstotallygorjuss: diecuts or punches
Simon says stampsimonsaysstampblog: Animal antics

I think we're going to the zoo today - complete with our picnics! Here's hoping we have another glorious day! 

Have a great Monday - thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Nature's beauty at Crafty Individuals

Morning all! I hope you are well and enjoying Easter! The girls want to go to church this morning for the Easter Service so it looks like thats where we're headed today. I think the promised Easter egg hunt might have something to do with it - lol! Talking of which - we had an Easter Egg hunt yesterday in a local village - its was a lovely day and during the hunt Lucy got her face painted - as a pink cat!

Photo: lucy pussycat at the ingleton easter egg hunt x

She does look cute!!!!

Today I've got two things to show you - both made using Crafty Individuals Stamps. The first is a wall hanging:

I made this using the dragonfly stamp, the fairy stamp and a border stencil from Crafty Individuals. The lace was also from them. To make the piece I started with a piece of card and used blue and green distress inks to make a blended background. Then I stamped the card with the dragonfly stamp and ran the whole thing through a water ripple embossing folder from Sheena Douglass. Next I stamped the dragonflies with versa and added blue wow powder and heat set. I applied grunge paste through the stencil and allowed it to dry - meanwhile I stamped the fairy image. I added the lace and tore the background card tearing some to reveal the corrugations below the surface - this I inked up with some blue distress then I put the piece together and stamped the Natures Beauty words.

Next piece is a bit bright - hope you've got some shades!!!!

I used distress inks to make up a bright background this time and stamped using lots of nature inspired mini stamps - whenever you place an order with Crafty Individuals you get a small set of complimentary stamps too - they're very useful! Thanks Jean and Malcolm! Again the lace is from Crafty individuals too.

I'd like to enter these makes into the following challenges:

Crafty Individuals craftyindividualsblog- Natures Beauty
Allsortsallsortschallenge: Birds and Feathers
Sweet stampinsweetstampinchallengeblog - lots of layers
Bunny Zoebunnyzoescrafts: Distress
Polkadoodlespolkadoodle: Springtime

I do hope you have a wonderful day - thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A fishy bottle

Good morning lovelies! Well how are you today? We had a glorious day yesterday out in the sunshine in the Lakes - we took the girls on a shorter walk this time - only three miles around Rydal water near Grasmere.

Penny took this one!

As you can see it was very sunny and we all had a lovely day!!!! The girls said the walking was a bit better but I don't think they really comprehend our love of it yet! We'll keep trying!

Thanks for your comments on my canvas yesterday - you are very kind. I've got my entry for this months craft stamper challenge to share with you today - the theme is to use a bottle - well I've used a tando creative bottle from thatcraftplace and altered it to look like a fishbowl using Sheena Douglass stamps.

I started by mixing up some primary elements paints and painting the back layer of the bottle and the front layer - I used a combination of greens and blues and when dry I stamped the background seaweed images. 

Next I stamped the fish and seahorses onto heat proof acetate with versa and used yellow and blue wow powders then heat set. I painted the reverse of the images with more primary elements. I added the layers of acetate to the layers of the bottle and gradually buit the whole thing up.

Finally I covered the top of the bottles with versa and heat set with brass wow powders to give a metallic look to the top of the bottle. I did the same with the chain. Then I added the bubbles by stamping and the seashells. 

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

Wow powders:wowembossingpowder metal
Craft stampercraftstamper: bottles.
Crafty Catzcraftycatzweeklychallenge: B is for bottle

I've got a little Easter candy to offer to you - you must be a follower but all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I will add your name to the draw -

The candy consists of:
a red pan pastel
2 packs of paper strips
Kanban butterfly stamps
sentiment stamps
Lindsay mason puppy stamps
silhouette tree stickers

I hope somebody can find a home for these items! I will draw a name from all comments left on this post by the 1st May.

Big Hugs to you and a Happy Easter.

Rachel xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

diecuts and punches - a Chocolate baroque masterboard come canvas!

Good morning all! Happy Easter to you! I hope you have a wonderful time! Shaun's off for a few days now so we're looking forward to an extended weekend doing lots of things together. We're hoping to go off up to Lake District again today - depending on the weather of course.  I hope you've got some fun planned over the Easter weekend too.

Today I have an 8 x 8 inch canvas to share with you that I made using the masterboard technique that I learned at the workshop I went to with Hels back in February. The details are here.

In this case I punched a martha Stewart double sided vine punch and some tattered florals and some TH lattice diecuts and stuck them to the white card that meaured 7 inches square. I used some sprays in blues and purples to colour the background the background  then cut into 9 squares once it had dried.

I stamped some images from the chocolate baroque patchwork landscape set, coloured them and fussy cut them the added them to the squares. I also added some metallic parts and some words.

Finally I stuck the squares onto a canvas that I had painted back with black gesso. I think you can see the lattice diecuts well in the bottom right square - but the rest have been lost somewhat in the photography.

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

stamping sensationssirstampalotchallenge: Diecuts and punches
Simon says stamp Monday simonsaysstampblog- Winged things
Sweet stampin' sweetstampinchallengeblog- flowers
Totally Gorjusstotallygorjuss: charms.

I'd also like to share with you today the easter cards that I have made for the girls - using two of the new annabel stamps from LOTV.

This is the card for Lucy. She likes her bike.

This one is for penny - she's very playful!

I'd like to enter these for the AG LOTV challenge at ribbongirls.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope to see you again soon! Big hugs rachel xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

tims tags april 2014

Hello there - how are you? We're good - had a lovely visit to Lancaster Castle today. It was used as a prison until recently but the tour focused on all sorts of things - cells, magistrates court, the castle in former times and even the Pendle witches - so all in all it was a very interesting afternoon. The girls had fun too. And my mum!

Today I've got my Tims Tag for this month to share with you. I've followed most of the techniques shown on timholtz blog. Here's Tim's tag:


and here's mine:

I decided I wanted to go with the colour scheme of lilac and purple so as I worked through the steps \I kept this in mind. I didn't have any tissue tape - so I used tissue wrap. The papers I used were all Tim Holtz but none of them were as Tim used on the original tag.

I didn't have the pinecone die to make the same flowers so I used the tattered florals and tattered leaves. I used mowed lawn and dusty concorde to colour the flowers.

I also didn't have the mirrored stuff that Tim used so I cut some aluminium with the die and added this to the lattice centres.

I also didn't have any of the rounded tags so I used a bar tag.

Considering I only had the lattice die for this tag I think I improvised well - I love this tag of Tims and this is probably one of my favourites I've done too so far! 

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

Thanks for visiting today and i hope to see you again soon! 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

lots of layers at Creative Inspiration

Good morning lovelies - I hope you've been enjoying the sunshine - we had a gorgeous day yesterday - although most of what we did was indoors lol!!! We had a swim at Kendal pool then had a picnic in the garden, made some gingernuts and did some crafting! A great day and I hope today is just as good - we're off to see my mum and dad and we're heading into Lancaster to visit the castle for a special kids activity tour - sounds like fun - will let you know tomorrow.

Today a new challenge starts at Creative Inspiration and the theme is Lots of layers.
All you need to do is include 3 or more layers on your creations!

This week we are joined by our sponsor MY MUMS CRAFT SHOP who are giving the Winner a £10 Certificate!

I set to work with one of my new Clarity stencils and made this card -

To make my card I applied the clarity stencil to a piece of card and added layers of distress ink - wild honey, spiced marmalade and festive berries. I applied the same colours to another piece of card too.

To make the butterflies I stamped them (from Sheena Douglass) onto extra paper and fussy cut them.

I repeated the stencil onto a small piece of card using just wild honey then removed the stencil and stamped the clarity stamp on top in black archival ink.

Then I did some matting and layering and there was my card - I'm pleased with this one - what do you think?

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

sunday stamper pinkleart- flame colours
sparklessparklesforumchallenges - fave colour combo -  hot colours (red/orange/yellow)
Lexi'slexiscreations: Sentiment focus
SSSmonsimonsaysstampblog: Winged things
Little Claire littleclairesdesigns- Lots of layers
Frilly and Funkiefrillyandfunkie - winged things

Thats all for today - hope you've enjoyed your visit and thanks for dropping by! Hope to see you again soon!


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Its WOW at Crafty Sentiments

Hello lovelies - long time no see! Lol! My second post of the day and the challenge at Crafty Sentiments today is White on White! I love doing these - they're so different from my usually inkiness but I find it hard to keep them clean!

This is the card I made for Shaun for our 9th wedding anniversary in March - I used two folders from crafters companion to create the texture in the background - a die from la la land crafts, and a crafty cutter die from Crafty sentiments to make the flowers. The sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz and the main stamp from crafty sentiments has been coloured in promarkers.

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

Big Hugs

Rachel xx