Thursday, 29 January 2015

playtime with my scribbly birds

Hello lovelies - well I should be at the swimming pool right now but my little Penny kept me awake from about 3am. She wanted to sleep with mummy - she slept but I didn't! Typical isn't it? Anyway I thought I would have a bit of time at home instead of swimming. So here I am. Thanks for all your lovely comments on my toucan card - I'm glad you liked it as much as I did! I've got another bird themed piece to share with you today. It was my idea for a journal page but since the journal hasn't arrived yet I made it into a wall hanging. I've used my new Dina Wakely stencil and stamps to make this plus my new evergreen bough distress paint.

I started with a piece of cardboard that I tore to reveal part of the inner - then used grungepaste and a birds stencil to give some texture to the background. Once dry I added a coat of gesso then a coat of evergreen bough distress paint. I spritzed and flicked with water and removed excess paint before allowing to dry. Then I sprayed with distress stain sprays - iced spruce, denim and the silver one. Once this was dry I added treasure gold to the background birds.

Here's a close up which shows the text stamping that came next and two of the scribbly birds themselves. I also repeated the text in boxes of my writing too.

The scribbly birds were stamped onto card, cut out and coloured with spectrum noir pens then added to the piece.

I should like to enter this into the following challenge:

Big hugs to you and hope you have a good Thursday!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Things with wings at Clarity

Hello Lovelies - hope you are well and thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post - the ladies did indeed enjoy coffee pot and we had a lovely inky time, chat and cake. What more could a girl want?

Today I want to share with you my make for the Clarity Challenge this month - I almost didn't make it - but I finally got my finger out last night and this is what I came up with:

I started by stamping the toucan image then coloured them up using spectrum noir pencils - I looked up the colours on google - there were quite a variety of different colours. I chose one of the brighter colour schemes - I wanted to make a cheerful card. After colouring I masked then used a clarity stencils and brushed over with clarity brushes using a variety of colours of adirondack inks. Finally I stamped the magical stamp and went around the edge with a red spectrum noir pencil. Here's a close up:

I would like to enter this into claritystampchallenge -challenge-23.

I hope you have a good evening! Take care. Rachel xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

coffee pot on Monday

Hello Lovelies. Well its been another good day - we've been at the gym today - well the swimming pool anyway. Lucy and Penny really enjoyed it - so that makes me smile. When we got back we made up some kits for coffee pot tomorrow - these are the cards my ladies should be making using the new sheena douglass die and stamp kits.

Here's a closer look at each make.

I hope the ladies enjoy making these - I'll let you know how they get on - but I must say I'm well impressed with these stamp and die sets - they're wonderful.

Big hugs to you and thanks for dropping by!


Rachel x

Saturday, 24 January 2015

you gotta have faith

Hello Lovelies - well its been a good day for us - I got some housework done then we all went off to a local playbarn. The girls had a good run around and I got some crafting done. Then we all went to a friends toyshop looking for birthday presents for some other friends. Finally we landed up at my mum and dads and had a lovely tea. So an all round fun day really.

I have a card to share with you that I started almost two weeks ago at coffee pot. The idea was to use chalks and stencils. I hadn't used chalks in such a long time it was lovely and very therapeutic. I did two pieces using a variety of leaf stencils and put them together in this card.

I hope you like it!

Big hugs to you and hope the rest of your weekend goes well.

Rachel xx

Friday, 23 January 2015

a scenic make

Hello lovelies - hope you are well - thanks for your continued support - I do appreciate it! I'm trying to get around to visit if you leave a comment but I am getting myself behind - hopefully I'll start to settle down soon into some sort of pattern. I want to share a card I made on Thursday afternoon whilst at my mums - I used crafty individual stamp, versa mark, black wow powders and pan pastels.

It was pretty simple to do but I think very effective. I'd like to enter this into the following challenge:

I hope you have a good weekend.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Mia's card

Hello Lovelies. Thanks for your kind words on the invites and also for the funeral. It went quite well I think - there were so many people there from the physics community both from this country and internationally. I knew Shaun was a clever guy and well respected but I don't think I really understood the degree of this. People have been so kind - they have called Shaun a genius and said that he was also very humble about his talent - really he is a great loss to all of us. I thank any of you who are reading this who came along and also those who have sent cards and best wishes. You really are amazing. Thankyou.

Anyway, I have now to get back on with reality and try to sort everything out so that we can get on with our lives. Not an easy task but we will manage.

Tonight I would like to show you a card I made using Imagination Crafts products for my friends daughter Mia.

I created the background using inkadinks from the vintage set. I made a wash on the card then applied a bubble-background stencil and a pad with water. I applied it and faux bleached the bubbles. 

Once dry I added the fairy-moon stencil and applied chartreuse sparkle medium. Once this was dry - I added the stamped star images from Lavinia.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today.

Big hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Penny's Party Invitations

Hello Lovelies - thanks for your kind words. Just a quick post from me today - I wanted to get this posted before tomorrow. So here I am at the last minute! Me and my girls made these invitations to Penny's party on Saturday afternoon. They are made using a beautiful die from Lavinia/Imagination Crafts. We had to make 22 of them.

Here's a close up:

The die cut wonderfully and we were able to complete the job quite quickly!

I'd like to enter this into the laviniastamps-challenge-1-anything-goes.

Thankyou for dropping by today - big hugs.

Rachel xx