My shining star

My shining star

Thursday, 26 February 2015

More Bokeh!

Well hello there! How are you? I'm good and have had a good couple of days - I tried a new class today too - body balance - its a mix of yoga and tai chi and was very good! I'm having a bit of a giggle tomorrow - I've signed up for a belly dancing class! I'll let you know how that one goes!

Today I've got my good friend Sandy's birthday card to share with you - I'm pretty sure she doesn't look at my blog so here it is:

Here's a close up:

Its that bokeh look again done using Jo's bubbles stencil and distress inks - mowed lawn, shabby shutters and cracked pistachio plus white brilliance ink. I have also used chocolate baroque stamps plus a TH one too! I used glossy accents on the butterflies after faux bleaching them!

Big hugs to you all! Have a great evening!


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

swap card

Hello lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are doing fine! I've been having quite a bit of exercise since I last blogged. I did a 4 mile run last night then swam 50 lengths this morning! All good - and I have yoga and more running on the agenda for tomorrow. It all helps! Keeping busy and exercise are definitely good for the soul. I needed it after visiting the University on Monday - we (me and Bez) cleared Shauns office of his personal effects. Not an easy task but at least it is done - everyone was very kind and sensitive but I still found the whole thing very difficult! We also talked about how to honour Shauns' memory - more of that in the future but it all sounds good to me!

Okay so today I have a card to show you made with the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge in mind. Its also for the Joanna Sheen card swap this month - the theme is hearts and flowers. The chocolate baroque colour challenge is here:

Here's what I did:

I've used distress inks dusty concorde, shaded lilac, spiced marmalade and scattered straw. I made the background directly on the card using all four colours then did  2 more loose backgrounds using just the purples and just the oranges. Then I used these to stamp on and fussy cut the images to add to the base card.

I would like to enter this into chocolatebaroquechallenge-8. 

Big hugs to you all - and I hope you've had a good day!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Journal page

Evening all! I hope you are well and happy. Thanks for your kind comments on yesterdays post - we truely did have a lovely time on holidays and my day at Clarity Cumbria was fabulous. Today it was world thinking day so we went down to service at the church then we had a roller disco at a local sports hall - I think the girls enjoyed it and thankfully there weren't any broken bones!

I wanted to show you my journal page from last night - but before I do here's the card that inspired the technical side of the page.

So its the Bokeh technique - I used faded jeans, ripe persimmon and cracked pistachio distress inks plus  plus Jo's bubble stencil and then added the white circles in white brilliance ink. I used exactly the same idea on the journal page - the theme for this was Chinese New Year - its now the year of the goat - I found out that 1967 was also the year of the goat so I decided to make the page for Shaun:

All the words in the circle came from information on goats personality traits - it seems that they all fit Shaun so well. I used abandoned coral, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers and picked raspberry this time in distress inks - love the new abandoned coral - so very pretty! The stamps are all Clarity Wee Folk. 

Hope you like my interpretation of the theme - a bit lateral I know but thats what happened! 

I'd like to enter this into pinkleart sunday-stamper-week-346-new-moon-on - abandoned coral is my new!!!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Clarity Cumbria

Hello Lovelies! Well we're back from our hollibobs - it was truely a fabulous few days - I officially love Center Parcs - we're hoping to go again when my sister visits in September - she lives in New Zealand and we rarely get to see her! Anyway here's a few holiday snaps:

Lucy and Penny both enjoyed the climbing wall!

And the bikes ....

Lucy loved the treetop trek! It was an all round fabulous experience! Loved it!

Today I had a fabulous day at Clarity Cumbria - thanks to Jo Rice for a wonderful day. Here are the makes we made:

It was a fabulous workshop - I loved it but the third card using the Bokeh technique is my favourite make - I did my next journal page using the technique when I got home. You can see that soon!

Thankyou so much for all your support whilst we were away and for the well wishes for Penny's birthday - thanks Sylvie for the card also! She loved it!

Big Hugs to you!

Rachel xx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Penny's birthday

Hello Lovelies! Hope you are well. Its the last day of our hollibobs today and its Penny's birthday too. Here's the card I made for her:

I do hope she'll like it - I've used Tims embossing folder and memory box dies - the image is a sassy studios one. 

she'ss find this one when she opens the card! Another sassy studios digi. 

Hope you've had a good week.

Take care!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

crazy bird

Hello lovelies - this is another scheduled post! Its my art journal piece for this week - we had to do a page using washi tape that we had made ourselves. I had fun making it - using distress paints and stamping. I included the new cracked pistachio - beautiful colour Tim! I also used three of the awesome new bird crazy stamps - love them!

I've used the lovely new fluorish  layering stencil too!

Big hugs to you and I hope things are going well!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bright colours at Lavinia

Hello Lovelies - how are you today? I hope you are well and happy! This is another scheduled post - I am hoping that I will be able to use the computer on holiday but never having been where I'm going I'm not sure! Today I want to show you a card I made for a little girl who was 5 on Sunday!

I hope she liked it!  The stamps are all Lavinia and the background is made using distress.

I would like to enter this into the lavinia stamps-challenge-2-bright-and-beautiful

Big hugs and thanks for visiting.

Rachel xx