My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 1 July 2016

Fun with Circles!

Hello there! How are you today? July 1st - how did that happen??? Well being the first it means a new challenge over at Countryview Challenges where you are being invited to have fun with circles! Here's my make ....

And here's how I made it ... I started by brayering buff fresco paint onto card ..

next I added more fresco paints and some metallic decoarts paints...

Then I added circles in white using a pen top and wow powder pot using white paint....

I also added black circles in archival ink ...

I also added some stamping in distress ink using limor circles and a script stamp.

Next I stamped a large butterfly ...

and coloured it using distress inks before cutting out ...

Next I used posca pens to add circles on the butterfly...

Here's another look at the finished item.

I hope you will be able to join us this month and be in with a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at Countryview Crafts.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Girl in da Hoodie

Hello there! Last post of the month! I hope you are doing well and are ready for July tomorrow! Wow - its been a bit of a whirlwind month - and next month is going to be busy too!

My girls are both taking part in a play on the 8th and 9th of July -

Not the best picture but you get the idea - Lucy is Little Red Hoodie and Penny is a 'Heavie'....

This is one piece of scenery that I finished painting this evening - I'm very pleased with this - it measures around 8ft square! 

I hope we can drum up some support - the chldren have all worked so very hard!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

alice stamp playtime at coffeepot.

Hello lovelies - well its a funny day today in our house - my little girls are both packed up and ready to go on a school residential today - they're off to Malham Youth Hostel for two nights and I won't see them until Friday 3.30! Whatever am I to do? Craft seems to be the answer.

I am sharing with you today my makes from coffeepot on monday - I took the visible image stamps of Alice in wonderland to play with - and about 20 different stencils - virtually all clarity. The ladies had a great time playing - these are my makes.

Here's all three - I made the white rabbit one as inspiration - the cheshire cat as a demo and then the alice one.

The process was the same each time - stamp, mask, stencil, reveal, colour then add extra details.

I think this needs more colour!

My favourite - the white rabbit is brilliant!

Time for an update on my kitchen - the floor is down, the ceiling and lights are done - the cupboards are mostly in - it looks like this ...

so we have progress - but plenty more to be done yet!!! I'll update again soon!

Have a great wednesday!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Circus ATC swap

Hello there lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well. I'm not sure about whats happening here today - visiting mum or swimming - I know I'll be running the school library this afternoon but thats as far as it goes.

Today I want to show my ATC swaps from last month - I haven't received my 4 back yet (I don't think???)but I can at least show you the 4 I made. Perhaps I had better check in my ATC drawers.

I used a stamp and die set from Tim Holtz that I acquired at Countryview Crafts. 

Here's a close up - the background was made using a clarity stencil and distress inks. The images were coloured using distress pens. 

I hope you have a happy Tuesday!


Rachel x

Monday, 27 June 2016

oh so charming!

Good morning all! I hope you are well and happy. Did you have a good weekend? I hope so. We had a relatively quiet Sunday - I enjoyed spending the day with my girls and doing stuff like swimming and shopping. It was nice to be together. Its lovely that they're growing up but I need to hold on to these times as they'll be grown up and flown before I know it!

Today I want to share a make I did for the June cardswap at Joanna Sheen - the theme was Oh so charming and I made a sewing themed card with a scissor charm.

The background was created using victorian velvet distress ink and Indigo Blu stamps. I used aged mahogany distress to colour the back panel and added the stamped images. 

It is a pretty simple card - but as usual I was running out of time! The time stealing pixies are definitely at work here at the moment!!! 

I hope you have a good Monday and I will probably see you here tomorrow - I may even take a few kitchen pics today as there has been progress - not as much as I'd like but a little!!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

christmas card Club - cute

Good morning all! Well believe it or not time has rolled around to Christmas Card Club again and the theme for this fortnight was cute. Well I'm not much into cute these days but I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 mins it took me to make these two cards! The stamp is a very old one from LOTV and the stencil is from Clarity. The sentiment stamp is from Chocolate Baroque.

I used evergreen bough with the stencil and coloured the image in distress pens - I used wilted violet, broken china, tea dye and ground expresso.

I'm rather pleased with these little cuties!

Thanks to Sylvie for coming up with the topic!

I had a good day yesterday - in the morning we had a fundraiser for the Drama group and managed to raise around £180. I also had a table selling my cards and took about £40 which is brilliant! I was well chuffed! In the afternoon we went to see my mum and dad. Dad was quite smiley which was lovely to see. My uncle (mums brother) was also visiting us from Lincolnshire and he had brought his son (my cousin) and his family up with him. They're currently over from Austin, Texas. It was lovely to see David again - I hadn't seen him for 17 years so it was great to catch up. We went out to Happy Mount Park in Morecambe in the afternoon - the children all had lots of fun.

Lots of fun!!!

Hope you have a great Sunday - we're hoping to have a relaxed day!!!

Big Huggles!

Rachel xx

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Mums Birthday present

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. I had a lovely afternoon tea with my mum on her birthday yesterday. We went out to the Midland Hotel in Morecambe -

 Afternoon tea was very yummy ... those smoked salmon sandwiches were fabulous and I love d the lemon tart too!   

 This is in my mums living room - she's showing off the flowers I got for her from my dad.

I think she had a good day under the circumstances - I am sure it wasn't perfect but I did my very best to make it as nice as possible!

I made her a birthday present too - mum loves the sea and she asked for one of the die cut storage units from Clever Cuts - so I got one and made it up for her. I decorated it using Graphics 45 papers.

I'm pleased to report mum liked it!

Its a pretty simple make but time was very limited! The papers speak for themselves anyway!

Wishing you a great day.

Big hugs

Rachel x