My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 27 April 2015

coffee pot - music request

Hello lovelies - how are you this morning? I hope you are well and have enjoyed your weekend. We had a nice quiet sunday - I'd managed to lose 2lb so was very pleased and the girls went to a party in the late afternoon so I took the time to go for a run - perfect! They enjoyed their party too so we were all happy.

I'm running again this morning - then its off to coffee pot where I'm in charge. I made the mistake of asking if anybody had any themes they would like us to do and the theme that came back was music - well I found I didn't have much but came up with two possibilities:

This one involved using an embossing folder and a stamp set from imagination crafts. I coloured in using distress markers.

This one involved using versamark and 6 different rainbow wow powders, a spellbinders grand circle die, embossing folder and a stamp from clarity.

I'd like to enter this into the rainbow challenge over at wowembossingpowder.

Well in actual fact the ladies will make a version of the first card - my grand calibur decided to die on me - so there'll be no die cutting or embossing at class today - lol!!!! we'll manage though!

So now I'm left with the question - cut n boss or large (A4) big shot? Or maybe something else? What are your thoughts?

A few of you have asked to see my sunshine - here she is: my hot mustard fiesta ecoboost!

I hope you have a really lovely day and thanks for visiting.

Rachel x

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Christmas card club - stars

Hello Lovelies - this is a scheduled post - I took my mum and girls to see the Wizard of Oz last night in Morecambe it was lots of fun - they changed the story from the film somewhat but it was great to see - Oh and Lucy had a great night at her residential - sounds like it was action packed too - quad biking, archery, go karts, assault course and treasure hunts - plus they got to water bomb the head teacher from school!!! Sounds like he was dripping wet! Anyway I scheduled this so that I didn't have to do it this morning!!!

I would also like to thank those of you who have donated to my just giving page too for my run for Shaun in September - I've been really amazed at your kindness - you really are a fabulous bunch of people - thankyou!

The lovely ladies of the christmas card club are showing cards along the theme of stars today. Its Valery's choice - thanks Valery! I wish I had had more time - I only managed one this time around! Still its another card added to the pile.

I have used a creata card die from Crafters Companion.

And an image of the snowman!!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Hope you like it!

Have a happy Sunday!

Rachel xx

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Julie's silver wedding card

Hello Lovelies - well its a rainy one here today and feels a good way from the summer we had last week already. Lucy has been away all night on a residential - we're going to pick her up now - I hope she's had a really good time but got some sleep!

My good friend Julie and her husband are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary next week - this is the card I made for them! Its using the current stamp from chocolate baroque's year of stamping - its a stunning stamp!

I stamped the image in versamark then added silver wow powders  and heat set. 

I added some writing in the blank butterflies - happy silver wedding anniversary - then I restamped the three large butterflies and cut them out and decoupaged them up.

A close up of the main  butterfly.

Finally I added the gems.

I'd like to enter this into 

Hope you have a great day!

Big hugs Rachel x

Friday, 24 April 2015

an application

Hello lovelies - I hope you have had a great Friday. Its been quite an emotional day for me today - I had my first mammogram for a start - I had been told its horrid but thankfully I didn't find it too bad - that was a relief! Then I went to pick up my new car which is wonderful - but that was tinged with leaving shaun's old car behind - a little sad. I'm sure he would understand though!

Today I want to show you a sample I made for a call to make samples for a craft company - I made this one before re-reading the instructions and had to go back and remake it - taking step by step photographs. When I remade it I used a different stencil and colours - anyway I thought I would show the first one here!

I used the perspectives stamp set from Tim Holtz and a Tim Holtz stencil to make this card along with distress paints (cracked pistaschio, evergreen bough, dusty concorde and seedless preserves), metallic purple wow powders and also distress inks (dusty concorde and cracked pistachio).

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Have a great Friday evening!

Big hugs 

Rachel xx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

More sunshine and my tomatoes

Hello Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the sunshine again! I did a 10km run this morning and since then I've been in the garden sorting out the sweet peas and my tomatoes. Oh and I did a hanging basket too that is going to be kept under cover for a while yet  - I hope the cooler weather we've got forecast doesn't do any damage! Fingers crossed!

I'd like to share the card I made for my friend and co rainbow leader Alice today. She's going to be 19 next Monday and is currently having a year off before university. I shall miss her when she goes. She has 'hired' a horse for this year and so I thought I would use the recent horsey image from Sheena Douglass to make her card - I've teamed it up with a background I made to do my wee folk ATB.

I've coloured the image using spectrum noir pencils and cut the image using an X cut die. The background was made using distress paints - cracked pistachio, abandoned coral and mermaid lagoon.

I would like to enter this into the facebook spectrum noir challenge. Thanks for telling me about that one Karen - will use it for the other one too! Ta lovely!!!

Have a good rest of your day! 

Rachel x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Card? for my dad!

Hello lovelies - hope you had a good day - its been glorious again here - wall to wall sunshine! I did a 5 and 1/2 mile run with a lady from school - then after some cleaning and shopping went to lunch with my good friend Julie. It was lovely to see her - she and her husband will be celebrating their silver wedding anniversary next year - they married very young - anyway they are off to Palma for a short city break - sounds wonderful - i hope they have a great time.

Today I would like to share with you a 'card' I have made for my dad's birthday. Its made using a die from Eileen hull for a watering can - dad is still a gardener when he can - so I thought this was a good idea.

He also loves green - so I thought that would be a good colour for some of the flowers made using JOFY stamps coloured with distress markers.

The can was cut in more board from my local picture framer. I covered it in foil tape from ranger which I altered using picket fence distress paint and black soot distress ink.

the stamps were stamped and cut out - my watering can is a niche for these jofy flowers - I would like to enter my can into the latest paperartsy challenge which is all about niches.

I would also like to enter this into the following other challenges:

Thanks for visiting me today and I hope you have a very happy Thursday.


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Connie's card and a sunny day!

Hello lovelies - how are you? I hope you re well and have been enjoying the weather - its been stunning here! I went to the hairdressers today and got highlights done then went to see about my car - which I will get on Friday! All very exciting! I also cut the first asparagus in the garden today - mum and dad came over and we enjoyed eating it - Shaun would never have believed it was so very early! He always loved his asparagus. Bless him.

Anyway - I saw this image on the card I'm showing today over at tammyspot  (thanks Tammy)and had to get it - the recipient of my card is cow mad and is also going through a bit of a religious phase - I thought this really fit the bill!

I used a joggles mask and ripe persimmon dsitress ink too. Colouring of the cow was with spectrum noir pencils. 

I hope you have a great evening and a fab wednesday!

Big hugs!

Rachel xx