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Saturday, 3 October 2015


Hello Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well? We are all good - I'm a bit tired after a busy week - but not too tired for a busy weekend!!! Lol! Good to be busy I think.

Just a quick post from me today - this is an ATC I made as an extra swap for Jo - I do hope you've got it already Jo - if not - look away now!!!

I used a TH butterfly die/embossing folder - the new wilted lilac colour of DI and also a stencil from dylusions.

The butterfly is mounted on a piece of garden greens die. The stamp is from Clarity.

Hope you have a really good Saturday!


Rachel xx

Friday, 2 October 2015

Getting spooky

Hello Lovelies! How are you this morning? I hope you are feeling well! I can't believe its Friday again already. How does that happen - last Friday was the macmillan - I don't recall if I told you but we raised a massive £440 at school in our coffee morning - that was fabulous!

Today i have a spooky card to share with you - I've made it using chocolate baroque stamps with the current colour challenge in mind.

I love the colours - so unusual - but I think so effective.You can see the full challenge details here.

So here's my card:

I had a lot of fun making this using the new stamps from chocolate baroque last month. I stamped the lady then masked her and created the background using mustard seed, black soot and hickory smoke distress inks. I also used a stencil from dutch doobadoo. The 'fireworks' were stamped in archival black then coloured with distress pen.

The lady was coloured with the same distress inks and pens.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

So I thought I would show you a picture of the bed i have been building for penny - I still have the desk drawers to build but otherwise its ready. That is except for the mattress that wasn't in the delivery! You just gotta love IKEA!!! 

Thats all for today - more building for me - and hopefully a little time in the garden in this glorious weather.


Rachel xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Add some texture at Country view crafts

Hello Lovelies!!! Well its time for a new challenge at countryviewchallenges and this month Jennie has challenged us to add some texture. My first piece this month is a duo of mini canvasses for Penny's new bedroom - I've been decorating it after the re-wiring and the theme is under the sea. So I reached for my Tim dies and layering stencils and grunge paste and set to work playing!

They are both loved by my youngest daughter and thats good enough for me - but I hope you like them too!

On this one I used grungepaste through wildflower layering stencils - in fact I started the same with the other one too.  Then once dry my methods were different. For the blue one I painted with distress paints mermaid lagoon, salty ocean and blueprint sketch and left this to dry. Whilst drying I cut the diecuts using garden-greens-by-tim-holtz and -sand--sea-by-tim-holtz from card then coloured using distress inks and also added clear rock candy crackle. When the paint was dry I added wax to the wildflower and some blueprint sketch distress ink through the bubble stencil onto the canvas and the seahorse and also cut my letters - then I assembled the piece.

This one was made in a similar way except instead of using the distress paint I used black gesso to cover the canvas after having added all of the main parts of letters and seahorse - I also embossed the seahorse.. The main colour came from waxes. 

I hope that has wetted your appetite to join us in the challenge this month! You would be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher to spend at countryviewcrafts.

Big hugs rachel xx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Coffee Pot makes from Monday

Hello Lovelies! Thanks for your kind words on my Tims tag from yesterday - you are lovely!! Thankyou! Today I have my makes from Mondays coffee pot to share with you. Diana was in charge and she brought along goodies from the lastest Crafters companion magazine to play with. This is what I made:

Both cards were very quick to do. Diana had made one very like the one on the rhs. I just played to make the other one.

I used DI to make the background then stamped the images then painted them with more DI.

This one was the copy - I'm not a fan of candles on cards but I did enjoy making this - maybe I'm maturing???!!!

So the bed is coming along nicely - I've got most of it done now - I needed a lift from my neighbour to get the top part in place - but I still managed the rest relatively painlessly - good stuff - I will take a picture when its finally finished!!!

Hope you have a good wednesday - apart from working on the bed I have the gym to go to and rainbows to sort - we're making rock buns tonight! 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My tims tag september

Hello Lovelies! How are you? I am good and have made progress on the bed building - still more work to be done but i am going to take my time and fit it in around everything else thats going on. I hope that way things will be much calmer - they certainly have today!

I finished my tims tag for september off finally and have it to share with you today-


Tims original is just gorgeous and all details of how he made it can be found here. Mine is very similar - I used the same techniques and stamps but a different layering stencil and different colours - very much autumnal colours!

I love the way the colours turned out on this tag - and the technique is definitely one that I will use again!!

A bit of a closer look.

Here's the butterflies closer and you can see the paste hightlighted by archival ink.

I would like to enter this into

Hope you have a great Tuesday - I'm going swimming and will do a bit of bed building - have fun whatever you do!


Rachel x

Monday, 28 September 2015

A last minute make for Crafty Individuals

Hello lovelies!!! How are you???? Well the decorating is almost complete - just the tidying up bits to do - and I have managed to build a third of Penny's bed. Its going to get a bit more tricky from here on in but i shall try my best!!!! More news tomorrow I hope.

Before we took delivery of the bed this afternoon i went up into the attic to make Tims tag for this month - I had to wait for my paste to dry so whilst that was happening i used two of the alcohol ink backgrounds I had created for the tag and made this card. I love the alcohol ink/ metallic mixative background - I think they look fab.

I've made this for my sister in law who has a birthday next week. 

I stamped the script background from Crafty individuals onto the alcohol ink background using archival ink then repeated the process with a crafty indiviuals stamp containing butterflies which i then cut out.

I stuck the butterflies over the surface.

This stamp is from Tim Holtz. my favourite saying - I think I may have to make a canvas with the words on.....for me they are so very true!

Big hugs to you and I hope you have a wonderful day!


Rachel xx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

A crafty day with friends and family

Hello lovelies! thanks for your comments on yesterdays post - I'm still in cloud cuckoo land! Lol!! Doesn't take much eh????  Anyway - yesterday me and my mum and girls and a friend and her daughter all went for a crafty day in Carnforth - Rowna tree Crafts were having their latest Christmas Craft day. Off we tootled and got there to find demonstartions and make and takes. We did three make and takes - this is what we all made:

There were three different demonstators and they all did make and takes at different times. 

The first one we did was a card - the lady had brought her cut n boss and a few dies - I tried one of the edgeabilities - not too keen on this but enjoyed playing.

The second lady did fabric stamping using stamps from indigo blu. We daubed the toe and heel then added details with pens and then stamped using the indigo blu gifts.... first we stamped in ink - then flitterglu and added flake. 

The final make was my fave - we made it with Lindsay Mason - the technique was similar to that used at a full day workshop with lindsay - love this! I will definitely be repeating this one!!!

It was such a lovely day - we all enjoyed it!

Hope you have a good Sunday - i'm awaiting the delivery of Penny's new loft bed from ikea - oh and i have to finish the wallpapering - then build the bed when it arrives - oh joy - wish me luck!!! 

Hugs rachel x