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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Fiskarettes tree

Hello Lovelies! How are you? I hope you are fine and happy. We're enjoying half term. Its been fun so far!
I want to share with you today a make that I did for Fiskarettes - you'll find it here.
I used a clarity stencil and a Fiskars punch and distress inks plus scraps of paper to make this card,

The butterfly punch is a squeeze punch and works beautifully with paper.

The distress colours I used were ripe persimmon and fossilised amber. The stamp is from Clarity. 
I would like to enter this into the Clarity challenge this month which is claritystampchallenge round and round challenge ... I hope this is okay with the added butterflies! Makes me think of that Joni Mitchell song ...and the seasons they go round and round .....

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Tims tag October

Hello there! Its Sunday again - and we are still warm - woohoo! Heating is so very lovely!!! We have a quiet morning ahead then the girls have a pre grading class for Jujitsu - in November they have their brown tab 1 to grade for. Its getting pretty serious but they seem to be managing ok! Little stars!

Today I want to share with you my take on Tims tag this month ...


This is Tims - as you can see its pretty spooky. Now I didn't have any of the build up monsters so instead I used an autumn leaf - seems appropriate for the season. I built it up but thats not very evident on the tag sadly. Here's mine....

I decided to include a an extra leaf that I cut using a tattered leaves die - I cut it in the sticky backed burlap.

The background was created using halloween ephemera - I used a lot of orange as the leaf wasn't going to be very autumnal! As I seen the picture there it looks like the pumpkin is a ninja!!! Lol - that wasn't intentional!

I couldn't find the industrial folder so I used a cogs one - but you can't really see it here - sadly the layers don't show either! Oh well!!!

I would like to enter this into timholtz 12-tags-of-2016-october.

Have a great Sunday!


Rachel x

Friday, 21 October 2016

patchwork creatures

Hello there - I write this in a warm house - wow - it makes such a difference to have heating - fingers crossed the rodent (s) that caused the damage have bit the dust!! Otherwise there will be more problems to come I suspect!

Tonight I have a patchwork card to share with you in response to the latest challenge over at Paperartsy. I have used a layout very similar to that used by Jennie ....but the main inspiration for my card is by helen-chilton. My card really looks nothing like either of these though! I used those fabulous creatures from Elenazinski.

These guys are fabulous - love them to pieces!!!! And I love them only partially stamped too - aren't they cool????

My method is very simple - I cut 9 4x4cm pieces, stamped coloured and assembled them! Not rocket science but cute I think! What do you think?

I'd like to enter this into the squares-and-grids-challenge over at paperartsy.

Big hugs and a happy Friday night to you!

Rachel x

Monochrome at IndigoBlu challenge

Hello there! Well its the 21st so time for a new IndigoBlu challenge. This month our theme is monochrome. When I was down at headquarters earlier this month I bought the box tree that I have used for this months theme. I also used lots of other Indigo blu goodies that I will link to the IndigoBlu site as I mention them.

The first thing I did was gesso the wooden boxes and when dry I added english-cottage-artists-acrylic-paint-wimberry-pie. Once dry I mixed super-thick-slap-it-on with luscious-pigment-powder in lilac and then applied to the sides through  indigoblu-stencils-c51/stencil-stars-6-x-6. I also applied it through the same stencil to white paper. I added gems onto some of the stars.

I stamped all images in flitterglu and added embossing powder, heat set and fussy cut.

I really hope you can join us ... the teams amazing inspiration and challenge details you can find here. 

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

coffee pot baubles

Good morning lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well. We are good althoughI am  reeling from the news we may have rats under the floorboards - and if so they're getting in due to broken drains - doesn't it just get better and better??? Watch this space - I will update you when I know any more!

Coffeepot was under my control this week - I decided to do baubles - the ladies loved making them - I didn't have quite enough to make another one as a demo so I made a card instead. Here are my makes...

I bought the baubles at clarity cumbria - the poinsettias are double sided.

I made the card to demonstrate making the poinsettias - they are made using chloe stamps stamped in red archival, coloured with distress and then I added glitter modge podge to them before cutting out and mounting together. The music stencil is from TH - as is the stencilled believe.

Take care and have a great wednesday!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Clarity Cumbria October workshop

Good Morning! How are you? I hope you are doing well. We had a relaxed night last night - it was brilliant - I got some DT work done and had a bath - the girls both enjoyed being at home for a change...and not doing their swimming lessons! I think things are catching us up - good job half term starts Thursday teatime!!!

I wanted to share my makes from Clarity Cumbria on Saturday with you today - beautiful makes I think - I adore these Jane Nestorenko stamps.

On this one we painted onto black card using Inka Gold.

This one used a book page rolled into a scroll - coloured with pencils.

This one used distress inks to make a blended band then I stamped the agapanthus on top.

This one is probably my favourite. I love this blocked stamp. Thanks to Jo Rice for wonderful company and great designs xx

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 17 October 2016

More spooky fun!

Hello there - its my turn today to do the blog over at countryview challenges - our theme this month is all things spooky. I decided to make a fun spooky card this time using things Tim Holtz!

My background is created by brayering distress ink - blueprint sketch - and also using a stencil lightly in the background.

The doggie is one of the stampers-anonymous-tim-holtz-cling-mounted-stamp-set---crazy-dogs. The pumpkin is from the larger version of these mini-blueprint---halloween-2 and the broomstick is Tim Holtz ideology.

The moon comes from a Tim Holtz ephemera pack and the hat is from the stampers-anonymous-tim-holtz-cling-mounted-stamp-set----crazy-things-stamp-set.

All items were stamped and cut and assembled! Simple!

I would like to enter this into craftstamper take-it-make-it-challenge-october

Big  Hugs

Rachel xx