My shining star

My shining star

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Rose's gift

Hello lovelies - thanks for your kind words yesterday - I was in a bit of a state - today has been much better. Lucy has been fine, Penny is much better and will be back at school tomorrow. Just my dad who is still in hospital and seems to be very weak. I'll keep you posted!!!

Today I have been confined to barracks - mostly - with Penny off school again - we have been sewing - I have finally managed to finish my pin cushion for brown owl's birthday. Thats what I want to share with you tonight - I know Rose doesn't look here so I'm safe... Please remember this is from a kit - not my design - but all my work.

Those owls took such a lot of time to make but I think they're worth it! I'm pretty certain brown owl will like it! 

Have a good evening - off to check out your blogs now!


Rachel xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

a bit of a day!

Hello all! How are you? I hope you are well. I'm good but it seems that all my nearest and dearest are not doing so well. Penny has a poorly tummy, Lucy had to go to A and E after getting hit in the face by a cricket bat and my poor dad has been readmitted to hospital after his INR levels were sky high. Never rains but it poors eh? Lucy is absolutely fine - thankfully - she has three steristrips and glue holding the wound together. I'm not convinced Penny is too ill - but my dad continues to be a big worry!

Anyway - to wind down from this day I spent a short time making my late entry to the Lavinia challenge - one of these months I'll get there earlier....but here's what I did...

I'm back to those boxing hares. Just love them to pieces. I have tried to add some blooms this time as the theme of this times Lavinia challenge is Spring Blooms.

I created the background using torn paper, stencil brushes and adirondack inks. Then overstamped in Lavinia stamps - the moon mask was removed and more ink added to make a sun!

I have entered this into Lavinia Spring Blooms challenge - the link will take you to my piece - I would love it if you could give me a like! Thankyou very much if you manage it!

Here's a wee piccie of my brave girl ...

Love  her to bits

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Coffee pot care of Diana

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well. I am good and looking forward to a day in the village today - making teas and coffees this morning and running the school library this afternoon. I certainly know how to keep busy!

Yesterday morning, after a run, I went to coffeepot - Diana was in charge today and we did two cards - the brushos one was actually last weeks card but I didn't manage to go last week so Diana kindly brought everything with her for me to do. Very kind!

Here are both of the cards.

This one used brushos and indigo blu stamps  plus some watercolour pencil crayons.

This one I'm afraid I wasn't paying attention to the stamp manufacturer - but I think its very pretty!

It was lovely to see Anne back at the group - she's been missing for about 3 months - ill - but she was looking very much her old self which is great!

Have a great Tuesday!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Helen's card

Good morning lovelies! How are you today? Thanks so very much for your best wishes for my dad - it was good to see him yesterday ..he looked better than the last time I saw him - and he ate well on Saturday night and he ate a little bit whilst we were there which is all positive. Lets hope that he's going to pull it out of the bag again.

Today my lovely friend Helen has her birthday - so this is the card I made for her. She likes crafting and does cake craft and sewing too - I went with the sewing theme to fit with the current AVJ challenge. Here's my make.

I wanted to go feminine as Helen is a real lady so I went with spun sugar and antique linen mixed with some sepia tones. I used a two tim stencils - blossom and lace and an image from tim stamped in sepia archival. 

The dressform is from a stamp set by rubberdance that I was lucky enough to win from Katy Leitch - thanks Katy.

The flower is cut from tattered florals overstamped with a tim stamp and finished off with a beautiful tim button that I got from the lovely Redanne. I added the lace and the rubberdance edge stamps!

I hope she likes it.

I would like to enter this into vintagejourney sew-special

Have a great Monday!



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Tripps card

Hello Lovelies! Hope you are okay today.... I feel much better - yesterday I had a rather large hangover after drinking too much on Friday night - blimey - must be turning into a teenager again. Needless to say I won't be doing that again for a long time!!!

Things are not very good with my dad again - he's really going down hill. He doesn't want to eat anything so consequently has no energy and keeps falling from the chair or the bed then my poor mum has to call the ambulance to move him. Its a downward spiral - I really don't know what to do for the best.

Onto happier things - my youngest nephew Tripp is 1 this week and this is the card I have made for him.

I decided to use the crowned rabbits alice palace stamps from Crafty Individuals. I stamped and coloured them and fussy cut them.

The background is made using distress - and my fave joggles stencil.

I do hope he likes this! 

I would like to enter this into craftyindividualsblog - anything goes

Off to see mum and dad again today - I hope we can bring a bit of sunshine to them both.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

All your dreams come true at Indigo Blu

Good morning Lovelies! How are you today? I do hope you are well and happy. We have a new challenge for you at indigoblublogchallenge  where the theme is may all your dreams come true. Well I was thinking along the lines of the that wonderful daydreaming girl stamp - lost in thought - but in the end I went with another girl stamp - this one is called dianne. Here's what I did:

I stamped Dianne in brown archival ink and masked her before creating the background using distress inks. I also stamped into the background using limor-circles and stamps from mr-darcy-a5-red-rubber-stamp set. I also used starburst stencil and weird-science stencil in making the background.

I coloured the image using pens and then added the Breathe from the plume stamp set.

I do hope you like my orange masterpiece! There is great excitement at Indigo Blu just now too as it will soon be their 5th birthday - there will be an open day going on on the next bank holiday monday - so Monday 30th May. I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be taking the girls along for a visit! 

I hope you can join us for the new challenge - and the open day!!!

Big Hugs

Rachel xx

Friday, 20 May 2016

dancing in the moonlight!

Good morning lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well. I'm excited about the make I have to share with you today... I just did it last night and was very pleased with the result - its a copy for this months clarity calendar challenge. I love the stamps - and I loved this piece as soon as I saw the calendar! So was very keen to copy it! All was done as suggested but I did use distress pens to colour the chickens and blobbed paint rather than flicking - I couldn't find the brush I wanted so in  huff I turned a normal brush upside down and blobbed my paint - I rather like the effect!

Here's the full finished piece ....

a little closer ....

and just the main focus! This is destined for my living room!

I would like to enter this into claritystampchallenge calendar-challenge-5.

Have a lovely day! I have a spin class at 9.30 then gardening club at 12 then i am helping out at the flower festival this afternoon. Busy busy!!! Looking forward to seeing the drama group tonight too for a few drinkies!

Big hugs to you and thanks for any comments you may leave!


Rachel x