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Monday, 2 May 2016

poinsettia or christmas angel at christmas card club

Hello lovelies! Bank Holiday Monday ..... I wonder what today will bring??? I hope its good for all of us - not sure what we're doing today - it depends on the weather!

Yesterday it was our fortnightly christmas card club make - this time the theme was poinsettia - or christmas angel - I opted for poinsettia - I love them!

I made 4 cards on the same theme - I started by sitting the oval on the card and inking in peeled paint DI around it - next I used some Card-Io stamps to complete the outside... two poinsettias in festive berries, leaves in peeled paint and forest moss.

Then I overlayed the outside of the oval stencil over the stamped outside and stamped through a chocolate baroque stamp.

I coloured this in using distress pens.

I like these cards - very useful little stamps I think!

Have a great bank holiday monday!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Use a stencil at countryview challenges

A very good May Morning to you all! How are you today? I hope you are well and if you did stay up to watch the sunrise I hope you have a good sleep now!!!

There is a new challenge over at countryviewchallenges starting today and the theme is 'Use a stencil'.
Things are a little different this month - there is a challenge and a blog hop. Here's what Susan has to say about it:

This month alongside our Challenge, we are also running a Blog Hop with a Sizzix Big Shot Machine & Die Bundle as the prize. To enter, you must be a Follower of our Challenge Blog and Hop along to each of our Design Team Members Blogs and leave a comment. We will still be running our normal monthly challenge and those who link their Use A Stencil projects will also be entered into our £20 Voucher draw. The Winners will be picked at random in early June.  So hop on over to Christine's 1st Project - Use A Stencil


Wow - thats pretty amazing isn't it? Go on and join our blog hop!!! Okay so you should have arrived here from jennie and from here you should go on to visit sue ---- and please remember to leave a comment at each blog in order to be in with a chance of winning the big shot bundle!

I made a birthday card - Here's a step by step guide to my make:

So I started by making an A4 background board using fresco paints and a brayer.

Next I added some paint through a paperartsy stencil using a stippling action.

Next I cut the sheet to size - a 14cm square - then added distress ink through another paperartsy stencil. Then I die cut and embossed a Tim Holtz Bigz dragonfly. I added this and some Tim chit chat stickers to the card.

Here it is...

and closer ...

and finally an arty shot!

I do hope you'll be able to join in with us this month! And please join us on the blog hop too!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday, 30 April 2016

entry to clarity calendar challenge

Good morning lovelies! Well its the final day of April - how did that happen???? Here I am entering a challenge by the skin of my teeth! Its the claritystampchallenge -calendar-challenge-4 which saw me playing with acrylic paint and a brayer and stamping and masking! Here's my make:

There are a few differences between my make and barbaras' original - its done on card for a start - I didn't have the right sized canvas to play with so I thought this was a better idea - also I didn't have one of the required stencils - so used another Clarity stencil instead. 

I do rather like this result!

I wonder if you do? Or Barb for that matter!!

I would like to enter this into the claritystampchallenge calendar-challenge-4

Have a great Saturday - we're having a home day - looking forward to it!


Rachel x

Friday, 29 April 2016

Coffee pot this week and a birthday gift!

Hello lovely people - how are you today? I hope you are feeling good although I hope you are keeping warm in this crazy cold weather. The woodburner has been on every night this week - its nearly may!!!!Lets hope May brings the good weather!

I have this weeks makes from coffeepot to share with you today - I was given the brief of a 70 year old male birthday card and on further discussion I ascertained said man was a gardener - so that was the theme we went for - I gave the ladies two options:

This first one uses some sheena stamps and dies. I used the top of the carrot die to create a rough wreath shape. Then I added the diecut shapes that had been stamped and coloured.

This one I adapted for my dad - the stamps are again from Sheena Douglass but they are from the dim and distant past when she designed for creative expressions! I suspect it would be tricky to get hold of these now but I don't know!I used old paper and evergreen bough for the background and treebranch archival to stamp the images and coloured with spectrum noir pencils.

So onto my make for my friend Alices birthday - its from a kit but I think very cute....

Sewing is not really my forte but I did enjoy putting this together - its a pin cushion - all of the sheep and bushes are pins!

Alice has a few Herdwick sheep so I choose the felt to reflect this.

And of course Herdy lambs are black ... so they are here too! Glad to report Alice loved it!

Big hugs to you and have a great day!

Rachel x

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Simple cards at Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! Just a quick post today - I have a card over on the chocolate baroque blog today - its another 15 minute make....

This was a real simple one. I used distress inks to make the orangey background then stamped the Landscape edges stamped in black archival ink on top. I used water to faux bleach the cloud. I also added the birds and also stamped the sentiment.

A close up ... less than 15 mins to make! Great stamps really do speak for themselves!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Connie's card for Lavinia challenge

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are fine and happy - I am ok but my dad is not so good again - he keeps falling and the dementia is getting pretty bad at times although he can be perfectly lucid at others. They also think he has bowel cancer now too - poor dad - it certainly seems to be pouring down on him right now! Poor mum too - I think she's exhausted.

I made a card last night for the girl who's party Penny was at on Sunday - its her birthday today - she loves cats and sparkle and the colour orange - so I thought I would combine all three with a late entry for the Lavinia Glitter it challenge. I've added my entry here. If you get chance please give me a like - would be good to get through to judging!

Here's the complete card - I made the background using torn paper and  rust adirondack ink applied with a stencil brush.

I masked off the sun then added more colour later. The vegetation was stamped in either rust or ripe persimmon.

I added glitter around some of the vegetation.

The cats were stamped in black archival - as was the sentiment.

All cat and vegetation stamps are from Lavinia.

I do hope Connie likes the card!

Big hugs to you!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

masking at Clarity

Hello lovelies! Well how are you this morning? I hope you are well. I had a good day yesterday - busy as usual but good - today is much quieter - I'll be making teas and coffees at the village institute this morning - and its school library this afternoon.

Last night I finally got around to making my entry for the current clarity challenge - this month its all about masking  - well I ummed and ahed and scratched my head - then I remembered that I had to make my sisters 50th birthday card - so thats what I did.

I stamped the chickens then masked them - then used a homemade stencil with the 50 on and inked on in ripe persimmon. Then I masked to do the yellow and brown and overlaid the wire stencil. I also added the star stamp detail to the 50. Finally I added the words using the clarity alphabet stamps.

I unmasked the chickens and coloured them with shades already in the picture.

I', quite pleased with this one - and I'm sure Jacqui will like it!

I'd like to enter this into claritystampchallenge-38.

Have a really nice day!

Big hugs

Rachel x