My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 27 March 2017

more CB makes

Hello there - hope I'm not boring you with these Chocolate Baroque show makes - three more cards that I made to share with you today - the first one is my favourite! Hope you like them!

Brushos really are magic! Lots of fun here!!!

More brushos but also stamps and stencils and distress inks too!

Stamps and painting with luscious powders here....

Have a great day! 

Big hugs rachel xx

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque Box

Hello lovelies! I do hope you enjoyed the shows yesterday - I also hope you spotted this box - I loved making this sample - lots of fun!

The lady stamp is the obvious addition from chocolate baroque - I coloured her with distress pens and waited to add her to the box. The box was created by first sticking numerous items onto the lid and then painting everything in black gesso. Once dry I 'painted' everything using luscious powders mixed with water before sticking the picture of the lady on too. I tried to match the colours with those I had chosen for the lady!

Big huggles!

Rachel x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Chocolate Baroque one day special

Hello hello! Did you check out the one day special that launched from chocolate baroque on Hochanda last night? If so I hope you like the stamps/stencils. I have a few samples to share with you today that I made for the shows. I hope you like them....

I created the background on this one using distress inks and the larger buildings stencil plus the crackle stamp. The main image was stamped and embossed in white and I used infusions to create the background.

This one uses the smaller of the building stencils and two of the russian doll stamps and the crackle stamps - I worked with distress inks and distress oxides to create the card.

The outline stencil was used to make this one and one of the building stamps from the russian doll set.

I do hope you enjoy the shows!


Rachel x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Tim's feminine side

Hello there!  How are you? I hope you are well and happy. Today I have a post on the Countryview Challenges blog. The theme for the challenge this month is 'inspired by Tim Holtz'. This time I have decided to work with Tims more feminine side and have made a card for mothers day on Sunday. I am sure my mum won't see this as we are in transit just now and I suspect computers won't be on her mind when we reach our destination! So I am safe showing it here!

I have used distress inks in a variety of colours (ripe persimmon, dried marigold, wild honey, ) and two of the new stencils from Tim Holtz plus the flowers and dies to cut them. Here's my step by step....

Here I used the distress inks to create a base background and added water by spritzing and flicking.

Next I added abandoned carol through  the first layering stencil ....ornate.

and then through the next layering stencil ...floral.

Next I cut the flowers and stalks using thinlet dies. Then I stamped and coloured them using distress inks and the stampers-anonymous-tim-holtz-stamp-set---flower-garden-.

I then glued the flowers on and added the words.

I do hope you can join our challenge which you can link up to here.

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Clarity Cumbria makes from Saturday.

Hello lovelies! I have lots of lovely makes to share with you today from the fabulous workshop me and my girls and mum attended at Lindale on Saturday - Clarity Cumbria. We all had a fabulous time and managed to make a good job of the samples that Jo brought - but we all used different stamps from Jo - just the ideas. Penny even drew her own!

Here are my makes ....

4 Cards I am very happy with ....

This is my fave - a great good luck in your exams card I think!

Here are Lucy's makes ... I think she did brilliantly - the peacock card is my favourite and I think is the best card she has ever made!

Here are Penny's cards - she was having a penguin day! Bless her! 

I think we had lots of fun and made lots of great cards!

Have a fabulous day. Its a special day for me today - it would have been mine and Shauns wedding anniversary - I wish he had been spared so we could have shared more. I still miss him every day and always will. He was a very special man. 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

ccc: two or more patterned papers

Good morning all! Time for another Christmas card club cardset this morning. Our theme this fortnight was paperned papers. Well I'm not much of a one for using papers and I really wasn't sure where I was going to go with this one - but thankfully at Clarity Cumbria we last got a paper pad as our take home item and also lots of inspiration about using them. So I reached for my 'Northern Lights' paper pad and came up with the following funky makes - I'm rather pleased with them!

Just Tim Holtz sizzix dies, Northern lights paper pads and a little stamping too - I think they're rather effective! What do you think??? And quick - these three were made in under 40 minutes!

Hope you have a great Sunday!


Rachel x

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Coffeepot and mothers union class

Hello lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are doing well! I am good and feeling a little more relaxed now that my coffeepot and Mothers Union class/demonstrations are done. Only my samples to finish for the Chocolate Baroque show next week and a couple of DT pieces and then I can breathe easy!!! Its a good job I like to be busy!!!!

I want to show you what I actually did at coffeepot/mothers union. Coffeepot was on Monday - I gave everybody the choices of cards ...these are the samples I showed them...

The bottom sample is here in closer picture.

And this is my final sample.... the background is distress oxides and DI combined.

All stamps are chocolate baroque. Except the eggs!!! They're an old wooden stamp belonging to my lovely mum - thanks mum!

I did the same for the mothers union on Wednesday but didn't take the tulip stamps with me. I demonstrated the distress ink and stencil background, the clouds background and also showed them a shaving foam background. I then allowed then to do their own background and colour in the daffs image which I stamped for them! The average age was probably 80 - but the ladies did enjoy themselves which is wonderful. Being a church group I also gave them all diecut crosses to add if they wanted to. 

It was fun to do both classes this week - I'm glad its not every week but I did enjoy it!

Have a great day!


Rachel x