My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 3 February 2017

5 years blogging

Hello there lovelies! I just realised I have now been blogging for 5 years - and so I would like to offer a candy to 3 of my followers - I'm not going to tell you what it is - its a mystery!!!!

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So to be eligible for my candy please ...
1. Leave a comment  on this post
2. If you have a blog add this picture to your sidebar and link back to this post.
3. Be or become a follower of my blog.

I will draw the winners on Feb 3rd from the comments here.


Rachel xxx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

christmas card club - stars

Hello all! Well a fortnight has already passed since out last christmas card club so today I am back with the second post of the year .... our theme this time is 'stars'....I love this theme and chose it myself for CVC in November - but I still had plenty of dies and stamps I could use - so I made 4 cards this time....

This one is distress inks and lavinia stamps - I love hares and enjoyed receiving a few hare christmas cards last year so I think hares may feature quite a lot this time around! This star die is from TH.

This one involves a clarity stamp and stencil and I coloured it using distress inks. The backing layer is from the clarity stencil packaging.

The stamp here is from indigoblu and I stamped it in lilac archival ink. The die is from Crafters companion. I like this a lot and hope to use it again soon.

This final one uses some old papers from LOTV and another die from crafters companion.

I really enjoyed this one - the four cards only took about 90 minutes in total too! 

Big hugs!

Rachel x

Friday, 20 January 2017

ATC swap - film quote

Hello there! Well I have been a bit of a bad blogger haven't I? Sorry - been a bit busy! I have managed to get an ATC swap made though so I thought I would put it on here today! The theme for the swap is film quote - I decided to use the quote 'There's no place like home' from 'The wizard of Oz'....I used paperartsy stamps having first made a masterboard in paints.

I hope they are well received and I really look forward to seeing what comes back.

Big hugs for a happy day!

Rachel x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Penny's birthday party invitations

Good Morning Lovelies! How are you? I do hope you've had a good weekend. We've had a busy and fun one - we had a lovely party around at a friends house on Friday night - on Saturday I went to see I Daniel Blake with a friend and then Sunday the girls did readings and sang in church. So a busy family orientated weekend! Yesterday afternoon I managed to make the invitations to Penny's party. She's having another friend of mine around to do a pottery party. Danielle has her own kiln and a degree in ceramics and she is such a lovely lady - she usually makes cakes for my girls parties when I can't be bothered/am too busy! Anyway - this is a newish venture for her and I am looking forward to seeing what they get up to. Its not until February - but I will let you all know how it goes!

The invitations - well the party stuff is all on a finding Dory theme which Penny adores - so I printed some pictures out and made a masterboard ....did a bit of stencilling, stamping and diecutting and these are the results ...

She's very pleased thankfully! 

So I am off to go for a run today - and then its strength training at 12.30.. All good stuff!

Have a great day! 


Rachel x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Chocolate Baroque quick makes

Hello lovelies! How are you today? I hope you are well! Just a quick post from me today to show you a card I made for the 4th January CB show on Hochanda. I made the background using alcohol inks and yupo and then stamped in archival ink before rubbing the ink off quickly!

The result is subtle and quite hard to photograph but I think it showed up well on TV. In retrospect I wonder is I should have decouplaged up the image - but then the technique would have been lost a bit so I think perhaps I was better leaving it as it was!

There's more super quick inspiration on the today!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Chocolate Baroque samples

Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you are well and surviving the weather - isn't it terrible?

I'm back today with some more of the samples from the recent chocolate baroque show. I loved using these stamps and felt very honoured to have been asked to make samples.

This one involves the script rose stamp which I stamped in versamark onto black card and embossed in gold. The inner was then painted with inka gold.

In this one I used the big bold floral background and coloured using distress pens.

This one was my favourite card sample of mine - the background is done in distress inks and the topper is stamped in flitterglu and then flake rubbed over. So pretty and I think with this particular stamp it looks beautiful!

I hope you have a great day - I'm meeting my lovely friend Danielle for lunch and really looking forward to it!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New year coffeepot!

Hello all! Well yesterday was the first of our new coffeepot year. And it saw a change in venue! The vicarage was no longer available for us to use so we have moved to my dining room! But only once a month!!!!There were 6 of us yesyerday and we did some simple cards using clarity stamps from jayne nesterenko!

They really are the most stunning stamps!

And I love the fuchsia too!

The ladies all loved the stamps and thoroughly enjoyed having a good colouring session! 

I have planned next month already - its going to be gelatos and crazy dogs - so quite different indeed!!!

I hope you have a great Tuesday! Enjoy whatever it is that you're doing!


Rachel x