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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Mondays coffeepot

Hello there! I am hoping you are well. I am ok - sore back and tired but the most difficult thing just now is my poor Mischief - she's going through it - she refused to eat for a while and it appears to be something to do with anaemia. The vets don't know why she's anaemic and think something is going on inside that we can't pin down. I am now regretting not having insurance as I just cannot afford for her to have more tests that may not even solve the issue. Todays bill was over £500 for blood tests, an overnight stay and drips, specialist food and they suggested if she went off to a referral centre it would be around £2000 in costs. What a nightmare! Anyway she is home now but doesn't seem right yet to me - she hasn't eaten the food I put down for her yet. Fingers crossed she'll eat it overnight.

Anyway - coffeepot on Monday I was in charge - I used a few different TH blueprint christmas stamps....

A closer look ...

All cards were created on a distressed background. The trees are decoupaged up and the soldier and gingerbread man are just flat.

The ladies enjoyed making these - some used the gingerbread house whilst others used the snowman ...sorry I don't have pictures of these!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 5 December 2016

Coffee pot with diana

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are well and happy. If not sending hugs! Did you have a good Sunday? We did - Penny had her first gymnastics certification and Lucy and I went to a Christmas Market at Kirkby Lonsdale. That was lovely. We didn't buy anything but the atmosphere was lovely!

After lunch at my mums we all came home so I could make my coffeepot card for tomorrow. Thats when I realised I hadn't blogged last weeks make from Diana. Here's my version - using distress inks and blending with a tool - the stamp was from the company that was in place before it changed to chocolate baroque.

Such a pretty stamp ...

I used some pens to colour the image.

The star around the outside was stamped in gold ink and the central star was done on shrink plastic.

I love this card - so pretty in colours. In dianas version which looked beautiful she brayered the background and stamped the image over the top and left it as line art. Very effective too.

Have a good monday!

Hugs Rachel xx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Clarity Cumbria on Saturday

Hello there - how are you today? I hope you are well. We are all good and managed to buy and put up our christmas tree on Thursday - well it only fell down once so hopefully thats it up now! I am useless!!!

Today I want to post about our last Saturday trip to Clarity Cumbria. It was our festive trip and was lovely. A really lovely day - thanks to our host Jo Rice and the lovely ladies at Clarity Cumbria.

We all made a house.... here's mine...

I used some art parts and clarity stamps and lots of bits and pieces on this.....

I used weathered wood on the flower to get the crackle....

And I added some pretty lights given to me by the lovely Kezzy over a year ago!!!!

My girls had fun too - as did my mum ...some pics....

It was such a lovely day - thanks all!!!!

We had a great night last night too - we had the official opening of the Shaun Fisher room at our village Institute and had our drama group Christmas play.

They performed a Sid Rivers play called 'Christmas ...why do we do that?' I think it went down well - very short but fun. After that we had a buffet followed by an open mic session and I got my first acting experience - it only lasted 50 seconds but was lots of fun!!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas wishes at stamps and stencils

Good morning to you all! Second post already today - and its another new challenge - at stamps and stencils we would like to see Christmas wishes ... here's what Toni has to say ....

Christmas Wishes! - Ahhhh! Christmas, like it or lump it, it rolls around every year and seems to arrive faster than ever. If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you'll be making cards, gift tags, decorations or even creating your own wrapping paper. My Christmas Wish is to see some of the creative things you make, in order to spread a little seasonal love to your families and friends. My only request is that you include some stamping or stenciling or even both!

So here's what I did: 

Two cards - both made using TH dies and a masterboard I made up. 

There is stamping and stencilling in the background and on the decoupaged baubles.

More of the same but a different die! 

I hope you'll be able to join us as we all try to finish our preparations for Christmas.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Christmas at Countryview Challenges

Good morning! My first of two posts today! We have a new challenge starting at countryviewchallenges today where the theme is Christmas - shouldn't be too difficult then! Here's my quick and simple make using leftover masterboard that I made here.

I added to this the wonderful santa claus from stampers-anonymous-tim-holtz set---festive-sketch

The sentiment came from the same set!

I hope you can join us!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Quick makes for Chocolate Baroque

Hello all! I do hope you are all well and if not I send you big healing hugs! Today I have two cards on the chocolatebaroque blog where the post is all about quick makes - 15 minute cards. There are always lots of ideas on there so do pop over if you get chance.

My two makes are quite similar - I have used the same techniques in both cases.

In both cases I stamped then masked the main image. Next I added more masks to create the border strip and blank off most of the card. Next I added distress ink to the main border and then used seasonal fragments to overstamp. Finally I removed all masks and coloured the main image.

This is the second one using exactly the same techniques but different stamps and colours.

I don't know if you saw the giveaway on craftyindividualsblog here. check it out!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Tims tag november

Hello there! Thanks for your kind comments yesterday - I really do appreciate it! It was another busy day yesterday - coffeepot courtesy of Diana and then the gym and finally a little rehersal for our Christmas production on Friday. Its a small play for the main youth group but we're having open mic after it and Elaine, Helen and myself are doing a little play - a modern day take on a bible story! It only lasts a couple of minutes so I hope I can manage it!

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


This is Tims tag and I used the techniques he utilised here. Here's my tag....

I used all the techniques Tim suggested but went for a butterfly focus using the lovely perspectives butterfly as the main image and nature rub ons.

I had fun making the wishbone into the butterflies antennae ...

and used the word wishes to echo the wishbone.

I hope you like it - it was a much needed hour in the attic for me and with the addition of the wishbone I am now happy!!!

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

Hope you have a great Tuesday!


Rachel x