My shining star

My shining star

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

First card with newish sheena stamps and dies

Hello there! How are you? I am good and have been playing with some newish stamps and dies from sheena - plus distress inks and oxides.

I used broken china, peeled paint and antique linen oxides to make the background... I painted the poppies and leaves in the corresponding distress inks using my water brush...

here's a closer look at the main flower - I cut the flowers then stamped ...I didn't get the stamps lined up perfectly but it was close enough! 

Big Hugs and have a fab day!

Rachel xx

Monday, 19 March 2018

A painty day with Trish Latimer

Hello there! How are you? I hope you've all had a good weekend! I had - a fabulous day with Trish Latimer crafting at Rowan Tree Crafts. It was such fun and Trish is such a lovely relaxed lady! She was super generous too - she made us all a roll with a fabric of her design and in the roll were her pencils of choice for doing british rose skin tones plus a black fine liner and water brush!

How lucky were we? We also got a whimsical girl of our choice and a set of brand new background stamps!

The class was fabulous - I managed to make three pieces....

This was the first one I did - I chose the colours to suit my Lucy ...I followed all of trish's instructions ....

I made this one next - in Penny's colours .... I went a bit off piste here ...but basically the same ideas.

And then finally this one which I did in colours for my mum....

All my family loved my makes ...and are very happy with their gifts!!!

If you get the chance do try a Trish class - you won't regret it. 


Rachel xx

Sunday, 18 March 2018

CCC: Christmas flowers

Hello there! I am the host at the Christmas Card club today and I chose the theme Christmas flowers. I had decided I wanted to use some of that foamiran stuff thats doing the rounds at the moment but I wasn't overimpressed with it and ended up falling back on my stamping!! Here are the cards I made - 5 this time!

Like I said I already I wanted to play with the foamiran out came the tattered poinsettia die and the iron and the grey stazon too.

I used an embossing folder and in the top one a piece of Clarity paper too.

Next I moved on to some paint fusion stamps - only I decided to use inks - and I was thrilled with the way these turned out...Christmas roses - love them! The stamped verse is from Alison Bombers paperartsy set...there are a few!

Finally I did a Cardi-o- style card using the mini rabbits that Lucy bought me for mothers day...

Thought you might like to see this picture friends indeed! Shadow is such a character and the girls both adore her!

Have a great day!

Hugs Rachel xx

Friday, 16 March 2018

More Pottery Painting

Hello there! How are you? I am good although a little tired after my 5 and 1/2 hour stint housekeeping yesterday - no breaks - unless you count my back at the end of it!!! Lol! I don't know but I certainly have earned a new respect for anyone who does this permanently!!!

I went for a run with my club this morning - then, after a bit of stuff at home I ventured out to Potty Roos to carry on working on a piece I started last Monday - and whilst there I picked up my lollipop flower teapot and milk jug. Here it is!

I really love this design - loved painting them and now I will enjoy using them - hopefully for a very long time!!!

I'm off on a course tomorrow with Trish Latimer at Rowan Tree Crafts. I'll let you see the fruits of my labour asap - but its using her whimsical girl stamps!!!

Have a great weekend!

Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


I think I must be feeling the after effects of my afternoon tea on Sunday ....because todays card has a definite theme!

Love all these whimsical characters from Elenazinski art from paperartsy!!!The background is distress oxides and I have used posca pens to colour most of the stamped images although the chefs hat was paper pieced!

I would like to enter this for paperartsy-topic-4-whimsy-challenge

Hope you're having a good day!

Rachel xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mothers Day!

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you have had a great Mothers Day - a special hug to those of you that find this a difficult day.I have had a lovely time with my mum and girls. We went out for the day spending most of it in Grange Over Sands and then going for afternoon tea in Kirkby Lonsdale.
My girls treated me very well getting me crafty goodies and making a mouse from the cat!!!

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I bought my mum flowers and paperartsy stamps - she was very happy and really looking forward to playing with them.

Talking of paperartsy, their challenge this fortnight is Whimsy - I decided to firstly play with those fabulous sheeples!

Here they are playing in the field .....jumping for joy in spring ..... I've also used my new Kay Carley stencil to help create the scene.

Oh I love these little characters!!!!

I would like to enter this into the hpaperartsy challenge topic-4-whimsy

Enjoy the rest of the day!


Rachel xx

Friday, 9 March 2018

That bowl and other CB makes

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well. Sending hugs if not! Well there has been movement on the job front. I did a housekeeping (cleaning to you and me) work trial yesterday and should be getting 2-3 days per week starting next week or the one after! Its a start - not really me but hey! Should keep me in craft items at least!

So here's some more makes from Tuesdays Chocolate Baroque show.

Here's the bowl - I really did enjoy making it. I did it at my local Pottery painting place - pottyroos in Morecambe. Deb who runs it is really lovely. I stamped the design in distress inks and then painted over them. Its best to choose a colour that contrasts with the paints - the ink all burns off in the kiln. 

Here's the inside! 
I am going to try some paperartsy stamps next!!!

Here's another piece I made that - I saw this on set on the back shelves - it didn't really get any airtime! Nevermind!

Anyway! Have a good day. I am off for a short run before a 10K that I'm doing on Saturday - its going to be a tough one!

Big hugs

Rachel x