My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 19 January 2018


Hello there! How are you? I am feeling good - I finished work yesterday and spent some time in the evening celebrating by just playing. I decided to make some ATC's using products mainly from the paperartsy range. The theme of their current challenge is ATC's - hence my wish to join in.

I did three of them - I made the backgrounds first - I did a thick layer of gesso first and removed part of it with a piece of kitchen roll - it gave a great texture and so I left it to dry. After that I added more paint and used a Kay Carley stencil and the white gesso again.

To each I added a TH sentiment and a Zinskiart mini cut and colured!

This one looks quite surprised...

and this one very coy!!!! 

I wish to enter this into the paperartsy challenge here.

Off to do some job hunting!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Spirit of the wolf

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well.We are good and managing to keep warm despite this weather. I hope you are too! Today I have got one of the cards to share with you that I made with the coffeepot ladies on Monday. I made it using a stamp set and die that I got for Christmas - its a sheena pairing.

To make the background I masked the moon and then used distress inks applied with stencil brushes. The wolf and rock were painted with distress inks.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

My two new boys

Hello there! How are you? Was it a good weekend? I do hope so. Ours was quiet. Got the piano tuned and went to my mums for Sunday lunch. It was nice to have a quiet one!!!!

I have been using my needlefelting kit from the Makerss and made two new boys .....

Mr Badger and Mr Foxy are both made in a very similar way ....they were lots of fun to make and I have enought wool to make another one of each.

Here's Mr Badger who is a little bit chubby! His scarf is just a piece of felt.

Mr Foxy is more wirey and indeed wiley! Hee hee - his waistcoat is also just cut from felt.

I have the ladies coming today for coffeepot - I will be able to show you one of the makes soon but the other is one I have done for Countryview crafts so you will have to wait for that one.

Back to work tomorrow - three days to go before I finish.

Big hugs

Rachel xxx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Julie's card

Hello there! How are you doing? I am good and looking forward to a visit from the piano tuner today! It will be nice to have a piano that is actually in tune! Although I wonder how long it will last?

Today I am showing a card I made for my cousin who sadly lost her husband of more than 30 years last week. I really do feel for her - it was very sudden and unexpected.

The image I have used is from Indigoblu and I have coloured it using distress inks. I also added a little shimmer but that isn't showing up.

Hope you have a good day!


Rachel xxx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

More CB One day special samples

Hello there! Well today should be my last day at work until I find a new job! I think I will enjoy getting the time back to be honest! I need to learn to live a bit more frugally though!!!

I want to share some more CB show samples from last week with you - firstly there was two that I made in pottery to make plaques to hang on the wall.

I saw this first one on the shows -

not sure if i saw this one, however. I took the stamps to Pottyroos in Morecambe and used distress ink to stamp the images then painted them, I had to add the words and lines in black before firing took place as all that gets removed on firing. I will try some other onk types next time but I am pretty much at the investigating stage just now. 

My other samples were all cards ....

This one involved stamping and fussy cutting...

This one used distress to do all the colouring....

and finally I used the gold soft paste to create the background and decoupaged red flowers on top.

I do hope you like them - super stamps!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Uncle Bernards card

Hello there! How are you? Hopefully good and surviving the chilly weather! I have been wanting to use the stamp I have used in my card today for a while - its by Mark Gould and is sold by Chocolate Baroque. He's got 4 stamps in their catalogue and this is the first of two that I have. I made this card for my uncle Bernard.

I stamped, coloured and masked the image then used another chocolate baroque stamp from the year of stamping series to create a background. All colouring was done with distress inks. Lastly I added the ships wheel which is a tando creatives piece coloured with distress ink.

Here's a close up! Great image I think!

Hope you have a great day!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Christmas card club - gnomes, pixies or elves!

Good Morning! How are you? I do hope you are well and happy! I am good - my youngest daughter is over at a friends birthday party - it was a sleepover party and I need to pick her up soon. My eldest daughter had one of her friends over last night too. Looks like its just me who's billy no mates!!! Only joking - me and the cat are doing just fine!!!

Its the first of our fortnightly Christmas card Club posts today - the theme was gnomes, pixies or elves - well that posed quite a few problems for me so in the end I decided to use the Lisa Horton gnome again from Thursdays card ... here's what I came up with.

All of the background stamps are from chocolate baroque, the sentiment from Clarity. I am looking forward to seeing what my buddies came up with - I only made the one as I really wasn't overly impressed with my design!!!!

Hope you have a great Sunday - the girls are both back to school tomorrow and I start my final week of work! I have enjoyed it - and will be looking out for another job!

Big hugs

Rachel xx