My shining star

My shining star

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Hello there! How are you? I am good and have just posted off my samples to chocolate baroque for the next show on the 25th August. Its always good to get samples finished and then I can move onto the next makes! Today I have made my ATC swaps for August - I'll save those for another day..... I also made my Joanna Sheen swap card - the theme this monthi is's what I did...

All of the stamps - apart from the 'hello' are by paperartsy - a mixture of sources - the flowers are Kay Carley and I think the large butterfly is Jo Firth Young whilst the litte butterflies are Claire lloyd. The hello is by IndigoBlu. 

I used brushos to make the background which I did after stamping the flowers. It has been done on watercolour card.

My girls are both in the theatre this week - a week to a production - they are supposed to be performing Little Shop of Horrors on Friday night - I wonder what its going to be like - it seems pretty quick to me to get organised!!!!

I hope things are going well for you!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Running late!

Hello there - well I should have put this post out at 7am - but I forgot it was the 15th today - so sorry its late but better late than never!

This simple card took less than 15 mins to make. I simply stamped the image in versamark and heat set the image in white embossing powder. I then used colouring pencils to colour the flowers and leaves.

There is much more quick inspiration from my teamies over on the DT blog here.

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lucy's card and cake

Hello there! Wow it feels like its been a while since I got on here - my last posts were scheduled as we were away on holidays - more of that later but sorry for lack of comments and thankyou so much for all of yours - you are very kind!!!!

We got back last night and my feet have barely touched the floor since then. Its Lucy's birthday today and so last night I had to defrost and then decorate the cake - then I got up at 5.30 this morning to make quiche and pizzas, rice salad, potato salad and coleslaw. We had my lovely mum and her brother and sister in law over and also Shaun's mum and brother and his family came up. It was lovely to see everybody and I think that Lucy had a lovely day. She is looking very grown up to me!

This is the card I made for her using a beautiful stamp from Tracy Easson.

here's a closer look!

Here's the cake! I was pleased with this!

And here's my beautiful smiley big girl!!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Chocolate Baroque samples

Hello there! Hope you enjoyed the shows yesterday - here's a quick look at three of the samples I made for it!

This one is on kraft card - I gessoed the back then worked with distress oxides on the background and used stencils. The stamp was semi fussycut.

The technique on this one is the same as above but the colours are just different.

This is a little hanger - fussy cut roses and stamped background.

More samples coming soon!


Rachel x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Freedom at Junk Journal Junkies!

Hello there - a quick journal page last week for the facebook group Junk Journal Junkies!

It was due in on Monday - I wonder what the new theme is????

Just a quick note too - Lesley is back on Hochanda tomorrow with more lovely stamps! Not sure of the times yet but here's a sneak peek of one of my samples....

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Carol singers at Christmas card club

Hello there! How are you? Good I hope! This is a scheduled post as I am away with my lovely girls on PGL - more of that on our return.

Today at Christmas Card club the theme is carol singers. I only made two cards for this one - both using TH cabinet cards and the same stamp.

The stamp is an oldie from flowersoft!

My fave! brown and blue works so well! 

This one is okay! It doesn't work so well but hey!

Have a great sunday! Hugs rachel x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

ATC swap July.....Happiness is ....

Hello there! I take part in an ATC swap organised on facebook by Lindsay Mason. The theme for July was 'Happiness is ....'

Here are my makes....

I used a stamp from Dyan Reavely and dylusions. I also used brushos.

So my theory is that happiness is 'crafting' and 'cats'....what would you have written on your ATC's?

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Techique school at stamps and stencils

Hello there! Well I hope you're sitting tight for a technique post today - the new challenge at stamps and stencils is Technique School! Here's what Autumn has to say...

 Technique School - This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both! 

Well I can't wait to see what my teamies have done! You can check it out here.  They are super talented ladies  - I for my part have gone for an oldie but a goodie - using fusible film and fibre. I used it to make the flowers in this project....

Here's what I did .... first I gathered my supplies ....

Stamps - this time from paperartsy - any rubber stamps are suitable for this technique and some clear stamps too - Clarity for sure - I have also used imagination crafts stamps with this technique but I would be cautious with other clear stamp varieties!  I also have here fusible film, angelina fibres and a bag where I collect cut off waste that can be used in the 'sandwich'. More of that soon. I also have a craft iron which I switch on to heat up.

If you overlay your film on the stamp you want to use and make sure you cut it twice the length of the stamp. You can then fold it over to make the bread of the sandwich.

In between the sandwich add some angelina fibres - not too much but enough to make a filling.

With your stamps lying down on a heat proof mat ink them up with archival ink.

Add the sandwich over the inked stamp .....

Overlay with baking parchment and run over with the craft iron....

On removal of the paper the stamps with film and fibre should look like this.

and peeled off the film and fibre should look like this.

Having fussy cut my flowers I then went on to make my card...

The background is made using distress oxides - a nice contrast to the shimmer of the flowers. I also used a TH stencil in the background too.

A final view!

I hope you have enjoyed my lesson! Can't wait to see what my teamies have been up to!


Rachel x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Final makes for ODS Chocolate baroque

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are good! I have my final ODS samples to share with you today .....

I think this one is my favourite - I have used a CB leaf stamp on the distress oxide background. The topper is one of the new stamps coloured in distress ink.

More distress oxides on this one - both on the back and for painting the stamp.

This is the large corner stamped repeatedly in versa and set with white embossing powder. I then coloured in using spectrum noir pencils.

The next show is on August 9th I think! - I hope you'll be able to join Lesley then.

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue and Green at Countryview Challenges

Hello there! How are you? Pinch punch its the first of the month!!! Wow - this year is rushing on by! There's a new challenge starting at Countryview challenges - and the theme this month is 'Blues and greens'.... I couldn't help doing an underwater canvas!!! My teamies will have lots of inspiration too which you can see here.

Here's the finished item ..... and here's how I made it!

I started by using paperartsy-stencil 1 and paperartsy-stencil 2. I also used grungepaste through the stencil.

Next I used my finger to add indigoblu paints to the dry surface ... I then left that to dry.

I used new tim-holtz---distress-oxide-ink-pads in salty ocean, peacock feathers, twisted citron and lucky clover to create a background on which I stamped the -tim-holtz-cling-mounted-stamp-set---sea-life

Next I added green treasure gold to the plants and then added fussy cut sealife.

I added some stencilled words and finally highlights using my posca pen.

A close up of the bottom left ....

and the top right!

I do hope you can join us - be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher to spend in store! Join us here


Rachel x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Clarity Cumbria July - Busy buzzing around!

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are fine and well. I am tired today - it was definitely a busy day yesterday and it started with a family trip to Clarity Cumbria. Jo Rice was as brilliant as ever ...she had some bees and butterflies for us to play with...Lucy and Penny both wanted a butterfly and I ended up with two bees - my choice indeed!!!

I love these little fellas!

I added some stickers ....

stamps and stencils too aswell as the paint.

I also made this card - I love this!

This card was made via a bleaching technique with a stencil.

Such a lovely day and then a fun sleepover in the evening for Lucy's party ...

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We had a Harry Potter theme for the evening ....

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We started with some outdoor activities including a treasure trail and broomstick riding and a waterfight. They then moved inside for pass the bertie Botts every flavour beans ...

After tea we had cake - made by my friend danielle ...

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She is amazing!!!! And then they did Harry Potter charades and watched part of film 5 - The order of the Phoenix - before retiring to bed. This morning they were up for pancakes for breakfast and then games recommenced .... Harry Potter Trivial pursuit, the pea game, the chocolate game and finally another hunting for things game! It was all good fun and all of the kids enjoyed themselves - including me!!!

Have a great evening!


Rachel x 

Friday, 28 July 2017

More ODS makes

Hello my lovelies! How are you? I do hope you are okay! I had a great evening catching up with poldark last night ... and tonight I need to catch up with Outlander. Have you been watching that one? I love it!

Today I want to share a couple more of my ODS makes!

This simple hanger was made from one colouring sheet.

This card includes a distress oxide background. The flower is the 'poppy' type one stamped and fussy cut and added to the 'leaf' stamp.

This is another card made from a colouring page!

I have one more set of samples to share but will leave that until next week!

Lucy has her birthday party tomorrow - birthday comes a fortnight later but we have to try and work around holidays and friends holidays. We're just having two girls over for a sleepover but its going to be a bit of a Harry Potter Fest! I will let you know how it goes!

Off to Clarity Cumbria as well tomorrow! not sure what jo has up her sleeve for it but it will certainly be a full day!

Hugs rachel x