My shining star

My shining star

Friday, 21 July 2017

Bye bye Rose!

Hello there! How are you today. I hope you are well....sending hugs if you are under the weather physically or emotionally. We all need a good hug at times!

Today I have the card I made for Brownowl - she left brownies at the end of June after 23 years service. We have her leaving 'do' tonight - aptly a camp with songs and games. Looking forward to it. Brown owl is called Rose so I decided to use this stamp set from scrapcosy at Paperartsy.

I did the stamping on the card in versamark then set with white embossing powder. I added the stamp from Alison Bomber - the Rose is a rose .... it seemed appropriate! The butterflies were stamped and added later. I used two distress inks - tattered rose and victorian velvet.

Two close ups - I do hope she likes it - its something a bit vintage and different for me but I really like it! 

Things were fun at the demo yesterday - I didn't get to stay too long as predicted but we all made a little folkart card so that was nice! 

Big hugs one and all!

Rachel xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Shine Bright!

Hello there! How are you? I am good and enjoying the summer hols so far. We've had a lovely bikeride and been to Fellfoot Park. Plenty of sunshine and seen friends too! Definitely a positive start to the holidays. Lets hope it continues!

I have a card to share with you today made using a relatively recent Clarity stamp plus distress oxides.

The stamp is part of a set - Earth, Air, Fire and water. I managed to pick up this stamp last week on the Crafters Companion site when they had a very special offer running just for the day ... I got a bargain I think! 

To make the card I stamped the image then masked and created the background using distress oxides in picked raspberry, candied apple and wild honey....I coloured the image using spectrum noir pencils....

and the sentiment is from a set by Tim Holtz

I do hope you like it!

I am meeting my mum today and we are off to Carnforth to visit the Christmas in July craft demo held by Rowan Tree Crafts. I suspect  we won't be there for too long sadly as I have one young lady and one little girl who are not impressed with my plans!!!!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Messy Little one

Hello there! Good morning to you! I wonder how many of you were as cross as me last night? I was trying very hard to book a workshop ticket at Art from the heart for the Tim workshops in September but if you were trying too you'll know that the website crashed within two minutes! no real surprise there then! I hope things get sorted out soon so I can have another try!!!

Anyway - life goes on and I have a card to share today for a swap - the theme was welcome little one and this is my take on it!

I had fun making this with some of the new distress oxide colours. I used picked raspberry and seedless preserves and also wild honey I think! The pram was cut from the edges of my background card where I hadn't got much colour.

Stamp is Tim holtz part of the blueprint range!

Have a great Tuesday - we're off to Fellfoot park. Looking forward to it!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Teal, yellow and gold.... mythical

Hello there! First day of the summer holidays for us today - I am off for a run this morning - or a fast walk more likely if the last one is anything to go by!! Then if the weather is dry we may go for a cycle this afternoon!

This is a page I did in my journal last week for the prompt 'mythical' and the colours teal, gold and yellow. The mermaids were all created using a Stencil girl stencil. I love the stencil! Expect to see it in use again!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 16 July 2017


hello there! how are you? I hope you are well. We are all good. My lovely Lucy finished at primary school on friday so there are mixed emotions going on right now....

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this is lucy and her bestie with the cups they both won! They are both going on to different high schools so its a bit sad really.

We need to stay positive. I made this card with that in mind.....

I used some of the new distress oxides and jofy sets 53 and 54 that i got at the workshop last week. accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. sounds good to me!

Have a great day!

hugs rachel x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

15 minute makes: Chocolate Baroque

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well! I am good and bringing to you some 15 minute makes that came from the last two chocolate baroque shows.

This one and the next were both made in the same way. I stamped in archival ink then coloured in distress pens. Then I masked and spritzed with distress stain sprays.

This one was stamped in versamark and then set in white powders. The words were stencilled in and then pencils were used to colour the image.

All very quick simple cards.

I do hope you like them!


Rachel x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

teacher gifts

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well! If not sending a great big gentle hug!

Well today I wanted to show you all of the teacher gifts we lovingly made - but sadly they have all gone to the teachers without being photographed. Luckily though I have a spare that I made so you can at least get the gist!

The notebooks are about A6 size and were bought in packs of two from the pound shop. We enjoyed altering them and I think the teachers enjoyed receiving them - along with a chocolate orange each! 

I decided to keep this one as I quite liked it!!! The process was pretty simple. Stencilling, adding stuff, painting black, adding luscious powders and gilding wax.

Have a great Thursday - we are thundering close to my Lucy's last day at primary school - I am getting the mountain of tissues in for Friday when she has her leavers assembly!

Big hugs

Rachel x