Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Use Kraft card


Yey its the weekend (although not for long!)

Yesterday I went to the annual Scarecrow festival in Bellbroughton.  We had a wonderful time, but it reminded me that Autumn is well and truly upon us!

This change in season inspired my card for this weeks challenge, use kraft card.

we are kindly sponsored by Oak Pond images, and somewhere on your card you must have used kraft card (and of course a sentiment!)  now those who are observant may notice that the sentiment is the same as my card posted Friday - however i just love it and its so sweet (and appropriate) that i had to use it again...



The backing papers are from a serif digi kit called thanks giving and mats are plain black cardstock.  The image was coloured with promarkers (Starfish, amber, pumpkin, spice, cocoa, pear green, marsh green, tan, sandstone).  the flowers are made with Kraft card, die cut with Tim Holtz tattered florals die and inked on the edges.  I then wet them with water spray and shaped, sentiment was again computer generated.

I hope you like it!

Please stop by at Sentimental Sundays to check out our amazing DT work, and if you have landed here, let me know by leaving a comment, look forward to seeing your creations.

I'd like to enter this into:

give a crafter a cookie - Autumn colour challenge (great name for a blog BTW!)
Crafting for all seasons - Autumn colours
Moo-mania  Autumn Colours


Thanks and lots of love
Rachael
x


Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday sketch challenge 79

Hello everyone

Hope everyone is enjoying that Friday feeling!  Thank heavens the weekend is finally here, its been a tough week at work, and my craft room was still being assembled so I haven't been able to escape much! On Monday I was on the radio, with my other hobby.  I sing in a rock band and we were invited by local radio to sing live.  That was a new experience, quite nerve racking, but I loved every minute of it!! something else of the bucket list!

Half of my room is now finished. Once the whole thing is done, I promise I'll post pictures including the new pen storage system my lovely hubby has made!  Clever hubby!!

Anyway, enough rambling, on with the challenge... this time our sketch looks like this:
 

this was a great challenging shape!

We are very kindly sponsored by All dressed up - now my followers will now how much i adore these digi stamps, and i'm always so excited to be able to use them.  This time we have the cutest little witch!



The backing papers were from a Nitwit digi kit, and she was coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.  I had a spot of bother colouring the skirt as I printed the image a little small, so when in doubt, dig out the glitter!!

The sentiment was printed, coloured with matching promarker and cut individually, The bats and stars were also from the digikit, and I thought the bats deserved to be free flying, hence the acetate, and now they bob about quite nicely!!

What will you do with our sketch - I cant wait to see... please hop over to FSC and check out the inspiration from the other DT's.

thank you for your comments, please leave me some love if you land here!

I'd like to enter this into:

Aud Sentiments - Halloween sentiment
Scrapbooker phd - sentiment other than happy Halloween on Halloween card
Paper pretties - Halloween



See you Sunday

Rachael
xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Easel card

Happy Sunday everyone

As I write this I am cramped into a corner of my existing work space, as my very lovely husband is moving my desk to another corner of the room. This will me a new and improved craft room with much more space.  woo hoo!!  I can't wait to have everything laid out.  I'll take a picture once its done (it will only be tidy once!) to show you all and to remind myself to put things away occasionally.  Are you a messy crafter?

This week at Sentimental Sundays we're making easel cards.

Kindly sponsored by Sami stamps I made this:


the image was coloured with promarkers and Spectrum noir pencils.  The base I cut out using spellbinders nestibilities and a doily die.  the Sentiment is computer generated.  I used a Sue Wilson Poinsettia die, with ribbon, twine and a button for the bow.
the red mat was another scalloped nestibilities that I coloured with promarkers to match his jumper.  A perfect card for my brother and Sister-in-law for Christmas. (speaking of which I unbelievably brought my first batch of Christmas presents this week... just over 13 weeks to go!)

see you all again soon - please hop over to SS if you feel inspired to make an easel card, just dont forget the sentiment!

thank you for all your wonderful comments, and to my followers.  it means a lot to know that my work is appreciated.  It is my passion and it just gives that bit of confidence to know its good enough to be on the internet!

I'd like to enter this into

Sami stamps blog - anything goes
Sister act card challenge - anything goes
Crafty ribbons challenge - Christmas with ribbons
My heart pieces  use a digi stamp
ABC Christmas challenge - something festive

Love
Rachael
x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday sketch 78

Good morning Bloggers!

Hope you are all well.  Isn't Autumn closing in fast?  I've actually had my heating on tonight as its a bit chilly here in Dudley.

I have just found out I live 10 minutes from a wonderful craft shop.  Well its good news for me, but not so much for my Bank Manager!  I've brought some lovely crafty goodies and will be trying them out soon...watch this space!, but for now its our Friday sketch challenge.

Today we are sponsored by the fabulous Rick t Dennis.  I love colouring his images they are such a challenge!

the sketch looks like this:


and here is my take on it



She was coloured with a combination of promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.  the background is craft paper that I've distressed and used a stencil to ink though for the cogs and grungy feel.  I've then added flowers and hessian.  The swirls are paper clay made from a Martha Stewart mold.  the egde strip you can just see, is a Tim Holtz edge die that loks like the top of a note book.

I'd like to enter this into:

Addicted to stamps and more - make your mark
Crafting for all seasons - wheels/cogs (you can just make them out in the background in ink)
Simon says stamp - make your own background
Creative card crew - steampunk
A little bit crafty - distress it
613  Avenue create - Anything goes

thank you for stopping by - please hop on over the Friday sketch challenge and have a go.  Thank you for all your lovely messages, its so nice to read them!

see you all soon
Rachael
x



Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sentimental Sundays - a touch of vintage

Hi all

Once again - Sunday means its time to get sentimental and this time with a touch of vintage theme.  This week we are sponsored by:
 

Here's my card - a little out of my comfort zone with this one...

The image was donated by the sponsors and I coloured it with distress inks.
The back ground was from a digi kit called Lila designs Madame.  a beautiful digi scrapbook kit that has lots of embellishments.  I then added flowers from my stash, and liquid pearls onto the digi kit behind.



The sentiment is a computer generated one.

Hope you like it - please check out my talented DT friends over at Sentimental Sundays and give us a go, oh and if you have landed here, leave me a little love in the comments box
Rachael
xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Back to School

Hello blog land.

Sunday means time for another sentiment card for our Sentimental Sundays challenge.  This time - back to school!

Sponsored by bugaboo stamp,
 

Here's my card for this.

I made it for one of my little boys friends who is leaving nursery this week to go to primary school.  Harrison is so upset that he's not going to see his buddies again, I made this card and put my contact details inside so hopefully they can meet up for play dates.



The papers are from Etsy and the image was kindly donated by the sponsor.  Colored with promarkers (hair - sandstone, tan and cinnamon.  Skin almond, blush and sun kissed pink, shirt lime green, olive green and forest green.  Shorts - denim and Capri blue.  Shoes - cool grey 1 and 3.  Apple - lime green and poppy).  I used Craft artist 2 to cut out the frame and place a black square behind to make it look like a blackboard.

I would like to enter this into:


Thank you for stopping by here - please leave me a message so I know who's visited, and please hop over to sentimental Sundays and check out the fabulous DT inspiration  i can't wait to see your creations, just don't forget the sentiment!

Love
Rachael

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday Sketch challenge 77

Hi everyone

Oh no! I've just released that if its Friday then I'm coming to the end of a fabulous week off, and have a fun filled family weekend coming up, so it will be Monday far too soon!

Its time for another Friday challenge, this time sponsored by:


With a sketch from Carole


Heres my interpretation:


Shes from our sponsor and isnt' she just super cute!  coloured with promarkers (hair - primrose, buttercup, gold, mustard and cinnamon.  Skin - Almond, blush, dusky pink and sunkissed pink.  Bear - vanilla, tan and sandstone.  Rose - pastel pink, carmine and hot pink)
the background papers ad flowers are all from a Kay Miller digi kit called fruitilicious matted and layered with plain black card.
To print, i used cheap computer paper for the background layer and flowers, then printed the digi image and cut her out from Rymans coated card.

I hope you like her - if you have landed her, I love to read the messages you leave!

hop on over to Friday Sketch Challenge to check out the DT inspiration work, and then give it a go!

I'd like to enter this into:



Thanks for stopping by!
Rachael
x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Holiday crafting (and tidying up)


Hello everyone - a rare treat that I am posting just for the fun of it today!

I have spent most of the day tidying my craft room, as it was in rather a mess.  The trouble with working full time and having a little one, is that in the couple of hours I snatch here and there to craft, the last thing I want to do it stop and put everything back away, but it had gotten to the point that I had less than my cutting mat to use for space, and my grand caliber was being used on the floor as I hadn't got enough work surface left!

So after 3 hours of resorting, tidying, and a jolly good craft clear out I know have a lovely space to once again refill with clutter!

Here was today's crafty make.

This was made as a commission for someone changing their job.



the papers are from a nitwit digi kit called petal fresh (but you can buy the paper pack from Lili of the valley).  The frame is paper clay moulded from a Martha Stewart mould and painted with acrylic paint. Flowers from wild Orchid crafts and ribbon, cheesecloth and die cuts from stash.  The sentiment is a LoTV stamp from one of their handwritten collection

I'd like to enter this into:


Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to look!  please leave me a message it makes it all worth while to know people are looking!

Love
Rachael 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sentimental Sundays - shaker cards

Hello to everyone.

oooo - I'm getting excited!  although I'm at work today (booooo), I'm off all next week, so apart from a few small jobs I can spend some quality time next week with my glittler, promarkers and stamps and create some pretty things.  Probably Christmas cards and presents to try and get ahead, but I'm so looking forward to this!! wooo hooo!

Over to this weeks challenge at Sentimental Sundats - this week it's shaker cards.  Now I haven't made one of these for years, but we were kindly given some cut files to use from Cutting Cafe who are are very generous sponsors this week.

I love the butterfly one - its so pretty.


My Lovely tilda was coloured with promarkers and Spectrum noir pencils, the paper is from a digi kit i downlaoded from etsy.  The butterlfy die cut along the edge is a tonic one and the embelishements were from my stash.  The sentiment is from the crafters companion die'sire sets. The shaker stuff insude is a combination of pink fine glitter and white micro beads.


This one is a Lili of the Valley stamp, which i cut out and coloured again with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.  the paper are from a Paperstack pad.  The sentiment is anotehr die'sire one, but this time form the Christmas set.  I used my sillhouette machine to cut out the snow flakes and pine cone embellishment and inked the edges of this too.  The bow is made from a section of florist ribbon.  The bits inside are a combination of snow glitter and tiny whiote micro beads.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, please leave me a message so I know you've been, and please hop over to Sentimental Sundays and check out our telented DT team creations!

See you next week! eekkk.

Rachael
x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Monochrome

Hello everyone

Happy weekend to you all - hope your getting time to relax.  Don't the weeks just seem to be flying by at the moment, I don't know where the time  is going!

Hope you  get chance to hop over to Sentimental Sundays this week where our challenge is Monochrome. Kindly sponsored by Aurora Wings.  I love these digi stamps, so challenging to colour and so striking.

Here is my monochrome card.




the butterfly was coloured with a combination of promarkers and spectrum noirs.  I printed the image twice and cut out the butterfly to layer up afterwards.
I've also used lots of glitter and sparkle and gems (difficult to see in the photo but in real life its very sparkly!)
The sentiment is computer generated, and I Google'd quotes.  I found this one by Sophia Loren and thought it to be very appropriate for this striking image. As its quite small it says ;
Beauty is how you feel on this inside, and it reflects in your eyes

Hope you like it - please do stop by Sentimental Sundays and check out our talented DT work, as well as have a go at our challenge.

Thank you to all my followers, and to those who leave a message, it means a lot to know you're all out there!

I'd like to enter this into:
Flat friends - say it with a quote


Love
Rachael