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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes

Hi Everyone

Hope your Christmas plans are all going well.  Last few bits to buy and few cards to write and send out, but otherwise I think I'm almost there!

It's Sunday - therefore time for our latest challenge at Sentimental Sundays - this week anything goes!



These cutie are from our lovely sponsor - Random fan.  Coloured with promarkers.

The papers are from a pad i had free from a magazine last year, with die cut holly, berries and the sentiment is a Tim Holtz die.

Why don't you hop on over to our challenge at Sentimental Sundays and check out the DT inspiration

Thanks for dropping by, please leave me a comment - it makes my day to read them! x

See you soon

Rachael

Sunday, 7 December 2014

All Dressed up - NEW DT and December release

Hello everyone

I have been so excited I've barely been able to contain myself.  I found out earlier this week that I had made the cut for the All dressed up DT call!!  I happy danced around for a long while I cant tell you what this means to me and to be working with some extremely talented ladies makes my feel very honoured!

Here's my first post.  I only had a couple of days to make this.  The image is yet again so gorgeous I didn't want to over whelm her, I wanted her to be the main focus.



She's called 'little skater'  - Check out the blog and shop for details on how to get your hands on her here
She's been coloured with promarkers and then I've used distress inks and glitter to produce the shadows and ice effect.  The image was printed onto the background and I've then used copious amounts of frantage all around to make it look like its snowing!

please hop over to ADU to see our other new release and see some of Wendy's other gorgeous images too.  Our latest challenge is still on too if you fancy using one of the images (I know you wont' be able to resist!) all info on the blog too.

anyway - I'm off again to dance around a little bit more! 

I'd like to enter this into:

Brown Sugar - Winter
Delicious Doodles - non traditional Christmas
Art impression stamps - Feeling frosty
Crafting by designs - Christmas


Please leave me some love if you drop by here - I love to read your lovely comments they always make my day x

See you soon
Rachael 



Sentimental Sundays - Embossing wet or dry

Hello bloggers.

I hope your Christmas planning is going well!  I'm currently nursing a rather sore head after my company Christmas party last night.  It involved lots of dancing, drinking and even  food fight well life's too short not to let your hair down at least once a year!!  

Anyway... our latest challenge over at Sentimental Sundays is Embossing.  so either wet using powders and inks, or dry with folders etc.

Our lovely sponsor today is bugaboo - so I used this uber cute image as it reminded me of my little boy!



My sentiment background is embossed with a bargain folder I picked up at the NEC.  I had it from 'every crafts a pound' so no prizes for guessing I paid £1 for it!

The background paper is a docrafts one called letter to Santa and the image has been coloured with promarkers.  The Ho Ho stamp is from a Crafters companion set .

Please hop on over to Sentimental Sundays and have a go at our challenge.  Bugaboo are giving away images for the winner, but even if you don't want to enter, our talented DT have some great inspiration for you.

See you soon

Rachael
x


Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday sketch challenge 84

Hello fellow bloggers

its Friday - and our fortnightly release of a new sketch over at Friday sketch challenge.

This time by the lovely Maja.



And without further ado (I haven't got much to add today i'm too busy with Christmas prep to have a life!) here's my interpretation




Hes' a cute LoTV stamp (i purchased rather a lot from a lovely lady on Facebook who was giving up crafting... bargain too!).  Hes been colored with promarkers
For the background I used distress inks with my duster brushes and a torn piece of paper to create snow and sky, and edged this with glitter,

Please stop over at Friday sketch challenge and give it a go.  If you land here please leave me a comment as I'd love to hear from you!

I'd like to enter this into:
Through the craft room door - anything goes
Sweet Stamps - Christmas Spirit
Incy wincy designs - Christmas no red or green
Simon says stamp - Holiday cards
613 Avenue create - anything goes
Glitter and Sparkle - use some snow

hope you like it... off to do more shopping!

see you soon
Rachael
x

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sentimental Sundays - use lots of layers

Hi all

it is once again time for another weekly Sentimental Sundays Challenge - this time it's 'use lots of layers'

Our kind sponsor this week is a day for daisies and I have used this lovely angel as the centre piece for my multi-layered card.

and here she is:


 She was coloured with promarkers and the papers are from an old first edition pink Christmas pad matted onto silver mirri card (although the photo makes it look black!). around the image is scattered some chunky white frantage and the snowflakes are die cuts - glittered and glued on.
The sentiment is part of a set I picked up from Hobby Arts at the NEC

I think that's nearly all my Christmas cards made now... although I can't help feeling I'v missed someone....

I'd like to enter this into:
Crafty Calender Challenge - all about Christmas
Inkspirational - Christmas with a twist - no red or green
A crafty mess - anything goes
Completely Christmas - Something beginning with S (snowflakes)

thanks for stopping by - and thank you for any love you leave in my message box - it's  all appreciated!

Rachael
x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

All dressed up for Christmas

Hi everyone

Woo hoo - I've managed a midweek post!  I have managed to squeeze in a bit of crafting over the last couple of days - however not as much as I'd like as I have been catching up with those household chores as well as doing some school visits so I can choose a school for Harrison next September. sob sob!

My followers will know the All dressed up are my favourite digi stamps, and as they are having a DT call, it would be rude not to have a go!




The stamp is called Happy Christmas little star, and shes been coloured with promarkers.  Around the edge is aged aqua embossing enamel and chunky white (both frantage).  the papers are from a digi kit by nitwit and its been aged using a technique I recently learned at my fortnightly workshop (thanks Sue!). Using a very dry flat brush and gesso,  lightly pull the loaded brush across the card and it makes it look like its been sanded and aged.  The blue panel has been run through an embossing folder with some blue/white spotty ribbon.  The sentiments are a combination of Lili of the valley and Crafters companion Christmas magic stamps.  the flowers are Sue Wilson dies

Hope you like it!  thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings....

I'd like to enter this into

All dressed up DT call
Crafty Sentiments - use die cuts
Passion for promarkers - blooming marvelous (use flowers)
Through the craft room door - anything goes
addicted to stamps - lots of layers
Christmas stampin - anything goes Christmas

See you soon

Rachael
x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Heartfelt thanks

Hello fellow bloggers

It is once again our weekly challenge over at Sentimental Sundays - this time its for projects and cards based around heartfelt thanks.

Our lovely sponsors this week are 2 cute to ink.

Here's my card made with one of the sponsors images. (apologies aboutt he photo it didnt come out too well even after it was adjusted!)



The papers are first edition j'adore.  the image is coloured with promarkers.  (red - poppy, cardinal red and walnut, Cat - Ginger, spice and terracotta)

The flowers are a Britannia die that I've doubled layered and shaped and added foliage (also die cut) and the sentiment is a computer generated one.

Hope you like it.  I;d like to enter this into:

One stitch at a time - anything goes with giving thanks
crafty hazelnuts patterned paper - use patterned paper
Stemplegarden Challenge - animals

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments!

See you soon
Rachael
x






Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Sketch challenge 83.

Hi everyone

Roll on the weekend... I have a rare treat next week too - a whole week off (except for Thursday) when I can spend time with my little one, and some quality time in my beloved craft room.  bliss!  I have loads of projects I need to make as both gifts and cards for friends and family - so I need to get cracking!


Its our fortnightly challenge time again at Friday Sketch Challenge, this time the lovely Lizbeth has created this sketch:



And the lucky winner will get a Christmas surprise box as supplied by Christine - our DT Co-ordinator. got to be worth a go hasn't it?? - and its a great sketch.

Here's my take on it.





I used a stamp fairy image and coloured her with promarkers before fussy cutting her out..  I then used my dies to create the oval and the poinsettia flowers/greenery.  The sentiment is part of a die cut and stamp set from marianne designs.

The back ground papers are a combination of a docrafts paper pad and digi printed torn strips (left over scraps)

I'd like to enter this into:

Addicted to stamps and more - make your mark
love to create - make it for Christmas
Love to scrap - say it in colour (I used green)
crafting by design - Christmas

See you Sunday and hopefully next week too, but if you've landed here now - please leave me a message, it makes my day to read them!

love
Rachael
x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sentimental Sundays Challenge - Brads, buttons and bows

Good morning everybody

Me again with another Sunday challenge from the brilliant Sentimental Sundays team.

this week were are sponsored by Paper Pretties and our theme is Brads, Buttons and bows.

This is a quick post as I'm just getting ready to go to my Nephews Christening, where I will be his God Parent, so there's not much waffling today (which some may say is not such a bad thing!)

Here's my card using buttons (Bows were not really appropriate for a robot card, and I cant find my brads anywhere!)



made with a paper pretties images, coloured with Grey promarkers.  Background papers are from an old pad.  embellished with buttons and string.

See you soon

Rachael
x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Fairies and Fantasy

Hello bloggers

This week at Sentimental Sundays we have a fairies and fantasy week.  I'd normally pick fairy and go for something really cute, but I'd got to make a Gothic card for a friend so thought I'd err on the side of fantasy... dark fantasy!

This image is from our sponsor, although its one I brought a while ago and haven't yet used.

Our sponsor is Rick St Dennis and heres my card made from this image and some other gloopy stuff... very different from my usual style!



The images was coloured with promarkers and a fine dusty in mica powder (although you cant see this in the photo!)
I then cut out cogs using my silhouette (2 of each) and glued them together for dimension.  I used a chip board frame, some card candi and a couple of buttons for the background, then covered the entire thing in  a couple of layers of acrylic paint.  I then used gold gilding wax and red mica powder to add colour to the background before mounting the picture and using a computer generated sentiment to finish the card.

et voila  steampunk meets fantasy!

Hope my Goth friend likes it!

See you all soon

Rachael