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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

First of Many Christmas cards

Hi Everyone

Its that time of year again... end of July must mean its time to start thinking about Christmas.  I always make a start early, but this year I'm hoping for a craft stall at the local church Christmas fair, so I'm making extra cards!

My first is a Lili of the valley image that I just adore. I brought it recently when they had their sale.




I coloured him with distress inks and colour washed all around the background, adding frantage for a snowy look.  The Backing papers are from an old set (I can't remember what make they are though - i have so many bits lying about!).  The die cuts are both Britannia dies - one Ivy and the other pine cones, also inked with distress inks.  The sentiment is from an Imagination craft set.  Finished with a bow and a sparkly gem.

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafting for all seasons - Christmas in July
Whimsy inspiration - Christmas in July
going grey with scrap creations - Christmas in July
Craft dee bowz - anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafty Boots - Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la creations - Christmas in July

thanks for taking the time to look, please leave me a message if you stop by here :)

See you soon

Rachael
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Simply cards and Papercraft

Hi Everyone

As you know i work with some amazing ladies at All dressed up, designing cards and projects using the fabulous images drawn by Wendy Burns and we were lucky enough to be invited to make something to showcase some freebies Wendy was giving away free with the magazine.

The freebies are both digi images and papers, so it's worth picking up a copy of the magazine so get these.

Sadly the original publication was discontinued and another magazine picked up the article.  Sadly not all of our designs made it into the final page and they were all so stunning. the team worked so hard.

I was one of the lucky few who's card made it into print and into the magazine, so here's my card made using the wedding camper van.

I decided to make a wedding invitation.  I used 2 x 6 inch square cards and cut them diagonally on the front to form flaps.  These were decorated with the free papers, and a paper punched lace border added.  inside I cut another piece of card and printed the invitation wording onto it, punched a hole in the top and used twine .

I then coloured the image and fussy cut it out, adding it to band that went around the envelope, finishing it with two buttons for decoration.




I did take my own photos of the image on my phone, but due to a gremlin, they became corrupted when I tried to transfer them, however i think the magazines photography is far better than mine anyway!

Why not nip out to the newsagents now and pick up your copy to get hold of 9 images plus bonus backing papers, all for free.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachael
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Monday, 13 July 2015

two days running!

Hi everyone

My Posts are a little bit like British buses, nothing for ages, then lots together!

I promised yesterday I'd be back today and this time with an All dressed up card, and a Lili of the valley one too!

This first one is made using time to share image from the fabulous all dressed up!  I actually won this before I became part of their DT, speaking of which come back tomorrow for some exiting news about some freebies in a magazine from the lovely Wendy Burns!



Coloured with my trusty promarkers, I used some digi papers from a polka doodles set for the background, and did some faux stitching all around the edges to make it pop.

The flowers are a Sue Wilson die coloured with distress inks (see below for how I got them speckled) and the leaves are also a Sue Wilson die.
The butterflies are from an old die set - I think Marianne but i can't be sure as the packaging is loooong gone!

To get the speckled look, I used a distress ink pad on a glass mat and spritzed water onto it making it form droplets.  I then leave it for a few moments to start and dry up, then add the white card to the drops.  That gives it the dotty look.

Id like to enter this into
Fab n funky - flowers


My second card surprisingly isn't coloured with promarkers - instead I had another practice with the distress inks.




The image was coloured using a variety of coloured distress inks, then die cut using a spellbinders die.  The leaves you may recognise from above, but this time the flowers are a small flower punch, coloured with distress inks then shaped using an embossing tool.  The centre is yellow glitter.

The sentiment is a crafters companion one, and the whole thing is layered onto Anne Marie designs spotty card.

Id like to enter this into:

613 Avenue create - anything goes
Crafty friends challenge - anything goes
Simply papercraft - anything goes
Creative card crew - Die cuts (the oval and the leaves are die cuts)

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments - its appreciated!

Love
Rachael










Sunday, 12 July 2015

Hello Again!

Hi everyone

You may have noticed a lack of posts recently - well that's because all of my DT's are on summer breaks and I thought I'd take one too.

I've been busy at work and getting ready for my little boy to start school in September, so I took the chance to have a bit of a crafting rest, but I'm back now raring to go!

Anyway - 'enough rambling' I hear you cry - 'get on with the projects'... so here they are.

This first one was made for my friend who was leaving at work - I'm going to miss her, but when I saw this tiddly inks image I though of her immediately!



 Coloured with promarkers, the image and sentiment are both Tiddly inks.  The backing card is from Anne Marie designs

I'd like to enter this into:
Creative knockouts - summer fun
Cute card Thursday - Ladies only
Alicibel challenge - summer
Crafty catz weekly - summer
Creative corner - summer fun

This next one is another tiddly inks design, one of my favourite images



again coloured with promarkers.  The card is from the same set, and I've embossed the top layer.  The wiggly lines are a spellbinders die set.  The sentiment is computer generated then die cut using small circles.

I'd like to enter this into:

Polkadoodles - add some embossing
crafting with attitude - anything goes
Addicted to stamps - make your mark
Fantastic Tuesday - in the garden
Papertake weekly - anything goes

I've scheduled another post for tomorrow - so check back in for another couple of cards tomorrow night too!

Thanks for stopping by - I know I've neglected my blog a bit recently, but I really appreciate those of you who stop by and check it out, especially when you leave m,e some love!

See you soon
Rachael
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday morning sketch challenge

Hello everyone

'All dressed up' are sponsoring Tuesday Morning sketch challenge and several of my talented DT's were asked to make a card to showcase for the challenge.

this is the sketch:



and I made this:


As soon as I saw the sketch I immediately thought of a centre stepper card.

The image is one of the summer girls and I coloured her with promarkers and Spectrum noir pencils before fussy cutting her out.  The backing papers are from Pink petticoat that I printed onto plain card stock.  The card was cut using a die as was the oval shape behind the cutie.  Finishing it off it a sentiment from Lili of the valley and a cute little heart shaped button.

Please hop over to the challenge for a chance to win some of Wendy's fabulous images.

I'd like to enter this into:



Thanks for stopping by - please leave me a message if you happen across my small part of the internet, it always makes my day to receive them!

see you soon

Rachel
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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sentimental Sundays - Fathers day

Happy fathers day to all those dads out there!

In honour of Dad's everywhere SS this week have a masculine themed challenge - simply called 'happy fathers day'

Our sponsor Bugaboo have kindly donated some images to help us make fabulous cards for those special Dad's and I used 'superdad' for this.  I didn't want to make a card for my hubby from Harrison as he had made one at nursery which was so special I wanted this as pride of place.  Instead I made Matt a pennant to celebrate the fact he's a No 1 dad.


I used a x-cut die for the flag and letters to cut out in blue and red card respectively.  I then coloured the image using promarkers, fussy cut him out and stuck him down using silicon glue for dimension. All hanging with a piece of twine!

Matt is a superdad after all!

Have a great day Dad's!!!

Love
Rachael
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Prom princess all dressed up challenge June 15th


Hello everyone

I'm back from holiday all tanned and relaxed (well I was relaxed but that never lasts long does it when you return!)

We had a wonderful holiday in Cyprus - Thanks to the team at the Aliathon Holiday Village we had an amazing time!

Back to mt crafty room though - It's been almost three weeks since I made anything, and if I'm honest, I almost feel a bit out of practice.  Sorry Hubby but that means I'll have to get back in there on a regular basis to get my mojo back!

Back over to the challenge and here's my inspiration, she's called Prom princess and is available here 



I coloured her using promarkers then fussy cut her out.  The flower and head band have a wink of Stella glitter to make them uber sparkly.  The background is red card and I used my Heartfelt creations flower stamp in black to add detail randomly stamping around.  The white mount was distressed using weathered wood distress inks and a bit of white frantage.  The sentiment stamp is from Inklicious.  Matted onto black card, she was mounted using silicon glue for dimension, with a bit of red ribbon and four black sparkly gems to finish.

I hope you like it - please hop over to 'All dressed up' and enter out latest challenge to win three of Wendy's stunning images, or just to check out the other talented DT work.

Please remember if you want to enter, the theme is anything goes, but you Must use an all dressed up image.  If you haven't got one - then you can still join in there are freebies here

I'd like to enter this into:




Thanks for stopping by, and leaving your comments - they always make me smile!

Rachael
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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sentimental Sundays - you did it - Graduation.

Hello everyone

Its the time of year when many young people are going through exams and completing degree's, so our challenge at Sentimental Sundays is to celebrate this.  Its called - you did it! Graduation theme.

We are sponsored by Drawn with character


And I used one of their images to make this....



Isn't he great - I think he's just perfect!

I coloured him with Promarkers, then detailed with Spectrum Noir pencils.

The paper is from my stash ( can't remember the name of the pad and I'm hopeless as I throw away all packaging when I get something new!)

The sentiment was printed and then punched using a small circle punch, with a little distress ink in rusty hinge to make them pop!

If you are taking exams - good luck (and if you're a parent of a child, i know it can be tough for you too!!)

Please hop over to SS and check out our fabulous DT cards, and if you are making something to celebrate passing those exams, please enter too!

See you soon
Rachael

PS - I am now back from Cyprus, but posting in advance as I am now buried under a huge pile of washing!
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

All dressed up - New releases

Hello everyone

Wow - Wendy has done it again.  These new images are just amazing.  My showcase is Daddy's big present but these are the new images in store here

They are:

Flower fairy


The little flower fairy


Summer fayre


Big present for Daddy


and here is my inspiration





The image is coloured with promarkers.  The papers are from a circus daisy trail digi kit.  I used them both inside and outside the card.

I've also used glossy accents on the cab of the digger to make it look like glass and finished with some buttons.

I hope you like this as much as i do!  oh and hop across to all dressed up and check out the DT cards for the release, and also everyday a new card will be posted too with the new releases from our amazing team (inclduing our latest Dressy team members - welcome ladies!!)

see you all soon

Rachael



Sunday, 7 June 2015

Sentimental Sundays - Vintage

Hello friends!

Over at SS this week we have a new challenge for vintage themed projects.  I really struggle with this theme as its really not my style - but I gave it a go and this was the result.

Our Sponsor is Fred She Said who have some lovely digi stamps as well as pre coloured images.  Thanks you for supplying me with great materials!




I took a pre-coloured rose and used it to make the background papers.  It was just a sheet of copy paper I printed onto before ripping and making it shabby.  I also used vintage photo to age the edges and stamped lightly with a script stamp in places too.

The image is a digi stamp that I printed six times, and cut out the layers before colouring with promarkers.  I then layered them together and added a touch of gilding wax and some glitter glue to add sparkle and shine.

The cheesecloth was also coloured with ink and wet to give an aged look.

I also used a touch of gilding wax around the edges of the papers too.  I used the backing paper to make a matching insert.  All done!


Hope you like it, I'm pleased with the result.  Sorry about the photos the lighting didn't adjust properly leaving it a strange colour.!!

please hop over and join our challenge, our DT's have once again made some fantastic inspired projects!

See you all soon
Rachael
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