Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Christmas in July

Hello everyone

Sentimental Sundays is back after a break, and our brand new challenge is Christmas in July.  Hard to think about cold snowy scenes, when outside its 29 degrees c!  It's been gorgeous here in the Midlands, well it has been while I've been sat in my air conditioned office looking out of the window!

This week we are sponsored by



And I used this cute bunny for my card.



the papers are from Michele Roos on etsy, printed onto cheap computer paper.
The image was coloured with promarkers (bunny - vanilla, sandstone and tan with cinnamon and walnut nose.  Blues are powder blue and china blue and hints throughout of cool grey 2 and 3)
the sentiment is stamped from a crafters companion die'sire set.

I'd like to enter this into:
Sketch and stash - from their sketch library
 
Jelly park - Christmas in July
Aud sentiments - Christmas in July
Creative knockouts - Christmas in July
Southern Girls - Christmas is coming
Crafting for all seasons - Christmas

Hope you like it.  If you find yourself in my little piece of crafty heaven, please do leave me a message as it brightens my day to know someone's reading my ramblings!

see you all soon

Rachael
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Sketch challenge #74

Hi everyone

Hope the weather is as lovely where you are as it is here.  Its perfect - lovely and sunny but not too hot.  Perfect for our planned garden renovations.  I'll post some pictures when its done but Hubby is working hard to try and keep on top of it.

Speaking of Hubby - Happy birthday Matt!  21 again!

anyway - back to what you came to see, it if another Friday sketch challenge, this week sposored by



on etsy.

They have some really cute and quirky images.

Here is Sketch 74


and my take on it


 she was coloured with promarkers (skin - Ivory, blush and sunkissed pink.  Hair - buttercup, pineapple crush and mustard.  Dress - Carmine, poppy, ruby, walnut, pale blossom and blossom.  Dog - cool grey 1, 2 and 3 with a french navy lead)
the papers are from a papermania spot and stripe 12 x 12 pack
the flower was part of a 5 pack set I brought for £1 from The range, and a computer generated sentiment.

I'd like to enter this into:

Creative knockouts - friendship, after all dog is mans (or girls) best friend
Southern Girls challenge - round things
Creative moments - Use one flower
I love promarkers - girls
Simon says stamp - spots and dots
Animal friends challenge - dog or a cat
Card Galore encore - use a stamp (digi)

thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely messages!

Rachael
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sentimental Sundays - red white and blue

Good morning everyone

I hope blog land is being kind to one and all.

Our next weekly challenge at Sentimental Sundays is 'red, white and blue'

I had so much fun with this card, and many thanks to our fablous sponsor this week - doodle Garden for this lovely image

I realized I didn't have any red white or blue backing papers, but a shop shopping trip to etsy to download some, soon sorted that. You have got to love the digital age!!



he was coloured with promarkers (trousers - french navy, reef, china blue, arctic blue.  T shirt - poppy, ruby and warm grey 2.  Skin - blush, sunkissed pink and coral.  Hair - primrose, buttercup and pineapple crush)
Computer generated sentiment and papers.  The button is a stamp that came free on a magazine this week finished with some red and white bakers twine!

I would like to enter this into:

Kitty Bee - stars and stripes
Pumpkin spice - red, white and blue
The Doodle Garden - patriotic
Crafty Catz - red, white and blue
Jelly Park - red, white and blue
Polkadoodles - red, white and blue


So - please drop over to Sentimental Sundays and check out our amazing DT gallery.  If you are entering - don't forget the sentiment.

see you all soon

Love
Rachael

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday sketch challenge - sketch 73

Happy Friday everyone.

it's sketchin' time, this weeks sketch looks like this:



and our lovely sponsor faeryink is kindly donating a prize to our winner!

Here is mine - this is the second one I made.  My first attempt I had almost finished the colouring, and I forgot to clean the end of my paper stump, and smudged blue pencil all over her face.  As this wasn't an image of a smurf - I sort of ruined it!  Oh well...

Its my first go at no line colouring (or it think that's what its called anyway)  I printed her in grey so the lines are hardly seen.  I have also been practicing with my spectrum noir pencils again.  Practice makes perfect or so they say, so I'll keep on practicing!





the backing card is just plain cream and I stamped and embossed glittery butterflies on it.  The black circles are a doily die, finished with some pretty flowers from my every growing stash.

thanks so much for stopping by - please leave me a comment if you find your way here!

oh and please stop by our challenge at Friday Sketch challenge, and check out our new DT's designs!

Love
Rachael
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sentimental Sundays - Summer challenge

Hello everyone.

We have finally had some good weather here in the West Midlands, however it was short lived and very temperamental, but to keep us in the mood this weeks challenge over at Sentimental Sundays is 'summer'.

And a scorcher of a sponsor (see what I did there eh!.  sorry....) is all dressed up.

Any followers will know how much I love their images and am thrilled to use the summer girls as part of my project.



the girls are coloured with promarkers - far too many to remember, most of my blue collection was utilised for a start!

the background papers are from a paper capsule collection from Papermania, and the shaped card is made using my latest creative and craft purchase - header tonic dies.  I love them!
butterflies are printed and cut out, flowers ribbon and cheesecloth from stash.

I'd like to enter this into:

Allsorts - Summer girls
Di's digis designs - lots of layers
inkspirational - blue with white
Paper creator - anything goes
Suzie B's bloomin challenge - anything goes
The doodle garden - summer
Chocolate, coffee and cards - Summer lovin'

Please stop over and enter our summery challenge, or a least look at our fabulous DT designs.  Just don't forget the sentiment to qualify!

Thanks for any lovely messages you leave - I really appreciate the time you take to leave feedback!

See you all soon
Rachael
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A post - just because...

Hello everyone - good evening

I am pleased that today I have made a card that is not commissioned for anyone, and is not for a DT, it is... just because!

I don't seem to have time to make and play, so this is a rare treat for me.

I recently joined 'All Dressed up' facebook group and they have an exclusive freebie called twinkle toes, so as it would be rude not to use a freebie - here she is.




She is coloured with promarkers (dress - Primrose, buttercup, pastel yellow, mustard and gold.  bow on dress - coral and heatwave. Skin - blush, sunkissed pink and coral.  Hiar - vanilla, tan, sandstone, caramel and cocoa.)
the papers are from a first edition pad called blank canvas
flowers are punched from same papers with a ribbon and computer generated sentiment.

I would like to enter this into:
Sketch and stash - sketch 142
Cutie pie challenge - cute girls
Crafty creations - things with wings
All dressed up - anything goes
fan-tastic Tuesday - anything goes

thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments. See you all again soon.

Rachael
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sentimental Sundays - when I grow up....

Hello everyone

Another Sentimental Sundays Challenge - this time the theme is.. when I grow up.

Sponsored kindly by Polkadoodles


Here is my interpretation using a lovely image from our generous sponsor.



papers from Digi kit (circus from Daisy trail)
Image coloured with promarkers (buttercup, mustard and gold for T-shirt. Arctic blue, denim blue, rock pool and reef for hat and jeans. Heat wave and warm grey 2 to 4 for drums  Cool grey 2 to 4 for hair.   Blush, sunkissed pink and coral for skin)
Buttons and string from stash
computer generated sentiment.

So if you have an image that could fit into the theme 'when I grow up' don't forget the sentiment and drop over to Sentimental Sundays to enter

I'd like to enter this into:

Digi Galore - add a button
Pumpkin spice - masculine
The stamping boutique - Card for a child
Creative moments - anything goes/one for the boys

Thanks for stopping by - please leave me a message if you do - I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks
Rachael


Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday Sketch challenge Sketch 72

Hello Crafty fans

its is Friday - and therefore another sketch challenge from our lovely (and expanding) DT at FSC.

this week our sponsor is Digi boutique who are giving a £5 voucher to spend.

and our sketch is:




And here is my interpretation of it.




The image is from Crafts and me and is a Hanna Lynn one.  Coloured with promarkers
(Cool Grey 2 to 5, Warm Grey 2 to 4 for hair.  Putty, sunkissed pink and rose for her skin, lips and dress hot pink, with a bit of duck egg blue.  the eyes are Arctic blue
the papers are from a digi kit (new years eve a free kit on daisy trail)
flowers and ribbon from stash
Sentiment and butterflies - Computer generated.
Die - spellbinders

I'd like to enter this into:

Aud Sentiments Challenge - Two word sentiments
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Pennys Paper-crafty challenge - favourite embellishment (those gorgeous cherry blossoms)

Thanks for stopping by - please leave me a message if you do - I love to read them...

See you soon
Rachael

ps I think there is a slight technical hitch on the FSC website, but please bear with us while we get things runnng again.
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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sentimental Sundays challenge 211 - animals

Hello everyone

It feels like ages since I last posted, but I've been on holiday for the last two weeks.  Myself, my husband and son have spent two weeks in sunny Cornwall and have had an absolute whale of a time!  My only complaint is that where we stayed had no 3G and limited wi-fi so I was unable to post and visit blogs or update my challenges...

Oh well, back to work tomorrow, however also back to a few home comforts and constant internet access!

Right then, the challenge from Sentimental Sundays this week is 'Animals'.  Our lovely sponsor Oak pond have donated some images and will be donating three images to the winner,


The animals must be of the 4 or more legged variety - basically no bugs or butterflies, but think pets and such like.

Here  is my card



I made this with a digi background, sentiment and digi stitches around the edge. My image was coloured with a combination of promarkers and my latest treat to myself, Spectrum noir pencils.  I decided to buy the full set in one go although I haven't told my hubby how much they were!  I'm slowly getting the hang of them, blending and layering, but I thought for animals it gives a bit more texture to the fur

I would like to enter this card into:

CAS - Always something creative
Anything Goes - Crafts galore encore
4 legged friends - Natalie and Amy's challenge
Say it with a sentiment - Scribbles design challenge
CAS - Stamping with the dragon

Thanks for stopping by, and if you do i'd love you to leave a message - I've missed them while I've been away!

Rachael
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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sentimental Sundays challenge 209 make it 'fab'ric

Hello blogland

Sunday again - my how the weeks are flying by.

This week our challenge i make it fab'ric'.  I have used felt as my fabric of choice.

we are sponsored by Paper pretties


and I used this mouse, I'd like to think its lemonade in that glass, but it may be something a little stronger!



I actually made a tag this week because I have a bottle to wrap as a present and thought this would be cool to decorate it with!

The flowers are felt cut with Tim Holtz funky flowers die and big shot machine, finished with a  blue brad
the image is coloured with the usual promarkers (Warm grey 2, 3 and 4, blush and sunkissed pink for the mouse, Arctic blue, Capri blue and glacier blue for the drink, turquoise for the straw and umbrella as well as Pineapple crush and buttercup for the yellow flowers and lemons)
the tag was from inkylicious with a piece of ric-rac ribbon coloured with promarker to match the image.

please stop over and check out the DT work, its amazing as usual, and have a go!

see you soon

Rachael
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