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Monday, 1 February 2016

Well, it's Monday AGAIN!

Boo! I hate Monday's, it means I have to stop playing with my crafty stash and go and earn some money - you know, that sensible adulting stuff we all hate!

Anyway, on this dull and dreary Monday, I thought I'd share another of my makes using the fab new CD 'A Country Life', this uses one of the Heart Easels on the CD, there are 6 of these, all ready for you to cut out and put your own interpretation on.  I used some of the dies from Sara's Signature Series 'Butterfly Lullaby' for embellishment (flit and flutter and the fancy flourishes dies) together with some rose embellishments.  Unfortunately it does not show up in the photo but I also used my clear sparkle pen from the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens on the butterfly and if you catch it in the right light it glistens beautifully.


Anyway, whatever you are up to today, hope it's a good one!

TTFN

Rach
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Friday, 29 January 2016

A Country Life

Wow! Twice in one week, must have fallen and bumped my head!

But I'm back for a really good reason and that is to remind you all to tune in to Create and Craft at midday today when Fiona will be bringing the pick of the week, which is a stunning new collection from Morgan Fitzsimons (yes the same lady who brought the INCREDIBLE Flights of Fantasy collection).  There is a fabulous CD full of the most amazing images to cover so many occasions and then some beautiful stamps too so you can get colouring with all your Spectrum goodies!

This card was made using one of the Card Companions from the CD, together with one of the backing papers.  The flowers were cut from Centura Pearl using the Die'sire Forget me Not dies, I then coloured the flowers using Spectrum Noir pens (PL2 and PL4), shaped using a ball tool, layered and added a gem to the centre, some ribbon and a double bow (used the bowmaker on my Ultimate Pro) and your good to go, well once you've added an insert to the inside of the card, and there are some really lovely ones on this CD as well as some really lovely verses for your cards.



Well, make sure you tune in at MIDDAY TODAY and grab yours early!

TTFN

Rach
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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Just a quickie

Well, I'm trying to post slightly more often as I've been very quiet recently, still crafting but not getting it online.

This is a card I made for my daughter to take into the place she had been doing some work experience, it's a really simple card made using the Spectrum Aqua pens.  I just put some colour onto a piece of acetate (Teal, Gold & Red Violet), spritzed with water and then put the watercolour card on top, give it a wiggle and lift, then matt and layer onto some coloured card (I used Core'dinations) and add a die cut sentiment from the Die'sire Only Words range.


Well, hope you like it - it can be adapted in all sorts of ways, in fact I have already made another card in this sort of style which I will show soon....

TTFN

Rach
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Remember me?

 I cannot believe how fast this year is going, it will be pancake day in just a few weeks!  And then Valantines shortly after.

That being said, today I'm sharing a Christmas card, yep, I never stop with them, love making Christmas cards and with all the lovely pictures of New York covered in snow it really looks quite Christmasy over there (wet and windy over here as usual!).

I started with a 6x6 card blank and used Sara's Signature Collection 'Festive Wonder' Snowy Corner embossing folder to make one corner snowy and then inked this with Tumbled Glass and Broken China distress inks.  Then I used the Die'sire Christmas Edge'able 'Let it Snow' to give the sentiment at the top and embellished the card with some snowflakes cut using the 'Snowflake Trio' die (again from Sara's Signature Collection).

The image is a Woodware clear magic singles stamp that I got at Exeter last year, and coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils (I have the old style ones but have given the link to the new), anyway, time to see the card....


These are the pencils I used:

Holly: 46, 49, 53
Berries: 26, 33
Nose: 19, 22, 26
Hat: 18, 80, 82, 1, 112, 114
Scarf: 78, 83, 66, 70, 73
Background: 74

Well, hope you like it & remember, it'll be Christmas again before you know it!

TTFN

Rach
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Okay, so I know I'm late & haven't blogged for aaaaagggggeeessss! but as all crafters I left everything until the last minute, ran round like a blue &*!@ fly and still managed to pull off a wonderful Christmas (even if I do say so myself).

I did, however have to clear away my craft area so that we could eat Christmas lunch as my craft desk doubles as our dining table (but only for very special occasions).  My craft stuff is now back out and I'm going to try and make a start and get ahead for next year as I think it's going to be a very busy one!

This first card was made using Sara's Signature range 'Festive Wonder', and as a huge fan of Christmas I'm sooo in love with this range I cannot begin to tell you!  The card base is made with Centura Pearl which has been cut down to create a tent fold 6x6 card (not truly 6x6 but 14.8 cm x 14.8 cm), I then marked the centre of the card and used a circle cutter to cut a 4 inch circle from the middle of the card, this was then embossed using the Festive Frame.  I cut two of the Festive flakes and glued them back to back with a bit of silver thread and hung this from the middle of the frame, I die cut a whole load of the festive trio dies from Centura Pearl hint of Silver (I used this throughout the card) and dotted these over the front of the frame putting gems in the centre of each.  Oh, you can't see it very well, but I stamped a whole flurry of snowflakes on the inside of the card and heat embossed these with Wow embossing powder in 'sparkling snow'.  I stamped a sentiment on the back and then turned the card into a tunnel card by using a spare piece of card at the bottom so that the card is self standing (picture will show you better than I can explain).



Having completed this card, I had a circle of centura pearl with a snowflake shape cut out of it and decided that this needed to be turned into a card (well, waste not want not as my mum used to say!).

I took a 7x7 card base and layered up core'dinations with paper from the 6x6 Festive Wonder pad and also used another sheet to back my snowflake cut out, I cut a larger piece of green to back the snowflake onto and so this now looked like a bauble.  I put a ribbon bow at the top, bit of matting and layering, some pearls and gems and the card was born.  The stunning poinsettia and foliage in the corner is also from the Festive Wonder range, in fact the only thing that isn't is the sentiment, which came from the Vintage Christmas Sentimentals 'home for christmas' range.


Well, I hope you like these cards, hopefully I'll be back with a couple of quick makes to show you which will hopefully get you out of a hole in the festive period!

Until then

TTFN

Rach
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Saturday, 14 November 2015

When can I move in?

Okay so following on from the success of my halloween house, I have moved on to Christmas and wanted to create an elegant Christmas house for your mantel or table.

I used the Country Cottage template again, and you might recognise a whole load of other Crafters companion dies (I'll list them all at the bottom).  The house was made using Kraft card, which I stamped onto with snowflakes in a white ink (doesn't show very well but does add something to the finished effect), I also used the ink pad to swipe over all the edges of the house.  The door and window are backed with acetate, and what you cannot see is there is a door in the back of the house so that you can put battery powered tea lights, or a string of lights into the house (looks gorgeous with a string of battery powered lights inside - I got a string of 20 from Wilkos for £2.50).

What you can't see from the photos is that I glittered the edge of all the roof slats, the cotton wool has been sprayed with spray & sparkle irridescent, and the acetate icicles have also been sprayed with spray & sparkle - there is lots of sparkle to this house!



dies used:

Die'sire Santa & Sleigh (sorry no link as I cannot see it on the website)
Die'sire Lamppost and sign (again no link as I cannot see it available at the moment)
Snowman & snowdog dies from the Crafters Inspiration Magazine No. 5

Hope this provides you with some inspiration to create your own festive centrepieces.

TTFN

Rach
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Is it Christmas yet?

Well, I hope you've all been enjoying Crafters Companion Birthday week, there have been some incredible new products to keep you going.  I have my new sparkly scoremaster and the DVDs to get some more inspiration for future projects.

Sad tho it is I did not buy the new sparkly ultimate as I didn't want to seem disloyal to my faithful old friend that sits next to me at my crafting table and is used regularly to assist with my card making, my ultimate works and I love it!  That being said, if you don't already have one, this is the perfect time and you can bag yourself a gorgeous purple sparkly one to boot!

Anyway,  today's card was made using the freebies from the Crafters Inspiration 8 magazine, I just love those stamps of Sheena's and teamed up with a sparkly silver embossing powder, stunning! (and none of the detail of the stamp was lost).

I also used the embosallicious 'Let it Snow' folder, the die'sire scalloped tags, a bit of silver card, Centura pearl hint of silver, a ribbon (bow tied on the bowmaker of my ultimate) and you're done.  I think this card could be mass produced, changed up in little ways/colour changed, and you've sorted your Christmas cards!


Anyway, hope you have a great day & I'll be back soon.

TTFN

Rach
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