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Friday, 26 September 2014

A Little Bird told me

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, I went to Exeter Westpoint for my annual pilgrimage to the Craft Fair, it was not quite as good as usual, well not for card makers as there seemed to be a lot more cross stitch, sewing, quilting and knitting stuff than there has been previously.  In spite of this I managed to spend a small fortune (well, it would be rude not to) and got myself a lovely new angle poise lamp with a daylight bulb so that I can carry on when the weather turns all gloomy (no gloom in my card today!).

Not long to go now until the launch of the wonderful new Moonbeam Meadow range - Monday in fact, so set your alarms and be up early to watch Sara on Create and Craft with this lovely range.

I was so lucky to get to play with the Everyday CD and stamps, they really are so much fun to work with.  The papers on this card all came from the CD, including the border piece across the middle, the spiral flower and the bow above the birds.  The birds are one of the stamp sets that comes with the range (there are 6 in everyday and 6 for christmas), along with the sentiment.  I used Spellbinders Labels 28 to cut out the image, the matting and layering was done using Coredinations Colourcore card.  The Leaves were cut with the Diesire Leaf 2 die and the butterflies are also diesire (Beautiful butterflies).


The image was coloured with my trustee spectrum noir markers:

TN1, TN2, EB2, LY1, GB1, GB3
TB1, TB2, BT1-3, GB5, CG1, CG2
GB2, GB4, CT2

I really think you will fall in love with this range, and I know I always say this, but I have to admit (and not because I'm on the design team), Crafters Companion really do bring the most wonderful ranges to the market, and they make sure that everything you could possibly need is included.

Anyway, 'nuff of my waffle - hope you're having a great day & see you again soon.

TTFN

Rach
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

You're gonna love this!

Okay, so I haven't blogged in aaaaaggggggeeeeesss, but I have been making stuff, lovely stuff in fact!

Launching on Create and Craft on Monday (8 a.m.) as the four day deal is the new Moonbeam Meadow Range, which will include 2 CD's - Everyday and Christmas, 6 stamp sets for each range (Everyday & Christmas), plus a HunkyDory papercrafting kit!!

I was asked to work with the Everyday CD and Everyday Stamp sets, and boy can I tell you, I had such a fabulous time!!  The peak I'm showing today, is actually a book cover for one of those plain old A5 spiral bound notebooks you can pick up for £1 all over the place - I think it turns it into quite a nice gift idea.  I used the fabric companions from the CD for the images and then cut up a pillow case (brand new one I would add), ironed on the images to the fabric (there is one on the front and one on the back), used some wadding to pad it out, bias binding around the edges, and a bit of elastic to create a closure and there you have it.  You could add sequins, seed beads, ribbon, whatever you fancy to jazz it up a bit, or leave it plain and simple, the images are so gorgeous anyway!

Well, hope you like it, and I'll be back tomorrow with another make from the range to whet your appetite!

TTFN

Rach
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crafters Companion August Challenge

Well, hasn't the weather changed - I'm looking out on a dreary, wet day, ah well, looks like summer is over for another year!

My lovely buddy Alison made it over on Saturday and we had a fab time, she made loads of cards, and I didn't!  But I did manage to get most of my Spectrum Noir accreditation test ready to send off, I've only got the final image to stamp and colour, still got to pass it, but we'll see.

Anyway, onto the card for today, the theme for the August Crafters Companion challenge is 'all about school' - now many of you will be getting children ready either for first day of school or the return to school, so this should be right at the front of your minds.  You could make a bookmark, a teacher gift, card, or just something that has a school or academic theme, there are so many possibilities, so come on people, let's see what you can do!

I chose one of the shaped cards from the Mulberry Wood everyday range, I printed a backing paper onto the back so that the inside of the card was decorated as well, and then printed the image again a couple of times so that I could decoupage the image, and then added WELL DONE using my scan n cut - fairly simple, but would have made a great card for a teenager just passing their exams.

Hope you all have a great day & manage to stay dry!

TTFN

Rach
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Sorry, been hiding under a pile of snowmen!

OMG! I did not realise it had been so long since I posted on here - bad blogger!

It's not entirely true that the whole time I've been buried under snowmen, but it is true in part, I have been working on the next big launch for Crafters Companion, which is the 2014 Snowman & Snowdog CD.  It's cram packed with beautiful things, and is not just for card makers, there is so much there you can have a truly amazing house decorated with everything Snowman & Snowdog over Christmas.  There are baubles, bunting, crackers, wine glass charms and soooo much more, I had a blast using it all & will definitely be making more in the run up to the big day!

Anyway, onto todays make, which is actually one of the cards from the CD, it's a spring card, but I played about with it a bit and put it on a stepped base, add some snowflakes and ivy (all Diesire dies), some frantage snow, and some gems and voila!


Anyway, hope you like, and I'll be back later with some more to whet your appetite for the launch tomorrow.

TTFN

Rach

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sorry - been playing with my new toy

Well, sorry for the extended absence, I haven't really been creating an awful lot recently, I have been hiding away playing with my new Scan n Cut, which my Mum very kindly offered to get for me (and I really wasn't going to look that particular gift horse in the mouth! - not that my mum is a horse!).

As part of my experimenting, I took the lastest download from Crafters Companion and used the scan n cut to fussy cut out all of the embellishments, well I say all, it could not handle some of them that were in yellow as the contrast was obviously not good enough for the screen, but it did most of the work for me.

I used the Rachelle Ann Miller stamp 'Squeeze' for my image and coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens - have to say she was such a joy to colour, I love these images (the white dots were done with a white gel pen, I use a Pentel).  The only other things I used were some coloured card and my trustee collal glues.

Hope you like this, it's the first time I have done this pocket style of card.


Pens used: FS1, FS8 FS9, GB2, TN2, TN5, TN7, EB1, EB2, BT2, BT4, BT5, CR3, CR4, CR6, CR8, CR11.

Well, that's it for me today, will try and come back soon with some new things - there is an exciting launch or two coming up with Crafters Companion soon!  Ooh I'm such a tease!!!!

TTFN

Rach
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Crafters June Challenge

Okay, so I'm really late posting this, but hey, I still got in there before the end of the month and so there is still time for you all to enter out there, just click on here to take you to the entry page.

The theme for this month is tags, boxes and bags, so I thought I would make a gift bag using one of the gorgeous new Scruffy Little Cat images and the gorgeous Lola sat on her bath seemed ideal to me! I coloured her with my specrum noir pens and pencils and I used glossy accents on the bubbles.  The bag I made by printing onto two pieces of Centura pearl paper (from Camden Town CD), glued the two pieces together into a tube and then creased to give a boxy shape, I then scored 2 cm at the bottom and cut a piece of card to fit inside, and used the 2 cm crease to glue the card to the paper sides - that probably doesn't make sense so I will try and do a tutorial at some point.


I know some of you like these things, so here are the colours used to bring Lola to life:
Hair: CR11, DR5, DR7, EB3
Bodice & eyes: BT3-5
Bottles & potions: BT1 - 3
Bath: GB3, GB5, GB7, TN1, TN2
Ground: IG1
Skin: FS5, FS7, FS8, FS9
Bubbles: IB1
Pencils used: 097, 072, 063, 062, 005, 009, 017, 092, 084, 023

Anyway, hope you are all having a lovely day & enjoying the last of the sunshine (with Wimbledon just started and Glastonbury at the weekend, the weather is bound to take a turn for the worse!).

TTFN

Rach
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Crackers Anyone?

I learned to make this Cracker gift box last year & I love it, it's really simple to do - will put up a tutorial at some point so you can all follow along.

I used the Bebunni papercrafting kit for this one (A4 paper pad, die cut toppers and epoxy stickers), the papers in the pad are just gorgeous and they are all double sided so you can do fab fold backs easily.  I also used Diesire Lace border 4 and Holly dies and some ribbon.


Well, the range is released tomorrow and you will be able to see for yourself all of the wonderful things you can create.

TTFN - may be back later with more!

Rach
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