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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August All dressed up challenge

Hello everyone

I can't believe its the middle of August already.  I guess it won't be long before my blog is filled with Christmas makes!

It is again time for the All Dressed up challenge, and a fantastic opportunity to win three of Wendy's amazing images.  It always anything goes providing you are using an All dressed up image.  And if you haven't yet brought any, check out our blog as there is a page full of freebies!

There's also our Facebook page with another opportunity to win three images.  This theme is Girlz rule.  Our page is here 




This image is called - the cats whiskers found on Etsy.  This is a really simple card.  I used Craftwork cards backing paper and a plain pink from my stash for the background.  The image required only a little shading, so if you're not a great colourist, this is perfect.   I gave her a big pink bow and beautiful blue eyes, and then cut her out.  Layering the whole thing onto a landscape A5 card. 

Please check out the blog and FB for more inspiration, and especially to check out the new release images.  I'll be back on 22nd with a couple for you! 

I'd like to enter her into:

Thank you sooooo much for droppiong by, I hope you like her!  

See you all soon
Rachael 


Sunday, 13 August 2017

its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

Hello everyone


I did say yesterday that it would soon be time to fill my blog with Christmas makes..... and here is the first of many!

This one is a lovely Christmas village scene using creative expressions stamps.

I've stamped them and coloured with promarkers, cut each piece out (the trees took a while!) and then used copious amounts of glitter.  I am covered in it!

I've layered it up on silver mirri for the mat and used a creative expression embossing folder for the background layer.  I've then rough cut hills and used foam pads for dimension.  Layered the village together and glued in place, and I just love the effect!




This last photo is to show the dimension and layering.

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - anything goes (without the optional twist I'm afraid)
Imagine that digi stamp - anything goes
Creative fingers - anything goes
Christmas at sweet stamping - anything goes (Christmas)
Crafty creation challenges - anything goes
The Merry Christmas challenge - anything goes

Thanks so much for looking in - please leave me some love - it's so lovely to hear from you.

See you soon
Rachael
x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Shadow Box card.

Hello everyone

While doing a bit of blog hopping I came across a gorgeous blog with some fab pop up cards.  Arte Banale had also done a tutorial for a shadow box card that I took inspiration from.  Link is here



I used a Hunkydory stamp set called pretty princesses and stamped with Stazon.  I coloured them onto watercolour card with clean colour Kuretake markers and a water brush.

The background layer was water-coloured with tumbled glass distress ink, and I used a 'Joy' die of clouds too (although it is difficult to see them behind the castle!)

I then layered them up onto the tabs inside the card for dimension.  Sorry about the shadows on the photos, I couldn't get a good shot without the flash, which meant I had shadows behind....

The good thing about this card is that it folds flat into a 6 x 6 envelope for posting.  I just loved making it!

I hope you like it too.

I'd like to enter this into:
Polkadoodles - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T - anything goes
creative knockouts - cards for a child
Daydream Challenges - anything goes
Crafty creations - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and especially for any messages you leave.  I love to read them all.

See you soon!
Rachael





Sunday, 23 July 2017

New releases part two July 2017

Hello everyone

If you haven't yet seen the new releases at all dressed up - now is your chance and let me tell you, you will not be disappointed!

Yet again, they are incredible images! and they are all available in the etsy store right now!


My inspiration for you this month was using mermaid kisses.  The font in the background is a little project my friend had written and I asked her permission to use.  Thanks Beth!
The mermaid was coloured with promarkers, and in addition to the sentiment I drew a sketchy line around the edge,  and voila! 


I think this mermaid is one of the most adorable digi stamps I have seen, they are all fab, but there's something mysterious about a mermaid!

Don't forget our anything goes challenge is still running over on our blog, for a chance to win three free images from Wendy.  Our Facebook challenge is themes stars and stripes and you have until 31st July to enter this one.  If your project does have stars and stripes you can also enter the blog for extra chances to win! 

Thanks for stopping by

See you soon
Lots of love
Rachael 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

All dressed up - June challenge

Hello everyone

Its time again for another fantastic 'All Dressed Up' challenge over on our blog.

It's anything goes (using one of Wendy's fabulous images) and there are freebies too if you don't have any.  But entering gives you the chance to win three - yes count them, three images from the Etsy store.

This week I used one of last months new releases.  Its called Flower pots and can be found here in
Etsy



She was coloured using promarkers.  The sentiment is a Woodware set called 'celebrating you' and I used a Honeydo stamp onto patterned paper to make the flower.  The backing papers are Docrafts.

I hope you like her and you're inspired to enter our challenge.

Also on Facebook our current theme is star and stripes, so if you make something that could enter both, you are welcome to do so!

Oh and if you haven't seen the blog, check out the new releases that came out last week - eeekkk they are amazing!

I'd like to enter this into:

Thanks for leaving your messages - it makes reading my email inbox a delight!

See you all soon
Rachael 


Thursday, 22 June 2017

June new releases

Hello everyone

Phew its been a hot one here, as a schedule this post it's soo hot in my craft room the glue is drying before I can stick things together!  Oh well, living in England, I have to make the most of the odd days we get every year that we can actually class as summer days!

Its also very strange because as it is officially the hottest day of the year, I started making Christmas cards today... I know, its still early, but I have a couple of craft fairs this year so I'm making stock to take. I'll try and remember to post some!

Onto the new release.

All the new images from All Dressed up are available on Etsy.  And here they are... they are simply stunning!
Summer Breeze


Flower Pots


New Hair Do


Daddy's Day

I was lucky enough to be given 'New Hair do' and isn't she amazing!  I tried a couple of different cards with her, fussy ones and shabby chic ones, but the best by far was this very clean and simple card.  She is so striking, she didn't need anything else!

I of set her on the page and coloured her using promarkers.  I typed the sentiment using a free font, matted and layered it all and glued together.

I hope you like her!

Please hop over to the blog to check out the other talented DT work, and for further inspiration.  Also on there is details of this months 'anything goes' blog challenge for you to win images, or our Facebook comp is Monochromatic, oh and you can enter both if you wish!

Thanks for stopping by

Rachael
x


Thursday, 15 June 2017

All dressed up June Challenge

Hello Bloggers

its the 15th of the month, which can only mean time for a brand new challenge on our All dressed up blog.

As ever its anything goes (using an All dressed up image) and if you want freebies to get you started, there are some on out blog page you can use. our blog can be found by clicking here on this handy link :)

The image I've used was a new release only a couple of months ago, but she's so elegant and pretty I couldn't resist using 'feeling spoilt' found in the Etsy shop here





The background is a Lili of the valley sentiment that I enlarged and printed in patterned paper.  I then paper pieced it onto a yellow background printed with the same sentiment so I could line them up.

She was coloured using promarkers with a touch of black spectrum noir pencil on the hair for added shine.

I then fussy cut her out and using glue gel for dimension, stuck her onto the front.

I love the way this came out - so simple but so elegant - I hope you'll agree.

Id like to enter this into:
Create and Makes -  anything goes (with yellow as twist)
Passion for promarkers - add a sentiment
Stinkin inkers - Girls just wanna have fun
Dream valley challenges - Square cards


Thanks for dropping by - I'll see you again soon
Rachael
x




Friday, 2 June 2017

Summer time's here part 2

Hello again everyone

So yesterday I promised another card I made as I got carried away picking papers.  As I opening my drawer I found myself saying (to myself out loud strangely enough!) ooo that one, no. That one, orrrr how about that one AND that one???

I ended up making both of these in one go as I was on a roll!

Again I picked a LoTV summery stamp to make this one.



So slightly stronger colours on this pinks and peachy tones.  And this stamp I coloured using my Zig clean colour makers and some water.

The flowers and leaves are a Susan's garden Dahlia die, coloured with promarkers and shaped. finished using a piece of ruched ribbon from my stash.

Hope you like it and are now feeling a little more Summery!

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafting with an attitude -anything goes
Cardz 4 Galz - inspired by a song - English country Garden.
Southern Girls - anything goes
Through the purple haze - animal


Thanks for staying with me - If you have landed here accidentally, please join me and leave me a message - I love to read them!

Thanks
See you soon

Rachael
x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

summer time's here!

Hello everyone

I cannot believe today is the first of June - half way through another year already!  Its almost time to start making those Christmas cards again, but before I start thinking frost with red and greens, I'll take time to look out of my open window, breathe in the smell of freshly cut grass and remember it is still summer time!

I picked out this lovely stamp and some summery papers and thought I'd make something pretty, and then I saw some different paper and continued to make something else pretty, so I'll post one today, and the other tomorrow.

Here is todays make using the cute mouse from the Lili of the valley trio set.



He is a Digi stamp so I resized him, but then lightened the outline using craft artist so he had as a sketched look.

I coloured him using promarkers and a pencil to sketch in a couple of lines further adding to the sketched look. When printing him, I added the LoTV sentiment too from the sketchy wishes set.
The papers are a combination of Anne Marie designs, and a pink dotty paper I had from a Digi kit.

Flowers and lace from my stash, with a die cut label shape, all aged with distress inks and layered up.

I hope you like him as much as I do.

I'd like to enter this into:
Crafting by designs - anything goes
lemon shortbread - anything goes
613 avenue create - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings! 
See you soon
Rachael




Monday, 22 May 2017

May New release - jungle friends

Hi everyone

I hope you will have already have seen the new releases at All dressed up - there are four very different but equally stunning images been added to the Etsy shop.  If you haven't seen them you can also pop to our blog and have a look at the talented DT inspiration using them.
here they are

My card this month is using Jungle friends - a nice CAS with a bit of decoupage layering.




I printed the image twice and coloured in using promarkers.  I cut out the giraffe and elephant so they'd project forward.  The yellow paper is actually white and I coloured around the edge with the same yellow I used on the giraffe (Pastel yellow I think!),.  The sentiment is printed from my computer, but again coloured with pastel yellow to match.  All finished with some lovely little nuvo drops.

I hope you like it.

I'd like to enter this into:


Please leave me some messages I love to read your kind words and I hope to see you again soon.

Love
Rachael