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Ashington, Northumberland, United Kingdom
I am 34, married to Raymond and have three dogs, Jed and Broady - Black Labradors; and Bailey - Chocolate Labrador. I am a Paediatric Nurse. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. Crafts I enjoy range from cardmaking, ATC's, Fat Pages, jewellery making, to needlecrafts and silk painting. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations. Thank you xx


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Christmas in August

Hi all I'm back again

I've made my first card with the collection from Crafter's Companion designed by Stacey Barras.

I have coloured the image using sparkle pens and added extra details with a white gel pen, glitter and gems.

I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.

That's it for this evening. 

Hopefully will be back tomorrow to share something else with you.

Thanks for popping by


Mixed media clock

Hi all

I'm back today to share a clock I've made. 

I started it yesterday evening by adding the texture building stages using white crackle texture paste drying after. Then used various stencils and embossing paste. I dried this and then added a coat of black gesso and left it to dry over night. 

This morning I added some colour onto it using Pebeo Dyna paints. I added die cut numbers cut out of silver mirror card. However I wasn't happy with it as it was too dark for what I wanted it for and thought the silver numbers didn't go with it. So I sat back and looked at it and decided I wanted it lighter.  Well no loss as out came my heavy white gesso and I gave it a good coating. Before adding the white gesso I sanded the numbers slightly so that the paint could adhere better and this also gave extra texture. I dried this off and added the Dyna paints again and some Art Alchemy Opal Magic in Rose Gold. 

Well I felt much happier with how it was looking. Next I added some back suit distress ink to the sides of the clock and a little over the face to tone down the colour slightly. Next I got my black spectrum noir pen and carefully coloured the numbers in, then I added some silver and gold pebeo gilding wax to finish them off. Finally added the clock workings to make it tick!!

Hope you like and once again. Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A few more of my recent makes

Hi all

I'm back today to share a few more recent makes. I love crafting and creating. I find it very relaxing. I've not been well lately as you may know so haven't been very energetic. When I've been feeling upto it I've spent a little bit of time in my craft room. I've got a few simple cards to share with you and also a wall hanging.

Here goes with the cards

Don't you just love Hunkydory products. I do I have loads and love how they can make simple but effective cards.

Here's another Hunkydory card

This one is made with a Hobby House image and the papers are from a First Edition Paper Pad

House Mouse decoupage this time. I sat one night in front of the TV and had some crafty cutting and cut out a couple of toppers that I've used on these two cards. The first card I used papers from a First Edition Paper Pad and the second the papers were from a Lili of the Valley Paper Pad. I've added gems and ribbon from my stash.

Right now for the wall hanging

I made the panels in a Sheena Douglass Workshop last December. We used dies and stamps from the Time Traveler Collection. The background of the boards were first decorated with die cuts and texture paste, and then painted white with gesso. Then we added some colour using aqua tints and clear sparkle pens and finally some gilding wax. Then additional die cut elements cut out of black card stock, distressed again with gilding wax were added. 

I hadn't totally decided what I was going to do with the panels so left them safe in my completed projects stash. I totally forgot about them and when I was moving craft rooms I came across them again. Well at the weekend I decided that I wanted to make them into a long hanging wall art. I attached black ribbon to the back and encased this in with some black card stock.  

Here are some closer photos of each panel. 

On this panel the dragonfly and propeller flower has also been distressed using Pebeo Gedeo Patine Vert de Gris. It gives a lovely effect.

 Well that's it for now.

As always thank you for popping by.

Love and Hugs


Monday, 31 July 2017

Vintage Floral Butterfly Tree Canvas

Hi all

This is a Canvas I have created. I've been working on it over a few weeks now. I initially decorated the base of the canvas with various papers, inks, paints, texture paste and script stamps; and painted the tree but was then stuck on what to add to it. I left it for a while whilst I came up with what I wanted to do. Then I decided I wanted some bigger flowers, and found some Prima flowers and added some additional mixed media elements and smaller flowers I already had in my stash. Along with glitters and diamante embellishments. I also die cut a fancy flourish for the corner (not that you can see much of it, oops) and a quote. I did two layers for the die cuts and glued them together so that they were thicker.

Well here's a picture of it

 I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. 

This is a video which shows some of the elements in more detail. You can even see the glitter sparkling. (Sorry it's a bit shaky I used my phone. It's the first video like this I've taken of my makes).

I have decided I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Well that's it for now, as always thanks for stopping by.

Take care all and happy creating

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Moonflower digital delight

Hi I'm sharing a card with you today.

This one has been made with a Moonflower Digital Stamp Image. I used the July Kit and Clowder Markers Colouring class for this one. I just love the classes that Alyce creates for us each month. You can follow at Your own pace and whenever you have some free time. It doesn't even have to be in the same month. She gives great tips and I am pleased with how my colouring is progressing. If you would like to sign up to classes click on the link above which will take you to her website (If you do sign up they have a referral scheme, if you mention my name Rachel Brown I will get a referral bonus, why not refer your friends once you've signed up and you will receive a bonus too).

Well here's the image coloured with my spectrum noir markers.

I think the image is beautiful and will certainly be using her for more projects in the future. 

Right now here's the finished card. I hope you like it. I'm pleased with how it has turned out. 

I have used papers from Nitwit Collections. Ribbon is from the ribbon box, a doily, flowers, pearls and diamante from my stash and the sentiment is from the Hunkydory sentiments 2017 collection pad.

I have followed the sketch from Kraftin Kimmie, wonderful wednesday #26

I'm also entering it into the following challenges:

Crafty Addicts - Challenge 38 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends - Challenge 62 Floral 
Creatalicious Challenge - #119 Anything Goes 
Corrosive Challenges - Challenge 7 - Anything Goes 
Artistic Inspirations Challenges - #184 - Anything Goes 
Digi Choosday - Week 30 Anything Goes 
Adicted to stamps - Challenge 252, Make your mark 

Well that's it for now.

I'll be back soon

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Craft Room Makeover Move and WOYWW

Hi all in this post I bring to you my new crafty space. I've moved back into the small bedroom for my craftroom.

I've got to thank my husband for making this happen for me. 

I just love my new space.

Entrance to the room

Some of my crafty Storage, Ikea Kallax Unit

Shelves with my punches and bits and bobs

My Work Desk, NIce and sunny when we do get some sun.

More Kallax storage with all of my adhesives, flowers, dies, embossing forlders and stamps to reach.

More Stamps, Christmas Crafty Items and Card Stock

My Gemini and computer workstation

Here on the platfirm my printers and scan and cut with gilotine.

Another view of wall storage units

New Ribbon Storage Unit before adding ribbons

Now with ribbons added. (Plenty of space for more)

Well that's it for now. Hope you like my new room.

I also want to share with you my current ongoing project for the What's on Your Workdesk Wendnesday Blog post. I used to partake in these along time ago and didn't realise they were still running until tonight so here goes. 

If you would like to join in, here's the link WOYWW

I hope to feel up to finishing this card tomorrow, it's been ongoing since the weekend. I know not good but I haven't been feeling too good lately.

That's it for now

Love and Hugs

A few more recent makes

Hi all

Today I would like to share with you a few of the things I have made over the past month with you. This includes some cards and also a few mixed media items. 

Here goes

The first few are cards 

You may recognise this image from a when I shared it a few weeks ago when I had just coloured it. Here it is made into a completed card. I followed the card making class from Kit and Clowder. The image is by Connie Fong. Flowers, lace etc from my stash. Papers from First Edition Paper Pad.


This next card I created with another sketch from Kit and Clowder. This image is a Moonflower digital image. Coloured using The July Kit and Clowder class. I have added various details with dies and flowers from my stash. The papers of First Edition Paper Pad ones.

This image is a Sheena Douglass stamp from the remember when collection. I coloured with my aqua markers. Background created using texture gel through a Sheena Douglass stencil and painted with dyna paints and distress inks. I added a printed sentiment and some string whih I distressed with black soot distress ink and added a button detail.

This next item was a wedding frame I was asked to create. Punched butterfly details have been added. Text all created on the pc with Serif Craft Artist.. Additional ribbon and gem details added.

This next on e is a cavnas I created using various mixed media items and techniques. Along with stamps from imagination crafts, Stamps by Chloe and Crafter's Companion. This canvas sparkles alot. 

The above two items were created in workshops provided by Craftsite and the lovely Wendy.

Well hope you like these. I will hopefully be back soon to share some more crafty fun.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 16 June 2017

Time Traveler Father's Day

Hi All

I'm back again with another make for you. 

Another card made with Sheen Douglass's Time Traveler collection.

This one I've made for my Dad for Father's Day.

I have created a background with the clock stamp and coloured in using aqua pens and a gold pen. I the die cut one of the clock faces and a cog. These have been attached the the background over one of the clocks with a brad. I added some gold gilding wax onto the clock face before attaching. I have used a matt of black card and then attached this onto a square card base. 

The image I coloured with my spectrum noir pencils. I then cut this out on my scan and cut and shaped and mounted onto the card with glue gel. 

Thank very much for stopping by.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Altered Vase

This is a vase I have altered using black pebeo gesso and gilding wax. 

I won the bottle on a tombola last year and it wasn't my usual style however I decided to alter it and make it more to my tastes by painting it and adding silver gilding wax to it. I have left it mat but I am considering spraying it with the spray and shine.

Thant's it for now with this post. 

Thanks Rachel

Mermaid Frame

Hello All

I'm back again,

This time to share a frame with you that I have created for my Niece. 
The image was coloured in using my Spectrum Noir markers using the May 17 Markers Class from Kit and Clowder. This is the first one of their classes I've done and I was overall I was quite happy with it but I know a few areas where I could improve.

Right then here's the coloured image. 

The image is by Conie Fong and you can purchase them on Etsy. She has lots of other lovely images to choose from.

Right then now for the completed frame.

The frame started as a white frame which I painted with black gesso and then once dry added colour to it using dyna paints from pebeo and then some silver gilding wax. I then sprayed the frame to form a protective coating with Spray and Shine from Crafter's Companion. 

I love how it have turned out and hope that my niece will too. 

Right I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Well that's it for this post.

Take Care
Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Steampunk Birthday

Hi all

Well there seems to be a bit of a theme with my posts at the minute. Since my last post yet again I've had another hospital admission with my abdominal pain. I'm waiting on further investigations to try to find out what is happening. Therefore i've been doing lots of resting at home and have enjoyed doing more colouring. One of the images I've coloured I have managed to make into a card this morning. 

Here was the image as coloured. 

This image is by Sheena Douglass, she is part of the Time Traveler collection.  

Now for the finished card

 Well I am going to enter this into the following challenges

Well that's it for this post. I'll be back later with another post or two.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A few more cards

Hi all

I'm back sharing a few more cards. Since my last post unfortunately I ended up with another hospital admission and this time it took me a little while before I felt well enough to be able to do some more crafting. The first two cards I made before being unwell last Monday and Tuesday (then I became unwell and didn't get posted) and then the final two I have made today. 

Well here they are

Card 1

This first card is another of the my bestie images I coloured and had to make into a card.

I added a bit of sparkle onto it and some gem embellishments. 

Card 2

This card features a Sheena Douglas stamp which I coloured with my Spectrum Noir Aqua markers. I'm pleased with how she turned out.
The Backing is made from a CRafter's Companion Rose Embossing folder and I used the faux leather technique on it. Adding various distress inks and some gold guilding wax.
Card 3

This card features one of the new Donna Ratcliffe Stamps from Crafter's Companion. Coloured with Spectrum Aqua Markers again. I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out. 

Card 4

 Again featuring one of Donna's new stamps and coloured with aqua markers and the background is also created with the aqua markers and glycerine. 

Well that's it for now. 

Hopefully I will be able to post each card as I make from now on.


xxx Rachel xxx