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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


Monday, 10 December 2012

Beatrix Potter Calendar Project

Hi all here I have created a project for you on how to make the Beatrix Potter Calendar Project Kit by Crafter's Companion.

Beatrix Potter Calendar Project Kit

These are really easy to make. You get 2 complete calendars in the kit to create for £9.99 – less your membership discount of course!!!! If your not already a member why not? Check out there wonderful Club Inspire.


Right then onto the project.


Step 1

Step 1

Take your Kit and ribbon from the packet.

Step 2

Step 2

Seperate the two calendars

Step 3

Step 3

Take the November page and remove the 4 holes from the top and the section from the main page. Layer ontop of the December Page.

Step 4

Step 4

Remove all of the other pages in this way layering ontop of each other.

Step 5

Step 5

Place the front cover on your project.


Step 6

Step 6

Make some ribbon loops through each hole on the top, ensuring they are not too tight so your calendar pages will turn.


Step 7

Step 7

Thread some ribbon through the middle two loops you have just created to make a hanging loop.


Now your Calendar is complete and ready to use. Enjoy!!!


Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like, happy crafting xxx

Sunday, 9 December 2012

A Christmas full of Character

Hi all

I have been making a few Christmas cards this weekend for a friend. She requested the characters to be used on each of the cards. I hope she likes them.

The first card is a Mini Mouse Card.


I used the sketch from this week’s The Sweet Stop Sketches

Card Recipe

Pyrimage sheet by Studio Light

Mini and Mickie Ribbon

Papers from my Docrafts Digital Delights Boofle and Tatty Teddy

Spellbinders Oval Die

Hollographic Card

Crafter’s Companion A3 Snow White Accents Card

Stickles Xmas Red

Red Satin Ribbon

Sentiment Printed from PC




The next card is a Peppa Pig Card


Card Recipe

Papers from Crafter’s Companion Mulberry Wood Christmas CD

Holographic Card

Purple Card – bought a while back from Crafter’s Companion

Peppa Pig Ribbon

Peppa Pig Image

Sentiment Printed from PC

Stickles Stardust and Diamond

Sparkling Snowflakes Luxury Foiled Embellishments by Hunkydory

Crafter’s Companion A3 Snow White Accents Centura Pearl Card




Card 3 is a Hello Kitty Card



I have followed this weeks sketch from Mojo Monday

Card Recipe

Hello Kitty Sizzix topper – purchased from ebay assembled by myself

Ponsettia from Anna Marie Designs

Hello Kitty Ribbon

Backing Papers from Mulberry Wood CD

Sentiment Created on PC

Holograpic Card

Core’dinations Cardstock

Woodware border Punch

Silver Stickles




Now this card is my favourite of the Four cards

A tatty teddy easel card. I just love tatty teddy!!!!


Bottom/inside Layer



DoCrafts Digital Designer Tatty Teddy Christmas CD

Core’dinations card

Spray and Sparkle

Ribbon from Dovecraft and Wilko’s

DoCrafts Character Stickers

Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Ovals

Pearls from The Ribbon Box

Sentiment Printed on PC

Woodware Inverted Corner Punch




The following cards are being entered into the following challenges:


Paper Cupcakes – Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle

My Time To Craft – Challenge #200

Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes

Everybody Art – #216 Christmas

And obviously my two sketches I have used too


Hope you are all well.



Luv Rachel


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Molly Bloom Christmas

Hi all

I bet you thought I had vanished. Sorry for not blogging. As some of you may be aware I have not been myself of late and finding things a bit difficult. Well I have been trying to take my mind off it and have made this Christmas card today. I have used a Molly Bloom stamped image. I must admit I started to colour this image back in October but only got the hat coloured. I completed the colouring today using my Spectrum Noir Pens from Crafter’s Companion. I stamped onto Neenah Card Stock with Memento ink. I am pleased with the way the colouring has turned out. Practice and advice from wonderful people like Leann Chiver’s, Marcea Watkins, Louise Welsh and Co. has certainly helped improve my colouring technique.

Here’s the card

I have used the following products to complete my card

Crafter’s Companion Neenah Card Stock

Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir

Molly Bloom Jolly Snowman Stamp

Lili of the Valley Set 8 happy Circular Stamps

WOW Black Glint Embossing Powder

Lili of the Valley Classic Christmas Paper Pad

Roy G. Biv Core’dinations Cardstock

Large Gold Ponsettia

Stickles Glitter Glue:- Star dust, Diamond and Platinum

Fired Brick Distress ink

8x8 Scalloped card Blank

Ribbon Box Ribbon

Grand Scalloped Circles Nestabilities


Hope you are all well

Hugs and Take care

xxx Rachel xxx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Another Toread Sneak Peak from Me

Hi all here’s another one from me.

This time it’s a framed sample using some of the decoupage elements from the cd.

The frame started off like this.


I painted it with some silver paint and removed the glass.

Here’s the finished Frame.


I think you will agree these little characters are so cute!!! I just love them.

Here’s one more sneak peak too. It’s part of the decoupage from Reddy which will be launching along with the range.

Decoup - 1

Don’t forget to tune in for the launch tomorrow over on Create and Craft!!!

For now I will see you soon

Hugs Rachel

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Toread Sneak Peak Number 1and blog hop

Hi all

Welcome to the Crafter’s Companion blog hop to celebrate the launch of the Toread papercrafting range! You could win the new Toread CD-ROM, simply by hopping around the Design Team's blogs and being inspired! Pop over to the Crafter's Companion News blog for the full list of Design Team members who are taking part.

The Design team have loved crafting with the new range – “I personally love working with it as the characters are so cute!!! The cd is packed full of goodies to create with and you just don’t know where to start to be honest.” So we're celebrating the launch of this gorgeous new collection on Friday 28th September by giving you a chance to see some sneak peeks and have the chance to win a great prize!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is visit each of the Design Team members blogs. They will each be showing you some of their fabulous Toread creations. Once you've been inspired, simply head back over to the Crafter's Companion News blog and leave a comment on their blog hop post, saying which is your favourite Toread character and why.

One winner will be drawn at random after 10am on Friday 28th September, and will be notified by email.

I have used one of the rocker card elements on the cd to create this keepsake. However as you can see I have used it as a topper instead. I had this idea when strolling through my local ASDA store and saw the plate and just knew straight away that the Toread’s would make such a wonderful decorative aspect for a keepsake!!!


I have sprayed the plate with Pink Spray and Sparkle as well as the decoupage layer of Aurora. I  have used the Epiphany element of the cd too to create a detailed element to my bow. The crystal gems are from my stash and I think they just set off the plate. 

I hope you like the range as much as I do and tune in to watch the POTW launch on Create and Craft on the 28th!!!

That’s it for now but thanks for popping over.

Good luck and happy hopping!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Another Embossalicious Sneak Peak for you all

Hi all as promised yesterday here’s another sneak peak of the wonderful Embossalicious Embossing Folders from Crafter’s Companion.
Sample 2 RB
I have used an element from the Morehead Rocker Card Kit and mounted it onto the Die’sire Waltz Frame which  I have cut out onto Core’dinations card stock.
I have used Snow White Centura Pearl Card for the base card and to emboss the folder with. Finally added one of the sentiments from the kit and some ribbon and stickles glitter Glue.
I am entering this into the Oldie but a goodie challenge – Show us your ribbons. My old item is by ribbon which I must have had for about 3 years!!!!
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Rachel

Friday, 21 September 2012

Embossalicious Sneak Peaks

Hi all well you may have seen that there are some new embossing folders being released by the wonderful Crafter’s Companion called Embossalicious.

There are 12 in total, 6 of each size in 2 sizes




I have been working on some samples with the Art Deco 8x8 Frame folder. I think it’s fab!!

Here’s my card I have made:

wm Emboss

I have used the new Core’dinations super assortment – limited edition 12x12 pack for my matts and layers. I have distressed the edges using my sand it gadget.

The border strip is one of the wonderful Die’sire borders and I have again used some core’dinations which I have sanded.

I used a strip of pre printed paper which I think was from the Paintbox Poppets cd.

The image is from the wonderful Strawberry Kisses range and I have stamped onto Neenah Card Stock and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens. I added a little bit of Star Dust Stickles for that have to have sparkle.

Finally I have added some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Some pearls from the Ribbon Box.


The launch  of the Embossing folders will be on Create and Craft on the 1st October. Leann will be presenting the shows. Don’t forget to tune in.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Moving along with the times – Girly

The Cd Sunday Challenge Blog – Feline Friends


Well that’s it for now.

Take care all and thanks for popping by.

I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peaks.

Take care

xxx Hugs Rachel xxx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tonight’s Beatrix Potter POTD Sneak Peaks

Hi all well you may have noticed that there’s a POTD over on Ideal World Starting tonight at 9pm. Well the wonderful Crafter’s Companion have got yet another brilliant launch.

It’s Beatrix Potter, this time and Crafter’s Companion have teamed up with Hunkydory to bring us all 2 fab kits:

An everyday kit and a Winter Kit

I was lucky to to have the winter kit to work with and these are a few of the samples I have created with it.

Firstly there are some fab new 3d Trees:


This one I have made up as it comes and then added some embellishments.


This next one I have made into a topper on an A4 card


I have used one of the backing cards and added a few of the additional items from the kit.

I then printed some papers and a note paper from the Winter Tale CD and decorated the inside of the card



This next card I have made into a side stepper


I again used one of the A4 card bases and added several pieces from the kit as well as some gems and a spellbinders fancy frame for the sentiment.


Finally I am going to share with you one of the Frame cards:


These are so easy to make but also very effective too.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to tune into the show at 9pm.

Happy Crafting

xxx Rachel xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

Crafter’s Companion Monthy Challenge–Gold

Hi all well the theme for the Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge is Gold. Inspired by our success at the Olympics this year.
This is the card I made for the challenge. It’s a gold and red card as you can see.


I have used one of the lovely new Christmas Strawberry Kisses Stamps. Isn’t that cat just so adorable!!!
I have stamped onto Neenah Card Stock and coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pens.
The Poinsettia dies and scalloped shapes are from Marianne and I have used distress inks to highlight the detailing of the embossing. I also used the same distress ink on the lace so it would tie in with the card theme.
I have used my Woodware Border punch to create the border strip and I have monted this onto gold mirror card and added two different ribbons for detail.
The backing paper on the card is from the SWALK winter collection CD. The corner plates are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenges -  things that make you go awwww
The Paper Shelter – Punch it

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. Don’t forget to hop over to the Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge blog to check out everyone else’s cards and enter yourself.
Hugs and happy crafting

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Darcie Embossing Folders Samples for Sheena Douglas

Hi all

I was asked to make some samples for Sheena Douglas for her shows on Create and Craft using the new range of Darcie Embossing folders which can be purchased from Crafter’s Companion. I had the Birch Tree and Flames Folder to use.

I have made 6 samples in total.

The first three are made using the Birch Tree Folder.

Here’s the first one:


I have used one of the Die’sire Dies from Crafter’s Companion and created a posy using some flowers and leaves from my stash of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers range. I have used ribbon and pearls from the ribbon box. The base card is a 5x7” scalloped edge from Papermania. I finally gave a the whole card a spray with Crafter’s Companion Spray and Sparkle Pink.


Here’s my second card:


For this card I embossed some Core’dinations card stock and then gently rubbed over it with my silver ink it up pad and then sprinkled some snowflake sparkle heat it up embossing powder on. I must admit I like this effect, it’s the first time I have used it. I added some matt and layering with centura pearl and holographic card stock. I then used some of the toppers from The Snowman Range from Crafter’s Companion.


My third card:


This card is a bit more simple using toppers from my stash, some ribbon and a few pearls from the Ribbon Box.


My second folder to use was the flames one.

My first card using this folder:


Again this is a simple card. I have stamped and coloured a SWALK image using Neenah Card and Spectrum Noir pens. Matt and layred using core’dinations and gold mirror cardstock. And added some candie gems and ribbon.


The second card:


For this card I used the flames as an inspiration for a hot themed card!! I created the sentiment on my pc and used a couple of my spellbinders dies to build up the topper. I added some gems and ribbon. The matts and layers are core’dinations, gold mirror and centura pearl.


The third and final card.


Now I like this card.

I have used an image from the Humphrey's Corner Crafting Collection CD from Crafter’s Companion. I mounted this onto some core’dinations cardstock which I had ran through the embossing folder and sanded. I matted this onto some gold mirror card.

I used some gold mirror card to make an A5 base. I have used a backing paper from the cd and matted this onto some red core’dinations. I created a border strip using some gold mirror card and my woodware border bunch and some ribbon from the ribbon box. I finally added some padded hearts from my stash.

Well I hope you like my cards and I will be back soon with more creatons.

Thanks Rachel

Strawberry Kisses Sample Cards

Hi all, i’m really sorry for deserting you all and not sharing the rest of my Strawberry Kisses sneak peaks last week but I have just not been myself again.
I have 4 more cards to share with you for the Strawberry Kisses Christmas Stamp Range from Crafter’s Companion. I just love this cute stamp range. There’s 12 stamps to choose from in total.
Here’s the rest of my samples I made for the shows on Create and Craft.


Hope you all like. Sorry there late!!!
Hugs Rachel

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Strawberry Kisses Christmas Sneak Peak

Hi all

Today I have a wonderful new range to share with you!!! Crafter’s Companion are extending their Strawberry Kisses range and are launching 12  new stamps with a christmas theme. They are so cute!!!

I have made a few samples and this is the first one I would like to share with you.


Isn’t this cat just so adorable? I just love her.

The stamps are wonderful to colour and of course I have used my Spectrum Noir pens. The Core’dinations collection I have used for this one is so mod.

If you would like to see more sneak peaks, check out the other DT’s blogs. Their links are on the right.

Well that’s all for today folks but don’t forget to tune into Create and Craft on 7th September to check out the lovely new stamps.

I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peaks!!!

Happy Crafting


Monday, 13 August 2012

Paintbox Poppets Winter Collection Blog Hop!!

Well I have a wonderful blog hop to share with you.

As you know the wonderful Crafter’s Companion are launching a Christmas/Winter addition to the Paintbox Poppets range on Friday!! I have to tell you it’s just delicious.

So in great Crafter’s Companion spirit they are offering a prize of the Winter Collection CD. So how can you win this I here you ask?

Through an inspirational blog hop!!

Through the week the DT will be posting lots of lovely samples that’ll give you all lots of nice things to look at.

Then you have to go to the News blog and leave a comment saying what has inspired you throughout the blog hop.

A comment will be picked at random to win the new Paintbox Poppets Winter Collection CD-ROM, on the Friday morning at 9am.

If you have arrived at my blog first then you need to go back to the beginning and start at the news blog and then follow the blog hop in the correct order.

If you have followed the hop well i’m last on the list so you now need to go to the news blog and leave your comment!!

Good luck

I will be back to share more inspiration just soon but for now check out this cute decoupage from the Winter Collection.


Beaded Jewellery Challenges #6–Multistrands

Hi all

I have another challenge to share with you over on beaded jewellery challenges. This challenge is to create something with multistrands.

Here’s my creation


I have used Semi Precious beads, crystals and silver pearls.

I love the effect of this one.

Why not pop by and check out the challenge.

Gotta dash

Take care


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mullberry and Die’sire sneaks

Well today I have a couple of sneak peaks for you of the wonderful new ranges being launched by the one and only Crafter’s Companion. The first one is another of the wonderful Mullberry Wood’s Stamped card.


This one I have used 2 papers from the CD and matted these onto core’dinations card stock. I have taken one of my Marriane dies and cut out a matt for the stamped image to sit on. I distressed the edges of the matt to show the red core coming through.

I have stamped the image onto Neenah Card Stock and coloured with Spectrum Noir pens.

Finally I added a ribbon detail, some gems and glitter.

The base card is a 6x6 scallope.


My next card is a Die’sire sample.


I have used the cute Morehead’s Wedding image for this card, stamped onto Neenah Card Stock and coloured once again using Spectrum Noir Pens. I sprayed the image with pink Spray and Sparkle.

To complete the card I have used backing papers from the CD and matt and layered using core’dinations card stocks. I have used the Ornamental Flower Frame and corners to add details, Along with some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and stickles glitter glue.


Remember that the POD for the Mullbery wood stamps is launching at 9pm on Tuesday over on Ideal World and the Die’sire show is on 19th August on Create and Craft. Hope you have time to watch some of the shows.

Bye for now

Hugs Rachel

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Fancy a trip down Mulberry Woods?

Hi all, well the wonderful Crafter’s Companion are launching 6 more brand new stamps for the Christmas Mulberry Wood range. It will be POD on Tuesday over on Ideal World.
I have made a few samples and here’s one of them.
This first one is of the cute Santa going town the chimney. Isn’t he just adorable. I have coloured this with Spectrum Noir pens on Neenah card Stock. The base card is a scalloped 8x8 and I have used two papers from the Mulberry Wood CD taken into the colouriser and printed in this lovely blue tone. Next I matted all of the different layers onto the Core’dinations card stock.
I finally added finishing touches with  a ribbon bow and some snowflakes, along with one of the sentiments from the stamp plate.
Check back tomorrow for another sneak peak from me.
Hugs Rachel

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Die’sire Sneak Peak No 2

Have you seen that the Die’sire dies are now available on the Crafter’s Companion Website.

Check out the wonderful offers


Also until Sunday evening to celebrate their USA Birthday you can get double points on all purchases on the website and 25% off their USA product range. Crafter’s Companion are just Fab aren’t they?


Well onto another sneak peak from me.

This one’s a hanging Christmas decoration.


I have used the Mulberry wood CD for this one.


I cut out three of the embellishments from the CD and sprayed them with Gold Spray and Sparkle. These were then matted onto some gold Glitter Card which I cut using the Ornamental Flower Frame


Sorry for the poor photo on this one.

Next I joined the three panels together with some ribbon.


Finally I added some stickles glitter to the ribbon.

Hope you like