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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


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

ABC Top 5


Ooh I can’t believe it. Just been onto ABC Challenge and found out that I have been chosen as the Top 5 for my Footie Mad Card I made for their Z is for Zebra.

I can now proudly display their Top 5 Badge on my blog!!!!

Top5 ABC

Well best go now, happy crafting all


x Rachel x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Footie Mad!!!

Hi again

Today’s card is a card I made for my Brother-In-Law’s Birthday Yesterday. He is a Sunderland Fan and therefore I wanted to make a card with a football theme. I found this perfect Kenny K digital Stamp to colour, it’s called Anime Soccer. I have used my spectrum Noir Pens to colour it. I wanted to try to create more depth and shading to the image and I hope you feel I have created it as I am quite pleased with it!!!
will image
The Colours Used are:
Face – FS4, FS6, FS8, TN2, TN3, CR3, EB5
Hair – GB1, GB8, EB1, EB3, EB5
Shirt - DR5, DR7, CR8, CR11, IG1, IG2, Blender
Jeans – BGR1, BGR2, BG3, BGR4, BGR5
Hat - DR5, DR7, CR8, CR11, BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, BGR4, BGR5
Boots – DR5, DR7, CR8, CR11, IG1, IG2, IG4, IG6, IG7, IG8, IG10, Blender
Outline/Shadow – BG1, BG2, BG3, Blender

Here’s the full card

 will card

I have created a backing paper using Craft Artist 2 form the ball of the image. The Red and White Striped Backing Paper is a Nitwit digital download. I have created the sentiments on pc.

will card 2

Challenge Entries:

KennyK's Krafty Krew Challenge - #160 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - #65 - Favorite Colour Combo (Red is my favorite colour and black just goes perfect with it) 
ABC Challenge - Z is for Zebra

I am entering this into The Kenny K Design Team call too (The Lovely Hayley Warren gave me the heads up about it!!!)

Well that’s it for now off to make another card.
Take care all and happy crafting

Sunday, 17 November 2013

A few firsts


Hi all sorry I haven’t been blogging again lately. I have been busy in the world of crafting though making lots of cards and Jewellery etc for orders and my charity stall. You can find some of the things I have been making the past month on my Facebook Page.


Today I would like to share with you a card I have been making yesterday and this morning.

The post title is called ‘a few firsts’ this is because I have used a few items for the first time on this card.

The first ‘first’ is I have coloured this beautiful digi-stamp from Sherri Baldy. It’s the first of her digi-stamps I have colured and I am pleased with the result. I just love these big eye characters.


Of course I have used my Spectrum Noir Pens to colour the image.

The Colours I used are:

FS2, FS6, TN2, PP2, PP3, PP4, PP5, IB1, IB2, IB3, IG1, IG2, IG3, IG6 and the Blender Pen.


Here’s the full card. I’m loving how it has turned out.

Craft Project 1


Right then for the second ‘first’ I have used the Joy Winter Wishes Border and larger snowflake (2020) dies along with  Dee’s Distinctively Snow Covered Stacker Tree Die.


Now the third ‘first’ is that I have used Fran-tage by Stampendous for the first time. I’ve got to say I think I can see myself getting addicted to this!! I just love the effect it has. I have used it on the die cuts as well as adding details to the topper and metal corner embelishments.


Card Recipe

Sherri Baldy Digi image

Spectrum Noir Pens

Neenah Cardstock

Joy Winter Wishes and Dee’s Distinctively Dies

Fran-tage Shabby White Embossing Enamel

Gold Tinsel Stampendous Embossing Powder

Wow White Puff Ultra High Embossing Powder

Ink Essentials White Opaque Pen

Ranger Glossy Accents

Lili of the Valley Christmas Circular Sentiment


Backing Papers from Stash

White Scalloped 8x8 card base


I am entering this card into the following challenges:


Tuesday Morning Sketches - #224

Deep Ocean Challenge – Winter

Stampive and More – Challenge 198 Die Cut Embelishments

Creatalicious Challenges - #57 Christmas Time

Crafty Calender Challenges – All things Christmas


Right then that’s it for now.

Take care and hope your having plenty of crafty fun!!!


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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Fabulous Fashion for a Fab Friend!!


Hi all I had a great night last night. We went out for a meal and few drinks to celebrate Gail and My 31st Birthdays. It was Gail’s birthday on the 7th and it’s mine on the 18th so we decided to have a combined celebration.


I made her a card and necklace and gave these to her last night. She loved them both.


This is the card I made using Katy Sue Designs and House of Zandra Fabulous Fashion CD.


gail card

This is the first card I have made using this cd. I have been wanting it for a while but eventually got it at The Great Northern Papercrafts Show last Sunday. I am really pleased with the results and Gail and the rest of the girls thought it was Fab too which I was pleased about.




Papers and Topper – Katy Sue Designs and House of Zandra Fabulous Fashion CD

Printing Card and Paper – House of Zandra Cream Paper and Card Pack

Base Card - Cream Pearl Cardstock

Mats – Burgundy Card From Paper Mill Direct

Ribbon – Stash

Glaze – Ranger Glossy Accents

Glitter – Stickles Cinnamon

Die – Spellbinders Fantastic Flourish Two and Three

Embossing Powder – Wow Pepper Regular

Ink – Archival Brilliance Galaxy Gold

Stamped Sentiment – Lili of the Valley Birthday Wishes from the Vintage Labels Occasions


Right now on to the necklace I made


gail necklace 


I used a variety of beads from my stash for this one, including bicones in various sizes, round glass pearls, Glass Beads and Crackle Class Beads. Also the findings are a ball head pin in gold, Gold Leaf Toggle Clasp, Gold 7 Strand Nylon Coated Wire, Crimp Beads and Collets. This has a real sparkle but I couldn’t get it to show up on the photo very much.


Challenge Entries


I am entering these into the following challenges:


Papertake Weekly Challenges – Two by Two (Two Dies)

Oldie but A Goodie Challenge – Bingo (Embossing (dry on die), Die Cut and Glitter)

Crafty Creations Challenges - #243 – Easy as 1,2,3



Well off now to catch up on some orders.

Hope you all have a lovely day



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Friday, 11 October 2013

Sparkle Medium Christmas Fun

Hi all

This week I have been having fun making cards with Sparkle Medium. It was a new buy at the Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza at Harrogate. Sparkle Medium is a glitter and paint mix which you can use with stencils, diecuts, or to create glitter paper and more. It’s made by Imagination Crafts.

Here’s the cards I have been making.

blue snowflakeg baublegm sfgold treegreen treeponsred baublestrees

The products I have used to make these are:

Sparkle Medium by Imagination Crafts

Various Stencils by Imagination Crafts

Crafter’s Companion Spray and Sparkle

Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl Card

Silver and Gold Mirror Card

Various Coloured Card



Ribbon Slider Snowflake

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Die – Magic Mirror

Marianne Designs Snowflakes and Merry Christmas Dies

Spellbinders Ponsettia Die set

Distess Ink


Glitter Card

Woodware Inverted Corner Punch



Hope you like these.

Hope to blog again this weekend


Thanks for stopping by

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Monday, 7 October 2013

A Touch of Crystal Turquoise Temptation

Hi all sorry I haven’t blogged for a bit but back again to share with you a creation I have made this week. It’s a Memory Wire Bracelet and coordinating gift box.


I have used Rhinestone Beads, 6mm AB Crystal Bicones, 4mm silver pearls, Turquoise Silverlined disk and round beads, and shamballa heart beads on the pendants. I love memeory wire bracelets as they can be universal size to fit a range of wrist sizes. This bracelet is very sparkly in real life. I just love it.


Here’s the coordinating gift box.


The base of the box has been made using the Crafter’s Companion Boxer Board for the Ultimate Pro and Centura Pearl Snow White Card stock.

The flower was made using the Large and Small Rose, and leaf 1 Die’sire Dies from Crafter’s Companion. I embossed some Core’dinations cardstock using the a4 Embossing Folder which was inclusive with the Ebosser. I then cut two large rose and two small rose pieces from this, then used the sand it gadget to distress the embossing. After this I shaped the petals before quilling and building up the flower. Finally I made a beaded centre for the flower with a head pin, bead cap, crystal bead, flower cap and threaded this through the centre of the flower and secured on the back. I added some iridescent spray and sparkle to the flower. Next I die cut all four of the leaves on the die from silver mirror card. Finally I attached everything to the top of the box with Collall all purpose perminant glue.


Thanks very much for popping by and checking out my latest creation.

Hugs Rachel


Friday, 13 September 2013

Makey Bakey Mice Giveaway

Hi all doesn't the new launch from Craters Companion look fab!!!

Leann has a giveaway on her blog to win all 12 of the stamps. Why not click on the below link to join in.


Good luck all xxx

Friday, 16 August 2013

Need for Speed!!!!

Hi all, I hope you are all well.

I’m back today with another Scheduled post, this time to show you a card I made for my Cousin for his Birthday using the Need for Speed Digital Stamp from Kenny K. This is the first Kenny K Digital stamp I have coloured and I must say I do like it. I think I may have to get some more in the future.


Again I have coloured the image using my Spectrum Noir pens and then have added Glossy Accents to the Car and Eyes to give that glazed, shiny effect. The colour of the car changed slightly when adding the Glossy Accents for some reason. Luckily the image still looked ok otherwise I wouldn’t have been a happy bunny!!!

The Colours I have used are:

Character: FS2, FS4, TN2, IG1, Blender, PP6, CR5, CR7, EB5, EB8, TN7, TN5, TB2, TB3

Car – PP6, DR2, DR3, DR6, OR2, OR3, CT4, GB3, IG6, IG7, IG8, IG10

Outline: IG1, IG2

Peel off Sentiment and Gems: True Black


Here’s a close up of the coloured image





Card Stock – Orange, Black from Stash

Neenah Card – Crafter’s Companion

Spectrum Noir Pens – Crafter’s Companion

Image – Kenny K Need for Speed Digital Stamp

Paper – Barley Mine Extreme Vol 1

Glossy Accents

Peel off Sentiment – Papermania

Gems – The Ribbon Box

Ribbon – Stash


Well that’s it for now

Happy Crafting all


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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Saturated Canary–Smokin Hot Birthday!!!

Hi all back again with  another scheduled post. This time for my Cousin’s Birthday. I made this card back in mid July.
I have used a Saturated Canary Digi Stamp. I love the summer feel of this image. I hadn’t done any colouring with my Spectrum Noir Pens for quite some time before colouring this image and I’ve got to say I am quite pleased with the results.
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I have used the following colours
Skin – FS4, TN2, TN3, CR5,
Lips - CR7, CR8
Eyes - IG1, EB5 (also some glossy accents)
Hair – TN3, TN5, EB 3, EB5
Ice cream – CR3, CR4, CR6, CR9, TN2, TN3
Bikini – IB1, IB2, BT7, Blender
Here’s the completed card
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8x8 Scalloped card base
Kraft Card – Papermania
Turquoise card – stash
Backing Paper – Stash
Stamp – Lili of the Valley Sentiments
Ribbon – Stash
Digi Stamp – Saturated Canary - Smokin Hot
Marianne and Spellbinders dies
Gems – the ribbon box – coloured with BT7 Spectrum Noir
Xcut inverted corner punch
Thanks for stopping by
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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Angelica Thank You

Hi all back again, this time to share with you a Thank You card I have made using the Angelica and Friends Range from Crafter’s Companion.
I have used the Mariella stamp and coloured using my Spectrum Noir Pens.
The Colours I have used are:
Dress - IB1, IB2, IB3, BT8, Blender
Flowers and Grass - CT1, CT2, CT4, LG4, LG5
Skin - FS2, F4, TN2, FS8
Hair – TN2, TN4, TN7
Wings – IB1
Sky Outline – TB1

Card Recipe
Scalloped 6x6 card base
Embossalicious 6x6 folder Floral Frenzy – Crafter’s Companion
Butterfly Embellishment - Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Ribbon – Stash
Gem’s – The Ribbon Box (coloured with Spectrum Noir BT8)
Glammor Dust

I also made another 7 cards using this stamp in various other colour ways, however, I forgot to take photo’s as I was running out of time before leaving the house and forgot to take them. I am a bit disappointed really that I forgot as I wanted to show how different the cards looked for being the same image but different colour. The layout of the cards was exactly the same. Oh well there’s more important things to stress over!!
I have made the cards to show our appreciation to those who have cared for me over the past few months.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #122 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations – Challenge #224 – Bingo (Twine/ribbon, Stamped Image, Flowers)
Everybody Art – Challenge #242 – Butterfly
Charisma Cardz Challenges – Challenge #29 – Make your own embellishments

Well that’s it for now
Happy Crafting all and take care

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Butterflies are………………..

Hi all

I'm sorry I haven't been around for a long time. Unfortunately I have had quite alot going on in my personal life since February and just haven't been crafting until the past few weeks. 

For my first post I would like to share with you all a card and some Jewellery I made for my sister for her birthday today. I have scheduled this post as I didn't want her to see the before I had given them to her. By now she should have opened them.

Here's the card I made.

I am really pleased with this card. I don't use many distressing ink techniques and loved the effect I managed to create.

Tim Holtz Distress ink - Dusty Concord
Versafine - Onxy Black
Emboss Clear ink
Wow Embossing Powder - Black Glint Regular
Sheena Douglass A little Bit Scenic Stamp Set - Flying Colours, & Silhouette Grass
Black Cardstock
White cardstock
Scalloped 8x8 card base
Black lace flower ribbon – Wild Orchid Crafts

Now for the Jewellery I have made for her.
gunmetal wm

I love the clasp effect – looks like a butterfly!!

4mm fire polished crystals
size 11 seed beads
3 bar clasp
Illusion cord
purple wm

This bracelet is very sparkly!!!

6mm fire polished crystals
4mm silver pearls
4mm bicones
size 11 seed beads
Illusion cord
turq wm

10mm Glass silver lined glass beads
8mm AB Crystal Bicones
Delica Beads
Silver toggle clasp
Crystal Fireline 6lb

I hope you like what I have shared with you today
Happy Crafting
xx Rachel xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Crisalis Classics Sneak Peak Number 1


Hi all well have you seen some of the girls sneak peaks for the newest launch from Crafter’s Companion? It’s the Crisalis Classics addition to the paintbox poppets range from Artist Christine Haworth. It will be the POW on Friday so don’t forget to tune into Create and Craft.


I have a co-ordinating set to show you for my first sneak peak.

First a card and box using one of the topper sheets, a sentiment, embellishments and epiphany elements from the CD.




I have used a backing paper and insert from the original paintbox poppets CD.



Card Box




Card and box together




Next I created a matching bubbly gift.




The complete set






Crisalis Classics CD from Crafter’s Companion

Satin Finish Printer Paper from Crafter’s Companion

Light Printable card Crafter’s Companion

Epiphany Rounds 14 punch and bubble

Martha Stewart Punch around the page punch

Gold Pearlescent Card

Gold Mirror Card

Cream card

Gold Satin and metallic ribbon

Bottle bag and bottle of bubbly


Stickles glitter glue

Collall glue gel



So that’s my project. Hope you like and find time to check out the launch of the POW on Friday.


Thanks for stopping by


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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Crafter’s Companion February Challenge Card


Hi all


Hope you are well.


I’m here today to share with you my DT card for the Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge Blog




This card is for my husband for Valentines Day today.


I have used the Everyday in Mulberry Wood CD from Crafter’s Companion for the topper, paper and insert. I have printed the topper onto watercolour cardstock and the papers onto satin finish printable paper.


I have also used one of the new Darice folders which were released on Create and Craft yesterday. This one is the Lips folder. I have embossed red cardstock and then added some gold ink to each of the lips.


I have made a chocolate box ribbon and gems for details.


Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out the challenge blog for your chance to win a £30 voucher to spend on the Crafter’s Companion website.


So what you waiting for? Go check it out.


Thanks for stopping by


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New additions to the Darice Embossing folders range.


Hi all I wanted to share with you some cards I made with 3 of the latest Darice embossing folder launch.

Firstly here’s some cards I made with the Grass folder.




I picked out the detail on the embossing with my Spectrum Noir pens. Matted onto some Core’dinations cardstock and gold mirror card. I have added a layer underneath which comprises of a core’dinations base, gold mirror card and ribbon from my stash. I have punched some butterflies out using my Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch. These have 3 layers each. The base card is an 8x8 scalloped card and I have matted onto this some of the Foiled acetate from the Toread Range from Crafter’s Companion. Finally I added a sentiment and some stickles glitter glue.



This card I have used a cream speckled a4 basecard folded into A5. Matted and layered using the smae cardstock and gold mirror card. I have created a embossed panel using the folder and highlighted the grass a bit more using distress ink. Added Ribbon and Pearl details with a peel off sentiment.


The next embossing folder is a stars folder.



This card is quite simple. I have embossed the first layer with red core’dinations and then cut some stars out of a further sheet of core’dinations which I embossed with the folder. I have matted this onto gold mirror card and printed a stars backing paper. Finally adding ribbon, spray and sparkle, gems and peel off details.



The next card I have made with the cute Angelica and Friends Range from Crafter’s Companion which launched last week. I just love working with these cute adorable characters. I have only subtly used the stars folder for this one. I added a sentiment, ribbon, flowers and stickles as details.


The next folder is a 12 inch border strip of 3 tickets. I have to admit I did struggle with this folder to come up with inspiration.




This card has been made using the Male Hobbies CD from Crafter’s Companion. I decided to emboss some shrink plastic for this card and coloured with my spectrum noir pens. I cut the tickets to create two individual tickets and then shrunk them to make little stubs.



This card has been made keeping the tickets at their origional size and embossed onto core’dinations and sanded. I have added a stamped sentiment and button for details. The backing paper is from the vintage CD. I have also distressed the paper and stamped sentiment using Distress ink.


That’s it for this post.


Thanks for stopping by


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A Special Paintbox Poppets Thank You


Hi again

I’m trying to get caught up showcasing the cards etc I have been making this past week and not blogged yet, hence the multiple posts in one night.


Right then for this post I have a couple of cards and a bracelet I made to say Thank You to some special people who have helped me these past few weeks.


Both have been made using the Paintbox Poppets Range from Crafter’s Companion.


Here’s the first card




It’s and 8x8 card base made using 16x16 Snow White Centura Pearl Cardstock from Crafter’s Companion. I then matted some backing paper from the Paintbox Poppets CD onto some gold mirror card. I have embossed some snow white centural pearl card with the a4 embossing folder which comes with the eBosser. I then chose one of my favourite images from the Diecut Decoupage pack and built up using collall glue gel. Finally I have cut and embossed some embelishments and added some floral and ribbon details.


The next card is of similar nature to the above using the elements from the cd and decoupage kit.




Just look at the impression on that little girls face when  reading her book to her teddies. How adorable!!!


I also made this bracelet to give to a special lady along with the second card.




I just love making these right angle weave bracelets. This time I have used 6mm crystals, 4mm pearls and AB silver lined size 11 seed beads.


The recipient loved it along with her card.


Thanks for popping by again.


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