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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, 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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Tinker Bell Birthday For A Special Little Angel

Hi all I thought I would share with you the card I made for my niece for her 5th Birthday on Monday.


She absolutely loves Tinker Bell and has done for years. She even named the rabbits we bought for her last year Tink and Bella.


I couldn’t resist buying her the following Tinker Bell presents from the Disney shop.



She absolutely adores the boots!!!


Well here’s the card I made for her too.


I wrote a verse to go inside of the card too, Sophie is so special to me I wanted to show her how much.

Your My Special Niece

My Special Little Girl, My Special Princess
Here on earth without wings
I love you so much


I will always be here for you

Whenever you need a hug or a kiss

I know you will be here for me too

I love you so much


You are five today

and I want to let you know

How much you mean to me

I love you so much


So there’s only one thing left to say

Happy Birthday Sophie

My Special Angel

I love you so much


Now I’m no poet but I think this gets my message across.


Sophie loved her card and the verse too.


Thanks for popping by



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Monday, 4 February 2013

Angelica and Friend’s Blog Hop

Hi all and welcome to this very exciting blog hop for the launch of the new range from Crafter’s Companion – Angelica and Friend’s which is the 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft this week.

To say thank you to you all for hopping there way along everyone’s blogs there is a prize:

ONE random commenter on ONE UK team member's blog will win ALL NINE stamp sets in the release (it's a prize worth over £35)
You have until Wednesday 6th Feb to leave a comment, winners will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion News blog Thursday 7th February.
There are many blogs you need to be hopping over to. If you have come from Taylor’s Blog Your going in the right direction.

Now it’s time for me to share with you my item I have created with this wonderful new range. I have used the stamp Just Like Mum to create a door plaque. 

I have painted an MDF base plate with undercoat and primer and then several coats of Pewter Plasti-Kote Fast Dry Enamel Paint. Onto this I then added some Core’dinations card stock from the Core Couture pad and a strip of ribbon. The letters have been printed from the Angelica and Friends CD in size 1 (Smallest size) I have sprayed these with iridescent spray and sparkle.
I have coloured the image with my spectrum noir pens and added a bit of glitter details to the shoes, necklace and hair piece. I have used a nestie to cut out the circle and scalloped matt. The letters and stamped image have been mounted using Collall Glue Gel. Finally I have decorated with some gems from the ribbon box.

I think I will be making more of these door plaques as they look so great. 

Thanks for popping by my blog. If you hop over to Chrissie’s blog to see her inspirational piece from the new range. 

Happy Hopping
Hugs Rachel

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Godmother and Godfather Thank You Cards Order


Hi all just thought I would share with you a few Godparent thank you cards I have made for an order.




I was asked to make 3 Godfather cards and 2 Godmother cards. The customer wanted the Godfather cards to have blue on and Godmother pink.


Here’s a close up of the Godfather card




And the Godmother




The cards measure 5x7 inches.


If you are interested in placing an order please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Thanks Rachel

Angelica and Friends Sneak Peak Number 3


Hi all I’m back again with another sneak peak for you of the new Angelica and Friends Range form Crafter’s Companion.


This time I have another stamped card to show you.






Angelica and Friends Stamp – If Friends Were Flowers – Crafter’s Companion

Colouring Medium – Spectrum Noir

Neenah Card Stock

Pink Card – The Paper Mill

Embossalicious Folders – 6x6 Petite Dots and 8x8 Grande Dots


Marianne Design Creatables Die – Frame Circle LR0112

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Stickles Glitter Glue – Diamond

Spray and Sparkle – Iridescent

Dovecraft White Grosgrain ribbon – colour matched using Spectrum Noir GT3

White 8x8 Scalloped Card Base

Carl Corner Butterfly Punch

 Woodware Inverted Corner Punch


Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my post.


Don’t forget to tune in at 8am UK Time tomorrow to watch the launch of the 4 day deal over on Create and Craft.


Thanks Rachel


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Beading Friends Forever 1st Challenge!!!!

Hi all well i’m so excited. Today is the launch of the new challenge blog Beading Friends Forever. There will be a new challenge set every month. I am so proud to have been asked by Marcea to be a member of the Design Team!!!!

It's wonderful to announce that the challenge blog is being sponsored by 

This month they are offering a £15 voucher to be spent on their website to one lucky winner which will be chosen at random.

This month we have two options.

The first one is anything goes. Here’s my piece.
BB 1a
This necklace has been created using the basic spiral rope pattern but buy adding extra beads and then at the end going back through the drops a totally different effect can be created.
Size 9 Seed Beads
Size 8 Seed Beads
Size 11 Seed Beads
Size 10 Triangles
3.4 Miyuki Drops
Magnetic Clasp (From Beads Direct)

The second part of the challenge is to follow a tutorial of the Hugs and Kisses Bracelet.
I love the effect of this bracelet
Size 9 seed beads
Size 8 seed beads
8mm glass pearls
6mm glass pearls
4mm Glass Pearls in 2 colours
2 needles
silver plated clasp and extension chain

Well what you waiting for. Why not pop over and check out the beading friends forever challenge blog.
Hope you all find the time to check out the blog and enter.

Thanks and happy crafting

Angelica and Friends Sneak Peak Number 2!!!


Hi all well I have another sneaky peak of the wonderful Angelica and Friends Range from Crafter’s Companion.

I must say I’m in love with this range!!!!


Here’s a canvas picture I have create




I have distressed the edges of the frame and backing paper. Added a ribbon element from the cd. The images is one of the toppers from the CD. Once I had complete the picture I sprayed the complete item with silver Spray and Sparkle.



20x20 Canvas from Wilkinson’s

Angelica and Friends CD

Gems – Kaiser Scrapbook

Spray and sparkle

Glass decorative drop spray – stash

Dusty Concord Distress Ink

Glossy Accents


Now don’t forget the range launches at 8am on Monday over on Create and Craft.

P.s. Keep an eye on the Crafter’s Companion News blog for something exciting!!!


That’s it for now all.

Thanks for stopping by as always

xxx Rachel xxx

Friday, 1 February 2013

Testing testing

Ooh just installed the blogger app on my phone. Testing out to see if post works. Here's a picture of my chocolate lab Bailey. She's just perfect xxxx

Angelica and Friends Sneak Peak number 1

Hi all I’ve been working on a few sample this past couple of weeks for the next launch for Crafter’s Companion. I just adore this range, it’s called Angelica and Friends. There is a cd, stamps and Hunkydory Papercrafting Kit. This range launches on Monday over on Create and Craft at 8am. Don’t forget to check it out.

For now I have a couple of samples to share with you.
Stamped image card
Image – Angelica and Friend’s, Time to celebrate
Colouring medium – Spectrum Noir pens
Neenah cardstock
Scalloped 6x6 cardbase
Red cardstock – The Paper Mill
Backing Paper from Angelica and Friends CD
Lace doily and lace from The Ribbon Box

Card Companions Card

Card Companions image from Angelica and Friends CD
Core’dinations So Mod 12x12 Pad
Ribbon – Stash
Flower – Wild Orchid Crafts

Well I hope you like what you have seen. I will be back tomorrow to share with you some more item’s I have made with the Angelica and Friends CD and Stamps. Why not pop over to some of the other girls blogs.

Take care for now

xxx Rachel xxx