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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Darkroom Door Quickie

Evening Folks!!!

How are we all? I've been up to my neck in a big painty mess all day!!

It's been rather a while as I am busy with a lot of long winded projects at the moment - They are all starting to come to fruition an I will be show casing them over the next few weeks :-)

Just a quick post tonight to share a card I've made using Darkroom door's Wilderness stamp set

Unfortunately it was impossible to show the glam of the Radiance Rain watercolour in the photo - but please believe me when I say the water truly shimmers :-) 

The sentiment on this is "the journey awakens the soul"

Apt I think for what lies ahead......more to be revealed soon!

Have a great evening

Crafty cheers for now

Love and Hugs



Saturday, 14 September 2013

It's in the sentiment.....

Good afternoon Bloggers :-)

Hope you are all  having a lovely Saturday?

I have been busy with magazine work this last week but thought I better pop by and check in!!

It's a lovely afternoon here in Cheshire ..... the calm before the first of the Autumn storms it seems. I have just had half an hour battening down all my Gladioli in the garden in the hope they will survive the next 48 hrs as they are at their most beautiful just now - fingers crossed hey??  

 As you know I love my words/poetry/song writing as much as my crafting, so with these couple of cards I decided to combine the two :-)

I have had another play with the pan pastels with this first one, just using them to create a soft sky for the gorgeous bird from Sheena's A little bit Magical stamp range.

The sentiment from PaperArtsy for me fits perfectly with the fabulous wingspan of the Eagle.

For the second card I chose some lyrics from my favorite singer, the wonderful Thea Gilmore. This background is created using a combination of Luminarte Radiance Rain pourables and concentrates on water colour card. I adore the shimmer of these paints

The swirl on this card Is from the new Eclectic range from Darkroom Door - slowly but surely I am getting round to playing with all my new stash :-)

Well I hope you like today's cards. Thank you for stopping by

Have a great weekend and stay safe and dry

Crafty cheers for now




Thursday, 5 September 2013

Booklet card Tutorial using JOYF and Splodgeaway


Well I promised a super easy Tutorial and here it is - a folded booklet card :-)

This is a super- easy card but I think really effective and it can be made with ANY size square - an 8 in square fits a 4 in envelope, a 10 into a 5 and a 12 in goes into a 6 so its easy to post as well! Brucie Bonus! 

All it takes is 3 folds (warning the next bit is a tad heavy on pics :-) )

You need to make 3 simple folds into the square as above.......n that as they say is that!! Literally :-)
I find that heavyweight Scrapbook papers are the best for this as normal card is a little to thick to fold comfy but play around and see what works for you!!

Once you have made the folds, simply pull the 2 pointed corners together and fold flat

Ta dah!! That's it - now decorate anyway you like :-)

I chose to play with some of my new stamps on this one - JOYF from PaperArtsy. In the original I used The Ice skaters mask from Splodgeaway available HERE.

I water coloured my images with Distress markers, having stamped in Archival Fern Green ( a permanent ink Archival/Stayz on is vital when watercolouring or I would clear emboss distress/adirondak's)

Then simply add the panels - remembering to affix the ribbon BEFORE adding the panel's front and back (he he - made that mistake once or twice!!

And here is the finished article!! 

I hope you like it and I hope you found the tutorial useful!! 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by :-)

Crafty cheers for now

Love Rae


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Darkroom Door CAS..........

Happy Wednesday Everyone !!

Thought I would drop by with the first of several posts using my new Darkroom Door goodies.

I had a couple of hours spare over the weekend so I wanted some quick and easy CAS cards to bolster my own heavily depleted stash of cards !!! I was almost at the point of committing the cardinal sin of having to go out and BUY cards !!!! Criminal lol.....

For this set of cards I dug out my much depleted stock of Pan Pastels. I have to be honest I am not the world's biggest fan of this medium (Hence why I sold most of mine off!!) But for these flashes of colour they are perfect. 

For these projects I used the following stamp sets Wilderness Vol 2; Montmarte and the Orchids. I source mine from the lovely Kim Humphreys (email her at and she will happily help you)
I just used waste from die cutting and general crafting to mask off the shapes for the latter two cards

I am looking forward to seeing what people create with the new metallic Pan pastels - maybe they will be the thing to really win me over - ya can't beat a touch of sparkle!! lol

Well I hope these brighten your day and even inspire you a little

I am off to play with some more Christmas ideas - I may even allow myself to post one or two now it's September.....!!! Ha ha

Enjoy the rest of your day :-)

I will be back tomorrow with a tutorial for a super easy booklet card - until then take care

Crafty Cheers for now




Monday, 2 September 2013

Splodgeaway showcase

Good Morning All !!

Monday's snook round again super quick to bite us all on the butt!!

So here I am back again LOL!! I have got to space these postings out a little bit more !!
It is rather all or nothing!!! I will try to be less erratic this month :-/ ha ha

Last week we had a Splodgeaway show on Create and Craft and today over on the BLOG
It is time to showcase Kathleen Turner's and my own projects

On the show we launched a brand new product - Splodgeboard and these first samples all showcase that.


Splodgeboard is a form of mountboard that is cut in multi layers and forms these fab 3D shapes. It takes all sorts of mediums fantastically well. For things like Distress Stains and Flitter Glu Seal it first with a good coat of gesso and then off you go - the world is your Oyster :-) 

Also showcased was this amazing Christmas Village Stenskape and bauble creator which I used to create this kinetic card in a modern winter colour scheme.

Well I hope you enjoyed the show and hopefully now you are playing with some of the goodies!!!

I am off to write up a tutorial for my Ice Skater book card which will be here later this week and play with some lush new Darkroom Door goodies that landed over the weekend :-)

Crafty Cheers for now




Sunday, 1 September 2013

Vintage Clarity Challenge

Good Morning All!!

I hope you are enjoying a lovely lazy Sunday morning??

Well I guess summer is over? 1st of September and kids are back at school this week. (bound to have a heatwave again now!)I will be off to enroll on my college Art and Spanish Courses this week and am even thinking about doing a GCSE in Psychology......we will see if the brain still works!!! 

Meanwhile over in the world of Clarity, 1st September means a brand new challenge over at the Claritystamp Challenge BLOG

Thank you so much for all the FABBY entries last month - they were awesome! Well done producing such fantastic work everyone! 
Tying to choose my favourites proved a real challenge!!

So this month it's ....VINTAGE......

I love vintage style but don't Get to play nearly often enough!! I wanted to keep this Pretty though and took inspiration from the Fabulously talented Emma Williams I am always in awe of the way she uses colour in such a striking way.

This project started life as a tag that had been lying on my desk for ages that had mopped up ink in the past. I then built up the layers with the masking, stamping and embossing before adding the texture with torn. The main image is embossed and water coloured.

The background is stamped in a faux watercolour style simply ink up your image with Distress Ink and then lightly spritz with water before stamping. It adds a lovely softness to your images. 

On this project I used the following products the Trellis maskFleur de LysThe Leafy Swirls and The Sketched Lady

So it's time to get your thinking cap on!!!
Check out all the other wonderful projects by the rest of the Clarity Challenge DT HERE 

Good Luck - can't wait to see what you all come up with!!

Crafty Cheers for now :-)