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Christmas crafting - using up retired papers.

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I am the first to admit i have an issue hoarding crafting products, especially papers! When they come packaged and look so pretty it's hard to chop them up to use. I always end up with retired papers left over each time a new catalogue is released and they end up sitting in my paper store unused. So with this in mind i decided to start using some of them up and made a start on some Christmas cards.
Santa's workshop was such a fun set of papers, especially if making cards for younger members of the family. 

I used a larger piece of dsp for the background but then also cut another strip with elves on to use as the main focus of the card. Mounted onto real red card and then some glimmer paper to cut the word 'Christmas' from adds a little bit of festive bling and sparkle.
At least if i use up my old stash i have the perfect excuse to buy more of the new products :)
If you would like to buy any current products please pop over to my online shop HERE
Rachael x

Autumn / Winter catalogue is now LIVE

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The nights are drawing in and it's starting to feel much cooler the last few days. Exciting for me as this means it's time to properly start planning my Christmas crafting. From Christmas cards, to gift tags and parcel wrappings there is nothing like getting snug and having a crafting session.
Our Autumn / Winter brochure is now LIVE and you can order 24/7 via my online shop HERE


Use my blog main page to view the catalogue also...simply click on the horizontal tabs top left and it will bring a drop down panel with the latest catalogue for you to browse through. 
Any questions feel free to drop me an email to rachhome@msn.com
Happy shopping 
Rachael x

Good Morning Magnolia from Stampin Up

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I knew when i saw this stamp set and papers that it was going to be one of the first things i ordered from the annual catalogue. 
I love how Stampin' up match everything so perfectly. 
Firstly i stamped the large flower in 'Early Espresso' ink, i then used our fabulous 'Stampin' Blends' in the dark and light shade of 'So Saffron' to colour in the petals and my aqua painter pen and ink 'Mossy Meadow' for the leaves. I love how this gives the leaves an aged look. 



A square of 5x5 'Crumb cake' cardstock was randomly stamped on in 'Early Espresso' ink to create the background. I stamped once with full ink and then again without inking back up so i could get sharper and softer tones. A small strip of dsp wrapped with some ribbon from the 'Magnolia Lane ribbon combo pack' is placed along the bottom of the card to add some interest and texture.
The large flower was placed onto the card using dimenionals before adding 'Thanks'…

Back after a break away.

Hello all, sorry i haven't posted on here for a while I've been busy with other things and then have just come back from a lovely holiday in France. The weather was gorgeous and sunny, we spent the days fishing, laying in the sun, visiting amazing chateaus and sampling the delicious food! We are already looking at when we can go back again. 
So back to crafting....i have a few projects lined up ready to show you over the next few days. If you can't wait and want to take a look now hop over to my facebook page Caramel & Cream HERE You can also see some of the photos i took whilst away in France!
My facebook page is usually the first place projects or new products get posted so it's worth giving it a 'like' so you can see everything before it's published on here. 
If there are stamp sets you would like to see used in a card please let me know and if i have the set i will try and design something to show.
Happy crafting
Rachael x

Brand NEW Stampin' Up catalogue is HERE!!

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Wooo at last i am very happy to share our brand NEW catalogue is here!!  Lots of super products, gorgeous papers and don't forget 5 Brand New colours.

You can find the link to the new catalogue top left of my home page, enjoy!
Rachael x

Teacher Thank You cards, handmade

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My son has returned back to school after his week off, it's the long stretch now until Summer holidays. With that in mind i started creating Thank You cards for teachers. The 'Picked For You' Stamp set is perfect for these types of cards.
I love the way you create a textured effect using the 2 (in this case 3) step stamping method. Stampin' Up! make it super easy numbering which stamp to use first. 
I chose 'Granny Apple Green' for the apples, stamping off the ink first onto scrap for layer 1 then using straight from the ink pad to the card for layers 2 and 3.  The stalk is inked in 'Soft Suede' and the sentiment in 'Lovely Lipstick' to give a bright contrast. 

If you would like to order any Stampin' Up! products please pop over to my online shop HERE
Rachael x