Rachel's Crafty Folder

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book art 11/05/2015

Filed under: Crop Days — rachelscraftyfolder @ 5:41 pm

Book ArtGood Afternoon All

Something different today 🙂

Yesterday was our little gang’s crop day and we decided to have a go at book folding / book art.  It is as easy as they say it is, but it does take a little bit of time – I’ve just finished mine this afternoon.  Mind you I do make all the cups of tea 🙂

I still need to decorate the book, but I’m quite pleased with it, so thought I would share it today, as I haven’t made a card for a couple of weeks.

This pattern is one of Debbi Moore’s, I managed to get her two books whilst they were available on Create and Craft.

Anyway, just thought it was good to share 🙂



Elegant Lady 09/02/2014

Filed under: Challenges,Crop Days,Stampin Up — rachelscraftyfolder @ 7:41 pm

Elegant LadyGood Evening All

I’m definitely not talking about me – I have been struck down with a nasty cold this last week and I can assure you, it was anything but elegant 😦

Seem to be on the mend now though, and today was our regular crop day.  This year I am providing everyone with a sketch to follow each month, to try and help us focus a little, and actually make some cards!  (we’re not always successful at this, between the tea, cakes, biscuits, bacon butties, etc)

So, I’ve been checking out various websites that offer up sketches for cards and this week we used this one from Sketch Saturday.  Its a few weeks old now, so we’ll not be entering the competition, just doing it for fun 😀

As you can see, I twisted the design around as I needed the length for my elegant lady – which, by the way, is a silhouette die cut from DieCutGenie.

I also told everyone that there had to be the colour red somewhere on the card, so I’ve used some Stampin Up design papers and Cherry Cobbler cardstock with a cream A5 card.

I think I might add a few gems to bling it up a bit before I use it for my friends birthday later this month.

Anyhow, it was a jolly good day, so we’ll have to see what wicked sketch I can find for next time 🙂

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back again soon





Autumn Leaves 30/10/2013

Filed under: Crop Days,Spellbinders — rachelscraftyfolder @ 8:00 pm

Autumn LeavesGood Evening All

At the beginning of the month, the usual suspects had a crop but muggings ‘ere really wasn’t on form that day and didn’t even manage to make one card 😦

However, I did try one of Sue Wilson’s techniques called “Caught in Crystal” and produced an A5 piece of background coloured acetate using alcohol inks, tissue paper and cosmic shimmer powders.

Well last night, I finally did something with it and produced this card, having watched Sue Wilson’s DVD again!

It’s an A5 card layered up with black and red card.  I’ve used various Spellbinder dies to create the foliage and the frame.  The “caught in crystal” acetate is the bit that has been stamped on and the white faux stitching has been added with a gelly roll pen.

I’m now going to try and do another small card with the rest of the acetate and then I’ll see what else I’ve started and not finished 😀

Back again soon



off to a “roaring” start…. 08/09/2013

Filed under: Basic Grey,Crop Days,Jolly Nations,Stampin Up — rachelscraftyfolder @ 6:41 pm

Roar..Good Evening All

Sincere apologies for my absence, been doing 12 hour days at work over the last month whilst we had some refurbishment works going on, so no time for anything else other than eating and sleeping 😦

Back to normal now, I hope, so decided it was time for a crop with the usual gang.  I set a colour challenge of Brown, Blue and Orange (these are the new colours following the refurb at work) – what was I thinking?

So, last night I pulled all my stash out trying to work out what to do today and eventually plumped for dinosaurs – as you do!

Inspired by some Basic Grey papers, which thankfully included all three colours, I then selected a “stampin up” stamp set which gave me the dinosaur – a Tyrannosaurus Rex, I believe, and the sentiment.  Some burnt orange card to layer up, my promarkers to colour the image, a bone from a Jolly Nation decoupage sheet and an old Mojo Monday challenge layout and hey presto, the finished article 🙂

Not too bad going, bearing in mind, I really haven’t done anything for sooooooooo long.

In fact, everyone got stuck in today and produced some really lovely cards – so a good day all in all.

The challenge has been set for next time – Autumn Leaves – so roll on October 🙂

Should be back again sooner than that though all being well



Spooky…. 26/10/2012

Filed under: Crop Days,Polkadoodles,Stampin Up — rachelscraftyfolder @ 12:45 pm

Good Afternoon All,

I promised I’d be back with the efforts of our last crop.  I did actually manage to make two cards, but this one got finished whereas the other one still needs some titivating!

My mum set the challenge this time round and chose “Halloween”.  Can’t say I’ve done a Halloween card before, so had to really hunt through my stash to see what I had, if anything!  Thankfully I found my Polkadoodles Sundae of Seasons CD, which has some really cute images on it, which can be printed in colour or as a digi stamp allowing you to colour them in yourself.  I decided to cheat and use the coloured images.  But I did get my inks out to do my background.

I’ve used a plain black base card, and then layered up with a lime green card and bright orange card.  Both have been scratched around the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool and inked lightly with black.  The orange card has been stamped with the lovely large spiders web, which I think is from the Magnolia range and then the little spider is a Stampin Up stamp, to which I’ve added some googly eyes to make it less scary!  I don’t do spiders under normal circumstances 😐

The stamps were all borrowed from my friend Sonia on the day, who came with all sorts of bits and pieces to do with Halloween, including some rather strange tasting sweets!  All good fun and games as usual.

Anyway, I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Moving Along with the Times – too cute to spook

The Crafty Pad – use an animal

The Pink Elephant – Halloween

Totally Papercrafts – Spooky Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone – hope nothing too spoooooky happens 🙂



crop day challenge 9 18/09/2012

Filed under: Crop Days — rachelscraftyfolder @ 10:33 pm

Good Evening All

I know it’s late, so this will probably be brief!

Sunday was our Crop Day for this month and this time Sonia set the challenge, whereby we each had to come with a box containing everything required to make a card of our choice.  Each box then got passed around the table, so that by the end of the day we had all had a go at making each others card – if that makes sense 😉

So, this is a picture of the card I came up with.  I wanted to do this as the background has been created with the help of a “Splodge Mat” and I wanted everyone else to have a go at using it, so that they could see what it was like.  Having watched Barbara Gray several times, I decided to get one and she’s quite right, it makes a hell of a difference.  I’ve used Mountain Rose Adirondack ink to brayer the background onto some plain white card and then I’ve stamped with Black Stazon the two Personal Impressions stamps designed by Lindsay Mason.  I’ve then matted onto some plain black card and placed this onto a A6 white card and added a few black gems.  So a very simple card, but a good opportunity to play with my new “Splodge Mat”!

Anyway, that’s all for now, must get myself off to bed.

Back again soon




crop day challenge 8 27/08/2012

Filed under: Crop Days — rachelscraftyfolder @ 5:35 pm

Good Evening All

Yesterday was our monthly crop day and this time round I had set the challenge whereby you had to use peel offs for your cards.  I think it gave each of us something to think about. It’s silly really as most of our earlier cards, when we were learning how to craft were done using peel offs, but now we’ve grown a bit with our skills, we actually found it quite testing 😐

The first one I did was the fishing scene, its basically a black peel off placed (with great difficulty!) onto white card and then I’ve coloured the background with my promarkers.  The second one I did (although I never actually got round to mounting it onto a card) was the silhouette trees.  The peel off has been placed onto a double sided adhesive sheet and then I’ve used my gilding flakes to create the background.  Both of these ideas were learnt from Dawn Bibby a few years ago, when we attended one of her residential weekends.

The other two cards are very simple ones, I’ve matted and layered some mirri card with some white card which has been embossed and placed the butterfly peel offs on top.  Sometimes simple is best 🙂

I have to say, we had a great day and each of us managed at least three cards – which is quite good going for us lot, taking into account the nattering and the tea drinking!

Anyway, I shall be back again soon