Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back Bar Flea Market - April 11 from 3-7pm

Welcome!
Just a quick blog entry to let you know that Rachael's Handmade Designs will be at the Back Bar Flea Market (part of the Belltown Art Walk) on Friday, April 11th from 3-7pm  Located inside the Crocodile Back Bar in Belltown. All ages. Happy hour prices during the Artwalk (with ID.) So come right after work to enjoy a drink or two and see a room full of local artists, crafters, vintage merchants and representatives with unique, handmade, one-of-a-kind goodies and deals! 
There will be music videos, a photo booth, and of course, yummy drinks!
Can't wait to see you there!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Bazaar!

Spring is here! Rachael’s Handmade Designs will be in Mountlake Terrace, Washington attending Mountlake Terrace High School’s Spring Bazaar on May 3rd from 10-4pm. Come check it out! There will be food, a rummage sale, a car wash, a blood drive, sports and wellness fair, and you can even test drive a new ford vehicle!

Bazaar at
Mountlake Terrace High School
21801 44th Ave West, MLT

The Sport & Wellness and Spring Bazaar will be inside the School, just inside the front doors to the left. Some vendors will have the opportunity (weather permitting) to be outside if they wish. 
The Rummage Sale will be just inside the front doors to the right.
Car Wash will be in the upper parking lot near the main street.
Drive 4UR School (Ford Giving program) will be in the Music Parking lot, just tot he left of the front doors of the school.
BBQ will be outside near the circle/drop off, in the "plaza" like area near the front doors of the school.
Blood Drive - will be in the auxiliary gym - come through the front doors of the school and go to the right (past the Rummage Sale) and into the main gym. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Win a Free Greeting Card Set!

Wow, I've really fallen behind on bringing new cards to you! I have a TON of cards to share with you that are new in the shop - things and projects I have been working on! But first, a little housekeeping.

1.  There is a Spring Sale going on in the shop. Selected items are on sale for a short time only, so pop on by to see what's happening! Your next favorite card could be waiting!

2.  Its donation time again! About twice a year Rachael's Handmade Designs makes and donates a large quantity of greeting cards to send to our heros overseas. This helps our deployed heros keep in contact with home and supports Rachael's Handmade Design's mission of preserving the art of handwritten correspondence. Even if you don't support or agree with war, we can all support our brave people in the service. We encourage you to get involved! You may donate cards or participate in "AnyHero Mail" here!

3.  Contest Time! There is a contest happening right now on my Facebook Page - help me reach 300 Likes! Refer a friend and have them 'like' Rachael's Handmade Designs on Facebook.  Have them leave a comment telling me who referred them (you) and you will be entered to win a brand new set of greeting cards from my shop! The more people you refer, the more times your name goes into the hat to draw for the brand new set of free greeting cards!! Contest ends on May 21, 2014.

The studio has been very busy as I have been meeting and improving on my personal goal to be artistic and creative in some way, everyday. This is helping me to manage my time and live a more creative life - a very worthy goal.
















If you want to see more photos of my latest designs, go ahead and check the store for more detailed views!

Thanks for stopping by. If you like these cards, leave me a comment, let me know and get at me! :D

Have a good day!

Cheers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

FACEBOOK CONTEST TIME! Enter to Win a Free Prize!

FACEBOOK CONTEST TIME! Help me reach 300 likes! Refer a friend to "like" Rachael's Handmade Designs on Facebook! Tell your friend to leave a comment telling me who referred them (you) and you will be entered to win a brand new set of greeting cards from my shop! Your friend may also refer a friend to "like" and be entered to win as well. The more people you refer, the more times your name goes into the hat to draw for a brand new set of free greeting cards!! Contest ends on May 21st, 2014.
Goodluck!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Sale

Spring Sale going on now in the shop on select pieces!

No Glue Tape? NO PROBLEM!

I love it when you're happily in the middle of creating a masterpiece and then....you run out of your [insert random art supply here]. It happened to me last night! I ran out of my ATG Glue tape and I thought I was going to have to set aside my masterpiece right when I was in the middle of my creative flow.

Luckily, I'm a crafty gal...and at times a bit absent-minded...But I digress. I got my first layer down with glue tape and decided to challenge myself to see how many different types of adhesive I could use on a card. This one turned out to be four different types! And I got to use my scraps! (It always makes me happy when I can use every last bit of my paper!)

I used foam squares (which I also ran out of the day before yesterday, but luckily I had forgotten that I had purchased "the wrong kind" of foam squares and had set the wrong ones aside) and washi tape, as well as gel medium and ATG Glue tape.  So that was pretty fun, not something that I've ever done before.

And I'm really tickled at how this card turned out! What do you think?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Robot Love

You know when you're just messing around having fun and a happy accident comes of it? That's totally what happened with this card, and it's so cute I just can't stand it! A friend of mine ordered seven of them recently, so I created them, photographed packaged and shipped them. When I showed the photograph of the cards to one of my customers, she wanted seven too!


I'm delighted that so many people like this card as its fun to make and brings a smile to my face. The robots come in boys and girls, but I don't know if they are available anymore. I purchased the set from The Paper Zone before it closed. (Side note, so SAD that my store is GONE!! I loved that store!)

The robot is water colored. Too cute! What do you think? Leave me a comment below!

Cheers!

Lucky Koi Birthday Greeting

Welcome!
I hadn't busted out my Bombshell Stamps in a while. When I found this gnarly stencil that looks like waves, it reminded me of my Bombshell set Koi Tattoo, which I love but have been stumped on how to incorporate into my designs.


I also used Bombshell Stamps' Happy Birthday from the Banner Sayings set. What a match! I love how this card turned out. I stenciled with two different shades of blue to add more depth, and highlighted the scales with my copic marker blender pen. So much fun!
This card has already sold, but if you like the style, check out my shop. There's more to come! :) Thanks!
Cheers!

12th Man Seahawks

I'm not usually a football fan, but I like to support the home team. So when the Hawks got to the 49'ers game I thought, "well, this game decides who goes to the superbowl, so what the hell?" and I watched. After we won and I found out a friend of mine was going to the superbowl, I made this little card for her to commemorate her trip! She said it was great fun and unlike anything that she'd ever experienced!
What do you think of the card? She sure loved it! (I got the idea from Impress - they always have cute ideas!) Hope it brought a smile to your face! :)


Cheers!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Modern Thank You Set

Welcome!

Here in Seattle its been sunshiney and beautiful, but on the chilly side.  This weekend there's the possibility of SNOW. So I'm gearing up for a cozy weekend (Oscar party?!) It looks like that cozy theme may spill over into next week!

I've been busy creating some new things in my studio and I want to share with you a new design I've created. Its modern, sleek, and unique - I haven't ever created anything quite like this, and I love these cards because I had the chance to create "outside the box".  I used an exciting color combination to evoke a current and modern feel, and clean straight lines.



I created three different designs (with arrows - because if you're like me, you love the trend of arrows!) to include in this Thank You set - you get one of each; each are accented with a little sparkle.


Super cute, huh? The best part is that these cards are perfect to keep on hand for any time you need a thank you. I even provide arrow-accented acid and lignin-free envelopes!
If you like this creation, I invite you to view it in my shop along with all of my other paper products! You can also connect with me on facebook! I'd love to see your smiling face and read your comments!
Cheers!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chevron Dancing Girls Greeting Card

Lately I've been playing with some new stencils I got while on a trip to Portland. I absolutely love The Crafters Workshop stencils because they are always coming out with the latest designs and are so contemporary and current. I also live for that feeling when you lift the stencil after sponging or pouncing your chosen colors and the paper reveals pretty, colorful and attractive designs - it's like magic!
I had a lot of fun making this new card!
The stencil I used was the chevron 6x6 one by Balzer Designs, from The Crafter's Workshop. I designed this card in an analogous color scheme and if you're like me, you'll just love how it turned out! I added some sparkly bling after stamping the dancing girls, just for fun.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This greeting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop!
Thanks for tuning in!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Robot Hello

Hello Again!
Glad to have you visiting with me once again. Today’s post is featuring this cute little robot card I made recently.
I’ve had these little robot images for several years and I’ve only had the chance to use them once or twice. I think they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day or a Hello. I recently bought a student set of water colors to play with. After filling my watercolor brush with water, I found that these little robots were perfect for water color! I paired them with my new Hello from Seattle image and colored it with colored pencils to match the green background. I just added a little rhinestone to her bow, cut her out and adhered her to her die cut. I’ll use her Mr. in a different card. I love the green on this card, its springy and fresh and works great for men or women recipients. Cute. :) Makes me smile. I hope you like it as well.






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Betty Grable Valentine

Welcome Back! :)

New in the shop, freshly added, is this Valentines card featuring the famous Betty Grable pinup image in stamped form. The image is from Stamper's Best and stamped on white, then covered with "Vintage Matte" Mod Podge to give it an aged look.


Inside reads Happy Valentine's Day. Perfect for someone who loves vintage pinup!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Love in a Mailbox

Welcome Back!

I created this card the other day for Valentines. Its probably my favorite design for Valentine's Day because, if you're like me, we don't like a lot of frilly crap on our Valentines.   Simple and clean!


Three little buttons paired with divine twine - so cute! I hope you like it!
Cheers, 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HELLO from Seattle

This happy little card has just been freshly listed in the shop!
This card was so much fun to create! I think rainy-themed cards or Seattle-themed cards have been my favorite to create with lately. They're so much you can do with them, and I keep adding to my rubber stamp collection with rain-accessories, so that works out well for me I guess! :)
This card features a new stamp I just purchased to work with the umbrella I paired it with and my other rainy/Seattle-themed stamps. I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I added some liquid applique to the top of the umbrella to create a wet look!
What do you think?



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