Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New in the Shop! {Moving SUCKS!}

Aloha again!

Gah. Still no stamping or binding in my life right now. I'm complaining to everyone who will listen -won't you lend me your ear?!? It’s very frustrating having to move! I’ve packed most of my creating things except for my markers, and all I want to do is sit down at my craft table and MAKE something! LOL So, I busied myself a few nights ago coloring this beautiful image I found online!

He reminds me of my boyfriend’s brother Adam.

I’ve added some pieces to the shop. This first gal is a birthday card and features a great little gal from Kraftin' Kimmie. Also featured on this sweet card is so awesome classic car paper that one of my best friends picked up at a book sale, of all places. (Lesson learned - check second-hand book stores and sales for craft supplies!!)

and I also added this seven piece birdy invitation set.

Each invitation is a little different - the papers alternate between stripes and dots, and there’s birds on every one and the inside invitation is the same, however the bling is a different on each invitation. So sweet! I love them!

Got my shipment in from my bombshells - a big holla out to my ladies!! Gotta love ‘em!!

Had to turn around and order two more sets the day I got the hot rods in. It’s hard to believe, but I don’t have ALL of them yet. lol [evil little cackle of glee] Soon enough! I’m only missing one or two ;) Have you tried them?! If not, I highly encourage you to! They're FAB.

That's all my lovelies.
Just gotta keep on keepin' on. I think I found a decent place to live, work and create, so I should be having more crafty treats to share with all of you here very shortly.
Stay crafty!!

Xo, Rachael

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stuff I Love

Hi All! Welcome!

I haven't been able to create much lately because I've been busy looking for apartments, cleaning out my garage and packing for a move. But I *have* been feeling really inspired by Tim Holtz lately. I put together a set of vintage findings and hardware that I love this week! I hope you likey! As always, click the image for a larger view.

Also, I've been busy order items to that when I get to my new place, I will have a stocked craft table ready for me to create with! :-D

This morning I was purusing around and came across Color Combos Galore. What a cute and inspirational site! BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to get started with them! Here's some of their latest inspirations.

Lately I've been toying with the idea of Glimmer Mists. What is your opinion on these items? Pricey - yes, they can be. But if they add to your craft and you USE them... What do we think ladies? I need your input! Have you ever used any? If so, which brands do you like the best and why? Or perhaps you've made your own! I'd love to hear feedback on brands and what works for you, so please leave me a comment on this post! :-D

Xo, Rachael

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New in the Studio: Ordered Products!


Thanks for checking back! Today I am pretty stoked because my Vintage Par Avon Envelopes came in. It was pretty difficult for me to find these as the post office has discontinued them. I had to ordre them from HONG KONG! I'm stocking up on some mail rubber stamps to go with these, but I think they're just adorable. They'll add a vintage look to my cards and a little something extra, you know what I mean?

Have you ever used this type of envelope in your projects? I would love to see them if you have! Post a comment with a link below so I can check 'em out!!! :-D

I also recently finished my sister-in-law's birthday gift here Leave a comment and let me know what do you think!

Xo, Rachael

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stuff I Love: Milk Glass

Hola Chicas!
I don't know if you love vintage items as much as I do, but I can't get enough of them. Especially farm house style things, I love them! I'd like to have a little guest cottage that I can decorate with just vintage items! Nothing says farm house vintage to me more than lovely milk glass pitchers, plates, pedestals and glasswear. So with that, here's this week's addition of Stuff I Love!
As always, click the image for a magnified view.

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Xo, Rachael

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New in my Shop

I'm so happy to report that I've received my Bind-it-All!
I was so thrilled I *actually* squeeled! ;-) I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I am LOVING my Zutter Distrezz-it-All, so I can't wait to use these items together!

There are some new cards in my shop this week!

From Paris with Love is a lovely layered piece that's vintage themed. Don't you just adore it?!

I have a new buckle card available, very similar in apperance of another buckle card in my shop, but slightly different.

And lastsly I have a new Go Ask Alice card set!

Check out these items and more at my shop here.

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Xo, Rachael

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Items and Fun Textiles

Welcome Back Everyone!

I'm so excited to be updating you after a week of pretty much no available time to blog!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. It was sunny and beautiful here in Seattle over this last weekend and I found myself REALLY enjoying it! It's so easy to get down and depressed as the winter months drag on, but summers in Seattle are quite beautiful in, not only Seattle, but the Northwest as a whole. It's the only saving grace in the long rainy months that we have. So I've been dead set on enjoying every minute of it!! (I'm even a little burned!)

I'm proud to announce that a new line has hit the store - my Buckle Cards! You can't find anything like them anywhere else on the internet, and while there's only two available in my shop right now, rest assured that more are on their way!! Totally and completely unique! They're even a little interactive! ;-)

I'm thrilled because I've made some purchases lately that are really opening crafty doors for me and Rachael's Handmade Designs. It's all about growing as an artist and trying new things!

As you can tell from my previous post, I recently ordered the Zutter Distrezz-It-All. I've had a chance to use it, and I love love love it! I'm currently working on a mini album...for my dad! I'm using some sport-themed antiqued paper, and I'm really loving the way that it's turning out!

I've also been thinking about purchasing a book bindery tool so that I can begin to play with book binding, mini albums, and perhaps even calendars, but it was a challenge between The Cinch (from We R Memory Keepers) vs. The Bind-it-All (by Zutter). I read this review by fellow crafter Pink Cricut. She seemed to favorite The Cinch, and while it seems that The Cinch has some awesome features to offer, I decided to go with The Bind-it-All from Zutter. I found a great price on an Ebay deal and placed my order! I'm so excited to get my order in! I think that The BIA used in connection with the DIA will result in some great items. I'm finding that I'm a definetly a Zutter gal. ;-)


(this is the bundle I purchased on Etsy.)

Lately I have been working hard to move the excess jewelry-making supplies from my store stock. Since I decided to focus more on my paper crafts, I had a lot of excess beads, charms and pretty little things laying around and not being used. This has proved pretty successful because, well, really - who doesn't love beads?! Pretty, shiny sparkly little things. A couple of my good friends (really more like family) Cheryl and Cindy, have purchased beads and charms and I'm so excited to see what they come up with! Be sure to check out their blogs as well: Cheryl's blog is here and Cindy's shop is here!

I was able to place an order for some exciting new papers as well, in addition to my first Prima Marketing handmade flowers order! I'm so excited! I've heard WONDERFUL things about Prima and they have such lovely pieces to choose from. It was definetly a challenge to pick just a few items to start with, but if the results are as good as I think they're going to be, I will defiently be doing business with them again.

And that's about it! I can't wait to receive my new items and start playing! I'm so excited! I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired as much by these items as I am!

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Xo, Rachael

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