Tuesday, 19 February 2019

envelopes can be fun too! decorated envelope with Chunky Monkey Crafts Stamps

How many of you slave for hours over a beautiful card for a friend or family member, and then just whack it into a plain white envelope that came with your card blanks and call it done?
I’m really guilty of this- I've spent so much time on the card, that I usually run out of time and energy by the time it gets to thinking about envelopes!

However, when I was sent some stamps to work with, from Chunky Monkey Crafts  that were all about the envelopes, I was really excited to take card making to a new level! 

I'm really excited to be working with Dani and her stamps - of which there are a limited quantity left for sale!

For this project, I wanted to make an envelope myself- and remembered that I had previously purchased a square 6” chunky envelope svg file from myscrapchick which would be perfect for what I wanted to do!
Using the ‘sealed with love’ stamp from the ‘sealed with love’ A6 set, I got to work. 
The envelope itself uses 1 sheet of 12x12 paper, and the insert uses part of another. I cut, folded and stuck the envelope, then set to decorating.

Decorated envelope  front Rachel Gillham Art

front of the chunky envelope- complete with diecut banners, and stacked diecut hearts

back of envelope with stamped image- Rachel Gillham Art

back of the envelope, with a diecut pink heart, stamped sentiment and hand cut banner matts

back of chunky envelope showing inside - rachel gillham art

inner of envelope- isn't the owl paper so fun?

I cut a banner around the stamped sentiment, and matted it with some gorgeous turquoise cardstock, before adding a diecut pink heart to the envelope flap. I diecut more hearts and layered them , to be used for the space where you add the name on the front.
I then faux stitched with a fine liner and a white gel pen round the edges of the envelope, and round the banner I created, as I can’t resist doodling on my projects!

all that is left to do is to create a card fit for this envelope! I should probably suggest making the envelope to match your card, and not trying to make a card to fit the envelope!

If you'd like to see the rest of this set, you can follow the link above- and if any of the stamps from CMC catch your eye, you can get 10% off your order with code 'rachelcmc10' - what a bonus!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Making watercolour digital paintings in procreate, with DesignCuts procreate kits

Making watercolour digital paintings in procreate, with DesignCuts procreate kits- Rachel Gillham Art  IHow I can art on the go!

I love to paint, and draw, but sometimes it is really not possible to take my art supplies where I am going- and if the creative muse hits, then i’m stuck, hoping it is still there by the time I can get back home, and also that I remember what it was I wanted to draw, or paint!

When my grandad died a few years ago, I was lucky enough to have been left enough money in his will to buy a second hand ipad pro, and an apple pencil. I really would rather I still had him with us, but I’m very grateful to have been able to buy something that is a daily godsend.

Not only can I keep up with social media, emails and netflix, but I can use the procreate app.
For those of you that haven’t heard about it yet,  It is a totally amazing art app, with no limit to what you can create with it- from lineart, or sketching out ideas, to full blown paintings.
There is also a really handy user manual, which will talk you through every tool that is available in your arsenal, and some brilliant techniques.

 For a galentines gift, one of my dear friends gave me a gift voucher to DesignCuts, which is an amazing resourse website for artists and graphic artists, full of fonts, flatlays, graphics and most importantly (to me anyway) procreate kits created by lots of different amazing artists and creators.

 One of the things I picked out to buy with my voucher  was the watercolor botanical kit, by Wonderbox Creative which includes so many beautiful watercolour brushes, and lots of other amazing design goodies such as textures, photo reference pictures, and colour swatches.

 Me being me, the first piece I created was nothing to do with flowers, but I just wanted to do some free flow play, and get a feel for the brushes included in the kit.

Whimsical clouds and rainbow by Rachel gillham Art

I do love a little whimsy, when I am in the right mood, and I was definitely in the mood for rainbows, and some sleepy clouds. I played with a few of the brushes, including the pencils and ink liners, and backed it onto one of the textures. In my next piece, I had read the PDFs included, and learnt a cool trick on how to get the paper to show through the finished artwork, for a more realistic look- definitely something I will be doing in future works, and may even go back and apply to this artwork.

Today, whilst out at my in laws, I had more time on my hands, and had had the foresight to bring my ipad and my pencil with me - so armed with those, and bundled up in a coat ( it is a really old farmhouse, with wood and coal fired heating, and the fires are all currently unlit) I dove right in to some botanicals, using one of the reference photos provided, watercolour paper textures, colour swatches and brushes  also from the kit, and created this- 

There were actually more flowers in this photo, but I chose to only utilise the top sprig this time.

Floral watercolour by Rachel Gillham Art

Originally I just drew and painted the flower, but one of the techniques i love in card making is to use alcohol inks behind the image, to really make it pop- so I went to a layer behind the flower, blending some purples and lilacs together, with the procreate blending tool had a little play with the salt brush too.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and have been making plans to go out walking and find some clusters of flowers locally that I can then turn into paintings as well. 

Tomorrow, it is back to my craft area, with projects that need finishing, and a couple of new ones to start. I have so many ideas rushing through my mind, but way too little daylight!

I hope you have enjoyed these paintings, and if digital art is something you are interested in, you really should check out designcuts - their marketplace is full of lots of amazing resources, all with commercial use licenses, and plenty of freebies too!

Until next time, 


Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Hi everyone, I’m not sure if you remember me! It’s been a long time, but I’m back. I had a slight mishap which involved managing to delete my new blog ( don’t even ask me how I managed to do that one) so I have come back here, instead of starting with a completely blank slate- it’s nice to return to see my old creations, and I’m very excited to share some new ones with you !

Since I was last here, an awful lot has gone on, but a lot has stayed the same. I still remain true to my passion of creating cards, but I have also started painting and drawing again, after a long break.
I published three colouring books the other year with my own original artwork in, gained a love for drawing and painting both physically and digitally on my ipad pro, and also a slight addiction to watching youtube while I work.

Everything else is still the same- I still live in the same place, but we have all just got a little older. My children now love to craft alongside me, and I can’t think of anything better.

The past week has been warmer weather, and the skies a lot brighter  and I’ve really enjoyed being able to craft again in comfort. I thought i’d upload a quick look at what I’ve been doing, before getting back in to posting properly in the coming days. I hope you enjoy them, and Once again, I’m glad to be back with you!

Some Odd Girl stamps are still amongst my favourites, and this gorgeous stamp just begged to be made into a card when I was looking through my stamp storage.

Visible Image stamps are also still a firm favourite, and I tried out a new watercolour technique for the background, which I think is just perfect to go with the sentiment.

I’ve also been playing with white space, and this CAS card was created in minutes! Super easy to do, and still looks beautiful. 

And whilst  my watercolours were out, it seemed a shame not to doodle some images for a set of cards- please stay tuned, the finished cards will be blogged soon!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

A christmas challenge at that craft place

Hi there folks, hope you are all doing ok. It's been a tough couple of weeks for me here, as I've had a lot going on... there was a death in the family recently, (my 95 year old grandfather) and the funeral was the day before yesterday. It was a beautiful service, and a higher than expected turnout, which was very touching.

Through it all, I've kept crafting, and having pieces to work on for my design teams has really helped my well-being both physically and mentally!

This card is for the christmas challenge that starts today  over on the that craft place challenge blog , using one of the christmas betty boots images from the that craft place etsy store

I've used a mixture of goodies from the Shop and from my stash to create this card, the base of which is a Sizzix flip its die set from a couple of years ago, that I'm loving to find new uses for. It is such a unique shape that many people haven't really seen before and immediately adds wow factor
 I used silver papers and matching embellishments as the top layers, with a hint of green and red to tie in with the beautiful digital stamp that I used
 I coloured her in Copics , and on the reverse of the flip elements I added some cute little snowflakes and a bow . I also doodled by hand around the paper edges, and did some faux stitching with a white gelly roll pen.

I finished up with some twine , and half pearls in various sizes, and grey /turquoise colour tones

You can find lots of yummy supplies for your cards in the online shop group  HERE
in person at the bricks and mortar shop HERE (based in East Sussex)
find challenges and inspiration on the That Craft place blog
and natter about your current or planned creations in  the natter and chatter group on facebook HERE

Hope you enjoyed this card and happy crafting

and many thanks for reading 


Saturday, 28 November 2015

that craft place blog hop

We are having a blog hop over at 
That Craft Place 
We cant wait to share our super Christmas Cuteness with you

Make sure you comment on every DT's blog as we will be giving away prizes 

5 winners will be able to pick 5 images of their choice

Here are the cards I have made using some of the gorgeous new christmas images!

You are at Rachel's Blog you now need to hop on over 
If you get lost you can always head to the That Craft Place Blog where the hop starts!

Friday, 27 November 2015

I got you flowers!

This gorgeous cutie that I have been playing with is a new image from the Etsy Shop 'Bloobel stamps' Which carries a range of individual and quirky digital stamps for your crafting needs.. it is definitely a shop to keep an eye on, as the owner is busy stocking it as we speak!

She is called 'Venus Von Trap' and for the purposes of this card, I cropped her short

You can purchase this stamp HERE 

To make the card I used a 7" square card blank

cardstock from papermill direct

designer papers from Docrafts purchased from That Craft Place

reccollections brads

copics (also bought from that craft place)

160 gsm super smooth cardstock (yup you guessed it, that craft place again)

ribbon and crochet lace

dies from spellbinders and MFT
flowers and bling are from WOC

I hope you like her!
I guess it's back to christmas cards now for a bit though, now I've had my fun ;)


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Kraft- at that craft place!

Good morning all, it was a busy day here yesterday, with my baby girl turning 4, and her birthday party... it's amazing how loud 12 children between the ages of 2 and 7 can be! so phew.. I've retreated back into blog land where it is a lot quieter!

The inspiration I have for you today is for the newest challenge at that craft place- this fortnights challenge is for all crafts and the theme (recipe) is kraft card!

I made this adorable little shaker card!

I used - papers from studio light and DCWV 
hero arts, lawn fawn and MME stamps
kraft card
and hessian trim
you can find a wide range of goodies including things from these companies  in the that craft place shopping group!

I hope that you will come and join us for this latest challenge, over on the challenge blog!

Rachel xx

I'd love to enter this card in-

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