My shining star

My shining star

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

More pottery painting...

Good Morning all! I do hope you are ok! I am good and feeling virtuous having spent 3 hours working on the community pool refurb yesterday and going off to make tea for the ladies and gents of the village this morning! Its all good!

I just realised I hadn't blogged these last couple of pottery makes from Pottyroos yet so here goes!

This is to go with my set in the kitchen - a tea canister with attitude!!!!

This pot was made using Tim Holtz and IndigoBlu stamps ...all the pictures below are on this same pot! 

Less successful than I would have liked but I think that was largely due to my being there with 4 children in the holidays!!!! Less concentration going on! 

There's more pottery coming up on Thursday - I think its a more successful method I used for that one - its all a learning process!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Jo Firth Young Workshop at Rowantree crafts

Hello there and happy Sunday to you! I do hope you are well and happy! Did you watch any of the Marathon? It took me back to the one and only time I did the London Marathon and boy I wouldn't have fancied doing it in todays heat. Well done to all those who completed it, whatever the time!

Yesterday I went along to Rowantree Crafts at Carnforth and did a lovely workshop with Jo Firth Young using some of her latest release stamps from Paperartsy. We made a canvas...

This is a 10 by 8 canvas ... I did different colours to most people... more so that it would suit my living room than anything else... I am so pleased with the result ...its lovely...

Here's a shot of the course in action ...

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my workspace 

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and here's the finished articles...

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It was a lovely day indeed!

In the evening I carried on working on some knitting I have started - its basically new to me and I am taking a course to make a cushion cover. I will let you know how it progresses! I am finding it hard work!!!

Enjoy the rest of your day! 


Rachel xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Connie's card

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you have been enjoying the change in the weather. It certainly seems warm here! Lovely! We have all been busy trying to get things moving on our current production of the Twits.....and the teenagers production of Hamlette. Its starting to take shape but time moves so fast it needs to!

I am showing a card today I made for a girl in Penny's class who lives opposite us. She's quite a quirky child and I hope she's going to like it.

I don't seem to have the picture of the card straight on so you will have to forgive the arty shot! I've used a stamp set from Donna Ratcliffe and distress oxides to make this card. The colours are her favourites so I am hoping so!

Got to take the car for an MOT today...fingers crossed all goes well! And then I have library and PTA meeting!

Big hugs!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Hello there! How are you? I am doing ok. First day without the children yesterday but I had the lovely coffeepot ladies to craft with so time just flew. We were making cards based on these two cards i have already posted here and here.

This is the one I did as a demo of the technique....

I used all hobbyart stamps except for the sentiment which is by alison bomber from paperartsy....

I did this one as a second make - I do so love this stamp set - really pretty!

I hope you have a good day - I am hoping to get organised and do some chores and also hoping to pop into pottyroos and do some painting! 

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Monday, 16 April 2018

Chas Jacobs workshop

Hello there! How are you? Hope you are well and that your weekend was good! Mine was fabulous - I went to a workshop with the artist Chas Jacobs on Saturday and on Sunday I did a run and then had lunch and went to see Peter Rabbit - I wasn't expecting to like it but it was great!

Back to my workshop - it was really relaxed - just four of us plus Chas and his wife in their home - they live in my village so I could walk there.

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Here's where we were working - there is beautiful light in the house and its just lovely!

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Here's me getting stuck in with my painting...

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This is my watercolour version of the complete scene - you can see the greeting card that I was using for my inspiration too!

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Here's the acrylic version completed on Sunday morning!

A really lovely workshop - so peaceful and a great way to spend the day!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15 minute chocolate baroque post

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are doing well. Today I have 3 cards made in 15 minutes each (or less) to share with you. There are also others on the chocolate baroque blog to inspire you here.

These first two just have simple stamping on a distress oxide background. On the first I also used a moon mask to add the idea of the sun. 

On the last one again I stamped on an offcut of distress oxide background and matted and layered. I also added the corners.

The stamps sets I used here include:

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Saturday, 14 April 2018

CCC: Poinsettias or any christmas greenery

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well and happy! I am a day early for the christmas card club this fortnight but I hope the ladies don't mind...saves me from having two posts on the one day! The theme this time was chosen by Mary and is poinsettias or greenery. I have made four cards...

These two cards were made using Sheena stamps, dies and embossing folders plus TH christmas paper dolls. I think they look quite sweet amongst the greenery!!!

The next two are made from chocolate baroque stamps - the same techniques were employed each time! 

In both cases the images were stamped in versa mark and heat set with clear powder. Then I added brushos and once dry painted the leaves and berries. The backgrounds were done using distress oxides  and then I stamped small images plus the sentiment on that before adding the topper.

Have a great day... I am having a day at the house of artist Chas Jacobs doing  a painting workshop. Really looking forward to it!

Big hugs

Rachel xx