My shining star

My shining star

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

Thursday, 12 April 2018

A rainbow?

Hello there! How are you today? I hope you are feeling good. I am still enjoying my easter holidays with my youngest, Penny. We have done lots of crafting! Not much else really! Once I had finished my DT work today I had a play with some Birgit Koopson stamps I bought up at Art Workshops in the NE. I've not been up for a while now so that just shows how long I've had them!!! I got my distress oxides out and played!

I stamped onto my DO background and cut out the leaves stamped onto random offcuts! I also added the words from the same stamp set and a stamp from craft stamper magazine! 

Its not a card for anything in particular - just reflecting my mood really!!! 

I'd like to enter this into craftstamper take-it-make-it-challenge-april

I am off to the Uni this afternoon on a training course for doing Invigilation. Once I have done this I have to take an online test. Its only then that I will find out if I have got any work or not! And I just thought invigilation was checking that nobody cheats! I'll let you know how I go!!!

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Another upcycle

Hello there! I am posting over at Countryview challenges again today. Our theme is 'pimp it up' this month and we want you to upcycle something. I have chosen a cheap box from The Works this only cost £1 ...and here is what it ended up looking like...

And here are the steps I took to change it...

The box at the start - very dull and plain...

I started by adding gold relief paste through an indigoblu stencil ...

Once dry I painted the whole thing with ravenblack paint from indigoblu. This looks a bit gold in the picture but sadly I think thats just the light I took the picture in! After the paint was dry I added several layers of luscious powders and finally some gold gilding wax and the flowers!

I think it look much better now than it did at the start!

Big hugs

Rachel xx