My shining star

My shining star

Monday, 21 May 2018

Coffeepot vs Invigilation

Hello there! How are you? I hope you have been enjoying this glorious weather? Its been fabulous but I missed most of it! This morning it was coffeepot - I however, just left the project with my mum and the ladies came along and did their thing! I was invigilating at the University today. I was actually working with a lady who had my Shaun as her was so lovely to speak to her!

This is the card I left for the ladies to make at coffeepot.... The stamps and dies are from Sheena... the colouring is by pixie powders!

This is one my mum made and did not complete just yet ....

and here is another - I love the colour of those flowers!

I spent the afternoon working on something at pottyroos...I will pick that up on Friday but can't show it just yet! 

Hope you've had a great day!


Rachel xx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A Cumbrian crafty day!

Hello there! Have you had a super day? I do hope so! I believe the wedding all went well ...not sure about the football! But I had a lovely day with my mum and girls over at Lindale with Cumbria Crafters. Here are my makes.....

The  first card was top right. We were using a hobbyart stamp set - not one I would have chosen but I certainly enjoyed using it! 

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Here's the makes from everybody! 

Next we made the tag card which is top left on the original picture....

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then it was time for the Kraft card - bottom right...

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Finally we made the atcs - mine is not shown on the first picture .... I added a tag that I managed to do in a spare moment! Here are the class ATC's....

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We had to leave early - so I am looking forward to seeing which atcs come through the post to us!

It was a lovely day! Looking forward to seeing Jo again soon!


Rachel x

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pottyroos stencil brush pot

Hello there! How are you? I do hope you are well. I am lacking time but thats okay! Just more juggling required! I wanted to blog my pot I painted at pottyroos over the last few weeks - you may already have seen this on facebook but I still want to log it on here.

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The pot is large - I have used JOFY stamps on it, stamping the images in glaze before painting in more glaze.

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You can get a better idea of the pot size from this shot including the large clarity stencil brushes.

Super pleased with this one!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

15 minute makes at Chocolate Baroque.

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are feeling good. I am good - I worked all day yesterday and am working again this morning. Its all good but is cutting my crafting time! Its a good job I can do 15 minute makes like those in this post today! These were made for April's show on Chocolate baroque.

This one used some papers as the background ...I simply stamped  images in black and red ontop of the paper!

I used another paper centrally here and stamped and repeat stamped around the edge of the card before adding the focal point.

This final one used brushos. The watercolourcard was dried before stamping onto it in archival ink.

Hooray for quick cards! You can see more inspiration on the chocolate baroque blog!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday, 13 May 2018

CCC: words

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are good? We are good - still busy but good! We enjoyed a day at at the Happy Stampers at Port Sunlight yesterday. It was lovely to catch up with so many peeps.... Lesley, David and Judith from Chocolate Baroque, Keren Baker, Jo Rice, Linda Simpson, Lou Withers, Kay Halliwell Sutton, Freda, Lisa and Angie from Cumbria Crafters ....and so many more lovely folk. I spent too much as usual but due to the lack of paperartsy being their I did come home with pennies this year! A first!!!

Last night I went to see Three Sisters by Chekov performed by a local drama group - an excellent performance of a complex play! Very good!

And so to today - its Carol's choice at CCC and she has chosen 'words as focus' ... Time beat me on this one - I had hoped to do 4 cards but only managed to complete two! I decided to be 'on trend' and use the large letters dies!

The stamped backgrounds are both from Chocolate is a big bold background stamp whilst the other is from the year of stamping range!

This is the year of stamping stamp - I suspect its for December - I cut the letters then coloured using aquapens. I have added sparkle to the letters but this is not showing up so well on the photo.

This is the big bold background stamp again cut then coloured with aquapens.

I hope you have a great Sunday - I am knitting this morning and then set painting this afternoon! I am working all day tomorrow! 

Big hugs!

Rachel xx

Saturday, 12 May 2018


Hello there! How are you? I hope you are well! I am still busy but today looking forward to a trip to Port Sunlight. I daresay I will come back financially poorer but with more stamps!!! Lol!

I have some ATCs to share with you today - these were done for/at Jo Rice's workshop in April for Cumbria Crafters. We couldn't attend this time so we all made an ATC and sent it to Jo to swap for us. Starting top left and going cw these are by my mum, me, Lucy and Penny. We all used some background stamps by hobbyart but added something else too. 

These are the ones we got back....

All really lovely! Thanks all!

I am also involved in ATC swaps in JJJAMA group and UK stampers groups. 

These are the ones I sent for the UK stampers april theme of numbers...

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these are the ones I got in return...

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I am enjoying these ATC swaps - great fun!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Tag for May tag swap

Hello there! How are you? I hope you are doing well. We are all horribly busy and I am finding juggling all of our activities really quite tricky at present. Still, better to be busy I guess! I will get there! It will get easier after this week - Lucy is performing at the Dukes Theatre this week and it has made juggling all the more difficult!!! I go to see it tonight - I will let you know how it goes!

Today I want to share a tag I made for the May tag swap at UK Stampers Forum. Its inspired by a class I took earlier this year with Trish Latimer...

The stamps used are all by Trish - you can only get them on her ETSY site. The painty background was all created by finger painting then stamping in both paint and ink. I have paperpieced the dress on the main image.

Have a great day!


Rachel x