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Wednesday 22 July 2020

IndigoBlu Christmas

Hello there - Kay has been launching some new stamps on Hochanda today - these are some of my makes from the shows...

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There were even more!

Hope you enjoyed the shows if you watched them!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 19 July 2020

Penguins at Christmas Card Club

Hello there! Well another fortnight has rolled around - and its still feeling like April to me - but now school is out properly and I am hoping that no home schooling might mean I get a few more things done around the house..... we shall see. Christmas Card Club this fortnight and the theme is Penguins - a lovely theme and I wish I had had more time to make cards - I got two done - my mum got 4 they are ...

my first one is my fave of mine...I made this using a woodware stamp and dies from Tim background is a mop up from a class I did with Tracy Evans with using alcohol inks on the gel press...

This one uses stamps from paperartsy ...i used a piece of acetate to reverse the image so that it looked like they were going to have a snowbll fight.

My mum's cards now, firstly a woodware stamp...

a lovely scene she another woodware stamp and a brusho background..not sure who created the die...sorry!

and finally the last two made with hunkydory kit!

I hope you have a lovely Sunday - we are hoping to venture out for a picnic at some time!


Rachel xx

Tuesday 14 July 2020


Here's my first post for July for the Chocolate Baroque blog... the June shows included a few different stamp sets but I have focused in on Katya for this post....

There are more details including a How to for the circular canvas on the Chocolate Baroque Design team blog today.

Have a great day!


Rachel xx

Monday 13 July 2020

Pottery Painting makes me happy

Hello there!

This month at Countryview Challenges - the theme is 'Do more of what makes you happy'... so I decided I would do some pottery painting - that really does make me happy! Here's my starting point - I use any ink to stamp onto the bisque ware (this is a cake stand) ... it all burns off in the kiln anyway so the stamping really is acting as a guide. I usually choose a colour of ink that I am not going to paint with. I used two sets of AAll and Create stamps in this one.

In this picture you can see the stamping which I did in orange... plus the start of some painting with glaze.

Here's the completed painting with the specialist glaze...  after this point the piece goes back to the pottery studio where its overglazed and then fired in the kiln...

Here's the final piece ....I am pleased with it!!!

and from the side ..... 

Hope you can join us for the challenge!


Rachel xx

Saturday 11 July 2020

Uprighter class

Hello there! I did a lovely garden uprighter class with Jo Rice online today. I have been enjoying many classes during lockdown but keep failing to blog them. I hope to remedy that!

All stamps are from AAll and create - and I think they're all tracy evans stamps.... Great class Jo!


Rachel xx

Monday 6 July 2020

New Chocolate Baroque stamps

Launching on Hochanda tomorrow at .10am and 3pm... Chocolate Baroque have some new stamps.... here's a preview of two of the samples I have made for the show...

I stamped sidectly onto calico but did rub it over with gesso first - I then used translucent paints to paint my image before then adding sequins to this and turning the calico into a banner.

And another one....

some AT coins using some of the smaller images from the new sets....

They beautiful new stamps - do try to join Lesley for the shows!

Big hugs

Rachel xx

Sunday 5 July 2020

Trees at Christmas Card Club

Hello there! Well its rolled around to Christmas Card Club once again and I have some cards to show you using the theme trees - I did enjoy this theme and could have kept going and going!!! 

Here are my makes for this theme...this is made using a die from sizzix by Jen Long. This is the front as it is concertined up...

This is the back as it is spread out ...

and this is the front as it is spread out....

I added the animal diecut shapes from another die set I have too.

I also made 4 other cards - this time using Gel press backgrounds that I had lying around and I used  IndigoBlu stamps to make them.

and so to my mum's cards.... both made using Sue Wilson dies.

Thats all from us for this week!

Big hugs
Rachel xx

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Do more of what makes you happy - at Countryview challenges

Good Morning!

And so to another new month - I feel like my mind is still in April and am wondering who stole May and June!!! I guess thats the Covid 19 effect! Anyway, a new challenge starts today at countryviewchallenges and the theme is to 'Do more of what makes you happy'. In this case, there are two things that are making me happy - using a recently learned technique - thanks Jean Hardy - and also using a stamp for the first time - so the new to me technique is the use of clingfilm in background creation -

to do this I just used kohi noor paints to paint my card then put clingfilm over the top whilst it was still wet and crumpled up the clingfilm then left it to dry. When I removed the clingfilm I had this lovely pattern.

Next to the new stamp - I have had this for a while but it had never been inked up - what a tragedy!!!Its called total-chaos and you can find it here. I firstly stamped up the main flower then fussy cut the flower head from a background in my bitsa box. After that I did some background stamping in red and yellow and added the green leaves and finally added some torn dictionary paper.

I quite like the end result but it is very bright!!!

Hop you can join our challenge. You can find further details and link up here


Rachel xx