Monday, 24 April 2017

Clarity Cumbria

Good afternoon everyone, I do hope that you had a lovely weekend. It was such fine spring weather here yesterday and I was so pleased to get an hour to tidy up some plants in my garden. Tess and Eric were a great help....

Saturday was our monthly Clarity Cumbria and it was great to welcome two new ladies to our fold...

I am so chuffed with the way that this class has developed and grown, friends have been made and it really is like having a fun play day with good mates ,( oh and cake )


We used the new outline stamp sets, our first card used bright coloured inks.

Just look at these fabulous designs..

Before lunch we had some Bokeh play

And then after lunch we made a little piece of art to go into a frame...

I do love to make these

Then to finish off with a quick and easy scene building card design...with tea and cake ( thanks Sheila )

These cards are great for batch card making and using up all those pieces of cards that we keep

Such wonderful designs by everyone...I am so proud of you all..

It was a lovely journey home , the sun shone and my new car was really clever and knew the way...

Did you watch Rossella on Hochanda on Sunday...? She was brilliant , I loved every show...

Today , I have been making samples ready to get in the post ready for next Saturday,,,when she is on our screens again.. so I had better get back to it...

Take care all and pop back soon..

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Thursday, 20 April 2017


Good evening all and thanks for popping in. I am a bit late tonight but only just finishing off. Oh it has been a long day, but lots of jobs ticked off the list.

I do hope that your week is going well. Yesterday it was our regular workshops in Hazel Grove, Cheshire.

I really am so lucky to have so many different workshops in so many regions and actually have so many real friends... it really is such a privilege to spend time with you , ladies and gents.

If you remember the other day I used a shaped card design from my lovely friend Martine Smith....

Well I loved the shape so much that we used it agin yesterday ....

And I have to say Martine, the ladies loved it too...and I have had numerous emails saying just how much they loved it and how they want to use it again...

This is the front of the book card, I do love the honeycomb stencil....( and my new butterfly die from Sizzix )


This is the back.... jo's bubbles useful...

And this is the inside with two lovely tags...

The ladies made some fabulous designs...and as always it was great to get inspiration from each other .

I do think this would make a great little gift with money inside, or a gift card...( I only gave the ladies tags though....!!!! )

Must just go and make a nice cup of tea before bed...another busy day tomorrow..

Take care all

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxx


Monday, 17 April 2017

A luscious leaf

Good afternoon everyone , I hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend.

It has been a busy one in the Rice household with a mixture of family time and work, plus the arrival of a new niece . She is absolutely gorgeous, wow you forget how small new born babies are. Oh and it was Adam birthday yesterday too, he is 28, I just don't know where the time has gone,,,

Today I am sharing a how to tutorial for one of my recent samples, I have had a few ladies asking me how it was here we go.

These new stamp sets were launched recently and they are fabulous to use. The masks are so useful too...

This one uses the leaf outline stamp set .

I started as I usually do with a piece of stencil card ( perfect as I need to add some water to my design )

I stamped the large leaf using black Archival ink, then added the mask.

Next I added some color Burst powders and spritzed with water, I do love to just watch what happens,

Look at those colours and the movement...

I find it is best to let this dry naturally, it keeps the colours vibrant.

Then I removed the mask, wiped it clean and placed it back on its carrier sheet.

Now it is the turn of the outer part of the mask , I gently added some Moon Crater Artistry ink with a spong

And then some stamping with Watering Can Archival ink. Using copier paper I made a border and stamped using the same ink.

I added some sequins and some drops of liquid glass, another one of my new favourite techniques.

Here is a closer look...

Some matting and layering , I do love the way that this design looks so 3d,

It really does play a trick on your eyes.

Have you noticed the little bird in the bottom corner...? He is watching the leaping hare.

Speaking of little birds , I keep having a visitor , he stands for hours in my pond ...look.

This was taken from my kitchen window

Bless him, he doesn't look real, well that is until he takes flight..his wing span is enormous

Now I know where all my frogs have gone....

Until next time

Take care all,

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx



Friday, 14 April 2017

Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards

Good morning all, and thanks for popping in on this Good Friday. I hope you have a lovely day and a very Happy Easter weekend.

Today it is a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog.

Our new theme is Fancy Fold or Shaped cards,

And our hostess in my lovely friend and very talented Beth.

Here is what I have created , I hope you like it .

This is the front,

This is the back


And this is the inside

I have to say that I got the design from a lovely friend of mine Martine Smith, so thank you Martine for the can find Martines blog here...

I started by using a piece of A4 card cut down to 17.5 cm wide. I then made three score lines and folded to get the desired shape. I taped my ribbon in place

And then cut two pieces of white card for the toppers.

I used a wonderful corner die to add some detail

And then stamped the sentiment from the remountable happy sentiment stamp set

On the front I added some flowers, die cuts and embellishments, the back I stamped with a chicken from the remountable chick set of stamps.

I saved the cut outs from the die to use as embellishments

This is the swirl die

I then added some detail using Enamel Accents , a new favourite of mine.

On the inside I added some decorative card and a couple of clips...ready for some Easter chocolates

Here is a closer look

If you fancy checking out the rest of the dt's fabulous work , you can find it here ..

I hope you have a lovely weekend, much love ,

Take care

Jo. Xxxx



Wednesday, 12 April 2017


Good afternoon all and thanks for joining me today. How is your week going ?

After a worrying few days , I am happy to report that Danielle has been allowed home from hospital, Mummy Rice is now looking after her... Thank you all for your lovely messages and really have helped.

I hope you have been able to watch the Clarity shows on Hochanda today, I have been busy getting everything sorted ready for workshops tomorrow at the Paper warehouse in Kendal. It is always such a great day when I go there, and I am so happy that I have been asked to carry on with monthly classes until the end of the year... So Mum and Dad can I book in for tea???

Today I thought that I would share one of my samples using the Snowdrop stamps from the wild flowers stamp set and the new Hay stack stencil.

I started by making my background, I added some water to some Black Shadow Artistry ink and flicked it on to some stencil card.


I stamped the Snowdrop sentiment using black Archival ink and once dry I added some colour through the stencil using just part of the stencil .


I do like to leave some white space

Some matting and layering

I stamped the Snowdrop and just added a little grey pencil to add just a hint of colour

To add the finishing touches I added some Enamel Accents from Ranger, this really is my latest must have, and they come in fabulous colours.

This is one of my favourite stamps of all time and we used it in Clarity Cumbria some twelve or so months ago,,,This was one of our designs...Remember it ladies and gent ??

If you don't already have these stamps you really do need them ...

It is so funny how some designs just stick in your mind, have you noticed that ?

Right I had better go , still so much to do...

Have a lovely evening ,

Take care and pop back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxxx



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Clarity Anglesey, great day.

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me today. Thanks for all your good wishes for Danielle, she is still in hospital and under observation, so Adam is staying with her.

Yesterday it was such a lovely day in Anglesey, the sun was shinning and wow did we craft. We got all four cards made in record time.

Our first one , was a mixture of stamps and Stencils, I just love all your colour choices ladies.

And yes, we did use my new favourite stamp. The Fantasy Flower stamp.

Next we did some ink blending , one of my favourite techniques.

After lunch, and I have to say I was very focused and didn't watch the young men outside playing football once. We use papers from the Brighton Rock paper pack.

These stamps are great when used together and ideal for using with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder

Our fourth card involved some kissing....

Don't worry ....

Kiss stamping

And the fabulous script stencil in the background. Sorry ladies I didn't get all your lovely cards on this photo...

( I think there was cake involved at this point )

Thanks for such a lovely day ladies, whilst we were crafting Karl took Tess and Eric to the beach. They had a great day and slept most of the way back to the campsite. Once back we bought some cheese made at the farm next to the campsite...oh it is yummy and I can thoroughly recommend it.

Today we have been on a coastal walk, it really did blow the cobwebs away

And yes, Eric went for another swim

The water was so clear...

Really helped to clear my head ...

Back home tomorrow and ready for another busy week .

Enjoy your evening all.

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx