Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year

Happy new year to you all.

A new year beckons and as the doors of 2017 close so the doors of 2018 open.

Heres hoping that you all had a great year and fulfilled most of your personal goals for last year.

We had a very busy year last year, as well as quitting my job we also welcomed our first grandchild into the world.

We finally got married...yay

We set up the business and website Rosie Mcstone Studio

My first stamp designs were produced and sold out

and I had my first 2 magazine articles published

2018 is looking like starting off where 2017 ended

Fingers crossed we are still moving into the studio on the 2nd of January

There are new stamps and masks on the Horizon and we also have a few of our own paper designs going to print.

We have workshops booked up until October 24th

We also have our first overseas workshop booked!!!

The studio has lots of fantastic guest tutors lined up.

I'm exhausted thinking about it 

but luckily we will be ending 2018 with a month in South Africa with Family.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

A Merry Powertex Christmas To You All

Making the most of our Christmas Makes.

Merry Christmas one and all.

We have made some absolutely fab Powertex Christmas pieces this year.

All have been used, either as table decorations or on our Victorian themed Christmas tree.

Wishing you all every happiness for the coming year.

May your future dreams become your fond memories.

Lots of love 
John & Heather

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Counting Down

Less than 2 weeks to go

Well, we now have less than 2 weeks until we can get into and start working in the courtyard studio. Hopefully( fingers crossed) it wont take us long to start putting our mark on it.

I must admit, I am chomping at the bit and can't wait to get in, even though it is the holiday period. I would love to get in there and get sorted. 

I know its only a tiny space but it will do for now and there is no way the limited space will stop us doing what we want to do 

If you do get chance to come and see us in the new year. Please check that we are in if you are making a specific trip as we may not be there everyday due to outstanding commitments made before the signing of the lease.

If you do make a spur of the moment trip you can always look around the lovely Carlton House Vintage and have a cup of tea in the tea room.

We look forward to seeing you.

John & Heather

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Strawberry Blondes

Six Men Went To Mow

Ok, we admit it we aren't Strawberry Blonde. We are in fact ginger.

Heather has been at it again this time she has been making gingerbread Tags for Christmas.

How cool are these? and, as ever the pictures don't do them justice with their cute little faces.

Thanks for looking
Fred &Ginger x

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Just hang on a minute!!


Something a bit different today.

Heather has been having a play.

As Avadrew was born premature she had been bought quite a few clothes for her to grow into.

So Heather has made these nifty little wardrobe dividers for Avadrew's Wardrobe.

What a cool idea.

I love them. What do you think?

Thanks for looking 
Rocky & Adrian x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

From Tiny Acorns

Vintage Beginnings

Exciting news!!

We are glad to announce that we have taken on a small studio both to work in and to teach from.

We will be situated in Carlton House,

This is a Vintage Arts & Crafts set up with the added bonus of having a tea room.

It has a lovely old fa├žade and if you look through the tunnel there is a courtyard.

That's where you will find us from the 2nd of January.

As well as running workshops of all kinds we are hoping to also sell Eclectica, Ephemera and

upcycled/re-purposed pieces and to start with basic supplies for  

mixed media , altered art and Steampunk as well as some of my finished pieces.

A bit of a blank canvas at the moment both inside and out and

as you'd expect from us we are hoping to put our own stamp on it without scaring too many people away.

We have a tiny little ground floor space but hey you have to start somewhere.

 Thanks for looking and if you are in the are in the new year why not pop in and say hello 

just make sure its not a workshop day first.

John & Heather x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Calling all new Grandparents

Would You Like This??

I have been having a ball of a time, I have ben casting Avadrew's hands and feet.

She isn't too impressed with the process but the end results are fab.

I have already been asked to do these for a couple of other people.

Is it something you would like doing of your young children/grandchildren?

These make great keepsakes and gifts

Thanks for looking
Gomez &Morticia x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Social Crafting

Powertex Christmas Forest

We seem to have done so many of these cool conical Christmas trees now

That however doesn't stop it from being a pleasurable experience.

Combined with the fact that this was social crafting.... That's right no money changed hands.

We had a Christmas Powertex evening with a couple of very good friends, combined with a nice home cooked meal and a few beers.

Social crafting at its best.

Thanks for looking
John & Yoko x

Thursday, 30 November 2017

An Introduction to Repousse

Chase And Puff

Absolutely love this workshop.

Taught at The Stamp Pad, Greenfields.

This was a basic introduction to Repousse they art of embossing metal in this case Aluminium and Pewter.

Using a combination of hand tooling, machine embossing, and freestyle texture.

I hope you will agree they all turned out great.

Thanks for looking
John & Vangelis x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Not Another One

A New Addition to The Family

Picked up on a recent visit to Bakewell, this lovely mixed match trio from Paragon is a little stunner.

Looks great amongst the rest of the collection.

Always looking for additions to the collection so if you have anything you think we may be interested in send us a pic.

Thanks for looking
Pinky & Perky x

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Pixie Population Growth

Baby Boom Housing Crisis

Well they have been at it again!
A recent baby boom amongst the Pixie population In Greenfields, Saddleworth has led to the hasty construction of 9 new bijoux dwellings to help ease the burden.

Quickly constructed on the afternoon of Saturday the 18th of November the house went up in a matter of hours.

A local business owner  :- Gwen Fletcher is reported to have said " aren't they fab?"

At this moment in time there is no plans to build anymore dwellings at this location.

If you squint slightly you can just see one of the new residents in the background just to the left of the front door.
Show home quickly pops up.

Construction Almost Complete

Construction under way

8 Completed desirable residences.

You didn't really squint and have a look did you?

Thanks for looking
Popeye & Olive

Monday, 13 November 2017

Mr & Mrs G

Tea Total hmmm Maybe

Those of you who know us either as friends or as acquaintances will know that
 on the 25th of October Heather Became Mrs G.

It is no secret that she has made me a very happy man in the time we have been together.
We have had some fantastic adventures so far and I personally cant wait to see what new and interesting things we will discover together in the future.

We have both taken a little time to reflect whilst on our honeymoon.

It has been a really busy year this year, and the plan for us for the coming year is to get our work/life balance back. 

That is not to say that we will slack off and do less work ( who ever heard of such a thing?) but to aim to work smarter so we have more free time together.

So keep an eye on this space, either to see what we are up to in the crafting community or to check out our everyday adventures in life as Mr & Mrs G.

Thanks for looking Mr & Mrs G

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Craft Stamper Article Number 2

Published Piece Number 2

It always amazes me that people are interested and even like the things I make.

I am also humbled by the positive feedback I receive both at workshops and at demonstrations.

I was approached late last year to do a Powertex project for The Craft Stamper Magazine.

I must admit I laboured over it a bit but I was more than happy with the outcome.

I recently did a second piece for Craft Stamper which I really enjoyed doing using some of my own stamps and using some of my favourite stamping techniques.

here is a little preview of the finished project.

Thanks for looking 
Rock & Doris x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Death By Biscuits.

One Biscuit to Many

Heather is always telling me I have a problem. Yes folks I am a biscuit-a-holic.
So much so that when I found this little guy at a local car boot sale, Heather told me that's what my skeleton must look like. How Rude . She put the comment down to my biscuit baby.
A little unfair but I can see where she is coming from.

Thanks for looking 
Samson & Delilah xx

More Conical Capers!!

Trees Galore

More pictures of Conical Christmas trees and Pixie houses from the second workshop at Crafty Urchin in Cheadle.

Looks like there may be a risk of over population in Cheadle if they keep allowing these pixie residences  to keep popping up.

Hope you enjoyed looking 

Ron & Hermione xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

A Union In Flora

Wedding Flora

The big day has arrived!

Today Heather will become Mrs Heather Glossop

I couldn't be happier, the bouquet and the buttonhole are a representation of our origins.

Those that know me will know I'm a Yorkshire man through and through ( good points and bad points)

Heather is Scottish by birth, to us it made perfect sense to combine the Yorkshire rose and the Scottish thistle in our wedding flowers.

The florist has made a lovely job of them.

Thanks for looking and all your well wishes xx
Mr & Mrs Glossop

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Crafty Urchins Powertex Workshop

And The Results Are

We recently did a couple of Sundays at Crafty Urchins in Cheadle Staffs.

I think you will agree the results are stunning and hopefully a great day was had by all.

The Pixie houses were made in the morning and the Christmas tress were made in the afternoon.

Both finished projects were painted at the end.

I you would like to do these projects as either a small or a large group send us a message and we will see what we can arrange.

Thanks for looking 
Sid & Nancy xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Classy Conical Christmas Trees

Pixies On Parade

Another fantastic Sunday afternoon crafting in Cheadle.

A re-visit to Crafty Urchins for a pair of lovely Christmas projects.

The morning sessions was taken up by a parade of pixie houses and like the pixies that live in them they came in various shapes and sizes.

The afternoon was spent doing classy conical Christmas trees.

Both projects taught using Powertex products and taught by yours Truly and assisted by Heather, both of us are accredited Powertex Tutors.

If you would like to do projects like this at a venue near you or would like to do these projects using other products please send us a message at via our website.

Thanks for looking 
Dolly & Kenny

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Fossilised Texture

Triptych Assortment

What a fantastic assortment of triptychs. I really enjoy making these.

The ladies that made them did a great job with lovely earth tone colouration.

Made using Ivory Powertex fabric hardener and Powertex stone art powder 

coloured with Sennelier and Golden Acrylic paints.

Thanks for looking
John & Heather x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

450 Powertex Miles

A Weekend of Powertex Fun

Lots of miles and lots of Powertex fun.

Saturday we took a trip down to Romford to That's Crafty, where we had the pleasure of teaching a lovely mini statue in the morning.

The Afternoon was taken up making some fab Powertex Triptychs.

That's Crafty have some great products why not check them out on line .

Thanks For Looking
John & Heather x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Christmas has Started!!!

Well it's Here

Christmas has officially arrived here at Rosie Mcstone Studios with our first official Christmas workshops of the year.

We managed to squeeze 2 fantastic projects into the day.

Firstly a classy conical Christmas tree, followed by a vintage Victorian Christmas Bauble.

Both projects made using the fabulous Powertex products stocked by us at RSM.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look. Why not check to see if there is a Powertex workshop in your area, its great fun.

John & Heather.