Saturday, 18 April 2020

A New Way With Octopi! PaperArtsy Under the Sea with Eclectica Zinski Stamps

I do hope you are all staying safe and well during this difficult and challenging time. I have been finding crafting a huge source of comfort and distraction. Tonight I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog, and I have tried to make something on this occasion that would suit families self-isolating together, as well as regulars to working with PaperArtsy products and mixed media. Maybe you don't have many products or are finding it difficult to get hold of craft materials whilst the shops are closed, or your budget is limited.


I have made some suggestions for alternative products you can use in conjunction with the Zinski fish stamps. I love the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints, which dry so quickly and are so easy to work with, but you can use any paints you have to hand. If you are new to this type of project please ask me here or on the PaperArtsy blog, or ask any member of the blogging team. But most of all, I hope you get lost in the crafting process and enjoy it!

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Some Experimenting with Shaving Foam - Tracy Scott Stamps PaperArtsy

I'm delighted to be on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight with a post using Tracy Scott stamps for their Shaving Foam topic. I would be delighted if you would leave me a comment.


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Tiptoe Through The Tulips - Carved Stamps for PaperArtsy with Lin Brown stamps

I'm very pleased to have a project over on PaperArtsy's blog for their carved stamps topic using Lin Brown's beautiful stamps in this style.

I used Neocolor Crayons to make the background and one of Lin's stencils. I do hope you like it. You can see it here.


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Inchies and Twinchies - King Tut - PaperArtsy


I'm very pleased to have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog for their Inchies and Twinchies theme using Lynne Perrella's recent release featuring Egyptian themed stamps. I made a 'sarcophagus' paper mache box with Stampbord pieces and Fresco Finish acrylic paints. I hope you like it! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

A Case for Mr Magoo - Ink and the Dog for PaperArtsy


The current topic over on the PaperArtsy blog is Eyes. Such a great topic! I am very pleased to have a project over there if you care to look, and leave a comment either there or on here - thank you so much! I have made a soft glasses case using Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps and Fresco Finish paints. I find 'hard' glasses cases take up a lot of space in my handbag so I like this type of case and am already using this all the time. I do hope you like it!


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

PaperArtsy Arty Wood Block Theme - Lin Brown - 'Recycling Day'

 I'm very pleased to have a project on the PaperArtsy blog for the Arty Wood Block Theme. I made a little row of houses using Lin Brown's Eclectica collection of stamps and some recycled wood blocks recovered from wood mounted rubber stamps - remember them?!

I would love you to leave me a comment either here or over on the PaperArtsy blog!

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Indigo Blu Frida

It's been a while since I've blogged so I thought I would put on here a few things I had Facebooked as I like my blog to be a record of things I have made. It's been a difficult few months. We had a wonderful service for Mum at the end of February and since then we have been sorting out the house, which is a painful process, but we had to put it on the market.

Last year I had had a wonderful day out with my sister in law, my late brother's wife, Margaret, together with the wives of his two closest friends, Berit and Gabi, to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V and A. I'm a long time fan of Frida so it was a very special day. Such a couragious, beautiful, and inspirational woman. When I got back, I wanted to make some memorabilia of the day to send to these three women who are very special to me, but I couldn't find any suitable stamps. I was delighted recently when Indigo Blu brought out a Frida stamp! It coincided with my sister in law and one of the friends arranging to go to Dulwich Picture Gallery to see a Norwegian artist, Harald Sohlberg, as Berit is from Norway. So I made them these bags, well bags for life are so useful!

Gabi hadn't been able to make it so I have made her this tablet case for when I see her next. Gabi and Berit and their husbands have been a huge strength to Margaret and myself. They all thought such a lot of Mum as well as David.


I have been making some cards as well. I have been taking inspiration from many of Frida's self portraits and examining her jewellery, etc, her earrings like hands, and the necklace she has in one painting, which is like a swallow. In this card I have used words from the Indigo Blu Boadicea stamp set about Courage and Inspiration and Strength which I thought were very suitable. I am going to give one of this card series to Noreen, my sister of the heart, whose birthday is soon. She and I have gone through so much together over the last ten years whilst she has helped me care for Mum.