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.


Saturday, 23 February 2019

Joan Sallis OBE - My Beloved Mum 23.1.28-28.1.19 RIP

I have no words at the moment. Couldn't manage to do this until now.

Her marriage to our Beloved Dad was to last 60 years

David, John, and Lucy


'Only one lick though Mum'

Her campaigning life - the Taylor Committee of Inquiry into School Management and Governance

Mum's 80th birthday at John's


Last year - dear Crystal, a regular live in visitor

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hawaiian Girl Make Up Bag for PaperArtsy - Stamping Platforms

I'm very pleased to have another post over on PaperArtsy, this time for their Stamping Platforms Challenge topic, using Tracy Scott's gorgeous stamps. I decided to demonstrate how much the Tim Holtz stamping platform helps when working with fabric, which can sometimes be tricky to get a good stamped image on. I have been making quite a few fabric items recently with a view to having some items to give as Christmas presents, and on this occasion have made a make up bag, or it could be used for paint brushes.


I really hope you like what I have made. I really had fun with this post, especially with the fun girl from Tracy's ETS20 set, and I love using my stamping platform. I do hope you will join in the challenge.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Custom Colours with Ellen Vargo Stamps For PaperArtsy

I'm very pleased to have a post over on PaperArtsy if you would like to have a look. The current challenge topic is different ways with reinkers and I have chosen to use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers to make custom ink pads using Cut N Dry Felt, spritzing to give a water colour effect.


I used Ellen Vargo's beautiful flower stamps from the Eclectica range, using the background stamps to build up a design around the flowers.


I then used the images to make some useful gift bags.



I would be delighted if you would visit me and leave a comment, either here or on PaperArtsy!