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!

Monday, 30 July 2018

Bangle - for PaperArtsy, Kim Dellow Claret, Mint, Sage, Gold Colour Challenge


I am delighted to have another project on the PaperArtsy blog. This time it is a colour challenge, and the colours are Claret, Mint, Sage, and Gold. I was using Kim Dellow's stamps and stencils. She is such a lovely person and I adore this range of stamps, and using her stencils as well gave me a lot of scope. I am not by any means a Gelli Plate expert, and in fact I do not have a full size one, but I think it was because of the stencils that I thought it would be fun to use the Gelli Plate this time.

Although I didn't say in the post, it is because of a scar on my wrist that I had been fancying making bangles that match outfits. I think it was caused by an insect bite that built up scar tissue. I'd like to get it removed but I'm sure the NHS has got better things to do.This way you can have bangles in any colour you want! After I had made them, I added some Wisteria to some of the tissue paper and made another, to match one of my summer dresses. I still have a huge amount of the pieces of tissue paper so I am looking forward to taking them with me somewhere I don't have too many supplies, to do a simple project, maybe in France.


I would be delighted if you would visit me and comment, either here or on the PaperArtsy blog.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Magazine Transfer MDF Heart - PaperArtsy Transfers Challenge

Over on the PaperArtsy Blog, the challenge topic is still transfers as there is another week to enter as there are new product launches going on this week! So I thought I would enter with another magazine transfer using gel medium. I used a black and white woman's face, particularly beautiful I thought, from a perfume ad. I surrounded her face with the remaining shrink plastic flowers from the hat I had made previously, with Tracy Scott stamps.

I gessoed an MDF folk heart, and then painted it with a baby wipe with shades of Fresco Finish paints to co-ordinate with the shrink plastic flowers. I then stamped all over with the text from JoFY No 31 in Hyde Park Fresco. I used a beautiful Kay Carley stencil 061 with grungepaste at the top of the heart and painted it with a mixture of Hyde Park and Winter Green. To finish off, I edged the piece with Fresco Finish in Gold, letting it blob around the edges like embossing enamel.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy challenge, which is here.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

'Where Did you Get That Hat?' - PaperArtsy Transfer Topic

I'm delighted to have another project over on the PaperArtsy Blog, this time for the Transfer challenge topic.


I chose the Gel Medium transfer method to transfer a magazine image, and had great fun making shrink plastic flowers from Tracy Scott stamps. I would love you to go over and take a look! Over the course of the two weeks of the topic, the blog contributors will be covering quite a range of different transfer methods, which I think is a really interesting area to experiment with. I'm really looking forward to learning something new, and seeing what everyone comes up with!