All posts for the month January, 2013

Inspired by Linda Cain, Day 2

Published January 26, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday, blog visitors, hope you’ve had a lovely day.  Mine has been ever so slightly hectic, but I’ve just finished my second PaperArtsy piece, based on Linda Cain’s tag trio from day two & want to share it with you.

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I am not exaggerating when I say that this piece caused me much frustration, NOTHING worked the way I wanted it to.  It’s also no exaggeration to say I’ve lost count of the number of layers of paint I put on each tag & I gave up counting after the twelfth attempt at stamping on the metal card.

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Linda made a beautiful Valentine’s tag trio, but I wanted to try out the new Fresco Finish paints that recently, ahem, *appeared* in my stash….

I started building up layers with Nougat, Irish Cream, Pumpkin Soup, Pesto & Zesty Zing.  Three hours later, (seriously, that’s what it felt like), after knocking back & adding more paint, the tags looked terrible, so I started adding Mermaid, Eggplant, French Roast & they ended up looking slightly less terrible.

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I stamped the Chocolate Baroque words stamp the PA mini script stamp & feather stamp with coffee Archival ink & the Tim Holtz  mini harlequin stamp with a purple Brilliance ink.

Stamps used:

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Stamping the PA image & collage flowers on the PA metal card almost drove me crazy.  It didn’t matter what I did, I could not get a clear image.  Thank goodness for alcohol blending solution – I used almost half a bottle before finally getting the images almost right.  By then, ‘almost’ was good enough.

The final additions were treasure gold – Spanish Topaz & Aquamarine – on the edges of the tags, the Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal embellishments & lightly brushed over the main body of the tags, then doodling with a white Sakura pen.

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It’s a pity it took me so long to finish this, because the colour is actually not too bad, but you can’t see it clearly in the photos.  Anyway, it’s done & I’m glad I didn’t chuck it in the bin as I threatened to do more than once.

If you haven’t seen Linda’s beautiful creations on the PaperArtsy blog,start HERE with this GORGEOUS canvas, then work back.  An if you want to try Fresco Finish paints yourself, Leandra did THIS brilliant post all about them.  They are seriously good.  With all the paint I put on the these tags, I started to wonder if the tags would fall apart, but they didn’t, they’re absolutely fine.

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments last night.  I’ll be back soon, I hope.  Until then,

Love & light.

Inspired by Linda Cain

Published January 25, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello!  It’s Friday already & I don’t know where the week gone.  It isn’t my intention to only blog once a week, but that seems to be what’s happening at the moment.  Anyway, on to today’s projects.

Over at PaperArtsy, this week’s guest designer is Linda Cain  & she has been getting all painty with the Fresco Finish paints.  My cards today are based on her first PaperArtsy project, ‘Winter Wonderland’.

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This time I used the FF paints on black card, with Snowflake as a base on the one below.  I used the same colours on both; Beach Hut, Mermaid, Lilac & Eggplant.

I tried to use Leandra’s corner, corner, side technique as she demonstrates in THIS YouTube video, but I think I’m too messy & I ended up putting paint any which way, but at least I can still see different colours in places.

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I think the white is very striking against the background.  I don’t trust myself to draw, so I used a white pen to highlight areas of the main images & added some doodling around the black border & added some adhesive pearls.

I also used distress inks  & treasure gold around the edges.

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The owl is possibly an addition too far, he’s very dramatic with his yellow eyes.  My thinking was that he tied in with the birds & the feathers, just as the shell on the other card tied in with the swirls.

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Here you can see the difference between the two backgrounds.  Again, I used Snowflake as a base on the ‘Imagine’ card only.  The more I use the FF paints the more impressed I am.  They give such great coverage – I don’t think you’d ever guess that the base card was black – they’re so easy to blend & build up layers with & they dry very quickly.

I started another project based on another of Linda’s PA projects & I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting my blog & for all the kind comments on my post last week.  Until tomorrow, (I hope),

Love & light

Inspired by Helen Chilton

Published January 19, 2013 by isisimaginings

Evening, I hope you’re having a splendid Saturday.  I didn’t get as much time as I’d hoped to make anything today, but I managed to make two cards using some of Helen Chilton’s great techniques on the PaperArtsy blog this week.


I made the backgrounds using:

  • Portfolio Oil Pastels,
  • Fresco Finish paints; Snowflake, Nougat, Mermaid, Beach Hut, Eggplant
  • Stamping; Lynne Perella stamps LPC001 & LPC 015.  Minis 61 & 72
  • Stencilling
  • Washi tape
  • Treasure Gold
  • Ferro texture paste.



The images were stamped onto acetate as per Helen’s instructions, I love how you can see the background through the acetate.

I scraped the copper coloured Ferro paste through a stencil on one background & used a palette knife to add some to the other.


If you haven’t already done so, please visit the PaperArtsy blog to see Helen’s gorgeous creations.  She has given us so many ideas this week & I want to attempt some more of them tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light

Inspired by Hels Sheridan

Published January 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Evening lovelies, happy – freezing cold & snowy – Friday.  I’ve tried to finish this post every evening since Monday & each time I was distracted.  Btw, how is it Friday already?

After last week’s disastrous canvas effort, I’ve gone back to my card making roots.  Much safer, methinks.  A friend, very kindly & unexpectedly,  gave me some money for Christmas & her only condition was that I had to buy myself something from Chocolate Baroque.  After much perusal of the website I chose these gorgeous goodies……….


These mini clear Christmas stamps will be perfect for next Christmas & I loved the Steampunk Butterfly unmounted stamp set the moment I saw them.  And I wanted the damask stencil for quite a while.

I wanted to make a thank you card for my friend, so I used the wonderful Hels’ stencil masterclass feature in the February issue of Craft Magazine for my inspiration.


I used Faded Jeans & Shaded Lilac distress inks on the background & texture paste with gold embossing powder.


I cut the bookplate from grungepaper with the Tim Holtz tag die & painted it with PaperArtsy’s Chocolate Pudding, French Roast & Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paints, adding a little Spanish Topaz treasure gold on top.


Here’s the finished card, I’m happy to say the recipient liked it.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE copper embossing powder?  That’s it on the corner flourish above the butterfly.  I found it in my stash before Christmas & have been using it on almost every project since.

Thanks for visiting my blog & a special thanks to Leandra, Michelle & everyone who left such constructive comments on my canvases last week.  I’m still trying to work out what to do with them.

I might be back tomorrow night, if I can come up with something half decent for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge.  The hugely talented Helen Chilton has been using Portfolio pastels & Fresco Finish paints on her guest designer projects this week.  They’re gorgeous.

Until then, love & light.

Inspired by Michelle Webb

Published January 12, 2013 by isisimaginings

Good Saturday evening, blog visitors, hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far.  Isn’t it chilly?  Apparently, we’re to have snow tomorrow.  Meh.

Today’s project was indeed inspired by this post on the PaperArtsy blog, from their guest designer for this week,  Michelle Webb.  She has shown us amazing & beautiful projects, using stencils, PaperArtsy stamps & Fresco Finish paints & you really should take a look.

I chose an 8×8 canvas to work on & I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve, but as usual, it didn’t work out as I planned.  Here’s the first attempt………


It’s a disaaaaster, dah-ling.  I knew as soon as I lifted off the damask stencil that I’d messed it up, but kept going in the hope of rescuing it.  It could not be rescued.  Much too busy – I need to learn when to STOP adding stuff –  and the background paint seeped through onto the face.

So on to the second canvas, (luckily I had another one).  This is still not what I wanted, but I think it’s an improvement.  The photos are RUBBISH, I took dozens from all over the house & these were the best of a very bad lot.


I used the following;


Fresco Finish Paints:

  • Mermaid
  • Beach Hut
  • Nougat
  • Snowflake
  • Lilac
  • Eggplant
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Brown Shed




After putting the texture paste through the Swiss dots stencil, I dried it with my heat tool, until it bubbled, left it to cool slightly & then burst the bubbles.


I had finished when I thought of adding the gold liquid pearls to the image.  I think it was the right decision.


So, my thoughts on this.  It’s ok.  It’s better than the first one, less busy; more open spaces are a GOOD THING.  But.  And I don’t know what the ‘but’ is, so I shall live with it for a while & see what thoughts occur.

I really like working with Fresco Finish paints.  They’re such good quality, so easy to use, (with anything from a brush to a baby wipe), they dry with a heat tool & the colours are beautiful.  And I need more colours, especially the bright ones – see this project from Michelle, aren’t the colours gorgeous?

Ok, I have waffled on enough.  If PaperArtsy are new to you, please visit their blog & website & watch Leandra’s excellent  technique videos on their YouTube channel.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Until next time,

Love & light.

12 Tags of 2013

Published January 7, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, hope you’ve all had a great Monday.  I can’t believe it’s the end of the first week of January already, the days have flown by.

I’d like to show you my take on Sir Tim’s January tag.  Like the rest of us who took part in the 12 Tags of 2012, I’m so pleased Tim decided to continue this year, especially as he already has a more than hectic schedule.  And very importantly, today is his birthday & he’s spending it at Disneyland in California, so…..


If you haven’t heard by now – where have you been?? 🙂 – Tim has been previewing his new CHA releases on his BLOG since last week.  There are some amazing new goodies coming our way, but today was the icing on the cake.  Why?  Two words……  DISTRESS PAINT!!!  It looks terrific & the two burlap canvases Tim made with the paints are gorgeous.  Click on the link & prepare to be wowed.

Below is the photo, from his blog, of Tim’s tag & you can see the other pictures & all the details HERE.


While I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, I am going to try to challenge myself more this year & I’ve decided that instead of tags all the time, I will use Tim’s techniques on other things, such as canvases, wooden substrates, etc.


I tried to use as many of Tim’s products as possible, but the gears are Donna Salazar dies for Spellbinders, the ticket is a Kanban stamp & the quote is from Chocolate Baroque’s Artistic Affirmations set.

I also followed all the techniques Tim used, with the addition of a little Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold from PaperArtsy, some extra cogs & screw brads & a slight spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist.

I love how the stamping looks on the seam binding & it was a happy accident that I had a scrap of mountboard in my stash, that matches the Weathered Wood distress stain on the seam binding almost perfectly.


Here is the finished piece, a little hanging that will go on the wall  in my craft room. where I hope it will be joined by lots of other pieces throughout the year.  Apologies for the rubbish photos, it was dark when I’d finished.

Thank you for looking & for all the lovely comments & encouragement.  Until next time,

Love & light

Hello 2013

Published January 1, 2013 by isisimaginings


Goodness, I’m cutting it fine, January 1 is almost over.  It ended up being a very busy day, which would be fine if I felt that I actually achieved anything.  I managed to finish two very simple projects for the Lisa B Designs blog, but nothing for myself.  My Muse hasn’t been seen in my craft room for the last two weeks.  I thought she’d be pleased that I finally tidied it, but I’m beginning to think she got tired of the horrible weather & is soaking up the sun, while drinking margaritas, on an exotic beach somewhere.  So tonight, I have some calendars that I made in November.


They were all going in the mail, so I kept them very simple.

I stamped the script with Weathered Wood DI & the flourish & flowers with Aged Mahogany.


PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints – Chocolate Pudding, Mermaid, Little Black Dress –  and Treasure Gold on the bird cage.



More distress inks; Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain.  The quotes on both of these are from Tim Holtz stamps.



Dylusions sprays – London Blue & Vibrant Turquoise – and Salty Ocean DI.  TH Chitchat stickers.


More Fresco Finish paints – Beach Hut & Mermaid –  on the bird charm.


Apologies for such a brief post, I’ve still got stuff to do before I can go to bed & I’ve an early start in the morning – the Christmas holiday is well & truly over.

A huge thank you for visiting my blog last year & a very special thank you to those who take the time to leave comments, it is much appreciated.  I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you all.  Until next time,

Love & light