All posts for the month February, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 February

Published February 25, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello!  Hope this cold, wet Monday night finds you all well.  It’s been a while.  I’m busy working on projects for Lisa B Designs, none of which I can share for quite a while, but I wanted to make a tag for Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013.


Here’s Tim’s tag, isn’t it gorgeous?  I spent all month trying to come up with a layout  for mine, but in the end I went with a tag & mounted it onto black card.  I don’t have most of what Tim used, so I decided to use my JOFY stamps from PaperArtsy.

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Here’s my tag.  I used Barn Door & Spiced Marmalade distress stains & it is redder than it looks in the photos, but I finished it a while ago & had to photograph it under the lights in the kitchen.

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I used purple, green & yellow shades of watercolour pens to colour the flowers.

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I do have Tim’s Chit-chat stickers, so used them with a facet attached to the bakers’ twine with jump rings.

Thank you so much to everyone who visits my blog & leaves comments, I appreciate you all.  I hope to be back soon.  Until then,

Love & light.

Love Everyday

Published February 14, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello!  Hope you’ve had a great Thursday.  Tonight I’d like to show you a canvas I made, using a tutorial by the FABULOUS Hels Sheridan – if you don’t know her work, you need to visit her blog immediately.  Or at least after you’ve read this post. Smile

When I saw the gorgeous canvas Hels posted on her blog last week, I knew I wanted my own & very handily, she posted an excellent tutorial on how she made it.

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I loved making the background.  I’ve tried colour blocking before & failed miserably, but this was easier.  Even though I was slightly trepidatious in the beginning, to my relief, it all started to come together.


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Wish these photos were better.  The shimmer from the Perfect Pearls mist is lovely.  The little bird on the branch is from PaperArtsy.


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I didn’t have a heart stencil, so I made my own using a PaperArtsy die.  It looks great with the Treasure Gold on to.  The canvas is 21x15cm & I think it’s a little large for the heart, but it was the only one I had – shopping expedition required!


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Here’s the finished piece.  Weirdly, deciding where everything was going to go took me an age.  I faffed around for hours before making a final decision.  I wanted the canvas to stand, so I painted the wooden spools black, attached the adhesive pearls & glued the spools on with Comic Shimmer glue.

Thank you so much to Hels for posting such a great tutorial, making this was fun.

Until next time,

Love & light

PaperArtsy Challenge

Published February 8, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, blog visitors, happy Friday.  I finished this little shrine-type piece late last night, so I’m going to enter it into this week’s PaperArtsy challenge.  It is inspired by Michelle’s gorgeous wooden house on the PaperArtsy blog, ( part one & part two) & Jo’s beautiful Butterfly Arch on her Shabby Dandelion blog.  I’ve had a few of these wooden pieces for years, so I decided it was about time I did something with one  of them.

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I thought I took a lot more photos than I did & wish these were a lot better than they are.

After covering the wood with a few washes of Snowflake FF paints, I just started putting on layers of colours, with a dry brush & with my fingers.  I had a vague idea of what I wanted, but I tried to be patient & not precise.  I used the following Fresco Finish paints:

  • Mermaid
  • Beach Hut
  • Nougat
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Brown Shed
  • Eggplant
  • French Roast

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Here’s the back.  You can still see the colours, but I think they blend fairly well.  I stamped the image on to Crackly tissue, coloured both on the reverse with Frescos & used Satin Glaze to adhere them to them to the wood, with more Satin Glaze on top to seal.  Then I added lots of Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold & a wash of Pumpkin Soup.  There had to be some metal, so I cut the legs off the screw brads & attached them with Glossy Accents.

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This is the front.  I wanted it to look worn & shabby.  Recently, I read a biography of Richard III, (rather prescient, given the exciting events in Leicester earlier this week) & it got me thinking about medieval iconography & the miniature prayer shrines that people would carry with them when they travelled.

I can’t remember how many layers of paint went on this, because I just kept going until I decided it was ok.  Then I added the copper Ferro paste through my mini cubist stencil & Aquamarine Treasure Gold.

Next it was time to work on the metal card.  I’d put the crackle glaze on it the night before & painted a thickish layer of Mermaid on top before I started the rest of the project, to get the crackles going, also leaving it to dry thoroughly.  I got some great crackles, some of which ended up being covered by the translucent paints – Brown Shed, French Roast & Eggplant – but there’s still quite a few.  Again, I just kept going, blending over & over with my fingers, knocking back with a baby wipe & tissues & building up layers of colour.

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When I’d added the images & sealed everything, I used a white pen on the eyes & the detail under the face, then decided that it all looked a bit flat, so on went the gold liquid pearls & the black adhesive pearls.  After that I left it alone, before I did something to ruin the whole thing.

I quite like this.  I’m glad I took my time with it & didn’t stick rigidly to how I wanted it to be.

Okay, I have waffled on enough.  Thanks again to Michelle & Jo for their inspiration this week, I’m chuffed that I finally used one of the pieces of wood that have been living in my craft stash for goodness knows how long!

Until next time,

Love & light.

Funky Florals

Published February 6, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello!  Happy Wednesday to everyone.

The other week, I was thrilled to win the PaperArtsy challenge & I chose Jo Firth-Young’s gorgeous set of flower stamps.  Jo began designing stamps for PaperArtsy last year.  Her first collection was a selection of terrific Christmas stamps.  I couldn’t buy any before Christmas, but I hope to get some this year.  I knew I wanted these cute flowers as soon as I saw them & they are GREAT.  They arrived on the same day as the new issue of Craft Stamper magazine, so that day was a very good day.


Unfortunately, the stamps then sat on my craft table until last night, when I finally had some time to play with them.  I decided to start with something simple, with the focus on the images.

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I made these two by stamping on linen textured card & colouring with pencils.  Like all of PaperArtsy’s stamps, the images stamps beautifully.

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Then it was time to get out the Fresco Finish paints.  I brushed a wash of Irish Cream onto the linen card, ( the texture showed through the paint & really added to the finish), dried it & stamped the sentiment on top with Snowflake.  The flowers were painted with;

  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Brown Shed
  • Beach Hut
  • Mermaid
  • Pesto

I filled in the gaps with Martha Stewart stamps, inked with distress inks.

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That’s it, three quick – well, relatively quick – cards.  What do you think?  I’ve got more ideas for these stamps, so you will definitely see them again in this blog.

I’ve started something for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge, hopefully I’ll get it finished before Saturday.

Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light

More Inspiration from PaperArtsy

Published February 5, 2013 by isisimaginings

Evening all, happy Tuesday & happy February – thank goodness January is over, it seemed to go on forever.  But now, although it’s still very cold, the days are definitely getting longer & looking out the kitchen window I can see lots of green shoots appearing all over the garden; Spring is on its way!

I got very behind last week with my crafting, I didn’t have time to make anything based on PaperArtsy’s guest designer, Suzanne Czsoek’s projects, but I had a quick play over the weekend & made two cards.  I wasn’t aware of Suzanne prior to her guest designer slot, but her work is gorgeous.  Her blog is HERE.

These ended up being virtually identical to cards I’d made for the PaperArtsy challenge about three weeks ago, but I could not come up with a different idea.

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Putting the PA Crackle Glaze on to metal card & then painting with Fresco Finish paints was definitely different for me.  After putting on the crackle glaze, I left the metal card to dry overnight, which was VERY difficult for an impatient crafter like me.  You can see how the cracks show through the paint more clearly on the card below.

The image above was stamped on acetate, as per Helen Chilton’s  project.  The wings on the image below are the free stamp in the current issue of Craft Stamper magazine.

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Thanks for looking, that’s all for now.  The plan is to post again tomorrow……..

By the way, Michelle Webb of the Hobbyroom is back again on the PaperArtsy blog this week.  You need to see her amazing, altered house HERE.

Love & light.