All posts for the month August, 2013

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Helen Chilton

Published August 31, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello again, yep, the second post of the evening.

The 10th birthday celebrations are continuing over on the PaperArtsy blog & last Sunday, the amazing Helen Chilton posted this project.  I loved the colours & the two hearts, so I was very happy when a rummage through my stash revealed two wooden hearts.

I followed Helen’s instructions all the way through.  Here’s the front, love the crackle, but wishing I’d chosen a different image.


Here’s the back, LOVE how this turned out.  I used the Donna Downey hollyhock stencil to put the grunge paste through.


I’ve got another PaperArtsy piece to show you, but I’ll post that in the morning.  Thanks for looking, until then,

Love & light.

12 Tags of 2013 and Happy Mail

Published August 31, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday blog visitors, I hope you’re all well.  I completely forgot that I hadn’t posted my August tag for Tim’s 12 Tags of 2013, despite the fact that it’s been sitting on my desk for almost the entire month.  You can see Tim’s tag HERE & here’s mine…….


This is actually the third attempt, I definitely need more practice at building up layers with masking.

Before I go, look at these.  Happy mail from the wonderful Wendy Vecchi.  Love them!  A comment I’d left on her Facebook page was chosen in a giveaway she was doing of her new stencils & they arrived today.


Aren’t they great?!  I’m especially thrilled with the tree, it’s gorgeous.  I’ve been watching Wendy’s videos from Summer CHA & reading her tutorials on her blog, where she has used these & tomorrow I am going to have a play.


Thank you very much Wendy!

I’ll be back later with another blog post, this time for the PaperArtsy challenge.

Love & light.

Happy Birthday to The Artistic Stamper

Published August 25, 2013 by isisimaginings

Morning all, happy Sunday.  Yesterday I went to Faversham to celebrate the first birthday of The Artistic Stamper’s bricks & mortar shop. And, despite the horrendous weather, lots of friendly crafters joined in the fun.


I had to make a card for Jennie & Mal………….


One of Neil Walker’s wonderful bird stamps, with an AS chevron stamp behind & the bunting from a Lynn Perella set for PaperArtsy.  Coloured with distress inks; Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed & Salty Ocean.


The entrance way to the shop.  I loved these clocks.


The shop itself.  A treasure trove of crafting goodness.



Everywhere you looked there were gorgeous pieces of artwork on the walls.



The doors of fame.  Spot any names you recognise??


The artistic stamper herself, Jennie Boxall, in action, demonstrating distress stains & heat embossing on wood.  That’s Georgina Ford behind, demonstrating single layer cards with distress inks.


Claudia Benson, who had us all completely fascinated by her felting skills.  Lots of people went home laden down by skeins of wool & felting needles!

The studio is a fantastic space where different workshops are held almost every weekend & during the week you are more than welcome to drop in with your journals, current projects to have a play & drink plenty of tea or coffee.  Apparently, there is often cake too………….


My make & takes.

I hadn’t been to the Artistic Stamper shop for a while, so it was a thrill to see the transformation Jennie & Mal have wrought on the place.  They’ve worked extremely hard to make it a very enjoyable space & it is a credit to them.  So, if you’re a Kent based crafter & you fancy a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Huge thanks to Jennie & Mal for a lovely day & here’s to many more years of The Artistic Stamper.

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Carol Quance

Published August 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great Friday.  It’s the start of a bank holiday weekend here, my plan is to do a little gardening & a lot of crafting.

Earlier today I finished my top secret, epic project for PaperArtsy’s 10th birthday #3UP challenge – you won’t see it for a while yet, but I have to say, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  I wanted to take part in this week’s PA challenge, the guest designer was Carol Quance & she had beautiful creations to show us, but I’m tired today, so I chose the first of her projects for my make.


I didn’t have a pencil case, but I did have this box.  And of course, I had to use the CWS mini cornflower stencil, which I bought at Stamperama the other week.


I used Nougat, Irish Cream, Mocha Mousse & Chocolate Pudding frescos.  For some reason, I used sequin waste to put grunge paste through on the top, then decided it wasn’t an especially good look, so I covered with one corner with the flowers & sanded back the other.


I’m not entirely happy with this.  A wash of Stone fresco & the addition of the ribbon & flowers improved it somewhat & there’s a subtle sheen from the Spanish Topaz & White Fire Treasure Gold, but it’s still not quite right.  Anyway, I’m still going to enter it into the PA challenge, because I won’t get anything else made before the end of the challenge on Sunday.

Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Dragons Dream TIO

Published August 20, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello!  A huge thank you to everyone for the lovely comments on my PaperArtsy posts over the weekend, you’re all very, very kind.

This is a quick post to enter my tag in the current Dragons Dream Tag It On challenge.  Silvia chose the recipe, which is waste/rubbish, male, chipboard, with at least one stamp & of course, on a tag.

Dragons Dream Aug 16 2013

Umbrella Man went out for a walk in the country & of course, it started to rain.  But was he daunted??  Of course not!!

My tag is from the packaging of a Tando printer’s tray, it wasn’t very strong so I backed it with a scrap of kraft card.  Everything else is scraps of chipboard, black & white card, ribbons & bakers twine.  The background is just distress inks & Brushed Pewter distress stain.

I dry embossed Umbrella Man & added Perfect Pearls.  The Tim Holtz car was painted with distress inks & I used silver liquid pearls for the raindrops.

*And I’ve just visited the Dragons Dream blog to add my link & discovered that my last project was chosen as one of the Dreamboat top 3!  Thank you so much Dragons Dream!

Until next time,

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge Special Edition

Published August 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

A good Sunday morning to one & all.  Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my two blog pots last night & leave such kind comments, I appreciate them all very much.

I didn’t expect to be blogging this morning, but following a Twitter conversation last night, after Leandra, Mrs PaperArtsy herself, posted her Saturday Special video, some of us decided we were going to try to finish another project before noon today & boost the PaperArtsy challenge entries even further.

So, before going to bed last night, I put some grunge paste through a stencil, added some stamping & left it to dry overnight.


This morning I started painting with Frescos.  I used Eggplant, Lilac, Stone, Nougat, Guacamole, Inky Pool & Pumpkin Soup.

I added some stamping; the tiny circles from the JoFY 09 collection with Peacock Feathers distress ink & the mini script MN61 with black Archival.  I also added tiny amounts of White Fire Treasure Gold.


I stamped the Ink & The Dog stamps onto white card & painted them with Inky Pool & Pumpkin Soup & put them on a piece of Crunchy paper, which I’d brushed with Aquamarine TG.


Thank you to Leandra & Mark for these great videos, they’re so helpful.  Here’s to next Saturday’s!!

Now I’m going back to work on my ‘secret’ PaperArtsy project………

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Michelle Webb

Published August 17, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello again, here’s my second project for this week’s PaperArtsy Challenge.  Because August is PaperArtsy’s 10th birthday month, they are having extra guest designers every week & on Thursday Michelle Webb showed us the most amazing canvases & when I saw them I knew I had to attempt them.

You can see Michelle’s gorgeous work HERE.  On Twitter we questioned her closely about her painting techniques, but all she would tell us is that she slaps it on.  Not very helpful, I think you’ll agree.  😉   But I had a go & here’s my attempt.

PaperArtsy Aug 17 2013

I used the reverse of a 22 x 22cm wooden board & started slapping paint on it.  I wish I’d got a slightly bigger crackle on it, but it is there & I used grunge paste through a Crafters’ Workshop stencil, can’t remember the name, it has clocks on it.  The hexagons are too noticeable, but I think they’ll be hidden somewhat by whatever I put on top.  I don’t know yet what that will be, so I’m going to leave like it this for a while.

Thank you for visiting.  Until next time,

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by France Papillon

Published August 17, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday!  This is the first of two blog posts this evening – yes, not only have I completed one project for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge, I have completed TWO.

This week saw the return of the supremely talented France Papillon to the PaperArtsy blog & as always, she did not disappoint.  I wanted to make something for each of her projects, but in the end I combined the first two on one canvas.  Here are the links to those projects;

 Here’s my finished canvas.

PaperArtsy Aug 16 2013

I’m happyish with how this turned out.  I have reservations about the grunge paste clouds, in particular the oil pastels on the clouds.  I’ve decided I’m not a big fan of oil pastels.  Other people get great results, but I can never get them to blend properly.

I created the border with white embossing border & Snowflake Fresco paint, with White Fire Treasure Gold on top.  The quote is a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

Thanks for looking, I’ll be back shortly with my second project.

Love & light.

I Might Have

Published August 14, 2013 by isisimaginings

Started an art journal.  I’ve made a few attempts before, but I was using an A3 journal & it’s too big.  Yesterday I had a few free minutes & I found these treasures.


The tin & the frame will be altered at a later date, but I was especially thrilled to find the Frida Kahlo Paperblanks journal, for almost no money!  I’ve been thinking a lot about her recently, so I took finding the journal as an auspicious sign.


The paper is not very heavy, but it stood up well to all the paints on these pages.  I used:

PaperArtsy Frescos

  • Cheesecake
  • Guacamole
  • Ice Blue
  • Bora Bora
  • Beach Hut

PaperArtsy Stamps:

Crafters Workshop Stencils:

  • Mini Cornflower
  • Mini Roman Letters
  • Mini Harlequin

That’s it for now.  Thank you for all the kind words on my previous post.  Until next time,

Love & light.

A Painting Lesson

Published August 12, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, hope you’ve all had a great Monday.  I’ve spent the evening in my craft room, working on this little something.  It’s not meant to be a finished piece, it’s really just a experiment.  After watching Leandra at Stamperama yesterday & also watching her latest two videos I was determined to follow her instructions & see what, if anything, I could come up with.


I used a piece of mountboard that was on my work table & followed along with Leandra’s first video, where she made the background, using the same colours, substituting Cheesecake for Vanilla.


Then I stamped the JoFY stamps with black Archival ink, (putting too much pressure on the sandcastle, grrr) & started painting with London Bus & Inky Pool Frescos, following Leandra’s instructions in her second video.

I took my time, making sure the first layers of paint were thin washes & letting them dry as I went along.  I painted the doors with Ice Blue & Mermaid Frescos, again thinning the paint as I went along.  Then I started adding slightly thicker layers of paint, I was trying to get a streaky effect, as if the doors were old & worn.  When I was happy with that I painted a few washes of Snowflake on top.


I finished by painting the sandcastle with Pumpkin Soup & Brown Shed & the bucket & spade with London Bus, Beach Hut & Bora Bora.  I stamped the shells with Snowflake & the circles from the JoFY set, 09 with black Archival.  I added the Lynn Perella sun at the very end with Persimmon distress ink & I think that was a mistake.  But it doesn’t matter, as I said at the beginning this was an experiment.  I wanted to see if I could paint ‘properly’ & I have to admit to feeling absurdly pleased with myself right now, because I don’t think this is too terrible for a first effort.

Thanks so much to Leandra for all her advice & inspiration & to Jo Firth-Young for her gorgeous designs.  And of course, to all of you for visiting & commenting.  Until next time,

Love & light.