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Published January 31, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, here’s my ‘tag’ for Tim’s January tag. I made it weeks ago, but knew my 300th blog post was coming up so I held it over until now. Tim started the new year in spectacular style with his tag & I wanted mine to be the same, except that I decided to use a canvas board as the base.

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I painted the board with Sage & Irish Cream fresco paints, then added Brushed Corduroy distress stain.

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The board is wider that a tag so I used a second stencil to fill in gaps.

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I had been to The Artistic Stamper earlier in the month & the TH pocket watch die was on sale, so I had to have it. I don’t have any of the TH movers & shapers dies, but this Spellbinders die was a perfect fit.

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And here’s the finished board. I added some stamping with a PaprArtsy mini script stamp. The quote on the journal ticket is from ‘A Tale for the Time Bring’ by Ruth Ozeki – a book I highly recommend.

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In other news, I apparently have the ‘flu. Yesterday I thought it was just a cold, but I was so ill today (reminded me of how I felt after chemotherapy sessions) that I rang my GP’s advice line & was told that yes, it sounds very much like the ‘flu. Great. I hope it clears up quickly.

Thanks for looking & to Tim for the inspiration. See you next time.

Online Stencilled Class Day Two

Published January 29, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Wednesday crafters! Day Two of Stencilled was all about Template Techniques. On my first card I used the Jo Firth-Young designed freebie stamp from one of last year’s issues of Craft Stamper magazine, splatter stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop & The Artistic Stamper, distress inks – Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade & Scattered Straw – and Plum Archival ink.

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The second technique was watercolour painting. Crafters’ Workshop stencil again & a Sugar Nellie image.

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Colouring pencils on this card, which also marks the first time I’ve ever used a border punch.

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Making one part of a stencil the focal point. I used a gold pen & I already had the die cut frame on my desk. I added Patina stickles to it.

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Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Online Stencilled Class Day 1

Published January 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a good Tuesday, thanks for the kind comments on my blog posts last night. Much to my delight, my friend Sarita in California gifted me a place on Stencilled, the new class from OnlineCardClasses.com for Christmas. Class finally began last Friday & we’ve had four days of fantastic video tutorials. I’m two days behind, but I’ll be making more cards over the next few days & at the weekend too, no doubt. Here are my cards from Day One; Inking & Misting.

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Dylusions

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I had a lovely time making the first six cards but when I came to the final lesson from Day One I got stuck.  The lesson was all about layering stencils & my first effort is so atrocious that I am NOT exposing it to public ridicule. My second attempt is MUCH better. Well, I think it is.

I started with layering the Crafters’ Workshop reverse honeycomb stencil over the Blazonry stencil & applied Shaded Lilac DI. I got a very uneven result, which I wanted. I removed the honeycomb stencil & applied Weathered Wood DI through the Blazonry stencil. Then I sat & pondered until I thought of this flower stencil by Wendy Vecchi. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the clouds parted & the angels sang (well, maybe a little….) as it all suddenly became clear & I knew what I was going to do…….

I coloured the flower with Wendy’s Cornflower Blue & Fern Green Archival inks, applied Scattered Straw DI through the CWS Tile Texture stencil & used the cap of my spritzer bottle with Fired Brick DI to make the circles. I added the greeting (Inkadinkado, I think) & voila, finished! I like this card A LOT & I thoroughly enjoyed the first day of class.

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Thanks for looking, I’ll be back tomorrow night with my cards for Day Two.

Neil Walker Class at The Craft Barn

Published January 27, 2014 by isisimaginings

Here I am again. Yesterday I went to The Craft Barn with my friend Lisa(who was a great help when I was trying to place all the items on my canvas. Thanks Lisa!) , to attend Neil Walker’s altered canvas class & I had a wonderful time, getting covered in gesso, texture paste & Dylusions inks. Here is my canvas just after I’d covered it with gesso.

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When we came back after lunch the gesso was mostly dry, so I sprayed the first layer of Dylusions, I used mostly Calypso Teal & Dirty Martini, with a little bit of Fresh Lime. The next step was Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent texture paste through stencils. This was gorgeous. As it dried it absorbed some of the Dylusions colours & the photos do not do justice to the beautiful sheen.

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More inks were sprayed, this time with the addition of Melted Chocolate & Black Marble. I did some second- and third- generation stamping with JoFY stamps & finished with silver Treasure Gold.

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I’m sorry for the terrible photos, no matter how I tried this morning I couldn’t get good ones.

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I love all the different textures. I keep wanting to touch them, but I’m leaving the canvas alone for a few days so that it dries completely.

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Thank you so much to Neil for his patience & inspiration. He is always so helpful, constantly answering questions & making sure we’re all happy with what we’re doing. Thanks also to everyone at The Craft Barn,  I hope it won’t be too long before I attend another class there.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Art Club Journal Page

Published January 23, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening all, I thought I’d published this post last week! I was the Artistic Stamper’s club evening last Tuesday, where we all made a serendipity tag & had a great time. Jennie showed us all her gorgeous make & takes from CHA & samples of the new goodies that are heading our way.

Tim Holtz had given her one of his new Honeycomb dies & she very kindly gave me a die cut from it. (I think she was afraid that if she didn’t I’d kidnap the die itself!!) It is my absolute favourite from all of Tim’s new releases & I have to have it.

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I decided to make a journal page & chose these colours of fresco paints, which I applied with a brayer.

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First layers.

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More layers, followed by stamping & stencilling.

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These are the Artistic Stamper stamps I used.

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The finished page.

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Thanks for looking & THANK YOU Jennie for the die cuts!

See you next time.

Abstract Cards Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published January 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

I’ve just finished these cards, so I thought I’d get them posted here before I go to bed. They’re based on Ellen’s second project on the PaperArtsy blog this week. I have to say that I am LOVING using my brayer to make backgrounds. Here’s what I started with.

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And here are the finished cards. It took a while for me to decide on using this Lynne Perella image, but I think it works. The quotes are Hero Arts stamps I think.

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The star is a Tim Holtz stamp & I used Little Black Dress fresco paint with the lid of my spritzer bottle to make the circles.

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I had a few scraps left so I made this card too, the star was stamped with Limelight fresco.

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That’s it. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for your kindness & encouragement this week, it means more than you know. See you next time.

Abstract Journal Page

Published January 20, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a great Monday. I didn’t expect to be back with a blog post tonight, but after seeing the first project from Ellen Vargo, the new GD on the PaperArtsy blog this week I had to have a play.

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I am thrilled that Ellen is on the PA blog this week. I found her blog some time ago via her ‘I Challenge Thee’ projects with Hels Sheridan & I fell in love with her art. I’m loving it even more now as she is developing a much more abstract style.

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Anyway, it was a great excuse to get my brayer & start spreading pit on a piece of kraft card. I basically followed Ellen’s tutorial. This is at the start with Cheesecake & Zesty Zing frescos.

And here’s final layer of paint with some stamping, before I added the grunge paste. Artificial light does not make for great photos, but I love that I can still see different layers of colour.

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I’m taking this quote by Kurt Vonnegut as a message from the universe today. After my post yesterday I got a severe case of “inadequateitis”, when I visited all the other projects for last week’s PA challenge. Previously I had liked my piece, but everyone else’s projects were so incredible that I felt mine was, for want of another word, rubbish.

I applied the paint on to the white tag with a brayer again, just using more Inky Pool.

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Here’s the finished page. I didn’t trust myself to add a painted border so I applied London  Bus fresco on the page with a bottle cap & a palette knife instead.

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Thank you to Ellen for the inspiration. Her second project tonight has already got me thinking about my next piece………..

Thanks for looking, see you soon.

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Julie Ann Lee

Published January 19, 2014 by isisimaginings

Good morning, happy Sunday to one & all. I’d forgotten I hadn’t blogged since last Saturday, it’s been a busy week. On the PaperArtsy blog this week, the new guest designer was fellow #PATWIT Julie Ann Lee. Julie Ann’s work is always amazing & she didn’t disappoint with a stunning & incredibly detailed piece, that she spread over three posts. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make something as detailed, so I took the feather as my inspiration.

This was a piece that developed over the week & finally, after much frustration & not a little swearing, came together yesterday. I used an Ikea frame as my base & was so engrossed I forgot to take a single photo, so I’ll try to briefly say what I did – not that it’s difficult to work out.

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The frame:

  • Gesso.
  • Grunge Paste through Imagination Crafts stencil.
  • Sand back slightly & apply two coats of silver acrylic paint, dry.
  • Paint over mix of French Roast & Little Black Dress frescos.
  • Wipe off most with baby wipe, dry.
  • Use paint on baby wipe with dabbing motion on certain areas, dry & repeat until happy.
  • Gently sand silver areas to expose more of the silver paint.
  • Apply a little White Fire Treasure Gold on the edges of the frame.
  • Seal with PA Gloss Glaze.

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The base was painted with Very Berry fresco. Crackle Glaze went on top & then a mix of Snowflake & Irish Cream over that. I stamped Darcy’s heart swirl stamp with black Archival & painted it with Tinned Peas & London Bus. The little bird matched the Cornflower Blue of the Wendy Vecchi Archival ink, so I left it unpainted, just added a little White Fire TG.

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The little hearts in the Artistic Stamper jar are also from Darcy’s set of stamps. I painted London Bus on scrap card & stamped the hearts with black Stazon.

The ink bottle is a Wendy Vecchi Art Part. I gave it a base of Snowflake, then painted it with Inky Pool for the ink & silver acrylic for the lid. I painted the Inky Pool part with Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, then Black Soot distress ink over that.

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That’s about it. I added some metal embellishments & covered the hearts on the flourish with Glossy Accents. The feather turned out okay, I’m very glad I had the Die-namics feather die, as there’s way I could have drawn it freehand.

Thanks for looking & huge thanks to Julie Ann for the inspiration. I’ll be back soon, hopefully.

Hidden Messages

Published January 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

I didn’t expect having another PaperArtsy inspired project to show you tonight, but last night Helen Chilton returned to the PA blog with a gorgeous piece she made with Portfolios oil pastels.

I’ve watched Leandra demonstrate Portfolios at shows, both she & Helen do an amazing job with them, but I’ve never managed to get a good result. This page is not brilliant, but it’s a lot better than my previous efforts.

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I decided on a journal page, so that I could throw it in the bin instead of gluing it in to my journal if I didn’t like it. Click HERE to see how Helen made her project, I’ve just copied all the steps. I used PA stamps Eclectic Plate 6 & Letters Plate 3, as well as assorted PA stamps on the bakground.  I found the wire in my stash, no idea where I got it. It’s much too thin, but it adds some texture.

As well as the PaperArtsy challenge, I’m going to enter this page into the current Sprinkle of Imagination colour challenge, I think it fits the brief.

Thanks for looking – and again, thank you for the lovely comments last night. See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge Altered Canvas

Published January 10, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, happy Friday. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my Clare Lloyd inspired journal page, I’m still blushing.

Tonight I have the finished canvas that I mentioned on Wednesday. I finished it last night, but I was too tired to write a blog post. This is my take on Clare’s second project & I’ve copied the colours & techniques & used my Squiggly Ink stamps.

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This is a rubbish photograph, but it’s just to show you the sides of the frame. I loved the layer of Lake Wanaka fresco on top of the stamping.

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Aside from the Crafters Workshop Mini Aztec stencil, everything on this canvas is from PaperArtsy & of course, I couldn’t resist adding a little White Fire treasure gold at the end.

The colour of the canvas can be seen properly in this photo.

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After painting the bird & flowers I brushed a thin layer of Gloss Glaze on top. And it’s not showing up in the photo, but I got some great streaks  when I brushed Beach Hut fresco over the layer of Mermaid.

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A big thank you to Clare for her inspiration this week. If you have yet to visit her blog, here’s the link; http://miscanthuscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

See you next time.