All posts for the month February, 2014

Creative Crafters Flock Together

Published February 27, 2014 by isisimaginings

Every month I promise myself that I will take part  in the Artistic Stamper challenge & every month I either forget or I can’t come up with any ideas. This month the theme is ‘Distress’, as in Distress products & I may be cutting it fine, but I’ve made a journal page tonight, using Distress stains & inks.


The inspiration for the page was France Papillon’s Journal on Monday video from earlier this week & a very enjoyable evening at The Artistic Stamper last night, where we all ate too much, did a little crafting & enjoyed sharing hints, tips & ideas.

I used both of my PaperArtsy Lin Brown stencils, gesso, assorted distress stains & inks, assorted Artistic Stamper background stamps & Neil Walker’s Funky Birds stamps for the Artistic Stamepr. I’m too tired to go into any details, but it’s all quite basic.

Thanks for looking, see you next time & goodnight.

Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published February 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, hope everyone’s having a nice weekend so far.  I have had a very busy day & I’m hoping I can finish this post without falling asleep on the keyboard.

I’m so pleased that I managed to make something for the PaperArtsy challenge this week, the wonderful Ellen Vargo was back as guest designer & as I’ve said before, I LOVE her art. Ellen has designed a fantastic collection of stamps for PaperArtsy & I hope to get a set soon. I really had no clue how I would make an abstract pattern with the PA stamps I have, but I knew I wanted to make a master board similar to the one in Ellen’s third post, so I just started playing.

Firstly, I stamped the ornamental flower pot from the new Lynne Perella set LP028 with black Archival.


Out came the brayer & the new limited edition Lin Brown Fresco paints.


Then I got stuck, until I realised this stamp from the E Lin Brown set 04 would work.


I had no collage papers so I used strips of washi tape & added assorted doodling with black paint & a white pen.


Because I wasn’t sure what I was doing I’d only used half an A4 sheet of card for my base. I got three ATC sized pieces & four smaller pieces when I cut it down.


Stamped some quotes onto white card for the ATCs.


Made a piece of wall art with the rest.


In the end, I think this worked out, I like the results. Thanks to Ellen for the inspiration & thanks to you for visiting. See you next time.

12 Tags of 2014 February

Published February 20, 2014 by isisimaginings

Good evening, hope everyone’s had a lovely Thursday, I’ve spent most of the day catching up & leaving comments on all the blog posts I’d missed since last Saturday.

I made my take on Tim’s tag last week, but I didn’t get time to blog about it, so tonight’s the night. You can see Tim’s gorgeous Valentine themed tag HERE & below is mine. I had virtually nothing of what Tim used & I didn’t want to make a Valentine tag, but I did want to use the PaperArtsy  tall heart die.


As I said for my January take, I’m using canvas boards as my substrates this year & I painted this one with Irish Cream Fresco paint, then added Shabby Shutters distress stain. After which I promptly forgot to take photos.


I used Wendy Vecchi’s Watering Can & Cornflower Archival inks through the CWS Harlequin stencil & used Clear embossing powder over the top. I used Broken China distress glitter on the heart & edged it with Walnut Stain distress ink. The border was cut from black card with a Spellbinders die & covered with silver Treasure Gold, I left it a bit patchy in places.


When I stamped the TH quote onto the black card with Versamark I didn’t use an anti-static pad first, so there are flecks of white EP here & there, which is my nod to the chalkboard effect on Tim’s tag. I used a Permapaque white marker pen for the border. When I removed the tiny inserts from the black card after die cutting it I liked the shaped ones & decided to add them to the top of the board.


That’s it. Thanks for looking & thank you once again to Tim for the inspiration. See you next time.

PaperArtsy at Stitches

Published February 17, 2014 by isisimaginings

As requested, here are some photos of the incredible samples on the PaperArtsy stand at the Stitches trade show in the NEC in Birmingham. I only had a few minutes to spend at the stand at the end of yesterday & today, so the photos aren’t great. All of my fellow #PATWITS will recognise the various designers, but I did try to include their names in the photos.









If there was an award for the greatest number of samples on one stand, PaperArtsy would win hands down. And every one of them was completely stunning.

















Edited at 7.09 18/02.14: I neglected to mention last night the members of the PA guest designer team, whose beautiful work is also amongst that of Darcy, Lin, Jo, Sarah, Lynne & Ellen. If you go to any of the PA blog posts from last week you will find links to their blogs, where you’ll see their work.



Attending Stitches was a great experience. We were so busy on both days & the time flew by. I missed lots of demoes by people like Hels Sheridan, Finnabair & Ali Reeve. I missed Leandra & Lin @YoursArtfully Brown demoing too, but at least I got to say hello to them. I did see a few new items I liked, but it has to be said that, apart from EVERYTHING on the PaperArtsy stand, there was nothing that I thought I would have to have.

And now I have to go to bed. I got three hours sleep last night & I’m feeling quite exhausted now. Thanks for looking.

Lin Brown Stencil & Paints for PaperArtsy

Published February 14, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, I’m still feeling damp around the edges after the torrential rain we’ve had today & right now, the wind & rain are crashing against the house. Goodness knows what damage we’ll see in the morning.

One of the highlights of Stamperama last Sunday for me was the launch of the new stencils & paints designed by the wonderful Lin Brown for PaperArtsy. They’ve since been officially launched on the PA blog & if you haven’t already done so, you need to see all of Lin’s designs & the gorgeous samples created by her & other members of the PA design team. I chose these two fantastic stencils, as well as the paints which you would have seen in my Stamperama post & tonight I’ve had a little play.


A few layers of Nougat & Chartreuse Frescos put on a manila tag with a baby wipe. Sponged Cheesecake through the circles stencil.


I stamped the flower from the E Lin Brown set 04 with Tikka, added Chutney with the other end of a paint brush & stamped the frond with Seaweed.


Little Black Dress through the branch & circles stencils, added white dots with a Sakura pen to the circles. Edged the tag with Orange Blossom, Fern & Potting Soil Archival inks.


Second tag. Started with Cheesecake, then Tikka, then Chartreuse. Sponged Cheesecake through the branch stencil, then Zesty Zing for the circles.


Applied Tikka & Chutney to the flower stamp, then applied Seaweed through the branch stencil.



I first applied Red Geranium Archival through the branch stencil, but it wasn’t dark enough so I went over it with Plum Archival. (There was a loud “oooh” of delight when I lifted off the stencil after this step!) Black Archival for the circles & went over some of them with a black PITT pen to make them even darker.


Added white dots to the leaves & edged the tag with Potting Soil & black Archival inks.


I really enjoyed making these tags & they’ve given me lots of ideas for bigger projects. I love the stencils, they’re approximately 15 x 18cm, cut perfectly & of excellent quality.The new Fresco colours are gorgeous. I’ve never been a huge fan of green, but Seaweed & Chartreuse are my new favourite Frescos & all four work perfectly together. Huge thanks to Lin & PA for these wonderful new additions to my crafting stash.

Thank for looking, see you next time.

ASOI Colour Challenge

Published February 12, 2014 by isisimaginings

I completely forgot about the ASOI colour challenge this month & there is less than two hours to enter! This is the colour palette we had to use…….


I chose Bora Bora, Mermaid, Lilac, Limelight & Snowflake Fresco paints. I mixed the Limelight with a little Snowflake & applied the first few layers with a baby wipe.


I then covered all of that layer with Bora Bora, before wiping it off through the CWC Blazonry stencil with baby wipes. Then I added more stencilling with paint & grunge paste, followed by stamping.


I used the PaperArtsy stamp sets I got at Stamperama, painting the Lynn Perella image with Frescos, using white embossing powder for the flowers, along with Shaded Lilac & Shabby Shutters distress inks & added some square metal brads as embellishments.

The finished page.  It’s all a bit too neat & tidy, but I like the combination of colours.


Thanks for looking, see you next time.


Published February 9, 2014 by isisimaginings

Today was Stamperama Day in Crafting Land & lots of us descended on Stevenage Leisure Centre, ready to be wowed by great demoes & perhaps make a purchase or two. There were quite a few #PATWITS, known on Twitter for our dedication to all things PaperArtsy. Some of us had met before, but there were many new faces too. There was Julie Ann, Deborah, Alison, Helen, Lin S, Jo, Karen, Lin B, Hazel & Cazz. I also had the great pleasure of meeting Alison Bomber, who has been a guest designer on the PA blog & is on the DT for The Artistic Stamper. If you don’t know Alison’s amazing work, check out her blog. And you can see photos of the gang on Helen’s blog.

Here is the queen of the #PATWITS. Mrs PaperArtsy herself, the amazing Leandra.


She’s got a brayer & she’s not afraid to use it………… Here is the awesome Darcy Wilkinson, artist extraordinaire & designer of some of the coolest PA stamps EVER. Wait until you see her new sets – squeee!!


On goes the Treasure Gold………..


Leandra explaining the ins & outs of Fresco paints while Jo Myhill looks on.


Leandra in action…..


Creating this. Look at those gorgeous colours!


A few samples on the PA stand.  There were so many new & wonderful things available to buy. Some of which have not been officially released so we’re all keeping secrets this week, until we’re given the nod that we can show you what we got.


And finally, I made a purchase or two…. (Don’t look too closely at the paints, I think they’re still wraps for another day or two). Sorry Leandra!


I had a lovely time  today. Stamperama is a lovely show to attend & it’s always great to have a crafting chat in more than 140 characters.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

PaperArtsy Week Inspired by Joanne Wardle

Published February 8, 2014 by isisimaginings

Feels like an age since I did a blog post, but it’s only a week. I’m feeling somewhat better, but still coughing & wheezing, which is exhausting & doesn’t make me feel very creative. I have been working on things, but can’t show them yet. Because I missed the PA challenge last week I wanted to take part this week, so I chose Joanne’s card from Thursday night & used the first stamp set that Darcy Wilkinson designed for PA.


My masking & colouring are not great, but I was too tired to spend very long working on it. Thanks to Joanne for the inspiration.

Clare Lloyd was the main GD on the PA blog this week & she showed us fantastic projects. One I have promised myself I am going to try is her tutorial for drawing a face, even though I am completely hopeless at drawing.

Tomorrow is Stamperama at Stevenage & PA are launching some of their new products, among which are an amazing collection of stamps from Darcy, you can see them all on the PA blog tonight, along with stunning samples. Darcy will be demoing alongside Leandra tomorrow & I can’t wait to see what they’ll be doing. Hopefully I’ll write a blog post about the day tomorrow night.


Online Stencilled Class Day 4

Published February 2, 2014 by isisimaginings

Day 4 was the final day & it was about making your own templates, using a Gelli plate & dry embossing.

This is the card I made using the CWS Harlequin stencil to dry emboss. This was something I’d always wanted to try, but as someone who has a history of breaking cutting plates, I was wary.  Julie’s instructions were very clear however & I succeeded first time.


A very simple stencil made with Spellbinders circle dies.


The Gelli plate tutorial had me pondering for quite a while. I don’t have one, so wondered how I could achieve a similar-ish effect. I tried a few things, none of which worked, before I thought of the rubber shims I used for the dry embossing above.

I used the TH Eye Chart stencil first, but got virtually no paint on the paper. When I removed the stencil there was a very clear impression in the paint on the shim, so I put the paper back down & got a good negative impression. I added more paint (Ice Blue Fresco) & put down the TH Clockwork stencil & brayered over the top before removing it & putting down the card. Again a good negative impression, which did cover up a lot of the first layer, but I didn’t mind. I also didn’t mind that some of the paper stuck to the shim as I removed it, it just added more texture. The final layer was Limelight Fresco through the TH Stripes stencil.


The finished card.


I have really enjoyed making these cards, thanks to everyone at Online Card Classes for the inspiration & the excellent quality of the lessons. And once again, much thanks to my friend Sarita, for the gift of a place on the class.

See you next time.

Online Stencilled Day 3

Published February 1, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday everyone. I’m still feeling horrible so I’ll try to keep this short. Day 3 was all about texture pastes.

This first card is Grunge Paste mixed with French Roast Fresco paint. The snowflake is a Joy Craft die & the white leaf is from the new TH Foliage die, a selection of which my very kind Twitter friend, Sam, sent me. Thank you Sam!


Clear texture paste through an Imagination Crafts stencil & stamps from Eclectica Darcy 01 by Darcy Wilkinson for PaperArtsy.


Clear texture paste as a resist through an Imagination Crafts stencil with Peacock Feathers distress inks.


A psychedelic Umbrella Man! I put GP through the negative image & covered it with various embossing powders.


Thanks for looking, I’ll be back tomorrow with the final day’s cards.