All posts for the month April, 2014

PaperArtsy #3UP Week – Inspired by Mark

Published April 30, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, I’m going to try to make this brief as it’s late & I need to sleep.

It is #3UP week on the PaperArtsy blog & since Sunday the wealth of talent & creativity from PaperArtsy fans has been incredible. If you’ve missed it, start HERE. For the PA challenge this week you can make a maximum of three projects, inspired by any of the #3UP posts. I love them all, but Mark’s terrific canvas from Monday night, using Darcy’s Eclectica stamps, got me thinking & tonight I made this journal page.



The background is Fresco paints – Chartreuse, Guacamole, Limelight, Zesty Zing, Mermaid, Bora Bora, Irish Cream – applied with a baby wipe. Stamping with Cornflower Blue & black Archival inks. Grunge Paste through TCW reverse honeycomb stencil, White Fire TG on top. The sun – from EEV002 – stamped with Orange Blossom Archival, then Zesty Zing applied with a baby wipe.


Stamping; Darcy’s Eclectica minis 01 & 02, Jo Firth-Young’s JoFY09 . I coloured with Frescos & water colour pencils. The body of the bird & the heart are paper pieced. I stamped her & the toadstools onto linen textured card.


The ‘grass’ is the seed stamp from Ellen Vargo’s EEV002, stamped with Fern Green Archival onto white card painted with Sage & Tinned Peas Frescos.


That’s it, thanks for looking & thanks to Mark for the inspiration & Darcy, Jo & Ellen for their fantastic stamp designs.

12 Tags of 2014 – April

Published April 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope you all had a great weekend. Once again, a huge thank you for the kind comments on my last blog post.

Amidst all the boring stuff I had to do yesterday, (housework – yeuch), I managed to finish my tag, or rather my canvas board, for Tim Holtz’ April tag challenge. Tim’s tag is so beautiful, you can see it in this post, I followed his method & used his products where possible. (I do, finally have his wonderful Trellis Frameworks die & I love it a lot). Here’s my finished board.


I don’t have any distress paints, so I used my trusty Frescos & they did indeed work as per Tim’s technique. I used TH tissue tape on the board, securing it with matte gel medium. I did have a big disappointment at this stage; almost an entire roll of TH Symphony tissue tape went in the bin after I finally gave up trying to prise it apart – and I have been trying ever since I got it. Insert sad face here. Anyway, I used Sage Fresco over the tissue tape & painted the trellis die cuts with Tinned Peas, Hey Pesto & Hyde Park.


I have not used the Tattered Pine Cone die nearly enough, so I was determined to use it on this project. I would be embarrassed to admit how many attempts it took me to get these three looking even halfway decent – just don’t examine them too closely. I used my precious stash of PaperArtsy’s discontinued Thorndon Hall papers for them, I only have two full sheets left now. (That could be a message from the universe telling me I *need* to buy PA’s new Chatsworth papers, they’re so beautiful).


I used Squeezed Lemonade, Milled Lavender & Dusty Concord distress inks to colour the roses & used the same inks on the seam binding. For the inserts in the trellis I used silver mirri card, dry embossed kraft card & more Thorndon Hall paper. To finish, I stamped the TH flying birds stamp with black Archival in the top right hand corner.


Thanks once again to Tim for his creativity & inspiration, I can’t wait to see what he has in store for his May tag.

I’ll be back soon, hopefully.

PaperArtsy Challenge – Inspired by Sam

Published April 25, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, I hope the last few days have been good to you. There was great excitement on Twitter on Wednesday night when we – the #PATWITS – discovered that our friend Sam, aka @sam21ski, was featured on the PaperArtsy blog. Her project was a gorgeous, oriental themed tag & I decided to follow Sam’s method & colour scheme. I also decided to use a canvas board & had to use Smoked Paprika instead of Autumn Fire Fresco paint. I love how the brayer missed areas of the board………


Not having have any oriental images meant I had use something else, so of course I chose this Lynne Perella image, my current favourite. My Twitter find & fellow #PATWIT, Lin gave me the pediments. I dry embossed them with the Tim Holtz Checkerboard folder, then used a PITT pen to colour in the raised ideas – halfway through I was berating myself for having such a crazy idea, it took ages & I was terrified I’d make a mistake at the last minute……


That’s it, I am entering this in the current PaperArtsy challenge.

Congratulations Sam, on your PaperArtsy success & thank you for the inspiration.

If you would like to see more of Sam’s work, her blog is

See you next time.

Birthday Card

Published April 21, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a lovely weekend. Back to normal tomorrow, but at least it’s a short week.  Thank you to everyone for the very generous comments on my recent posts, I am extremely grateful.

I thought I’d show you a commissioned card that I made a few weeks ago. I must apologise for the terrible photograph. I was in a hurry & not paying attention to the angle I was holding the camera at.


Marlee 2014


The background is PaperArtsy Fresco paints – Zesty Zing, Limelight & Chartreuse – Lin Brown stencils ELB001 & ELB002, through which I applied Snowflake Fresco, (the circles) & Fern Green, Red Carnation & Plum Archival inks. Then I added the Memory Box poppy die cuts, a few adhesive gems & the doodling around the border.

I think it turned out okay & happily, the recipient liked it.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published April 20, 2014 by isisimaginings

Afternoon, happy Easter. This is the canvas I made for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge. Ellen Vargo returned as the main guest designer for the week & as always, her work was stunning. This is based on her day two project. I copied the colours & the method, but used a Lynne Perella image as my focal point. The quote is by Edgar Allan Poe.



That’s it, very short & sweet today. Thanks to Ellen for the inspiration & to you for looking. See you next time.

Wonderful Happy Mail

Published April 17, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s having a good week & for those whose weekend starts now – yay!

Last week I was thrilled to learn that my comment on Tim Holtz’s April tag tutorial was one of those who had won an surprise giveaway. I set my details to Mario, Tim’s right-hand man & King of BTS & he sent me this picture, telling me that one of the parcels was mine.

I received the parcel today, it was the brown one & I think I’m officially in shock at its contents.

Everything was wrapped in Tim’s tissue paper………


First, a length of his Eclectic Elements fabric………..


I keep stroking it, it’s gorgeous.


Next an Ephemera Pack, full of fantastic tickets, labels, clock faces, etc..


TWO packs of the fab Industrious Stickers; Frames & Trims and Chiseled…………


TWO packs of Remnants Rubs………. (Isn’t the Botanical set gorgeous??)


A very cool Ranger apron……………


And last, but by no means least, the new #Hashtags stamp set, which has been on my wish list since Tim launched it at CHA in January………..


Are you amazed??? I know I am. I never expected to receive so many wonderful things.

I have already emailed my thanks to Mario, but I would like to say here a huge thank you to Tim for his generosity, I am very, VERY grateful. I really appreciate all his hard work, creativity & inspiration & I know I’m not the only one.


Stage Door Johnny

Published April 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, I hope everyone’s had a great week. I can’t believe I’ve got something finished for the PaperArtsy challenge & it’s only Friday. Julie Ann was the GD this week & created an amazing stage set from her PA art journal & I had an idea almost immediately, because coincidentally, I am currently reading a biography of Ellen Terry, who was an English actress in the late 19th & early 20th centuries (1847 – 1928). She was incredibly famous & popular & people flocked to see her, wherever she appeared.

Miss Terry had numerous ardent admirers, one of whom was a Mr Stephen Coleridge. I mixed fiction with fact & imagined Mr Coleridge having a wallet in which he kept souvenirs of his relationship with Miss Terry.  Mr Coleridge kept the wallet in his pocket, attached to the chain of his pocket watch. If someone were to steal it the contents would have been very damaging to Miss Terry’s reputation………..





In  the pocket are Mr Coleridge’s tickets from the many times he attended The Lyceum Theatre in London to see Miss Terry perform. She was a nightly sensation where, together with actor/manager, Mr Henry Irving, she performed many classic roles, including Shakespeare’s heroines, such as Portia, Juliet & Beatrice.



Despite being married to Mr Wardell Kelly, Miss Terry was not averse to flirting with Mr Coleridge & the two were known to exchange ‘secret kisses’ in her dressing-room at The Lyceum. She gave him souvenirs; pieces of her costumes & bits of sewing with which she kept herself occupied in the wings while awaiting her cue – Miss Terry would be the first to admit that her sewing skills were rudimentary at best.


Perhaps these were Mr Coleridge’s most treasured possessions; a daguerreotype of Miss Terry as Ophelia from Hamlet & a flower which she kissed & returned to him. He then pressed it before putting it in his wallet.



A smaller daguerreotype, this time of Miss Terry as Lady Macbeth.


And finally, although he knew he should not keep them, he could not bring himself to destroy Miss Terry’s billets-doux. Her words of affection to him were too precious. He kept with them a record of Oscar Wilde’s words to Miss Terry;

“No woman Veronese looked upon

Was half as fair as thou whom I behold.”


Sadly, Miss Terry & Mr Coleridge were not fated to be together. Miss Terry divorced her husband & began a long lasting relationship with Mr Irving. Mr Coleridge eventually married & his wallet of souvenirs was always kept hidden from his wife.


 The End

Wallet; faux leather technique, TH cabinet card die, TH Collage embossing folder, Fresco paints, Grunge Paste, Treasure Gold & Gloss Glaze.

Fresco paints; Toffee, Brown Shed, Chocolate Pudding, Smoked Paprika, Cheesecake, Spanish Mulberry, Nougat, Blood Orange, Little Black Dress, Pea Coat, Mermaid, Bora Bora.

PaperArtsy stamps; LP007, LP028.

Thanks for looking & thanks to Julie Ann for being so creative & inspiring. I had fun making this & I hope she likes it.

See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge – Inspired by Clare Lloyd

Published April 6, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Sunday afternoon to everyone. Yet again, there were amazing projects on the PaperArtsy blog this week. Clare Lloyd returned as the lead guest designer for the week & I’ve chosen to use her gorgeous & dramatic third project as my inspiration. I wanted to make her fantastic wooden spools garland, but I didn’t have enough spools – that will be a project for another day.

I was initially going to use my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, but then I remembered I had these chipboard pieces, which were a blog prize from PA last year.


I covered the chipboard square with gesso & a few coats of Cheesecake Fresco paint, stamped the PA quotes with black Archival. And then forgot to take any more photos. But I added grunge paste through a TCW 12×12 damask stencil – not my first choice, but none of my 6×6 stencils were suitable – and applied layers of Chartreuse Fresco with a baby wipe.


While working on the base I was thinking about the flower & wondering how to make it dimensional.  I used the chipboard piece as a template & drew around it three times on black card & cut them out. My plan was to use Little Black Dress Fresco as Clare had done, but when getting the bottle of Chartreuse I spotted the bottle of Pea Coat & I thought that would work for the flower, so I painted all the pieces with a few layers.  I remembered Jo Myhill’s lovely pot of tulips from last week on the PA blog &  I copied her idea of stamping & heat embossing on the petals, I also added Treasure Gold – Royal Amethyst & White Fire. Then I did some cutting & layering.




Here’s the finished flower.



And here’s the finished piece, the quote is from E Lin Brown 04.


I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention in the early stages of this, because I didn’t notice that bare patch in the centre until I put the flower on & now it might as well be screaming at me. But there’s nothing I can do now to cover it up. I think this will be taken apart, sanded down & redone at some point. Sigh.

Anyway, the PA challenge ends shortly, so I better get this published. Thanks for looking, see you next time.