All posts for the month May, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 – May

Published May 31, 2014 by isisimaginings

Morning all, nothing like leaving it to – almost – the very last minute. Here’s my take on Tim’s May tag, which you can see here. Tim challenged us to use those metal embellishments that we’ve been saving for that ‘special occasion’. I love the simplicity of his tag, with every element perfectly balanced. Not sure I’ve achieved that balance, but I like what I’ve done.




I used a canvas board & kept the background simple, using Fresco paints – Vintage Lace, Mocha Mousse, Chocolate Pudding, French Roast, Little Black Dress. I finished the background with splatters of Tarnished Brass distress stain mixed with water.




The embellishments are on pieces of Thorndon Hall paper from PaperArtsy, with a TH key, frame, vial label & rub on.  Each piece has  significance for me & the  word ‘create’ is a Chocolate Baroque stamp.



Thanks once again to Tim for the inspiration. Nice to know that we’ve only got to wait ‘til tomorrow now for your June tag. Smile

Thanks for looking, I’m hoping I’ll get time to make something either today or tomorrow for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge………….

Masterboard Emma Godfrey Style

Published May 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening friends, hope you’re all well. It seem to be an age & a half since I did a blog post. You wouldn’t believe the amount of draft posts I have, just haven’t got round to finishing any of them. I am not going to bed tonight until I’ve published this one.

When I was at at Ally Pally in April I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Godfrey, who was demoing on the PaperArtsy stand, alongside Leandra. Emma showed us how to create fantastic masterboards, full of layers & texture & I had a go when I got home, but it wasn’t quite right, to me anyway. Thankfully, Emma has now made a video with Leandra, where she shows you the entire process & this is my first proper attempt.


It started out with scraps of PaperArtsy’s now discontinued Thorndon Hall patterned papers, with Grunge Paste through a stencil on top.


Then I started adding Fresco paints & stamping with Ellen Vargo stamps & PA mini script stamps.


When I was finished I cut down the A4 sheet & made four cards. I used Tim Holtz chit chat stickers & a stamp set from Hobby Art called Alphabet Typed for the quotes.


It’s a pity the photo doesn’t show it, but the Florentine Treasure Gold on the GP areas looks SO good.


Looking at the finished cards I had a bit of an “a-ha” moment. While making the masterboard, I kept wanting to add more stamping, more paint, more accents & I had to really force myself not to. I remember talking to myself, saying “stop. Stop there. See what it looks like if you DON’T fill every bit of space.…” And I think I was right to stop. Yes, there are errors. The placement of the hearts is probably the biggest one, but on the whole, I quite like my effort. And I will definitely be making more masterboards.

Massive thanks to Emma & Leandra for taking the time to make the excellent video.

See you next time.

One More for PaperArtsy

Published May 18, 2014 by isisimaginings

Afternoon, I hope everyone’s having a pleasant Sunday. Thank you for all the kind comments & sympathy last night. I’m pleased to say that today the entire street seems to have gone out & I’m enjoying the peace & quiet.

I didn’t intend making a third project for the current PaperArtsy challenge, but this one sort of evolved yesterday & this morning.  It’s based on Sue Carrington’s project from Wednesday  & Helen Chilton’s canvas from Friday.


I used a canvas board & started the background with Lilac & Chartreuse Frescos, added stencilling (Lin Brown’s) with a mix of Limelight & Snowflake, then stamping with Watering Can Archival, more stencilling with Concrete Fresco & Lilac & more stamping (EEV05) with Snowflake.


I mixed Lilac Fresco & Grunge Paste for the poppies, then painted over them with Lilac, Pansy, Tinned Peas & Hyde Park & finished with Silver Treasure Gold. The quote is from Hot Pick 1204, stamped with black Archival.


Thanks to Helen & Sue for the inspiration. I’m now off to do some housework, see you next time.

CAS Paper Cutting

Published May 17, 2014 by isisimaginings

How’s everyone’s weekend so far? This morning dawned bright, sunny & warm. Until about 9.30 that is, when the cloud arrived & stayed for the rest of the day. I took myself off to my craft room, where I spent the day trying to block out the barking dogs, screaming children, yelling adults & fighting teenagers that I have the misfortune to live amongst. To be very serious for a moment, I am feeling increasingly trapped where I live. It’s not an easy environment for a solitary introvert………..

Anyway, on to more pleasant things. This is my second project for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge & it is based on Keren’s gorgeous frame from Monday night’s post. I wanted to keep it very simple, with lots of white. I used stamps from the Love & Kisses 1 set, with Zesty Zing & Yellow Submarine Fresco paints, with a piece of Core’dinations card behind, Red Pepper I think. The frame is from that Swedish shop.


I stamped the house with black Versacolor ink & heat set with clear embossing powder, then painted it before cutting a few areas – my craft knife skills are as bad as my measuring, so this was a laborious process, but I think it looks fairly ok.


I NEVER get tired of the crackle effect. The layer underneath the PA Crackle Glaze is a mix of Concrete & Little Black Dress – my go to combination for a perfect grey. Snowflake Fresco went on top of the crackle glaze & I brushed Metallic Glaze on top of that.  The heart & the strip at the bottom were stamped onto tissue paper with Red Geranium Archival ink.


Thanks so much to Keren for her inspiration this week & to you for looking. See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Keren Baker

Published May 12, 2014 by isisimaginings

Yes, I know, not like me to be here two days in a row, but after seeing new guest designer, Keren’s gorgeous cards on the PaperArtsy blog last night I had to have a play this evening. Keren’s style is beautifully CAS & I want to attempt all her projects his week, including tonight’s, but I chose her third card from last night to work from & made two cards & an ATC.………….


I’m loving white heat embossing at the moment, so Keren’s card was perfect for me. The buildings are from the new Lynne Perella set, LPC028, the birds a Tim Holtz stamp & I used Zesty Zing, Pumpkin Soup, Smoked Paprika & Concrete mixed with Little Black Dress Frescos………….


Image from LPC001,  ‘MUSE’ from Ink & The Dog Letters Plate 3 & Irish Cream, Lilac, Mermaid, Bora Bora & Inky Pool Frescos…….


Left over paint as above & the image from LPC028 & TH pen nibs stamped with Plum Archival.


Thanks for looking & you never know, I might be back tomorrow night…………. Smile

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published May 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

Here’s my second post for today. The wonderfully talented Ellen Vargo was back on the PaperArtsy blog on Friday with a gorgeous tag book, so of course, I had to make my own…


I used my three sets of Ellen’s stamps; EEV01, EEV02 EEV03, as well as HP1204.


I used Tikka, Hey Pesto, Tinned Peas, Smoked Paprika, London Bus & Blood Orange Fresco paints. The white highlights are Snowflake FP.


Distress inks; Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans,Tumbled Glass, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose & the quotes are from the Tim Holtz ‘Simple Sayings’ set of stamps.


I’m pleased with how these tags turned out.  I love the B&W stamping at the top & bottom of each tag & the white paint on the black stamping.


To my delight, I found out earlier today that I have a won a set of Ellen’s brand new PA stamps, EEV05, via a giveaway on her blog. Thank you Ellen & PaperArtsy! I shall be lying in wait for the postman………… Smile

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Lucy Edmondson

Published May 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, here’s the first of two blog posts from me today. Over on the PaperArtsy blog, it was anther week of fantastic creativity that left us spoiled for choice. New guest designer, Liesbeth Fidder wowed everyone with her altered tin & Sarah Naumann showed us a journal that had a gorgeous & very clever cover. I could attempt neither of these because a) I have no access to fire, (probably a good thing) & b) my printer is almost empty of ink. Thankfully, Lucy was on hand with THE most beautiful wooden house & I knew I had to try her techniques, so here’s my little bird house…….



Here it is after I had given it a few coats of gesso & Snowflake Fresco paint.


You’ll have to read Lucy’s PA post to find out what she did, but I was thrilled with how well the stencilling worked out. I used Pansy & Very Berry Frescos & Orange Blossom Archival ink for the stamping.


I coloured the JoFY mini birds with watercolour pencils & Frescos. I tried various things on the roof, but nothing seemed right, so I left it white.


Thanks for looking, I’ll be back in a little while with my second PA project.


Happy Birthday Lesley

Published May 6, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Tuesday, I hope you all had a great weekend, especially those for whom it was a bank holiday. I’ve got another birthday card to show you, this time for my Twitter friend Lesley, aka @Craftymamma2,  who is celebrating today.


The background is Pea Coat Fresco paint, followed by Fresco Crackle Glaze then Ice Blue Fresco. I mixed a drop of Pansy Fresco with Grunge Paste & applied it through the new Lin Brown stencil, ELB001. Then I mixed GP with a drop of Pea Coat & applied it through the ELB002 stencil. I added Florentine & White Fire TG to finish.


I stamped the Lynne Perella image with Orange Blossom Archival ink & heat set with clear embossing powder. Embellishments are Tim Holtz Trellis & Regal Crest die cuts & Memory Box poppy die cuts.


Happy birthday Lesley, I hope you have a lovely day.

Thanks for looking, see you soon.

PaperArtsy 3UP week–Inspired by Ruth

Published May 4, 2014 by isisimaginings

Good afternoon, I hope everyone’s having a nice weekend so far. I have actually managed to make a second piece for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge. There was so much incredible talent on the PA blog this week that I wanted to make lots of things but in the end I went with Ruth’s project from night 6. Ruth used Ellen Vargo’s stamps & Lin Brown stencils to make a gorgeous tropical scene, so I thought I’d try a smaller version…………..



I started my background with Pea Coat, Inky Pool, Bora Bora, Mermaid, Ice Blue Frescos on a piece of PA grey board, stamped  the PA Mini circles stamp with the same colours & put a wash of Beach Hut on top.


A close up of the finished background with Grunge Paste words from the LB04 stencil, painted with Pea Coat & Florentine TG on top. I also used the LB02 stencil.


I painted heavy watercolour paper with Pumpkin Soup & Zesty Zing & stamped the seed pod from EEV02 with Snowflake. The flower centre is Inky Pool, Pea Coat & Eggplant & a stamp from EEV03 stamped with Archival. I used an embossing tool to add dots of Snowflake.


Thanks to Ruth for the inspiration. If you’d like to see more of Ruth’s work, her blog is

See you all next time.

3UP – The Inside Scoop

Published May 3, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, THANK YOU to all of you for your very kind comments last night, I was completely overwhelmed & rather emotional. This is me giving all of you the biggest {{{{{{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}}}}}}.

I said on the PaperArtsy blog last night that I would tell you the story of the main images, so settle down, we’re going to be here a while………

When Leandra announced the new series of #3UP I knew immediately that I would want to use Ellen Vargo’s stamps if I were lucky enough to be chosen, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them. I was thrilled when the set I’d chosen – EEV03 – arrived, but I still had no idea what I was going to do & there was much head scratching until I looked at this picture & inspiration began to dawn.


This is Red Stone Dancer by Henri Gaudier-Breska (1891-1915) & I first saw it at the Royal Academy of Art in London a few years ago, where it was part of their Wild Thing exhibition in 2009/2010. It’s probably my most favourite piece of sculpture & it always makes me sad that Gaudier-Breska only had a few years to create such amazing pieces before being killed in the First World War. If you ever visit Tate Britain, the sculpture is on exhibition in Room 1910, so take the opportunity to see it in person.

My second piece of inspiration was Stravinsky’s music, The Rite of Spring & the accompanying ballet, which was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. I decided to try to combine the two in my #3UP project. Coincidentally, both pieces made their debuts in 1913.

It began easily enough; I created my dancer by painting a mix of London Bus, Brown Shed & Chutney Frescos onto heavy card, stamping EEV01 with Black Archival, painting with Gloss Glaze & cutting out the shapes.


The next step was also easy; stamping on tissue paper with EEV01 & EEV03 & attaching the tissue to an 8×8 box canvas with matte gel medium.


Adding Fresco paints; Nougat, Stone, Vintage Lace & then some second generation stamping with Watering Can Archival ink.


It was now that things began to go wrong. I knew I wanted a muted background & I had a vague image in my mind, but I couldn’t transfer it to the canvas. I added more paint, then Grunge Paste, then drips of paint, then I painted over all of that, then I brayered with Limelight & Bora Bora……….. 009

There were so many layers at this stage that I’d completely lost the initial stamping & still I could not make it work.


At this point I should have left it for a day or two, but I was conscious of the #3UP deadline, so I kept going. And it kept getting worse & worse. By now I’m adding stamping, more brayering, red Dylusions ink – to signify the death of the dancer – and getting more & more stressed.


I have to be honest, there was more than a slight meltdown round about now & yes, there were tears of frustration & anger. The night before the deadline I contacted Leandra & told her it wasn’t happening & that I would be missing Ally Pally to give it one last attempt. She convinced me to take a break & gave me an extra few days.

The day after a fairly lovely time at AP – I couldn’t quite forget what was waiting for me at home –  I carried on for the next few days until I ended up with this.

Pcture 2

And for twenty-four hours I tried to convince myself it was fine, when I knew it wasn’t, but couldn’t come up with any ideas of how to fix it. Then, on the Friday night Darcy messaged me to see how I was doing. I sent her this photo & basically said “HELP!” She replied with some great suggestions & the next day my friend Lisa also had some ideas, so I got to work again , took the canvas off the wood & began cutting until I had the shapes you see on the finished piece. All the time I was cutting I was on the verge of panic; one slip with the blade & it was over. What if I still couldn’t get it to where it wasn’t the ugliest thing I’d ever seen?

I worked most of Saturday & until lunchtime on Sunday, sending Darcy photos of every stage, asking her opinion, until she must have dreaded seeing my email address appear in her inbox, but she stuck with me & I will be forever grateful to her.

I finally arrived at what you saw on the PaperArtsy blog last night. The dancer must dance to her death, as ordained by the village elders – the ‘owl eyes’ in purple – to ensure a successful Spring for the survival of the village – the coloured pods bottom left.


To be honest, I couldn’t look at this for a while afterwards. I even turned it to face the wall. But now I can look at it & I actually feel quite proud of it. And myself. It is true to say that without Leandra, Darcy & Lisa I would have given up & then hated myself. And the guilt I would have felt at letting Leandra down would have been unbearable.

So, I have rambled on for long enough. Thank you if you’re still here. Thank you to Darcy & Lisa for all your help & suggestions that saved my project from the bin,  for the support & encouragement & for allowing me to bombard you with emails. Thank you to Ellen for designing such fantastic stamps & for inspiring me to try more abstract projects. And thank you to Leandra &  the entire PaperArtsy team, I hope you know how special you are.

And if there’s another 3#UP challenge will I apply? Ask me when it happens………………  🙂