All posts for the month June, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 June

Published June 29, 2014 by isisimaginings

Good morning, happy Sunday. Yet again, I’m almost too late with my canvas board version of Tim’s tag. I actually made it a few weeks ago & hoped I’d have time to make another, better version, but I don’t think I will now.  You can see Tim’s gorgeous tag & all the details on how he created it HERE.

I decided to use the TCW Cell Theory stencil for my background, which in retrospect was a mistake. There’s very little definition & what there was I ended up covering.  But I quite liked the result so I carried on………….



I tried various images but went ahead with the mini versions of Tim’s butterflies & I also used his Torn Notebook die & Remnant Rubs. I seem to have run out of seam binding, so I coloured some organza ribbon with distress inks instead…………..

TH 12 Tags 2014 June

Thanks goes once again to Tim for the inspiration & to you for looking.

See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Linda Cain

Published June 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening, hope everyone’s had a great Saturday. It’s been yet another week of amazing inspiration over on the PaperArtsy blog & it took me an age to decide what to do. In the end I went with Linda Cain’s gorgeous shadow box tray from Wednesday night.

I didn’t have a shadow box, so I used this photo frame instead………….



I sanded it a little, gave it a coat of gesso, then painted it with Little Black Dress Fresco paint.

I decided on a blue colour palette & used silver acrylic paint a well…………….



I used Ellen Vargo, Lin Brown & Lynne Perella stamps on the background, stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival ink

I had a bit of a disaster the first time around when I came to stamp the focal image. Stamped with black Archival & this was the result…………….



Not good.

So I started all over again & stamped with Onyx Black Versafine. Much better…………



Thanks for looking & thank you Linda for the inspiration. I’m entering this in the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

See you next time.

Lisa B Designs June Class Cards

Published June 24, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening. Way back in the dim & distant past, (almost three weeks ago), I promised I would post my cards from the class I did in Maidstone,  when I had finished them & then I forgot about them until now. So here they are, better late than never.

My friend Lisa holds two classes on the first Friday of each month & this month we focused on Lavinia Stamps’ Zen stamps,  using distress inks & Sparkle Medium & Silkies acrylic paints from Imagination Crafts.

The background on this card is a Lavinia Stamps scenescape – very handy when you want to save a bit of time.




We used distress inks & masks to make the background on the second card. I used Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire.




A lot of the time I assist Lisa at the classes & I don’t always get to finish my projects, so it was nice to complete these. I’ve never use Lavinia Stamps all that much before, but I enjoyed making the class samples. Lisa’s class samples are in this post.  My projects are posted on the Lisa B Designs Inspiration blog on Monday & Tuesdays, while Lisa, Suzanne & Georgina post on the other days.

Thanks for looking.

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Published June 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Sunday! Yes, ‘tis me, with a new blog post & even more surprisingly, it’s an entry for the current PaperArtsy challenge. I have missed weeks of this challenge & really didn’t want to miss another one. I’ve been working on lots of commissions & DT projects recently & it seems to have me left in a major slump as regards my own projects. I’ve had absolutely no ideas & anything I’ve tried has ended up in the bin.

This morning on Twitter, my friend Helen gave me challenge; a tag, the first two PA Fresco paints I picked up, PA Hot Picks stamp set HP1204 & 30 minutes.  This is the tag I came up with after 45 minutes & it too went in the bin. The background is Honeydew & Sky Frescos, which I liked, but the rest is rubbish.



Anyway, I got started on my piece for Seth Apter’s PA blog post on Wednesday. I was delighted to see Seth on the PA blog. He is an incredible artist & his mixed media pieces are stunning.  In order to take the – self-imposed – pressure off myself a little, I basically copied his project, using slightly different colours, stencils & stamps.




The base is an A4 sheet of linen textured card. I applied the gesso layer with a palette knife, scraping & wiping it across the sheet.




Assorted stencils – TCW, The Artistic Stamper, Imagination Crafts, Tim Holtz.




Various PaperArtsy stamps; Sara Naumann, Ellen Vargo, Hot Picks, Ink & The Dog, Minis.

The finished piece. ……………….



It’s ok. I like that I can still see patches of white underneath all the paint etc. And at least I finished it. Thank you to Seth for providing the inspiration & impetus I needed & to Helen, Sam & Jo on Twitter for the virtual slap around the head this morning.

Entering this in the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

Thanks for looking.

I Am A Guest Designer

Published June 12, 2014 by isisimaginings

On the PaperArtsy blog this evening.  It was such an honour to be asked & I was very excited, but now I’m more than a little terrified. I have everything crossed that people will like what I’ve done…….

Here is the direct link to my project:



002 - Copy


001 - Copy

I send much love & enormous gratitude to Leandra, Darcy & the entire PaperArtsy team for this honour, I hope I haven’t let you down.