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Chocolate Baroque April Quintiles

Published May 12, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Sunday to everyone, hope you’re all having a splendid weekend.

I’d completely forgotten I hadn’t shown you these last month, probably because I made them at the beginning of March, as I knew I wouldn’t get time to make them in April.

The theme was April Fool & as with all my quintiles for the CB swap, I kept them very simple.  It’s like a challenge for myself, given that I tend to throw everything but the kitchen sink on my projects.

When Margaret gave us the list of themes for the year, I was completely thrown by ‘April Fool’ & had no clue what to do, until I actually woke upon one morning with this quote in my head.  I have no clue where it came from, can’t find it on the internet, so I can only conclude that it was my ‘Scrambled Eggs’* moment & I am, in fact, a genius. HA!!

CB Quintile 1 April 13

The background is distress inks blended over the embossing, heat set with white EP.  The moths  (coloured with distress inks) & the flowers (coloured with water colour pencils) are from the Steampunk Butterfly set.

CB Quintile 2 April 13

That’s it, thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

*Fans of The Beatles will know what I mean…..

Guess Who’s Back

Published April 26, 2013 by isisimaginings

Yes, it’s me.  It has been rather a while & I hereby apologise to my poor, neglected blog & to those of you who’ve been wondering where I’d got to.  Stuff happened, followed by more stuff & assorted events beyond my control.  But here I am, making decisions, changing my mind about some things & looking forward.  I haven’t done a lot of crafting for myself in the last two months, but I’d like to show you the quintiles I made for the Chocolate Baroque swap for February & March.

CB Quintiles Swap Feb 1

These are February’s quintiles, the theme was Love, but I didn’t have any Valentine CB stamps.  I can’t actually remember what I used to colour the butterflies.  I think it’s distress inks.

Stamps used are:

Steampunk Butterfly

Artistic Expressions

CB Quintiles Swap Feb 2

CB Quintile 1 March

These are the March quintiles, the theme was Spring.  I had the idea of a picture frame so I used the corner stamp from the Steampunk Butterfly set to make a frame.  The cameo lady stamp is from a retired CB set, so I feel quite pleased to have it, it’s lovely.

The background is distress ink through a CWS stencil, Damask I think.  The word ‘Beauty’ is also from the Artistic Expressions set, ‘spring’ is from my stash.

CB Quintile 2 March

That’s it, thought I should keep it short & sweet for my return.  I hope to be back tomorrow with something completely different.  Thanks so much for visiting.

Love & light.

Inspired by Hels Sheridan

Published January 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Evening lovelies, happy – freezing cold & snowy – Friday.  I’ve tried to finish this post every evening since Monday & each time I was distracted.  Btw, how is it Friday already?

After last week’s disastrous canvas effort, I’ve gone back to my card making roots.  Much safer, methinks.  A friend, very kindly & unexpectedly,  gave me some money for Christmas & her only condition was that I had to buy myself something from Chocolate Baroque.  After much perusal of the website I chose these gorgeous goodies……….


These mini clear Christmas stamps will be perfect for next Christmas & I loved the Steampunk Butterfly unmounted stamp set the moment I saw them.  And I wanted the damask stencil for quite a while.

I wanted to make a thank you card for my friend, so I used the wonderful Hels’ stencil masterclass feature in the February issue of Craft Magazine for my inspiration.


I used Faded Jeans & Shaded Lilac distress inks on the background & texture paste with gold embossing powder.


I cut the bookplate from grungepaper with the Tim Holtz tag die & painted it with PaperArtsy’s Chocolate Pudding, French Roast & Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paints, adding a little Spanish Topaz treasure gold on top.


Here’s the finished card, I’m happy to say the recipient liked it.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE copper embossing powder?  That’s it on the corner flourish above the butterfly.  I found it in my stash before Christmas & have been using it on almost every project since.

Thanks for visiting my blog & a special thanks to Leandra, Michelle & everyone who left such constructive comments on my canvases last week.  I’m still trying to work out what to do with them.

I might be back tomorrow night, if I can come up with something half decent for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge.  The hugely talented Helen Chilton has been using Portfolio pastels & Fresco Finish paints on her guest designer projects this week.  They’re gorgeous.

Until then, love & light.

F is for………..

Published March 29, 2012 by isisimaginings
Here is my second of the three tags for March,
in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.   I said yesterday that I couldn’t come up with any ideas & the situation was getting desperate a week after I had finished the ‘E’ tag.  After staring at my CB stamps for about ten years 🙂 I decided to start colouring the tree & flowers image with Promarkers, in the hope that an idea would spark. A few hours later, I had a finished tag.
F is for “Forest Flowers”
Stamps – Elusive Images Patchwork Butterfly, Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, Hero Arts
Distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Flowers – Prima & Papermania
 Brads & gems from my stash
Something else I said yesterday was that I was trying not to add many embellishments & here is a tag with a LOT of flowers on it, but they go with the theme.
Thank you for looking.  Until next time,
Love & light

E is for……….

Published March 28, 2012 by isisimaginings
Good Wednesday morning blog visitors, here we are at the middle of the week already, thanks for stopping by.
I’m taking a break from my ‘homework’ for Professor Holtz to show my first tag for this month’s Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.  We had to make three tags this time round & it was STRESSFUL.  I’ve no idea why, the ideas just weren’t there.
Anyway, E is for Easter & Embossing.
Manilla tag, size 8
Chocolate Baroque stamps
Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive
Sizzix Embossing Folder – Stylized Flowers
Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Promarkers, Memento ‘London Fog’ ink
The first thing I did was to stamp a flourish onto the tag with Versamark & then left the ink to dry.  I stamped the flowers with DIs & then blended the same colours over the entire tag.  After embossing with the Stylized Flowers folder, I used a Versamark pen to ink over areas of the flowers, applied clear EP & heat set.  The butterfly was stamped on to scrap card with London Fog Memento ink, coloured with Promarkers & cut out.
I am purposefully trying to keep these tags simple, by not adding too many embellishments & instead focusing on techniques.  It’s a good challenge for me.
I hope to return tomorrow with my ‘F’ tag.  Until then,
Love & light

D Is For…….

Published March 1, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy March 1st, blog visitors!  I looked out the kitchen window this morning & there are FOUR daffodils in glorious bloom in the back garden – Spring is definitely on its way.

Here is today’s tag.  It is number four in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tags Swap for 2012.  I decided to see if I could pare everything back, stick to one main colour, use no backing papers or layers & this is the result.

D is for:

  • Dream
  • Dusty Concord
  • Diecuts
  • Decoupage


  • Chocolate Baroque Punky Romance & Patchwork Butterfly stamp collections
  • Dusty Concord & Antique Linen distress inks
  • Spellbinders Donna Salazar sprockets & gears dies
  • Manilla tag

Step by Step:

  1. Stamp image with Dusty Concord, dry with heat tool.
  2. Put DC on craft sheet, spritz with water & with a small brush paint areas of image.
  3. When image is dry blend Antique Linen & DC inks over tag.
  4. Stamp butterfly from image on scrap paper, colour as above, dry & cut out wings, stick them to butterfly on tag.
  5. Die cut two small gears from mirri card, attach to tag.
  6. Add highlights & handwritten ‘Dream’ with silver ink.
  7. Add bling & ribbon.

That’s it.  Maybe I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet, but I’m happy with this tag.  If nothing else, I proved to myself that I don’t have to add lots of stuff to my projects. 

Until next time – I’d like to say tomorrow, but it’s more likely to be Saturday – thanks for looking.

Love & light.

Egyptian Queen

Published February 5, 2012 by isisimaginings
I would like to enter today’s project into the current Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge – “Kings & Queens”. 

Happy Sunday evening to everyone.  It’s still freezing here, we had about 8cm of snow overnight & it’s set to freeze tonight.  Have to admit, I’m tired of the cold, I need to feel the warmth of the sun.  I have had a busy week, which included going to the Creative Stitches & Hobbies show at Glow, the new events venue at Bluewater, Kent.  I also went to my monthly card making workshop.  More of both in later posts.

On to today’s post, which is a 20x20cm canvas – the first I’ve ever attempted.  It took me about six days to complete & my original plan was to blog its progress each day.  I still may do that, so I’ll just mention some of the features of the finished project.

When I started I knew I wanted the canvas to have an Ancient Egyptian theme & when I remembered THIS project by Glenda Waterworth, using her Texture Fragments stamps, I decided on the layout.

I used the same TF stamp on Hearty clay & hung the brass embellishment – from Calico Crafts, who have a great selection of metal embellies of all kinds –  on a piece of raffia & adhered the blue gem. The gold flower behind is a Donna Downey stamp, which I covered in gold acrylic paint, it symbolises the Tree of Life.  The scroll below the flower contains a secret prayer.  I wanted it to look like papyrus, so I distressed it by scrunching it & blending with distress inks before tying it with more raffia.

The bottle is a Wendy Vecchi art part & symbolises a canopic jar.  I stamped it with one of the Texture Fragments stamps & inked it with DIs & a gold Krylon pen.  The hieroglyphs spell out ‘QUEEN’ & were stamped on to tissue paper, which I then adhered to the bottle & when dry, covered with Rock Candy Stickles.

There is lots of stamping on this canvas; as well the Donna Downey flower stamp & the Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, there are the Egyptian image stamps from my stash & Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Romance collection.

So, that’s my entry to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, bit for my first go at a canvas, I’m fairly happy with it.

Thanks for looking & I hope to be back tomorrow with something completely different.  Until then,

Love & light.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap 2012 ‘B’

Published January 28, 2012 by isisimaginings

Brrrr, it’s cold!!  Yesterday morning I gessoed a canvas & it’s only just dry.  I shall be using the heat tool on it shortly; I want to take part in some blog challenges that end tomorrow, so I need to get a move on.  But first, today’s tag.  It’s the second of Chocolate Baroque’s AlphaTag swap for January.

‘B’ is for:

  • Bird
  • Buttons
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Banner
  • Bakers’ Twine


  • Elusive Images patterned papers
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamp collection
  • Distress inks, clear embossing powder, Versamark
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps
  • Bird from Glenda Waterworth designed ‘Bird in  Heart’ stamp – freebie in Craft Stamper magazine, 2010

I stuck the brown, patterned paper to a manila tag, to make it a little sturdier.  The blue paper was plain apart from a few streaks, so I stamped one of the TF stamps on to it with Versamark, covered the image with clear EP & then heat set.  You can see the texture & shine in the above pic.  I coloured the banner flags with distress inks & added a little detail with a black, fine liner pen, stuck them to the bakers’ twine, which I then attached to the tag.

I came across the square button when I was looking for the round ones.  I can’t remember where it came from, but I think it looks good here.  I wanted something else on the tag, so I stamped the heart & bird stamp, cut out the bird, coloured it with a blue Promarker & a silver pen & attached it to the banner with a little silicone glue.  That, I decided, was that.

Have a great weekend, thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap ‘A’

Published January 27, 2012 by isisimaginings

It’s Friday!  I hope the week has been good to you.

Today, I’d like to show you a tag.  It’s my first contribution to the AlphaTags swap at the Chocolate Baroque forum.  The swap runs until December & each month we make two tags – except for two months when we’ll make three.  The finished tags are swapped with other members & at the end of the year we will have a tag book filled with gorgeous creations.  Over Christmas & the New Year I started an alphabetical list of colours, items, subjects, techniques, etc.  I’m still having problems with a few letters –  X & Z stand out 🙂 – but the lists are quite long for others.  So without further ado, here is ‘A’.

A is for:

  • ART
  • Amber
  • Aquamarine
  • ATC
  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol paints


  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol inks – Sail Boat Blue, Butterscotch, Espresso,
  • Tissue paper
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamps collection
  • UTEE
  • PaperArtsy flower & leaf dies
  • Ribbons from my stash
  • TH Idea-ology tassel
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps

I began by layering orange & blue paints on the tag.  I used Picket Fence distress stain on the layers, heat setting each time until I decided there was enough.  After stamping the decorated window on to tissue paper with Stazon, I covered the painted tag with PVA glue, put the tissue paper on top & crinkled it over the tag.  This was something I first tried during Sir Tim of Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2011, on Tag #12.

When the glue had dried I decided I didn’t like how the tag looked.  The paint underneath the tissue paper was too pale & flat, so out came the alcohol inks.  I smooshed them all over the tag a few times, letting each layer dry.  The gold mixative gave the tag a lovely sheen.

Once the background was done & trust me, it took HOURS :), I finished the rest of the tag quite quickly.  I used Elusive Images to make the ATC & stamped the quote, (by Anne Tucker) on to white card stock, which I then coloured with distress inks.  When the words were in place I drew around them with a fine liner black pen, which made them stand out.  The UTEE flowers were coloured with alcohol inks, I wanted to give the impression they were pieces of amber  & the ribbon on the bottom of the tag was coloured with Spiced Marmalade DI, then stamped with another of the Textured Fragments stamps, as were the leaves under the top flower.

Now, all I have to do is hope the person who receives this tag likes it.  Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Vintage Santa Claus

Published December 29, 2011 by isisimaginings

Happy Thursday to one & all. I made today’s card almost four weeks ago & I’m hoping it has reached its destination by now.


  • Dear Santa photo chip – Darkroom Door
  • Backing paper – My Mind’s Eye
  • Crealies flower die
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Ric Rac
  • ‘Noel’ – Elusive Images Christmas Reflections stamp set
  • Trees – Chocolate Baroque Fat Robin stamp set
  • Core’dinations 12×12 Core Essentials
  • Versamark watermark inkpad, silver & clear EP
  • Quickie glue pen
  • Glenda Waterworth’s Snowflake glitter

I didn’t set out to use as much green in this card as I did. My initial thought was to highlight the blue snowflakes on the MME cardstock, but I like the green. Hope you like it too.

Sorry this is so brief, normal service will resume in January. Thanks for visiting.

Love & light.