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Moth Fab With Hearts

Published March 12, 2015 by isisimaginings

Me again. I made this last month for a Stampotique challenge & then forgot to blog it………….

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I used an MDF three piece frame from Imagination Crafts, covering the top piece with a square of patterned paper.

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I used a baby wipe to blend PaperArtsy Fresco paints, I can’t remember which ones exactly………..

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Added stencilling (TCW & Andy Skinner)…………

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Gold embossing paste through a Dina Wakley stencil for TCW. Moth Fab was painted with Frescos…….

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I added some stamping with black Archival ink & used a Luminarte shimmer spray in blue, it gives a very subtle shimmer……

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The heart is MDF, also from Imagination Crafts. I painted it with white gesso & Eggplant Fresco, then Snowflake Fresco through a stencil. I covered it with Glossy Accents to finish….

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I debated with myself about adding a sentiment or a quote, but decided not to, I think it’s okay as it is.

I would like to enter this into the challenge on the new Mixed Media World blog. Thanks for looking.


Happy Halloween!

Published October 31, 2013 by isisimaginings

Boo! Hope you’re all having a spooky-licious day. I’d like to show you a journal page I made for the new monthly challenge on the Sprinkle of Imagination blog. This month the challenge is to use a selection of colours & you can see them HERE.

This is a page I had previously gessoed – while the gesso was wet I’d accidentally closed the pages, so I got some lovely texture when I opened them again.

I spritzed water on the pages, then sprayed with Dylusions inks; Fresh Lime, Pure Sunshine & Squeezed Orange.


Then I got stuck in with layers of stencilling (Crafters Workshop, Imagination Crafts) with fresco paints, followed by stamping.


Here’s the finished page. I gave the PaperArtsy head a body from a Dylusions stamp & used Snowflake fresco through the Andy Skinner skull stencil on black card. The trees are a Wendy Vecchi stencil, the birds a PA die, the cat a Tim Holtz die & the bunting is from a Lynne Perella PA stamp (stamped with Snowflake fresco onto card sprayed with Crushed Grape Dylusions).


Thanks for visiting. See you next time.

Inside My Own Head

Published September 5, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Thursday blog visitors.  Firstly, I must say an enormous thank you for all the very generous comments on my #3UP PaperArtsy project, it means so much to me that you would all take the time to visit & comment.  It’s been a great week on the PA blog & if you haven’t seen the wonderful projects created by crafters from around the world, please take some time to peruse each evening’s posts.

Last week I was delighted to discover that I’d won a set of the Lin Brown PA stamps on Carol Quance’s blog.  They arrived today, along with a gorgeous fabric tag that Carol made during her recent week as a PA guest designer.



Thank you very much Carol & thanks too to Leandra for donating then for the giveaway.  I’ve watched Lin demo these stamps & I’m hoping to get time to play over the weekend.

I’ve been using my journal to mop up paint & tonight I spent a little time actually finishing a page.  This is how it looked at the start.


I stencilled the small skull (Andy Skinner Skulduggery stencil) with Snowflake fresco paint & the roman letters stencil with Watering Can Archival ink, (one of Wendy Vecchi’s six new colours for Ranger).


I added more stencilling & stamped the Dylusions Curious Corrin eyes stamp with WV Red Geranium Archival.


More stamping, (‘Inside My Own Head’ from  PA Ink & The Dog Eclectic 6 set) with second generation black Archival & I stencilled the large skull with black Archival also.


The finished page.  I stamped the PA Eclectic 6 image with WV Green Fern Archival & blended a little Old Paper distress ink on the background, making sure to leave the face white.  The quote is from Chocolate Baroque’s Artistic Affirmations stamp set.


I’ll do something with the other side over the weekend.  Until the next time,

Love & light.

Six Months & New Stash

Published July 1, 2012 by isisimaginings

Greetings blog visitors, happy July 1st to each & every one of you.  There are six months left to the end of 2012 – how, in the name of all that’s arty-crafty, has that happened??  It is simply bizarre.  Ominously, there are already a great many mentions of that thing that happens in December, but I absolutely refuse to have anything to do with it for at least another three months.  So, let’s change the subject….

Yesterday, I had an excellent time at the Craft Barn in Lingfield, Surrey.  It’s their yearly extravaganza weekend & it’s packed with workshops & demos by some of the best artists & crafters in the business.  Usually, it’s quite a trek for me to get there, involving assorted train journeys & about three hours travel each way.  But this year, my lovely Twitter friend, @anna_fran, met me & we drove to Lingfield in her car.  Thank you again Anna & thank you too for the delicious chocolate & raspberry brownie.  I also met another lovely Twitter friend, @stampingbyh, aka Helen.  It has to be said; arty, crafty peeps are some of the nicest in the world.

There were 28 (!) demonstrators yesterday, spread over three halls in Lingfield & honestly, the day was not long enough to spend time watching every one.  The demos were heavy on techniques, which suited me perfectly, I learnt a huge amount & if I can remember even a tiny amount, I will be doing very well.  Unfortunately, I was so engrossed that not only did I forget to take photographs, I also forgot to take notes.  I may have to pick Helen’s brains, she was scribbling away!

A few of my highlights:

  •  Neil Walker demoing Dylusions sprays & stamps, more of which anon.
  •  Lin ‘ Yours Artfully ‘ Brown & Leandra ‘PaperArtsy’ Franich, demoing PaperArtsy’s fabulous products in their inimitable fashion.
  •  Jean ‘Crafty Individuals’  Hardy demoing transfer effects with TAP paper & a hot iron.
  •  Soon-to-be pub landlady, Linda Elbourne  making matchbooks with TH dies & Distress stains & Dylusions sprays.
  •  Andy Skinner  & his unique, grungy, industrial, rusty, techniques.

There was so much I missed, that I would gone back today, if I could.  Next time, consider staying overnight???!!!  And I must find a way of attending some of Andy Skinner & Neil Walker’s classes.

Naturally, there was a little shopping involved & here is a pic of my purchases.  Given that the Craft Barn is packed floor to ceiling with desirable items, I’m quite proud that I managed to restrain myself somewhat.


See the Dylusions sprays??  All twelve of them.  Swoooon!!!  If the phenomenon that is Dylusions has passed you by so far, you MUST check them out.  Created by the wondrous Dyan Reaveley of Art From The Heart in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the sprays are fabulous.  They’re incredibly versatile & the colours are LUSH.  HERE is  Dyan’s Youtube channel, where you can see her demo lots of her Dylusions techniques & HERE is another video by Anita Houston of The Artful Maven Haven. I’ve wanted the sprays from the moment I saw them & initially, I was going to build up to a full set, but when I saw them yesterday, I knew I would use every colour, so I got them all.  As Neil Walker said yesterday, he has yet to find a combination of them that does not work.

Dyan also has a collection of stamps that are some of the coolest, funkiest images around.  Her girls are WONDERFUL & I want them all, but I started with ‘Curious Corrin’ & do I have plans for her!! The other set is called ‘Further Around The Edge’ & it’s perfect for backgrounds & borders. The Dylusions range is distributed by Ranger Ink & Dyan is their Senior Educator in Europe.  You can visit Dyan’s website HERE & her terrific blog HERE.  Make sure you watch her videos too.  And if you are going to CHA Summer in Chicago in a few weeks, you can see her in action there.  I have a serious arty crush on Dyan & one day, by hook or by crook, I WILL attend at least one of her workshops.  In the meantime, I shall have to content myself with my new goodies.

If you’re still reading, congratulations!  This has turned into rather a long post.  I was going to show you a card, but I’ll give you a rest until tomorrow.  Until then,

Love & light