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Altered Cardboard Box a la Darcy

Published May 31, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, happy Friday.  Over on the PaperArtsy blog this week, the amazing Darcy has been astounding everyone with her creativity & on Monday, she showed us the storage container she made for her pots of Treasure Gold.  I don’t have any large cardboard boxes, but I did have an empty Pan Pastels box, so I used that.

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I don’t have black gesso, so I mixed the grunge paste with black acrylic paint & applied through a CWS damask stencil.

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I used a brush to apply the Spanish Topaz & Ruby TG, with a tiny amount of Brass at the end.  I tried not to cover all of the black card, as I wanted it to show through in places.

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The inside was covered with white, hammered textured card, that I covered with all four of my TG colours; Spanish Topaz, Brass, Aquamarine & Ruby, again leaving patches of white.

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The final step was the TH ornate plate & journal ticket & a black adhesive pearl in each corner.  I put TG on the plate & added Crackle Accents over the ticket.

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That’s all for tonight, I might be back with something else inspired by Darcy tomorrow night.  Until then,

Love & light.

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Inspiration through Imagination

Published May 29, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, happy Wednesday.  I’m working on assorted – and unfinished – projects at the moment, but I wanted to show you a tag I made while waiting for stuff to dry on Monday.

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It started out as a tag I used to mope up left over paint.  When I’d finished the coasters I had some black paint on my craft sheet, so I applied it through a stencil & when it was dry painted Fresco Bora Bora on top.

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This is one of the few times where I didn’t spend an age thinking about what I wanted to do.  I stamped the PA Mini 22 in a few places, then mixed a little PA Grunge Paste & copper acrylic paint together & applied that through another stencil.  While that was drying I added the white highlighting.

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While I was painting the PA Mini 83 head with distress inks, I got the idea of a head in a jar, so I stamped the Artistic Stamper Inspiration Jars stamp with Stazon onto acetate & the lid onto PA metal card, put them together & added the wire.

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The words were taken from the Artistic Stamper Journaling Mini Words stamp, I cut them out & used Old Paper & Black Soot distress inks to age them.  A couple of TH mini gears, a little Spanish Topaz TG around the edges & on the gears & the tag was finished.

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I like how it turned out, it makes me smile.  And I think I shall enter it into the Artistic Stamper May Challenge.  The theme is ‘Words’ & I did have another idea, but I couldn’t make it work.  As I’ve used AS stamps on this tag, maybe they’ll accept it.

The plan is to be back tomorrow or Friday with another PaperArtsy inspired piece, so until then, thanks for visiting & leaving comments.

Love & light.

Coasters Darcy Styleee

Published May 27, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, happy Monday, hope you’re all having a lovely day.  I’ve managed, for the first time ever I think, to make something for the PaperArtsy challenge at the start of the week.

This week’s guest designer on the PA blog is the fabulous Darcy Wilkinson & she got her week off to a flying start with these fab coasters.  Coincidentally, I had two on my crafting table just waiting to be altered, so this morning, while waiting for something else to dry, I got to work.

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I used Eggplant, Lilac, Pumpkin Soup, Zesty Zing & Snowflake frescos, then stamped with Minis 72 & 83.  I sealed both coasters with PA Satin Glaze.

I might redo these, the stamping is not great, but for now they’re ok.  And I shall be looking for more coasters to play with.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my PA piece from last Saturday.  I was thrilled to be one of the challenge winners yesterday.  Until next time,

Love & light

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Carol Quance

Published May 25, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday, blog visitors, hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far.  It was a busy week here, I didn’t get around to blogging even once.  My initial plan for today was to work in the garden, but it was too wet after all the rain yesterday, so I’ve been crafting instead.

Over on the PaperArtsy blog, the very talented Carol Quance has been this week’s guest designer & my project today is based on elements from both of her pieces.  You can see Monday’s HERE & Wednesday’s HERE.

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I used one of PA’s large chunky hanging boards & painted it with Frescos – Mermaid, Beach Hut & Bora Bora.  When the Grunge Paste was dry I went over it with a tiny bit of Beach Hut on a baby wipe before adding Aquamarine Treasure Gold on top.

I coloured the image with Promarkers & used PA mini stamps, (Mini 61 & Mini 72 ) with Crafty Notions Jewels embossing powder on the background.

I loved the bead trim that Carol used on her first project, but I had nothing similar in my stash, so used my Edgeabilities dies instead.   The dolphins are a piece of jewellery I got from somewhere or other.

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That’s it, thanks for looking.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, here’s hoping for some warmer weather.

Love & light.

Inspired by France Papillon, Days One and Three

Published May 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Saturday everyone, hope you’re having a great weekend.  I’ve had a busy day & shall be spending the rest of the evening on the sofa, but first I’d like to show you my piece for this week’s challenge on the PaperArtsy blog.  France Papillon’s projects this week were fantastic, with lots of layers & textures.

I combined the techniques from days one & three by cutting a piece of PaperArtsy’s grey board in half & making a sort of shrine thingy.  It wasn’t my intention, but I ended up copying what France did, almost completely, hope she’ll forgive me.

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Here’s the front cover.  I can’t believe I actually sewed – by hand! –  on one of my projects.  I’ve had a length of poly cotton in my stash for almost a year & kept meaning to use it.  No excuses this time.  I cut the hinges out of grunge paper using a PaperArtsy die, added PA Grunge Paste & painted them with French Roast, Little Black Dress & Claret fresco paints, finishing with treasure gold.

 

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This was after I stamped onto two sheets of Kraft Glassine with a stamp from PA set HP1107.

 

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This is the inside.  I’d had a discussion on Twitter with France & Nicky about what to use to create texture.  France used gauze with great effect & I didn’t have any.  I found a piece of thick plastic on my desk, I can’t remember where it came from, but I thought I’d give it a go.

 

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This is it with the grunge paste on & below you can see the texture it created.

 

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The grunge paste didn’t adhere very well to the plastic, so I added a layer of Satin Glaze on top & left it to dry overnight.  It’s better, but I have a feeling this particular project won’t last forever.

(If you’d like to know more about Grunge Paste, Leandra has posted links to a series of videos on the PA blog today).

 

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The word stamps are Chocolate Baroque’s Artistic Expressions & Artistic Affirmations sets.  The heart is the Tall Heart PaperArtsy die.

 

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France added more grunge paste through a stencil directly onto her journal pages, but I put mine onto a scrap of white card & roughly tore pieces before gluing them on.  And no, I could not resist adding more treasure gold.

That’s it for  now.  I am very grateful for all the kind comments I’ve received on my projects recently, thank you again.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Tim’s May Tag

Published May 16, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello blog visitors, hope you’ve had a great Thursday.  Many thanks for the kind comments on my PaperArtsy key chains last night.

When I saw Tim’s tag at the beginning of the month, I didn’t think I’d be able to recreate it, as I didn’t have any rub ons, but a search through my stash revealed some by Kaisercraft, black & white & colour ones.

Here’s Tim’s gorgeous tag.  I love the Mona Lisa stamp, must get it at some point.

 

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Here’s my tag – the second attempt.  The black & white rub ons were a failure, they remained attached to their backing sheet, no matter how much I rubbed, so the first tag went in the bin.

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I think these coloured ones are ok, they fit quite nicely with the few distress stains I have.  The face is a La Blanche stamp & I added some stamping, using some of my TH stamps.  I added some Treasure Gold & Snowflake fresco paint to the philosophy tag.

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Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Key Chains

Published May 15, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, happy Wednesday.  This week on the PaperArtsy blog, the uber-talented France Papillon is the guest designer & on Monday she showed us a gorgeous tag & two fab key chains, along with a how-to video.  You can see them all in this post.

I’m hoping to get some time to make something else inspired by her other posts this week, but for today here are my key chains.  I was so pleased that I had some of PaperArtsy’s wooden spools & Tim Holtz’ swivel clasps. I painted the spools with Stone, Chocolate Pudding & Mocha Mousse fresco paints & used two of my small stamps by Tim Holtz for the quotes.

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That’s it for now, thanks for visiting.  Until next time,

Love & light.