All posts for the month October, 2013

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.


PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Liz Borer

Published October 26, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello! I didn’t think I was going to get this piece finished in time, but I did & I’m glad because I’m very happy with it. **Warning** This is a long post with lots of pictures, so feel free to skip to the end.

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Liz created three stunning projects for the PaperArtsy blog this week & I’ve taken ideas from all of them. If you haven’t seen her amazing creations, please visit the PA blog & prepare to be blown away.

I used the Tando Creative shrine that I’d received from PaperArtsy as a blog prize some time ago. I chose to use Eggplant & Pea Coat as per Liz’ third project – such a fab combination – with Irish Cream as the base coat & Ice Blue & Very Berry in between & then Nougat in the centre. I used a baby wipe & tried not to blend all the colours.

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Liz created her own word stencil on her first project, but as my handwriting is atrocious I die cut five of each letter out of black card, glued them together & attached them to the reverse of the shrine. Then I added grunge Paste on top & through a stencil.

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I painted the back the same as the front & as I did so realised I hadn’t added any grunge paste drips.

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When the drips had dried I continued painting & then added finished the back with Spanish Topaz treasure gold on the letters.


For the base I cut a piece of foam board & painted it with French Roast & Little black Dress frescos. I cut pieces of grunge paper with a Tim Holtz On The Edge die, painted the pieces with French Roast, Little Black Dress & Brown Shed, adding highlights of Spanish Topaz TG.

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Time to think about embellishments. The bats are cut with a Sizzix die & highlighted with silver ink.

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I crackled the glass vial with Mod Podge & TH Crackle paint, then added Brushed Corduroy & Antique Bronze distress stains. The flowers were sprayed with black Dylusions ink & Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.

I used PA dies to cut the leaves from shrink plastic & coloured them with various TH alcohol inks.

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I painted the cork from the vial with Little Black Dress & attached the bead with Glossy Accents. To me, the bead looks as if it has a face, so I thought it suited this piece. I added some seed beads & then Glossy Accents to give the appearance of raindrops.


I used GP through my Roman Letters stencil on the front & brushed White Fire TG over it & on the edges.


That’s it. If you’ve made it this far, well done for persevering & thanks for looking. And many thanks to Liz for providing such wonderful inspiration this week. I think I’m going to enter this into the Halloween challenge on the Ranger Ink blog as well.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take part in the PA challenge next week, but I’m looking forward to seeing what gorgeous creations the new guest designer has in store for us.  Until next time,

Love & light

Halloween Cards

Published October 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello blog visitors, hope you’re well. It’s all a bit hectic here at the moment. I’ve been making projects for the Lisa B Designs blog & then writing & scheduling posts & I have approximately eight of my own projects at various stages of completion – my deadline is Saturday, or preferably Friday night. While I’ve been waiting for assorted things to dry/set I made a few very simple Halloween cards.


Dusty Concord & Milled Lavender distress inks.


Red Geranium Archival ink & Spiced Marmalade distress ink.


Shabby Shutters DI. The chevron stamp is from the Artistic Stamper.


Squeezed Lemonade & Spiced Marmalade.

That’s it for now. Fingers crossed I will be back before Sunday morning with something for the PaperArtsy challenge – if you haven’t seen their blog this week, take a look. Liz Borer is back as the guest designer & her projects are incredible.

See you soon.

Christmas Card Workshop at The Artistic Stamper

Published October 19, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, it’s been a while since I visited Jennie & Mal at The Artistic Stamper Shop & Studio in Faversham, so I decided that attending a Christmas card workshop by my friend Georgina Ford was the perfect excuse to pay a visit.


We made four cards in three hours, using distress inks & an assortment of Artistic Stamper stamps.


There was die cutting & masking, inking & embossing, stamping & stencilling.


I think these two are my favourite. You’ll find all the stamps we used on this page & the stencil from the card below is HERE.


Thanks to Georgina for the great workshop & to Jennie & Mal for their hospitality ( & for the coffee & delicious cakes too!)

Love & light.

Inspired by Joanne Wardle

Published October 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Friday blog visitors! Tonight I have another piece to show you, inspired by Joanne Wardle’s second project for the PaperArtsy blog.


I used an Ikea frame for my project. I covered it with a layer of gesso first, then added washes of Stone fresco paint. I added some Stone with my finger & finished with White Fire treasure gold.

I used Very Berry, Sherbet & Claret on the grunge paste heart & on the stamped script. The sentiment is from PA’s Eclectica Darcy 01.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Happy Birthday Bebhinn

Published October 17, 2013 by isisimaginings

Eighteen years ago today my gorgeous niece was born & to say she has brought enormous joy to our family is an understatement of the highest order. She is incredibly wonderful, extraordinarily intelligent & talented & I predict great things in her future.


I decided her card would be a tag triptych & I made a simple background with frescos (Smoked Paprika, London Bus, Brown Shed, Pumpkin Soup, Cheesecake, Snowflake & Little Black Dress) & various stencils.


I mixed Bora Bora fresco paint with grunge paste & applied it though the CWS cornflower stencil, finishing with a Memory Box Poppy die cut & ribbon.


I stamped the Lynne Perella image onto acetate & painted it on the reverse with frescos before cutting it with an arch die. I mounted the three tags onto scored black card & added some white doodling. The reverse is also decorated, but I didn’t photograph that.

Bebhinn 18th Birthday

That’s it. A VERY happy 18th birthday to Bebhinn. Gorgeous girl, I love you more than anything in the world & I am so proud of you.


PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Joanne Wardle

Published October 15, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, here I am again. This week the PaperArtsy blog sees the return of the wonderful Joanne Wardle & when I saw her first post on Sunday night I knew I had to make some cards using her techniques.

I don’t have many PA dies but I do have one of their oak leaf dies, the heart is cut with a Marianne Designs die. I used Smoked Paprika, Pumpkin Soup & Brown Shed frescos on the first card & Eggplant, Spanish Mulberry & Lilac on the second. The sentiments are from my stash & I can’t remember who they’re by, possibly Hero Arts or Inkadinkado.


Of course I had the die cuts left over so I put them on another two cards, using the same colours with just the PA mini splatters stamp. ‘Follow Your Heart’ is from PA’s Eclectica Darcy 1 set, ‘Happy’ from my stash.


Thanks for looking, see you next time.