All posts for the month May, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 – May

Published May 31, 2014 by isisimaginings

Morning all, nothing like leaving it to – almost – the very last minute. Here’s my take on Tim’s May tag, which you can see here. Tim challenged us to use those metal embellishments that we’ve been saving for that ‘special occasion’. I love the simplicity of his tag, with every element perfectly balanced. Not sure I’ve achieved that balance, but I like what I’ve done.




I used a canvas board & kept the background simple, using Fresco paints – Vintage Lace, Mocha Mousse, Chocolate Pudding, French Roast, Little Black Dress. I finished the background with splatters of Tarnished Brass distress stain mixed with water.




The embellishments are on pieces of Thorndon Hall paper from PaperArtsy, with a TH key, frame, vial label & rub on.  Each piece has  significance for me & the  word ‘create’ is a Chocolate Baroque stamp.



Thanks once again to Tim for the inspiration. Nice to know that we’ve only got to wait ‘til tomorrow now for your June tag. Smile

Thanks for looking, I’m hoping I’ll get time to make something either today or tomorrow for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge………….


Masterboard Emma Godfrey Style

Published May 28, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening friends, hope you’re all well. It seem to be an age & a half since I did a blog post. You wouldn’t believe the amount of draft posts I have, just haven’t got round to finishing any of them. I am not going to bed tonight until I’ve published this one.

When I was at at Ally Pally in April I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Godfrey, who was demoing on the PaperArtsy stand, alongside Leandra. Emma showed us how to create fantastic masterboards, full of layers & texture & I had a go when I got home, but it wasn’t quite right, to me anyway. Thankfully, Emma has now made a video with Leandra, where she shows you the entire process & this is my first proper attempt.


It started out with scraps of PaperArtsy’s now discontinued Thorndon Hall patterned papers, with Grunge Paste through a stencil on top.


Then I started adding Fresco paints & stamping with Ellen Vargo stamps & PA mini script stamps.


When I was finished I cut down the A4 sheet & made four cards. I used Tim Holtz chit chat stickers & a stamp set from Hobby Art called Alphabet Typed for the quotes.


It’s a pity the photo doesn’t show it, but the Florentine Treasure Gold on the GP areas looks SO good.


Looking at the finished cards I had a bit of an “a-ha” moment. While making the masterboard, I kept wanting to add more stamping, more paint, more accents & I had to really force myself not to. I remember talking to myself, saying “stop. Stop there. See what it looks like if you DON’T fill every bit of space.…” And I think I was right to stop. Yes, there are errors. The placement of the hearts is probably the biggest one, but on the whole, I quite like my effort. And I will definitely be making more masterboards.

Massive thanks to Emma & Leandra for taking the time to make the excellent video.

See you next time.

One More for PaperArtsy

Published May 18, 2014 by isisimaginings

Afternoon, I hope everyone’s having a pleasant Sunday. Thank you for all the kind comments & sympathy last night. I’m pleased to say that today the entire street seems to have gone out & I’m enjoying the peace & quiet.

I didn’t intend making a third project for the current PaperArtsy challenge, but this one sort of evolved yesterday & this morning.  It’s based on Sue Carrington’s project from Wednesday  & Helen Chilton’s canvas from Friday.


I used a canvas board & started the background with Lilac & Chartreuse Frescos, added stencilling (Lin Brown’s) with a mix of Limelight & Snowflake, then stamping with Watering Can Archival, more stencilling with Concrete Fresco & Lilac & more stamping (EEV05) with Snowflake.


I mixed Lilac Fresco & Grunge Paste for the poppies, then painted over them with Lilac, Pansy, Tinned Peas & Hyde Park & finished with Silver Treasure Gold. The quote is from Hot Pick 1204, stamped with black Archival.


Thanks to Helen & Sue for the inspiration. I’m now off to do some housework, see you next time.

CAS Paper Cutting

Published May 17, 2014 by isisimaginings

How’s everyone’s weekend so far? This morning dawned bright, sunny & warm. Until about 9.30 that is, when the cloud arrived & stayed for the rest of the day. I took myself off to my craft room, where I spent the day trying to block out the barking dogs, screaming children, yelling adults & fighting teenagers that I have the misfortune to live amongst. To be very serious for a moment, I am feeling increasingly trapped where I live. It’s not an easy environment for a solitary introvert………..

Anyway, on to more pleasant things. This is my second project for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge & it is based on Keren’s gorgeous frame from Monday night’s post. I wanted to keep it very simple, with lots of white. I used stamps from the Love & Kisses 1 set, with Zesty Zing & Yellow Submarine Fresco paints, with a piece of Core’dinations card behind, Red Pepper I think. The frame is from that Swedish shop.


I stamped the house with black Versacolor ink & heat set with clear embossing powder, then painted it before cutting a few areas – my craft knife skills are as bad as my measuring, so this was a laborious process, but I think it looks fairly ok.


I NEVER get tired of the crackle effect. The layer underneath the PA Crackle Glaze is a mix of Concrete & Little Black Dress – my go to combination for a perfect grey. Snowflake Fresco went on top of the crackle glaze & I brushed Metallic Glaze on top of that.  The heart & the strip at the bottom were stamped onto tissue paper with Red Geranium Archival ink.


Thanks so much to Keren for her inspiration this week & to you for looking. See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Keren Baker

Published May 12, 2014 by isisimaginings

Yes, I know, not like me to be here two days in a row, but after seeing new guest designer, Keren’s gorgeous cards on the PaperArtsy blog last night I had to have a play this evening. Keren’s style is beautifully CAS & I want to attempt all her projects his week, including tonight’s, but I chose her third card from last night to work from & made two cards & an ATC.………….


I’m loving white heat embossing at the moment, so Keren’s card was perfect for me. The buildings are from the new Lynne Perella set, LPC028, the birds a Tim Holtz stamp & I used Zesty Zing, Pumpkin Soup, Smoked Paprika & Concrete mixed with Little Black Dress Frescos………….


Image from LPC001,  ‘MUSE’ from Ink & The Dog Letters Plate 3 & Irish Cream, Lilac, Mermaid, Bora Bora & Inky Pool Frescos…….


Left over paint as above & the image from LPC028 & TH pen nibs stamped with Plum Archival.


Thanks for looking & you never know, I might be back tomorrow night…………. Smile

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Ellen Vargo

Published May 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

Here’s my second post for today. The wonderfully talented Ellen Vargo was back on the PaperArtsy blog on Friday with a gorgeous tag book, so of course, I had to make my own…


I used my three sets of Ellen’s stamps; EEV01, EEV02 EEV03, as well as HP1204.


I used Tikka, Hey Pesto, Tinned Peas, Smoked Paprika, London Bus & Blood Orange Fresco paints. The white highlights are Snowflake FP.


Distress inks; Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans,Tumbled Glass, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose & the quotes are from the Tim Holtz ‘Simple Sayings’ set of stamps.


I’m pleased with how these tags turned out.  I love the B&W stamping at the top & bottom of each tag & the white paint on the black stamping.


To my delight, I found out earlier today that I have a won a set of Ellen’s brand new PA stamps, EEV05, via a giveaway on her blog. Thank you Ellen & PaperArtsy! I shall be lying in wait for the postman………… Smile

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Lucy Edmondson

Published May 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, here’s the first of two blog posts from me today. Over on the PaperArtsy blog, it was anther week of fantastic creativity that left us spoiled for choice. New guest designer, Liesbeth Fidder wowed everyone with her altered tin & Sarah Naumann showed us a journal that had a gorgeous & very clever cover. I could attempt neither of these because a) I have no access to fire, (probably a good thing) & b) my printer is almost empty of ink. Thankfully, Lucy was on hand with THE most beautiful wooden house & I knew I had to try her techniques, so here’s my little bird house…….



Here it is after I had given it a few coats of gesso & Snowflake Fresco paint.


You’ll have to read Lucy’s PA post to find out what she did, but I was thrilled with how well the stencilling worked out. I used Pansy & Very Berry Frescos & Orange Blossom Archival ink for the stamping.


I coloured the JoFY mini birds with watercolour pencils & Frescos. I tried various things on the roof, but nothing seemed right, so I left it white.


Thanks for looking, I’ll be back in a little while with my second PA project.