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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.