27 July 2016


Bonjour bloggers,  my theme today is a little on the French side!  My Daughter, Sophie,  has just returned from a little trip across the water.  It was her very first trip abroad on her own (with school). I was a little anxious, to say the least but she is home safe and sound.

I asked Sophie to keep her tickets and leaflets etc and said that we could do something special with them upon her return.  I decided to make a memory book where she can keep her special treasures and photos.

I painted the book cover in Dylusion London blue, white linen and cherry pie.  Using Tim Holtz stencils and the above paint I stencilled over the page.  

Once dried I doodled using a Posca pen.  I used the French words and The Eifel tower to stamp directly onto the book cover.  The stamps are from Julie Nutting 'bonjour' set, I didn't use the doll from the set  but selected another that was big enough for my project.  I coloured the doll using Inktence pencils and collaged her on to the cover.

All ready to hand over to Sophie to create her book of memories.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Happy crafting,

Clare x x x 

25 July 2016

Christmas in July

Morning, folks!  Now that summer is upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to make some Christmas cards :)

I've used the Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Stitched Snowflakes.  The snowflakes come attached to each other - you can leave them like that (as I did) or you can separate them to use individually or in a different arrangement.  The beauty of this die set is that you can use both the negative and positive cuts so you can get two cards for the price of one.
I started off by cutting the set out of white card, then leaving everything intact I brushed a watercolour wash of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink across, allowing the colour to pool unevenly at the edges of the cuts.  Once dried, I removed the cut pieces and adhered the panel to my card base.  I popped the two larger snowflakes back into place to use as a guide for sticking the interior shapes into place, and diluted some Viva Decor Inka Gold and flicked it over the finished card.
That left me with the stitched snowflakes to use on another card.
Again, I flicked some Inka Gold over the navy card base, and brushed the snowflakes with Wink of Stella for a little sheen.
Then I just adhered the snowflakes by the centres and curled up their edges for a bit of dimension.

Thanks for looking, and have a great Sunday!

Shirley x

21 July 2016

Clock Flower Journal Pages

Morning, peeps!  I don't often do journalling, but I was in the mood for a little painty play recently.
I started off by dragging some Dylusions Paints across the double page spread using a credit card.  Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise, White Linen, and London Blue around the edges.
Added a bit of stencilling in White Linen and Squeezed Orange using Tim Holtz stencils, and while the sponge applicator was still loaded with Squeezed Orange I made three circles.
When the circles were dry I outlined them and drew stems and leaves with a black Derwent Inktense pencil, then smudged it with a damp paintbrush, and added white highlights with a Sakura gelly roll pen.  I overstamped the circles with the clock image from Tim Holtz Curiosities set using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.
I finished the pages off by adding a sentiment, butterflies and a border with a Finnabair stamps.
Thanks for taking a look, and enjoy your day!

Shirley x

19 July 2016

All hearts and flowers.

Good morning all! It's been a while since I last posted for A Sprinkle of Imagination so without further ado let me show you what I have been up to in the room of craftiness!

For this card I used The following Dylusions paints: Dylusions paints Cherry pie, Lemon zest, white linen.  I started by scraping lemon zest over the card with an old credit card.  I repeated this with the cherry pie, with the edge of the card I added some lines with the Cherry Pie.  I dried with a heat tool and then scraped over some white linen. I blended some more white linen through  the Tim Holtz 
splotches stencil. Through the Dina Wakely TCW stencil , grunge hearts, I blended with Cherry pie and Lemon zest.

Onto some card, previously sprayed with Dylusions inks, I stamped with the heart stamp from Finnabair set Trust the magic several times to create my petals.  I assembled them together and added some glimmer with a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Using the small butterfly from the Finnabair spread your wings set I stamped a couple of butterflies to embelish the card.  I finally splattered with my black and white Posca pens.

Thank you for stopping by today.   I'll be back soon with some more painty and inky mayhem.

Crafty hugs,

Clare x x x 

06 July 2016

More reasons to get crafty...

Good morning all

Just a quick post to let you know that there are even more products in our HUGE sale section
and a few special offers too!

10% off selected GOLDEN fluid acrylics

Some of the Distress family of products are either at a new lower price, or reduced to clear! 


If that's not even Tim Holtz goodness
we have also got a clearance event on selected


yep, we have reduced to clear our remaining selection of

Not only that but we have 10% off Dylusions Ink Sprays too! 

So, plenty of sunshine crafting in the garden this summer.
You could even start planning your Christmas projects! 

Happy Creating!


28 June 2016

Prima goodness !!!

Morning gorgeous people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you again...

So this week I've been playing around with the amazing Prima Watersoluble Oil Pastels, I've used the neocolours for a couple of years now so wanted to see what these new beauties from Prima could offer....

My substrate for this was a black and white napkin from my local supermarket, and i adhered this to a 6x4 index card with my gel matt medium before drying it fully. 

Once adhered I started by laying down small amounts of colour directly on the napkin and then going over it with a wet soft brush to dilute the colour around the design ( you can only do this technique if you have gel matt medium over the top as it stops the water absorbing into the napkin giving time to move the colour around)
I continued doing this until I was happy with the depth of colour, you can keep going back to areas adding more colour until you are happy. 

Once I was happy I went in with the oil pastel dry and added some darker areas to the stalks of the leaves and centre of the flowers etc smudging in with my finger ( you could also use a blending stump for this)

My final step was to use white acrylic paint to add some highlights and detail to my card and of course their had to be glitter !!!

I had so much fun with this technique, the oil pastels are rich and creamy with a stunning array of colours and they are current on sale !! ..... What's not to love !!!!

Thanks for stopping by
Bright and painty hugs


24 June 2016

Technicolour or Monochrome?

Hi peeps, Shirley here.  I've been playing with this gorgeous stamp from Karen Hayselden in the new Stampotique Originals range. Meet Herbert Hare - isn't he wonderful?

I stamped out a couple of images, and coloured one with Derwent Inktense pencils and gave it a light wash.  Once it was dry I went back and added more dry colour.  Around the whiskers:
 Around the ears:
And a  shadow wash to ground the image.
Then I did a monochrome version, using just the black pencil.  A light wash inside the ears - always wash inside your ears ;)
Then pencil shading on the face and around the outside of the image.
Followed by a shadow wash to ground the image.
Pop on over to the store for a look at the rest of Karen's and other Stampotique designers' ranges.

Have a great weekend!
Shirley x

20 June 2016

Crazy Town !!!

Hey there lovely people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you today for a new post....

It's been a while and I've been working on lots of great projects but I always come back to one of my favourite techniques....

I just love to create these colourful collage whimsy houses and whenever I have scraps of paper on my desk to use up I just can't help myself.....

Using various scraps of paper, old tags & the gorgeous Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints I set to work to create a truly unique 'crazy town' 

Every time I makes these I have no plan how they will turn out, I just start to cut up scraps of paper, card, tags etc and play around until I'm happy with the look. 

Once all my pieces are glued down I can start going in and painting, I love to use my fingers for this process as I like the messy random look it gives ( you can use a brush for this if you don't like finger painting !!!)

Once I'm happy with my brightly coloured houses, I start to add detail. One thing I like to do is add shadow with a black watersoluble pencil around all of the edges of the houses, this really does help to ground them onto the page and really makes the colours pop !!!

One of my last steps is to add words or phrases to my houses and sometimes I like to add small pieces of metal embellishments, buttons etc to add some extra depth. 

I hope you love my 'crazy town' as much as I do and can't wait to be back to share with you again soon...

Bright and painty hugs

17 June 2016

Time Flies

Hi guys!  I've been playing with various media to make this Time Flies canvas.

I started off by making my weathered wood panel by swiping Distress Ink minis from top to bottom.

Then scoring it every half inch before stamping with the Peeled Paint background stamp from Darkroom Door.  I painted my canvas with black gesso and adhered the panel to the canvas.

Added a few buttons, paper flowers, bandage fabric scrap and some moulded items from my stash, and painted those black.  
Once everything was dry I sprayed Dylusions White Linen over it and when that had dried, rubbed on some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Lava Red, Jade and Gold.
The Inka Gold adds a lovely antique metallic look to the painted flowers.
Using the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Wings stamp as a template, I cut out a pair of wings from black card and painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint - Opal Magic Rose-Gold.  You see the gold in one light, and the pale rose colour in another.  The clock is from Tim Holtz Curiosities, sponged with Antique Linen.
I hope time isn't flying too quickly for you this summer!

Enjoy your weekend.
Shirley x

12 June 2016


Howdy folks, I've  sadly made it to the end of what has been a couple of  relaxing, crafty weeks.  It's back to school for me on monday where I shall be daydreaming of my little crafty hideaway and doing maths, of course!  So with that in mind I have prepared myself a little door hanger in anticipation of the monday morning blues.

On the door hanger I painted with the following Dylusion paints: Bubblegum pink, cherry pie, vibrant turquoise, white linen.  I also used black linen for the circles.  I doodled around my mark making 
with a white Posca pen.  I chose Kate Crane's delightful Stampotique character 'Boots' with hope that she will lift me from my doldrums.  I coloured her in with Inktense pencils, cut out and adhered her to my door hanger.  

All I need to do now is decide where to hang it.  Dare I hang it in my teaching area at work or just on my bedroom door to warn the family to tread carefully?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

04 June 2016

Happy you!

Hi guys I'm here today with my latest post for A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Along with me I have brought Nina Angel, Magda Polakow's cute design from the Stampotique originals.

I started to work on a piece of black card.  Using Dylusion paints, bubblegum pink and vibrant turquoise I blended through Dylusions starry night stencil.  Once my colours were dry I bumped the 
stencil over and blended some white dylusions paint through the same stencil.  I doodled over the constalations with a white posca pen and set aside.

Nina Angel was stamped, cut out and then watercoloured using distress inks.  From a piece of card that has previously been sprayed with Dylusion inks I die cut a star and added some white dots.  From the Lawn Fawn die 'Happy birthday to you' I cut out the words happy & you and joined them together. And added some more white dots.

Thank you for stopping by today, remember to stop by the ASOI shop and check out the fabulous selection of stamps, stencils, paints and mediums galore.

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x 

29 May 2016

Recycling Backgrounds

I've been recycling a piece of stamped card where the impression hadn't been as clear as I would have liked, and I didn't want to throw it away, so I painted over it to push the text to the background.

The stamp in question was the large text stamp from Tim Holtz Papillon.  I sponged Dylusions Paints (Cherry Pie and Fresh Lime) then using London Blue I scraped some paint lines.  A splattering of After Midnight and White Linen completed the background.

Once that was dry I stamped Donna Downey Poppies, masking the first one while I stamped the second one, then drew in the stems with a black Posca pen, and sponged some white around the outlines to help define the image.

Drawing stems onto flower head images is a great way to stretch your stamps.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!
Shirley x

22 May 2016

Maude Doodle Dolly

Hi peeps!  Have you seen the gorgeous new stamps by Karen Hayselden for Stampotique?  I fell in love with Maude Doodle Dolly.

I stamped her on a spare piece of white card, then watercoloured her with Distress Inks and cut her out.
On my tall card base I swooshed some black gesso across to ground where she would be standing, splattered some Distress Inks, then added some ring marks using a bottle top and Dylusions Cherry Pie and After Midnight paint, placing one of the ring marks as a halo.
I added a diecut and sentiment from Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut set to finish the card.

Pop on over to the Sprinkle of Imagination store for a look at the rest of the new Stampotique designs and all the other new goodies.

Shirley x