22 August 2016

Master board makes

Hello fellow bloggers,  I've been going master board crazy lately, it really is a good place to start when you are looking for inspiration for a project.  Working with stencils and paints to build up the layers and create different looks the effects you can end up with are too many to mention.

I started of with with my master board using Dylusions white linen, London blue and after midnight.
With the help from Dylusion, Tim Holtz and TCW stencils I built up my layers.  I added some
background stamping using the stamps from Tim Holtz District warehouse set.

The circles are from Finnabair Don't for get to fly set.  I stamped these directly onto my master board and then stamped these onto watercolour card with black ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I coloured in the flowers and added some doodling with a white Posca pen.

I cut out the circles and layered them onto the card.  With a white and black posca pen I flicked and splattered across the card and finally added the lawn fawn sentiment 'Happy birthday to you'.


 I also used another section of the master board using the warehouse district and still have another couple of pieces to come back to for future birthdays.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have enjoyed my blog post? Come back again soon!

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 


17 August 2016

Two Scribbly Birds

Hi there peeps!  Are you enjoying this little burst of summer?  I've managed to drag myself away from the garden for a few hours of crafty time.

I've been playing with the Scribbly Birds set from Dina Wakley.  I made a couple of background panels using Dylusions paints, then cut two panels using the Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables Dies.
I smudged the paints onto the panel, splattered some white, then once that had dried I brayered some white over the top to knock everything back.
I stamped the bird in Versafine Onyx Black, then watercoloured using Distress Inks and fussy cut the image.
Cut-down strips of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape were added to the panels for visual interest.
My second card was made using the same process.  I stamped some triangles from Hero Arts Stamps & Cut - Happy onto the panel.
This time I tore the tissue tape into strips to layer onto the panel.
Thanks for popping in, and enjoy this good weather while it lasts!
Shirley x

11 August 2016

Here's the science bit!

Hi blog friends it's Clare here today and today I'm revisiting a technique that I used a long time ago.  It's more of an experiment with paint if I'm honest, it really is quite scientific!

Using Dylusions lemon zest, I painted a layer onto the canvas and dried.  After this I painted a watery layer of white linen, with a pipette I added some drops of surgical spirit. Here's the science bit!  The surgical spirit pushes the paint away leaving these beautiful natural circles that you can see below.

It is very important to do this in a well ventilated room!  Once the white layer was dry I added a watery layer of vibrant turquoise and added more surgical spirit, dry again, and another layer of watery white.

Once my white layer had dried I added the final layer of bubblegum pink and repeated with the surgical spirit.  I stamped Stampotique, Kira Nichols, Kitty Squad stamp and coloured with  water soluble crayons.  I cut them out and placed them popping out of the circles.  I stamped one of the Dylusions sayings and added to the mini canvas.  Finally a little doodling with my posca pens.

I decided that I would add a magnetic sheet to this canvas and pop it on the fridge.

Thank you for stopping by today, have lots of crafty fun!


Clare X X X 

09 August 2016

Dylusions love !!!!!!

Hey there lovely creative ones. Hope you are all keeping well.

We are enjoying some lovely weather here in the UK at the moment and it just puts me in such a good mood..makes me appreciate all the lovely colours and flowers all around me.....

Playing in my large Dylusions journal and of course the wonderful Dylusions acrylic paint and stamps. 

Created a fun background first using various coloured Dylusions paints and adding some random stamping with a black archival ink pad. 

Once I was happy with my background I sketched and painted my flower in white and adding some shading with a black pencil. 

To finish my page I used a white gel pen to put in some background elements on the back. The white really makes the other colours pop !!!

The last thing I did was take a black pen and write in the words 'be free' running down the stem. 

I love the way my journal page has turned out and definately think the beautiful sunshine helped me create a happy piece of art !!!

Thanks for stopping by
Bright and painty hugs

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