All posts for the month February, 2009

New Blog Candy!!!

Published February 28, 2009 by isisimaginings
Try not to drool too much over this picture of deliciousness! Michelle is offering these gorgeous goodies to celebrate the first anniversary of her blog. Michelle’s blog is one of my favourites. Not only does she make the most beautiful cards, but she & her hubby raise miniature donkeys & they are beautiful too. AND they have a new puppy called Libbie who is a complete & utter cutie, with the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen!! So, don’t walk, RUN to Michelle’s blog, lol! πŸ™‚ Check out her cards, her donkeys & her puppy and I better not forget Gato the lovely kitty. Follow the instructions on her blog candy post, you have until March 14. I’d like to wish everyone luck, but as I want to win I won’t!! HAHAHAHA!! πŸ™‚
Here is more gorgeous blog candy. This time it’s on SemSee’s blog, she’s offering it to celebrate her birthday next week. The ‘rules’ on her blog, so check it out & have a look at her cards, she creates beautiful works of art.

Love & light.

February Friendship

Published February 28, 2009 by isisimaginings

Yes, I know this is the last day of February, but I forgot to post this earlier in the month & I didn’t get today’s card finished. Apologies for the terrible photo. This card went to a DC’er in this month’s friendship swap. Again, I wanted to use colours that make me think of Spring. I’m really enjoying these colours at the moment & I think it’s because this time last year I was going through chemotherapy & I didn’t make a single card for months. Anyhoo.

This morning a DC’er asked how we start a card; image first or paper? I usually start with colouring the image & then choose the papers, but this time it was the other way round. Jen had given me this sheet of HOTP Yellow Daisies 12×12 paper & I built all the other elements around it. I coloured the image with Whispers & everything else is from my stash. I couldn’t decide what sentiment to put on the card, but then I found these chipboard letters, which came in an oriental kit from QVC. I think they fit with the rest of the card.

That’s all from me today, it’s a very short post, but I’m off to the Stamping Chic launch party. You can join in the fun here. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.
Love & light.

Magnolia vs Stampavie 15 – Feel The Sketch!

Published February 27, 2009 by isisimaginings

Evening! Hope everyone has had, or is having, a good Friday. Today was a beautiful Spring day here, the daffodils will soon be in flower – that’s if the cold weather predicted for next week doesn’t kill them first!

I managed to fulfil yesterday’s challenge to myself – to complete this week’s
Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge, which is a sketch.

After last week’s dark colours I decided to make this card as Spring-like as possible & i changed the size to a 6×6 square card, so that reduced the proportions a little. No matter how I tried, I could not get a good pic of this card. I used both the scanner & the camera but every picture is dull, possibly because the colours are pale. This pic is from the scanner; I changed the setting to ‘Magazine colour’, which scans the image very slowly & it’s the best of a bad lot. I wish you could see all the different tones of green on the striped paper, it’s very pretty.

Materials used:

  • Tilda with cupcake – a RAK from a friend, coloured with Whispers pens
  • Pale blue & gold backing papers – Papermill
  • Swirly patterned paper – Seven Gypsies Touquet
  • Striped patterned paper – SEI Chick-a-doo
  • Flowers – Prima & Papermania
  • Charms – from Jen
  • Flowers & swirls (bottom right corner of image) – from a set of Inkadinkadoo clear stamps, also a gift from Jen
  • Birthday sentiment – Papermania clear stamp
  • Sunflower Yellow & Rocket Red Gold Brilliance inks
  • Orange adhesive gems – Kanban
  • Green adhesive pearls – Papermania
  • Gold ribbon – Crafty Ribbon

Tilda looks a little flushed because she’s been busy baking lots of delicious cupcakes, lol! πŸ™‚ I think I’ll give this to a work colleague whose birthday is two days after mine. Hope she likes it.

Just a short post tonight, because I only managed to visit a few of the blogs I follow last night. The computer was being extremely contrary & kept shutting down, I gave up in the end. It hasn’t been as bad today, so I’m hoping to see all the blogs on my list. If you hear screaming followed by a crash later on, it will be me having a temper tantrum & throwing the laptop out the window!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

See you tomorrow, hopefully. Love & light.

You Shall Go To The Ball!

Published February 26, 2009 by isisimaginings

After my last post on Sunday, my mojo went walkabout! I had no ideas, no inspiration, nothing, even the various blog challenges couldn’t get the creative juices flowing. But I HAD to make a card for a friend who will be 40 next week, so today I forced myself to sit down at my craft table & I didn’t leave it for most of the day. I spent what felt like hours moving pieces of paper & flowers & bits of ribbon around, until finally I came up with this card. It’s very simple, but at least it got me started & in future, I am going to try very hard to make a card at least every other day.

Materials used:

  • White C5 card
  • Image – Madison Goes To The Ball download from Charmed Cards & Crafts
  • Papers – Imaginisce & Tesco
  • Flowers – Prima & Papermania
  • Adhesive gems & spotted brad – Papermania
  • Adhesive pearls – Papermania Gun Metal
  • Ribbon – Crafty Ribbon
  • Silver peel-offs

When you buy the Holly & Madison images from CCC you get the B&W AND the coloured images. I chose to use the coloured image because not only do I think it looks like Emma, but it was so much easier for me, especially today! There is a terrific selection of images in this download, so if you like this one check out the CCC website.

I watched Craft Day on QVC while making the card; disappointingly, there was nothing that I just had to have – not even ribbon! Well, disappointing for me, relief for my credit card. πŸ™‚ The TSV in particular, was disappointing. It was yet another Kanban kit & they have so many of those. I think it shows how far I’ve come in my card making, that they don’t interest me anymore. I still have some that I bought way back when & I will use them, but in a different way.

Before I go, I have to thank Lisa L for this lovely award. She gave it to me last week & I kept forgetting to put it on my blog. Lisa’s blog is one of the first I started watching – my friend Sarita told me about her – and I love her work. So, thank you again Lisa, I really appreciate it & I would like to pass this award on to everyone who visits my blog this week! I love looking at the counter on my blog, I find it fascinating that there are people in so many different countries who have visited me. I want you all to know that I am very grateful to you all & I hope you like what you see here.

That’s it from me for today. I have challenged myself to make a card for the current Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge tomorrow, so hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow night.

Take care, love & light.

‘And The Oscar Goes To…..’

Published February 22, 2009 by isisimaginings

Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. I’ve spent most of the day searching for a piece of paper. Not a nice piece of patterned paper, but an important, legal piece of paper. I’ve decided to stop looking for it, in the hope that I’ll remember what I did with it in the first place. I have no idea why it isn’t with the other papers. Grrrrrr.

On Friday I was asked to host the new Tilda challenge at DC. After panicking for a few minutes I was ready to say no when I remembered that tonight the Academy Awards are happening in Hollywood, so I decided the challenge would be to use Tilda to illustrate a film & you could be as obvious or as obscure as you wanted. My attempt ended up a little more obscure than I originally intended, but I’m happy to say, quite a few people guessed the film correctly.

Materials used:

  • C5 white card
  • Backing paper – Imaginisce Swweeet Spots
  • Patterned paper – Seven Gypsies St Martin
  • Navy cardstock & white tissue paper – from my stash
  • Ribbons – Crafty Ribbons
  • Whispers pens
  • WH Smith watercolour pencils
  • White gel pen
  • Anita’s 3D Gloss
  • Papermania flowers, star brad, adhesive gems
  • Rose – from my stash
  • Brilliance ink – Starlite Silver
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Sentiment – Studio g clear stamps

So, have you guessed the film?! πŸ˜‰ Here are the clues…………..

  1. American film
  2. Won Best Picture Oscar in the ’90’s
  3. Stars my favourite actor – he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in this film
  4. Name of the rose is also the name of the film
  5. Torn tissue paper symbolises a plastic bag
  6. Sentiment – what the main character did

Got it? It’s ‘American Beauty’. I have seen it countless times & I still love it, although I wish the ending was different πŸ˜‰ (no spoilers in case someone who reads this hasn’t seen the film!) . Kevin Spacey was perfect as Lester Burnham, IMO & Alan Ball wrote a great screenplay. She doesn’t know it yet – well, she will when she reads this! – but I’m sending this card to Jen. She’s a Spacey fan too, so I think she’ll like it.

Right, I’m off to visit the blogs on my list & also to think about the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. It’s a sketch this week – thank goodness! No ‘difficult’ colours to worry about. πŸ™‚ A big thank you to everyone who left comments on my card yesterday.

See you all tomorrow hopefully. Love & light.

Magnolia v Stampavie 14

Published February 21, 2009 by isisimaginings

Greetings to everyone who reads this. Apologies for not posting a card & for not visiting the blogs I follow in the last few days. I’ve been having a pretty stressful time & I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Anyway, on to today’s card. I made it earlier in the week for the Magnolia v Stampavie challenge. You had to use the colours below, or as close as possible & I was definitely out of my comfort zone with them!

I wish the image was clearer, but after photographing it dozens of times I ended up scanning it. I am definitely going to do some research & buy a new camera. As usual, I spent ages playing around with papers & layouts before settling on this. I decided on this Tilda because the card is going to my mum, who is itching to start work on her garden after the winter. Tilda’s gardening clothes ended up a little scruffier than I intended, but they will make my mum laugh – both of us get VERY scruffy when we garden!! πŸ™‚ I hope you can see that the edges of the paper are torn & edged with pigment inks. Unfortunately, the green circular Nestie shape is a little too green, but I didn’t have anything else suitable. I dusted the white embossed circle with chalk.

Materials used:

  • C5 White card
  • Navy backing paper
  • Patterned papers – Seven Gypsies Boulogne & St Martin
  • Whispers pens
  • Pale blue chalk
  • Ink – Brilliance Mediterranean Blue & Coffee Bean
  • Flowers – Prima & Papermania
  • Heart charm – Mad About Cards
  • Sparkling & pearl brads, ribbons – from my stash
  • Sentiment – Inkadinkadoo – I *think*.

There you go, hope you like it. I’m off to have a wander around your blogs to see what you’ve created in the last few days. Thanks to everyone for their comments on my Colour Create 3 card, it’s going to a new home in the USA soon. Hopefully, I’ll be be back tomorrow. Have a great Saturday.

Love & light.

Colour Create 3

Published February 17, 2009 by isisimaginings

So it’s week three at Colour Create & I’ve actually managed to complete the challenge before the end of the week. The challenge is red, white & blue, with the optional extra of travel/holidays.

Until yesterday I couldn’t find anything in my stash that would fulfil this challenge, but then a very nice DC’er sent me this piece of paper & searching through my stamped images I found this Edwin. I coloured him with Whispers pens – the centre of his sweatshirt looks pink in this pic, but it’s definitely red. I stuck the image onto the paper with 3mm foam pads, but left the balloon free-standing. The flower is probably out of place on a male card, but it’s so dark I think I can get away with it. πŸ™‚

A very brief post tonight, I was too tired last night to visit my favourite blogs, so I’m off to do that now. Hope you’ve had a good day.

Love & light.

Tilda on Safari

Published February 16, 2009 by isisimaginings

Hope everyone is having a nice Monday. Just a quick post tonight; I was at the hospital again today & I always come home tired & with a headache. So without further ado, here is today’s card. Over at DC, the Tilda challenge this week is ‘safari’.

At first, I had no ideas AT ALL! I had a look at Google images & found the pic of the baby elephant at , then I did a search for African trees & up came images of acacia trees & an idea began to form. The idea is that Tilda hasn’t seen the baby elephant sheltering from the hot sun under the acacia tree.
I chose this Tilda because her clothes are similar to a safari suit & I gave her a girly sunhat, because I’ve decided Tilda is a girly girl! πŸ™‚ (Don’t look too closely at her ‘camera’ – it’s a perfect example of my atrocious drawing skills!) The flowers are meant to represent the African sky & sun & because there is no bling on this card, there just had to be a ribbon, so I chose a brown one to represent the dry African soil. I haven’t chosen a sentiment yet, but when I do, I will put it opposite the little bow.

Materials used:

  • Backing paper – BG Sugared collection
  • Flowers – Prima & Papermania
  • Whispers pens
  • QVC ribbon
  • Papermania brads

So, a very simple card, but I think it’s cute.

That’s it for tonight, take care.

PS I’ve just a thought – I hope this elephant is an African elephant, not an Asian one!!

Charisma Muse!

Published February 15, 2009 by isisimaginings
Evening all, hope every one’s having a lovely Sunday. Before I continue I want to thank everyone who left comments on yesterday’s card. We all know that leaving comments can take quite a while, so I really appreciate those who take the time to do so. And of course, it gives me encouragement to continue. THANK YOU to everyone.

Today’s card covers two challenges & after the subtlety of yesterday, it is completely OTT! The first challenge I made this for is ‘Cupcakes’ at Charisma Cardz & secondly, at Crafty Muse, choose your favourite colour. My favourite colours are all shades of purple & pink, so initially I was going to choose purple. Then I decided that combining the challenges & using pink would make a perfect birthday card for Goddaughter No. 2, Lily, who will be five in March & she LOVES anything pink & blingy.

The image is a download from Sammi at Crafty Muse, as a thank you for taking part in her last challenge. I printed it onto watercolour paper & sprayed it with hairspray to seal the ink, (thanks to Tara for that handy hint), it worked very well & I noticed it gave the paper a very nice texture, that was great to colour.

Materials used:

  • C5 White card
  • Image – Angelique Sitting Sweet
  • Papers – Papermania sweet Nothings & Papermill
  • Ribbons – Crafty Ribbons
  • Whispers Pens
  • Flowers – Papermania & Prima
  • Cuddly Buddly Circular Sentiment stamp
  • Brilliance ink – Pearlescent Orchid
  • Crystal Lacquer pens
  • Jewelled brad, adhesive pearls, adhesive floral gems & gold peel-off – from my stash

I’ve tried to be a little more organised this week & I’ve made a list of the challenges I want to attempt. I made a card today for the Tilda challenge at DC – I’ll post it tomorrow – so I’m quite chuffed that I’ve managed to complete three challenges already. The new Magnolia v Stampavie challenge was posted earlier today & this is it……

They have chosen specific colours, but they say you can use others, as long as they come close to matching these. Full details are available on the blog. By the way, my fellow DC’er, Mina, won their challenge 12 with a stunning card. If you haven’t seen her blog before, pay it a visit, she is so talented.

That’s it from me for today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, thanks for visiting.

Love & light.

Magnolia v Stampavie 13

Published February 14, 2009 by isisimaginings

Evening all, happy Saturday to you & to those of you who are loved up, Happy Valentine’s Day. That will be my final mention of this Hallmark-created excuse for massively inflating the price of roses!! Cynic, moi??!! πŸ™‚

Today I have been mostly talking on the ‘phone, (big shout out to Kelly & Jen), watching tv, (has anyone seen ‘Miami Ink’ on DMAX? It’s about a tattoo shop in Miami. The guy who owns the shop is called Ami James – VERY sexy is all I will say! Apart from the hot guys & the beautiful women the tattoos are incredible. They really are works of art.), & I made one card. I’ll show it to you tomorrow.

For today’s card I used this sketch from the current Magnolia v Stampavie challenge.

I decided to keep it very simple & stick firmly to the sketch, this is what I came up with. I haven’t made up my mind about a sentiment yet, but I think it will be an Easter card. I’m enjoying using pastel colours at the moment, I think it’s a reaction to the horrible winter weather! I coloured Tilda with Whispers pens first, then chose the other elements to suit the image – which I think they do. The flowers Tilda is holding remind me of daffodils, so I used layers of yellow to try to make them as bright as possible. I doodled the little swirls around the edge of the image with a gold pen.

  • Papers – Papermania Sweet Nothings, DCWV, Basic Grey Sugared collection, gold paper from my stash.
  • Ribbon – Crafty Ribbons
  • Yellow paper lace – from my stash
  • Whispers pens
  • Pink butterfly gem – from my stash

So, what do you think? Was I right to keep it simple or should I add something? I’m thinking of placing the sentiment on the left side of the spotted paper & perhaps that’s enough.

That’s all from me for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend & thank you to everyone who has visited my blog & left comments in the last twenty-four hours.

Love & light.