All posts for the month October, 2009

I Finally Did It!

Published October 12, 2009 by isisimaginings
Bought a Cuttlebug that is, what did you think I meant?! Yep, I went to the Stamping & Scrapbooking Exhibition at Ally Pally a few weeks ago. It was the first time I’d been to a craft exhibition & I was like a child in a sweet shop; so much to see & so little time, so much to buy & so little money, lol! I had a wonderful time wandering around all the exhibits, watching the demos, (excellent demos at PaperArtsy), chatting with other crafters & creating a wish-list in my head. I could have spent an absolute fortune, but I managed to restrain myself & bought a few clear stamps, the Cuttlebug & some Nestabilities. I’ve been having a look at prices on various sites since & I feel I got a bargain.

A friend who’s getting married in January asked me to make the invitations & I got them finished on Saturday, so Ive had time since to upload the pcs of the cards I’ve made in the last few weeks. They’re mostly birthday & Halloween cards & they’ve all – except one – gone to the USA. I’ll save the Halloween cards until nearer the big day, but here’s two of the birthday cards.
I think this is my first proper attempt at distressing. And it’s definitely the first time I’ve used Tim Holtz products – inks & the stamped images.

This card is for a cat-lover & unfortunately, I can’t remember which online craft store I got the little cat stamp from. This is also the first time I used my Cuttlebug & everything else is from my stash.Thank you for looking & I hope you like them. I won’t be around now until next week, so have a great week & thanks for stopping by.

Love & light.

Please sir, I want some more.

Published October 6, 2009 by isisimaginings

I don’t have a card to show you – I haven’t uploaded the pics yet – but I want to thank Rica, Joy, Ruth & Gina G for welcoming me back to the blogging fold, I really appreciate it.

Jen’s comments made me laugh, so I thought I’d show you a pic related to them. BTW, it is true that she had to drag me out of Jo-ann’s & Michaels; never before has one woman been faced with so much temptation!! 🙂 Here’s the pic……………..

Jen mentioned the coconut shrimp & this is it. It is found at a fab fish restaurant called ‘Steamers’, on Titlow Beach. But oh, the coconut shrimp! Jen had been telling me for ages how delicious it was, but I couldn’t get my head around the combination of shrimp & coconut. Until I tasted it. It is utterly DELICIOUS!! The sauce is sweet chili & the flavours work so well together. We went to Steamers twice more before I left. 🙂 It’s a terrific place, the staff are wonderful & on a summer’s day you can sit outside & enjoy the sea breeze & the beautiful view of the Puget Sound & the Narrows Bridge. And they have very nice ice cream too. 🙂

I won’t be here for the next few days, got things to do, so I’ll be back over the weekend. Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

Love & light.

Own up, whodunnit??!!

Published October 4, 2009 by isisimaginings

Who stole the last six months??!! Honestly, I have never known time to go by so fast. I won’t bore you with all the gory details; it’s suffice to say I’m back, I’m feeling LOADS better & I hope to be here for a LONG time to come.

What I will tell you is that, thanks to a very kind invitation from Jen, I have been to the USA!!! It was BRILLIANT & I loved every second of it. The weather was perfect from start to finish; I actually got a TAN!! Yes, I wore a hat, as my hair is still in its horrible, post-chemo state, & used factor 15 sunscreen, but because we spent so much time outdoors my usual snowwhite skin turned a gorgeous golden brown colour & it’s true, a tan makes you feel so much better. Jen lives in Washington State & it is beautiful. We went to so many places, including Mount Rainier & Seattle, and it was just fantastic. I met lots of Jen’s friends & her colleagues at The Grand Cinema, Tacoma & her gorgeous daughter, Jessica; they’re all wonderful & made me feel very welcome. I visited museums & art galleries – I was particularly impressed by the art of Preston Singletary & Nancy Wolden’s jewelry. I saw a stunning exhibiton of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings at the Seattle Art Museum, which is a museum I definitely recommend if you’re ever in Seattle.
If I were to tell you everything I did, this post would go on for days & you’d be bored rigid, so I’ll move to the two most important places I visited: ‘Jo-ann’s‘ & ‘Michael’s’ – the craft stores! I won’t tell you all I bought, (stamps, papers, ribbons, TH distress inks, etc.), but you’ll get the picture if I say that I spent $50 in my first 10 mins in Jo-ann’s & I had to pay excess baggage at the airport when I was leaving!! Enough said, right??!! 🙂
I took lots of photos while I was there & I might post one or two here from time to time.
I really had the best time & while I have thanked Jen privately for her generosity I’m thanking her again now publicly, so she knows how much her invitation meant to me. (I hope I get invited back again!)
On to the purpose of this blog: I am proud to say that I have made cards this week! Astonishingly, I got requests for cards from Jen’s colleagues, so I’ve been working on them. I’ve also been asked to make the invitations for a friend who’s getting married in January. And of course, people are beginning to ask about Christmas cards, so I will have to start them soon…..I seem to remember making a new year’s resolution that I would make one or two Christmas cards a week, starting in January. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.
This card was for someone who’s become an Eagle Scout in America. I printed off the motto & the eagle from Google, mounted them onto stiff card & covered them with Anita’s 3D Glaze to give them a metallic appearance.

The next two cards are self-explanatory, but can you name the two Beatles referred to on the first card??!! Yes, it’s not difficult is it?! 🙂 My initial idea was to make a B&W card for the second card, but when I saw the Andy Warhol image, I knew what I wanted to do & Jen had given me the strawberry paper, so it was easy to come up with the rest.

When I post my newer cards you’ll see they’re completely different from these. I’m doing a lot more stamping, embossing & distressing & I’m loving it. But that’s for another day.

I hope everyone who visits my blog has had a good summer. Apologies again for not being here & for not visiting your blogs. I am no going to promise that I will blog every day, or visit your blogs every day, because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. But I will do my best to blog a few times a week & I would love it if you popped in from time to time. Thank you.

Love & light