All posts for the month March, 2010

New Adventures

Published March 5, 2010 by isisimaginings

Greetings & happy Friday to one & all. I hope everyone has had a wonderfully creative week. I have a piece of news that is both exciting & terrifying me at the same time. On Sunday, March 28, I am going to taking part in my very first market & hoping to sell some of my cards!! It’s taking place in London, it’s called the Underground Market & you can read all about it here .
So, between now & then, it will be all systems go; I’m going to make as many cards as I can. Easter is the following weekend, so I’ll make Easter cards too. It would be lovely if some of my cards sold, but I think the event itself will be great fun & it’s a terrific way of meeting people.
I was asked to make a card for a girl, who was going to be ten, is ‘a bit of a tomboy’ & likes blue & red. I immediately thought of this Manga Girl image; I stamped it onto heavy watercolour paper & coloured it with my Whispers pens, then cut it out. All that was easy, the layout took quite a while longer. Sometimes I get a LO straightaway, other times I’m moving pieces of paper around for hours. 🙂 I had a good rummage through my papers & came up these. I love the red, it’s from the DCVW Taj Mahal paper stack & I like the sharp contrast it makes against the blues, which are HOTP. I used Nesties Labels Two in my CB to make the diecut shapes. I stamped the ’10’ with silver ink & then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I think it’s a little small, but I didn’t want to use peel-off numbers. (Note to self, add larger number & letter stamps to wishlist). I didn’t want to make a girly card, so I knew I wouldn’t be adding ribbon or flowers & I didn’t want to add any bling either, but when I had put all the elements together, I decided something was missing. After much staring & pondering I thought a tiny bit of bling would probably be okay & added the adhesive gems. Much to my relief, the card was a success.

I find it very difficult making cards for men. Sounds familiar, right?! Anyway, sometime last year, there was a card in the Craft Stamper magazine using a winged chair – I think, memory is a little hazy now. The idea stayed in my head until this week & this is my take on it. The chair is Whiff of Joy. I stamped it onto heavy pa
per & coloured with TH distress inks. I stuck a piece of gold paper onto heavy paper, then cut out the crown shape. I use the word ‘crown’ loosely of course, if I didn’t tell you what it was you’d never have guessed! When I put the card together I put Ranger Crackle Accents onto the chair, to try to get the aged, worn leather appearance. I left it overnight to dry & was quite pleased when I saw it the next morning. The Crackle Accents had ‘diluted’ the distress ink a little & the chair does look worn. Overall, I’m pleased with this experiment, I will definitely make more cards with this theme, but I think I will use a bigger card, ie, a 6×6; I think a little more space would be better.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the Craft Barn in Surrey. They are having a Spring ‘MiniFest’, with lots of demonstrations & it’s FREE! Always a good thing these days. I’m going with a new crafty friend, Marjorie, who I met at the BladeRubber shop in London recently. We got into conversation over the TH distress inks & we’ve kept in touch. Marjorie started her crafting journey by making dolls houses & now she does scrapbooking & decoupage. Like me, she loves the distressed/grungy look, so we have lots to talk about.

My inspirational artist today is Shayla Maddox. Shayla lives in Orange County, California & her light reactive paintings are AMAZING. I regularly visit her Etsy shop to stare longingly at ‘Stillness’, which is my absolute favourite & I dream of one day having it on my wall.

I’ll be back on Sunday with more cards & I’ll tell you about my day at the Craft Barn. Have a great weekend & thank you for visiting. Until next time,

Love & light.

Cold Sunshine

Published March 3, 2010 by isisimaginings

Yes, the sun continues to shine on my corner of Kent, but my goodness, it is COLD!! I think even the birds are feeling the strain. They are flocking to the feeders in my garden & despite the efforts of a large blackbird, who seems to have decided that all the food is for his personal use, they are eating fat balls, sunflower hearts & robin food as fast as I can fill the containers. It’s a very nice ritual for me now, to have my breakfast standing at the kitchen window, while watching the birds.

Today is my friend, Jen’s, birthday. She is celebrating it with friends in Los Angeles. She’s been to DisneyLand, but even better than that, in my opinion anyway, she met the gorgeous Mark Harmon, of NCIS fame, amongst many other tv shows. As someone who watches repeats of NCIS over & over, I’m quite jealous of Jen, but she has promised to show me the autograph he gave her. 🙂 🙂

So, in honour of her birthday, this is the card I made for Jen. Or rather, this is the card that became a plaque. 🙂 I had originally planned this layout on a small card, but while trying to sleep one night, I suddenly thought; why not go bigger? The next morning, with perfect synchronicity, Jen sent me the verse in an email. Someone had sent it to her & she loved it. We don’t know the origin of it, so if anyone recognises it, please let me know, so I can acknowledge the writer.

The base card is a piece of a cereal box, with a piece of distressed style DCWV paper on top. On top of that is a piece of blue HOTP paper & the verse is printed onto plain printing paper, which I coloured with distress inks, stamped with flourish stamps, which were then heat embossed with TH embossing powder in Tea Dye.

The bird is a self adhesive sticker by Christine Adolph for Creative Imaginations. I stuck onto heavy cardstock & mounted it on the card with 3D foam squares. The flowers, copper brads & the gold leaf are from my stash. I put another piece of heavy DCWV paper on the back to create a frame.

I cut the label out of heavy watercolour paper & coloured it with the same TH distress inks. The Letters are from HOTP, I inked them with Brilliance ink in Sky Blue & when the ink was dry, I covered that with Glossy Accents. The flourishes are Anna Griffin – the same set was on QVC’s Craft Day last week. The back of the label is also decorated & that’s where I wrote my birthday wishes to Jen.

The TH inks I used are:

Tattered Rose
Tea Dye
Antique Linen
Frayed Burlap
vintage Photo

As I finished, I wondered what on earth Jen was going to do with this thing, so, two tiny blue brads & a piece of blue ribbon later, voila! She can hang it up. Alternatively, of course, she can throw it in the trash. 🙂

Today’s inspirational artist & blogger is Melissa at Yummy Goods . At the moment, Melissa has a huge crush on the story of ‘Jane Eyre’ & her art is reflecting that. Take a little time to visit her site & make sure you read her older blog posts, she has quite a story.

Thank you to all my blog visitors & to those who take the time to leave a comment. You have no idea how much your encouragement & kindness means to me. Until next time,

Love & light.

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Published March 1, 2010 by isisimaginings

When I woke this morning, it most certainly was. After yesterday’s continuous rain & gales, the sky was blue, the sun was shining & everything looked sparkly & new. 🙂 I threw open all the windows in the house & for the first time in months I didn’t feel the need to put on every sweater I possess. 🙂 The wind had blown down one of the bird feeders in the garden & there were lots of fallen branches everywhere, so I spent a few hours tidying up – and when I first went out I saw the first flowers of Spring; crocuses. Their bright orange petals are such a welcome sign after the gloom of the winter. As well as the crocuses, there are the green shoots of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths & more appearing. There are tiny buds on the roses & the acers & the buddleia are sprouting new leaves everywhere. And there’s a huge amount of work to do, but it felt so good to be out there & to feel the skin on my skin; I think a few hours a day – weather permitting! – will see me achieve quite a lot.

Today’s cards are the first of my Easter cards. I decided I wanted them all to be quite simple; I didn’t want masses of flowers, or ribbons, or glitter, but I did want to invoke the appearance of Spring, of life returning to the world.

For the card above, I used the large stamp from last year’s Papermania ‘Poppy’ collection. I used different shades of blue, (Whispers Pens), to give the impression of a field of bluebells. The greeting is on the inside, because the only Easter greeting stamp I have is too big, as you can see, for this card.

This next card is even simpler. The greeting is stamped in gold & heat embossed. I put a little TH Spiced Marmalade distress ink on the orange flower & distressed the metal brad slightly.

The third card I like, but I think it’s a little too dark. I blended TH Broken China & Peeled Paint onto white cardstock for the sky & the grass. I stamped the cherry blossom stamp with Versafine Sepia & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The tree is a Dawn Bibby stamp, which I stamped onto heavy watercolour paper, which I’d already covered with the same TH distress inks as the card. I cut it out & used 3D foam squares to attach it to the card. I used TH Spiced Marmalade for the greeting & then decided the tree was a little bare, so I stamped two little birds on to it with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue.

That’s all for today, thank you to everyone for visiting. I hope to be back tomorrow. Until then,

Love & light.