All posts for the month November, 2011

Star Light, Star Bright

Published November 30, 2011 by isisimaginings

Evening peeps, happy Wednesday to you. I hope your week is excellent so far. I think I have recovered from the art workshop at the weekend. It was very intensive, very enjoyable & I was so exhausted when I got home on Sunday night that I slept for about thirteen hours. Not much was accomplished on Monday, that’s for sure. Yesterday & today I managed to make two tags & start another project.

I’m taking a break from Christmas tags & cards today to show you a tag I made for Hels Sheridan’s Sunday Stamper weekly challenge. The theme this week is ‘Lucky Star’. Strangely for me, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

The first thing I did was prepare the background:

  • Blend Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks
  • Spritz with water, leave for a few minutes, dry with heat tool
  • Randomly stamp star trails, from Inkadinkado’s Beautiful Fairies set, with black Archival ink
  • Swipe entire tag with Picket Fence distress stain, to tone down the black & complete the blended effect
  • Randomly stamp large star stamp, freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, with Versamark
  • Brush entire surface with Perfect Pearl’s perfect pearl powder. Spritz with water to set, leave for a few moments, dry with heat tool

I must say here, I have joined the Picket Fence fanclub. Distress Stains are at the top of my crafting wishlist, (closely followed by PaperArtsy’s Fresco Finish paints), but because I’m trying to save the pennies, I decided to start with Picket Fence & I love it. I forgot to take a photo of the tag before I added the stain so you could see the difference, but so many of us are using it it should be very easy to find examples. Try Hels’ blog, she uses it a LOT.

My next step was to use my Dymo label maker to print out the quotation. I played around with the pieces & the silver stars from my stash until I was happy with the placement. I stuck the stars down with matte medium & edged them with a Signo white pen.

The large stars were stamped on to the reverse of blue mirri card & cut out. I used some Broken China stickles for a little bit of bling & attached them with foam pads. The final additions were the TH ‘wish’ ticket, which I inked with Stormy Sky DI & added to the tag with a TH memo pin, some blue ribbon & the star brad. And that, as they say, was that.

I am ending this post with a Very Important Announcement. Tomorrow is December 1 & that means it is time once again for the Duke of Distress, Lord Tim of Holtz, to commence his 12 TAGS OF CHRISTMAS. This is the time of year those of us who admire, nay, ADORE Sir Tim & all his creative genius wait for. We never know what he is going to spring on us & we are always delighted, excited & in awe. This year I am determined to take part & I have a large bundle of tags waiting to be inked, torn, stamped, embossed & embellished. If you would like to join in the fun, go here, to Tim’s blog, for all the info – you MUST watch the video he & Mario made, (Mario is Tim’s righthand man & responsible for all the behind-the-scenes pics & info), it’s BRILLIANT!! I know some of us are planning on staying up all night tonight, so they can see the first tag as soon as Tim posts it. I haven’t quite decided if I shall do the same thing…….. 🙂

So, until next time – tomorrow that is – stay safe & warm & keep crafting.

Love & light.Link

Let’s Make This Brief

Published November 25, 2011 by isisimaginings

Right, let’s see if I can actually finish this post tonight. I’ve tried every night this week & gave up because I was so tired, I kept making mistakes. I’m still making Christmas cards – it’s neverending! Today, I managed to finish one. One!!! I may end up giving people a Post-It with “IOU 1 Christmas Card” written on it. 🙂

Here are two of the cards that I was asked to make by a friend in the US. The reindeer in the centre of the circle was the freebie stamp in the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine. Or was it the November issue? One of them. I think it goes well with the My Mind’s Eye patterned paper that I used on this first card. I made a tag from another piece of MME paper that has a Christmas carol on it & wrapped a piece of torn vellum around the tag.

Searching through my stash for an embellishment & found a pack of Dovecraft brads, one of which had a reindeer on it – perfect. I blended Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of a white card, layered everything & that was it.

For the second card I used the MME reindeer paper again, on a white 6×6, scalloped-edge card that I’d blended Vintage Photo DI on to. I think I also blended Stormy Sky or Chipped Sapphire distress inks onto the patterned paper, but can’t remember. I used Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities to cut a patterned length of dark blue cardstock for the centre of the card. When it was in place, I used a silver Krylon pen to colour the paper showing through the holes. I die cut a shape from a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash with a Nestie & embossed it with a swirly embossing folder. Another few Nestie shapes on the centre & the CS reindeer stamp again.

I couldn’t figure out where a sentiment would go, until another search of my Christmas stash uncovered another pack of brads & this square one seemed ideal.

And that’s enough from me. I shall be spending the weekend at an art workshop in London & I am very excited. I’ll tell you about it probably on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend & keep crafting.

Love & light.

All That Is Gilded……

Published November 19, 2011 by isisimaginings

Is not necessarily successful. I’ve had some gilding flakes – from Crafty Notions – for ages, but hadn’t used them in a while & I wondered if I could make a striped background with them. There was nothing for it but to grab a tag, some narrow double-sided tag & have a go.

My first step was to blend the distress inks from the winter collection on to the tag. I then used a piece of Cut & Dry foam to wipe some white acrylic paint on top of the inks, reducing the brightness of them a little. I did that a few times then dried the tag with a heat tool. My next step was to sponge some Gathered Twigs DI through some sequin waste on to the tag & stamp some snowflakes onto the tag using Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink. As the ink dried on the paint, it faded, leaving a very pale image. Which looks better in RL than it does in the photo.

My next idea was to stamp the baubles onto the tag in black Archival ink, then removing the paper over the tape & adding the Copper Thunder gilding flakes. Like the Brilliance ink, the black Archival faded, leaving just a shadow. So I stamped the baubles, ( I think they’re PaperMania), onto white cardstock, using Festive Berries distress ink, cut them out & put them onto the tag, over the original baubles.

I added a flower, a leaf & some embellishments from my stash & that was it. I’m glad I attempted my idea, but I’m not entirely sure I like the end result. Maybe I should have used different flakes, or maybe the distress inks should have been brighter. I will just have to try again & see what I end up with.

Hope you are having an enjoyable Saturday, until next time,

Love & light.

On The Trail of the Evergreen Bough

Published November 18, 2011 by isisimaginings

A happy Friday to one & all, I hope your week has been excellent so far. Now that there is no avoiding it, I am going to be showing you assorted Christmas projects for the next few weeks. Link
Over on her blog, Ink on my Fingers , the crafting genius that is Hels Sheridan, posts the weekly Sunday Stampers challenge. She chooses a song title as the theme & the only other ‘rule’ is that you must include some stamping – naturellement. Every week, I tell myself I’m going to take part & every week I either forget or I’m too late. Until now. This week’s theme song is “On The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”, in other words, Pine Colours &/Or Pine Trees/Branches. Now, green is not a favourite colour of mine. I’m quite happy to use it for leaves & trees, but to use just green, on the entire project?? I was well out of my comfort zone, but I was determined to make something. I chose a tag, on the basis that it was a fairly small area to work on.

I created the background by first using Evergreen Bough distress ink, from the new Winter collection on a leaves stencil from Creative Expressions, then overstamping a crackle pattern, using a stamp from U Mount, using Iced Spruce distress ink, also from the new Winter collection. The tree is a stamp from Crafty Individuals, I covered it in Versamark & then used a white embossing powder to cover the image & heat embossing. Once the image had cooled, I covered the tag with more of the Evergreen Bough DI, trying to blend it with the background & buffing the tree with paper towel to remove any ink from its surface.

I considered using nothing but various shades of green, but it was a stretch too far, so I compromised by using silver. The silver leaves are from the large on a branch die from Marianne Design Createables, I cut the birds off & used one of them as an accent on the sentiment. I used PaperArtsy flower dies on green Mirri card to make the flower, with leaves cut from Kraft Glassine paper – they are coloured with Evergreen Bough & Iced Spruce. Everything else, the bow, the wreath, the silver ricrac ribbon, adhesive gems, is from my Christmas stash.

So what do you think? I made this tag on Monday, (and it took me hours; despite its small size way too much faffing went on), so I’ve had plenty of time to study it & I’ve decided that on the whole, I’m happy with it.

That’s it from me for now. Blogger has been acting up this evening, it’s taken me almost three hours to complete this short post.

Thank you for visiting & until next time,

Love & light.

Tempus Fugit

Published November 10, 2011 by isisimaginings

Time does indeed appear to be flying past at the moment. I didn’t realise it was already a week since my last post. I have been busy making assorted cards & several other items, none of which I want to reveal just yet. Instead I will share a card that I made for a friend of a friend in the USA. The friend is a fan of The Beatles, so the card refers to songs they performed.

I printed the image on ordinary copy paper, covered it with Versamark & heat embossed it, using clear embossing powder. The car – I can’t remember where I got it from – is keeping the card closed. The patterned paper is a mix of sun & moon image
s & is from Hot Off The Press.

This is the inside. I used Scattered Straw & Antique Linen distress in
ks on the honeycomb stencil. The hands & ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign are 7 Gypsies stamps.

On the right side; a piece of cardstock embossed
with TH Texture Fades bark embossing folder, the bird is a Marianne Designs die-cut.

On the left side, a piece of Kanban’s Industriana paper, the 8D
is another 7 Gypsies stamp & the treble clefs were cut from Marianne Designs dies.

Do I need to explain the penny? 🙂 With luck, the recipient will enjoy working out the song titles.

Until next time, love & light.

El Dia de los Muertos

Published November 2, 2011 by isisimaginings

I know I said I wouldn’t be back until Thursday, but I remembered that I could schedule a post in advance & as I have a card to show you that is relevant to today, I’m creating this post on Tuesday night.

When I was asked to make a Day of the Dead card my first thought was “OMG!” I had no clue what to do, or whether or not I had anything that was relevant in my crafting stash. I had a vague idea what the day is about, so I did some research on the Internet & some serious searching through the small mountain that is my stash. I quickly decided that skulls & skeletons were required & apart from a piece of paper I had nothing suitable. Until a quick trip into town & a visit to Claire’s Accessories, where I found a pair of skeleton earrings – result!

After that, the card came together fairly quickly. The white shaped card is from Craftwork Cards, with black card & pink/purple mirri card matted & layered on top. I attached the skeleton onto the flowers with a card, added the ribbons & attached the ‘L’ – cut from the Sizzix Broadway alphabet set – with an Ideology memory pin.

Keeping it short & sweet today, see you on Thursday.

Love & light.

Happy November 1st

Published November 1, 2011 by isisimaginings

To one & all. I can’t quite come to terms with the fact that 2011 is almost over, especially when the weather is as good as it is at the moment. I still have lots of colour in the garden & my roses are blooming for the third time since July.

Today, I’d like to show you a project I made as a Halloween gift. Of course, it wasn’t received until today – great job Royal Mail! Not.Anyway, as is usually the case with my projects, the end result is completely different to what I had initially visualised. I started with quite a solid piece of cardboard, onto which I stamped the spider border, (Hero Arts, I think), with black Archival ink, then blended TH Autumn distress inks in Seedless Preserves & Ripe Persimmon over the border. Have you seen the Autumn distress inks? The colours are gorgeous. Tim announced the release of the new set, Winter, today, you can see them here. If you want them, you better be quick, they won’t be available for long & there will be NO reinkers for them.
Next, I stamped the web, (Hero Arts again), onto black cardstock with a Versamark ink pad, then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

The image is from Creative Impressions. I bought it at Ally Pally last year, can’t remember from whom, but it was very cheap & I loved it. I stamped it onto a piece of Kraft cardstock & coloured it with various Promarkers & gold & silver pens, blended more distress inks, covered it with Versamark & heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

It was time then to start thinking about embellishments. I gathered together all sorts of things & spent an age moving them around, adding & taking away as I went. The female faces are from La Blanche, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia & embossed. The ‘hats’ are from a 12×12 paper called ‘Uncle Fester’ & the gears are of course, from the TH Ideology range.

The flower is made up of diecuts, cut from PaperArtsy dies. I used silver cardstock, coloured it with Ranger’s alcohol inks, scratched a vague pattern as a border, used an adhesive pearl & some Beadazzles in the centre. The leaves are also from PaperArtsy & the silver leaf flourishes are from Marianne Designs dies. I bought the little brass owl when I was in the US last year, he was perfect for this project.

Finally, I added the sentiment from Kaisercraft; the recipient of this piece is a fluent French speaker, so voila! 🙂 The skeleton is actually an earring, (I used the second one on another project, which I’ll show you on Thursday) & two Ideology tiles attached to jump rings. Two pieces of ribbon & a length of raffia twisted together & attached to the board with a brad & that was it.

I’m happy to say it was received with delight & I feel quite proud of myself. 🙂

Until next time, happy crafting.

Love & light.