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Christmas 2011 – The Final Card

Published December 31, 2011 by isisimaginings

There’s no stopping it now, 2012 is well on the way. In some places – Happy New Year Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc. – it is already here. I’m creeping in under the wire with one last Christmas card. I should have posted it hours ago, but have had major computer problems – cookies, grrrrr.

This card was an experiment in minimalism. I’m not sure anything should be minimalistic at Christmastime, but I thought I would give it a go. The inspiration was this video tutorial by Linda Duke on the Spellbinders blog. I loved the rosette & as the only set of Edgeabilities I have is the Classic Ric Rac I had to have a go.


Ingredients:

  • Scalloped edge white cardstock, folded into an easel
  • White, hammered cardstock
  • Red Mirri card
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Large brad, from Dovecraft I think
  • Hat pins, from an eBay seller. Apologies for not remembering the name.
  • Quickie glue pen & glitter.

Don’t examine my rosette too closely. It was the fourth one I made & the only one to look even halfway like it should. Still, practice makes perfect & I shall make many more.

I’ve used lots of Baker’s Twine on my Christmas cards this year & each time I’ve posted pics on my blog I’ve forgotten to say where I got it from. It comes from the wonderful Louise at www.pur-ple.co.uk. I got a metre of each colour she has available, which for me, is a perfect amount. And yes, you will be seeing lots more of it in 2012. 🙂

I used my scoring board to score two lines on the hammered cardstock, you can just see them in the above pic.

And here’s the finished card, hope you like it.

To everyone who visited my blog in 2011, thank you & I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Love & light.

Steampunk Angel

Published December 30, 2011 by isisimaginings

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! I wonder how many millions of resolutions are being thought about right now? 🙂 I’m mulling over a few…….

Today’s card is another Christmas one. I made this for my niece.

Ingredients:

  • Easel card folded from 6×6 white, scalloped edge cardstock
  • Blue & silver mirri card
  • Dress & crown – Kanban ‘Vivienne’ stamp set
  • Wings – Tim Holtz
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities label & scalloped circle dies
  • Ranger embossing tinsel
  • Promarkers
  • Versamark & gold embossing powder

I stamped the dress on to white cardstock with Versamark, before sprinkling gold EP over it & heat setting, then colouring with Promarkers. The wings were gold embossed too & after cutting them out, I scribbled over them with a Versamark pen, sprinkled over the embossing tinsel & heat set.

Adding the blue ruffled ribbon gave a little texture to the front of the card & the sparkling snowflakes & gems from my stash give the card some Christmas bling.

I tweeted a pic of this card to one of my crafting sheroes, Dawn Bibby, earlier today & she gave it her seal of approval. Which meant a lot, as she is responsible for me getting into this cardmaking lark in the first place.

You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar. I signed up today for Effy’s Book of Days on her Wild Precious Life site. I have promised myself that I will start art journalling in 2012 & I think Effy’s project is going to be ideal.

I have one more Christmas card to share with you, so I shall return tomorrow. Until then, thanks for looking & keep crafting.

Love & light.

Vintage Santa Claus

Published December 29, 2011 by isisimaginings

Happy Thursday to one & all. I made today’s card almost four weeks ago & I’m hoping it has reached its destination by now.

Ingredients:

  • Dear Santa photo chip – Darkroom Door
  • Backing paper – My Mind’s Eye
  • Crealies flower die
  • Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Ric Rac
  • ‘Noel’ – Elusive Images Christmas Reflections stamp set
  • Trees – Chocolate Baroque Fat Robin stamp set
  • Core’dinations 12×12 Core Essentials
  • Versamark watermark inkpad, silver & clear EP
  • Quickie glue pen
  • Glenda Waterworth’s Snowflake glitter


I didn’t set out to use as much green in this card as I did. My initial thought was to highlight the blue snowflakes on the MME cardstock, but I like the green. Hope you like it too.

Sorry this is so brief, normal service will resume in January. Thanks for visiting.

Love & light.

Light in the Darkness

Published December 27, 2011 by isisimaginings

It’s almost the midpoint between Christmas & New Year. How is everyone? I hope you had a wonderful time with friends & loved ones.

I still have quite a few Christmas projects to show you, but I’m taking a few minutes today to show you photographs that I took of some of the lights at a local shopping mall. The trees in particular looked beautiful.


Until next time, love & light.

Tag #6 – A Holly Wreath

Published December 21, 2011 by isisimaginings

Happy Wednesday to everyone. Here I am again, this time with my final take on Sir Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas. Although I didn’t manage to complete the challenge during the actual 12 days, I’m still glad that I made 12 tags. Above is Tim’s tag & here is the relevant blog post. You will notice immediately that my tag is nothing like Tim’s, except for the holly wreath. This time I couldn’t even attempt the technique, as I have no paint daubers, or Christmas embossing folders, so I had to come up with something else. So, the ingredients:

  • Ranger alcohol inks – Eggplant & Purple Twilight
  • Ranger Inkssentials foil tape sheets
  • Distress inks – Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs
  • TH Texture Fades embossing folder – Regal Flourish
  • TH Baubles
  • Dawn Bibby Designs Green Glitz shimmer spritz
  • Tattered Angels glimmer chips – Holly wreath
  • White, glossy cardstock
  • Spellbinders Labels nestabilities
I realised I had used the colour purple very little recently & as it’s my favourite colour, there was no time wasted deciding on colour choices. I think the foil looks gorgeous after it’s been embossed & inked. The photos don’t show how it gleams.

I decided I wanted the background to really stand out, so I kept the labels diecuts small & unshowy. I heat embossed the ‘Christmas Wishes’ with silver embossing powder on to white cardstock, before blending Seedless Preserves DI over it.


Having the pack of glimmer chips from Tattered Angels has been really great this year, I never used them as much previous Christmases. They take distress inks so well & shimmer sprays so well. They are light, but not flimsy. I covered this one with Evergreen Bough DI, then spritzed it with DB Green Glitz mist. Again, the photos do not do it justice. I coloured the baubles with Red Pepper alcohol ink & attached them & the wreath to some baker’s twine, & tied that to the ribbon, which was white before I coloured it with Seedless Preserves DI. I found the red glitter glue in my stash – one of the first things I bought when I started cardmaking, way back when. I think it stands out very well against the green.


And that’s it, until after Christmas. I doubt I shall be doing any crafting, but I will have some cards & things to show. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, thanks for visiting & keep crafting.

Love & light.

Tag #5 – A Mistletoe Wreath

Published December 20, 2011 by isisimaginings


Hello crafty peeps, how’s your Tuesday going? I nearly gave myself a heart attack a while ago; I thought my hands were bleeding, but in fact, they’re almost covered in Red Pepper alcohol ink!

Today I completed my final two tags of Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas. You may remember I said I’d had problems coming up with ideas for tags #5 & #6. I finally came up with something today, so here is tag #5 & I’ll show #6 tomorrow. Above is Tim’s tag, he used his fab Reflections stamps – see the step-by-step deets HERE – which I don’t have. The finished tag is my third attempt & I’m not entirely happy with it, but I had to leave it as it is. Maybe, in the year, I will remake it, along with tag #1. Anyway, the ingredients are as follows:

  • Elusive Images (now Chocolate Baroque) Winter Reflections stamps
  • Chocolate Baroque Fat Robin stamps
  • Alcohol inks – Red Pepper & Watermelon
  • TH Alterations die – Regal Crest
  • Everything else – my stash


Tim’s technique on this tag is great, but I definitely need to practice it a lot more. I didn’t get as clear a result on my tag.


I love the wreath that comes with the banner & crest dies & it looks lovely on this tag. Again, I would redo it with paper with a higher GSM, ie Core’dinations, which I seem to be out of, this paper is a little flimsy.

I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention when I attached the wreath & the ribbon – the word JOY is almost completely covered. I shall have to do a little readjustment.

That’s it, I’ll be back tomorrow with tag #6. Until then,

Love & light.

Bits & Baubles

Published December 16, 2011 by isisimaginings
Evening, I hope every one’s week has been good so far & nobody is snowed in. It’s VERY cold here, there was a little snow this morning, mixed in with the rain. According to the weather forecast we should expect more snow tonight.


I haven’t done any crafting since Monday, so I thought I would share a few things from the start of the month. The first two I made at the crafting workshop I attend once a month. The snowflake in the centre of the card was cut from Spellbinders dies & I think Lisa said the cardstock is from Hunkydory.


I love the Christmas tree decoration. The frames around the domed circles were cut from Nesties, they are a very pale lilac colour & have a slight shimmer. I think I will be making a lot of these for next Christmas.

I made this tag when I first received Tim Holtz’s Winter collection Seasonal Distress Inks. It started out as a practice tag, but I like how it turned out. I stamped the tree on to the tag first & heat embossed it with white embossing powder before applying the inks.

The ingredients:

  • TH Winter distress inks
  • TH Kraft Glassine paper
  • Crafty Individuals tree stamp
  • PaperArtsy flower & leaf dies
  • Everything else from my stash

That’s it. Until next time, stay warm & keep crafting.

Love & light.

All is Calm – Tag #12

Published December 12, 2011 by isisimaginings
Here we are at the start of another week, but at the end of 2011’s Twelve Tags. Despite having two tags still to make, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing along each day. There have been creative challenges, moments – many! – when I’ve thought I was making a complete mess of that day’s tag, but I’ve learned a lot. And I’m not just referring to techniques. I have decided to make Tim’s words from the first day my motto – “USE WHAT YOU HAVE”. I’m probably not the only crafter who thinks there’s no point in attempting something because I haven’t got exactly the items required. If nothing else, the last twelve days have taught me that I have PLENTY of things in my stash that make great substitutes. And with that, on to today’s tag.


You might remember I said that tag #8 was probably my favourite? Well, today its place has been well & truly usurped. This is the tag Tim posted at 8.01GMT/12.01PST & I loved it immediately. I love the slight weirdness of these fractured dolls & also that the tag does not have an obviously Christmas theme. Please go to Tim’s blog here, to see how the tag was made. He also posted some great ideas using his new Tissue Wrap.

My first thought on seeing the tag this morning was that it reminded me of a shrine. For quite a while, I’ve been getting ideas for making assorted shrines, so I have decided that this tag will provide the focal point of a bigger shrine. It will have to wait until January to move into its new home.

My ingredients:

  • White tissue paper
  • Black Stazon ink
  • TH Idea-ology fractured doll, wings, crown & baubles
  • TH Tissue Tape
  • TH Memento pin
  • Distress stickles – Rock Candy
  • Distress ink – Walnut Stain
  • Grungepaper
  • Spellbinders “Classic Ric-Rac” Edgeabilities
  • Spellbinders Circles Nestabilities
  • Crafty Individuals sheet music stamp CI -194
  • Hero Arts Old Letter Writing stamp
  • Tattered Angels snowflake Glimmer Chip
  • Hampton Art typewrite font alphabet stamps
  • PaperMania tinsel & ric-rac ribbon
  • Acrylic paints – pale blue, white, silver
  • Sizzix “Broadway Melody” alphabet dies

I know that I saw/read/heard somewhere about stamping on to ordinary tissue paper with Stazon, so that is what I did to make the background. I loved wrinkling it on the tag, but next time I will definitely use less glue. Such a terrific technique though.

I cut the dwelling for the doll from a piece of Grungepaper & then cut a larger piece from cardboard, to mount the grungepaper on. After I had painted the grungepaper dwelling with the acrylic paints, I remembered that the Rock Candy distress stickles reacts against ordinary acrylic paint, turning it yellow, so instead I scribbled over the paint with a Versamark pen, then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder that has a little sparkle to it.


Making the flower was interesting. I found myself trying to make it ‘perfect’ & ripping off the tissue tape time after time – until I gave myself a strict talking to, reminding myself I wanted the flower grungy & IMPERFECT. The flower is three Nestie circles, each with the Tissue Tape on, then stuck together with Glossy Accents. I found the brad in my stash, it could be from Dovecrafts, but the packaging is missing.


The box of Tattered Angels Christmas glimmer chips has been in my Christmas stash for a very long time. I can’t even remember where I got it from. Possibly the snowflake is a little too big, but I can easily change it, if I feel the need to. I rubbed some silver acrylic paint over it & when that had dried, went around the border with a silver glitter pen. The effect is not overly dramatic, which is what I wanted.


So there it is, the final tag. I would like to say a big thank you first of all to Mario Rossi, who is responsible for sharing all the BTS, (Behind The Scenes), fun with us & secondly to the man himself, Tim Holtz, for all his hard work, creativity & inspiration, not just in the last twelve days, but all the year long. CHA 2012 starts in January & I know Tim will have even more amazing techniques & gorgeous items to show us.

Tomorrow I’m going to Bluewater shopping mall, for my annual visit – I loathe shopping & shopping malls, but a friend & I go to Bluewater once at Christmas. Wednesday will be busy, so I shall return on Thursday. Until then, thanks for stopping by &

Love & light

Tag #10 – Believe

Published December 11, 2011 by isisimaginings
Two posts in one day, I don’t think I’ve done that before, but I thought if I get the rest of the twelve tags posted in the next few days, it will leave me time for other things.


So, as per, here is Tim’s tag & the link to his blog post. He is definitely coming up with some great techniques this year. This tag gave me the chance to use his gorgeous facets.

My ingredients:

  • Seasonal distress inks
  • Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo distress inks
  • TH Idea-ology facets
  • Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist
  • Darkrom Door – Santa Claus image
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
  • Krylon gold pen
  • Glossy Accents
  • Baker’s twine
  • Promarker ‘Poppy’

I found a piece of holly patterned paper in my stash & stamped a flourish stamp twice, before embossing the flourishes with clear embossing powder. The paper was very bright, so I blended Seasonal distress inks over, before misting with PP Heirloom Gold mist.

In November, I won a selection of the new ‘Dear Santa’ images from Darkroom Door & this is the one I chose for this tag. The other image is from my stash, I’ve got lots of them & have them for years.

When I cut the letters I coloured them with a Krylon gold pen. I liked how the Krylon reacted to the Glossy Accents. I made the banner with a long strip of white card, scrumpled it & used distress inks over the creases.


I made up the little bundle of embellishments with things from my stash, colouring the ‘berries’ on the ‘holly’ with a Promarker.


Okay, I’m not blathering on any more. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Love & light.

Tag #11 – Sleigh Bells Ring

Published December 11, 2011 by isisimaginings
Happy Sunday to everyone, how’s your weekend going? I’m amazed to say I have finished today’s tag already. It was surprisingly simple & great fun to make.


Firstly, here is Tim’s tag & here is the link to his blog post with all the instructions. Make sure you watch the video. All I will say is – UTEE!!!!My ingredients:Link

  • TH distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire
  • Shrink Plastic
  • UTEE
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips – Sleigh
  • Alcohol inks – Lettuce, Citrus, Espresso
  • White acrylic paint
  • PaperArtsy leaf & flower dies
  • Signo white pen
  • Chocolate Baroque Snowflake glitter

Today was the first time I had used shrink plastic – yet another of those techniques that I keep meaning to try & this morning I had no excuse not to. I’ve seen shrink plastic demoed on TV, but to see the magic happen right in front of me was excellent fun. I actually found myself giggling as the diecuts shrunk.


One of the great things about this experience has been accepting that if I follow Tim’s instructions, I can achieve similar results to his. Okay, they’re not perfect, but for first attempts, they are acceptable to me. From now on, I shall have a lot more confidence & not be afraid to try new techniques & maybe even come up with a few new ones.
Today is one of those Winter days when the light is terrible, so these photos look very washed out. I inked the sleigh with distress inks & added some silver highlights. When I had attached it to the tag, I added a layer of white acrylic paint to the bottom & covered that with glitter – a sleigh has to be in the snow, right?

So that is it for today’s tag. Thank you for visiting. Until next time,

Love & light.