All posts for the month January, 2012

Birthday Bingo

Published January 31, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy Tuesday to one & all. Today’s card went to another of the Grand Cinema team, in Tacoma, WA.  My brief was “she likes Disney & casinos”.  Okaaaay………:)  My first thought was Disney as I knew I had a pack of Disney themed bottlecaps in my stash.  So I went looking.  And couldn’t find them anywhere.  They were nowhere to be found.  After a few whispered “oh dears” & “what a shame” I decided it would have to be casinos.  Or something in that vein. 


  • Tim Holtz Bingo texture fade embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Kraft Resist
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wordstick
  • Distress inks – Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves
  • Perfect Pearls mist Heirloom Gold
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities labels
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies

I started with the Bingo texture fade, using it to emboss a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash card stock, which I tore & distressed with some sandpaper.  I chose the ledger page of the Kraft Resist paper stash because of the numbers.  I blended the DIs over it, then sprayed it with the Heirloom Gold PP.

My initial thought was to use a word ticket with a memo pin, but I prefer the wordstick.  I put a few drops of alcohol inks on to it.  If you put another colour of AI on to another, the first colour disappears.  Cool!

That’s pretty much it.  Hope the birthday girl liked it.  Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

PS Remember the Disney bottlecaps?  I found them a few days after I’d mailed the card.  They were under the printer.  No, I have no idea how they got there.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap 2012 ‘B’

Published January 28, 2012 by isisimaginings

Brrrr, it’s cold!!  Yesterday morning I gessoed a canvas & it’s only just dry.  I shall be using the heat tool on it shortly; I want to take part in some blog challenges that end tomorrow, so I need to get a move on.  But first, today’s tag.  It’s the second of Chocolate Baroque’s AlphaTag swap for January.

‘B’ is for:

  • Bird
  • Buttons
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Banner
  • Bakers’ Twine


  • Elusive Images patterned papers
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamp collection
  • Distress inks, clear embossing powder, Versamark
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps
  • Bird from Glenda Waterworth designed ‘Bird in  Heart’ stamp – freebie in Craft Stamper magazine, 2010

I stuck the brown, patterned paper to a manila tag, to make it a little sturdier.  The blue paper was plain apart from a few streaks, so I stamped one of the TF stamps on to it with Versamark, covered the image with clear EP & then heat set.  You can see the texture & shine in the above pic.  I coloured the banner flags with distress inks & added a little detail with a black, fine liner pen, stuck them to the bakers’ twine, which I then attached to the tag.

I came across the square button when I was looking for the round ones.  I can’t remember where it came from, but I think it looks good here.  I wanted something else on the tag, so I stamped the heart & bird stamp, cut out the bird, coloured it with a blue Promarker & a silver pen & attached it to the banner with a little silicone glue.  That, I decided, was that.

Have a great weekend, thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap ‘A’

Published January 27, 2012 by isisimaginings

It’s Friday!  I hope the week has been good to you.

Today, I’d like to show you a tag.  It’s my first contribution to the AlphaTags swap at the Chocolate Baroque forum.  The swap runs until December & each month we make two tags – except for two months when we’ll make three.  The finished tags are swapped with other members & at the end of the year we will have a tag book filled with gorgeous creations.  Over Christmas & the New Year I started an alphabetical list of colours, items, subjects, techniques, etc.  I’m still having problems with a few letters –  X & Z stand out 🙂 – but the lists are quite long for others.  So without further ado, here is ‘A’.

A is for:

  • ART
  • Amber
  • Aquamarine
  • ATC
  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol paints


  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol inks – Sail Boat Blue, Butterscotch, Espresso,
  • Tissue paper
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamps collection
  • UTEE
  • PaperArtsy flower & leaf dies
  • Ribbons from my stash
  • TH Idea-ology tassel
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps

I began by layering orange & blue paints on the tag.  I used Picket Fence distress stain on the layers, heat setting each time until I decided there was enough.  After stamping the decorated window on to tissue paper with Stazon, I covered the painted tag with PVA glue, put the tissue paper on top & crinkled it over the tag.  This was something I first tried during Sir Tim of Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2011, on Tag #12.

When the glue had dried I decided I didn’t like how the tag looked.  The paint underneath the tissue paper was too pale & flat, so out came the alcohol inks.  I smooshed them all over the tag a few times, letting each layer dry.  The gold mixative gave the tag a lovely sheen.

Once the background was done & trust me, it took HOURS :), I finished the rest of the tag quite quickly.  I used Elusive Images to make the ATC & stamped the quote, (by Anne Tucker) on to white card stock, which I then coloured with distress inks.  When the words were in place I drew around them with a fine liner black pen, which made them stand out.  The UTEE flowers were coloured with alcohol inks, I wanted to give the impression they were pieces of amber  & the ribbon on the bottom of the tag was coloured with Spiced Marmalade DI, then stamped with another of the Textured Fragments stamps, as were the leaves under the top flower.

Now, all I have to do is hope the person who receives this tag likes it.  Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Inspired by Jo, Made by Me

Published January 19, 2012 by isisimaginings
Evening all, happy Sunday to you. How’s your weekend been? Mine has been interesting & maybe one day soon I can tell you why. Anyway, down to business.

Today I have the birthday card I made for a friend to show you. A few weeks ago, I was looking at this beautiful card on Jo Firth-Young’s blog & it occurred to me that I had never used grey as the focal point on a card. After giving it some thought, I decided on a grey & blue colour scheme & began…

The ingredients:

  • Blue ribbed card from Limetree Craft
  • Spellbinders classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities
  • Spellbinders labels Nestabilities
  • Kanban stamps – Jasper collection
  • PaperArtsy flower dies
  • Marianne Design leaf swirl die
  • TH distress inks – Antique Linen, Stormy Sky
  • Promarkers – Satin, Cool Grey, True Blue
  • Versamark, silver & clear embossing powders

I wanted as little black on this card as possible, so I stamped the dress with Versamark, then covered it silver EP & heat set it. I coloured the image with the Promarkers a few times, trying to build up a depth of colour. When I was happy, I scribbled over the skirt with a Versamark pen, leaving patches here & there, before covering it with clear EP & heat setting. The result was a lovely shine, which of course, the pic doesn’t show.

After stamping the stand on a separate piece of card & cutting it out I cut a tiny slit in the bottom of the skirt & pushed the top of the stand through, sticking it to the back & colouring over the slit. I then blended DI around the image; the white was too stark against the blue. When I matted it on to the silver card I decided the blue base needed something to break it up slightly, so I used the scalloped edgeability to cut the pattern along the side. To show the pattern I placed some of the silver card on the inside of the card, cutting the pattern on the other side. with the label diecut I think it gives a little interest to the inside of the card.

Once all that was done, it was a matter of putting it altogether; diecutting the leaf swirl, the flowers & the label for the birthday sentiment. The silver, metal flower was a Christmas gift from my mum a few years ago. I have a small bag of them that I use very sparingly indeed.

I do know that this final photo is, technically, not the best, but the sun was shining through the window behind me & I like the way it hit the dress. It looked terrific in RL, I promise. 🙂

That’s it for now, thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

Birthday Bird Cage

Published January 19, 2012 by isisimaginings
I did not realise my last post was a week ago, time certainly flies when you’re busy. Today, I am showing another birthday card that went to a member of the Grand Cinema team in WA, USA. It was inspired by an article in a crafting magazine. I can’t remember which one & honestly, I don’t have the patience to look through the stack of magazines to find it, so if you know, perhaps you’d remind me.

The ingredients:

  • Shaped, 6×6 square card from Craftwork Cards
  • Kaisercraft patterned papers
  • TH Alterations bird & cage dies
  • Distress inks – Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die
  • Crown – Kanban stamp
  • Everything else – my stash

After layering up the papers on the front of the card I cut a hole in them, so that the greeting on the inside would be seen. Alittle bit of distressing here & there, added some embellishments & we’re done.

Thanks for looking, until next time,

Love & light.

Indigo Blu & Flitter Glu

Published January 11, 2012 by isisimaginings

New products appear in the crafting world all the time, some of them I can easily live without, some of them have the wow factor. When I got the opportunity to try IndigoBlu‘s new Flitter Glu, there was a definite wow.

IndigoBlu is a relatively new, English stamp company. They have a terrific range of vintagey, Steampunky stamps, as well as great metal embellishments & alterable items. I’m compiling a long, IndigoBlu wish list, but for now, the glue is what I want to talk about.

Flitter Glu is a glue that can safely be used on STAMPS. You can stamp an entire image with the glue, instead of ink or Versamark & then cover the image with gilding flakes or glitter, or probably even tiny beads. I love gilding flakes, but never use them as much as I’d like to, now I have no excuse. I get mine from Crafty Notions, by the way.

It takes a little bit of time & practice to learn to use the glue effectively – too much or too little pressure & the result is a blurred or incomplete image. But the glue pot comes with clear instructions on how to apply the glue & how to clean your stamps after use, so follow those, practice a little & you won’t go wrong.

I wish the photos were clearer, but I think you can see the shine from the gilding flakes in this close-up. The stamp is one of Tim Holtz ATC-sized stamps & instead of making a card, I created a little wallhanging. I embossed the blue cardstock with a Cuttlebug folder, but didn’t realise until everything was assembled that I had reversed it, so the debossed side is what you see. I liked it so left it as it is. I disliked the sentiment I used originally & replaced it with ‘Soar’, cut from the Broadway Melody alphabet set by Sizzix.

So that’s it for today. I did use the Flitter Glu on some Christmas cards, but of course I forgot to photograph them. I will be using it on all sorts of stamps, so expect to see lots of gilding flakes & glitter from now on.

Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

For One Night Only

Published January 10, 2012 by isisimaginings

Hello again, hard to believe we’re on the tenth day of January already. Today I have a birthday card to show you.

In recent years, it has become my ‘job’ to make individual birthday cards for colleagues of my friend Jen, at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma in Washington State, USA & it seems to have become a tradition that a new member of the Grand team gets a cinema themed card. Hence this card.

I folded a scalloped edge, square card into an easel & used red Mirri card & a fireworks patterned 12×12 paper as backing papers. Apart from the Nesties shapes, everything on this card was a gift from Jen at one time or another. She is very good at feeding my crafting habit. 🙂 Unfortunately, packaging has been lost over the years, but I think the seats, spotlight & stage are from Jolee’s Designs & the letter ‘k’ is from K & Company. I cut the flower from more red Mirri card, using PaperArtsy flower dies. Before layering them together I edged each diecut with a Krylon gold pen. The pearl in the centre is from Prima. I added a few aurora borealis adhesive gems to some of the fireworks for a little extra bling & that was it.

K’s birthday was earlier this week & I am relieved to report that she liked her card.

Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

Ballerina Calendar

Published January 5, 2012 by isisimaginings

I had completely forgotten that I hadn’t completed this post – and I started it five days ago!!! It’s been a busy week. I hope January is treating you well so far.

I think this is the last calendar I have to show you. I did make others, but forgot to photograph them before mailing them.


  • Marianne Design Creatables – Ballerinas, Music notes, Leaf swirl
  • PaperArtsyThorndon Hall papers
  • Sizzix alphabet dies – Broadway Melody
  • Spellbinders Labels dies
  • Gold Mirri card
  • My stash – everything else.

This was a very simple make, there are no particular techniques, but I hope you like it. Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

Another Calendar

Published January 3, 2012 by isisimaginings

Here is another calendar, this time using the TH birdcage & bird dies. I used one of PaperArtsy’s Thorndon Hall papers for the background. On the area behind the birdcage I stamped a trio of birdcages, from Stampendous, with Versamark, then heat set with clear embossing powder. You can just see them in the above photo.

It’s so long since I made this that I can’t remember exactly what I used. I know the bird & cage are cut from Grungepaper. I probably coloured them with distress inks, after which I know I overstamped them with a crackle stamp – the cage – and a script stamp – the bird, before again covering them with clear embossing powder. The heart charm says “made with love”, it’s from my stash.

I made the hanging clock using Nestabilities circle dies & the clock face is a Kelly Panacci clear stamp. The brass charms are from
Vintaj & the baker’s twine from . The clocks image behind the calendar is a stencil from Creative Expressions, again I would have used distress inks.

Okay, I can’t think of anything else to say about this calendar. Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

Calendar Experiments, Part I

Published January 1, 2012 by isisimaginings
As I type the first day of 2012 is almost over & what a day it’s been. Interesting is all I will say.

Over the next few posts I will show you some of the calendars I made as Christmas gifts. It was the first time I attempted larger projects & I already know that if I could I would remake every one of them. But there are no mistakes, only experiences to be learnt from & I have lots of ideas for next Christmas.

All the stamps on this calendar are from U-Mount. I coloured them with Promarkers & Distress inks. The photo doesn’t show the background too well, I used DI & assorted Glimmer mists to give it a nice sheen. The netting is a fruit bag & the hanging embellishments either side of the star are cut from grungepaper.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Love & light.