All posts for the month June, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 June

Published June 27, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello blog visitors, I hope you’re having a great week.  I’d forgotten I hadn’t posted my June tag for Tim’s 12 Tags, so here it is. And you can see Tim’s tag HERE.

I don’t have any distress paints or pens, so I used Whispers watercolour pens to colour the main images & a little Aqua paint from a paint dabber, along with some distress inks & Brushed Corduroy distress stain for the background.

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I received the gift of a set of mini blueprints stamps from my friend, Sarita, so I used the sewing machine stamp from that set & added a few more images from another mini set.  I’ve decided that I’m not a water-colourist & I don’t particularly like the effect, but maybe that’s because I’m so bad at it.

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Thanks for looking, until next time…

Love & light.

Dragons Dream TIO Challenge

Published June 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

Two blog posts in one day???!!!  Don’t get too excited, judging by my track record, the next post could be in two months!

After the self-induced stress of my tag book for the PaperArtsy challenge, (see previous post), I wanted to have a play & make something fairly quick & simple.  I was having a rummage through my stash of embellishments & when I saw this metal Eiffel Tower magnet, the words ‘La Belle Époque’ came into my mind.  Then I remembered the theme my wonderful friend & fellow #PATWIT, Helen, had chosen for this week’s Dragon’s Dream Tag It On challenge;

  • Predominantly red
  • Book pages/text
  • An embellishment
  • At least one real stamp

On a tag of course.

Here’s what I came up with.

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I covered a manila tag with a page from an old dictionary & covered it with splats of Barn Door distress stain & layers of the various shades of red distress inks, flicking water over it from time to time.  I used Aged Mahogany distress ink through the CWS mini harlequin stencil.

I added a little bit of stamping with Coffee Archival ink on mini PaperArtsy stamps – a script & splatters & some around the border with black Archival.  All the other stamps are from a set called French Mail by Crafty Secrets.

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I stamped in Versamark the free border stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper magazine around the edge of the tag & heat set with clear embossing powder.  When it was cool, I rubbed over the top with Ruby treasure gold.  I can’t remember where I’ve seen it done before, but it’s a great way of adding texture.

I stamped the Lynne Perella image onto acetate & painted it on the reverse with assorted Fresco paints & made a little postcard from a scrap of white card, that I covered with Antique Linen & Old Paper DIs.

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I glued another page of the dictionary to scrap card & cut the smallest flowers from the TH tattered floral die & the border from Spellbinders Edgeabilities dies & added some red & white baker’s twine & black adhesive pearls to finish.

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Thanks to Helen for getting me to use a LOT of red, I quite liked it!

Before I end, I thought I’d share a link with you.  After the PaperArtsy blog post this morning, I had a Twitter chat with Lin & Jax about why we get stressed over our projects, especially when they’re supposed to be fun.  We talked about not being able to come up with ideas & when we do, the finished piece never looks as it did in our heads.

Lin gave us this link to a post on France Papillon’s blog & it really made me think.  I KNOW that the pieces/cards/whatever that I’m making now are better than what I was making years ago.  I still have many of the actual items, so the physical evidence is there.  Therefore, if I continue to create & experiment, what I make in the future should be better than what I‘m making now.   Ergo, I should stop being so hard on myself & start having fun.  In other words; LIGHTEN UP KIRSTEN!!!  Here’s the link……………

I’d love to know what you think of it.

Until next time, (hopefully not in two months),

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Carol Quance

Published June 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

You know the saying, “one step forward, two steps back”?  Well, it feels like ten steps back for me at the moment & it’s extremely annoying.  Anyway.  I really had to push myself to get this project finished before the PaperArtsy challenge closes at noon today & I’m really cutting it fine, so I shall try to make this post as concise as possible.

Carol started her week with a fantastic tag book & as someone who cannot measure a straight line, never mind cut one, it filled me with much fear & trepidation.  but I love handmade books & I’d love to make them ,so I thought I’d have a go.  And sure enough, I made a few mistakes on the insert, but I managed to fix them, (cover them up).

These links will take you to Carol’s project & if you haven’t tried something like it before, why not have a go?

Tag Book, Part 1

Tag Book, Part 2

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The covers.  Fresco paints – Bora Bora, Mermaid, Beach Hut, Pumpkin Soup – and Treasure Gold – Spanish Topaz, Aquamarine, Ruby.  The large bird & the hinges are PaperArtsy dies, the letters TH & the tiny birds an Impress die.

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The other side of the mount board was a dark blue, so I painted it with Lilac & Eggplant Frescos & added some stamping to the Thorndon Hall PA paper.

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I kept all the tags fairly simple, following techniques I’ve seen on the PA blog in recent months.  This is frescos & treasure gold over stencilled grunge paste.

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I covered this tag with Thorndon Hall paper, edged it with clear embossing powder & covered that with Spanish Topaz TG.    Stamped a script stamp with Pumice Stone distress ink, edged it with black EP – the little border stamp that is free with the current issue of Craft Stamper magazine is perfect for this.  Found a scrap of patterned vellum in my stash & stamped onto it with Stazon.  The frame is from Crafts Too.

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PaperArtsy’s Crackle Glaze on this tag, with Stone & Beach Hut frescos.  Stamping with Coffee Archival.  The frame is grunge paper.  I mixed grunge paste with frescos – Stone & Hey Pesto – and when it was dry, sprayed it with Chocolate Dylusions.  The grunge paper shrank when I heated it, but I quite like that it’s not straight.

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This was a tag that I’d used to mop up excess paint.  I just embossed it with a TH embossing folder & added treasure gold.  I stamped the image with Versafine & heat set it with a clear sparkle EP.

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I glued scraps of TH paper to this tag, painted over them with Eggplant, Zesty Zing & Lilac frescos.  Stamped with Brown Shed, Nougat & Stone frescos, then with Versafine.  The house was stamped with Stazon onto metal card & coloured with frescos – Brown Shed & French Roast.

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All the Lynne Perella images were coloured with frescos/Whispers pens/distress inks & the quotes are from a set of Hero Arts stamps.

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Have to admit that I’m quite proud I finished this, I was tempted to give up more than once.  The tags could be better, but I can remake them.  Thanks so much for looking.

Love & light.

Dragons Dream Tag It On

Published June 2, 2013 by isisimaginings

Goodness, I’ve just realised this is my third post in three days – I think that’s a record for me!

I’ve made a tag for the Dragons Dream blog challenge & I can’t quite believe it.  Every week I look at the gorgeous tags on their blog & promise myself I will take part & every week I run out of time.  Until now.

My lovely Twitter friend, Gabrielle, chose the theme this week & it is ‘White, Metal & Transport’.  Gabrielle is unable to craft at the moment, due to breaking her elbow in a fall a few weeks ago, so I’d like to tell her I’m thinking of her & I hope the pain is not too terrible.

I cut my tag from kraft card & applied grunge paste through a stencil.  When the paste was dry, I covered the tag with Snowflake fresco paint, knocking back in places with a baby wipe.

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I stamped the Chocolate Baroque hot air balloon onto linen textured white card with Weathered Wood distress ink & heat set with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the lower onto metal card with Stazon, cut it out & glued it to the white card.

As I was painting some shadows on the balloon with WW I got the idea of it flying over the Alps – no, I don’t where it came from either – so I used a Spellbinders Edgeabilities die to cut another piece of linen card, attached three pieces to the base of the tag with foam pads to make the Alps & added Picket Fence stickles.

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The airmail stamp is a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp & I painted the Idea-ology gear, brad & flower with Snowflake fresco paint.  Found some white fibres in my stash, so I added them to the ribbon.

I added a little Treasure Gold – Aquamarine & Spanish Topaz – to the wing & philosophy tag.

I used Chit Chat stickers for the quote.  It was inspired by a conversation I overheard some time ago.  A woman was telling another woman, with great conviction in her tone, that she absolutely HATED to travel.

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So that’s my tag.  Thanks to the Dragons Dream DT for their fantastic creativity & inspiration.  Wonder if I’ll manage to take part next week……?

Until next time,

Love & light.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Darcy Wilkinson

Published June 1, 2013 by isisimaginings

Greetings blog visitors, hope you’re having a great weekend so far.  This morning I declared on Twitter that I wasn’t leaving my craft room today until I’d finished at least two projects.  Well, I finished three & started a fourth, which for me, is hugely impressive.

I said in last night’s post that Darcy’s projects on the PaperArtsy blog this week had been incredible & her final project had jaws dropping all over the place.  She divided it between two posts & you need to see both of them;

LOVE it!!

For my take, I chose to follow how she made her ‘wallpaper’, using paint, stencils & stamping to create unique patterned paper.

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Here is mine.  I followed Darcy’s instructions & I like how it turned out.  Lots of lovely layers.  I decided to use the paper to make book covers.

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I stuck the paper to two pieces of cardboard & used washi tape along the spine.  I hid the edge of the tape on the front cover with a scrap of ribbon.

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I had the ‘Imagine’ already stamped on a piece of Core’dinations, so I covered it with a little distress ink – Dried Honey & Faded Jeans.  The little bird was in my stash, I put some Treasure Gold on it & added a black adhesive pearl for the eye.  The little embellishment at the bottom is a piece of grunge paper.  I painted it with Frescos – Nougat, Lilac & Eggplant – put it through an embossing folder, sanded it back a little & added Ruby TG.

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For the inside of the covers, I followed Leandra’s corner, corner, side technique & stamped with assorted PA stamps.  I had painted the reverse of the patterned paper with Bora Bora fresco before I attached it to the cardboard pieces.

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I spent ages thinking about the types of pages I wanted to put inside the covers, but couldn’t make a decision, so I made two simple tags instead.

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I painted them with Blood Orange & Brown Shed frescos, then used Claret through a Swiss Dots stencil & added a little background stamping with coffee Archival, using the PA  splatters mini stamp.  The rest of the stamping was done with black Archival & the white highlighting with a Sakura pen.  The quotes are Inkadinkdo stamps, the others are PaperArtsy.

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I really enjoyed making my PA inspired projects this week, thanks to Darcy for her wonderful creativity.

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Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Until next time,

Love & light