All posts for the month December, 2013

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas First Bonus Card

Published December 30, 2013 by isisimaginings

Happy Monday blog visitors, I hope you had a great weekend, not too long now to 2014.

Over on the Funkie Junkie blog, Linda has very kindly extended her 12 Tags of Christmas challenge for two weeks, with the bonus tags having ‘thank you’ as their theme. You can see her tag HERE & I was inspired by all of it, especially the silver stars & the stencilling.  Linda took the inspiration for her tag from  the Tim Holtz December tag, so again, I used vellum instead of CFA & Frosted Film.  I used the TH Mini Tattered Leaves die & the bird on a branch is a Marianne Creatables die.

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I applied embossing ink through a Crafter’s Workshop stars stencil & heat set with silver EP directly on the card blank, then covered with Weathered Wood distress ink. Green distress inks through an Imagination Crafts stencils for the foliage, with Platinum stickles added here & there.

The FJ challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique & you can find all the information HERE.

Thank you for visiting, see you next time.

12 Tags of 2013 December

Published December 29, 2013 by isisimaginings

Another year of Tim’s wonderful tags is at an end & I want to thank him for all his hard work & inspiration throughout the year. Only a few more days before we find out if he’s going to continue in 2014.

Tim’s December tag is HERE & as I need a card for a January birthday, that’s what I made.

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I still don’t have CFA or Frosted Film, so I used vellum, cutting it with the TH Tattered Pine Cone die &  colouring it Wendy Vecchi’s Red geranium & Fern Archival inks. I used Tim’s Stars layering stencil on the background with distress inks. The greeting was stamped with black Archival & heat embossed with clear sparkle EP. I decided the colours were a little too muted, so I added the red ribbon, a few gold confetti stars & Platinum stickles to the brads in the centre of the flowers.

Thank you for looking, see you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge Inspired by Jo Myhill

Published December 28, 2013 by isisimaginings

Evening all, I hope the recent awful weather didn’t play too much havoc with your Christmas celebrations. We had some sunshine today, which has been sorely lacking in recent weeks.

After a lot of thought I made a journal page today for this week’s PaperArtsy challenge. Jo Myhill was the guest designer & all her projects were beautiful & a feast for the eyes, full of layers & amazing textures.  There were so many ideas to choose from, but I chose her first piece as it was slightly less dimensional.

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Apart from the paint & Treasure Gold colours, I followed along with Jo’s tutorial. My background was Squid Ink, Inky Pool, Sage & Tinned Peas frescos & I really wasn’t sure about it, but it looks ok now with the torn tissue paper on top.

I’ve run out of metal card, so the heart was cut from black card painted with a mix of frescos & metallic silver paint, with Royal Amethyst TG on top, followed by a dark blue embossing powder.


That’s it, thanks for looking & thank you to Jo for sharing all those wonderful ideas.


Christmas Bits and Pieces

Published December 24, 2013 by isisimaginings

Well, we made it. It’s Christmas Eve & if it’s not done by now, it doesn’t matter. As usual, I ran out of time & most of the projects I wanted to make didn’t happen. And I’ve decided that’s not going to happen again. Anyway, here are a few things to show you.


Some chipboard baubles decorated with papers, die cuts, glitter & ribbons.


A very simple snow globe. Not a great photo, you can’t see the glitter I added to the snow.


Finally, an unfinished journal page, made with gold texture paste & Dylusions stamps. This was supposed to be quick & simple page, but I ended up messing around with it for ages – I would be embarrassed to tell you how many times I drew bows, attempting to get them right. In the end I decided they were acceptable & gave up on the rest of the page, just cut it in half & stuck it to the pages of my Frida journal. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some stage.

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Al that remains is for me to wish you all the happiest of Christmases & I’ll see you on the other side.

Christmas Card Selection, Part Two

Published December 23, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello again, all the stamps on these cards are from old sets of Chocolate Baroque stamps. By now, I was getting VERY tired of Christmas crafting, so they got simpler & simpler as I went along.


Embossing. I think I stamped the trees image with Salty Ocean DI. I used blue pearlescent card for the reindeer & used this fab diamond mesh on the corners.


Memory Box die & the tree was stamped with Fern Green Archival ink.


Joy Craft die cut snowflake.



A tangled string, the tree stamped with Red Geranium Archival.


A strip of washi tape & the snowflakes stamped with Peacock Feathers & Orange Blossom Archival.

And that is it for my Christmas cards of 2013. As usual, I had great plans & as usual they fell by the wayside. Such is life. I’ve got one more Christmas post to share, so see you tomorrow – Christmas Eve!

Christmas Card Selection

Published December 22, 2013 by isisimaginings

You’re all probably completely bored by Christmas cards by now, I know I’d quite happily never look at another one again, (I exaggerate. But only slightly). So feel free to completely ignore this post & tomorrow’s, because it will also contain Christmas cards. A lot of Christmas cards. But not all of them, I’m being kind.


Dylusions through a Crafter’s Workshop stencil, distress inked baubles.


Splatters of PaperArtsy fresco paints, (Beach Hut, Spanish Mulberry, Pumpkin Soup) & distress inks. Slightly sorry I didn’t make all of my cards like these two, I really like them. Next year maybe……


An embossing powder called Vanilla Ice on the top panel, distress inks.

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Memory Box snowflake cut from card inked with Victorian Velvet DI, white embossed bauble on kraft card.

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The negative of the snowflake.


Embossing folder inked with DI – Chipped /sapphire/Stormy Sky, can’t remember. Wendy Vecchi tree stencil outlined on pale blue pearlescent card & cut out. Memory Box die cut birds.


Wendy Vecchi tree stencil with Fern Green Archival ink. Artistic Stamper baubles with aged Mahogany DI.

If you’re still here, thanks for looking, see you tomorrow.

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Week Twelve

Published December 21, 2013 by isisimaginings

Drum roll please, here is card number 12. Linda’s stunning tag is in this post & I was inspired by every detail of it. I used my TH stars stencil with gold texture paste & embossing powder as Linda did – fab texture when you heat the powder on the wet paste!

I applied Antique Linen distress ink Platinum stickles around the edges. I stamped the bauble on separate white card, heat set with gold EP & cut it out. I added some gold glitter mesh to the back & made a bow, which is under the white bow. The final addition was the gold diamond mesh & the quote.

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And that’s it, twelve Christmas cards completed, the end of the challenge. But wait, no it isn’t. Linda has very kindly extended the challenge to January 8 & there will be extra cards to make in the meantime (thank you cards, not Christmas cards – hurrah!).  All the relevant information, rules, requirement, etc. is in the post for the twelfth tag . Everyone who completes the challenge gets a discount to spend in the Funkie Junkie Boutique, which is sponsoring the challenge.

I still have some other Christmas cards to share, so I shall be back tomorrow. (I’ve just remembered I still have to make my tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 – eek!)

Bye for now.

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Week Eleven

Published December 20, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, here I am again with my eleventh card for the Funkie Junkie challenge. Linda’s beautiful tag is HERE & interestingly, as soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to do, (an extremely rare occurrence for me). I loved the glittered snowflakes & reindeer & how the white trees looked against the background colours. Here’s what they inspired:


I used Picked Raspberry distress ink on a snowflake embossing folder to make the background, then covering the card with embossing ink & both clear & sparkly EPs. The scenic dies are Memory Box & Marianne Creatables. As with last night’s card, I added glitter to the two trees initially, but it didn’t give the effect I wanted, so on went the gold stickles.

Side note: Ever since I started this crafting lark, I have said that I am most definitely NOT a glitter person. The glitters I have confirm this. However, a few weeks ago I went to The Artistic Stamper’s Christmas party day & I got to use Distress glitters for the first time. They are fantastic. Not at all ‘blingy’ & they’re quite chunky, so they don’t go all over the place. And yes, you’ve guessed it; I want them all.

Anyway, that’s my eleventh card finished. For all the information about the FJ challenge please go HERE. It is very kindly sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, which I’m trying not to look at, because every time I do, my wish list gets longer.

I shall return tomorrow with my twelfth card.

Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas Week Ten

Published December 19, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, here I am with my tenth card for the Funkie Junkie challenge. You can see Linda’s gorgeous tag HERE, I was inspired by her background, the frame & the bow.

This card got me using my diffusers for, I’m ashamed to say, probably only the second time. I really like the effect they give, so I shall have to remember to use them more often. I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil in the centre & a Cuttlebug embossing folder around the outside, with a PaperArtsy mini script stamp.

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I initially covered the frame with silver glitter, but it looked terrible, so I added silver stickles on top – much better.

I used the Memory Box snowflake die again for the centre, cutting a piece of Dusty Concord core’dinations, which I covered in clear crackle paint, followed by Star Dust stickles. I heat embossed the word with silver EP & finished with the bow & brad.

Typically, I got the challenge details wrong in last night’s post, so for all the correct details go HERE on the FJ blog. Thank you once again to Linda for the inspiration & to the Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring the challenge.

I shall be back tomorrow with card number 11, see you then.

Funkie Junkie Christmas Tags Week 9

Published December 18, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, thanks for very kind comments on my last blog post. Tonight I have quickly made a card for week 9 of the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge. Yes, I am behind, but only by three now & I am determined to have those three made & blogged by Sunday.

The BIG news is that Linda is extending the challenge into January, with two extra tags. So, if you think you can get fourteen tags made in the next few weeks, you’ll find the details about that HERE. The requirements for all tags are HERE. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring the challenge & there are prizes & a very generous discount on FJ products if you complete all fourteen.

For this card I was inspired by Linda’s background, the snowflake on the label & the heart. Her week 9 tag is HERE.

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I used Faded Jeans & Brushed Pewter distress stains on the background card, swiping & dipping until I was happy. I applied a little Star Dust stickles to add some extra bling. I cut the snowflake from a heavyweight card, using a Memory Box die. I heat embossed it a few times with silver embossing powder. The final time I added some blue fran’tage EP, but that wasn’t very successful. The sentiment is a Chocolate Baroque stamp & the music score on the label is a Crafty Individuals stamp.

You can see the shimmer from the stickles here.


I thought long & hard about adding extra embellishments to the card, but I think I like it as it is. The snowflake is so detailed I think it should be the focal point.

Thanks for looking & thanks again to Linda for the inspiration, see you next time.