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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.


  • 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.

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.

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Published March 1, 2010 by isisimaginings

When I woke this morning, it most certainly was. After yesterday’s continuous rain & gales, the sky was blue, the sun was shining & everything looked sparkly & new. 🙂 I threw open all the windows in the house & for the first time in months I didn’t feel the need to put on every sweater I possess. 🙂 The wind had blown down one of the bird feeders in the garden & there were lots of fallen branches everywhere, so I spent a few hours tidying up – and when I first went out I saw the first flowers of Spring; crocuses. Their bright orange petals are such a welcome sign after the gloom of the winter. As well as the crocuses, there are the green shoots of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths & more appearing. There are tiny buds on the roses & the acers & the buddleia are sprouting new leaves everywhere. And there’s a huge amount of work to do, but it felt so good to be out there & to feel the skin on my skin; I think a few hours a day – weather permitting! – will see me achieve quite a lot.

Today’s cards are the first of my Easter cards. I decided I wanted them all to be quite simple; I didn’t want masses of flowers, or ribbons, or glitter, but I did want to invoke the appearance of Spring, of life returning to the world.

For the card above, I used the large stamp from last year’s Papermania ‘Poppy’ collection. I used different shades of blue, (Whispers Pens), to give the impression of a field of bluebells. The greeting is on the inside, because the only Easter greeting stamp I have is too big, as you can see, for this card.

This next card is even simpler. The greeting is stamped in gold & heat embossed. I put a little TH Spiced Marmalade distress ink on the orange flower & distressed the metal brad slightly.

The third card I like, but I think it’s a little too dark. I blended TH Broken China & Peeled Paint onto white cardstock for the sky & the grass. I stamped the cherry blossom stamp with Versafine Sepia & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The tree is a Dawn Bibby stamp, which I stamped onto heavy watercolour paper, which I’d already covered with the same TH distress inks as the card. I cut it out & used 3D foam squares to attach it to the card. I used TH Spiced Marmalade for the greeting & then decided the tree was a little bare, so I stamped two little birds on to it with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue.

That’s all for today, thank you to everyone for visiting. I hope to be back tomorrow. Until then,

Love & light.

Tweets & Hoots

Published February 12, 2010 by isisimaginings

It’s Friday! Hope everyone has had a good week & has a terrific weekend planned. I’ve had a busy few days since my last post. Yesterday, I went with a friend to the Stitch & Creative Crafts exhibition at Excel, London & I have to say it was very disappointing. The admission was £9.50, which, in my opinion, was extortionate for what they had. I arrived about noon & I was surprised to see so many people leaving & even more surprised to see how few people were in the hall. I went with the intention of not spending a lot, but I thought I might see something that I just had to have (!). I spent nothing, which is a good thing, but also disappointing. I’ve already got a ticket for the Stitch & Craft show at Kensington Olympia, London in March & now I’m wondering if I should bother going.

Anyway, here are two cards I made recently. The owl is a Dawn Bibby stamp, after stamping & colouring it I cut it out & put it on to the card with foam pads. I put a few gems onto the stamped cherry blossom image to highlight it. The sentiment reads ‘Distance means little between friends’ & I don’t know why I chose to emboss it with silver. It should have been gold or copper.

For this birthday card I embossed a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash paper & sanded a few areas before stamping the bird on top & colouring it with Whispers pens. Stamped & heat embossed the sentiment, added a few hand drawn music notes with a gold pen, added a ribbon, done.

Following my rant at the universe at the start of this week, I was wandering around Facebook & came across Ken of Mildly Creative, who, in my opinion is a genius. I don’t know he does it, but he gets straight to the point of all the stuff that goes round & round my head. This is the post that arrived in my inbox this morning & if you like what he has to say, subscribe today!

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.”

– Marc Chagall

Until next time, love & light.