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F is for………..

Published March 29, 2012 by isisimaginings
Here is my second of the three tags for March,
in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.   I said yesterday that I couldn’t come up with any ideas & the situation was getting desperate a week after I had finished the ‘E’ tag.  After staring at my CB stamps for about ten years 🙂 I decided to start colouring the tree & flowers image with Promarkers, in the hope that an idea would spark. A few hours later, I had a finished tag.
F is for “Forest Flowers”
Supplies:
Stamps – Elusive Images Patchwork Butterfly, Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, Hero Arts
Distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Promarkers
Flowers – Prima & Papermania
 Brads & gems from my stash
Something else I said yesterday was that I was trying not to add many embellishments & here is a tag with a LOT of flowers on it, but they go with the theme.
Thank you for looking.  Until next time,
Love & light

E is for……….

Published March 28, 2012 by isisimaginings
Good Wednesday morning blog visitors, here we are at the middle of the week already, thanks for stopping by.
I’m taking a break from my ‘homework’ for Professor Holtz to show my first tag for this month’s Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.  We had to make three tags this time round & it was STRESSFUL.  I’ve no idea why, the ideas just weren’t there.
Anyway, E is for Easter & Embossing.
Supplies:
Manilla tag, size 8
Chocolate Baroque stamps
Stampbord
Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive
Sizzix Embossing Folder – Stylized Flowers
Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Promarkers, Memento ‘London Fog’ ink
The first thing I did was to stamp a flourish onto the tag with Versamark & then left the ink to dry.  I stamped the flowers with DIs & then blended the same colours over the entire tag.  After embossing with the Stylized Flowers folder, I used a Versamark pen to ink over areas of the flowers, applied clear EP & heat set.  The butterfly was stamped on to scrap card with London Fog Memento ink, coloured with Promarkers & cut out.
I am purposefully trying to keep these tags simple, by not adding too many embellishments & instead focusing on techniques.  It’s a good challenge for me.
I hope to return tomorrow with my ‘F’ tag.  Until then,
Love & light

"Lucy In The Sky………."

Published March 24, 2012 by isisimaginings
 My poor blog, forgive me for neglecting you.  I’ve not been feeling great the last few weeks, worn out from the constant pain in my back, along with assorted other things.  I tried writing a blog post a few times, but gave up as my brain seemed incapable of functioning.  Anyway, on to today’s project.
I made this canvas a few weeks ago.  I intended taking part in Hels‘ Sunday Stamper challenge at the time, which was ‘Diamonds’, but that didn’t happen.  Then I thought I would enter it in last week’s Simon Says Stamp challenge, which was ‘Anything’ & that didn’t happen.  So, here it is.
Plasticine porters with looking glass ties
When Hels gives a theme, she always chooses a song to go along with it & she chose ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’.  Naturally, I couldn’t resist.  I’ve loved The Beatles’ music for as long as I can remember & LSD is so full of imagery, you really can’t go wrong.  I wanted to include a number of images from the song & I wanted to go quite big, so I chose a 20x20cm canvas instead of a card to work on.
Cellophane flowers of yellow & green, towering over your head
Supplies:
Stamps: Tim Holtz, La Blanche, PaperArtsy, 7 Gypsies, Chocolate Baroque, Kanban
Distress inks: Stormy Sky, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo
Mod Podge, Promarkers, Card Candi, Acetate, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Adhesive gems & pearls, Stars
Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
So there it is.  I think it has a childlike quality, which I like, as “Lucy…..” is probably one of the first songs I learnt as a child.  What do you think?
Thank you for visiting, have a great weekend.  Until then,
Love & light
Kirsten

Artistic Stamper Challenge…….Travel

Published March 4, 2012 by isisimaginings

 Good Sunday morning to you, thanks for stopping by.  I’m watching Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps on Create & Craft at the moment – she is a genius with a brayer! – and thought I’d post the card I made for the Artistic Stamper challenge for March at the same time.  I cannot craft AND watch Barbara at the same time. 🙂

So, the theme for this week’s AS challenge is travel.  I have Jennie Artistic Stamper’s Inspiration Jars stamps, so I immediately thought of a ship in a bottle.  I don’t have any ship stamps, so I used the car from a TH set.
Ingredients:
  •  Stamps: Artistic Stamper Inspiration Jars. Tim Holtz Lost & Found, QVCUK set from 2010, Artemio postmark & Kanban gears stamps
  • Black & coffee Archival inks, Versamark
  • Distress inks – Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen
  • Distress embossing powder – Weathered Wood
  • Kraft Resist card
  • Kraft card
  • Blue ribbed card from Limetree Crafts
  • Idea-ology brads & clock hand

The Recipe:

  • Stamped the jars onto white card with Versamark, covered with Weathered Wood & heat set & cut them out.
  • Stamped the car onto white card with Gathered Twigs, put Versamark & clear EP on the windows & heat set, blended Weathered Wood & Antique Linen over the car, covered with clear EP, heat set & cut out.
  • Blended blue DIs over the patterned jar, & covered the ‘glass’ part both jars with clear EP & heat set.  Blended a little Gathered Twigs over the lids.
  • Blended Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire over the embossed clear jar, to get the colour into the gaps in the EP. Attached the car to the jar using copper brads – I bent the car slightly so that it wouldn’t be completely flat.
  • Stamped the gears onto white car with coffee Archival, stamping 2/3 times to get fainter images. Dried with heat tool & blended over DIs as above.  Also blended Chipped Sapphire around the edges of the Kraft Resist card.
  • Made the postage stamp by stamping onto white card with Chipped Sapphire & punching out a section.
  • Stamped the postmarks with black Archival & the birds with coffee.
  • Stamped the quote with coffee Archival, blended Antique Linen & gathered Twigs on top & added the clock hand with another brad.
  • Assembled the card, added string coloured with Gathered Twigs.

Thank you for looking.  I’m off to try to get another challenge completed today.  Until next time,

Love & light

     

D Is For…….

Published March 1, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy March 1st, blog visitors!  I looked out the kitchen window this morning & there are FOUR daffodils in glorious bloom in the back garden – Spring is definitely on its way.

Here is today’s tag.  It is number four in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tags Swap for 2012.  I decided to see if I could pare everything back, stick to one main colour, use no backing papers or layers & this is the result.

D is for:

  • Dream
  • Dusty Concord
  • Diecuts
  • Decoupage

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Baroque Punky Romance & Patchwork Butterfly stamp collections
  • Dusty Concord & Antique Linen distress inks
  • Spellbinders Donna Salazar sprockets & gears dies
  • Manilla tag

Step by Step:

  1. Stamp image with Dusty Concord, dry with heat tool.
  2. Put DC on craft sheet, spritz with water & with a small brush paint areas of image.
  3. When image is dry blend Antique Linen & DC inks over tag.
  4. Stamp butterfly from image on scrap paper, colour as above, dry & cut out wings, stick them to butterfly on tag.
  5. Die cut two small gears from mirri card, attach to tag.
  6. Add highlights & handwritten ‘Dream’ with silver ink.
  7. Add bling & ribbon.
 

That’s it.  Maybe I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet, but I’m happy with this tag.  If nothing else, I proved to myself that I don’t have to add lots of stuff to my projects. 

Until next time – I’d like to say tomorrow, but it’s more likely to be Saturday – thanks for looking.

Love & light.

Egyptian Queen

Published February 5, 2012 by isisimaginings
I would like to enter today’s project into the current Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge – “Kings & Queens”. 

Happy Sunday evening to everyone.  It’s still freezing here, we had about 8cm of snow overnight & it’s set to freeze tonight.  Have to admit, I’m tired of the cold, I need to feel the warmth of the sun.  I have had a busy week, which included going to the Creative Stitches & Hobbies show at Glow, the new events venue at Bluewater, Kent.  I also went to my monthly card making workshop.  More of both in later posts.

On to today’s post, which is a 20x20cm canvas – the first I’ve ever attempted.  It took me about six days to complete & my original plan was to blog its progress each day.  I still may do that, so I’ll just mention some of the features of the finished project.

When I started I knew I wanted the canvas to have an Ancient Egyptian theme & when I remembered THIS project by Glenda Waterworth, using her Texture Fragments stamps, I decided on the layout.

I used the same TF stamp on Hearty clay & hung the brass embellishment – from Calico Crafts, who have a great selection of metal embellies of all kinds –  on a piece of raffia & adhered the blue gem. The gold flower behind is a Donna Downey stamp, which I covered in gold acrylic paint, it symbolises the Tree of Life.  The scroll below the flower contains a secret prayer.  I wanted it to look like papyrus, so I distressed it by scrunching it & blending with distress inks before tying it with more raffia.

The bottle is a Wendy Vecchi art part & symbolises a canopic jar.  I stamped it with one of the Texture Fragments stamps & inked it with DIs & a gold Krylon pen.  The hieroglyphs spell out ‘QUEEN’ & were stamped on to tissue paper, which I then adhered to the bottle & when dry, covered with Rock Candy Stickles.

There is lots of stamping on this canvas; as well the Donna Downey flower stamp & the Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, there are the Egyptian image stamps from my stash & Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Romance collection.

So, that’s my entry to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, bit for my first go at a canvas, I’m fairly happy with it.

Thanks for looking & I hope to be back tomorrow with something completely different.  Until then,

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.

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 #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 #2

Published December 2, 2011 by isisimaginings

Phew, I made it! It’s been a long day & it’s now after 11pm, but here is my take on Tim’s tag #2. Go to his blog to see the original & the best.

I am going to keep this very brief, because I need to go to bed.


Again, I had none of the main ingredients, but I think today’s substitutions work better than yesterday’s did. Speaking of tag #1, I am going to remake it. I had lots of ideas last night, (typical!) & I will put them into practice over the weekend – at least, that’s the plan.

‘Christmas’ was cut from the Broadway Melody alphabet dies from Sizzix. I used Kraft card, covered each letter with Versamark & heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I blended the winter collection of distress inks on the tag, misted with Perfect Pearls Biscotti.


I put the metal holly embellishment on the tag, because there’s holly on Tim’s Kraft Resist Christmas card. I used Promarkers, (Poppy & Pine), to colour the metal & I have a feeling I will be removing it. I don’t think it fits the rest of the tag.

I found the bird in my stash & unfortunately, I have no idea where it’s from. I’m guessing My Mind’s Eye, but don’t quote me.

Okay, that’s it, I’m off to bed. Tomorrow, not only will there be Tag #3, there will also be the brilliant Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps on Create&Craft.

Good night all. Love & light.