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Passion for Promarkers Challenge – Pastels

Published March 3, 2012 by isisimaginings

 Good Saturday afternoon blog visitors, it’s a bit chilly here.  I’ve spent the last few hours making a card for another challenge, but today I’m showing you the Easter card I made for the challenge over at the Passion for Promarkers blog.  You can find all the information HERE.  I need to use my Promarkers much more, so the challenges will get me motivated.  This week the challenge is to use pastel colours only, so I decided an Easter card would be perfect.  My inspiration was two films; ‘Easter Parade’ & ‘Printemps a Paris’ – Springtime in Paris.


  • 8×8 white, scalloped-edge card
  • Promarkers – Pastel Yellow, Pastel Green, Pastel Beige
  • Memento ink – London Fog
  • Kanban clear stamps – Jasper collection & bird & butterfly
  • Kaisercraft ‘Bonjour’ 6×6 paper
  • Elusive Images patterned backing papers
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – Clear Star
  • Fabric flowers, large pearl brad & ribbon from my stash.

Following my experiment on the D tag for Chocolate Baroque, I tried not to put too much on this card.  I wanted the dress form to be the main focus.  I didn’t want any black on the image & using ‘London Fog’ by Memento worked very well, the Promarkers coloured over it really well.  I spent an age colouring the image & even though my colouring technique is not yet perfect, I think it looks pretty good.

I think the ‘easter greetings’ stamp is from Personal Impression – I’ve lost the wrapper.  I added a few touches of glitter here & there on the Eiffel Tower & on the edging of the frame. 

That’s all for now, thank you for looking, let me know what you think of this.  I should be back tomorrow with something for the Artistic Stamper challenge.

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.

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.

Joy – Tag #8

Published December 10, 2011 by isisimaginings

I intended blogging soonerthan this, but I’m not feeling great. So, while I was making Tim’s tags, I was too tired to then blog about them. Naturally, that means I’m out of sync, but I did get some sleep, so I’m not complaining. I still have to make tags 5 & 6, but as I’m fairly sure of what I’m going to do, I’m happy to leave them until after Monday – the last day of the twelve tags. 😦

This is Tim’s tag & here is the link to all the details on his blog. If I had to pick a favourite of this year’s tags, quite possibly this would be the one. I love it for all its Steampunky gorgeousness. And I wanted to copy it as much as possible.

My ingredients:

  • Seasonal distress inks – Winter collection
  • TH sprockets & gears
  • TH baubles
  • TH tassels
  • TH tickets TH film strip
  • TH Visual Artistry stamp collection
  • PaperArtsy Numbers Man
  • Seven Gypsies hand stamp
  • Kanban large sprockets & gears
  • Copper & gold acrylic paint
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
  • Glossy Acents

The large gears from Kanban are gold Mirri card, so I covered two of them with gesso & when that was dry, I painted two of them with silver & copper acrylic paints. I applied the paint unevenly so that the gears would look textured.

I wanted the Numbers Man to have a top hat – he had to be dressed up for Christmas! – so I drew one onto white, linen-look cardstock & coloured it with black Archival ink. I think it resembles a top hat – if you don’t look too closely. His holly sprig is ‘confetti’ from Paperchase, I think, I have a box full of different shapes.

There you have it. It’s taken me ages to write this short post; I was distracted by “Singin’ in the Rain” on Film 4, I never get tired of watching that film.

Happy weekend to one & all, see you tomorrow.

Love & light.

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

Published October 18, 2011 by isisimaginings

Yesterday, my beloved niece & no. 1 Goddaughter turned sixteen. It’s hard to believe that it’s sixteen years since I first saw her, lying in her cot at the foot of my sister’s hospital bed. She had a shock of jet black hair & as she lay there staring at me I fell in love. Since that day, she has given our family endless joy & one or two shocks, such as the day she wandered off in a department store, while holidaying with me. I found her within a few minutes, but boy, was I a wreck. She, of course, was fine & having a great time choosing clothes to try on.

She is now a beautiful young woman; incredibly smart, extremely talented, witty & wonderful to spend time with. I am so, so proud of her & I love her, to the end of the universe & beyond.

This is the card I made for her. The cardstock is a ‘tent card’ from Create & Craft
I used Kraft card as a mat & layered embossed paper from Kanban’s Industriana paper pad. The stamp, also from Kanban, was stamped onto Neenah Solar white card – from Crafters’ Companion – & coloured with Promarkers. I need to practice a LOT more with the Promarkers, I still can’t get the smooth, line free appearance others achieve. The flower & leaves are made from Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine paper, cut with PaperArtsy dies & coloured with Distress Inks.

That’s all for today, wishing everyone a great week.

Love & light.