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Ballerina Calendar

Published January 5, 2012 by isisimaginings

I had completely forgotten that I hadn’t completed this post – and I started it five days ago!!! It’s been a busy week. I hope January is treating you well so far.

I think this is the last calendar I have to show you. I did make others, but forgot to photograph them before mailing them.


  • Marianne Design Creatables – Ballerinas, Music notes, Leaf swirl
  • PaperArtsyThorndon Hall papers
  • Sizzix alphabet dies – Broadway Melody
  • Spellbinders Labels dies
  • Gold Mirri card
  • My stash – everything else.

This was a very simple make, there are no particular techniques, but I hope you like it. Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

On The Trail of the Evergreen Bough

Published November 18, 2011 by isisimaginings

A happy Friday to one & all, I hope your week has been excellent so far. Now that there is no avoiding it, I am going to be showing you assorted Christmas projects for the next few weeks. Link
Over on her blog, Ink on my Fingers , the crafting genius that is Hels Sheridan, posts the weekly Sunday Stampers challenge. She chooses a song title as the theme & the only other ‘rule’ is that you must include some stamping – naturellement. Every week, I tell myself I’m going to take part & every week I either forget or I’m too late. Until now. This week’s theme song is “On The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”, in other words, Pine Colours &/Or Pine Trees/Branches. Now, green is not a favourite colour of mine. I’m quite happy to use it for leaves & trees, but to use just green, on the entire project?? I was well out of my comfort zone, but I was determined to make something. I chose a tag, on the basis that it was a fairly small area to work on.

I created the background by first using Evergreen Bough distress ink, from the new Winter collection on a leaves stencil from Creative Expressions, then overstamping a crackle pattern, using a stamp from U Mount, using Iced Spruce distress ink, also from the new Winter collection. The tree is a stamp from Crafty Individuals, I covered it in Versamark & then used a white embossing powder to cover the image & heat embossing. Once the image had cooled, I covered the tag with more of the Evergreen Bough DI, trying to blend it with the background & buffing the tree with paper towel to remove any ink from its surface.

I considered using nothing but various shades of green, but it was a stretch too far, so I compromised by using silver. The silver leaves are from the large on a branch die from Marianne Design Createables, I cut the birds off & used one of them as an accent on the sentiment. I used PaperArtsy flower dies on green Mirri card to make the flower, with leaves cut from Kraft Glassine paper – they are coloured with Evergreen Bough & Iced Spruce. Everything else, the bow, the wreath, the silver ricrac ribbon, adhesive gems, is from my Christmas stash.

So what do you think? I made this tag on Monday, (and it took me hours; despite its small size way too much faffing went on), so I’ve had plenty of time to study it & I’ve decided that on the whole, I’m happy with it.

That’s it from me for now. Blogger has been acting up this evening, it’s taken me almost three hours to complete this short post.

Thank you for visiting & until next time,

Love & light.

Happy November 1st

Published November 1, 2011 by isisimaginings

To one & all. I can’t quite come to terms with the fact that 2011 is almost over, especially when the weather is as good as it is at the moment. I still have lots of colour in the garden & my roses are blooming for the third time since July.

Today, I’d like to show you a project I made as a Halloween gift. Of course, it wasn’t received until today – great job Royal Mail! Not.Anyway, as is usually the case with my projects, the end result is completely different to what I had initially visualised. I started with quite a solid piece of cardboard, onto which I stamped the spider border, (Hero Arts, I think), with black Archival ink, then blended TH Autumn distress inks in Seedless Preserves & Ripe Persimmon over the border. Have you seen the Autumn distress inks? The colours are gorgeous. Tim announced the release of the new set, Winter, today, you can see them here. If you want them, you better be quick, they won’t be available for long & there will be NO reinkers for them.
Next, I stamped the web, (Hero Arts again), onto black cardstock with a Versamark ink pad, then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

The image is from Creative Impressions. I bought it at Ally Pally last year, can’t remember from whom, but it was very cheap & I loved it. I stamped it onto a piece of Kraft cardstock & coloured it with various Promarkers & gold & silver pens, blended more distress inks, covered it with Versamark & heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

It was time then to start thinking about embellishments. I gathered together all sorts of things & spent an age moving them around, adding & taking away as I went. The female faces are from La Blanche, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia & embossed. The ‘hats’ are from a 12×12 paper called ‘Uncle Fester’ & the gears are of course, from the TH Ideology range.

The flower is made up of diecuts, cut from PaperArtsy dies. I used silver cardstock, coloured it with Ranger’s alcohol inks, scratched a vague pattern as a border, used an adhesive pearl & some Beadazzles in the centre. The leaves are also from PaperArtsy & the silver leaf flourishes are from Marianne Designs dies. I bought the little brass owl when I was in the US last year, he was perfect for this project.

Finally, I added the sentiment from Kaisercraft; the recipient of this piece is a fluent French speaker, so voila! 🙂 The skeleton is actually an earring, (I used the second one on another project, which I’ll show you on Thursday) & two Ideology tiles attached to jump rings. Two pieces of ribbon & a length of raffia twisted together & attached to the board with a brad & that was it.

I’m happy to say it was received with delight & I feel quite proud of myself. 🙂

Until next time, happy crafting.

Love & light.