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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap 2012 ‘B’

Published January 28, 2012 by isisimaginings




Brrrr, it’s cold!!  Yesterday morning I gessoed a canvas & it’s only just dry.  I shall be using the heat tool on it shortly; I want to take part in some blog challenges that end tomorrow, so I need to get a move on.  But first, today’s tag.  It’s the second of Chocolate Baroque’s AlphaTag swap for January.

‘B’ is for:

  • Bird
  • Buttons
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Banner
  • Bakers’ Twine

Ingredients:

  • Elusive Images patterned papers
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamp collection
  • Distress inks, clear embossing powder, Versamark
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps
  • Bird from Glenda Waterworth designed ‘Bird in  Heart’ stamp – freebie in Craft Stamper magazine, 2010






I stuck the brown, patterned paper to a manila tag, to make it a little sturdier.  The blue paper was plain apart from a few streaks, so I stamped one of the TF stamps on to it with Versamark, covered the image with clear EP & then heat set.  You can see the texture & shine in the above pic.  I coloured the banner flags with distress inks & added a little detail with a black, fine liner pen, stuck them to the bakers’ twine, which I then attached to the tag.

I came across the square button when I was looking for the round ones.  I can’t remember where it came from, but I think it looks good here.  I wanted something else on the tag, so I stamped the heart & bird stamp, cut out the bird, coloured it with a blue Promarker & a silver pen & attached it to the banner with a little silicone glue.  That, I decided, was that.




Have a great weekend, thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

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.

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.

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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 #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.

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.
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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.

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.