QVC Craft Day

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Caution! Brayer Novice At Work!

Published February 27, 2010 by isisimaginings

I’m beginning to sound like a worn-out record, (pre-CDs to those too young to remember!), but where is the time going?? I cannot believe that my last post was eight days ago. It truly was not my intention to leave it this long, but the past week has not been without its stresses & right now I have a very strong desire to change my name & disappear. Anyway, on to nicer things…

Tuesday was the best day of the week for me. It was Craft Day on QVC & the TSV came from the brilliant Tim Holtz. It was his new book ‘Compendium of Curiosities’, together with a distress ink, crackle paint, distress Stickles, Glossy & Sepia Accents & tools. And I got them all as an early birthday present from Jen!! The TSV arrived on Thursday afternoon & I immediately sat down to look through the book. It is terrific! Tim gives clear & concise instructions on how to achieve his grungy/distressed look, along with great photos. There’s a guide to his range of inks, paints, stamps, etc., a page for your own notes & at the very end, pics of some of Tim’s new creations & they are stunning. If you’ve always wanted to attempt Tim’s techniques, then I highly recommend this book. I’ve already got a few ideas brewing & hopefully, tomorrow I will send the day creating.The Craft Day itself was one of the best QVC as had in a long time. There were other guest designers, including:

Claudine Hellmuth

Lindsay Mason
Rachel Greig

& they gave us some fantastics hints & tips.

I was very smart & remembered to write down the various techniques that I liked the look off, especially Lindsay’s. Rachel Greig was a new name to me. She is an Australian photographer, who has created rubber stamps from some of wonderful images. I was SO tempted by them, but I managed to restrain myself. 🙂 While I watched, I made six Easter cards & one birthday card, which I will show you in a later post.

Now to the main topic of this post. I bought a brayer AGES ago & then was afraid to use it. 🙂 Don’t ask me why, I have no clue. Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time I stopped being an idiot. The postcards in this post are my first atte

I used masking tape around the edges of glossy card to create the border. The images were stamped with Versamark, covered in white embossing powder, then heat embossed. I used Kaleidacolor inks in Spectrum & Caribbean Sea on the brayer, used a paintbrush for blending of tiny areas in some areas, then wiped over the whole area with a paper towel to create a shine.

The stamps are from Hero Arts, PaperArtsy, Inkadinkado, plus others I can’t remember – and I’ve lost the packaging. I quite like the colours of the Caribbean ink pad, but I’m not sure about Spectrum. The end result is darker than I wanted; I think I used too much ink & over blended. Still, for my first attempts, I don’t think they are too terrible.

My inspirational artist & blogger today is Tammy Vitale . Tammy paints, sculpts, makes jewellery & writes incredible posts that always seem to resonate with what’s happening in my life. In her latest post, she asks the question, ‘How Do You Know When Joy Arrives?’ I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read what she has to say.

I would like to end today by saying ‘arigato gozaimasu’ to my first visitor from Japan, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Until next time,

Love & light.

That Friday Feeling

Published February 19, 2010 by isisimaginings

Happy Friday folks. I tried to post last night, but Blogger didn’t want to play. Hope everyone has had a good week & has a nice weekend planned. I’m thinking of going to London for a lesson on how to play the Djembe drum. I saw a movie called ‘The Visitor’ last year & fell in love with the drumming & via I discovered a group in North London, where you have a lesson first & then join in with more skilled drummers – if you feel confident enough to have a go! I highly recommend the movie by the way, beautiful performances & a moving story.

I’ve been making cards the last few days; none of which can be shown at the moment. Today I made a start on Easter cards, which is at the beginning of April this year. I need to make about fourteen, so it makes sense to get going now. Yesterday, I took out a clear tree stamp, put it on the table beside me & five minutes later it had disappeared. I finally found it a few minutes ago – it was stuck to the underneath of the paper trimmer! And yes, it was the last place I thought of looking. 🙂

These cards are ones I made back in January; the thank you card for a friend & the Spring one for my mom. They’re self-explanatory I think. I did use TH ‘Dusty Concord’ distress ink & then ‘Broken China’ stickles around the border of the thank you card. I think the little flutterby is cute, it makes me smile.

Speaking of the great man, Tim is on QVC’s Craft day next Tuesday, Feb 23. He’s starting at midnight on Monday with a TSV & I will DEFINITELY be staying up to see what it is! There will be other guests, including Suze Weinberg, during Craft Day, so hopefully, there will be lots of new techniques & goodies to swoon over. 🙂 I just hope the demonstrators are given enough time to demo properly, without the QVC presenters talking over them continually. I know they are there to persuade us to buy as much as possible, but sometimes, the constant chatter & interrupting gets very irritating.

I took this photo on January 1st, near a bird sanctuary a few miles from my mom’s house. It was so cold there weren’t many birds around, but after I took the pic I realised there were two swans in the water, below the trees. The composition of the trees against the sky was the reason I took the pic in the first place.

My inspirational blog of choice today is Lisa Sonora Beam’s. Lisa is currently in Mexico & she has set herself quite a challenge – to paint 1008 paintings by the end of May! Follow her progress & read her terrific advice on goal setting. She has also written a book, called ‘The Creative Entrepreneur’, which is full of great tools & suggestions on how to set a creative business.

I love how the Internet is helping me find all these amazingly powerful & inspirational women all around the world. They are incredibly generous; sharing with grace & kindness what they’ve learned & are still learning. Rock on, ladies!!

There are years that ask questions & years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston

Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by. Until next time,

Love & light.