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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.

Indigo Blu & Flitter Glu

Published January 11, 2012 by isisimaginings

New products appear in the crafting world all the time, some of them I can easily live without, some of them have the wow factor. When I got the opportunity to try IndigoBlu‘s new Flitter Glu, there was a definite wow.

IndigoBlu is a relatively new, English stamp company. They have a terrific range of vintagey, Steampunky stamps, as well as great metal embellishments & alterable items. I’m compiling a long, IndigoBlu wish list, but for now, the glue is what I want to talk about.

Flitter Glu is a glue that can safely be used on STAMPS. You can stamp an entire image with the glue, instead of ink or Versamark & then cover the image with gilding flakes or glitter, or probably even tiny beads. I love gilding flakes, but never use them as much as I’d like to, now I have no excuse. I get mine from Crafty Notions, by the way.

It takes a little bit of time & practice to learn to use the glue effectively – too much or too little pressure & the result is a blurred or incomplete image. But the glue pot comes with clear instructions on how to apply the glue & how to clean your stamps after use, so follow those, practice a little & you won’t go wrong.

I wish the photos were clearer, but I think you can see the shine from the gilding flakes in this close-up. The stamp is one of Tim Holtz ATC-sized stamps & instead of making a card, I created a little wallhanging. I embossed the blue cardstock with a Cuttlebug folder, but didn’t realise until everything was assembled that I had reversed it, so the debossed side is what you see. I liked it so left it as it is. I disliked the sentiment I used originally & replaced it with ‘Soar’, cut from the Broadway Melody alphabet set by Sizzix.

So that’s it for today. I did use the Flitter Glu on some Christmas cards, but of course I forgot to photograph them. I will be using it on all sorts of stamps, so expect to see lots of gilding flakes & glitter from now on.

Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.

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.

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.

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.

El Dia de los Muertos

Published November 2, 2011 by isisimaginings

I know I said I wouldn’t be back until Thursday, but I remembered that I could schedule a post in advance & as I have a card to show you that is relevant to today, I’m creating this post on Tuesday night.

When I was asked to make a Day of the Dead card my first thought was “OMG!” I had no clue what to do, or whether or not I had anything that was relevant in my crafting stash. I had a vague idea what the day is about, so I did some research on the Internet & some serious searching through the small mountain that is my stash. I quickly decided that skulls & skeletons were required & apart from a piece of paper I had nothing suitable. Until a quick trip into town & a visit to Claire’s Accessories, where I found a pair of skeleton earrings – result!

After that, the card came together fairly quickly. The white shaped card is from Craftwork Cards, with black card & pink/purple mirri card matted & layered on top. I attached the skeleton onto the flowers with a card, added the ribbons & attached the ‘L’ – cut from the Sizzix Broadway alphabet set – with an Ideology memory pin.

Keeping it short & sweet today, see you on Thursday.

Love & light.