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Tim’s May Tag

Published May 16, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello blog visitors, hope you’ve had a great Thursday.  Many thanks for the kind comments on my PaperArtsy key chains last night.

When I saw Tim’s tag at the beginning of the month, I didn’t think I’d be able to recreate it, as I didn’t have any rub ons, but a search through my stash revealed some by Kaisercraft, black & white & colour ones.

Here’s Tim’s gorgeous tag.  I love the Mona Lisa stamp, must get it at some point.



Here’s my tag – the second attempt.  The black & white rub ons were a failure, they remained attached to their backing sheet, no matter how much I rubbed, so the first tag went in the bin.

TH 12 Tags 2013 May

I think these coloured ones are ok, they fit quite nicely with the few distress stains I have.  The face is a La Blanche stamp & I added some stamping, using some of my TH stamps.  I added some Treasure Gold & Snowflake fresco paint to the philosophy tag.

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Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Creative Chemistry 101……..Day 3

Published March 27, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy Tuesday blog visitors, I hope the day is treating you well.  I’ve got four more tags to show you today, the results of my “homework” for Tim Holtz’ Creative Chemistry 101 at Online Card Classes.   This class was all about alcohol inks & Archival inks.

Alcohol inks with Gold mixative & blending solution
Alcohol inks with Silver Mixative & blending solution
One of the techniques Tim demonstrated was using the Archival inks as a resist under Distress inks.  I don’t presently have any Archival inks, but I do have a selection of Brilliance inks & I wondered if they would have the same result & indeed they do, as you can see in the two pics below.

One of the nice things about these classes is that I’m getting a chance to play.  Instead of choosing certain colours, I’m just grabbing what comes to hand, especially with the alcohol inks, which I rarely use.  The results are certainly interesting & I will use them more often now.
The tag below was an experiment.  Tim had said that the resist technique wouldn’t work very well on a manilla tag, so I wanted to see what the effect would be & I must say, I like it.  The photo doesn’t show the background very well, but I think you can see the stamped images underneath the DI.  The birdman was from an alcohol inked tag that went wrong earlier, so I decided to cut it out & use it as the focal point on this tag.
Stamps used on these tags: Tim Holtz, PaperArtsy, Artistic Stamper, 7 Gypsies
Thank you for looking.  Until next time, 
Love & light

Creative Chemistry 101…….Day 2

Published March 26, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy Monday blog visitors, thanks for stopping by.  Today, I have four tags to show you.  Over at Online Card Classes, the Duke of Distress is doing a two week class.   Every day there are videos where Tim explains & demonstrates all the inky & painty things in his & the Ranger product line; Distress inks, Archival inks, Distress stains & markers, etc.  You can still sign up, click on the link above for all the info.  Day two was focused on Distress inks & Tim demoed various techniques, including blending, watercolouring & his renowned spritz & flick.

Watercolour stamping
Spritz & flick
I used assorted colours of Distress inks & Tim’s stamps on all of these tags.  Thanks for looking.
Love & light.
Spritz & flick

"Lucy In The Sky………."

Published March 24, 2012 by isisimaginings
 My poor blog, forgive me for neglecting you.  I’ve not been feeling great the last few weeks, worn out from the constant pain in my back, along with assorted other things.  I tried writing a blog post a few times, but gave up as my brain seemed incapable of functioning.  Anyway, on to today’s project.
I made this canvas a few weeks ago.  I intended taking part in Hels‘ Sunday Stamper challenge at the time, which was ‘Diamonds’, but that didn’t happen.  Then I thought I would enter it in last week’s Simon Says Stamp challenge, which was ‘Anything’ & that didn’t happen.  So, here it is.
Plasticine porters with looking glass ties
When Hels gives a theme, she always chooses a song to go along with it & she chose ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’.  Naturally, I couldn’t resist.  I’ve loved The Beatles’ music for as long as I can remember & LSD is so full of imagery, you really can’t go wrong.  I wanted to include a number of images from the song & I wanted to go quite big, so I chose a 20x20cm canvas instead of a card to work on.
Cellophane flowers of yellow & green, towering over your head
Stamps: Tim Holtz, La Blanche, PaperArtsy, 7 Gypsies, Chocolate Baroque, Kanban
Distress inks: Stormy Sky, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo
Mod Podge, Promarkers, Card Candi, Acetate, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Adhesive gems & pearls, Stars
Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
So there it is.  I think it has a childlike quality, which I like, as “Lucy…..” is probably one of the first songs I learnt as a child.  What do you think?
Thank you for visiting, have a great weekend.  Until then,
Love & light

Artistic Stamper Challenge…….Travel

Published March 4, 2012 by isisimaginings

 Good Sunday morning to you, thanks for stopping by.  I’m watching Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps on Create & Craft at the moment – she is a genius with a brayer! – and thought I’d post the card I made for the Artistic Stamper challenge for March at the same time.  I cannot craft AND watch Barbara at the same time. 🙂

So, the theme for this week’s AS challenge is travel.  I have Jennie Artistic Stamper’s Inspiration Jars stamps, so I immediately thought of a ship in a bottle.  I don’t have any ship stamps, so I used the car from a TH set.
  •  Stamps: Artistic Stamper Inspiration Jars. Tim Holtz Lost & Found, QVCUK set from 2010, Artemio postmark & Kanban gears stamps
  • Black & coffee Archival inks, Versamark
  • Distress inks – Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen
  • Distress embossing powder – Weathered Wood
  • Kraft Resist card
  • Kraft card
  • Blue ribbed card from Limetree Crafts
  • Idea-ology brads & clock hand

The Recipe:

  • Stamped the jars onto white card with Versamark, covered with Weathered Wood & heat set & cut them out.
  • Stamped the car onto white card with Gathered Twigs, put Versamark & clear EP on the windows & heat set, blended Weathered Wood & Antique Linen over the car, covered with clear EP, heat set & cut out.
  • Blended blue DIs over the patterned jar, & covered the ‘glass’ part both jars with clear EP & heat set.  Blended a little Gathered Twigs over the lids.
  • Blended Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire over the embossed clear jar, to get the colour into the gaps in the EP. Attached the car to the jar using copper brads – I bent the car slightly so that it wouldn’t be completely flat.
  • Stamped the gears onto white car with coffee Archival, stamping 2/3 times to get fainter images. Dried with heat tool & blended over DIs as above.  Also blended Chipped Sapphire around the edges of the Kraft Resist card.
  • Made the postage stamp by stamping onto white card with Chipped Sapphire & punching out a section.
  • Stamped the postmarks with black Archival & the birds with coffee.
  • Stamped the quote with coffee Archival, blended Antique Linen & gathered Twigs on top & added the clock hand with another brad.
  • Assembled the card, added string coloured with Gathered Twigs.

Thank you for looking.  I’m off to try to get another challenge completed today.  Until next time,

Love & light


Birthday Bingo

Published January 31, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy Tuesday to one & all. Today’s card went to another of the Grand Cinema team, in Tacoma, WA.  My brief was “she likes Disney & casinos”.  Okaaaay………:)  My first thought was Disney as I knew I had a pack of Disney themed bottlecaps in my stash.  So I went looking.  And couldn’t find them anywhere.  They were nowhere to be found.  After a few whispered “oh dears” & “what a shame” I decided it would have to be casinos.  Or something in that vein. 


  • Tim Holtz Bingo texture fade embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Kraft Resist
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wordstick
  • Distress inks – Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves
  • Perfect Pearls mist Heirloom Gold
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities labels
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies

I started with the Bingo texture fade, using it to emboss a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash card stock, which I tore & distressed with some sandpaper.  I chose the ledger page of the Kraft Resist paper stash because of the numbers.  I blended the DIs over it, then sprayed it with the Heirloom Gold PP.

My initial thought was to use a word ticket with a memo pin, but I prefer the wordstick.  I put a few drops of alcohol inks on to it.  If you put another colour of AI on to another, the first colour disappears.  Cool!

That’s pretty much it.  Hope the birthday girl liked it.  Thanks for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light.

PS Remember the Disney bottlecaps?  I found them a few days after I’d mailed the card.  They were under the printer.  No, I have no idea how they got there.

Chocolate Baroque AlphaTags Swap ‘A’

Published January 27, 2012 by isisimaginings

It’s Friday!  I hope the week has been good to you.

Today, I’d like to show you a tag.  It’s my first contribution to the AlphaTags swap at the Chocolate Baroque forum.  The swap runs until December & each month we make two tags – except for two months when we’ll make three.  The finished tags are swapped with other members & at the end of the year we will have a tag book filled with gorgeous creations.  Over Christmas & the New Year I started an alphabetical list of colours, items, subjects, techniques, etc.  I’m still having problems with a few letters –  X & Z stand out 🙂 – but the lists are quite long for others.  So without further ado, here is ‘A’.

A is for:

  • ART
  • Amber
  • Aquamarine
  • ATC
  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol paints


  • Acrylic paints
  • Alcohol inks – Sail Boat Blue, Butterscotch, Espresso,
  • Tissue paper
  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Textured Fragments’ stamps collection
  • UTEE
  • PaperArtsy flower & leaf dies
  • Ribbons from my stash
  • TH Idea-ology tassel
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps

I began by layering orange & blue paints on the tag.  I used Picket Fence distress stain on the layers, heat setting each time until I decided there was enough.  After stamping the decorated window on to tissue paper with Stazon, I covered the painted tag with PVA glue, put the tissue paper on top & crinkled it over the tag.  This was something I first tried during Sir Tim of Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas 2011, on Tag #12.

When the glue had dried I decided I didn’t like how the tag looked.  The paint underneath the tissue paper was too pale & flat, so out came the alcohol inks.  I smooshed them all over the tag a few times, letting each layer dry.  The gold mixative gave the tag a lovely sheen.

Once the background was done & trust me, it took HOURS :), I finished the rest of the tag quite quickly.  I used Elusive Images to make the ATC & stamped the quote, (by Anne Tucker) on to white card stock, which I then coloured with distress inks.  When the words were in place I drew around them with a fine liner black pen, which made them stand out.  The UTEE flowers were coloured with alcohol inks, I wanted to give the impression they were pieces of amber  & the ribbon on the bottom of the tag was coloured with Spiced Marmalade DI, then stamped with another of the Textured Fragments stamps, as were the leaves under the top flower.

Now, all I have to do is hope the person who receives this tag likes it.  Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.  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.

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.

Another Calendar

Published January 3, 2012 by isisimaginings

Here is another calendar, this time using the TH birdcage & bird dies. I used one of PaperArtsy’s Thorndon Hall papers for the background. On the area behind the birdcage I stamped a trio of birdcages, from Stampendous, with Versamark, then heat set with clear embossing powder. You can just see them in the above photo.

It’s so long since I made this that I can’t remember exactly what I used. I know the bird & cage are cut from Grungepaper. I probably coloured them with distress inks, after which I know I overstamped them with a crackle stamp – the cage – and a script stamp – the bird, before again covering them with clear embossing powder. The heart charm says “made with love”, it’s from my stash.

I made the hanging clock using Nestabilities circle dies & the clock face is a Kelly Panacci clear stamp. The brass charms are from
Vintaj & the baker’s twine from www.pur-ple.co.uk . The clocks image behind the calendar is a stencil from Creative Expressions, again I would have used distress inks.

Okay, I can’t think of anything else to say about this calendar. Thanks for looking. Until next time,

Love & light.