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First Card of 2010!

Published January 6, 2010 by isisimaginings

Yes, I did say in last night’s post that I probably wouldn’t have any cards to show this week. That was correct until Jen reminded me she needed a birthday card for one of her work colleagues. I had a hospital appointment today, which was cancelled due to the bad weather, so it was a perfect opportunity to get crafty. I ended up making two cards, the first of which is this one.

The LO was inspired by a card I saw in the second edition of ‘The Complete Cardmaking Handbook’. I stamped the swirl with Versamark – my placement is not as good as it should be – covered the swirls with clear embossing powder & used the heat gun. I used a blending tool to cover the card with TH ‘Peeled Paint’ & ‘Frayed Burlap’ Distress Inks. The pin attached to the sentiment is also from TH. I coloured the Manga Girl image with my Whispers pens & attached her with foam pads. When the card was finished, I thought it looked a little flat, so I added the three adhesive pearls.

I know today is officially the last day of Christmas, so it seems fitting to show you some pics I took of the Christmas tree outside the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, in Dublin, Ireland. It’s a tree-shaped grouping of lighted spheres that change colour every few seconds. Naturally, it has divided the opinions of Dubliners, including my mom, (!), but I like it a lot. I’m developing a real fascination for contemporary forms of lighting & this ticks a lot of boxes for me.

I’ve waited until now to mention the ‘R’ word. You know; “Resolution“, (I’m whispering). Last year I made all sorts of new year’s resolutions & didn’t manage to keep any of them. So this year I have decided to keep it simple & uncomplicated. I hereby resolve to:

  • Avoid Procrastination
  • Be Creative

I admitted to myself towards the end of 2009 that I have real problem with putting things off – my failure to make enough Christmas cards is a classic example. I also know why I do it; fear of not been good enough, fear of being laughed at for daring to think I could possibly have any artistic talent, etc., etc. All the classic neuroses & insecurities that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. If I have learned nothing else in the last two years, it is that time is finite & I have a lot to do, so more wasting it. To quote the late, lamented tenth Doctor Who, aka the gorgeous David Tennant, “Allons-y!!!”

You’ll have seen the new picture at the top of my blog, the one that says ‘Creative Every Day 2010’. I visited Leah’s blog from time to time last year & this year I decided to join her challenge of creating something every day – or as often as you can, in my case! I like that we can create anything we want, from a card, a poem, a painting, to a story, anything. Leah chooses a monthly theme, but we don’t have to use it, it’s only in case we get stuck. Her theme for January is ‘Body’ & it has actually given me an idea for a series of paintings. I’ve been turning the idea over & over in my head since before Christmas & I’m going to have a go. They’re probably going to be awful, but I’m going to be very brave & put them on my blog, where everyone can criticise them as much as they like! Of course, if you’d all like to lie & tell me they’re fantastic, I’d be thrilled!! 🙂 🙂 I hope to start working on them at the weekend, wish me luck!

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate it. Until next time,

Love & light.

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Happy New Year!!

Published January 5, 2010 by isisimaginings

To one & all. I hope you had a great Christmas & that you have recovered from any over-exuberant New Year celebrations. 😉

Jen & I had a nice time with my family, but my poor mom got ‘flu on Christmas Day & the weather was horrendous; ranging from gale force winds, non-stop rain, freezing temperatures & inches of ice everywhere. We ate too much, drank too much alcohol, watched too much tv, but we also walked a lot, (should that be, we slid a lot, I wonder??) & did some touristy stuff. Jen took lots of photos & when she puts them on her blog I’ll let you know.

We also saw a movie; ‘Nowhere Boy’, about the young John Lennon & his troubled relationships with his mother & his Aunt Mimi. It’s directed by artist Sam Taylor Wood & she gets good performances from all her actors. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Aunt Mimi, Anne-Marie Duff is Julia, John’s mother & Aaron Johnson plays the young John. See it if you can.

Since I got back, I’ve been trying to get back to ‘normal’. I had so many emails, etc., to catch up on. I spent a lot of time while I was away bemoaning the fact that I had no Internet access, completely forgetting that my mom’s local library has many computers & they’re all free to use!! Mom reminded me of this fact only a few hours before I left for the airport, so I’m blaming her for my poor memory. 🙂 I definitely won’t forget next time! So, yes, I’ve been going through my inbox, replying to many & deleting even more. I also had a huge pile of mail to sort through & yes, most of it was rubbish, but I did get the new issue of ‘Craft Stamper’ magazine & it is wonderful. For my money, it’s the best craft magazine on the market & the free stamp is always good quality. This issue, has a good article on stamping with bleach. The results are lovely, so I must give it a try.

Talking of stamps, I have fallen in love!!! I discovered Stampotique stamps & they are TERRIFIC!!! I love the weirdness of images such as ‘Lunchbox Girl’ & ‘Sheer’ & the unusual beauty of ‘Three Goddesses’, but it’s impossible to choose favourites. They’re not cheap, but I’m going to create a wish list & maybe treat myself to one occasionally.

I doubt I’ll have time to make cards until the weekend, but I do have quite a few ideas swirling around my brain. I’ve got to make cards for a birthday & a wedding next week & I already know what I’m going to do for the wedding card.

So, instead of a card, I’m going to share with you something I wrote a few months ago. It’s in the style of a Haiku & while it’s not very good, it make raise a wry smile amongst some of my blog visitors & followers.

Happy new beginning,
Resolution over by four.
Ah well, maybe next year.
Thank you for stopping by. Until next time,
Love & light