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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.

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The First Cards of C********

Published October 11, 2011 by isisimaginings

I can’t type the word, never mind say it. But you know what I’m talking about, right? The thing that happens towards the end of December, the thing that sends usually sane people into a frenzy of shopping, rushing around & generally panicking, as if the end of the world was nigh? Yep, that’s it. And other than showing you two cards today, I’m not going to mention it, until mid-November at the earliest.

A few months ago, I was delighted to learn that a cardmaking workshop was being held once a month, not that far away from me. They are run by Lisa Baker, who designs cards for Craftwork Cards & Making Cards magazine. She also does tutorials for JandC Creations.

I’ve been to two of her workshops now & very enjoyable they are too. It’s nice to spend a few hours with fellow crafty people, sharing hints & tips, mock moaning about the amount of stash we have & how we REALLY shouldn’t buy any more, but somehow we always do. And Lisa has things to buy at her workshops, so the temptation is huge.

The first card I made I can’t show you yet, as I’ve decided to give it to my sister for her birthday at the end of the month.

Here’s the first of ‘those’ cards. There were no techniques to learn in this workshop, except perhaps learning more about the composition of the card, layering the various elements to create a whole. I think Lisa said the characters are called Nitwits, but I forgot to check that with her. I really like the different papers, they work perfectly together. Lisa calls me “The Rebel”, as I like to do something different, even if it’s just a tiny something, like here, the sentiment is off centre. I haven’t decided who the recipient of this card will be yet, but someone will definitely receive it at C********.


This is the second card, isn’t she a cutiepie?? Lisa offered me the pink version of this, but I chose the blue, because as soon as I saw it I decided it would be for Goddaughter no. 2 & she’s not crazy about pink. You can’t really see it, but the righthand edge of this card is embossed with holly berries & leaves. I’m going to brighten them with some Stickles & glitter.

That’s it for now, thanks for visiting. Until next time,

Love & light.

Starting Over

Published October 4, 2011 by isisimaginings

Well, it has been a while, hasn’t it?  I’m not really sure why.  Things happen, days become weeks become months, life gets in the way.  My health continues to be a problem, I’m getting to know the hospitals of Kent extremely well.  Some days are very dark, others not so bad,

 However, I have no intention of regaling you with all the messy details of my life.  What I will do from to time is include a snippet of a story, the odd photo here & there & of course, some cards.  Because, even though there haven’t been a vast number of cards made, there have been some.

Here is a card for a swap.  The subject was New Year, so I did a search for a sentiment or quotation that was appropriate & found this, TS Eliot.  The little angel is a PaperArtsy stamp, I used Gilding Flakes to make her wings sparkle.  Everything else is from my stash – in other words I can’t remember where everything comes from.

These ATCs were also for swaps, earlier in the year.  the bird in a heart stamp is by Chocolate Baroque & was a freebie in an issue of Craft Stamper magazine.  My favourite thing in these ATCs is the Beadazzles, from Ranger.  You’ll be seeing these A LOT from now on.

I’ve spent too much time on this post – while I was away Blogger has been changed, so I’m trying to work out how to do everything.  Good for the brain, I suppose. 

Thank you to those who have visited & taken the time to leave comments, I will try to reciprocate.

Until next time,

Love & Light.