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C Is For…..

Published February 29, 2012 by isisimaginings

Greetings to one & all.  Here is my third tag for the Chocolate Baroque AlphaTag swap.

C is for:

  • Create
  • Copper
  • Clay
  • Clocks

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Baroque ‘Punky Romance’ stamp collection
  • Crackle paint – Peeled Paint
  • Distress inks – Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves
  • Brilliance ink – Cosmic Copper
  • Copper & silver acrylic paints
  • Hearty modeling clay
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die – Regal Crest
  • TH gears, clock hands
  • Clock parts from CalicoCrafts.co.uk
  • Artistic Stamper bottle stamps
  • Hampton Art mini alphabet stamps
  • Archival ink, Versamark, shrink plastic, gesso, clear embossing powder, jump rings, ribbons





I used Sir Tim’s Crackle Resist technique for the background.  You can watch the YouTube video HERE.  I added the white circles using the lid of a small paint tube & gesso.



To make the flower clock I stamped into the modelling clay & left to dry  – Hearty clay is very light & is air dry in 24 hours.  NOTE: Brilliance inks do NOT dry on the clay.  When I realised this, I pressed the flower into my Versamark ink pad, covered it with clear EP, then heat set.  The wings behind the crest are also from the Punky Romance collection.  I stamped them with Momento London Fog & painted them with mixed silver & copper paints.





This is the second time in a week that I’ve used shrink plastic, actually the second time since I started crafting.  I’ve always been slightly wary of it, for some bizarre reason, but now that I’ve had a go, I can see lots of possibilities.  After shrinking the bottle I added a few tiny clock parts to the back with Glossy Accents.  It looks ok, but I may change it for the clear bottle.

After living with this tag for a while I covered the crest with copper acrylic paint & it looked much better.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the tag before I mailed it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Thanks for looking.

Love & light.

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Love Tags?

Published February 28, 2012 by isisimaginings

Right, own up.  Whodunnit?  Who stole February?  I can’t believe tomorrow is the 29th, I feel like I’ve missed the entire month.  Lots of things have been happening, but I’ll tell you another time.  I want to keep this post short & sweet.About a fortnight ago, Lord Tim of Holtz announced the end of his “Twelve Tags of Christmas”.  Cue worldwide hysterical sobbing.  He then announced his “Twelve Tags of 2012”, whereby he will show us one tag a month.  Cue worldwide hysterical cheering.  I am very glad I did his 12 Tags of Christmas last year, I would have been very cross with myself now if I hadn’t.  I like the idea of one tag a month, if nothing else there will less pressure in December.
You can find all the information & Tim’s February tag HERE.  Naturally, I have NONE of the items Tim used, so it took me quite a while to come up with an idea.

For the red heart I covered a piece of white cardstock in Festive Berries distress inks.  Then I stamped the heart stamp – free with a recent issue of Craft Stamper magazine – on to the cardstock also with Festive Berries.  Cut out the hearts, folded them in half, stuck them to another stamped heart & left them to dry.

I covered the embossed tag with assorted distress inks; Fired Brick, Tattered Rose, Barn Door.  I did wonder if Picket Fence Distress Stain would act as a resist, but it didn’t.  The letters were cut from a piece of Tim’s paper from 2005.  The wings are from a set of Tim’s Stampers’ Anonymous stamps.  Stamped them with Fired Brick, cut them out & covered them with Clear Rock Candy distress stickles.  Added the bling & that’s it.

Thanks for looking, the plan is to blog again tomorrow, but you know what ‘they’ say about plans.

Love & light.

Edited to add: Thanks to Annette Green for letting me know the photo of the entire tag is missing.  Another pic is also missing.  This is very strange as all four photos were in the post when I published it.  Not only that, the photos are not on my computer, which is even more bizarre, as I didn’t delete them.  They have to be somewhere, so I shall continue searching.

Egyptian Queen

Published February 5, 2012 by isisimaginings
I would like to enter today’s project into the current Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge – “Kings & Queens”. 

Happy Sunday evening to everyone.  It’s still freezing here, we had about 8cm of snow overnight & it’s set to freeze tonight.  Have to admit, I’m tired of the cold, I need to feel the warmth of the sun.  I have had a busy week, which included going to the Creative Stitches & Hobbies show at Glow, the new events venue at Bluewater, Kent.  I also went to my monthly card making workshop.  More of both in later posts.

On to today’s post, which is a 20x20cm canvas – the first I’ve ever attempted.  It took me about six days to complete & my original plan was to blog its progress each day.  I still may do that, so I’ll just mention some of the features of the finished project.

When I started I knew I wanted the canvas to have an Ancient Egyptian theme & when I remembered THIS project by Glenda Waterworth, using her Texture Fragments stamps, I decided on the layout.

I used the same TF stamp on Hearty clay & hung the brass embellishment – from Calico Crafts, who have a great selection of metal embellies of all kinds –  on a piece of raffia & adhered the blue gem. The gold flower behind is a Donna Downey stamp, which I covered in gold acrylic paint, it symbolises the Tree of Life.  The scroll below the flower contains a secret prayer.  I wanted it to look like papyrus, so I distressed it by scrunching it & blending with distress inks before tying it with more raffia.

The bottle is a Wendy Vecchi art part & symbolises a canopic jar.  I stamped it with one of the Texture Fragments stamps & inked it with DIs & a gold Krylon pen.  The hieroglyphs spell out ‘QUEEN’ & were stamped on to tissue paper, which I then adhered to the bottle & when dry, covered with Rock Candy Stickles.

There is lots of stamping on this canvas; as well the Donna Downey flower stamp & the Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, there are the Egyptian image stamps from my stash & Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Romance collection.

So, that’s my entry to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, bit for my first go at a canvas, I’m fairly happy with it.

Thanks for looking & I hope to be back tomorrow with something completely different.  Until then,

Love & light.