All posts for the month March, 2012

Simon & Hels say…..Tag a Bird!

Published March 31, 2012 by isisimaginings

Evening all, I survived the pizza party!  Apologies for the naff title of this post, but I want to enter this tag into two challenges; Simon Says Stamp…a tag & Hels’ Sunday Stamper challenge….birds.  I’m really tired, so I’m not adding any info tonight.

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Stamps used: Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments

Distress inks, stains, stickles

Bird on a branch from Artemio

Glassine flowers




Thank you for looking.

Love & light



Creative Chemistry 101…..Day 7

Published March 31, 2012 by isisimaginings

A very good Saturday to one & all.  Very grey & chilly here, quite a change from the last few days.  Still, it’s definitely Spring.

Today, I’d like to show you two of the tags I made for day 7 of Tim’s online class at  The live classes are now over, but you can still sign up, as there is lifetime access to them.  Before I continue, I should mention that I don’t have anything to show you for days 4 & 6.  These lessons were on reinkers & Distress markers, neither of which I have at the moment.

Day 7 was all about embossing & like the other days, it was very interesting.  Possibly, the most important thing I learnt was that Versamark ink is NOT suitable to use with Distress embossing powders.  I’ve always used Versamark & gave up using Distress EPs, because I wasn’t getting the end result.  Now I know why.  I was so pleased with the embossing on this birdcage tag & you can expect to see Distress EPs on lots of projects from now on.

TH CC 101 Day 7 4

Stampendous birdcages

Tea Dye Distress EP

Tim also showed us embossing over Distress ink.  This was another technique I hadn’t had much success with, I think because I wasn’t putting enough ink on my stamp.  This time it worked.  Possibly, this stamp is a little too detailed, but in RL the embossing looks pretty good.

TH CC 101 Day 7 2

TH CC 101 Day 7

Image stamp from Creative Expressions

Swirl stamp Anna Griffin

Quote by Picasso

That’s it for today, I have to assist at an eight-year-old’s birthday party this afternoon.  She chose to make pizzas at a local pizzeria, so it should be interesting. Smile  I will be doing a second post tonight, as I want to enter a few challenges that are ending tomorrow.

Love & light.

F is for………..

Published March 29, 2012 by isisimaginings
Here is my second of the three tags for March,
in the Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.   I said yesterday that I couldn’t come up with any ideas & the situation was getting desperate a week after I had finished the ‘E’ tag.  After staring at my CB stamps for about ten years 🙂 I decided to start colouring the tree & flowers image with Promarkers, in the hope that an idea would spark. A few hours later, I had a finished tag.
F is for “Forest Flowers”
Stamps – Elusive Images Patchwork Butterfly, Chocolate Baroque Texture Fragments, Hero Arts
Distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Flowers – Prima & Papermania
 Brads & gems from my stash
Something else I said yesterday was that I was trying not to add many embellishments & here is a tag with a LOT of flowers on it, but they go with the theme.
Thank you for looking.  Until next time,
Love & light

E is for……….

Published March 28, 2012 by isisimaginings
Good Wednesday morning blog visitors, here we are at the middle of the week already, thanks for stopping by.
I’m taking a break from my ‘homework’ for Professor Holtz to show my first tag for this month’s Chocolate Baroque Alpha Tag Swap.  We had to make three tags this time round & it was STRESSFUL.  I’ve no idea why, the ideas just weren’t there.
Anyway, E is for Easter & Embossing.
Manilla tag, size 8
Chocolate Baroque stamps
Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive
Sizzix Embossing Folder – Stylized Flowers
Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Promarkers, Memento ‘London Fog’ ink
The first thing I did was to stamp a flourish onto the tag with Versamark & then left the ink to dry.  I stamped the flowers with DIs & then blended the same colours over the entire tag.  After embossing with the Stylized Flowers folder, I used a Versamark pen to ink over areas of the flowers, applied clear EP & heat set.  The butterfly was stamped on to scrap card with London Fog Memento ink, coloured with Promarkers & cut out.
I am purposefully trying to keep these tags simple, by not adding too many embellishments & instead focusing on techniques.  It’s a good challenge for me.
I hope to return tomorrow with my ‘F’ tag.  Until then,
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