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Adventures with Tim & Wendy

Published May 22, 2012 by isisimaginings

Happy Tuesday!  It is a glorious day here in Kent; hot with LOTS of sunshine.  I sat out in the garden this morning with my coffee, watching the birds at the feeders & it felt so good.  Of course, I also saw all the work that the garden needs, but that’s for another day.

Firstly, a big thank you for the very kind & encouraging comments on my last post, it means a lot.  It was especially swoonsome to get a comment from the great Andy Skinner.  Andy is a brilliant altered artist.  His metal techniques are fantastic & by hook or by crook, I WILL attend one of his workshops one day.  Thank you again Andy.

My project today is my take on Lord Tim of Holtz’ tag for May. you can see Tim’s tag HERE.

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A few months ago the very excellent Wendy Vecchi posted a cool technique, called Faux Crazed Glass, on her blog which I immediately wanted to try.  I decided I would attempt it for this tag.  I didn’t have ‘Glue n Seal’, so I used ordinary PVA glue & it worked.  The only difference is that it turned clear as the Rock Candy dried.

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Once the vial was completely dry, I smooshed Shabby Shutters & Brushed Corduroy distress stains onto my craft mat & dabbed them onto the vial with my finger, drying each time with my heat tool.

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LOVE how this turned out!  I’m now saving bottles in different sizes, so that I can try this technique again.  I’ve got a dark green, empty olive oil bottle, which I think will look great.

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I stamped the image onto scrap card & punched it out, then used Glossy Accents to attach the fragment.

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Look, porcelain flowers!!  Now, I do not have a Melt Pot, so I improvised, which can be dangerous, because melted UTEE is bloomin’ hot!  Fortunately, I managed not to burn myself, but a Melt Pot is definitely on my wish list, along with Wendy Vecchi’s Art Parts, stamps, Clearly For Art, etc., Andy Skinner’s stamps & classes & the other thousand or so things I want.  Sound familiar??

That’s it for now, so until next time,

Love & light

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Mahoosive News!!!

Published May 14, 2012 by isisimaginings

 

 

Edited to add: I’m having problems with WordPress this morning.  I can’t add  links.

Lisa’s blog is http://lisabdesignsinspiration.blogspot.com

Her website is www.lisabdesigns.co.uk

Good Monday morning to you blog visitors, hope you all had a lovely weekend.  The weather was ok here, we actually had some sunshine, which was quite shocking.  Even more shocking, I got to work in my garden for a few hours.  I can hardly walk today, but that’s another story.

On to my news……..

See that image up there?  It’s being organised by my friend Lisa Baker & I AM ONE OF THE DEMONSTRATORS!  Squeeeee!!!!!  I still can’t quite believe she asked me & I am hugely honoured, excited & terrified.  It was at last year’s event that I first met Lisa.  I started attending her classes & now I help at the classes & also write her blog posts.

This will be the FIRST time I have ever demonstrated & I want to do my very best to help make the day a big success.  I will be demonstrating my favourite Tim Holtz, grungy, distressed techniques for altered art, so I’m busy making samples at the moment.

So, if you’re in Kent, please consider coming along.  Barming is only about ten minutes from Maidstone town centre in one direction & from the A20 in another.  Lisa will have her entire shop set up in the hall & there will be cake!!  I will keep you updated in the coming weeks both here & on Lisa’s blog.  Remember the date – July 28 – and spread the word!

Love & light

Kirsten

I is for Inspire

Published May 1, 2012 by isisimaginings

Greetings blog visitors, here is my next tag in the Chocolate Baroque  Alpha Tag Swap.  I wasn’t sure about signing up to three swap initially, but I’m glad I did.  Every month I receive two terrific tags from CB members & it’s so interesting to see what they have they created.

When I began thinking of this tag, “words inspire” came to mind.  Then I thought of a bookmark, but one that was old & worn.

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I glued a page of an old book onto the tag, followed by torn scraps of patterned Elusive Images papers – CB used to be Elusive Images – and sealed everything with Mod Podge.

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After blending distress inks – Broken China, Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire – over the top & drying with a heat tool, I put pale blue acrylic paint through a Crafter’s Workshop mini cubist stencil in patches.

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The word ‘inspire’ is from the CB Artistic Expressions collection.  I stamped it on white, scrap card which I edged with Chipped Sapphire  DI & added the crew brad.

This tag ended up very grungy.  I like it, but I’m not sure how the recipient of it will feel about it.  Sometimes though, I need to make something completely different from the light colours & flowery stuff.

Thank you for looking.  Until next time,

Love & light