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Passion for Promarkers Challenge – Pastels

Published March 3, 2012 by isisimaginings

 Good Saturday afternoon blog visitors, it’s a bit chilly here.  I’ve spent the last few hours making a card for another challenge, but today I’m showing you the Easter card I made for the challenge over at the Passion for Promarkers blog.  You can find all the information HERE.  I need to use my Promarkers much more, so the challenges will get me motivated.  This week the challenge is to use pastel colours only, so I decided an Easter card would be perfect.  My inspiration was two films; ‘Easter Parade’ & ‘Printemps a Paris’ – Springtime in Paris.

Ingredients:

  • 8×8 white, scalloped-edge card
  • Promarkers – Pastel Yellow, Pastel Green, Pastel Beige
  • Memento ink – London Fog
  • Kanban clear stamps – Jasper collection & bird & butterfly
  • Kaisercraft ‘Bonjour’ 6×6 paper
  • Elusive Images patterned backing papers
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pen – Clear Star
  • Fabric flowers, large pearl brad & ribbon from my stash.

Following my experiment on the D tag for Chocolate Baroque, I tried not to put too much on this card.  I wanted the dress form to be the main focus.  I didn’t want any black on the image & using ‘London Fog’ by Memento worked very well, the Promarkers coloured over it really well.  I spent an age colouring the image & even though my colouring technique is not yet perfect, I think it looks pretty good.

I think the ‘easter greetings’ stamp is from Personal Impression – I’ve lost the wrapper.  I added a few touches of glitter here & there on the Eiffel Tower & on the edging of the frame. 

That’s all for now, thank you for looking, let me know what you think of this.  I should be back tomorrow with something for the Artistic Stamper challenge.

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Inspired by Jo, Made by Me

Published January 19, 2012 by isisimaginings
Evening all, happy Sunday to you. How’s your weekend been? Mine has been interesting & maybe one day soon I can tell you why. Anyway, down to business.


Today I have the birthday card I made for a friend to show you. A few weeks ago, I was looking at this beautiful card on Jo Firth-Young’s blog & it occurred to me that I had never used grey as the focal point on a card. After giving it some thought, I decided on a grey & blue colour scheme & began…

The ingredients:

  • Blue ribbed card from Limetree Craft
  • Spellbinders classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities
  • Spellbinders labels Nestabilities
  • Kanban stamps – Jasper collection
  • PaperArtsy flower dies
  • Marianne Design leaf swirl die
  • TH distress inks – Antique Linen, Stormy Sky
  • Promarkers – Satin, Cool Grey, True Blue
  • Versamark, silver & clear embossing powders

I wanted as little black on this card as possible, so I stamped the dress with Versamark, then covered it silver EP & heat set it. I coloured the image with the Promarkers a few times, trying to build up a depth of colour. When I was happy, I scribbled over the skirt with a Versamark pen, leaving patches here & there, before covering it with clear EP & heat setting. The result was a lovely shine, which of course, the pic doesn’t show.

After stamping the stand on a separate piece of card & cutting it out I cut a tiny slit in the bottom of the skirt & pushed the top of the stand through, sticking it to the back & colouring over the slit. I then blended DI around the image; the white was too stark against the blue. When I matted it on to the silver card I decided the blue base needed something to break it up slightly, so I used the scalloped edgeability to cut the pattern along the side. To show the pattern I placed some of the silver card on the inside of the card, cutting the pattern on the other side. with the label diecut I think it gives a little interest to the inside of the card.

Once all that was done, it was a matter of putting it altogether; diecutting the leaf swirl, the flowers & the label for the birthday sentiment. The silver, metal flower was a Christmas gift from my mum a few years ago. I have a small bag of them that I use very sparingly indeed.

I do know that this final photo is, technically, not the best, but the sun was shining through the window behind me & I like the way it hit the dress. It looked terrific in RL, I promise. 🙂


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

Love & light.

Birthday Bird Cage

Published January 19, 2012 by isisimaginings
I did not realise my last post was a week ago, time certainly flies when you’re busy. Today, I am showing another birthday card that went to a member of the Grand Cinema team in WA, USA. It was inspired by an article in a crafting magazine. I can’t remember which one & honestly, I don’t have the patience to look through the stack of magazines to find it, so if you know, perhaps you’d remind me.

The ingredients:

  • Shaped, 6×6 square card from Craftwork Cards
  • Kaisercraft patterned papers
  • TH Alterations bird & cage dies
  • Distress inks – Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die
  • Crown – Kanban stamp
  • Everything else – my stash

After layering up the papers on the front of the card I cut a hole in them, so that the greeting on the inside would be seen. Alittle bit of distressing here & there, added some embellishments & we’re done.


Thanks for looking, until next time,

Love & light.

Steampunk Angel

Published December 30, 2011 by isisimaginings

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! I wonder how many millions of resolutions are being thought about right now? 🙂 I’m mulling over a few…….

Today’s card is another Christmas one. I made this for my niece.

Ingredients:

  • Easel card folded from 6×6 white, scalloped edge cardstock
  • Blue & silver mirri card
  • Dress & crown – Kanban ‘Vivienne’ stamp set
  • Wings – Tim Holtz
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities label & scalloped circle dies
  • Ranger embossing tinsel
  • Promarkers
  • Versamark & gold embossing powder

I stamped the dress on to white cardstock with Versamark, before sprinkling gold EP over it & heat setting, then colouring with Promarkers. The wings were gold embossed too & after cutting them out, I scribbled over them with a Versamark pen, sprinkled over the embossing tinsel & heat set.

Adding the blue ruffled ribbon gave a little texture to the front of the card & the sparkling snowflakes & gems from my stash give the card some Christmas bling.

I tweeted a pic of this card to one of my crafting sheroes, Dawn Bibby, earlier today & she gave it her seal of approval. Which meant a lot, as she is responsible for me getting into this cardmaking lark in the first place.

You may have noticed a new button on my sidebar. I signed up today for Effy’s Book of Days on her Wild Precious Life site. I have promised myself that I will start art journalling in 2012 & I think Effy’s project is going to be ideal.

I have one more Christmas card to share with you, so I shall return tomorrow. Until then, thanks for looking & keep crafting.

Love & light.

Joy – Tag #8

Published December 10, 2011 by isisimaginings

I intended blogging soonerthan this, but I’m not feeling great. So, while I was making Tim’s tags, I was too tired to then blog about them. Naturally, that means I’m out of sync, but I did get some sleep, so I’m not complaining. I still have to make tags 5 & 6, but as I’m fairly sure of what I’m going to do, I’m happy to leave them until after Monday – the last day of the twelve tags. 😦



This is Tim’s tag & here is the link to all the details on his blog. If I had to pick a favourite of this year’s tags, quite possibly this would be the one. I love it for all its Steampunky gorgeousness. And I wanted to copy it as much as possible.

My ingredients:

  • Seasonal distress inks – Winter collection
  • TH sprockets & gears
  • TH baubles
  • TH tassels
  • TH tickets TH film strip
  • TH Visual Artistry stamp collection
  • PaperArtsy Numbers Man
  • Seven Gypsies hand stamp
  • Kanban large sprockets & gears
  • Copper & gold acrylic paint
  • Sizzix Broadway Melody alphabet dies
  • Glossy Acents


The large gears from Kanban are gold Mirri card, so I covered two of them with gesso & when that was dry, I painted two of them with silver & copper acrylic paints. I applied the paint unevenly so that the gears would look textured.

I wanted the Numbers Man to have a top hat – he had to be dressed up for Christmas! – so I drew one onto white, linen-look cardstock & coloured it with black Archival ink. I think it resembles a top hat – if you don’t look too closely. His holly sprig is ‘confetti’ from Paperchase, I think, I have a box full of different shapes.

There you have it. It’s taken me ages to write this short post; I was distracted by “Singin’ in the Rain” on Film 4, I never get tired of watching that film.

Happy weekend to one & all, see you tomorrow.

Love & light.

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.