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Published March 5, 2010 by isisimaginings

Greetings & happy Friday to one & all. I hope everyone has had a wonderfully creative week. I have a piece of news that is both exciting & terrifying me at the same time. On Sunday, March 28, I am going to taking part in my very first market & hoping to sell some of my cards!! It’s taking place in London, it’s called the Underground Market & you can read all about it here .
So, between now & then, it will be all systems go; I’m going to make as many cards as I can. Easter is the following weekend, so I’ll make Easter cards too. It would be lovely if some of my cards sold, but I think the event itself will be great fun & it’s a terrific way of meeting people.
I was asked to make a card for a girl, who was going to be ten, is ‘a bit of a tomboy’ & likes blue & red. I immediately thought of this Manga Girl image; I stamped it onto heavy watercolour paper & coloured it with my Whispers pens, then cut it out. All that was easy, the layout took quite a while longer. Sometimes I get a LO straightaway, other times I’m moving pieces of paper around for hours. 🙂 I had a good rummage through my papers & came up these. I love the red, it’s from the DCVW Taj Mahal paper stack & I like the sharp contrast it makes against the blues, which are HOTP. I used Nesties Labels Two in my CB to make the diecut shapes. I stamped the ’10’ with silver ink & then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I think it’s a little small, but I didn’t want to use peel-off numbers. (Note to self, add larger number & letter stamps to wishlist). I didn’t want to make a girly card, so I knew I wouldn’t be adding ribbon or flowers & I didn’t want to add any bling either, but when I had put all the elements together, I decided something was missing. After much staring & pondering I thought a tiny bit of bling would probably be okay & added the adhesive gems. Much to my relief, the card was a success.



I find it very difficult making cards for men. Sounds familiar, right?! Anyway, sometime last year, there was a card in the Craft Stamper magazine using a winged chair – I think, memory is a little hazy now. The idea stayed in my head until this week & this is my take on it. The chair is Whiff of Joy. I stamped it onto heavy pa
per & coloured with TH distress inks. I stuck a piece of gold paper onto heavy paper, then cut out the crown shape. I use the word ‘crown’ loosely of course, if I didn’t tell you what it was you’d never have guessed! When I put the card together I put Ranger Crackle Accents onto the chair, to try to get the aged, worn leather appearance. I left it overnight to dry & was quite pleased when I saw it the next morning. The Crackle Accents had ‘diluted’ the distress ink a little & the chair does look worn. Overall, I’m pleased with this experiment, I will definitely make more cards with this theme, but I think I will use a bigger card, ie, a 6×6; I think a little more space would be better.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the Craft Barn in Surrey. They are having a Spring ‘MiniFest’, with lots of demonstrations & it’s FREE! Always a good thing these days. I’m going with a new crafty friend, Marjorie, who I met at the BladeRubber shop in London recently. We got into conversation over the TH distress inks & we’ve kept in touch. Marjorie started her crafting journey by making dolls houses & now she does scrapbooking & decoupage. Like me, she loves the distressed/grungy look, so we have lots to talk about.

My inspirational artist today is Shayla Maddox. Shayla lives in Orange County, California & her light reactive paintings are AMAZING. I regularly visit her Etsy shop to stare longingly at ‘Stillness’, which is my absolute favourite & I dream of one day having it on my wall.

I’ll be back on Sunday with more cards & I’ll tell you about my day at the Craft Barn. Have a great weekend & thank you for visiting. Until next time,

Love & light.

First Card of 2010!

Published January 6, 2010 by isisimaginings

Yes, I did say in last night’s post that I probably wouldn’t have any cards to show this week. That was correct until Jen reminded me she needed a birthday card for one of her work colleagues. I had a hospital appointment today, which was cancelled due to the bad weather, so it was a perfect opportunity to get crafty. I ended up making two cards, the first of which is this one.

The LO was inspired by a card I saw in the second edition of ‘The Complete Cardmaking Handbook’. I stamped the swirl with Versamark – my placement is not as good as it should be – covered the swirls with clear embossing powder & used the heat gun. I used a blending tool to cover the card with TH ‘Peeled Paint’ & ‘Frayed Burlap’ Distress Inks. The pin attached to the sentiment is also from TH. I coloured the Manga Girl image with my Whispers pens & attached her with foam pads. When the card was finished, I thought it looked a little flat, so I added the three adhesive pearls.

I know today is officially the last day of Christmas, so it seems fitting to show you some pics I took of the Christmas tree outside the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, in Dublin, Ireland. It’s a tree-shaped grouping of lighted spheres that change colour every few seconds. Naturally, it has divided the opinions of Dubliners, including my mom, (!), but I like it a lot. I’m developing a real fascination for contemporary forms of lighting & this ticks a lot of boxes for me.

I’ve waited until now to mention the ‘R’ word. You know; “Resolution“, (I’m whispering). Last year I made all sorts of new year’s resolutions & didn’t manage to keep any of them. So this year I have decided to keep it simple & uncomplicated. I hereby resolve to:

  • Avoid Procrastination
  • Be Creative

I admitted to myself towards the end of 2009 that I have real problem with putting things off – my failure to make enough Christmas cards is a classic example. I also know why I do it; fear of not been good enough, fear of being laughed at for daring to think I could possibly have any artistic talent, etc., etc. All the classic neuroses & insecurities that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. If I have learned nothing else in the last two years, it is that time is finite & I have a lot to do, so more wasting it. To quote the late, lamented tenth Doctor Who, aka the gorgeous David Tennant, “Allons-y!!!”

You’ll have seen the new picture at the top of my blog, the one that says ‘Creative Every Day 2010’. I visited Leah’s blog from time to time last year & this year I decided to join her challenge of creating something every day – or as often as you can, in my case! I like that we can create anything we want, from a card, a poem, a painting, to a story, anything. Leah chooses a monthly theme, but we don’t have to use it, it’s only in case we get stuck. Her theme for January is ‘Body’ & it has actually given me an idea for a series of paintings. I’ve been turning the idea over & over in my head since before Christmas & I’m going to have a go. They’re probably going to be awful, but I’m going to be very brave & put them on my blog, where everyone can criticise them as much as they like! Of course, if you’d all like to lie & tell me they’re fantastic, I’d be thrilled!! 🙂 🙂 I hope to start working on them at the weekend, wish me luck!

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate it. Until next time,

Love & light.