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All That Is Gilded……

Published November 19, 2011 by isisimaginings

Is not necessarily successful. I’ve had some gilding flakes – from Crafty Notions – for ages, but hadn’t used them in a while & I wondered if I could make a striped background with them. There was nothing for it but to grab a tag, some narrow double-sided tag & have a go.


My first step was to blend the distress inks from the winter collection on to the tag. I then used a piece of Cut & Dry foam to wipe some white acrylic paint on top of the inks, reducing the brightness of them a little. I did that a few times then dried the tag with a heat tool. My next step was to sponge some Gathered Twigs DI through some sequin waste on to the tag & stamp some snowflakes onto the tag using Mediterranean Blue Brilliance ink. As the ink dried on the paint, it faded, leaving a very pale image. Which looks better in RL than it does in the photo.

My next idea was to stamp the baubles onto the tag in black Archival ink, then removing the paper over the tape & adding the Copper Thunder gilding flakes. Like the Brilliance ink, the black Archival faded, leaving just a shadow. So I stamped the baubles, ( I think they’re PaperMania), onto white cardstock, using Festive Berries distress ink, cut them out & put them onto the tag, over the original baubles.


I added a flower, a leaf & some embellishments from my stash & that was it. I’m glad I attempted my idea, but I’m not entirely sure I like the end result. Maybe I should have used different flakes, or maybe the distress inks should have been brighter. I will just have to try again & see what I end up with.

Hope you are having an enjoyable Saturday, until next time,

Love & light.

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Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Published March 1, 2010 by isisimaginings

When I woke this morning, it most certainly was. After yesterday’s continuous rain & gales, the sky was blue, the sun was shining & everything looked sparkly & new. 🙂 I threw open all the windows in the house & for the first time in months I didn’t feel the need to put on every sweater I possess. 🙂 The wind had blown down one of the bird feeders in the garden & there were lots of fallen branches everywhere, so I spent a few hours tidying up – and when I first went out I saw the first flowers of Spring; crocuses. Their bright orange petals are such a welcome sign after the gloom of the winter. As well as the crocuses, there are the green shoots of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths & more appearing. There are tiny buds on the roses & the acers & the buddleia are sprouting new leaves everywhere. And there’s a huge amount of work to do, but it felt so good to be out there & to feel the skin on my skin; I think a few hours a day – weather permitting! – will see me achieve quite a lot.

Today’s cards are the first of my Easter cards. I decided I wanted them all to be quite simple; I didn’t want masses of flowers, or ribbons, or glitter, but I did want to invoke the appearance of Spring, of life returning to the world.



For the card above, I used the large stamp from last year’s Papermania ‘Poppy’ collection. I used different shades of blue, (Whispers Pens), to give the impression of a field of bluebells. The greeting is on the inside, because the only Easter greeting stamp I have is too big, as you can see, for this card.

This next card is even simpler. The greeting is stamped in gold & heat embossed. I put a little TH Spiced Marmalade distress ink on the orange flower & distressed the metal brad slightly.

The third card I like, but I think it’s a little too dark. I blended TH Broken China & Peeled Paint onto white cardstock for the sky & the grass. I stamped the cherry blossom stamp with Versafine Sepia & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The tree is a Dawn Bibby stamp, which I stamped onto heavy watercolour paper, which I’d already covered with the same TH distress inks as the card. I cut it out & used 3D foam squares to attach it to the card. I used TH Spiced Marmalade for the greeting & then decided the tree was a little bare, so I stamped two little birds on to it with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue.

That’s all for today, thank you to everyone for visiting. I hope to be back tomorrow. Until then,

Love & light.



Friday Sketchers # 42

Published March 8, 2009 by isisimaginings
Hope everyone is having a great Sunday, sorry I didn’t post yesterday; it was another one of those days & I didn’t get a card made. Can I start by saying that I dislike this font intensely? I know, I know it’s stupid, but I do. I always use Trebuchet to write my posts, but today my font options have disappeared. It’s very irritating. 🙂
A huge thanks to everyone who commented on my ‘Tilda in the Garden’ card, it is much appreciated. Now that a little time has passed since I made it, I’m actually quite pleased with it. So thanks again for all your encouragement.
On to today’s card. For the first time, I have attempted the Friday Sketchers challenge. This is the sketch that Mumur designed. There are a lot of elements, but I really like the layout.
I chose black & pink, because it’s been a while since I used those colours. Initially, I was going to use a 6×6 square card, but as I put the card together it started to look very crowded, so I switched to a C5 card instead.
Materials used:
  • C5 white cardstock
  • Patterned paper – Tesco
  • Black circular Nestie & pink frame Nestie – RAKs
  • Black swirls – gift from Eisbaerin
  • Corner swirl stamp – Inkadinkadoo
  • Long floral swirl stamp – Marie Curie for Cancer Care by Papermania
  • Whispers pens
  • Bright pink & clear embossing powders
  • Versafine ink pad – Onyx Black
  • WOJ sentiment
  • Prima & Papermania flowers, adhesive gems & pearls, pink brad, black & pink ribbons – from my stash.

Unfortunately, the scan has bled the colour from the long, floral swirl; in RL it’s a bright, zingy pink. And the black corner swirls aren’t placed exactly where they should be. Apart from that, I think it’s turned out pretty well. Hopefully, the recipient of this card will like it.

That’s it from me for tonight. I’m going to have a read through the Sunday papers & watch some TV – LA Ink is on at 10. 🙂

Love & light.