Valentine Cards, A Cozy Corner & Beautiful Ladies

St. Valentine `s Day is coming soon,,,,,,,so I asked to  the Team to create some special cards to celebrate this day,,,,and  Mitra Lee  was working with my "Be my Valentine CS" . She did these cute and so fascinating St Valentine`s Cards ......I really love every detail,,,,,,the gorgeus flower, the stunning ribbon ,,,and all over how colorful are they. Directly for her blog:

Lovey Dovely Cards with Nicecrane Image

I have gotten out all the Valentine's Paper I own and am making a futile attempt to make a dent in it. See Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays of all time and I hoard paper.I am in love with the Victorian images, hearts, roses and who doesn't like chocolate. ;-) .Plus, got married one really cold Valentine's Day almost 15 years ago.

I tend to get excited about making Valentine's Day cards and I like to send them too. It's kinda like my way of celebrating the holiday and our anniversary, sending out love in the mail!

Here is a photo of my pile of goodies right before I got started gluing down flowers and the images. I am not a huge card maker so I make them all the same. 

Here is are the cards stand-alone.
I did have a fun simple little sketch to use from Get Creative that I rotated. I did add the banners, what a better way to use up thousands of little tiny cool smidges of paper!

And, here is another shot of the cheese box I fancied up for my SIL. 

Yes it is really a cheese box. I added shimmer modge podge and tissue paper with some black spritz and this is the end result. See, there it is all laid out ready to be made beautiful! ;-) Hope she likes it, I'm adding something yummy inside!

Happppppy Hump Day!


You know I love Victorian Picts,,,, and all over Children, so I have designed a new Collage Sheet called "A Cozy Corner"  including sweetie and amazing children pictures to use in any special ocassion.
Wenche Jensen from my DT was working with this New Sheet and take a look to her incredible  Bag-Card, so unique, so vintage, so elegant..........Thanks a million Wenche.

A bag of cards from me again. Finished paper bag decorated with patterned cake napkin, flowers, pearls, a small bow and heart charm. The words are cut out from a klippeark from Paper Girls. This cutting sheet has really become a favorite with me. Designs from NiceCrane Designs A Cozy Corner Can also be seen

Detailed View
And  take a look to some picts on the collection:


I must tell you Laura Bomber, show me this incredible creation working with my "Beautiful Ladies Backgrounds" by H. Fisher. so elegant card, so vintage, so unique gift,,,,,so directly from her blog:

I wanted to make a vintage style card - You might have noticed a far more obvious vintage theme in my last few posts. Well, I am enjoying it so much I am not ready to stop yet - so the vintage inks came out again!

As you all know, from my last post, the printer waved the white flag and has decided to start printing again....One of the first things I printed up were these gorgeous images I got from Nicecrane designs. The one I used on this card was from the 'Beautiful ladies' set. If you have never been to the Nicecrane website or blog - you should really take a look. There are so many amazing images there- You will be spoilt for choice. Whatever your style of arts and crafts you will find the perfect images for you.....

Here is the picture I used on the card. It was stuck onto a piece of white card. Then I inked some white card with Antique Linen and applied the image on top of this. The layered effect was continued with some more white card on which had Bundled Sage blended over it. Once cut to size I blended some Walnut Stain DI around the edge.

To construct the card I repeated the technique I used on the Vintage Fashiontag. This is where I stamped images over the card and masked them and covered the area with a script stamp. I again used the black archival 'semi dry' pad so it wasn't a very dark print. I was also using the ink pad less carefully than usual so there wasn't a complete coverage of ink on the stamp - this gives a muted faded image, sometimes a partial image. I think this gives a lovely vintage feel to the piece. I went over the entire piece with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone DI's using the blending tool. Then I smudged some Walnut Stain DI around the edges........


Down the centre of the card I wanted a strip of pale green. So using the Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress I used some Bundled Sage and Antique Linen DI's. I kept dabbing the piece of card in the ink until I had the effect i wanted. I then cut the strip of card to size and inked the edges with more of the same inks.

To do the birthday wishes banner I cut a strip of card, inked with Antique Linen and edged in Walnut Stain. I stamped the words with black archival ink. I was going to just place the words on the card but as I did this I decided I wanted it raised off the card rather than placed flat. I began to roll the edges - which looked nice but I felt something was missing. Hunting through the ribbon drawer I got some sage ribbon and glued it to the back of the banner. Then I rolled up the edges into a scroll effect and glued them.

......I liked the card as it was and while I didn't want to detract from the image, I wanted some more detail. I stained two roses with Antique Linen and two with Victorian Velvet. I had some paper covered wire so used the twirls of wire that I love so much to decorate the bouquet and hold it together as well. I tried to tie up the bouquet with the wire but it looked messy. So I dyed some very narrow ribbon with some Bundled Sage DI and to add to the vintage look I attached an antique style pendant into which I had put an image of roses.

I had a 6 x 6 white card blank so I inked the entire front of the card with Antique Linen DI and then attached the inked and stamped card creation to it.

Thanks a million to all DT members and Laura Bopmber for these creations....
Enjoy my latest releases and be different.

St Valentine ' s Day New Releases & Vintage London Underground Adv

St Valentine' s Day is coming soon,,,,so I asked to Lori Hairston to work with my new "Be My Valentine Cs" and she did this absolutely stunning Heart Tin,, so cute, so different,,,,,,so colorful , horayyy for Lori, I really love her creativity, I am sure you `ll get inspiration here to use my new sheets.

I've discovered something pretty cool - I may be the last person on earth to have discovered it, but I'll tell you about it anyway...  It's a product called Pearl Pen.  I don't remember what I was really looking for, but this caught my attention.  I have to say, I am really impressed with how it works!  No air bubbles (so far) and it really stays in pearl form - no flattening at all!  I got mine from Stuff4Painting.  I only got cream and black.  Now I'm going back for more!

This darling vintage image is from Nicecrane Designs.  You can also see the pearls made with the pearl pen.  I bought a bunch of these red heart tins years ago.  I've used them several times, but felt like they needed to be covered.  But, this time I felt like this little cutie matched the red perfectly.  Also, instead of placing it bottom down, I decided to design it tilted on its side.  

I wrapped the bottom with a couple rows of a punched border die.  Ignacio has quite a few wonderful Valentine images to choose from. Now enjoy my new sheet:


Don`t miss This Karen Conner' s St  Valentine Creations
Karen Conner was working with my Romantic Valentine Collections, and OMG she did these incredible and so adorable vintage works for you,,,,I love every detail on these cards,,,,,,,,you may note passion working on them......Karen has a very personal style,,,,,,,,,Thanks a million my friend.
Look at this beautiful Valentine's Pouch. There's card with candy stuck in there!! Sweets for my sweet!

 I was inspired by Ravens and Writing Desks. She even has a tutorial video. I thought it was such a cute idea. I made 2 at a time. You start with a paper bag. Then you have pockets to put your valentine's in. Below is a valentine with twine around it and a bag of M and M's.

Here's a handmade pockets with 2 tags inside.

 A card with holes to insert a lolly pop.  All images are Nice Crane Designs.

As you can see his images can be sized to any size you need. Can be used on cards, tags, altered items. Be sure and check him out!
And here My Romantic Collections used to create  them all....:


I must tell you On 9 January 2013, London Underground celebrated 150 years , since the first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway To commemorate the anniversary I have designed some new London Underground Vintage Advertising  Sheets

Here you can enhoy some of the famousVintage Adv  Pictures  in my collection:

Having difficulty with men?

I asked to Jenny to use this amazing vintage collection to create a men card,,,,,and take  a look to her fantastic work,,,,so unnusual, so different, so vintage...Thanks again Jenny.

Don't mean in general! but how many times have you heard someone say that cards/projects for men are difficult? Well Nicecrane Designs has something to help you - just released are three sets of digital images depicting early posters from London Underground. Some of you may have seen that London Underground is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year (they recently had a steam locomotive travelling to Paddington Station to mark the opening of the very first line, the Metropolitan Line). From the 1920's they employed many well known artists to create advertising posters encouraging people to use the service so the designs are first class and very varied. I used one of these images to create the focal point on this card.

Enjoy the amazing work by Jenny
I love the fact that these images are not (now, how did Son No. 1 put it?) 'gender-specific'!

This image is clean when you print it but I aged it a little by blotting DS Brushed Cordrouy and DI Antique Linen on top. There are so many characters to look at and identify on this poster.

I know Alison, amongst others, was keen to see what I would do with the results of my Ferro embossing, so here's the Gold one which had DI Rusty Hinge applied to the raised areas. The 'pipework' is from Crafty-Emblies and has been inked up with DS Antiqued Bronze/Tarnished Brass.

I thought it would be fun to use a small portion of the same poster to add the sentiment to, and having embossed it in black I added a layer of clear embossing powder too. This makes the colours much deeper. the circles panel is some 'caught in crystal' embossed acrylic. Hope this gives you some ideas for your difficult men! Thanks for dropping by, hugs Jenny x

Distressed Vintage Labels & Asian Inspiration

This Time I was working with something totally different,,,so I choose soe Vintage Tags to design a complete Sheet and use them to design amazing craft and scrapbook layouts,,,,,, Katrine  Braiten was working with my new "Vintage Advertising Labels DSL" and she did this AMAZING .SWEET AND CUTE SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT......So directly from Scrappingno Website
When I saw the gorgeous Vintage Advertising Labels from Nicerane Designs I immediately thought that they just have to make something with.
Since these do not have any color, I've created a background using Distress Stains on akvarellark before I printed my chosen labels. First I found the picture I wanted, leave it next to my Distress Stain color chart and picked out the colors so that the passport photo needs.
I have selected five different Stains and a separate mixed mist. Used also Glimmer Mist pearl, transparent with shimmer.
Thus the finished background with motifs printed on top. Totally unique.
I have created a layout with lots of colors, and have tried to find patterned with the same colors as Stainsene I've used. Many layers of patterned papers, labels and other decorations.

Adorable and sweetie scrapbook layout by Katrine
Special Thanks for this amazing work my friend

Material List:
Vintage Advertising Labels By Nicecrane Designs,Mønsterark - Pink Paislee, 7Gypsies, Jillibean Soup, My Minds Eye, Various Doilie and labelstickers - My Minds Eye, Date Brands - Chic Tags. Brad - My Minds Eye , Mist Able Thicke - American Crafts, Flowers - Prima. Cheese Cloth. (-KatBra-)


Jenny from my DT, was working with my "Japanese Gardens CS" and she did this really vintage and coorful Japanese Card,,,,,,,,with a supberbsyle,,,,,Thanks a million Jenny, love it.

Hi everyone, and for those in the UK hope you are not too badly affected by the snow. We've got a good few inches here and it's been at it again this morning. Right in the middle of the country we've got the snow from the west, more from the east, and the distinct possibility of even more tomorrow! The dog is loving it of course, but then she's got a 20 tog duvet coat and webbed feet!!! And now for today's offering...

For those who joined me on Wednesday you will have seen some of the elements of this card on my workdesk. Although I knew the colours in this beautiful Japanese Gardens image from Nicecrane Designs matched perfectly with the last of my 'Tammy Tutterow' backgrounds the tricky bit was working out how to combine them. And so I dug deep into my memory banks and hit upon using a swivelling panel.

Using Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder on the corners and along the edges of the image I layered it with co-ordinating cardstock befofre mounting it on the central panel.

I used Tim Holtz' shattered stains technique on the grungeboard letters with DS Tarnished Brass.

The butterfly was stamped onto antique gold card and white vellum using Coffee Archival Ink and some of the edges were painted with DI Victorian Velvet/Pumice Stone to match the background.


And if you love Geisha Picts,,,,,,Then,,,,,you´d love my
Exotic A
sia CS

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Be unique, be different be yourself my friend

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