Venetian Paintings, Library Card & Reading Kids

Woww Ladies, Jenny love Venetia and asked me to send some vintage "Venetian Paintigns" to create special vintage cards,and with her unique and particlar style,,,,so I did it and here is the stunning work working with my new sheets,,,available in my store.

Working with Venetian Paintings:
You know I'm obsessed with Italy/Venice at the moment. Well the owner of this fabulous digital image emporium, Ignacio, was an utter angel and sourced some vintage images of Venice. He has now put them into two sets for you to play and create with too The beauty of these is that they are detailed and clear enough that you can use parts of them if you want (as I have done in the cards below).

I loved the idea of using the paintings in polaroid frames - well paintings were the 18th Century versions of holiday photos for those on the 'Grand Tour' you know!!

You see what I mean about the clarity and detail of these images? And this is under a layer of clear EP too.

Piles of die cuts using textured CS and some of my own creation.

Oh happy days - it all coordinates beautifully with the Stampers Anonymous Classics #2 set.

The second card - slightly different colours used to work with the greener tones within the image but the design worked so I went with it.

And more close ups so you can see the detail.

The beauty of these images is they are (to use Son 1's expression) 'gender non-specific, so one of these is for a male and another for a female, but it would be rude to tell you who is the older:)

I really hope you like these images and consider using them for your projects too. Just thought - in case the picture links don't work I'll put them at the end of this too.

Venetian Paintings CS 1 - Click Image to Close

Venetian Paintings CS 2 - Click Image to Close



Last night I was watching the new " Under the Dome" Serial based on the famous book by Stephen King,and I  am falling in love with this episode,,,,,,love it, love it,,,,,,,,,,so mysterious, so unnusual I use my "Shaped Library Card" to place over the Book to avoid any friend ask me it and at the end I can`t finish to read it.......woww, woww,wowww 

Under The Dome Trailer (Ep 1)

My Shaped Library Card on the Famous S. King Book

But you can use it on your favorite Journal Cards and also to place in your unique books,so you can be sure they are safe from your friends. Take a look to the amazing work by Karen Conner working with my "Shaped Library Card"

Journal Cards by Karen Conner

Vintage Shaped Library Card - Click Image to Close
But That is not all,,,,,if you are a true crafter you can create your own,journal cards, bookmarks,layouts, and anything you can imagine with my new "Reading Kids DSL" .Try it.

Are you a Pin Up Fan?

I must tell you Sandra Dow was working with my funny Pin Ups : "I usually design my personal cards to reflect some form of physical or emotional connection. Brigitte and I are both Canadian, and she is in fact part of our Armed Forces, so I decided to take advantage of that fact, and Nicecrane Designshad the perfect image for me to use…"

Nicecrane Designs has a pretty awesome collection of Vintage pin-up girls, and I totally had fun creating this card for Brigitte!
Here is a close up shot...

I printed the image onto Neenah cardstock and then coloured it with my Copic markers. Choosing a colour scheme was pretty much made for me, given the fact that the military is basically limited to earth tones. (LOL)
Shirt/Hat - BG93, 96 G 94
Boots/Gun/Hair - N0, 03, 05, 07, 10
Skin - E0000, 000, 00, 11, R21, 22
Boxes – E0000, B0000, BG0000

I hope you enjoyed my card as much as I enjoyed the reason behind creating it.
Colorful Pin Ups DSL (B/W) - Click Image to Close

And all over Sandra also was working with my Twelvetrees Babies

When I first saw this adorable image I had an instant personal attachment to it. I coloured the image with my Copic markers, and the sentiment and inside message is completely personal between my Father and I, which I will explain after you see the card; so without further ado….

This particular image is from the “Sweet Twelvetrees Babies Collagesheet".You simply print onto your own papers or other medium for your cards, ATCs, altered books and boxes, decoupage, ornaments, tags, assemblage, scrapbooking and other paper crafts.

Sweet Twelvetrees Babies DSL - Click Image to Close

Thanks a million to the Team and you for stoping by in my blog.

Kittens Exploding Box & Beatrix Potter

Marion was working with an adorable kitten sheet.Today something completely different then you are used from me, yet still with cats :). I couldn't resist when seeing this supercute digis " The Kitten Garden of Verses"  from Nicecrane designs. There are several images in one buy, so cute and lovely, so this is definately not the last card with these supercute cats:


I printed the image on canvas. 
The stitchting was difficult on canvas, but I did like the outcome, even though it is not a straight line, it fits perfectly to the vintage look :). I used Magnolia papers.
To get started I used a sketch from Lalala lands challenge, the alphabet beads, the key and the rope I used are from Whiff of Joy, Looking forward reading your comments.

I love amimals,,,,so I have designed this special Kitten Collage Sheet for you
Enjoy my sampler 
With The Kitten Garden of Verses 



I told you Monica Skinner is now on my Team ,,,,and now I am showing you her incredible, unique and all over a true play of art,,,,based on my "Roly-Poly Pudding DSL"  from the famous book by Beatrix Potter.

By Monica Skinner

The Roly-Poly Pudding Box (Closed View) by Monica

The Roly-Poly Pudding Box (Top View) by Monica

I have been working again with some of the lovely Nicecrane Designs. This time with the Roly Poly Pudding Set and best of all … it’s about Cats!!!

My house is filled with them. I even took the images to the caravan last weekend to colour them in. It looks as it if it might have taken a long time to colour, but I can assure you, they were easily coloured, and for the shading you just follow the lines.

I have decided to split this one into two posts as there are quite a few pictures. Tomorrow you’ll get to see the hidden messages, that will bring the story to life … now let’s get started …

I purposefully kept it quite plain to enhance the ‘Wow’ effect, which happens once the lid is lifted …

… and the sides fall down to reveal the inside panels. My intention was to create a card/book one could interact with a bit. With this in mind, I placed the pictures. To properly view them you’ll have to turn the card. I shall give a close up in a bit.
To create my base, I started with a 12 x 12″ piece of card, which I scored at 4″ and 8″, turned by 90 degrees and scored again at 4″ and 8″. I then cut the corner squares off and with a fine line of glue around 3 sides only attached these squares to my remaining 4 outer squares to form the pockets for my tags. More about those tomorrow. I then set about to decorate my squares as shown in the following pictures.

You can`t miss this STUMNING CREATION by Monica 

I am falling in love with her
Absolutely Gorgeus Colorization

The fifth and centre panel will be revealed tomorrow.
As mentioned earlier I coloured the images at the weekend in the caravan using my promarkers, just as well that I had some retired SU card stock left otherwise I wouldn’t have had any green to match. Next time I’d better check first … LOL. I just blended and distressed the white edges of my coloured images and rounded the corners before mounting them on some chocolate coloured card stock. The background of my base card is stamped, you can equally well use some pretty paper. I then finished off by decorating my squares with flowers, beads and swirls … to be continued The Roly-Poly Pudding DSL - Click Image to Close


(Not available on the UK due Copyright Restrictions)

Rooselvet Bears, Agnes Richardson & Muse of Poets

As I told you,,,,,,,Monica Skinner is now on my DT and she was working with my funny and unique "Rooselvet Bears Collection" to create these amazing cards,,,,,,I am falling in love with them,,,,very well done Monica,,,,,lovew the colors,,all the backgrounds,,,,and all over your creativity my friend.

I had a great day working with some of the Roosevelt Bears by Nicecrane Designs. They are fabulous, it was as if they were talking to me … telling me their little stories … and now they are walking around my house!!!!

As you can see there are four beautifully drawn images …
… especially good and easy to use for men’s cards … and here is what I made with them …

This bear looks as if he is resting after a day’s work and could easily be used for a ‘Happy Retirement’ card. He also seems to be deep in thought, hence my sentiment. He could also be used for Birthdays, Thank You, Miss You …

As you can see it is a get well soon card. He looks as if he has a bit of a hangover, maybe that last glass of wine had gone off a bit … Like all the other images he was so easy to colour in, you just follow the lines for the shading. I suppose, you might not even have to, because the shading is already within the drawing … just give it a go and experiment.

Look what I found!!! Wonder what they have been up to … hmmm

… the hard working one. Maybe he earned all that money that he then pulled out of the purse … hmmm

I turned him into a ‘Thank You’ card. This seems to be the bear caught up in house work or any other job, nevertheless he looks happy enough and seems to be enjoying himself.

Hope you enjoyed my blog today and that you got some inspiration from it. If you feel tempted, please check out the Nicecrane Designs website, there are lots of images each telling their own story.





Florence...also from my Team,,,,was working with my "Agnes Richardson CS" to create these so adraoble and unique cards,,,,OMG I am falling in love with these ones.......she is Rock.

This is my second post to show case the Nicecrane Designs Digi Images that I have been working with.
Please click on the images to see the detail and if you have any questions on how I made these cards, as always, give me a shout.

I have made embellishments for these cards using stamps and dies from my own stash.

Printed onto white mat card

I ran the image through an embossing folder and used a tea cup die and a tag punch (for a tea bag) just to cut parts out of the image . I was quite pleased with the effect created with the embossing folder.

Printed onto white card stock

I have used lots of little scrap pieces of pretty papers for this card. Just using browns and neutral colours to match in with the image.

I thought this image would be nice to make Fall Cards. I love the rich colours on this image.

If you missed my recent post, here is the Nicecrane Designs Digital sheet I have working off.
Another card using the same image and again using pretty papers and card of the colour tones as the main image.
Printed onto white mat card

My printer chewed the card stock up as it was feeding through and miss printed just the top of this image. Rather than waste the whole image I made a sort of leaf pelmit to cover up the printer error.

I cut out a piece of card for the pelmit and attached all of the punched out leaves to that. Way easier than trying to attach all of the little fiddly bits to the base card. I then attached my “pelmit” over the image, using foam tape so that it raised it and gives the impression that she is sitting amongst the leaves. Well, that’s what I was trying to achieve!! lol!

If you use Nicecrane Designs products, I would really love to hear from you and to see what you have been making. Please leave a comment on this blog or on Ignacio’s blogHERE with a link to your blog, if you have one, so that I can come a visiting on my little virtual moped!
Please click here to see full details of the image and to see all of Nicecrane Designs products. Please remember the prices are in dollars. Just use the price converstion box on the right hand side to change the price to Euros or Pounds.


And.....what about this vintage elegant and incredible Tag by Astrid Mclean?

It's not often I post in the middle of the day as most of my posts are scheduled, but by the time I had finished this tag it was too late and dark to photograph it, so for once a project straight off the press so to speak.

The image on the center of the tag is from Nicecrane's beautiful Muse of Poets sheet. I love the romantic vintage feel of these images. I printed it in black and white, cut it with one of my Spellbinder dies (Floral Ovals) and then gave it a hint of colour with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks.

I made the background for the tag by first adding some texture with the help of embossing folders and stencils with texture paste (Tim Holtz Texture Fades and Dylusions stencil with Liquitex Ceramic Stucco). Then added colour with the help of Distress paints (Antique Linen and Weathered Wood). I stamped an ancient text stamp with Picket Fence Distress paint and then deepened the colours of my tag with a combination of the same colours of Distress Ink. I forgot to take photos of the background (well it was too dark anyway), but here are some close ups:

The Ephemera behind the lovely lady are from the Graphics Fairy. I printed them in black and white on ordinary copy paper. Crumpled them up and then coloured them with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap again.
The big flowers I made myself from paper coloured in exactly the same way as my background. Finally I added some little flowers, a little clay heart and seam binding dyed with the same colours again, to finish it all off.

Well, hope you liked my romantic tag. Nicecrane has many gorgeous collage sheets and they are very reasonably priced!

Absolutely a Must -Have for any crafter,,,,,Thanks a million Astrid

Muse of Poets DSL - Click Image to Close



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