The Water Babies Pack, A Child Garden,... Bookmarks & F.Brundage Cards

Wowww,wowww,wowww,,Lisa Minkler was working with my two new releases: "A Child Garden of Verses Bookmarks" and my "The Water Babies Summer Pack":


Okay, okay, so I'm taking liberties with a quote from Hawaii Five-O, but doesn't it sound perfect when you're talking about bookmarks?


I tried my hand at two different techniques.
The first is from the Water Babies Summer Pack 

I want to give credit to Karen at KRC Masterpiece for her incredibly understandable tutorial on how to approach mixed media. Please see her post here to see how I followed her steps to make this tag.


The Waterbaby Tag by Lisa Minckler

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Now for the second type of tag, the clean and simple approach. The bookmark comes in black and white only and simply by coloring it and adhering it to another tag base and adding some lettering, I've created a quick and easy way to save a place in the book!


Each of these incredible sets comes with multiple images to make so many fabulous projects.
Seeing as how the school year is just around the corner, these would be perfect to start the school year off right. So hop on over to Nicecrane Designs, tell Ignacio hello and be sure to check out these fabulous images for yourself!

Vintage Bookmark by Nicecrane Designs
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Florence use her incredible and stunning dies and these sheets,to create some adorable and sweet cards:
A slight delay but as promised a few weeks ago, these are two of the cards I have made using Nicecrane Designs Digital images and Collage sheets ….. The Brundage Babies. I adore these.

These print out beautifully. The images are exquisite.


Image printed onto white pearlescent card stock

I printed off the image and what struck me were the colours of this image, especially the grey, so I decided that I wanted the embellishments to have a metalic feel to them but still remaining feminine.

I cut the flowers out of a greyish pearlescent card stock using a die and then coloured them with DIs and then embossed them. I gave the flowers a quick spray of fixative to set the ink.


The faint grainy effect on the image is from the pealescent card stock. Just to share the colours of the image are very slightly lighter on this card than those when you print out onto mat white as you will be able to see from the next card. I do like to use both types of card stock.


Printed out on mat white card stock.

Again on this one I have used dies to make the frames and to cut out the embellishments. My choice of colours, for the the card/paper and the embellishments, again, was taken from the main image.


As you know I love using Nicecrane Designs’ products. I am member of the DT but also I am a Customer. There is a reason for that. These Brundage Babies print out to the highest quality. In fact I would say some of the best I have used so far. This is really down to Ignacio and the work that he puts into the images to prepare them ready for use in crafting. The photographs really do not do them justice.

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,Jenny was working with my New & True DSL,,,,and she get a really vintage look in this so unnusal card,,,I am fallin in love with this style,,,,,,thanks a million Jenny.
Vintage Childhood
Hi everyone. Lovely to have your company today. The card I'm sharing today has been a while in the making. Do you ever have times where you start/stop something as inspiration hits and then fades? Well so it was for this, and the thing that rescued it was the fabulous image from Nicecrane Designs (from a set called New and True).


I'd started by stencilling the birds/birdcage image onto a piece of patterned paper with a mustard/aged gold colour pattern, adding some Tarnished Brass Distress Stain over the top, but it didn't feel right and got put to one side.

By chance I'd been using some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink on another card and dabbed a little onto this background. It looked a whole heap better, so the whole thing got covered. Then another pause - well what can you do with what seems like a rather busy background?


It was the image that saved it from being buried at the bottom of a pile forever. As well as the adorable Edwardian children, it contained a beautiful birdcage. I printed it on watercolour card and die cut it ready for altering.

Having spritzed/flicked water over a background wash of Antique Linen, I painted in the shadows with extra layers of the same and used Victorian Velvet/Aged Mahogany for the dresses. Always remember to dry each layer of colour as it is applied if you want to stop the paper from starting to breakdown in places.


Finishing the card was a balance of embellishing without going over the top: Antique Linen Paint was used to colour some texture paste ready for stencilling; one of my new Penny Black lace stamps was used on tissue to add detail over the top; another new Laura Kriste designed Penny Black applique stamp set was used onto vellum for the lacy trim; and some filigree metal corners and handmade flowers completed it.


My message for today - never give up, inspiration can hit at any time.
And here's another link to that inspirational set of images (click on them);




Special thanks to Jenny, Lisa and Florence for these stunning
 creations,,,,,,,woww,woww,woww

Vintage Christmas Cards & Victorian Style

OMG,,,, I love kittens and pets,,,,,so I asked t Lori to crete some funny card with my funny "Kittens & Puppies Xmas Pack" and now I am showcasing the sweet and all over unique and so unnusual Matchbook Gift Card Holder,,,,woww,wowwww

Sooooo adorable Xmas Kittens........ 

Matchbook Gift Card Holder (by Lori)

What a fun idea! And easy, too... A matchbook gift card holder - perfect for making a Christmas gift card special. I actually really like giving (and getting) gift cards. When I give them, I do like making sure they are in something pretty cute.


This one certainly fits the bill with that CUTE kitty from Nicecrane Designson the front. The scalloped end is stamped with the edge of a frame stamp.


Here's the details:

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That is not all from Lori,,,,take a look,,,,,woww,woww
Vintage Images with Nicecrane Designs

Okay, I did tell you I would probably be using all the images from theIncredible Agnes Richardson set from Nicecrane Designs. So here's the second one... I just LOVE them. This one makes me want to cuddle up Kitty (even though he's a cat, not a puppy).


And do you see that cool embossing under the sweet girl? I picked up a new Cuttlebug embossing folder at Michaels, not realizing that it included a really thin embossing folder as well. It's perfect as a border and a little gesso with a dry brush really brings the pattern out.

Here's a look at all the darling images in the Incredible Agnes Richardson set:

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Vintage Christmas with Nicecrane Designs
Oh, so sweet...Love this vintage Christmas village image from Nicecrane Designs. Wouldn't you love to celebrate Christmas in a little village this cute?


Nicecrane Designs images are wonderful to create with and it's wonderful to get a few Christmas cards created early!


Here is a look at the set this image is from: 
Vintage Christmas Collectin Vol I - Click Image to Close

You know, you know,,,,,,,Catherine love my "Victorian Children Pack", so i am showcasing the exquisite creations working with elegant and all over vintage sheet,,,,,,,I am falling in love with her style,,,,,I have made a card and a matching notebook for a friend... I hope she will like it... Here is the card...


And here is the notebook...


Recipe : Papers and vellum from HOTP - Image from Nicecrane Designs ("Children from the Victorian Age III" Set) - Flowers, Leaves, Corners : Dies from Creata - Cup of Tea : Dies From Marianne Design - Brads from Creata.

And what about this STUNNING VICTORIAN CALENDAR?

. I am a slow crafter and I have quite a few things to make for Christmas, so I had an early start !!! Here is my calendar... One of them anyway...


Recipe : Papers from Marianne Design ("Victorian Vintage" Collection) - Image fromNicecrane Designs ("Children from the Victorian Age III" set - yes, I know, again, but I just LOVE this set !) - Flowers : Dies from Creata - Leaves : Die from Crealies - Corners and little embellishments : Dies from Marianne Design - Sewing embellishments : Dies from Die-namic. The hanger is from Melissa Frances and was bought at Live and Love Crafts.
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Special thanks to Lori,,,,,,and Catherine,,,for these stunning creations,,,,,,both amazing ladies deserve it,.,,,woww,wowwww,,,,,,,,for the Team.




About Kittens, Kids & Xmas Cards in Summer

Woww,wowwww, It is Summer Time,,,,so Iasked to Monika to create some cards with my "Summer Time by Agnes Richardson" and she did these so stunning cards,,,,,,,,,,They are a must-have to watch.......
 I have two cards for you, made using some lovely Nicecrane Designs images.I have been working with the ‘Summer Time by Agnes Richardson’ Set, which contains 5 beautiful vintage summer images, two of which I have chosen for today’s post.

Both cards were inspired by the beautifully hot weather here in the UK!!!



This card is a celebration of the British Seaside. I had to use the lovely Papermania Portobello Road Papers. They were just perfect to go with this lovely seafront scene. The best thing about these Summer Time images is that they are already pre-coloured, and of course, being digital, they can be easily resized to whatever fits your requirements. Perfect for quick and stunning cards.

As you can see I’ve only just got back from holiday … still in beach mode, I guess … hmmm



This one is all about Summer, Sun & Fun! The image reminds me of those Arcade Boards where you can stick your face through to have your picture taken. I suppose you could re-create the effect by cutting the faces out and sticking some other faces in their place …

I have some more of the wonderful ‘Summer Time by Agnes Richardson’cards for you. Again I am using the lovely Nicecrane Designs Images. Initially I thought that ‘Summer Perils’ would be a fitting post title …
This card is based on a sketch I saw on Nonni’s Blog, one of my fellow DTs at Addicted to Stamps and More. I liked it so much, that I wanted to give it a go. Here is my take:

It is very easy to make and would be a good Beginner’s Project. Layer some pretty paper on some dark brown card and attach to your base card, then layer the three strips across and add some faux stitching (dashes) using a fine liner pen. Cut out your image leaving a narrow white border, attach to some dark brown card and affix to card as shown. To finish off add some flowers, buttons and sentiment as shown.

For my next card the chosen peril is bees. Bees are actually quite lovely and if one keeps still they usually leave on their own accord, which can also be said for wasps … but then there was a time when I too was afraid of them and ended up like this …


This image makes me smile. Not that one would get hands and knees bandaged in such a way after a bee sting, this come more from falling whilst running, my knees were almost bandaged up … hmmm … maybe that’s why I prefer crafting to running …

For my last card I played around with the diamond shape card from Quick Cards Made Easy’s Card School (issue 116). It’s the one I used for the Fairy Garden card. I played round with the design and altered it a bit … just couldn’t help myself …


I leave it to your imagination what the peril in this one could be ….

Please pop by the Nicecrane Designs Blog for more Vintage inspiration.

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And what about Christmas in Summer?
I really love Ira' s Crea Corner blog,,,,,,she is so talented, so unique,,,so I send her some free digis,,,,,, to create anything and now,,,,,,,I am showcasing the stunning and sweet work by Ira. I am falling in love with her amazing colorization and all over these grey colors,,,,,,,to get this incredible look.




Gosh, it's so hot outside, and here am I, posting this icy card, lol! Oh well, there is a first for everything, even Christmas cards! So there we are! A little while ago Ignacio from Nicecrane Designs generously offered me a free image from her beautiful store, needless to say I chose this nostalgic image which has an amazing Dickens feel! Thanks again dear Ignacio, love the images (yes, they come in a set!) I coloured my image with Spectrum Noir markers and used quite a lot of greys for I wanted to create those dark days before Christmas. I added some frantage for that 'snowy look'. A couple of girls are shooting curious looks towards this fancy lady... Where is she heading... will she be Christmas shopping maybe? Thank goodness we first get to enjoy this wonderful summer before we can start thinking of Christmas!



Stunning Christmas Card by Ira

And HERE is the sheet used by Ira:

Wlomen, Women, Women DSL - Click Image to Close

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A "Cat Book"...by Catherine

You know Catherine is a cat lover,,,,so I sent her my funny "Kitten Garden of Verses" Sheet to create other amazing creation, and here is her really unique and so unnusual "Cat Book"

Max and I are mad about cats... So for his birthday, instead of making him a card, I have made a "Cat Book"... For the shape I have used - as a template - the lid of a box of Whiskers treats (I traced around it, then scanned it and enlarged it a bit)... Here is my little book... First the "cover"...


Then the first page... Max loves tea, so I had to put a mug somewhere !!!


Second page : Max loves fishing although he hasn't done it for a long time...


Third page : I made two "stamps" using some of the images of the "Kitten Garden of Verses" as Max is an avid philatelist...


Recipe : The Papers and Flowers were free with a magazine - Images from Nicecrane Designs ("The Kitten Garden of Verses" Set) - Cat, Mug, Fish and Leaves : Dies from Creata - Sentiments from Papercupcakes Stamps.

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I hope you all enjoy with these inspirational cards,,,,,and thanks a million to my Team and Ira for these stunning creations.............Happy Evening....

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