Remember your Childhood, The Brownies & New and True

Do you like Vintage Children Illustrations?
Florence was working in  a special technique with my new adorable "Remember your Childhood" Digi i am showing her work and the how-to tutorial,,,,,,to get this amazing result.

For a long time now I have seen crafters and artists using book pages in their work. I have even rubber stamped onto book pages but the other day I wondered if I could actually print my Nicecrane Designs digi stamp onto book pages……and yey it worked. I was so excited!!!!!

This is quite a large card because, really, I was experimenting to see if this technique would work.
Firstly I altered my image in “paint” on the computer using the eraser tool and deleted all of the background so that I was only left with the little girl. I had never done this before but it was easy to do.

I *printed my image onto the book page and coloured it in using some basic water colour pencils and then just softened the colour with a very lightly damp paint brush. The brush only has to be slightly damp otherwise it will break up the fibres of the paper.

As this was quite a large image that I was using, and glues and double sided tape show though the pages, when attaching them to the base card, I stiched around the image to attach it to card.

Take a look to the some single picts on the sheet:

And here the complete sheet

Remember your Childhood - Click Image to Close


But that is not all,,,,,Florence also was working with my new funny and unique sheet called "The Brownies in "Fairyland", based on a vintage famous children illustration book by Palmer Cox . I am falling in love with these adorable ones.This is my second card using the same technique, again just experimenting, but I really liked the effect. Again I used water colour pencils to colour.
Created by Canadian artist Palmer Cox around the 1880's, the Brownies were a comical group of little elfin characters, all male, that depicted ethnic types such as a Chinese fellow or an Indian; various occupations such as a policeman, sailor, or jockey; and other little characters such as band-members and their instruments

Meet Palmer Cox and His Brownies


Brownie Doll ( The Policeman)

Vintage Brownies products

Create,cards, magnests, cups and anything you can imagine

Enjoy watching the work by Florence

 Printing on Book Pages Tutorial
Read all information HERE

I tore my book page to the size I wanted for my card and sewed it to the backing card.

I wanted to make an embellishment for this in the form of a medal although looking at it on here it is a little bit big but hey ho….not going to loose any sleep over that.

The Brownies…. these are such good fun to use. They probably would not have been my first choice but again, after working with them I love them.

The Brownies DSL - Click Image to Close

By the other hand you can`t miss the gorgeus work by Danielle working with my "New & True DSL" to create this exquisite Mother the color combo and how creative is Danielle-

To allow the image to have the main focus, I decided not to use any embellishments. Printed the image with black ink and colored in the grey and daffodil delight. Isn't this sweet? I remember that wonderful feeling of rocking my babies. Will really enjoy having grandkids and being able to experience that again (although that better be a bit down the road yet).

Hope you will decide to join us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More! for our Color Challenge #58 With a Twist. There is a link to Nicecrane Designs blog and store on the challenge site. The other lovely ladies on the ATS&M DT have also made some gorgeous creations for your inspiration - click here to visit them and enter our challenge.
New And True DSL - Click Image to Close


Finally Mimí also is participating at ATSM Challenge , and she was working with my "Wild Swan" Digi Stamp, enjoy watching her stunning work:

I decided to use the canary colour to create a sunset appearance. I coloured the background in shades of grey digitally and printed. I then used Promarker Canary and the spray gun system to add shades of yellow over the grey. The photo is showing a bit of pink going on in the grey coloured areas - sorry about that, must be the way the light is reflecting. Bit of masking going on too as I did not want the swans to be coloured yellow <g>. Next step was to colour the swans, I used ProMarker Ice Grey 1 and 3 along with the blender pen. 

 The front swan was fussy cut and adhered with double sided foam tape for extra dimension. Gold was added to the beaks of the swans as I could not colour over the black with the Canary Promarker with any success. I created the background paper to co-ordinate colour wise as I did not seem to have anything that matched. The card was matted with a layer of black, a layer of grey, pattern yellow layer. The digi was matted onto black as were the two sentiments. I added three black vinyl cut strips and white lace to the backgound then assembled the card. To finish the sentiments off I added a used the gold pen around the edge of the black layer, added black ribbon, metal charm and yellow button and mounted with foam tape. The birthday sentiment was also matted in black, 2 metallic yellow brads were added and again this was mounted with foam tape.

The Wild Swan - Click Image to Close

Special Thanks to all DT Members

Peter Rabbit Toffe Box & Kittens Cards by L. Wain

I love Peter Rabbit World,,,,,and I had forgot to post this adorable and custom Peter Rabbit Tofe Box by Wenche.....OMG,,,,so cute, so unique, so elegant,,,,,,,,.The perfect gift,,,,,,,,,,,,Try it,,,,,,

Double Toffe Box (Peter Rabbit)

I've decorated many toffifee-boxes before, but this time I needed several pieces chocolate. The receiver was in fact the staff in the nursery, and then became a box too small

Solved it by gluing two boxes on top of each other, before I decorated the same way as if it were a single.

This time I dressed boxes of cardboard, and then with panels of patterned paper from the Paper Design. lace, ribbon, flowers and pearls are also from Paper Design. The large hydrangea-flowers are originally creme, but got blue glimmerist wearing.

Printed text and hare design from Nice Crane Designs .Peter Rabbit Pack




Do You Like Butter ?
Catherine used my adorable "Summertime by A.Richardson" Sheet to create this unique and sweet card:
We have all done it when we were kids : holding a buttercup under the chin of our best friends to check if they like butter ! This image from Nicecrane Designs (from the set "Summertime by A.Richardson" ) reminds me so much of those happy days... Here is the gift bag I have made with it...

Recipe : Papers from Prima - Flowers : Dies from Creata - Coners and Frame : Dies from Marianne Design - Leaves : Die from Crealies - Fence : Die from Cottage Cutz - Sentiment from Papercupcakes Stamps.

Summer Time by Agnes Richardson - Click Image to Close

Sandra Dow did this Kitten Card working with my new "Louis Wain Kitten DSL I". I made today's card for my friend Ignacio over at Nicecrane Designs. He recently promoted a collection of digital images by the well-known English artist, Louis Wain.

Now, getting back to the subject ... I like to use Nicecrane Designs images from time to time because they provide the opportunity to practice my colouring texture skills. Take a peek at the before photo here to see what I mean…


I printed everything out on Neenah card stock and then used my Copic markers; quite a collection of colours I must say...

Cats: E00, 1, 2, 4, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, E49, E93, YG61, 63 and R2, 5, 8
Doll: E0000, 000, 00 and N0, 1, 3, 5, 7

Here is a closer look at my attempt at texture, and the more I look at this I realize Calico cats have a lot more white, oh well…

**Please forgive any out of the lines colouring, thanks**

Your Prize: $20 Gift Voucher to spend in my Store

This week you have THREE choices of how to enter.


Use the colours provided for inspiration -

You may use any other neutral colours you desire.

(We have used Stampin' Up colours as a guide but just use whatever you have that is closest)


Use a Nicecrane Design image on your project 


Combine the colour challenge with a Nicecrane Design image!

So showing you all the potential from my Louis Wain Sheet, take a look to the work by Monika Skinner
working with this adorable sheet.....woww,woww thanks Monika:

I coloured my image using Promarker Pens. Wanting to do something different by giving it a sort of textured look, I allowed the image to dry and then went over the cat again using the cool grey1 marker. The sentiment is hand written using a black fineliner pen.
And here is my Kitten Sheet:

Louis Wain Kittens DSL I - Click Image to Close

Sure sure,,,,, not only kittens.......but plants, flowers and more:

Enjoy watching the work by Nonni working with my "Vintage Flowers DSL"

I should try to find my own "fusion-style" (that sounds trendy, doesn't it!) where I would bring together elements from different styles and try to make it work. I think I managed quite well with that in this card: a hand-colored image- quite simple layout, not too frilly- my favorite embellishments (lace and pearls, only my beloved doilies are missing!) and since that heart-paper is more of a cute style, the card doesn't look too formal or grandma-style.
Vintage Flowers DSL - Click Image to Close

.......And Many More to Come ........
You can`t miss the incredible work by Florence and
DT members at  ATSM.......keep in touch.

Vintage Adorable Kids & Gabrielle Ray Cards

Dear friends,,,,,this time,,,i am showcasing some works by Jacqueline Muller ,,,,,,,She did these really stunning cards working with my "Fantasy & Kids DLS II" I am falling  in love with her amazing coloring....

The Image is from Nicecrane Designs. I've coloured her with Copic Markers.The figure with the swirls is cut out with a die. This I've taped on green paper, cut it out and then taped it on black paper and cut it out again.

Coloring Detail by Jacqueline

Fantasy & Kids DSL II - Click Image to Close

She also was working with my "Adorable Readers DSL" to create this sweet and all over colorful card,,,,,,,I am sure you ´ll enjoy if you are an avid reader.

A really colorful card by Jacqueline Muller

Coloring Detail by Jacqueline

Vintage Adorable Readers - Click Image to Close


I know you all love vintage ladies,,,,and a famous one was Gabrielle Ray,,,,,so I asked to Julia Vazquez to create anything to showcase my  "Gabrielle Ray Vintage Photos I". She did this exquisite and unique custom NoteBook.

Custom Vintage Notebook by Julia Vazquez

Detailed Views

Catherine also was working with this Sheet:

I have made a card and a gift bag for my lovely neighbour Margaret who is having an operation next week... I will put her favourite cookies in it, it might cheer her up a bit...Here is the .gift bag...

My gift bag will enter the challenge "Anything Goes" with Card and Scrap and the challenge with The Ribbon Reel (White - Pink - Flowers - Ribbon - Lace) with this photo inspiration :

Oh, I nearly forgot... Here is the matching card !

Recipe : Digital Papers and Sentiment from Cuddly Buddly - Image from Nicecrane Designs ("Gabrielle Ray Vintage Photos I" Set) - Corner and little ornaments : Dies From Marianne Design - Flowers and Hat : Dies from Creata - Leaves : Die from Crealies.

And I think all my Team love this Set,,,,,because May Oconnor also choose to work with this sheet
Well I've been having a play... I have always wanted to make a fabric I hope you like it... It's my first I got the inspiration from You-Tube where lots of these are made...My main focal point was this amazing image from NICECRANE DESIGNS The Gabrielle Ray Vintage Photo's Sheet... so here goes...Warning photo heavy... sorry I hope I don't bore you....

 I started with a double layer of heavy cotton for the base, Then I added a large doily to the background which you can just see as I covered it with lots of lace... The Beautiful Dragon fly I got at a car boot sale for 30pence

Don't you think this Image is Gorgeous....she is coloured in the sheet but I changed her to black & white..

I added some more doily's around her & lots of flowers

 All the flowers are handmade from muslin cloth & cotton cloth I got the idea from You Tube I will put up the links at the end...

Yet more lace & pearls & seam binding..

he stick pins I made for this project, the below pic is the piece hanging in my craft room... I loved making this I want to do more I hope in time I will get better...

Inspiration for a fabric hanging  & the most amazing creations this lovely lady makes ..her utube channel is scrappinhappxo. The flowers are from tutorials made by Tricia at alittleshabbychic her utube channel is Gorgeous...

And here is my Sheet:

Gabrielle Ray Vintage Photos I - Click Image to Close


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