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Shoson Ohara Creations

Ginni at my DT ws working with my Shoson Ohara sheet: Today I've made 4 cards for a swap at OSA. I love Cranes, they are becoming more common here in New England , but they are still shy. Every time I see one I am thrilled! One of the things Steve and I enjoy doing is walking, long, long walks which frequently take us to watery areas, marshes or rivers, to see a Crane is always a highlight!

I was very excited to see the new Shoshon Ohara designs come out at Nicecrane Designs just in time for this March swap!! Especially since it included a very elegant crane painting!!

Now you can believe, I wasn't looking to use a snow image!! I love these and the Swans may become my Christmas cards. For now, no more snow!!

Fresh out of the printer:

These images print up beautifully! I have an older printer and I set it on the "best" print setting and the images come out perfect. It did take me a few try's to discover this! Now before you think I am spending a fortune on ink for the printing, I am not!!
Here's my ink supply:

Four pints and a refill kit $22.95 and it should refill my cartridges 80+ times! If you would like to know where I get this ink, just leave a comment and I will get the info to you!

A few weeks ago I heard a term I like very much, I found out I'm and "Organic Designer" what that simply means is I work with what I have as I go along. I rarely use sketches (even though I do like them very much) or case cards.
When I use a beautiful fine art image, it is a little hard to use a sketch without obscuring the focal image. Doing organic design is far less complicated than it sounds and it is really fun to combine the beautiful things you already have on hand into your art work!

I wanted this card to have a nice heavy weight with strong but subtle layering. I decided to make my card a A7 size (5x7) and use a Navy 110# base card.

Here I'm just pulling from my stash, Adding layers and embellishment . I found the beautiful Black and white ribbon at Costco. 100 yards for 5.99!!

4 paper layers and dry embossing

My four finished swap cards!

I added glossy accent to the crane in the foreground, it is very hard to see in the photo but looks great in real life! I had tried a little red glitter on the birds heads, but it looked terrible!

Don't you just love this beautiful Ohara Painting in miniature!


Spring Cards with The Flower Fairies
Brenda is always surprising me with their unique and fascinating creations,, so enjoy watching their latest work here,,,,wit my Enchanted spring and Flower Fairies sheets.
Image from the Enchanted Spring Design Sheet, you can get this image for free by following the link further down this post

And just the one more share using another of the new Nicecrane fairy designs and a little experiment with the Sizzix die , I simply cut it twice, reversed the one on the right and joined in the centre and it gives a nice card roughly the size of an A5. The DP is BoBunny and the fairy poem is computer generated.

Taking a photo was a bit of a pain so a couple of close ups showing the sweet little fairies....aren't they cute, this from Mrs Non Cute I might add, also the Pan Pastel shading and a masked sun of course.

Coloured Flower Children DS1 - Click Image to Close


Birds & Blossoms Cards

Jane did these absolutely vintage Spring Tas with my sheet,,,,so I am showing them here:In the meantime my card challenge for today are a pair of tags I have made for my GD work for Ignacio of Nicecrane Designs using the most delightful Birds and blossoms 11set available here . I really love this set, it is one of my favourites.

I have made these two sweet tags using my Marianne dies and the stamped sentiments (Lili of theValley grunge sentiments) are just perfect for using as words to close my post today;

Julia also was playing with my this sheet and you can`t miss their colorful cards:  playing with some images from Birds and Blossoms II from Nicecrane Designs.

Here is my first creation

Second inspiration piece

I am falling in love with these colorful cards by Julia

Thanks a million for stopping by in my blog and
enjoy playing.....


KarinsArtScrap March 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM  

these are beautiful Ignacio.

gr karin

Shelly Schmidt March 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM  

Beautiful Ignacio- and what a beautiful card!

brenda March 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM  

Lovely work by the other ladies.

B x

Ira Huberts March 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM  

Such lovely work from the girls, you did all such a great job with Ignacio's gorgeous images! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Tracy March 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM  

All amazing work
Happy crafting
Tracy x

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